6/9/08 Headlines: Send in the Ducks; Arsenic, burners and automobiles; Ambushing Bill Moyers

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Send in the Ducks!
By Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Faced with the loss of Minnesota’s third major highway bridge across the Mississippi River in the past year (fourth, if you count six days of closure of the Hastings span for repairs scheduled later this month), officials in Winona are planning a ferry service to reconnect with Wisconsin.

Arsenic, burners, and automobiles
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
A quick round-up of recent environmental stories in the news: arsenic, burners, and idling cars.

Interview: Thespian Thom Pinault
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
If you’re convinced Jimmy Stewart’s portrayal of Elwood P. Dowd in the film Harvey is the one tried and true way to play this part, think again. At Theatre in the Round, Thom Pinault makes the role his own in a splendid take on the somewhat dingy, completely lovable guy whose invisible comrade is about to land him in the loony bin.

Tibetan Freedom Torch arrives in St Paul
by Grant Kruger, Asian American Press
Several hundred Minnesota Tibetans and supporters participated in the Tibetan Freedom Torch Relay starting in St. Paul at our state’s capitol at 10:00 a.m.

Fox ambushes Bill Moyers at NCMR
by Noah Kunin, The Uptake
At the National Conference for Media Reform 2008. Fox personality Bill O’Reilly producer, Porter Barry ambushes PBS Bill Moyers to pepper him with questions regarding his political affiliations and his “refusal” to appear on O’Reily’s show. Moyers disputes Fox’s “facts.”

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Crossing the partisan divide
by Brian Hogenson, Session Weekly
Other than the job description they share at the Capitol, there would appear to be next to nothing in common between a conservative independent from Greater Minnesota, an urban Democrat and a suburban Republican.

What happens to guns seized by Minneapolis police?
by Anna Pratt, Minnesota Monitor
Thousands of guns seized by New York City cops are destroyed and recycled as pipes, fences or appliances, among other purposes, reports the New York Times. It turns out that guns taken into police custody right here meet a similar fate, according to Sgt. Bill Palmer of the Minneapolis Police Department — unless, of course, they were used in a crime. “Firearms that are evidence in a case are held until the case is over,” he explained via e-mail.

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Finally – a new vision for trade
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
For years, fair trade advocates have fought unfair deals that shipped U.S. jobs abroad and undermined worker rights and the environment. Now, for the first time, they are putting forth comprehensive legislation to overhaul U.S. trade policy and create a new vision for the global economy.

During a telephone conference call Wednesday, key members of Congress announced they have introduced the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment (TRADE) Act. The landmark bill would mandate reviews of all existing trade pacts, establish labor, environmental and public safety standards, protect workers in developing nations and help restore Congressional oversight of future trade agreements.

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From the Motherland
Hispanic Fanatic, 5/22/08
She arrived in New York City on an autumn day in 1967. She knew four English phrases: “yes,” “no,” “please,” and “thank you.”