7/9/08 Headlines: MN Ethiopians feel heat; Closed gov’t; Arsenic cleanup; Bogus NCLB results; Your voice on fare increase

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HEADLINES

As Ethiopia Boils, Minnesota’s Ethiopians Feel the Heat
By Douglas McGill, TC Daily Planet
Ali Abdifatah is a little out of his mind right now, understandably so.

He is desperate to discover the fate of his brother, who was abducted by men with guns last Saturday evening. Since then, he hasn’t been seen or heard from and Ali has sat by his telephone and computer at his home in Fridley, calling and emailing, gathering small scraps of information.

EPA’s arsenic cleanup criticized
by Dennis Geisinger, Southside Pride
Federal Environmental Protection Agency officials in charge of arsenic cleanup for the Southside Superfund site came under criticism by the City of Minneapolis and neighborhood residents at a hearing for plan proposals held June 11 at the Midtown YWCA.

What we don’t know can’t hurt him: Tim Pawlenty’s adventures in closed government
by Steve Perry, Minnesota Independent
Who can blame TP for stinting on public information? It’s not like his administration has nothing to hide.

VOICES: NCLB test results: bogus results for a misguided program
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
There are several reasons why the results of a mandatory statewide test released Monday by the state Department of Education are bad news for Minnesota students.

NEWS YOU CAN USEAre new transit fares fair?
By Patrick Anderson, TC Daily Planet
The Metropolitan Council plans to raise Metro Transit fares by 2 cents onOctober 1 and by an additional 50 cents some time in 2009. The Met Council is hosting a series of eight public hearings on the fare increase from July 6 to July 15.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

The Hsia family: Asian Minnesota engineering pioneers
by Amy Doeun, Asian American Press
In 1945 Seng Hsiao arrived in the United States in the midst of a war-torn world. Hsiao had started his education in China and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. After completing the national exams he qualified to study abroad and was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) where he received a Master’s Degree.

Bike-centric film festival comes to Minneapolis
by Troy Pieper, TC Daily Planet
The Bicycle Film Festival is again making its way to Minneapolis. Comprising more than 20 features, 20-some short films, and even a couple of bike music videos, the festival captures a wide spectrum of perspectives on biking as sport, pastime, and mode of transportation.

The kindness of neighbors
by Chris Steller, The Bridge
Ted Tucker and Penny Petersen were lucky in many ways last July 17.

NEW IN BLOGS

Wes Clark and John McCain
by Stephen Young, 7/4/08 • Thank you Wesley Clark. You have done the nation a great service by pointing out that which is not easily spoken of – just what are we to make of a soldier’s suffering as a prisoner of war when he seeks the Presidency of the Republic.

“Patriot Act” video from Muja Messiah
by Steve McPherson, Reveille Magazine
With measured but relentless urgency, Minneapolis rapper Muja Messiah and guest MC I Self Devine [Rhymesayers] are burning this mutha down on “Patriot Act.” This is the kind of politically-charged, ass-kicking hip-hop that makes it seem like the forces of good might just have a chance.

The Fringe packs dance
by John Munger, TC Daily Planet
Lots of people don’t think of the Fringe Festival as a dance hothouse. Hey, smell the coffee. It’s all about theater and then, oh yes, there are those dance shows.

Sinbad spottings across Minneapolis
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
I’m no Dustin Nelson, but when it comes to street art, I know what I like. Specifically, I like Sinbad’s goofy visage applied to stop signs and fire hydrants.

Fringe top 10 2008—#1: Rampleseed
by Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet
For the uninitiated, this is a completely subjective sampling of Fringe shows on my part. The returning favorites I’m still plunking down in the blog here are folks that were on this list in the previous five years I’ve been blogging. Every year, I clear out the top ten list to make way for ten more. Every year, there are more than ten worthy candidates lying in wait.