TUESDAY, January 15
“MPD: On the north side, ‘anything goes’ policing may be getting more common”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8970
by Steve Perry, Daily Mole
Before the memory of the episode grows too dim, we should maybe stop and ask whether last month’s bullet-riddled MPD raid on a home where an innocent family lay sleeping was the horrible anomaly it was made out to be or a more-public-than-usual token of an evolving approach to policing the north side of Minneapolis. There is some additional anecdotal evidence from that very week that points toward the latter.
“Bonding for bridges: governor offers his plan”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8969
by Staff, Session Daily
A fourfold increase over the previous record investment in local bridges is among the highlights of the bonding recommendations proffered by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
“Karen New Year in St. Paul”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8973
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
Minnesota’s newest arrivals, the Karen refugees from Myanmar in Southeast Asia, also known as Burma, celebrated the 2747 Karen New Year on Sunday, January 13 in the Great Hall of Arlington Senior High School in St. Paul. Rev. William Englund of First Baptist Church in St. Paul welcomed the large gathering of Karen families and their Minnesotan friends and supporters. To the Karens, he said, “At first you are our guests. Now you have been our hosts. But, more importantly, you are our friend.”
“Brown Bag Lunch with journalist Abdi Aynte”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8310
Abdi Aynte is the featured guest at January’s Brown Bag Lunch With A Journalist on Tuesday, January 15. Aynte will soon leave Minnesota to work for BBC. Abdi is a native of Somalia, grew up in Egypt and moved to the United States in 2000. In Minnesota, he has been writing for the Minnesota Monitor as well as editing and writing for the bilingual blog Hiiraan Online. Abdi speaks and writes in English, Arabic & Somali. Abdi has written extensively on immigration, race, Somali and Muslim communities, and education.
INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
“From the Midwest to the Congo”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8888
by Shannon Drury, Minnesota Women’s Press
Chingwell Mutombu was born 31 years ago into a network of friendship and philanthropy between the Midwest and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her parents, both Congolese citizens, were students at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, when Chingwell, their third child, was born. The family had come to the small town through a sponsorship program with the local United Methodist Church. An elder in the church was named baby Chingwell’s godmother, formalizing the bond between the African family and the Iowa community.
“U of M seeks alternate LRT route across campus”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8972
by Staff, The Bridge
In a Nov. 28 letter to the Metropolitan Council, University of Minnesota officials renewed their request that Central Corridor planners look for alternatives to the Washington Avenue route for Central Corridor light-rail transit (LRT) line.
“Historic Black school symbolizes New Orleans’ revival: St. Augustine High is back in play”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8881
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
New Orleans is still recovering from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina three years ago, but many believe that the rebirth of a historical New Orleans high school signals hope for the city’s restoration efforts. The school’s basketball team, the Purple Knights, recently visited the Twin Cities as a participant in St. Thomas University’s Christmas Basketball Tournament. We used the opportunity to talk with students and staff about the intertwined fates of their school and its host city.
NEW IN VOICES
“Your political power is about to reach its peak”: https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8959
by Kerry Ashmore, NorthNews
In some ways, one could already be tired of the 2008 election campaign. The endless sound bites, a candidate’s mis-step that becomes You Tube’s main attraction, the right-and-left commentators who, while sometimes speaking politely, seem to be calling each other liars and idiots…it would be easy to become disillusioned, and the election is still 10 months away. And on top of that, one could easily make a case for a cynical point of view: It doesn’t matter who wins the election, nothing ever changes.
NEW IN BLOGS
by Elias Karmi, Engage Minnesota