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“Addressing slavery through drama and dialogue”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8926
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his struggle for racial justice, the first act of the play Tap the Leopard will be performed as a reading at the Minneapolis Urban League on January 27. The captivating play depicts former slaves taking an emotional and physical journey between America and Africa.

“City buys ‘Big Stop’ building on 26th Avenue”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8937
by Gail Olson, North News
The Big Stop convenience store at 26th and Knox avenues N. became city property the first of the year, and there’s a plan in place for its future. However, one neighborhood leader is now questioning that plan, and the potential developer says they’ll abide by whatever the neighborhood wants.

“Celebrating the Dream: MLK Events 2008”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8922
Compiled from various sources
The Twin Cities are filled with celebrations of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday, and this list is certainly incomplete. Please add your own listings in the comment section, as well as on our community calendar. Celebrations begin on January 15, the actual date of Dr. King’s birthday, with Myrlie Evers Williams speaking at the Basilica of St. Mary, and continue for more than a week.

“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

“Cedar-Riverside reaches compromises on LRT station location”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8942
by Staff, The Bridge
A number of West Bank stakeholders are calling the proposed location of the Central Corridor light-rail transit (LRT) station a good compromise after business owners and community members lobbied for a station on or near Cedar Avenue.

The 300-foot-long station will most likely be located beneath 19th Avenue, between the original Blegen Hall spot and Cedar Avenue. Riders would access signal-controlled crosswalks to the platform on Washington Avenue via stairways or elevators from 19th and Cedar avenues and bus stops on Washington. Greenspace will be developed in the “trench” on the Cedar Avenue side of the station.

“Northern Light helps people see clearly, even through change”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8912
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
There are two architectural gems in the Northern Hemisphere that have helped people see clearly and keep markets honest for most of the past century, and now they shed light on how people can adjust to change.

“Secretary of State Mark Ritchie cleared in campaign list complaint”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8882
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Complaints by Republicans alleging wrongdoing by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and his political campaign were unfounded, according to a report released by Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles today. The report found that Ritchie “did not misuse state resources” and “did not violate Minnesota law” when he provided public data to his campaign. Two Republicans, Mark Giga of the Taxpayers League and John Tomczak of Citizens in Charge, who received emails from Ritchie’s campaign, complained to Republican attack blogs, who carried the story. Calls for the investigation were made by state Reps. Laura Brod of New Prague and Tom Emmer of Delano, both conservative Republicans.

NEW IN VOICES

“Marginalizing and manipulating demonstrations”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8917
by Charley Underwood, TC Daily Planet
There was an article in the January 9 Strib concerning one of the first lawsuits to be settled following the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.

As I wrote in another forum, large public protests seem to be increasingly ineffective in recent years. Serious, large protests are systematically marginalized and manipulated by the police and the Secret Service.

NEW IN BLOGS

“Educators offer suburban/rural families a school choice fair”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8914
by Joe Nathan, School Talk
In a great gift to families, Forest Lake area district, charter and parochial school educators are doing something wonderful. It’s an opportunity that I’d hope Iron Range educators consider offering. On Thursday, January 24, from 4:30 – 8:00 PM, schools are coming together in one place to help families learn more about their programs. The school choice fair will be at North Lakes Academy, 255B NW 7th Ave in Forest Lake.

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