Daily Planet headlines: Charges of cronyism in Empowerment Zone program

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All power to what people? Community charges cronyism
by Dan Gordon, TC Daily Planet
Minneapolis chose to run its EZ program as a function of the city government, rather than through a local non-profit as some other cities have done. That sometimes has meant allowing city priorities to eclipse those of the neighborhoods. Where did the money go? What will happen to the outstanding loans?

Stadium builders say Black inclusion ‘off to a good start’
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
But all agree there is a long way to go to meet targeted goals

Students rally to support lesbian teen
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
High school freshman Leah Matz saw the words “Dykes Suck” scrawled in deodorant on her locker earlier this month, and she decided to take action. After reporting the incident to school administrators, who promptly sent letters to parents, she organized a student rally to confront bullying and threatening behavior in her school, located in St. Peter, just north of Mankato.

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Protest planning convention held at U
by Riham Feshir, Kelly Gulbrandson, Minnesota Daily
More than 100 groups from across the country attended the event.

Snow birds and Sun dogs—it’s been a long winter
by John Karrigan, Southside Pride
I am still recovering from the trauma of my lost December column, still suffering from PTLBCD (Post Traumatic Lost Bird Column Disorder), but I will try to soldier on. The esteemed publisher felt so bad, he finally invited me to his solstice party where I saw many past and present Powderhorn residents and other interesting flaming liberals and radicals, some I had not seen for years. The publisher tried to console me and told me about the Cooper’s Hawk they had recently seen in their backyard, but that didn’t help. I spent most of my time at the gathering, crying quietly and telling anyone who would listen about the publisher’s exploitation and marginalization of the members of the working class. Other than that, it was a very nice gathering.

Neighborhood perks up with Park Perks
by Dave Healy, Park Bugle
Almost everyone uses a bank, but few people think of their bank as a place to grab a cup of coffee

NEW IN VOICES

Facing and fighting the stereotype
by Amanda Donovan-Larson, Three Sixty
Native American stereotypes have affected my life, negatively and positively. The most important and perhaps the most offensive stereotypes are of the “drunk Indian” and of Indians as drug users. And some people refer to us as “wagon burners.”

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