Daily Planet Headlines: Feeding frenzy follows foreclosures


TUESDAY, January 22


“Feeding frenzy follows foreclosures”:http://www.tcdailyplanet/9061
by Kristen Scobie, TC Daily Planet
On a subzero Saturday morning, a few hundred people gathered at the Ramada Inn in Bloomington for a seminar on buying bank-owned homes. MinnesotaREO, a group consisting of realtors, home inspectors, and lenders, provided information for homebuyers and investors on purchasing foreclosed properties.

“Rico Gatson provokes and inspires at MCAD”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9033
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
“Don’t be afraid to take chances. After all, it’s only art,” Rico Gatson advised art students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). His multimedia show at the MCAD Gallery—video, painting, sculpture, and drawing—reflects that attitude. The show opened with a lecture by Gatson on Thursday, January 17.

“Child abuse prevention program gains steam”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9039
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
Of the U.S.’s $2.9 trillion budget in 2008, $459 billion will go to the military. Of that, $137 billion will pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, in which nearly 33,000 Americans have been killed or wounded.

In 2008, the federal government will spend $1.2 million for a Minnesota-based project that may end a plague that affects as many as 60 million Americans. The National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University hopes to wipe out child sex abuse in three generations.


“Minnesota organizations to participate in emissions registry”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9064
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor
Five Minnesota organizations are among the first to sign up for a national greenhouse gas emissions registry.

Xcel Energy, Great River Energy, the Metropolitan Council, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and The Appliance Recycling Centers of America have joined The Climate Registry, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit hoping to standardize emission reporting and measurement. The registry is expected to simplify any future plans for emissions trading, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

“MLK Day: Remembering the real Martin Luther King”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9066
by Steve Perry, The Daily Mole
The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is always a very cuddly affair. It’s been turned into a story of victory and of American virtue, which is the furthest thing from King’s own view of his political odyssey in the last year of his life. During that time, King was growing more discouraged and more radicalized. In his last book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community–now, tellingly, out of print (though you can find used copies through Amazon at the link)–King railed against the “racist imperialism” of the Vietnam War and bluntly questioned the faith he had put in moral persuasion and white goodwill:

“St. Paul teachers’ contract rewards quality, defines ‘ideal day'”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9067
by Michael Moore, Workday Minnesota
They may be just days removed from a contract vote, but already some members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers are fired up about the next round of negotiations with the St. Paul Public Schools.

Both the school district and the teachers’ union characterized the new two-year contract, approved by 77 percent of members Jan. 10, as a success, but union President Mary Catherine Ricker admitted the two sides left some concerns – about health care and workforce diversity, in particular – on the bargaining table.


“Of gubernatorial bondage”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9037
by John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
Governor Pawlenty, how doth thou bonding proposal disappoint me? Let me count the ways.


“A bad bout of Billharea”:http://www.tcdailyplanet/net.node/9047
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero