Daily Planet Headlines: First Avenue showcases best new local bands

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THURSDAY, January 17

HEADLINES

“First Avenue showcases best new local bands”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8989
by Andrea Myers, TC Daily Planet
For almost twenty years, First Avenue has made a tradition of highlighting the most promising emerging acts in town with their Best New Bands showcase.

“Legislators grill Pawlenty administration about long waits for jobless benefits”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8999
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Emotions ran high at a legislative hearing Monday where laidoff workers described the hardship of waiting several weeks to receive unemployment benefits – and administrators attempted to account for the failures of a new, more highly automated system.

“Schools suffer five years of financial drought”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8910
by Jeff Van Wychen and John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
New research proves what educators already know: The state is financially starving Minnesota schools. Revenue for Minnesota public schools has dropped 4.4 percent since 2003. While state support for schools has dropped precipitously, attempts to make up the difference by increasing property taxes have come up short.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Views and Reviews

“Guthrie opens a ‘Blue Door’ to questions of race, history, and identity”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8990
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
Lewis, a successful African-American mathematics professor, ponders his life’s meaning when his white wife leaves him because he refuses to join the Million Man March. During a sleepless night, Lewis is haunted by visions of three generations of his ancestors in the form of Rex, Jessie and Simon and how their history influenced his identity and his attitudes, particularly towards race relations.

“Interview: Andrea Bennett of Sexual Chocolate and the White Boys”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8811
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
With a name like Sexual Chocolate and the White Boys, you better bring the goods.

“Hayorbibimma: Dances that inspire”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8921
by Bashe Said, African News Journal
Twin Cities based Hayorbibimma dance group performs dances that inspire, some say. Attending one of their live perfomance at Jawaahar dance hall in Minneapolis I had that feeling too. The group is headed by Artistic Director/Choreographer, Kofi Frances. He is a renowned drummer and dancer, descended from a long line of West African drum and dance heritage. He has performed and taught in North America, Europe, Asia and throughout Africa.

NEW IN VOICES

“The bright side of Britney’s breakdown
“:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9003
By Douglas McGill,
The McGill Report
When I turned on the CBS Early Show this morning, oh, what a sight! Britney Spears was being hounded by paparazzi!

NEW IN BLOGS

“Congressman Ellison is a role model for Muslims”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8895
by Dr. Ghulam M. Haniff, Engage Minnesota

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