Daily Planet headlines: Mentoring goes multicultural

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From “Babas” to “Play Moms,” mentoring goes multicultural
by Scott Russell, TC Daily Planet
Twice a month, Kwasi Nate Russell, a database manager for Wells Fargo Bank, talks to a fourth grade class at Harvest Preparatory Boy’s Academy on Minneapolis’ north side—and he takes an invisible spray can, he says.

Deliberate steps
by Shannon Drury, Minnesota Women’s Press
“The hardest part about this disease is to let go, to take things as they come, and to deal with what you’re given. With MS, you literally never know until you put your feet on the ground that day if you’re going to be able to walk.” – Deidre Kellogg

A group effort: Investing in North Minneapolis homes
by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva, TC Daily Planet
The Greater Metropolitan Housing Commission (GMHC) has its work cut out for it: fighting the rapid rate of foreclosures is a daunting task. According to the Folwell Neighborhood Association there have been 756 foreclosures in the neighborhood in the last six months. In roughly the same amount of time, GMHC has made purchase offers on 52 houses and 33 have been accepted.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Unpredictable lives
by Kathlyn Stone, Minnesota Women’s Press
If you are a woman who lives in a northern climate, you are at higher risk for multiple sclerosis. To date, there is no cure for MS, and more questions than answers…

Neighborhood wants more wind power use
by Melinda Feucht, Minnesota Daily
Students looking for a way to reduce their carbon footprints now have another way to contribute to the environmental cause – using wind power.

Emily Program takes over Como Avenue bank
by Judy Woodward, Park Bugle
February is nearly here, and by now your New Year’s resolutions have begun to lose their first bloom. Those diligent promises to yourself about working out more, eating less and giving up junk food altogether — have they begun to seem just a little … extreme?

NEW IN VOICES

I had an abortion (or two)
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
Abortion is a tough topic for some of us, but sweeping it under the rug makes it even harder. The alternative is being honest about it.

NEW IN BLOGS

Bridging the Digital Divide
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
Digital Inclusion Fund grants will help Minneapolis residents to get on-line and get involved. Internet access offers key tools for civic participation. Communicating with public officials is easier with e-mail. Neighborhood organizers use e-groups and networking. Web sites and e-newsletters communicate rapidly and at a low cost. Watchdogs post truth-checks on political advertising. News from across the world and around the corner is available at the click of a mouse.

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