Daily Planet Headlines: New moon over Mecca and Minnesota marks Eid

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“New moon over Mecca and Minnesota marks Eid”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8663
by Joel Grostephan, TC Daily Planet
In the Twin Cities and around the world, Muslims celebrated Eid ul-Adha this week, a prayer service commemorating the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son at the altar.

“Conservative extremist group’s racist leanings exposed”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8666
by Chris Shields, MN 2020
Minnesota newspapers and blogs have been abuzz this week about racist statements made on a right-wing extremist group’s website December 14.

On Minnesota Majority’s website, Dave Racer wrote: ‘Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. It is not surprising that Sweden has a lower infant mortality rate, or that Japan has a longer life expectancy than the United States does. They are nearly racially pure; we are not.’

“Congress votes ‘yes’ for Christmas”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8609
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Last week, Minnesota’s House delegation voted for Christmas. The passage of House Resolution 847 has generated criticism from separation of church and state advocates, and those who voted against the bill have been accused of anti-Christian bigotry. A few others have asked whether Congress has the time to waste on resolutions aimed at fanning the flames of the supposed “War on Christmas.”

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

“Tailoring her business”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8579
by Delma J. Francis, Minnesota Women’s Press
At an age when a lot of little girls were making clothes for their Barbie dolls, Vivienne Williamson was designing and sewing the real thing. She made her first wedding dress-for a family friend-when she was 11.

“Asian Women United will continue to serve”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8509
by Tom LaVenture, Asian American Press
The need for an organization that provides Asian and Pacific Islander women and children safety and protection from family violence, means that despite the troubled history of Asian Women United of Minnesota AWUM), the nonprofit will continue to operate rather than shut down as many had thought after more than two years of management and legal problems.

“Minneapolis hopes solar panels will power future city vehicle fleet”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8530
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor
A solar-power project that aims to be the largest of its kind in the upper Midwest might someday provide fuel for a fleet of plug-in hybrid vehicles in Minneapolis.

NEW IN VOICES

“McGuire deserves some empathy”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8633
by Matthew Little, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Lately the press has been excoriating former UnitedHealth Group Chairman and CEO William McGuire — and rightfully so — for his fleecing the company and public of multi-millions of dollars by way of a practice called backdating of stock options. It has become a national scandal of significant magnitude because the Minnetonka-based company, under his watch, has become the largest healthcare-based organization in the country.

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