Inside the Daily Planet, 1/5/08



“Planet pauses, spinning again on Monday?”:
Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
The Daily Planet is getting an update! Our new website should be ready by Sunday night. The site will be down during a large part of the day on Sunday. Check in Sunday night to see our new look.

“Moving forward: the benefit of transportation investment to Minnesota’s economy”:
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
On April 30, 1988, Minnesota made its last significant, sustained investment in transportation infrastructure – a 3-cents-a-gallon increase in the state gasoline tax that is dedicated solely to roads and bridges.

“Hope for ‘the modern American newsroom'”:
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
A confession: A year ago last week, on December 26, 2006, I knew very little about the inner workings of a metropolitan newspaper, much less the intricacies of union contracts, newsroom politics or voluntary buyouts. But when Avista Capital Partners, a nobody of a company in terms of its news-industry know-how, bought the Star Tribune the day after Christmas, a year’s worth of stories opened up to me. And thanks to good sources, great advisors and a reliable, much-dialed telephone, I covered it all.


“Carpenters can turn apprentice training into a college degree”:
by Michael Kuchta, Workday Minnesota
Beginning in January, apprentices who graduate from a Carpenters’ training program in the North Central States Region will get more than a pay raise and a promotion to journey-level status. They can also apply their training directly toward a two-year college degree.

“Job Corps Center project builds skills, camaraderie and boats”:
by Antonie Young, Park Bugle
The Job Corps boaters had McCarron Lake to themselves. Not surprising, since it was November 21 and the water temperature was only slightly above freezing.

“White B-96 radio station employee calls black teen ‘dumb bitch'”:
by Al McFarlane and B.P Ford, Insight News
Marie Graham is crusading on behalf of her niece, on behalf of our people, and on behalf of women everywhere. The crusade is personal, for her, and it should be for all of us as well. Graham is communicating by fax and email to everyone and every agency and institution in our community challenging us to stand up against the racist and sexist bigotry being administered to our community over the air on B-96 FM radio.


“A New Year’s resolution of hope”:
by Dr. Irma McClaurin Ph.D, Insight News
This year I have decided against any resolutions to exercise more, eat less, and refrain from working late. I have tried all of these in the past, and there are just too many intervening factors that make them impossible to keep. Mind you, I intend to walk everywhere, including to the printer, down the stairs, and across the street for lunch. I also plan to monitor what I eat and portions, and I am determined not to burn the midnight oil at work–everything will be there tomorrow.


by Steve Young, The Fifth Column
I think that what Americans should conclude from the assassination of Pakistani leader Benezir Bhutto is the firm conclusion that the Bush/Cheney War on Terror has failed.