Daily Planet Headlines: Santa’s Sweatshop

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“‘Santa’s Sweatshop:’ U.S. trade policy responsible for increased imports of unsafe toys”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8670
Staff, Workday Minnesota
A new report called ‘Santa’s Sweatshop,’ released locally by the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition, argues that the massive relocation of toy production from the United States to countries with weaker consumer safety enforcement is an underlying cause of the recent surge in dangerous toy recalls.

“Legislature wants to know: is MnDOT culpable for bridge collapse?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8662
by Tom Elko, Minnesota Monitor
The Rules Committee of the Minnesota state Senate has approved $250,000 for a joint committee investigation of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). The House is expected to follow suit and approve an additional $250,000 for the investigation. The $500,000 will be paid to Minneapolis law firm Gray Plant Mooty, which was selected to aid the legislature in investigating the Interstate 35W bridge collapse, as well as examining the funding and management of MnDOT.

“St. Cloud State struggles to combat race hate crimes”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8632
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Students, faculty, administrators unite to ‘speak with a common voice’

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Readers, Writers and Books

“Book note: Children laboring ‘Before Their Time'”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8623
by Peter Rachleff, TC Daily Planet
Most of us would like to think that child labor, if it exists at all, is merely a vestige of an older economic era, relegated to the margins of the modern economy, lurking in the shadows of economic development and modernization. Surely a potent combination of human rights talk, automation and technological change, the information economy, and 21st century globalization has pushed child labor into the dustbin of history. Surely…

“2008 MLK Holiday Celebration Essay/Poster Contest”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8630
Staff, Insight News
We are inviting students in grades 3 through 6 and 7 through 12 to participate in our efforts to keep Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. Legacy alive by encouraging them to participate in this year’s essay/poster contest. All submissions need to be received no later than January 10, 2008. Contest winners and their families are encouraged to attend the King Rally/Celebration at both Central High School (where participants will be recognized) and Concordia University’s Ganglehoff Auditorium, where finalists and winners will be announced. Winners will be awarded significant prizes, as their work helps contribute greatly to our community’s understanding of Dr. King. This year’s Celebration theme is ‘Education: Every Mind A Treasure to be Tapped’ – an examination of the extent to which the communities of color, have achieved this goal.

NEW IN VOICES

“St. Cloud panics again”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8584
by Myrle B Cooper, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Wouldn’t an honest attack on racism be a healthier response?

NEW IN BLOGS

“Winter”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8647
by Eleanor Arnason, Facts & Fictions

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