Daily Planet Headlines: Young and old join campaign to oppose ‘toxic trade’


SUNDAY, January 20


“Young and old join campaign to oppose ‘toxic trade'”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9032
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
A sizeable crowd gathered Wednesday outside U.S. Senator Norm Coleman’s St. Paul office to demand a stop to imports of lead-laced toys and other unsafe products. But it may have been the littlest voices that spoke the loudest.

“State’s most diverse cities aim to close student achievement gaps”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9031
by Jennifer Holder, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
How do the Minneapolis and St. Paul plans compare?

“It’s cat-and-mouse in the AG’s office as staffers try to unionize”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9043
By Steve Perry, The Daily Mole
There’s an interesting (and ironic, to say the least) battle happening more or less in the open at the Minnesota attorney general’s office, where it appears that union-endorsed DFL AG Lori Swanson is fighting hard to keep staffers from forming a union. The tussle has barely rated any media play, aside from a one-day exchange last April when Swanson accused AFSCME officials of trying to bully her employees into unionizing, and AFSCME officials accused Swanson of firing one organizer and bullying other employees not to help the union.


“Contractor made millions claiming Army stripes”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9040
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
A private security firm that has been raking in government contracts in Iraq and got $10 million in tax abatements to set up shop in Michigan is headed by a CEO who appears to be lying about his service record, our sister site Michigan Messenger reports.

“Artistic activity and traffic issues collide in North”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8955
by Gail Olson, The Northeaster
A 1950s gas station/garage has found new life as an arts and community center called The Warren, at 44th Avenue and Osseo Road. Owned by professional photographer Duane Atter, the “artists’ habitat” houses two North Side enterprises: Atter’s art gallery, which features many local artists, and Workhouse Theatre Company, run by Artistic Director Jeff Redman.

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“Minnesota recession: Who ya gonna trust?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9038
by Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020
According to State Economist Tom Stinson, the Minnesota economy has entered into a recession. Not so, says Governor Pawlenty.


“Pay-as-you-spy phone tap follies”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/9044
by James Clay Fuller, Rants & Ruminations
Now and then, there is a news story so revealing that it should be shouted for days from every yammering television station and printed and prominently analyzed by every newspaper.