Headline: Beating the odds


SUNDAY, March 2


Beating the odds
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
“It’s about giving these kids an opportunity to shine,” said Marc Kimball referring to the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Minnesota’s ‘Beat the Odds’ program. The four seniors honored at the Beat the Odds dinner on Tuesday, February 26 are Maricruz Monreal, a senior at Johnson High School, Justin Haynes McKizzie, a senior at Washburn High School, Maipacher Her, a senior at Harding High School, and Fadumo Hassan, a senior at Edison High School.

Bat girl
by Anne Hamre, Minnesota Women’s Press
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has Annie Huidekoper’s onetime dream job-but that’s OK, she doesn’t want it anymore. He makes a lot more money, but she’s definitely having more fun-and every day she gets to be part of something she’s been passionate about since childhood: professional baseball.

Buzz about Obama’s safety hits MSM–but news of disturbing Texas incident does not
by Steve Perry, Minnesota Monitor
Through the course of this extraordinary primary season, few subjects have been discussed so much privately and so little publicly as the matter of Barack Obama’s personal safety as the first African-American presidential candidate to stand so near his party’s nomination. Earlier this week Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times broached the question in a long news feature that underscored the fact those fears are shared by some in government as well.


Summer enrichment camps can change children’s lives
by Jennifer Holder, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
A special guide for students of color is now available

Readers, Writers and Books

Book note: ‘How To Believe’? St. Paul author offers 34 different answers
by John Hierlinger, TC Daily Planet
When I first saw the book How To Believe, I didn’t like the title—and to be honest, I still don’t. With such a title, one can only assume this is a Sunday School handbook for people to read and be encouraged to believe what author Jon Spayde believes. This, however, is not Spayde’s aim.

Book Note: Falling Boy
by Cyrus Wolff, TC Daily Planet
Many of today’s books and movies are devoted to the action of the story, having characters who seem mere puppets designed to fit the needs of the plot. But in Falling Boy there is the exact opposite. It has a negligible plot and focuses almost exclusively upon developing the three main characters.

A conversation with Fil-American poet Patrick Rosal
by Bryan Thao Worra, Asian American Press
Filipino American poet Patrick Rosal is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive , which won the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award, and My American Kundiman.


Actor, director Charles Dutton left behind prison life for stage, screen career
by Sheletta Brundidge, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
I don’t know ’bout ya’ll, but back in the late 1990s I remember Sunday nights was a treat for me and my family, ’cause that was the day that FOX Television aired the sketch comedy In Living Color and then back-doored it with the sitcom Roc.


From Mole to Monitor
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
Steve Perry takes the helm at the Minnesota Monitor.