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WEDNESDAY, March 26

HEADLINES

David Daniels, our maverick bard
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
To experience David Daniels is, well, an experience. Lean, good-looking, dreadlocked, owning a world of stage presence, and immersed in his work, Daniels mesmerizes.

Are Hmong schools making the grades?
by Wameng Moua, Hmong Today
There are seven Hmong-focused charter schools in the Twin Cities, each are filled beyond projections. Even with limited evidence to suggest these schools are performing at adequate standards, Hmong-focused schools continue to be a huge draw. Take for instance the Fresno Hmong community and their highly publicized effort to charter the state’s first Hmong-focused school.

VP or not VP: For now, Pawlenty likely the man to beat for GOP ticket nod
by Steve Perry, Minnesota Monitor
When last we left our hero, Tim Pawlenty was hanging from a cliff by his nails while Bob Novak stomped on his fingers for being too renewable-this and green-that at the National Governors Association conference. Despite that savaging by the grand panjandrum of establishment GOP columnists, Pawlenty remains one of the two or three names mentioned most frequently and most favorably by people paid to guess who John McCain’s running mate will be.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

School district preparing plan to sell off several closed schools
by Gail Olson, North News
Finding new uses for 12 closed Minneapolis Public School (MPS) buildings will likely take a while, cautioned Paul Bauknight of Urban Design Lab. Bauknight, an MPS consultant, recently completed the first of three interim reports on the process.

St. Cloud State students, faculty of color ‘frustrated, discouraged’
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
The Council on Black Minnesotans (CBM) kept its promise and returned to St. Cloud last week as it explores the area’s longstanding racial problems.

Local branch of Colombia Support Network sponsors vigil for civil war victims
by Dennis Geisinger, Southside Pride
A candlelight vigil held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis on March 6 commemorated the victims of more than 40 years of civil war in the South American country of Colombia. The small gathering of people told stories and gave tribute to murdered family and friends, personal and professional connections lost in a country where everyday violence surrounds the control of what are the two largest sources of wealth—cocaine and oil.

NEW IN VOICES

Hear the message, don’t bash the messenger
by Lydia Howell, TC Daily Planet
Suddenly, a politician is being confronted about his religious affiliation and held to account for what his pastor said. It’s convenient hypocrisy and exposes racism, that Barak Obama is being bashed for Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sound-bite comments.

The Speech
by Tom Heuerman, View from Fargo
I see in Barack Obama the potential and possibility of transformative leadership. When I listen to Barack Obama speak, I feel hopeful. Maybe we can renew our nation. Perhaps we can recommit ourselves to the noble values and grand purpose of America. He reminds me of the best energy of the 60s.

NEW IN BLOGS

What are you going to do?
by Emily K. Bright, Engage Minnesota
It’s not the first time you’ve been a victim of a hate crime, nor is it the last. It’s 8:30 on a winter evening, and you’re closing up your store. The entrance door is locked, half the lights are off, and you’re mopping at the far end of the room when three men barge in the exit door as though they mean to rob you.

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