Headline: Nursing home closings create crisis for residents and workers

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TUESDAY, March 18

HEADLINES

Nursing home closings create crisis for residents and workers
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
My father-in-law, Tyson, is 93 years old. He is almost totally blind, and he is hard of hearing. He spends most of his time in his wheelchair, and some days he sleeps much of the day. Although he has dementia, he can sing every word of “Let me call you sweetheart.” For the past two years, he has lived at Good Shepherd Care Center in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of Saint Paul. In spite of everything, Tyson has been very happy at Good Shepherd.

Addressing the shortfall
by Mike Cook, Session Weekly
Spending cuts, using surplus balance funds, tapping into state budget reserves and lowering the state sales tax are the cornerstones of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s $938 million deficit-reduction plan.

A survey of soapboxes: An artist coming to terms with the workspace/housing market
by Melissa Stang, ARP!
My pet issue is the availability of studio space in a condo-crazed real estate market. If we as a community don’t have affordable, secure studio space to make art, what good are venues for exhibiting, selling, or reviewing it?

Minneapolis grassroots grants fight climate change
by Marion Gomez, TC Daily Planet
Minneapolis is now accepting applications for the second year of Grassroots Climate Change Micro Grants ($1,500) and Climate Change Innovations Grants ($10,000). Non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, faith based organizations, business associations, schools, libraries, park/recreational centers, and other public organizations can apply for the grants.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Sunshine Week: Finding information on sexual offenders and prostitutes
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
March 16-22 is Sunshine Week, a week devoted to freedom of information and open government. As part of Sunshine Week, the TC Daily Planet will feature articles introducing ways that every citizen can access government information.

If you want to know how safe your neighborhood is you can look around, ask a neighbor, or go online. The Minnesota Department of Corrections website has listings of Level 3 sex offenders for the entire state, searchable by zip code.

Housing fair may be last of its kind
by Joy Petersen, Minnesota Daily
The Neighborhood Revitalization Program, a fair sponsor, ends in 2009.

Horowitz’s ‘academic bill of rights’ again introduced at Minnesota lege
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Minnesota Republicans have introduced the Academic Freedom and Free Speech Bill of Rights (HF3922), a bill that aims to prevent students from being “discriminated against on the basis of political, ideological or religious beliefs.”

NEW IN VOICES

This just in from the White House: The times are uncertain
by Jim Klobuchar, Jim Klobuchar Writes
CBS News aired the big story Friday detailing the Federal Reserve’s scheme to team up with JPMorgan Chase to rescue the Bear Stearns investment colossus, which was about to run out of cash.

NEW IN BLOGS

Newsflash, Tina Fey: Muslim is the New Black!
by Ramla Bile, Engage Minnesota
The mudslinging has reached the level of flagrant Islamophobia. In the past few months, I have seen my faith reduced to a smear tactic.

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