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THURSDAY, March 20

HEADLINES

Setting standards, cutting funding for arts education
by Scott Russell, TC Daily Planet
Unlike reading, math and science, there is no high-stakes state arts test. Each district sets its own measure of art success. That means arts can get the brush-off in the budget process,

Quality of life improving for Black kids, but gaps still exist
by Felicia Shultz, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Quality of life improving for Black kids, but gaps still exist

Getting tough on toxic chemicals
by Nick Busse, Session Weekly
In December 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency changed the rules that require companies to publicly disclose information on toxic chemical emissions from their facilities, essentially easing the requirements so that fewer companies had to report the data. Rep. Frank Moe (DFL-Bemidji) sponsors a bill that would put Minnesota back on the old rules.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Views and Reviews

Music note: The pride of the South Side
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Aiming to capture the “sounds from South Minneapolis backyards, living rooms, churches, coffeehouses, concert halls, and honky-tonks,” the neighborhood paper Southside Pride has created an eclectic music compilation called Southside Soul. The disc is sure to make Southsiders proud indeed, and to pique interest in the neighborhood’s diverse music scene.

Theater note: Playwright Byrony Lavery asks some hard, cold questions in Frozen
by Anne Nicolai, TC Daily Planet
You know you’re seeing good theater when the characters seem as real as your next-door neighbors. You know you’re seeing great theater when the characters who don’t appear onstage, but are described by the actors, seem so real that you swear you saw them standing there.

Interview: Ellen Stanley, a.k.a. Mother Banjo
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
You don’t get much closer to traditional American music than the banjo—actually an African instrument that’s become a bluegrass staple—and you don’t get much better at it than Mother Banjo.

NEW IN VOICES

One lesson of Wright kerfuffle: DC press corps is Pavlov’s Dog Pound
by Steve Perry, Minnesota Monitor
The right-wing cottage industry that makes its living by unearthing “liberal bias” in news media loves to cart out the fact that traditionally there have been more Democrats than Republicans in newsrooms across the land. But the tarring of Jeremiah Wright Jr. and his best-known congregant, Barack Obama, is an object lesson in how spectacularly beside the point that really is when it comes to understanding the day-to-day machinations of the chat cycle.

NEW IN BLOGS

Calls for Olympic boycott as Tibetans (and Björk) protest
by Paul Schmelzer, 3/14-19/08 • Eyeteeth • As protests in Tibet over Chinese rule have left anywhere from 10 to 100 people dead, many are calling for a boycott of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Meanwhile, Reporters without Borders is campaigning for a boycott, too, calling the country “the world’s biggest prison for journalists and cyber-dissidents.”

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