SATURDAY, March 29


Tale of a trial
by Emily Cooper, TC Daily Planet
The audience in courtroom 880 in the Ramsey County Courthouse was quiet. Heads were bowed and some hands were clasped as they waited for the verdict to be read. The resolution would be the culmination of five months of testimony, preparation and hard work. The small slip of paper containing the name of the winner was handed to Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson who glanced at the words, refolded it, nodded and handed it to presiding Judge James Dehn to read to the crowd.

Into the light
By Michele St. Martin , Minnesota Women’s Press
“Quitting drinking? That’s easy. So easy that I did it … over and over and over again.

Counting the dead: mapping the impact on Minnesota
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor
The number of U.S. military casualties in Iraq recently passed the 4,000 mark. According to the Web site icasualties.org, 59 of those soldiers have come from Minnesota. [Cities and soldiers listed below.]


Community leaders continue to press for affordable health care
by staff, Workday Minnesota
Community leaders who engaged in civil disobedience last week to support Twin Cities security officers are urging security companies to fulfill their promise of affordable health care.

Multiuniversity campus in Chaska recruits institutions
by Tom Moran, Andy Steinke, Minnesota Daily
About 26 miles away from the University, a new college campus that might change the face of higher education will break ground this year.

Pawlenty appoints chief justice: could close ties be a concern?
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed longtime friend Eric Magnuson as chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday, replacing retiring justice Russell Anderson. Most accounts suggest that Magnuson will be a superb justice on the high court, but his close ties to Pawlenty and his lack of experience on the bench have raised questions for at least one legal expert.


Getting the paper towel monkey off your back—give it a try
by Jeannie Piekos, Southside Pride
So many messes; so many towels.


One nation, under surveillance
by James Clay Fuller, Rants & Ruminations
More than a year ago, my wife gave me a tee shirt that shows a pair of obviously hostile eyes over a line of type that says, “One Nation Under Surveillance.”