Headlines 6/2/08: Latino artists, light rail and the U, security officers sign new contract

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HEADLINES

Espejos: Reflecting the Latino community
Teresa Ortiz is a poet, spoken word artist, community organizer, ESL teacher—and a mentor for writers through the Espejos program for the past two years. Espejos, a mentoring program for emerging Latino artists, will present this year’s artistic work June 5 at 7 p.m.

Keeping the “U” on track
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
In what may put an end to the most over-reported and under-understood controversy in Minnesota public affairs this year, two official planning groups overwhelmingly settled this week on a Washington Avenue route for light rail transit through the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus.

Twin Cities security officers enjoy the fruits of their organizing labor
by Lauretta Dawalo Towns, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Twin Cities security officers vowed a fight to win, and the recent victory in the form of a renewed contract was well worth the fight.

Security companies settled a new contract on April 9, which was approved by members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 on April 12. The contract includes access to affordable health insurance, higher wages, improved training and equipment, and sick leave.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Award caps Floyd Bedbury’s six-decade holiday on ice
by Judy Woodward, Park Bugle
The way Floyd Bedbury tells it, he didn’t appreciate the full impact of what he’d done until he stood alone in the Oslo train station, an 18-year-old kid newly arrived from Minnesota, knowing no one, without a single word of Norwegian. He was terrified at the strangeness of it all, but he’d come this far on ambition and he wasn’t going to turn back.

Minnesota 2020 Journal: I hear Minnesota singing
by John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
A tornado brings out Minnesota’s best. As a boy, I experienced it firsthand. Sunday, I saw it again in Hugo.

In the Public Interest
by Mike Hazard
This clip documents the history behind the media’s duties to serve the public interest. It’s from a program called ON TELEVISION: PUBLIC TRUST OR PRIVATE PROPERTY (1988).

NEW IN VOICES

Obama and the myth of racial transcendence
by Ralph Remington, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Much of the appeal around Senator Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy is based on an idea of “racial transcendence”: the state where one actually rises above any definition of race or racial identity, past or present. I hope that at this time, we can all put the myth of racial transcendence to bed.