Headlines: Muralists add color to Nicollet Avenue



Muralists invited to add color to Nicollet Avenue
by Jason Ericson, TC Daily Planet
Walldogs on Nicollet is an innovative effort by the Kingfield and Lyndale Neighborhood Associations to call on local and national artists to paint six to ten murals along Nicollet Avenue, a major commercial corridor the two neighborhoods share. The murals will be painted during a three-day span in late July on buildings in a 16-block stretch from Lake Street to 46th Street.

Sha Cage and e.g. bailey inspire creativity at breakneck speed
by Dwight Hobbes, Insight News
The tireless team of Sha Cage and e.g. bailey, a/k/a Minnesota Spoken Word Association, talent agency TruRuts Endeavors, Tru Life Films and Speakeasy Records, are at it again. No sooner has Cage caught her breath after performing in February at Hip-Hop For The Homeless at Triple Rock Social Club (while fighting off the flu) than she and bailey are ramping up to promote their record label’s newest releases. They’ve got newly-signed wordsmith El Guante (the single “Harry Potter” b/w “Esta Tarde”, off the album El Guante’s Haunted Studio Apartment) and the compilation CD, Lightning & Thunder Vol. 1 by a roster of Hip-Hop and Spoken Word artists.

MnDOT had pictures of damaged gusset plates four years ago
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has had visual evidence of damaged gusset plates on the 35W bridge for more than four years, according to a Star Tribune report. It appears that URS Corp., the company that MnDOT hired to look at the structural stability of the bridge, took the images for the department in the summer of 2003.


Charging back: Will credit cardholders get their due?
by Molly Priesmeyer, Minnesota Monitor
Americans are drowning in debt like never before, yet the big, ugly “d” word has been of little issue in this election. Still, policymakers are way behind on creating credit reform, both from a consumer and fiscal standpoint. After all, consumers are in way over their heads, with delinquencies and defaults rising by double-digit percentages in the last year alone. Erratic rate hikes and hidden fees are being shoved on to consumers as banks continue to eat dirt from the subprime mess. And economic experts predict credit-card debt will be the unfolding of a much larger financial crisis to come.

Parents Wonder about school bus safety
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
Jim Marti wants to know: Just who exactly is responsible for school bus drivers?

NetWork says community key to recovery
by Dennis Geisinger, Southside Pride
A newly opened recovery facility for ex-offenders and former drug abusers is located at 3514 14th Ave. S. on the southern edge of Powderhorn Park. Owned and operated by a new start-up nonprofit called NetWork for Better Futures, the former apartment complex has 18 units and 14 current residents who, given jobs and a place to hang their hats, are being returned to the community.


A neglected health care need
by Marilyn Loen, Minnesota 2020
Oral health is one of the greatest unmet health care needs in the US. Millions of Americans have no dental insurance and even those who do often cannot afford the cost of dental care. This crisis is particularly felt in vulnerable communities – low-income working families, minorities, rural populations, the elderly, and those with special needs.


An American genocide
by Cody Oesterreich, World Views
Magdalena* and I sit together in a two-room house buried deep in the mountain jungle of Xesiguan, Rabinal, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. We drink the hot coffee that she prepares over the open fire stove despite the muggy, humid air that brings sweat to our faces.