Inside the Daily Planet, 1/3/2008

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INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Views and Reviews

Interview: Pamela McNeill brings country rock to the Cities
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Country rocker Pamela McNeill has to be one of the hardest-working women in Twin Cities music—and one of the most ardently admired.

Film note: ‘Juno’ is frankly moving
by Stephen Sporer, TC Daily Planet
In screenwriter Diablo Cody’s Juno, when the father of the eponymous teenage heroine (Ellen Page) learns of his daughter’s unexpected pregnancy, he says, “I thought you were the kind of girl who knew when to say when.” Juno thoughtfully looks at him and convincingly replies, “I don’t know what kind of girl I am.” The frankness in Cody’s terrific screenplay is why Juno stands out not only as a witty, heartwarming comedy but also as one of the top films of 2007.

There’s someone like you on Avenue Q
by Anne Nicolai, Night and Day
I loved Avenue Q from the opening line. But then, I’m biased. Having graduated from a small liberal arts college with a degree in Slippery Slope to Poverty, I appreciated the humor in college grad Princeton’s lament: “What do you do with a B.A. in English? What is my life going to be?”

NEW IN VOICES

Opportunity ripe for clean, green energy at Rock Tenn
by Bernie Hesse, Workday Minnesota
People often ask me how it is going, and I respond that in the labor movement there is nothing but opportunity.

NEW IN BLOGS

EPA begins planning cleanup of Bush Administration
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero
With a little more than a year left in the administration of George W. Bush, top officials of the Environmental Protection Agency have begun mapping out strategies for how to dispose of the toxic, in some cases highly lethal, waste produced by the Bush team over the last seven years, EPA insiders revealed today.

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