Inside the Daily Planet, 10/11/08


Voices | Attending to teen pregnancy: strengthening the Liberian family system by Emmanuel Dolo, The Liberian Journal • This week I received a phone call from a reader. She read my paper on weak family systems in Liberia and urged me to address the subject of teen pregnancy in a follow up article. She told me: “My teenage son is now a father. I am not working and many of his friends are also becoming fathers. The burden for caring for these children, then falls on the girls or their parents. I want you to please write something about this issue. But I do not want for you to address this issue like other people do. I want you to find a way and focus heavily on the boys and the men.”

Political vision: Always clearer in hindsight by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge • This month, as Americans vet the words of presidential candidates speaking at debates, town halls and interviews, an event and exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum will take a look back at the phraseology of past presidents.

U stem cell research data deemed falsified by Jake Grovum, Minnesota Daily • Published data from a high-profile University stem cell research lab were found to be falsified, an investigative committee announced Tuesday.


ARTS ORBIT | Weekend what’s what 10/10-10/12: Dancing in the street by l’etoile magazine staff • Just because it’s chilly out doesn’t mean you can’t take to the streets like nature intended, right? This weekend you’ll have plenty of reasons to pound the pavement with not only the new l‘étoile-sponsored dance night, Street Sounds, in the VIP Room this Friday, but also the St. Paul Art Crawl, the Mobilize the Youth event and so many more that will have you strollin’ on the party (or arty) side of the street!

SINGLE WHITE FRINGE GEEK | Shameless plug of the day: Touch, Urban Samurai Productions by Matthew A. Everett • Touch deals with those that live on after a loved one has been taken from them by an unspeakable crime. I know, not light and airy fare, but then again, neither is Macbeth or The Laramie Project and they’re popping up around town, too.

THINK FORWARD | The Fertilizer Mafia? by Ben Lilliston • Costs for farmers around the world have gone through the roof—particularly for fertilizer. As the New York Times reported in April, rising fertilizer prices are limiting the production of farmers in developing countries trying to respond to the global food crisis. Is this just a case of tight supplies and growing demand, or is something else going on?