Inside the Daily Planet, 10/18/08


THINGS PEOPLE SAY | Getting real about energy by staff, TC Daily Planet • We asked local leaders to respond to the presidential debate. Read the whole story here. Carl Nelson of the Green Institute criticized the lack of focus on energy efficiency and conservation.

St. Paul Disparity Study shows discrimination still occurring by Anna Pratt, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder • As the City of St. Paul moves forward with plans to establish a newly-merged Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (DHREEO), a key part of its charge will be to foster minority and female participation on City projects. Now available to inform its policies in that respect is the recently released Disparity Study that illuminates minority and female availability in the marketplace.

Questions surround alleged stem cell data falsification by Michael Langseth & Tiffany Smith, Minnesota Daily • Former University of Minnesota graduate student Morayma Reyes , who a University panel last week found had falsified stem cell research data published in 2001, said she refutes that claim and said errors that were made do not invalidate the paper’s conclusions.


CABBAGES AND KINGS | Futures Trading by Brian Devore, Land Stewardship Project • A few years ago Hakon and Karen Torjesen went looking for someone to farm some of their 260 acres. The fact that they went looking for a farmer, and not just an open checkbook, is key. The future of sustainable agriculture depends on more landowners like Hakon and Karen who are willing to take a chance on the next generation. By passing up a big, immediate payday, people like the Torjesens are making an investment in the future that could produce priceless dividends far into the future.

SOAPBOX | News flash… McCain and Palin are Republicans! by Myles Spicer • Surprised? Why not? Both these candidates are obviously trying to disengage themselves from not only George Bush, but also anything that even has the faint scent of “Bush-iness”, GOP, or Republicanism.

SINGLE WHITE FRINGE GEEK | Call for Writers for upcoming 24 Hour Play Project on February 6 & 7, 2009 by Matthew Everett • I’m helping Theatre Unbound out again as volunteer playwright wrangler for their 24 Hour Play Project. So I thought I’d put out a general call to see if there were interested writers among the readership…