Japanese and American playwright exchange is groundbreaking by Dean S. Potter, Asian Pages When you embrace another culture you explore the differences, but more importantly you discover that the likenesses tells you that we are more alike than different — knowledge that can only lead to harmony and peace. The Tokyo 2006 International Festival helped this embracing of cultures by having American theatrical plays translated into Japanese and read before Japanese audiences by Japanese actors. Homosexuality, abstinence figure huge in suburban election drama by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor Social conservatives are claiming victory in the resignation of a popular suburban school superintendent upset with results of a recent school board election. Tom Westerhaus of the Prior Lake-Savage school district decided to quit rather than work for a newly elected school board member whom he fired as a district employee months ago. Cows to remain on St. Paul campus by Alex Robinson, Minnesota Daily Animal coordinator Bill Hansen’s future is like the giant bull statues anchored on the lawn of the St. Paul campus – not changing anytime soon. NEW IN BLOGS Pee Wee Paulose’s Big Adventure by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero NEW IN VOICES The Beckham mania by Ahmed Tharwat, TC Daily Planet Last Sunday the highly-touted and long-awaited British footballer, David Beckham, finally showed up at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The media hype of the arrival of the new American superstar is a phenomenon that has nothing to do with the beautiful game of soccer and a lot to do with the beautiful footballer. The challenge facing soccer in the U.S. is much greater than can be influenced by a ‘hot’ 33-year-old player who ‘looks better than 99% of his gender,’ according to C.J., a columnist at the Star Tribune.