Inside the Daily Planet, 11/27/07

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Minnesota students succeed in international spotlight by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020 However, signs point to looming math and science crises The State of Healthcare for Minnesota’s Latinos: Part 2 by Staff, La Prensa de Minnesota One of the reasons often given for Minnesota’s consistently high rank in national health surveys is an above average percentage of residents covered by some form of health insurance. However, the percentage of uninsured has been creeping upward for several years. In fact, according to a study by the Minnesota Department of Health, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the state’s uninsured rate rose from 5.4 percent in 2001 to 6.7 percent in 2004. Fewer businesses providing coverage for their employees was cited as the primary reason for the increase. UMore Park home to turkey research sitehttps://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8159 by Alex Robinson, Lindsay Guentzel, Minnesota Daily Researchers are testing the effects of feeding turkeys distilled corn, an ethanol byproduct. NEW IN VOICES A dividing line crossed by Lydia Howell, TC Daily Planet America has crossed a line with the grotesque ‘debate’ about water-boarding and the confirmation of Michael Mukasey–in effect, affirming Bush’s torture policy and giving it a veneer of legality. NEW IN BLOGS Beyond bullets: A top war correspondent on the human side of the news by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth The stories of Janine di Giovanni captivate: A New Jersey-born war correspondent now living in Paris, she’s stared down government guns — quite literally — during a coup attempt in Ivory Coast, walked among towering walls of corpses after a cholera epidemic in Rwanda, spent four days ‘mopping up blood’ after a NATO bombing raid in the Balkans, and in 1992, dropped her notebook to hold an elderly woman as she died near the front line in Sarajevo.

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