Inside the Daily Planet, 11/1/08


NEWS YOU CAN USE | You have the right to vote regardless of state or county fines or bills by Vote for Change, • You have the right to vote. Period.

If you have outstanding parking tickets or other traffic violations, outstanding utility bills, are behind on your mortgage, or other outstanding county fines, you still have the right to vote. You do not have to pay any of the above tickets, bills, or fines in order to vote.

Ellison campaigns to the Somali community for fellow Democrat Al Franken by Mohamed Hassan, Mshale • At an event organized by the Somali American Community, a non-partisan organization in Minnesota, US Congressman Rep. Keith Ellison campaigned for fellow democrat, Al Franken, in his meeting to an electrified crowd of Somali-Americans.

CHAT music award goes to young singer/songwriter Sarah Yang by Justin Schell, TC Daily Planet • The winner of this year’s InSession songwriting contest, which encourages up-and-coming Hmong musical artists, is Sarah Yang of Oakdale. The contest, organized by the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), is now in its seventh year. In winning the contest, Yang received a $500 gift certificate to American Guitar and Band in Maple Grove, as well as 20 hours of recording time at Essential Studios in St. Paul. “I’m going to buy a new guitar,” she says with a smile.

VOICES: Allan Spear: 1937 – 2008 | A Tribute To The Senator by Senator Scott Dibble, Uptown Neighborhood News • When Senator Allan Spear passed away on Saturday, October 11 Minneapolis lost one of its greatest elected representatives. Minnesota lost one of exemplary great statesmen and our nation lost one of the leading figures in the movement for civil rights and greater equality for all.


THINK FORWARD | Can Green Purchasing Change the World? by Ben Lilliston, 10/30/08 • Shifts in the marketplace toward more environmentally friendly products are happening because larger institutional buyers are demanding it. By working with local governments, hospitals, schools and large businesses, civil society groups are expanding markets for greener production and products.

SAINT PAUL ALMANAC | My life in Saint Paul by Sandra Opokua • Students sent their stories of coming to America, and personal observations of Saint Paul to the Saint Paul Almanac. The stories remind us of the uniqueness and richness of our city.