Inside the Daily Planet, 8/25/08


NEWS YOU CAN USE | Living green every day by Jen Ortendahl, The Bridge
With all the stigma surrounding global warming and the rising pressure to live more sustainable lifestyles, drastic changes have been suggested that might disrupt most people in their everyday lives. However, there are some things that people can do to help the environment one little step at a time.

VOICES: John McCain: Wrong president for a war-weary nation by Tom Heuermann, Special to the TC Daily Planet
A warrior born and bred, John McCain’s worldview is framed by preparation for wars, fighting wars, and creating enemies for future wars. McCain threatens a war with Iran to prevent it from having nuclear weapons, expresses willingness to occupy Iraq for 100 years if necessary, talks tough to Russia, and promises Americans that there “will be more wars.”

Against type: Ellison’s GOP opponent, Barb Davis White, slams convention planners, state GOP by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent
The campaign of Barb Davis White went after the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Minnesota on Tuesday, criticizing the RNC’s failure to invite any African-American congressional candidates to speak at the Republican National Convention and complaining that the Minnesota GOP has been lax in supporting Davis White’s campaign. Davis White is the Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for the 5th Congressional District, which encompasses Minneapolis and several inner-ring suburbs.

Operating Engineers accuse Sauk Rapids aggregate producer of union busting by Michael Moore, Workday Minnesota
The National Labor Relations Board is investigating charges that MDU Knife River, a construction materials and mining company with facilities in Sauk Rapids, illegally discriminated against union members.

A pharmacist’s dream by Elizabeth Rich, Minnesota 2020
I am sitting at a local coffee shop trying to keep the numbers straight. Sitting across from Joel Albers can be quite a whirlwind of dates and figures. Papers are clutched in his hands explaining all about why the Minnesota health care system is on the verge of a major crisis.


BLOG | Farmer to Farmer at the Fair by Mary Turck, Getting Together at the Fair
White enamel church basement coffeepots hang from the ceiling, but the coffee bar inside doesn’t have Grandma’s egg coffee. The Farmers’ Union booth now offers karaoke and cappuccino, along with the more traditional balloons and yardsticks.

BLOG | I am Robin Gunningham by Dustin Nelson, Arts Orbit
There has been a lot of talk flying around message boards, blogs, and even reputable papers and magazines like Time and The Guardian about the potential unmasking of Banksy. For those who are somehow unfamiliar with one of the most influential artists alive, Banksy is a street artist whose whole persona has relied on the fact that no one knows who Banksy is. He started as a regular tagger in London, and has evolved into an international criminal and hero.

BLOG | We love all the people, and we love to rock the house by Jeff Fecke, Blog of the Moderate Left
Societal change doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen by fiat; it takes thousands and thousands of individual changes to change society. And so mark this up as a small but meaningful milestone on the road to marriage equality.

BLOG | Soranno-designed synagogue opens by Todd Melby, Building Minnesota
After conducting services in a former Mormon meeting house for decades, the congregation of B’nai Israel Synagogue in Rochester, Minnesota recently moved into a new building designed by architect Joan Sorrano of HGA Architects.