Inside the Daily Planet, 9/2/08

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St. Paul’s High Bridge closure leaves only one route across the Mississippi
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Independent
With about 45 minutes to go at tonight’s SEIU Labor Day picnic and concert at St. Paul’s Harriet Island, a City of St. Paul sign-crew truck put “Road Closed” signs at both ends of the only remaining open bridge connecting downtown to the island. The worker speculated that the aim was to prevent or delay the concert attenders from returning back to downtown, the site of numerous clashes between protesters and police today.

Tear gas fired into crowd at Kellogg, MnIndy reporter hit
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Independent
Four blocks of Kellogg Blvd in St. Paul broke into chaos late this afternoon as riot police fired canisters of chemical agents directly into the crowd. MnIndy’s Jeff Severens Guntzel was there and relayed his account of what happened.

Thousands “take back Labor Day” at Harriet Island festival
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Many of the thousands of young people gathered at Harriet Island Monday probably never heard of folk musician Woody Guthrie or labor organizer Joe Hill, but they cheered when musicians Steve Earle and Tom Morello evoked the memories of these labor icons at the “Take Back Labor Day” Festival.

RNC by the numbers: more than 150 jailed on day one
by Paul Demko, Minnesota Independent
As of 8 p.m. this evening, 163 protesters had been processed through the Ramsey County Jail. This includes 73 felony arrests, 42 gross misdemeanors and 48 misdemeanors, according to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. Arraignments will be held beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Kids, kitchenware make a difference to poor in Philippines
by Cristina Oxtra, Asian Pages
After two months and thousands of miles, kitchenware from Minnesota arrived in the Philippines to change the lives of needy families.

Little prairie in the big city
by Roxanne Bergeron, The Bridge
Imagination is a big part of gardening. One must look beyond the plain, weedy pedestrian vista taking up space in the now and envision something with decided grandeur — or at least a yard not quite so ho-hum. If that future-landscape bliss could be a verdant paradise that took care of itself, so much the better.

Marit Woods enters Miss Earth Liberia 2008…reaches out to sponsors
by Abdullah Kiatamba, The Liberian Journal
“In some countries the need for sanitized water is vital. Clean drinking water is not accessible to all. Clean water should not be a commodity that is accessible to a select few. Everyday water is being privatized with the hope that it will lead to sanitized water for the masses…instead individuals who have no control over the process are the ones paying the price. Sanitized water is vital to our health and well-being. Drinking unsanitary water can lead to water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, cholera and infectious hepatitis…

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Mayor Interrupted: My weekend non-meeting of the minds with Chris Coleman
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero
The conversation started off on a positive note. More than positive. I shook the Mayor’s hand and commended the St. Paul Police Department for its low profile during the weekend’s worth of patently unconstitutional raids around St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The Land of the Free
by Jeff Fecke, Blog of the Moderate Left
Well, it’s been an interesting day here at the RNC. First, let me tell you, if you’re planning on coming down to St. Paul to stroll around and see the sights, good luck. As of right now, Kellogg is entirely shut down, as is much of Shepard. If you have surmised that you therefore cannot move from anywhere downtown to anywhere down West Seventh, you are correct — at least unless you want to walk up to Summit.