Today in the Daily Planet, 10/1/07



“Proposed green card recall would affect long-time permanent residents”:
by Dan Gordon, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Imagine the road rage that would occur if the Department of Motor Vehicles was to suddenly declare almost two million driver’s licenses invalid, giving drivers 120 days to turn them in, submit to a background check, and purchase their updated licenses for $370. This is the proposal that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is putting into effect for legal immigrants who have lived in the United States for 18 to 30 years. The proposed rule would invalidate their main form of identification, the permanent resident I-551 form, commonly referred to as a “green card.” A 30-day public comment period on the proposed rule change ended September 21.

“Controversy at MNDOT, DFL leaders call on Molnau to resign”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, told the Star Tribune Tuesday that he is set to call hearings into the situation at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. “We’ll get to the bottom of this if we have haul them in under threat of subpoena. I want to find out how bad the problem is at MnDOT,” he said.

“Minneapolis affirmative action enforcement is: WEAK”:
by Anna Pratt, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Many city contracts don’t comply with civil rights ordinance, study shows


“Traffic congestion limited to the metro? Think again”:
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Traffic congestion isn’t just an urban problem anymore. As Minnesota farmers harvest their fields, trucks hauling crops to market plus slow-moving tractors and combines on narrow township roads create what’s become known as “rural rush hour.”

“Beltrami interchange on hold”:
by Gail Olson, The Northeaster
Dan DuHamel, vice chair of Northeast’s Beltrami Neighborhood Council (BNC), said he and his neighbors really like their neighborhood. But once in a while, they’d also like to be able to leave it.

“She speaks her mind”:
by Mary Sasa, Minnesota Women’s Press
Shawn Judge teaches other women how to speak their mind


“U.S. checks itself into rehab”:
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero


by John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
This was a good week for Orwellian speech.