Today in the Daily Planet, 10/13/07


SATURDAY, October 13


“A transportation system beyond the worst-case scenario”:
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
In June 2005, the official state economist, Thomas Stinson, and a University of Minnesota colleague published a deeply researched scholarly report that sought to predict state revenues for roads and bridges through the year 2030.

“Weekly vigils for Burma in hopes the regime will leave”:
by Tom LaVenture, Asian American Press
The ethnic communities of Burma Minnesotans held a vigil on the southern end of the Wabasha Bridge in St. Paul last Sunday. The few dozen protested with candles, flags and signs in support of the monks and civilians in Myanmar and denounce the military government.

“Heavy agricultural subsidies in the West hamper economic growth in Africa”:
Julia N. Opoti , Mshale
Dean J. Brian Atwood of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota urged Western governments to revisit their economic policies, especially their offer of huge agricultural subsidies to their farmers, which he said hinder growth in Africa.


“Shá Cage on Kirby and her career”:
by Dwight Hobbes, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Spoken word artist and actor Shá Cage speaks about the relationship between spoken word performance and acting.

“Gay church hit with anti-Christian vandalism”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
When members of All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church arrived for services Sunday morning they found a pentagram and the words “Slay the priest” spray-painted in black across the building’s brick facade. While church members are citing intimidation and calling it a possible hate crime, some conservative bloggers have laughed it off and even speculated that the church itself was responsible.

“Remembering Dinkytown’s ‘Walker’ Phil Holland”:
By Robert Roscoe, The Bridge
His many close friends knew this tall dapper gentleman as Phil Holland. But so many, perhaps thousands of people who lived or hung around the U of M and Dinkytown area throughout the 1960s and a few decades beyond never knew his name – instead he was known as ‘The Walker.’ Constantly on the move, always walking, always dressed in a suit and always wearing a hat, seeing Phil Holland was very often a daily experience.


“Of homes and houses”:
by Dave Healy, Park Bugle
‘It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home.’ — Edgar Guest


“My culture”:
by Ermias, New Minnesotans Speak

“Teachers who touch our lives”:
by Joe Nathan, School Talk