Today in the Daily Planet ,10/14/07



“Murder and Mayhem tour lights up Minneapolis history”:
By Chris Oien, Special to the TC Daily Planet
On a warm October Saturday afternoon, local historian Susan Hunter-Weir gave her second annual Murder and Mayhem Tour of the Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery, located on the north side of Lake Street from Cedar Ave. to 21st Ave. Of the 21,000 people buried there, most over 100 years ago, many were the victims of disease, drowning, shooting, suicide, and other unfortunate life-shortening causes. Hunter-Weir gave her tour group a sampling of this darker side to Minneapolis history.

“In the shadows of refugee camps”:
by Issa A. Mansaray, African News Journal
Jennifer Vago, a registered nurse and field worker has served 10 missions with Doctors Without Borders in different refugee camps. From Sierra Leone, Liberia, Somalia to Sri Lanka, Vago says the stories from the refugees are the same; full of suffering, hunger, frustration, helplessness, rape and the fear of death.

“A Black pastor struggles in western Minnesota town”:
by Abdi Aynte, Minnesota Monitor
Over the past three years Pastor Danny Barnes has found himself in the Traverse County jail several times for various scuffles with people in the small Minnesota town of Wheaton, near the South Dakota border. But his latest arrest is validating his worst nightmare: that, as one of handful of blacks in the town, the justice system is slanted against him — big time.

“Educators discuss troublesome aspects of NCLB”:
by Colette Davidson, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Sharon Radd claims that public education in the U.S. has manipulated marginalized populations and has become privatized, imperialized and consumer-driven. ‘Listen for all the market language in the NCLB [No Child Left Behind] legislation,’ says Radd, ‘You hear words such as ‘competition,’ ‘efficiency’ and ‘personal responsibility.’ I think that’s what makes NCLB really problematic.’

Readers, Writers and Books
“North End Resident writes English-Oromo-Amharic dictionary”:
by Mary Thoemke, North End News
Askale Yigletu is one of the many immigrants who have settled in the North End neighborhood of Saint Paul in recent years. She arrived in America with her two daughters on September 7, 2001, four days before the terrorist attack on the United States. She says, ‘I was lucky that I came before September 11.’ Some of her friends and relatives were scheduled to come to the United States shortly after she did, but their trips were canceled after September 11, and they had to remain in their homeland of Ethiopia.


“Romance and SF”:
by Eleanor Arnason, Facts and Fictions


“Volunteering Matters”:
by Lisa Steinmann, Park Bugle
Fighting cancer with exercise.