Today in the Daily Planet, 10/16/07



“St. Paul delegation reports on Hmong graves in Wat Tham Krabok”:
by Kathy Mouacheupao
A delegation to Thailand sponsored by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s office reported October 10 on information and promises received in relation to desecration of Hmong graves at Wat Tham Krabok, and indicated that more steps need to be taken. Hmong community members at the meeting said those steps include a formal apology from the Thai government, a guarantee that no future desecration will occur, access to honor the dead who have been cremated, and identification of bodies still held by the Phaowana Songkhroa Foundation in Thailand.

“St. Paul man frustrated by a long distance rescue mission”:
By Dan Bernard, African News Journal
A St. Paul man is trying to arrange a long-distance rescue of his two young nieces after learning they were abducted by gunmen in Southern Sudan last week. Gabriel K. Solomon, 30, a University of Minnesota graduate student who lives in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood, is contacting officials in southern Sudan by phone and email to urge them to take action to find the men who abducted 1-year-old Ajak Aciek Mading and her 3-year-old sister Yar on Oct. 3 in Southern Sudan’s Jonglei state. Solomon said his grandmother was fatally shot during the abduction, and his stepmother is still hospitalized after being shot by the attackers.

“Minneapolis Public Schools create draft plan for radical high school reform”:
by Linda Lincoln, The Bridge
Officials from the Minneapolis Public School district have unveiled a comprehensive plan for a radical restructuring and reform of its high schools.


“Flanagan to take on incumbent Dem in North Minneapolis”:
by Joe Bodell, Minnesota Monitor
Peggy Flanagan currently serves on the Minneapolis School Board, works for Wellstone Action, is an active DFLer and is running for her party’s endorsment in House District 58A, covering part of North Minneapolis.

“Colin Powell opens Southside youth center bearing his name”:
by Vickie Evans-Nash, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Former secretary of state praised the strength of U.S. diversity

“U to assist national children’s study”:
By Amber Kispert, Minnesota Daily
Unprecedented in scope, the study will spend 25 years with 100,000 children.


“Local newspaper fails to cover the local angle of the story”:
by Steve Clements
Recently, City Pages, with tongue firmly in cheek, announced that the new Star Tribune Ombudsman was their own Matt Snyder. Maybe City Pages does need to “hire” Matt Snyder as an ombudsman on behalf of the Star Tribune who recently “reassigned” theirs. The Strib editor claimed that the new realignment over the past few months which saw close to half of the real journalists leave the paper with “early retirements”, Susan Albright forced out of her job as the Editorial Page Editor, and moving Kate Parry from Ombudsman to health editor was designed so that the new owners of the local print media “heavyweight” could concentrate on better coverage of the local area. Ha!

“‘Metro Section on Prozac’: Stribber questions paper’s priorities”:
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
Setting news priorities can be tough—how do you allocate limited space between news of a proposed foreclosure freeze in Minneapolis and an announcement of new snow emergency procedures in Edina? The Strib went with snow emergencies.


“Sweet 15 (quinceañera)”:
by Patricia M. Guerrero, New Minnesotans Speak