Today in the Daily Planet 10/2/07



“Critical Massive”:
by Chuck Olson, MN Stories
The Uptake was on the scene of Friday’s Critical Mass bike ride in Minneapolis. The ride was a huge success – both in number (The Strib says 600) and the lack of arrests or confrontation. The only confrontation we know of is documented here: “The Mercedes Incident.”

“After School program at Washington — ‘It’s a win, win, win situation'”:
by Mary Thoemke, Special to the TC Daily Planet
i>When the school bell rings at the end of the day at Washington Technology Magnet School located in Saint Paul’s North End, more than half of the students stay at the school for an additional two hours to participate in the WINGS program. WINGS is a take-off on the Eagle, the Washington mascot. This year the school has been able to expand the WINGS program to four days a week with the help of a three-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

“New Minneapolis policy promotes worker rights”:
by Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review
Every year the City of Minneapolis awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts for services and now a newly-adopted policy means that more of those contracts could be performed by union labor.


“Celebrating champions”:
By Tom LaVenture, Asian American Press
In September, Ready 4 K’s Hmong Project hosted “Celebrating Champions” an event for 50 grandparents at the Community School of Excellence in Saint Paul. The event was an opportunity to show appreciation for the valuable role that grandparents play in raising grandchildren, while also teaching how to help better-prepare them for pre-school and kindergarten.

“Higher bridge costs, less MNDOT money”:
by Staff, Session Daily
A Contingent Appropriation Group failed to sign off on using $195 million in state reserves to temporarily pay for reconstruction of the Interstate 35W bridge. However, it doesn’t mean it won’t.

“Showdown time: Legislators invite Governor to show up and explain where the money went”:
by Michael McIntee, Inside Minnesota Politics
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has a tough choice to make on Monday. Legislators have sent him a letter indicating he can either show up to tell a legislative committee how the money he said he had for the 35W bridge disappeared just as suddenly as the bridge did, or he faces delaying other transportation projects.


“Is it Possible to Smear Rush Limbaugh?”:
by Eric Black, Minnesota Monitor
And does it matter if you smear a smear artist who commits new smears while complaining about the smear against him?


“Why are we reading this?”:
by Rosemary Ruffenach, Rosemary Writes