Today in the Daily Planet, 10/22/07



“State funding shortfall prompts nearly 100 school districts to seek voters’ help”:
by Steve Share, Labor Review
Across the state, parents, teachers and other school staff are
busy stuffing envelopes, making phone calls, and knocking on doors. Their goal: to win community support on election day Tuesday, November 6 for nearly 100 local school district levies.

“St. Cloud profiling exposed”:
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
St. Cloud State University (SCSU) students, faculty and staff, and St. Cloud citizens, most of them persons of color, expressed embarrassment, frustration and anger during the October 9 Council on Black Minnesotans (CBM) hearing on racial profiling.

“Taking on ‘a modern form of slavery'”:
By Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
The catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina has spawned “a modern form of slavery” in New Orleans – one being challenged by a fledging worker rights organization.


“Choices on Crime and Justice”:
by Malcolm Gladwell, Council on Crime and Justice

“SCHIP override fails”:
by Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Monitor
The House of Representatives narrowly failed to override President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. Minnesota’s delegation strongly supported the override, but the vote failed, 273-156. The vote required 286 votes, or 2/3 of the total, to pass.

“Lucky Dube Shot Dead!”:
by Edwin Okong’o, Mshale
Media reports from South Africa indicate that reggae icon, Lucky Dube, who less than two months ago performed at Afrifest in Minneapolis, was gunned down in a carjacking in Johannesburg. He was 43.


“Homeland Security swipes Death Cab guitarist’s hard-drive”:
by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth


“My Minnesota: What the heck are you doing to MY Minnesota?”:
by Myles Spicer, Minneapolis Labor Review
Well, the bittersweet news is out. Minnesota is no longer in the “Top 10” of tax burdened states. But, I urge you to hold your applause. As the old saying goes: “be careful what you ask for…it might come true.” And that’s what has me uptight. As a proud third generation Minnesotan, I am alarmed, resentful, and concerned about the agenda drawn by these low tax/no tax folks. Why? Quite simply, they are stealing MY state. OUR state. The one we have grown to love and respect. And, I deeply resent it. Nor, will I let them do it without a fight.