Today in the Daily Planet, 10/28/07



“Bridge inspector stands by Congressional testimony”:
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Two days after testifying before a Congressional committee investigating bridge safety, a state inspector defended his criticism of MnDOT officials and said he was speaking out on behalf of co-workers who cannot because they fear retaliation.

“Living in the Inner City, Going to School in the Suburbs”:
by Nissan Brown, KFAI
Nissan Brown is an African-American student, entering her junior year at Edina High School in the fall. As a 2007 Youth News Intern she is reporting on living in the inner while busing to a suburban school district as part of the Choice Is Yours program, which allows low income students to opt out of attending a Minneapolis Public School. She was born in Minneapolis.

“Prostitution: should it remain a crime?”:
by Susan Budig, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
‘As a prostitute, I’ve been beaten, tortured and raped,’ says Sarah, who has since escaped the life of prostitution. ‘Whether legalized or not, would that make the impact any different?’ she wonders, contemplating the legal status of prostitution.


Readers, Writers and Books
“Healing the prisoners”:
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
A grandmother from Blaine at Abu Ghraib

“Chicana activist and poet speaks on diversity, identity”:
by Justin Horwath, Minnesota Daily
Cherrie Moraga spoke and answered questions about life as an author.

“Signaling for Rescue”:
by Ann Klefstad, MN Artists
Marianne Herrmann’s first book is assured and rewarding; it’s published by New Rivers Press and available at bookstores now.


by Eleanor Arnason, Facts and Fictions


“The Sin City… whatever happened there … is honesty”:
by Ahmed Tharwat
I just visited Las Vegas for the first time. In all these years, the Sin City had never seduced me, in spite of its flashy façade screaming its invitation and its attractive moral slogan promising to keep everything I do a secret.