Today in the Daily Planet, 10/7/07



“Department of Health: E. Coli Outbreak Traced to Sam’s Club Stores”:
by Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Monitor
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating four cases of E. coli reported in Minnesota. The four cases have been linked to meat purchased at Sam’s Club stores in August and September. The news comes just days after a a nationwide recall of meat sold at Wal-Mart stores.

“Minneapolis Bike Tour draws more than 4500 riders”:
by Scott Schiefelbein, Uptown Neighborhood News
The morning of Sunday, September 16, 2007 arrived with almost perfect weather for the Minneapolis Bike Tour. The tour was not a race, but a chance for people to enjoy a ride past the lakes and waterways of Minneapolis along the Grand Round Scenic Byway System, without worrying about cars.

“‘Let’s Talk Month’ helps parents talk about sex”:
by Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Monitor
The Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, & Parenting (MOAPPP), Advocates for Youth, Hennepin County, and Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) are among a number of groups sponsoring “Let’s Talk Month,” a national campaign to encourage parents to educate their children about sex and reproductive health.

Readers, Writers and Books

“Death Roll: Review”:
by Mary Schoen, Special to the TC Daily Planet
With the title of Death Roll and a picture graphic of an open crocodile jaw on its cover, it would not be giving too much away to say that a giant reptile kills someone in this book. Minnesota authors, Marilyn Victor and Michael Allan Mallory, guide the reader into a unique setting for a murder mystery—a zoo—and introduce us to a new kind of sleuth—a zookeeper.

“Women and war”:
by Erin Wisness, Minnesota Women’s Press
Local book group to explore literature on war written by women

“Knitting a community together with hats”:
by Dave Healy, Park Bugle
After 21 books, Warren Hanson finally said yes.


“The Sputnik Shock”:
by Joe Nathan, School Talk


“How creativity Is killing the culture”:
by Michael Fallon, MN Artists
Michael Fallon presents the interesting idea that creativity–or at least the mandate for it– can create boredom, discontent, depression, and a lot of cruddy work.