Today in the Daily Planet, 10/7/07



“Whistleblower Wotzka, legislators and researcher put Atrazine dangers back in spotlight”:
By Colette Davidson, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Paul Wotzka was a low-profile hydrologist, employed by the state of Minnesota, until he was fired in March after speaking out against atrazine, a widely-used herbicide. Since then he has been in the spotlight. ‘For 16 years, I worked in this area with groups of fisherman and farmers. We never got much publicity,’ he says, ‘So, now, it’s different to get calls for interviews.’

“FASD: Bringing it home”:
by Michele St. Martin
A tale of two families and life with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

“Opportunities for all students”:
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
A technical debate about autism may lead to savings and better special education of the learning disabled in rural Minnesota schools.


“14 arrested at headquarters of local arms merchant”:
By Steve Clemens, Special to the TC Daily Planet
October 2nd has been declared by the United Nations as ‘International Day of Nonviolence’ in honor of the life and witness of Mohandas Gandhi, the leader of the nonviolent movement that ended British colonial rule in India. For a second consecutive year, AlliantACTION sponsored a march and presence at Alliant Techsystems headquarters in Edina, MN on that date to honor Gandhi’s birthday.

“The Tutu Episode — Whither Academic Freedom?”:
by Abdi Aynte, Minnesota Monitor
To avoid offending some in Minnesota’s Jewish community, the University of St. Thomas scrubbed a plan to invite Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, to speak at its campus next year. But along the way the Catholic university offended many others and rekindled a debate about a larger question: Is there an effort to stifle a critical discussion about the Israel-Palestinian conflict in this country?

“Youth Performance Company empowers young adults with ‘Just Before Sleep'”:
By Chris Stedman, The Bridge
YPC offices return to Prospect Park neighborhood


“Justice Delayed”:
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero


“An open letter to Father Dease”:
by Aaron Ziegler
I am an undergraduate student at the University of St. Thomas. I read with interest both the recent press coverage and your response in the UST Bulletin regarding your decision not to allow UST facilities to be used to host Desmond Tutu. Let me begin by saying I’m more than a little disappointed.