Today in the Daily Planet, 10/9/07



“The day the music stopped in Worthington: Dia de la Hispanidad”:
by Teresa Ortiz, Special to the TC Daily Planet
On September 16, police action stopped a Latino celebration of Mexican and Central American Independence Day in Worthington, though organizers had a permit for the party in Chautauqua Park. The event—and the debate that followed—highlighted continuing tension between new and old residents, as well as efforts to work together.

“Minneapolis affirmative action enforcement judged: WEAK (part 2)”:
by Anna Pratt, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
‘We are breaking the law’ by not honoring Civil Rights Ordinance obligations

“South Minneapolis contamination area now a superfund site”:
by Scott Russell and Ed Kohler, The Bridge
How does the arsenic removal issue break down?


“Seven Straight Nights: Vigil at the Governor’s Mansion”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
On Monday night, Oct. 8, a vigil will be held in front of the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul in support of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Minnesotans — except the participants are not LGBT. Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights is organizing heterosexuals throughout the country to “come out” in support of their LGBT friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers. The organizers are planning on tens of thousands of participants throughout the country in 30 cities including St. Paul and Duluth in Minnesota.

“Looking for answers”:
By Staff, Session Daily
Eight legislative subpoenas were handed out and ready for House Commerce and Labor Committee execution largely as a sign of frustration over problems surrounding the Wakota Bridge project.

“Declining Business after the I-35W Tragedy”:
by Silke Rossman, KFAI
Everybody knows about the victims of the I-35W bridge collapse but not a lot of people know about the more indirect victims like the businesses in the neighboring areas that have to document a decline in their sales volume because of the bridge collapse. Some businesses don’t attribute slow business solely to the incident, while others calculate internal spending closely, while appealing to the customers they have been able to keep.


“Covering Minnesota kids needs to remain our focus”:
by Matt Entenza, Minnesota 2020
With the showdown this week between conservatives and progressives over a proposal to reauthorize and expand the hugely popular and effective State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the health care debate has naturally shifted to Washington. With the recent Presidential veto, the debate has become even more critical.


“What is culture?”:
By Burhan Hussein, New Minnesotans Speak