Today in the Daily Planet, 11/1/07



“What I’ve learned teaching citizen journalists”:
by Douglas McGill, The McGill Report
Three years ago, I started teaching basic journalism skills to citizens in community education classes in Minneapolis. Since then I’ve taught about a hundred ordinary folks – school teachers, government workers, not-for-profit types, retired people, students and many others – the basics of journalistic story structure, ethics and practices.

“Scary bridge tour”:
by Michael Moore, Workday Minnesota
What’s spookier than a haunted house? Scarier than a Freddy Krueger movie? It’s the structural state of three major bridges in the Twin Cities’ east-metro area: the Lafayette, the Wakota and the Hastings, all of which span the Mississippi River.

“Thousands ask EPA to withdraw the carcinogen methyl iodide from agriculture”:
by Chela Vázquez, Special to the TC Daily Planet
More than 10,000 people sent a petition to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson requesting the withdrawal of EPA’s registration for agriculture of the fumigant pesticide methyl iodide (also called iodomethane or by its commercial name Midas). EPA’s October 5 registration of MeI opened the door for thousands of tons of this chemical to be applied onto agricultural fields, as close as 25 feet away from homes, parks and businesses.

“Suburban school district seeks to ban gay-straight alliance”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The Osseo school district in the western Twin Cities suburbs is fighting a string of court decisions ordering the school to allow a gay-straight alliance (GSA) access to school facilities. The district filed an appeal Friday after a federal court ruled in September the district violated equal access laws.


“The ugly truth”:
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020 Fellow
The contrast is stark: Progressives want to help children get the education they deserve while conservatives would throw students overboard to save a few pennies on their taxes.

Food and restaurants

“Wolfgang Puck: Eat Locally, Dine at 20.21?”:
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
It’s really good to see that Wolfgang Puck has jumped on the sustainable, humanely-raised, locally-grown bandwagon, but when he came to town last week to promote his new food policies, I couldn’t resist asking him one tough question.

“Snap, crackle and popcorn”:
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
Entrepreneurs bring unique concept to Dinkytown

“Tapped in”:
by Tammy Sproule Kaplan, Downtown Journal
Beer is the new wine, and you didn’t hear it here first. It’s making headlines across the nation.


“How care manifests the world”:
by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth