Today in the Daily Planet, 11/12/07


MONDAY, November 12


“The biomass wars: Fuzzy definitions and heated debate”:
by Dan Gordon, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Asking people what “biomass” means is like asking four drunken and blindfolded football fans to describe an elephant by touch. Not only will each of them describe something different, but sooner or later a fight is liable to break out.

“Darfur: What more can Minnesotans do?”:
by Issa A. Mansaray, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
‘Genocides happen because we let them happen’ Last week’s ‘Darfur: the war that won’t go away’ forces us to ask what we and our political leaders here in Minnesota can do to help end this “particularly vicious genocide” half a world away.

“Security guards, window cleaners launch contract campaign”:
By Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Early this year the Justice for Janitors campaign helped thousands of Twin Cities workers attain family health coverage. Now security guards and window cleaners – who work in the same downtown buildings as the janitors – are mobilizing to improve their pay and benefits.


“Mayor Rybak’s green wheels”:
by Bretton Jones, Minneapolitics

“How do you make a man?”:
by Cristopher Anderson, Special to the TC Daily Planet
New Minnesota documentary ‘Journeyman’ premiers at Riverview Theater November 15 at 7 p.m.

“A Cinderella story, in Judo? Think again!”:
by Anthony Carranza, La Prensa de Minnesota
Judo is not exactly one of the most popular sports in the country. Minuscule, you can say, compared to football, baseball, basketball or even soccer. If you are Latino, chances are that you are going to be a soccer player, or maybe a baseball player, depending on what country your family is from. But for this multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual family from Chaska, MN, judo is not a Cinderella in the sports arena; it’s a wonderful experience that has turned them into one of the most competitive families in the sport in the country.

“Now what for school funding?”:
by Joe Nathan, School Talk


“Knowledge is good”:
By John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
Faber College Dean Vernon Wormer had it right: Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.* According to the recently released UnitedHealth Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings report, Minnesota is increasingly fat, drunk and stupid.