Today in the Daily Planet, 11/19/07



“Economic snapshot for November 2007”:
by Christian E. Weller of Center for American Progress, Minnesota 2020
Economic reporting often falls prey to low expectations. It’s true that a number of recent indicators have performed better than expected, but the performance is still relatively weak. Stronger growth and employment gains are certainly welcome, yet large risks remain that could quickly weaken the economy in the future. These risks include large budget and trade deficits and the continued fallout from the end of the housing and mortgage boom.

“Back in Minneapolis: Dr. Brenda Cassellius returns to public schools post”:
by Nancy Sartor, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Dr. Brenda Cassellius, a former Twin Cities’ teacher and administrator, recently returned to Minneapolis from Memphis, Tenn., to accept the position of Associate Superintendent Area B for Minneapolis Public Schools. Focusing on high school reform, Cassellius is working closely with Chief Academic Officer Bernadeia Johnson to implement Minneapolis Public Schools’ strategic plan initiatives to increase student achievement, promote equitable learning and better prepare students for college.

Information meeting today, 3 p.m.“President of South Sudan meets with University of Minnesota students; pledges action against child abductions”:
by Staff, African News Journal
After meeting with South Sudan President Salva Kiir, a group of University of Minnesota students emerged reassured that he would act to control a wave of abductions that have swept up more than 450 Sudanese children in the last two years.


“A war on trash”:
by Brian Voerding, Downtown Journal
Stevens Square couple leading neighborhood antilitter campaign

“Alcoholism in the Somali Community”:
by Zahra Farah, KFAI
2007 Youth News Intern Zahra Farah is already a veteran journalist. She interned at the Somali magazine, Haboon, where she had the opportunity to interview and write. She is a senior at Roosevelt High School this fall in Minneapolis. Zahra has lived across the Midwest. She was born in Somalia, and lived in Nairobi, Kenya before emigrating to the United States. Zahra’s story is about alcoholism in the Somali community.

“Barack Obama’s state HQ opens for business”:
by Raymond Jackson, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
On Saturday, November 10, Obama 08 Minnesota kicked off its campaign with a meet-and-greet barbeque at its St. Paul headquarters. With organizers now assigned to congressional districts throughout Minnesota and the campaign kickoff coinciding with Michelle Obama’s visit to the Twin Cities, staff and volunteers were very optimistic about Barack Obama’s run for the presidency.


“Class of 1968”:
by Rosemary Ruffenach, Rosemary Writes


“Oversimplifying Islam”:
by Taqee Khaled, Minnesota Daily
There is nothing wrong with criticizing anything, even Islam. What is wrong is doing so without understanding.