Today in the Daily Planet, 11/21/07



“Community members gather to learn about, comment on school district’s strategic plan”:
by Linda Lincoln, The Bridge
The Minneapolis Public School (MPS) district continued its efforts to communicate the findings and recommendations of its recently completed strategic plan with a public meeting for Area B community members and school staff at Dowling School on Thursday, Nov. 15. Area B includes district schools in the northeast, south and southeast sections of Minneapolis.

“Armatage Family Fun Walk brings support and dollars to school”:
by Nan Carlson, Special to the TC Daily Planet
A few weeks ago, Armatage Community and Montessori School held a groundbreaking new event known as the Family Fun Walk. Besides bringing the community together in support of our school, the walk raised $26,000 — $10,000 more than catalog sales fundraising did in 2006.

“Experts: High foreclosure rate for next 18 months”:
by Bashe Said, African News Journal
‘Falling house prices, lax underwriting standards, and resetting mortgages have caused the foreclosure rate to rise above its natural rate. And we expect the rate to remain elevated over the course of the next 18 months.’ U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, Robert Steel


“Union takes cautious approach to new fire chief”:
by Michael Moore, St. Paul Union Advocate
When Tim Butler, St. Paul’s new fire chief, introduced himself to the public at a media event inside Station 18 in Frogtown last month, he made a point of lavishing praise upon the city’s firefighters, who, he said, “provide the foundation of our rich history and our bright future ahead.”

“Recycling rules!”:
by Pam Taylor, Minnesota Womens’ Press
Susan Hubbard looks forward to a waste-free tomorrow

“Neighborhood volunteers: Holly Jordan”:
by Lisa Steinmann, Park Bugle
Holly Jordan felt inspired last spring. She was having such a good time as a volunteer with the art classes at her children’s school, St. Anthony Park Elementary, that she proposed an art project idea of her own.


“Why we take a stand on anti-immigrant language”:
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Minneapolis artist Ricardo Levins Morales has a bumper sticker that reads ‘An injury to Juan is an injury to Al.’ In a lighthearted way, that twist on the classic labor motto captures the meaning behind a resolution adopted at this year’s ILCA convention.


“The final phase”:
by Louis Mendoza, A Journey Across Our America