Today in the Daily Planet, 11/22/07



“Made in MN: The value of buying local this holiday season”:
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
Buying Minnesota-made products will improve Minnesota’s economy and environment. If Minnesota families spent 25% of their holiday shopping budget on Minnesota-made goods, the small business ripple effect would feel more like a tidal wave. Additionally, Minnesota-made goods represent a dramatically reduced ‘carbon footprint,’ an increasingly important Minnesota family lifestyle value.

“Restorative justice offers second chance for offenders”:
by Ryan Zickermann, TC Daily Planet
The Midtown Community Restorative Justice Council in south Minneapolis offers non-violent offenders an opportunity to restore their reputation within the community and to repay the community for the troubles they caused. The council was founded in January 1998 by the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, and aims to rehabilitate offenders and help them become an active member in the community.

“In Eagan plant, workers glimpse future of Bush immigration policy”:
by Michael Moore, St. Paul Union Advocate
One after another, former Best Brands employees took the podium at Holy Trinity Church in Minneapolis, speaking out about what happened on Sept. 10. On that Monday morning, management at the Eagan-based manufacturer and nationwide distributor of commercial baking products pulled between 80 and 100 Latino workers off the job and into one-on-one meetings. There, workers learned they were being fired as a result of “irregularities” in their employment documents.


“Folk duo James Curry keeps the spirit with lucky ’13′”:
by Dwight Hobbes, Special to the TC Daily Planet
James Curry is not a he, it’s a they: two gifted singer-songwriters, Brian Tischleder (vocals, guitar) and Casey Fearing (lead guitar, vocals), who perform exquisite folk blues. James Curry add a haunting, existential edge to the raw, rural stuff for which we remember Woody Guthrie, the young Bob Dylan, and Joe Hill.

“Look again at India”:
by Susannah Schouweiler, MN Artists
No swamis or street urchins here. Minneapolis filmmaker Simone Ahuja wants to introduce you to stories of contemporary India that transcend stereotypes. Through Ahuja’s lens you’ll see past Varanasi’s famous ghats by the Ganges and into the lives of Bollywood stars turned professional rugby players or inside the entrepreneurial world of the fast-paced lunch-runners in Bombay.

“Profile of an upcoming hip hop artist”:
by Nahea Lee, KFAI
Nahjea Lee is entering the 9th grade at Brooklyn Junior High School in the fall. For her story as a 2007 Youth News Intern, she chose to profile an up and coming hip hop artist to better understand what it takes to get an album produced in an age when sex and violence seem to be hottest selling points of a hip hop album. Nahjea is African-American, and born in Minneapolis.


“Schools need Web 2.0”:
by Rosa Maria de la Cueva, Special to the TC Daily Planet


“Some people don’t count”:
by Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Monitor
You can be forgiven if you missed the story of a major humanitarian crisis unfolding in Asia. After all, our news media has been focused on really important stories over the past few days. Like Barry Bonds’ indictment — that’s pretty important. There was the 749th Democratic Presidential Debate last Thursday, and that required a lot of time for the pundits to decide if they liked Hillary Clinton that day or not. (They did.) And did you know that a lot of people are going to be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? Well, probably, since they always do, but still, they are, and it’s important you know it. Certainly more important than that you hear about what’s happening in Bangladesh.