Today in the Daily Planet, 11/27/07



“Teatro del Pueblo: Facing Latino community issues through theater”:
by Teresa Ortiz, TC Daily Planet
It’s a story that’s been repeated over and over again: Impoverished Mexicans leave their country in search of a better life in the United States, only to find humiliations and mistreatment in exchange for a meager wage at backbreaking jobs. When these workers learn their rights and try to organize, they start to receive threats from their employers, including the threat of deportation.

“Anarchy and the RNC: Protesters won’t rule out 2008 violence”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
As Republican National Convention officials are stocking up on bunting and balloons, booking hotels and ordering canisters of helium, others around the country are equally busy preparing for the Republican nominating committee in the Twin Cites next September. Coming from Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Chapel Hill, N.C., and beyond, their interest isn’t in supporting — or even protesting — the GOP presidential contender. They’re anarchists and anti-authoritarians, and they’re coming for one reason alone: To shut it down.

“Children’s Hospital workers question administration’s priorities”:
by Michael Moore, Union Advocate
Celebrating plans to build a new $300 million facility that will achieve a “gold standard” in patient care, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota threw a party outside its Minneapolis campus – a party Children’s own workers crashed.


“Minnesota students succeed in international spotlight”:
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
However, signs point to looming math and science crises

“The State of Healthcare for Minnesota’s Latinos: Part 2”:
by Staff, La Prensa de Minnesota
One of the reasons often given for Minnesota’s consistently high rank in national health surveys is an above average percentage of residents covered by some form of health insurance. However, the percentage of uninsured has been creeping upward for several years. In fact, according to a study by the Minnesota Department of Health, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the state’s uninsured rate rose from 5.4 percent in 2001 to 6.7 percent in 2004. Fewer businesses providing coverage for their employees was cited as the primary reason for the increase.

“UMore Park home to turkey research site”:
by Alex Robinson, Lindsay Guentzel, Minnesota Daily
Researchers are testing the effects of feeding turkeys distilled corn, an ethanol byproduct.


“A dividing line crossed”:
by Lydia Howell, TC Daily Planet
America has crossed a line with the grotesque “debate” about water-boarding and the confirmation of Michael Mukasey–in effect, affirming Bush’s torture policy and giving it a veneer of legality.


“Beyond bullets: A top war correspondent on the human side of the news”:
by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth
The stories of Janine di Giovanni captivate: A New Jersey-born war correspondent now living in Paris, she’s stared down government guns — quite literally — during a coup attempt in Ivory Coast, walked among towering walls of corpses after a cholera epidemic in Rwanda, spent four days “mopping up blood” after a NATO bombing raid in the Balkans, and in 1992, dropped her notebook to hold an elderly woman as she died near the front line in Sarajevo.