Today in the Daily Planet, 7/19/07

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Iran and America: Conflict, Context & Connections / A Public Insight Forum / Thursday, July 19th – 6:30-8:30 PM / Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall / 300 Nicollet Mall / Minneapolis MN 55401 Minnesota Public Radio is collaborating with the Twin Cities Daily Planet and The Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library to gather members of the Iranian community in Minnesota to share their insights about what’s going on in their country, and how they view the growing tension between the US and Iran. FREE, but registration is required.

HEADLINES

“Preparing our students to succeed in a global economy”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5619
by Al McFarlane and B.P. Ford, Insight News
Insight News talks with Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of St. Paul Schools, about the leadership and funding needs of public schools.

“The death penalty: Is it time for a national moratorium?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5620
By Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
President George W. Bush’s recent commutation of convicted felon I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby’s jail sentence confronts the nation with a startling contrast in unequal justice.

“Amid Heroin Controversy, Northfield Police Chief Takes Leave”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5664
By Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
Heroin ‘epidemic’ in Northfield turns out to be nothing of the sort.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
VIEWS AND REVIEWS

Coming this weekend: St. Paul’s 24th Annual Rondo Days!

“‘La Vie en Rose,’ a movie about passion”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5612
By M. Jay Shahidi, Special to the TC Daily Planet
La Vie en Rose” is a vivid depiction of the troubled but valiant life of a real artist in a genuine rags-to-riches tale.

“Javier Trejo: versatile virtuoso plays, sings, writes”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5618
by Dwight Hobbes, Insight News

“Get plastered: art of music promotion”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5480
By Sara Nicole Miller, Minnesota Daily
Focus question for Soap Factory’s current exhibit, Plaster the Town 2007: What is S.P.A.M.?

“Lojo Russo at the Ritual”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5523
By Stephen Brunia-Brown, Minneapolis World Beat

“Koko Taylor: Fiery, legendary staple of American music”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5471
By Dwight Hobbes, Insight News

“‘All Shook Up’ over U worker’s tribute to Elvis”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5479
By Jake Grovum, Minnesota Daily

NEW IN BLOGS

“Campaign brewing inside City Hall”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5678
By Craig Cox, The Ballot Box

“Redding, CA, (aka Hotel California)”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5673
By Louis Mendoza, A Journey Across Our America

“Birmingham Sunday 2007”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/5643
By Mary Turck, Keeping the Faith