Today in the Daily Planet, 9/17/07


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“Latino teachers are scarce in Minnesota”:
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
While Minnesota’s Latino population is booming, Latino teachers are hard to find.

“Case history offers lessons in free speech and politics”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Political speech is often negative, crude and inflammatory, and the 2005 race for the Minneapolis City Council was a prime example. The feud between two council members and citizens resulted in a lawsuit claiming that the city of Minneapolis and councilmen Paul Ostrow and Don Samuels impinged on the free speech rights of citizens critical of Samuels.

“New leader at HAP stepping up in the midst of continuing turmoil”:
by Wameng Moua, Hmong Today
As one of the largest organizations serving the Hmong community, HAP (Hmong American Partnership) has gained the reputation as being a model organization.


“Generous helpings”:
by Tracey Paska, Minnesota Women’s Press
Using food to show we care

“Wynfred Russell’s Eye on OLM Presidency”:
Edwin Okong’o, Mshale
Scholar says he is in the race and promises a new direction for the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota.


by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero


“Three Stooges and Three Branches of Government – Who Knows?”:
by Joe Nathan, Special to the TC Daily Planet
“September 17, 1787 is one of the most important, yet ironically one of the least known, dates in American history” That’s what President Bill Clinton wrote, in a 1993 Presidential Proclamation, declaring September 17 “Constitution Day,” and the entire week, “Constitution week.” Did you know that September 17 is “Constitution Day”? Me neither.

“Government workers on strike”:
by Stephanie Sarich, Special to the TC Daily Planet
The University settled with their Teamster union workers, giving them a similar package to State workers – 3.25% plus anniversary “step” increases; our Civil Service workers also received a 3+ percent increase. But the University has refused to give the remaining unions a similar package.