Today in the Daily Planet, 9/18/07



“Food or Fuel: Minnesota Must Avoid a Food Fight”:
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
The warning shots have been fired. Wheat, corn and soybeans have reached record and near-record high commodity prices. Tight global supplies threaten access to cereal grains and oilseeds for the world’s hungry and poor. Domestic food prices are rising, no thanks to higher costs for both raw materials and the energy needed for transportation and refrigeration.

“Minnesota unions to lead anti-war rally”:
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Minnesota unions will lead a rally Sunday, Sept. 23, at the state Capitol to demand an end to the war in Iraq.

“Re-examine ‘Legacy’ fund or cut neighborhood promises in half?”:
by Gail Olson, The Northeaster
Many people in Northeast neighborhood organizations already know their Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds will be cut for Phase II. (Phase II is the second 10 years of the 20-year program.) Problem is, many don’t know, yet, how big the cuts will be.


“Pro-Peace, Pro-Occupation and Confrontation at Norm Coleman’s doorstep”:
by Mike McIntee, Inside Minnesota Politics
This weekend hundreds of people marched to the State Capitol building to call for an end to the occupation in Iraq.

“U names Catherine Squires professor of journalism, diversity and equality”:
by Natalie Johnson, Insight News
Catherine Squires has focused work on the politics of culture and media.

“Three Hmong men missing in Laos”:
by Angela Vaaler, KFAI
Three Hmong men from St. Paul have been missing in Laos since August 25.


“Growing wage gap at U of M causes real hardship”:
by State Senator John Marty, Workday Minnesota
“I’m not trying to live in the lap of luxury; I’m just trying to get by. My family has had some medical issues and now we are losing our home in December.” — a 33-year employee of the University of Minnesota

“Translation, please?”:
by Eric Black, Minnesota Monitor
Translation of key excerpts from President Bush’s Thursday night speech


“Deadly missiles: not as sexy as Britney”:
by James Clay Fuller, Rants & Ruminations
Have we ever before seen a major news event disappear from public view so completely and so quickly? Or a story with such potential significance so widely ignored and minimized?