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October 28, 2007

Indians Lose Land to Economic Growth

Indians are losing land their land to India's economic growth, but are not reaping the benefits, according to the NY Times.

Mines and Dams are being built on land that used to belong to Indian citizens, but the citizens are not getting any benefits.

Over the past few decades the governments industrial and public works projects have displaced people from their land. Citizens have gone on a 200-Mile protest in hopes the government will find a way to balance economic growth and maintaining their citizen's property rights.

The walk will take approximately 26 days.

Pawlenty Plans to See Melting Ice Caps

By Christine O'Donnell

A famed Minnesotan explorer plans to take Governor Pawlenty to see the melting ice caps of the Artic, according to the Star Tribune.

Explorer Will Steger sets off for the northernmost tip of the Canadian Arctic in the spring. His first journey to the North Pole was completed on a dog sled in 1986. This time he plans to take Governor Pawlenty with him.

Steger wants to increase awareness about global warming and hopes bringing the governor will help. If Pawlenty decides to go it could boost his national standing as a candidate for Vice President.

Pawlenty has not confirmed the trip, but Steger plans to leave on the 1,500 mile journey by dog-sled in March.

October 22, 2007

Analysis: Brooklyn Park Residents Stall City Action

By Christine O'Donnell,

"Met Council is requiring the cities to build thousands of units while residents worry about crime, property values," according to the Star Tribune.

Journalist Lora Pabst wrote a story in Fridays paper about the 200 Brooklyn Park residents that held a community meeting this month in response to the cities plan to build a luxury apartment complex.

The complex would include 20 percent affordable housing units. Residents are concerned that this will change the neighborhoods structure. For example the crime rate, the traffic and school system.

City officials decided to slow the process and a study is to be conducted to see how building "high-density residential complexes" will affect their city.

The Metropolitan Council has told Brooklyn Park along with several other cities in their district that they must build thousands of affordable housing units by the year 2020.

Jeff Lunde, a City Council member told me in an interview that he thinks "the cities need to work together," in reference to building thousands of new housing units by 2020. In Pabst's article, he says that he 'wants to make sure other cities are meeting their assigned number of units from the Met Council so one city isn't overburdened. He is also quoted saying " It's a shared burden or opportunity, however you look at it."

Lunde felt that he was correctly quoted in Pabst's article and that overall she did a great job reporting the story.

The first Indian-American Governor electecd Saturday

By Christine O'Donnell,

The first Indian-American was elected as governor Saturday in Lousiana, according to the NY Times..

The needs of Louisiana's citizens were more important that racial or ethinic concerns.

Governor Bobby Jindal, 36, is the son of an Indian Immigrant. He claims that he is a "normal red-blooded football loving Louisana guy."

After the devastation of Hurrican Katrina, Gov. Jindal plans to bring the state out of depression.

Gov. Jindal won with a 54% vote.

Hannah Montana in Minneapolis!

By Christine O'Donnell

Miley Cyrus/ Hannah Montana performed in Minneapolis Sunday night.

According to the Star Tribune, 14,000 fans attended the concert.

Destiny Hope "Miley" Cyrus is the Actress/ Singer's full name according to Wikipedia.org. She plays an average 14-year-old girl who has a rockstar alter ego on the Disney Channel.

The concert was sold out seconds after the tickest went on sale, so parents had to resort to buying them off scalpers or a ticket broker website.

Ticket scalping became legal state-wide in August.

the ticket's face value was $64 or less, but some people paid $1000 for them.

October 15, 2007

Chavez to Castro: "You will never die."

Castro and Chavez were broadcast over the radio and television in their countries, Cuba and Venezuela, Sunday, according to the New York Times.

This was the first time Castro has been on air since he's been sick. Castro, the Cuban leader, 81, has been sick and had to undergo intestinal surgery in July 2006.

Castro has ceded authority of Cuba to his younger brother Raul.

In their broadcast meeting Chavez, the Venezuelan President said this to Castro:

''You will never die. You remain forever on this continent and with these nations, and this revolution .... is more alive today than ever, and Fidel, you know it, we will take charge of continuing to fan the flame."

Man Crushed by rail-car.

In Northfield MN, a man was crushed and killed when a slow moving rail-car fell on top of him, according to the Star Tribune..

There was a small-gauge railroad demonstration on Saturday when volunteer, William Paget, 68, jumped off the rail-car to prevent it from tipping. He was not successful, the car that was holding three adults and five children fell on top of him.

The car was moving slower than walking speed, Rice County Sheriff's Office said. It was the only car attached to the engine. The car was making a turn when it started tipping. Paget, was pronouced dead at the scene.

October 8, 2007

Analysis: Attorney General sues Sprint.

by Christine O'Donnell,

Pioneer Press, writer Debra O'Connell took a feature-story approach when reporting about the Attorney General suing the Sprint-Nextel Corportation.
"Virtually everytime [customer's] sneeze, they get two years stuck on their Sprint wireless contract."

She's right! According to the civil complaint "when consumers made small changes to their phone service, such as adding extra minutes or purchasing a new phone" their contracts were extended for up to two years. This was done without providing "adequate notice or meaningful consent" to the consumer, buy Sprint/Nextel. O'Connor also includes that adding a family member and changing a battery, would extend the consumer's contract, which she found in the civil complaint.

The price for the early termination of one phone's contract is $200, according to both the complaint and the article.
This and the latter are all the information O'Connor found out from the complaint.

O'Connor used outside sources to fill out the rest of her article.
She writes that other wireless companies have been know to extend contracts, but this one has been singled out because the number of customer complaints was huge.
The violated consumer, David Peterson, who objected to the $800 early termination fee Sprint/Nextel was charging, she quoted is not listed in the complaint.

She then lists some tips about cell phone contracts and the attorney general's phone number. So anyone else who feels like they may have been violated by Sprint/Nextel can contact Attorney General Lori Swanson.
Her office number is: 651-296-3353.

Her story was accurate, and much more clear and comprehensive compared to the civil complaint.

2 Runners die this weekend.

by Christine O'Donnell,

During the Twin Cities marathon and the Chicago marathon and the Army 10-miler race in Washington D.C. Sunday tempertures hit a record high. 2 runners died at separate races.

One runner was racingin the Army 10 -miler race and the other was in the Chicago marathon, according to USA today.

The one who died in the Army 10-miler race collapsed 200 yards from the finish line. He was a civilan. The cause of death has not been released.

The one who died in Chicago was, Chad Schieber, 35, from Michigan. He was running along the South SIde when he collapsed.
250 others from the Chicago race were taken to the hspital for heat-related problems. The race was closed early because of the heat.

October 7, 2007

Democrats Hope to Overide President's Veto.

by Christine O'Donnell,

Recently President Bush vetoed the bill for the State Children's Insurance Program.
Democrats are hoping to get enough votes to override the bill, according to the New York Times.
The public supports this bill, Representative Nancy Pelosi said. Democrats only need 14 more republican votes to override the bill.
Democrats do not want to compromise with the president.