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Reflections on church

Reflections on church

Oct. 22 | Churches are “the life’s blood of our folks’ community,” Melba Pattillo Beals’ grandma said in Melba’s book Warriors Don’t Cry, which recounts Melba’s membership in the “Little Rock 9,” who integrated Arkansas’ Central High School...

Our gifts are meant to be shared

Our gifts are meant to be shared

Oct. 22 | Introducing a new column we expect will appear regularly in the MSR   Writing has been a passion of mine since before I even understood the word passion. I first started with poetry, and then I moved on to short stories and plays. I wrote my...

Cookie Cart back in business

Cookie Cart back in business

Oct. 22 | By Brandi Phillips Contributing Writer   Fun, exciting and historical: Those are three words to describe the restoration and reopening of the Cookie Cart. As previously stated, the Cookie Cart has a long history in the connected community of...

Fashion show aids homeless children

Fashion show aids homeless children

Oct. 22 | By Raymond Jackson Contributing Writer On Saturday, November 1, the Twin Cities Executives & Celebrities Fall Fashion Show will take place at the Event Center, 415 Pascal St. N., St. Paul. This first-time event is a fundraiser for The Family Place,...

Entrepreneur’s love of fitness launches second career

Entrepreneur’s love of fitness launches second career

Oct. 22 | Personal trainer designs specialized programs based on clients’ needs   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer It’s been a long road for Duane Whittaker, but he is finally doing what he has wanted to do most of his life. Whittaker, born and raised...

Dialogue transcends prison walls

Dialogue transcends prison walls

Oct. 22 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer A group of local community folk recently spent a day at Lino Lakes Prison — not to visit incarcerated relatives or friends, but rather as listeners. The 35-40 people met October 1 with around 150 inmates, said Organizing...

Charter schools lead pack in tackling achievement gap

Charter schools lead pack in tackling achievement gap

Oct. 22 | Test scores support administrators, teachers who are pushing for success   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Studies show that children who live in poverty tend to do poorly in school. Last week in the MSR, the story “The education gap widens: Mpls...

Community members demand police accountability

Community members demand police accountability

Oct. 22 | Critics of police-community forums want more action, less talk   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Whenever city elected or appointed officials and community folk meet, even when it’s scheduled, it can be testy. At the second of three scheduled...

Boris Kodjoe: Hunky actor with a heart gets hooked in Addicted

Boris Kodjoe: Hunky actor with a heart gets hooked in Addicted

Oct. 22 | From his big screen and television roles to his theater and entrepreneurial skills, Boris Kodjoe has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. He is probably best known for his role as Damon Carter on the TV series Soul Food. He...

Kill the Messenger: riveting true tale of reporter who exposed CIA-crack connection

Kill the Messenger: riveting true tale of reporter who exposed CIA-crack connection

Oct. 22 | In August 1996, the San Jose Mercury News published an eye-opening exposé detailing exactly how the Central Intelligence Agency had orchestrated the importation of crack cocaine from Nicaragua as well as its distribution in the Black community of...