Headlee’s Headlines

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 08:56 AM

Every morning, Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. We thought we’d start sharing her story list with you, so here they are!

From The Denver Post:
Colorado opens an old wound – tenure for teachers. As the country heads toward a debate over No Child Left Behind, the state legislature argues over how to award tenure to teachers and proposes rules under which a teacher could lose tenure.

From The Detroit News:
For a future discussion: Thousands of grass roots activists will gather in Detroit this summer. They chose the city because they see it as ground zero for the Great Recession. From the article:

"The U.S. Social Forum involves those who believe the struggles of minorities in America are tied to problems in Third World nations and require grassroots solutions – including environmentalists, poor and working-class advocates and artists. Organizers hope Detroit will attract international media attention as a challenged city open to broad changes, such as urban farming and downsizing of its neighborhoods."

In other words, the same programs that we use in third world countries should be deployed in the US, in places hit hard by the recession.

Also in Detroit:
Today, a really interesting feature goes live from Ford. The company has designed a web portal where people can submit their ideas for car designs and features, and where others can critique the ideas and then vote for the ones that Ford should pursue.

From The Miami Herald:
There was a moment of unity among diverse faiths in Haiti after the earthquake. Now, there is increasing hostility and bitter rhetoric between religions as they fight over new converts and start assigning blame. From the article:

"When I hear some of the Protestant churches in the neighborhoods, you have the impression that only Catholics lost people in the earthquake,’' said William Smarth, a theology professor and diocese priest who was part of the liberation theology movement that helped oust former dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc' Duvalier. "They say, 'We [Catholics] don't believe in God, we don't believe in Jesus Christ.'"

Both Catholics and Protestants clash with the followers of Vodou – blaming the ancestral religion of Haiti's slaves-turned-freedom fighters – for the monstrous quake. They lay blame on a centuries-old covenant taken on the eve of the Haitian revolution for the disastrous earthquake.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Lawmakers in Oklahoma suggest creating a local militia to defend against federal infringement. Really? 

From the Arizona Republic:
This is a cool story out of Mexico, and a lovely way to get a positive story on the air out of Mexico City (instead of drug violence and illegal immigrants).  Artists there can pay their taxes with art, so the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit now owns 4,248 paintings, sculptures, engravings and photographs by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Leonora Carrington and other masters and renowned artists. It's a collection that would make art collectors drool. Is there anything comparable in the U.S. or can you only pay with cold, hard, cash?

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