It's a somewhat abbreviated 5@8 today. I had to take Mrs. News Cut to the airport for an early-morning flight. Apologies.
The best part about being up for sunrise? Everything seems possible. MPR's Nate Minor captured the moment in St. Paul this morning.
And if he was wrong to bum-rush (Mike) Miller instead of waiting for a more propitious moment to deal him, he was absolutely right in his timing with Foye. If the kid who's heart is on the wrong side of his body can ever make another deal with the devil that is longer than the month of January--if he can display that dazzling blend of clutch shooting setting up daredevil drives setting up beautiful feeds setting up more clutch jumpers for longer than 30 days, than the Wizards have depantsed David Kahn and all the snickers about his lack of genuine front office decision-making will turn into a shaming din. But that's not the way I'd bet on it happening.
Meanwhile, a story on Morning Edition today led me to this question: What's the point of looking for long-term solutions, if our politicians only know how to think short term? It's the story of a poison control center which costs $6 million a year to operate, but keeps people out of the more-expensive emergency rooms.
Back in Minnesota, Steve Perry reports in Politics in Minnesota, the absence of one-time money for the next budget fix puts us right back in the soup.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) - How likely is a greener auto industry? Kerri Miller examines the question with a couple of reporters who cover the industry in the first hour. Second hour: The man known for the "Endless Soup Bowl" and other eating experiments joins Midmorning to discuss the latest on food and diet research and his time at the USDA.
Midday (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - MPR's Jon Gordon talks about the role of technology -- Twitter, cell phones and YouTube in the popular uprising in Iran. Second hour: New York Times columnist Tom Friedman's speech, which he gave last night in St. Paul.
Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) - The pleasures and sorrows of work.
All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) - MPR's Sea Stachura reports on a summer camp for kids whose parents are in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tom Weber will have details on the University of Minnesota Regents' vote on a dry TCF stadium. David Kestenbaum tracks the efforts of a clown, who is owed $200 by one of the big auto companies.
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Sharon Stiteler (aka Birdchick) blogs about her beekeeping with fabulous photogrphs at Birdchick.com,
The Midway Greenspirit community garden on Pierce Butler in St. Paul has a beehive this year, and the beekeeper is a friend of mine, so I've been lucky enough to be with her on a few inspections.
Her blog on the bees is here: http://citybees.wordpress.com/
and more information on their work at the community garden is here: