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Objects in Mirror: November 13, 2007 Archive

Pilots in the news and a pilot who covers the news

Posted at 8:18 AM on November 13, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

On the MPR homepage I discovered a few pilots in the news.

Marine pilots' stories collected in new book
Turns out two Minnesotans (and former Marine Corps fighter pilots) both wrote and compiled stories from other Marine pilots in order to publish the collection. I'll wager that fans of the greatest generation will enjoy the news feature and the book itself, "Marine Wings."

Leo Thorsness' flight into history
A Minnesota native grows up to receive the Medal of Honor and become one of the best-known combat pilots of the Vietnam War.


MPR also has a pilot in the newsroom. Bob Collins does too much work to list here, whether he's blogging on Polinaut, editing online news features, or focusing on various projects. But ask anyone in the newsroom to describe Collins himself and I'd wager we'd all include the fact that he's a private pilot who is building his own airplane.

Share your insights: Are you changing the way you celebrate Thanksgiving?

Posted at 9:09 AM on November 13, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

MPR's Public Insight Analyst Melody Ng notes that economic changes such as rising travel costs combined with the evolving family structures may inspire some of us to rethink our Thanksgiving day traditions. She writes:

"What unusual or intriguing new celebration plans are you hearing about or putting into action this Thanksgiving?"

I have to wonder if bucking some traditions merely creates new ones, but I'll have have to wait to find out what you have to say about that. Share your insights with MPR News.

Midday: Is the U.S. economy in trouble?

Posted at 10:56 AM on November 13, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Gary Eichten hosts the discussion with Arthur Rolnick, director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and Chris Farrell at 11:00 a.m. CT today. From the show description:

The Dow Jones slid again Monday, the fourth trading day in a row. Oil is teetering near $100-a-barrel, and while the dollar is up slightly after hitting a new low last week, it's still down nearly 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

Is it time to worry yet or are we still running under the "Move along, move along, nothing to see here" mentality? Visit the Midday page to submit your question during the show.

Note: Chris Farrell is Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent and you can always find him at his blog My Two Cents.

Share your own advice for St. Paul's Republican National Convention planning committee

Posted at 1:25 PM on November 13, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

MPR's Tom Crann talked with WBUR reporter Monica Brady-Myerov, who covered the 2004 Democratic convention in Boston. Turns out St. Paul can learn from Boston convention. I listened to the audio and I'm trying to imagine what our plans might look like after federal involvement.

Join the online discussion to recommend security or service plans. Feel free to suggest your own ideas for managing traffic, handling additional catering and hotel business, or just admit you're planning on heading out of town the first week of next September.

Just say no... to the smoking ban? Tim Post reports.

Posted at 3:36 PM on November 13, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

MPR's Tim Post reports that some say no to Hutchinson's hotel smoking ban:

"Brad Jacobson doesn't have a problem with the state's new smoking ban that covers restaurants, bars and other public places. But Jacobson, who runs the AmericInn in Hutchinson, says the city of Hutchinson went too far last spring when it banned smoking in private rooms in hotels and motels."

Did Hutchinson go too far? If someone breaks the smoking ban, does that make them an outlaw? Fire up a discussion about this topic on MPR's Minnesota Life discussion group and I'll feature it here.

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