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Objects in Mirror: January 7, 2008 Archive

Foreclosures in the news

Posted at 8:10 AM on January 7, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Mark Zdechlik reports that foreclosures are costing suburbs time and money. There's inspection, trash removal and maintenance to cover, not to mention the impact on the neighborhood itself. Help us cover this story. What other costs and implications arise from foreclosure? Is it something you've seen in your neighborhood? If not, what makes your neighborhood immune to foreclosure?

More from MPR
News Cut: Foreclosure: It's not just for poor people neighborhoods anymore

Grammar Grater considers an interesting compromise

Posted at 11:33 AM on January 7, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

No, the Grammar Grater players haven't been in negotiations. Host Luke Taylor plays the "Richard Leakey of language" and tries to find the origin of comprise and compose, two words that enjoy a particular evolution. Depending on your school of thought, they should never be transposed -or- their use trumps their own definitions.

Comprise? Compose? Join the online discussion to review Taylor's research and add your own thoughts.

Death in Iraq

Posted at 3:38 PM on January 7, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Jessica Mador reports a soldier from Jordan, Minn., killed in Iraq:

Minnesota has lost another soldier to the war in Iraq. Joshua Anderson was a life-long resident of Jordan, in southern Minnesota. Pfc. Anderson was killed last week when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle.

See the feature to learn a bit more about Anderson, and take a look at MPR's regional deaths in Iraq map.

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