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Objects in Mirror: April 3, 2008 Archive

Is malt liquor a factor in higher murder rates?

Posted at 7:55 AM on April 3, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

MPR's Lorna Benson reports a study says malt liquor could be factor in higher murder rates. According to the article,

[Principle investigator Rhonda Jones-Webb] said malt beverages are associated with heavier drinking and aggressive behavior. She says that could contribute to higher homicide rates in African American communities.

Could contribute. Later on in the piece, Jones-Webb goes on to clarify her team would need to conduct more research before proving a link between malt beverages and higher homicide rates. Can a report accurately define the link? What other variables are involved?

I'm just going to open the floor to reactions on this. Submit a commentary with your opinion or perspective.

Show & Tell with the Musicheads

Posted at 2:38 PM on April 3, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Let's see what people are saying in this week's Musicheads discussion...

"Whipped Cream and Other Delights" - Bret W
"'Velvet Underground and Nico' of course." - C.J. Renner
"'London Calling' and any of the first three Wire albums." - 89.3 The Current DJ Mac Wilson

The answer in the form of a question: What's one of your favorite album covers of all time?

Armchair urban design: How would you plan the special bike/walk streets?

Posted at 5:17 PM on April 3, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Turns out Twin Cities are planning special bike/walk streets:

Federal dollars are being used to redesign some Twin Cities residential streets to favor bicyclists and walkers.

Pedestrians technically should have right-of-way, but I've seen some cars pulling right-of-weight. How can streets make pedestrians and cyclists safer while preventing automobile traffic issues? How would you plan the special bike/walk streets? Submit your commentary outlining your plan or explaining your opposition.

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