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But the incident raises all sorts of serious issues, not the least of which is the lax backdoor security the Morning News has had for more than a decade. (One former employee says that as far back as 1990, he used to flash his J.C. Penney card to gain entrance, just to amuse himself.) "If you show so much as a pizza box, you get in," says one former DMNer.
Apparently, the only people who can't get in the DMN are opponents of the Trinity River project.
More important to Buzz, however, are the infinite number of questions this raises. Whose keyboard got Mountain Dew'd? If it was Steve Blow's, was the "!" key damaged, thus rendering him unable to type his column? Was this just a creative way to apply for a job as a copy editor? If so, allow us to let him in on a trade secret practiced here. Hey, buddy, whiz on a printout of the story, not on the computer itself. That hardware is valuable.
Backers of the proposal want companies that receive city tax abatements to pay wages at least $3 above the $5.15 federal minimum, but they were stunned last month to learn state law--as interpreted by city attorneys--requires a "super majority" to amend such agreements.
So what's their strategy to resurrect their cause? Ask a different lawyer. The coalition of community, labor, and civil-rights advocates are urging city leaders to think differently. "In a nutshell, our lawyers believe that the state law could be interpreted either way," said ACORN's Kimberly Olsen in an e-mail to fellow supporters. "This is about power; if the city wanted to do this, they could."
At press time, proponents were set to demand an unscheduled meeting with City Attorney Madeleine Johnson this week to urge a more favorable interpretation of state law.
If persuasion fails, a lawsuit is possible, ensuring that at least one needy downtrodden group will benefit financially from the cause. We, of course, mean lawyers.