The Week in Review: Haiti, Newt Gingrich and medical marijuana



As the world reacts to the news in Haiti, many local organizations are working to make it easy to make a donation. The Indy has a link on its front page to the International Rescue Committee, the Missoulian's lead story today is a list of organizations accepting cash donations, and J-girl at 4&20 linked to other options. In addition to the usual mainstream media sources, we've been following the reports from a fellow alt weekly, Miami New Times. From the paper's report from Little Haiti, a Miami neighborhood, a day after the earthquake:

Inside Leandre's Unisex Beauty Salon, women sat under blow driers fixated on CNN.
Michele Previus, who hadn't spoken with her husband and 5- and 8-year-old daughters in 15 days, still hasn't been able to reach them in Gonaives, where they live. The 20-year-old has lived here for a year, working to support them. Just a month ago, she made plane reservations to visit Haiti, but the January 20 trip is now in jeopardy because of the tragedy. She said she still wants to go and isn't scared.

"I'm not feeling too lucky to be here because my family's over there," she said. "I wish I was there with them."

In other news, Wild Bill Schneider spoke with Rep. Denny Rehberg about his recent listening tour on Sen. Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. Today, Tester invited Rehberg to his office to "compare notes."

From Electric City, we learn that Great Falls, like Whitefish, is considering a zoning law that would prevent medical marijuana caregivers from opening storefronts. (Tribune story here.)

Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Newt Gingrich see eye-to-eye when it comes to money matters, and are now fast friends.

We wrote about Andy Smetanka's significant contributions to Guy Maddin's critically acclaimed My Winnipeg last May. Today we saw that Roger Ebert listed My Winnipeg as one of his 10 best films of the decade. Not year, decade. (For what it's worth, a friend recommended Ebert's personal site as "one of the smartest places on the Internet." He was right. It's more than movie reviews — although there are plenty of those. Many of Ebert's essays as he continues to fight cancer are incredibly moving and well written.)

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula announced this week an effort to collect memories and memorabilia of the old Missoula Merc in light of Macy's closing. (For info, contact Curator of Collections Jason Bain at 728-3476, extension 2.) Bill Vaughn at Dark Acres has already offered his two cents, writing about his couch.

Lastly, our top three choices from the world of alt weeklies:
1. The Portland Mercury wonders why Oregon's jails are the biggest providers of mental health services in the state.
2. Indy Week reports that urban archery has hit Chapel Hill in hopes of curbing the city's deer population. (My goodness, how Missoula would LOVE an urban archery plan.)
3. The Boston Phoenix endorses Martha Coakley for Kennedy's Senate seat.

Oh, and the Indy made some industry news this week. Congrats, Lynne.

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