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Franken declared Senate winner, Coleman concedes
Democrat Al Franken, a satirist turned politician, was declared the winner of a Senate seat in Minnesota on Tuesday, clearing the way for President Barack Obama's party to secure a critical 60-seat majority in the Senate. Ending one of the longest Senate races ever, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected each of Republican Norm Coleman's five legal arguments that an earlier recount of the November 4 vote had been unfair. Coleman quickly conceded.Franken will become the 58th Senate Democrat, the most the party has had since 1981. Two independents routinely vote with the Democrats, giving the party the 60 votes needed to clear Republican procedural hurdles known as filibusters.However, the party has traditionally had trouble ensuring all its members vote the same way. They will also need to rely on Arlen Specter, a former Republican from Pennsylvania who switched parties in April who has said he will vote hi…
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Death's Footprint wins two national awards
2 below zero, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit dedicated to producing thought-provoking radio documentaries, received the 2009 Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Edward R. Murrow Award for its documentary “Death’s Footprint.” It also won the Public Radio News Directors Inc.’s top honors. RTNDA announced the award today. The PRNDI award was announced earlier in June.

Produced by 2 below zero founders Diane Richard and Todd Melby, Death’s Footprint explores the environmental impact of conventional death care practices. It highlights topics such as the workplace hazards of formaldehyde used in embalming, mercury and carbon emissions from crematoria, cemetery land-use issues, green burial practices and a new method of body disposal called Resomation. The 28-minute documentary features a wide range of Chicagoans, including an embalmer, an undertaker, a Roman Catholic cemeterian, and a woman who wants to have her body composted by…