11/24 Morning Must Reads


Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp: 

Girls rule, boys drool at this local charter school

The new Laura Jeffrey Academy is Minnesota's first public "girl-focused" charter school, which seeks to help young girls boost their confidence and gain strengths in science, technology, engineering and math. They believe girls learn better without boys in the classroom, but the school is open to male enrollment. What 10-year-old would want to be "that" boy screwing up the school? At least his chances of getting a girlfriend skyrocket.

Why the economy matters: No Thanksgiving trips home 
There are bigger reasons to worry about the economy and others actually suffering, but family visits pull at the heart strings. Poor college students can't afford to fly home for Turkey Day. Thanksgiving road travel will decrease by 1.2 percent despite low gas prices and air travel is expected to drop by 7.2 percent because of 2.6 million fewer seats and high airfare. 

The permit-to-carry law didn't decrease crime or increase it like both sides predicted. Instead, it just led to more paperwork for permit offices. But as the first reapplication deadline approaches, only half of the new 2003 permit holders have reapplied. 

Ramstad's legacy bill signed into law, perhaps not last time in White House?

Rep. Jim Ramstad's 18 years in Congress culminated in one last visit to the Oval Office as he watched President Bush sign his mental health parity bill into law. But this might not be his last time there as rumors continue to point to Ramstad for a position in the Obama administration. 

One Andover woman can't sell her house the traditional way. So now she is trying to find someone interested in doing a house swap. Interesting, but it doesn't seem to be working. She gets a nice front-page ad in the PiPress though.