This issue’s cover subject stands against Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, who, earlier today,  announced that he will not step down as president of the agitated nation. PD writer James Brotheridge has a feature interview with MacRae covering the geopolitical nuances of this situation that exploded weeks ago as rising commodity prices and rampant unemployment drove angry Egyptians into the streets in protest. Will MacRae — a retail operations technician whom I photographed at Jersey City in the Cornwall Centre just prior to his Thursday night shift — run for the Middle Eastern nation’s presidency, as many pundits expect? You can read the full piece in the new prairie dog (that’s out today at hundreds of locations city-wide) and find out.

Also in this issue:

PRAIRIE DOG IS NOW OLD ENOUGH TO LEGALLY DRINK IN ALBERTA Our publication turned 18 this month and I just met a guy who has lived here all his life and has never heard of us. “Does Hosni Mubarak dosn’t want me to read prairie dog?” said the man. “Mubarak is the legitimate president of Egypt!” Whitworth (that’s me) explores all aspects of prairie dog’s birthday and it’s impact on the developing situation in Cairo.

SCHOOL’S (ALMOST) OUT: Why is the Regina Board of Education voting to close a local school? Prairie dog’s Stephen LaRose interviews besieged Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, who has vowed to keep closing schools until protestors return to their homes.

INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOT BORING Paul Dechene and Greg Beatty (code name “Gregory Beatty”) report back on the recent infrastructure conference held in Regina. Hosni Mubarak is not mentioned in this article at all so you probably shouldn’t read it.

And that’s just a sample of what’s in the new prairie dog, which is out now but not online because we don’t know why. Perhaps Hosni Mubarak is to blame? Stay tuned for more developments, live from Cairo.