4/18/08 Headlines: Minnesota Tibetans protest, Grand Rounds in Northeast, Mexicans in Minnesota

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Minnesota Tibetans protest human rights abuses
by Dan Haugen, TC Daily Planet
One month after peaceful demonstrations erupted into violent melees across Tibetan areas of China, Tibetans living in the Twin Cities say they have been unable to contact loved ones in their homeland.

Detractors say roads too busy already, to be the “missing link”
by Gail Olson, The Northeaster
Completing the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway is a Minneapolis Park and Recreation project that is still probably five years out there. (Actually, it’s been unfinished for more than 100 years; landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland thought up the original idea of a “continuous green necklace” looping Minneapolis in the 1900s.) So far, it includes 50 miles of parkway, bike and pedestrian trails.

Minnesota by the numbers: the rich get richer, the poor get poorer
by Molly Priesmeyer, Minnesota Monitor
A joint study updated last week by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute breaks down income trends for all 50 states using the latest Census figures. The study reveals facts that have been glaringly obvious to anyone who’s not an agoraphobe: The income gap between the richest and poorest families has grown significantly in the last two decades. And that growth has accelerated since the late 1990s, as incomes for poor families actually declined and middle-class families saw their incomes stagnate in most states.

People of Mexican origin in Minnesota: myth vs. reality
by Bruce Corrie, Pioneer Press
I recently completed a report on the economic contributions of people of Mexican origin in Minnesota. In the process I encountered a lot of myths that do not have their basis in facts. Here are some of these myths:

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Theater Note: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
“Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.”

Food and Restaurants

Joan Ida: From Hong Kong to Forest Lake
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
Joan Ida, former pastry chef at Goodfellows, and more recently executive chef at Tria in North Oaks, is back in the area after a year of opening Western restaurants in Hong Kong — and about to open a new restaurant in Forest Lake.

Quang Restaurant
by Nick and Natasha Laul, Minneapolis and St. Paul Restaurant Critics
No other Vietnamese place in the Twin Cities gets talked about as much as Quang…and for good reason. This sparsely decorated restaurant is always bustling and if you go there during normal lunch or dinner hours, be prepared to wait. The good news is that the restaurant is quite large, the food comes out of the kitchen in a hurry, and the servers are always running to clear tables and keep patrons moving.

NEW IN VOICES

PA debate: America weighs class-action suit against ABC to get those two hours of its life back
by Steve Perry, Minnesota Monitor
Well, that was excruciating. The first hour of last night’s Democratic debate in Pennsylvania was devoted almost entirely to trifles (flag pins, phantom Bosnia snipers) and to Barbara Walters-style faux-intimate queries (George Stephanopoulos to Obama: “Does Rev. Wright love America as much as you do?”). If ABC had intended to stage a clinic on everything that’s wrong with mainstream political coverage, it could scarcely have done better. Perhaps you already knew that the cloying, avuncular Charlie Gibson is a dolt; now the whole country knows. (The Huffington Post has video of the crowd booing Gibson in the run-up to the last commercial break.)

NEW IN BLOGS

Steve Sarvi, veteran and candidate
by Benno Groeneveld, Politics from the Precincts
by Benno Groeneveld, KFAI
Traditionally, lawyers are especially well represented among politicians and members of Congress. Also, there always have been former members of the military in politics—think of President Eisenhower, Senators John Kerry and John McCain, Pennsylvania Representative John Murtha and Minnesota’s Tim Walz.

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