4/25/08 Headlines: Pizza and politics; U of M and Northside; Highway construction season; Parent Portal



Pizza and politics for the Facebook generation
by Rachel Dykoski, TC Daily Planet
I found out about the free pizza with Keith on Facebook. Free pizza with my most favorite congressman, like ever? OMG! I quickly signed up.

U of M, Northsiders seek common ground
by Anna Pratt, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
As in previous community meetings that were convened throughout December last year, attendees at an April 3 town hall forum at the Minneapolis Urban League were asked to prioritize various Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) strategies. These provisions fell under the categories of education, economic development, family and community health, and a community research and review board.

Busy highway construction season thanks to new investment
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Minnesota’s first highway construction season since the enactment of $6.6 billion in new state transportation revenues over Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto will bring acceleration of a few much-needed road and bridge projects, a step up in long-neglected maintenance of existing assets and a glimpse of how much more should be done.

Peering through the Parent Portal
by Carre Wasley, TC Daily Planet
Yikes! It is six weeks until the last day of school for Saint Paul public schools. Is there enough time to get in late assignments and make up missing tests? To help parents keep up with students, the St. Paul School District has developed Parent Portal


Food and restaurants
Hotdish Revolution
by Staff, MTN
The Hotdish Revolution brings together neighbors to compete, raise some funds, eat, and get to know each other. The Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association sponsors the Hotdish Revolution, which judges hotdishes in categories including spicy, vegetarian, darn good, tater tot, and “I made it myself.”

Cue: stunning décor, decent dinners
by Bruce Schneier and Karen Cooper, The Mix
Apparently large enough to seat an entire Guthrie theater audience at once, the dining room at Cue is space-age cool, with glowing light pillars and silver accents seeming to float over a rich blue carpet. Forget the river view and go at night: it’s a stunning dining room.

Two films for children

Film note: The girl got game
by Stephen Sporer, TC Daily Planet
The German film Max Minsky and Me tells the simple story of a brainiac 13-year-old wanting to join her school’s basketball team. The film falls under the festival’s category of “Childish Films,” and it’s a terrific selection for children 8 or 9 and above, but it’s told with enough maturity and humor that even an adult or parent will be entertained.

Film note: Shorts, but sweet
by Stephen Sporer, TC Daily Planet
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival has programmed Time for Shorts specifically with children in mind. The six short films in the program add up to a total of 70 minutes and run a gamut of topics and styles.


And the award for Disingenuous Ads goes to…Delta/NWA
by Myles Spicer, TC Daily Planet
Well, after spending 45 years in the ad agency business I guess I have seen my share of disingenuous ads – and maybe even written a few myself. But the Delta/NWA ad in the Friday, April 18 Twin city newspapers probably wins the first place award. And additionally, really calls into play the value, benefits and prospects for success of this merger.


Hard Knox: Ashcroft probed on waterboarding
by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth
I hope this woman — calm, polite, asking the kind of incisive questions often missing in our political discourse — is studying journalism at Knox College. Check out her question to the ornery former Attorney General on waterboarding (which Ashcroft says is is not prohibited by the Geneva Conventions because it leaves no “lasting scars”).