5/2/08 Headlines: May festivals, parades, expos, tours; GOP caught on camera; NWA execs before legislature; Choice is Yours




May begins with a bang: festivals, parades, expos, tours
by Lori Wolter, Jeanette Fordyce, Carrie Wasley, and Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Midtown Farmers’ Market, May Day, Living Green Expo, Bent Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Dayton’s Bluff Vacant Home Tour, Best of Fest, and Heart of the Beast MayDay parade, festival

Caught on Camera
by Mike McIntee, The Uptake
Minnesota’s Republican Party seems very camera-shy. Over the past several months Republicans have prevented journalists from recording their candidates at events. The latest incident was rather dramatic as Gavin Sullivan was tossed out of the Republican convention for district 42B for shooting video.

In Lege hearing, Northwest execs underline the uselessness of NWA’s promises to state
by Britt Robson, Minnesota Monitor
A billion dollars is literally a nice round number — lots of zeroes. That’s the amount of “annual synergies” that a merger between Delta and Northwest will be able to create, according to Ben Hurst, the general counsel and senior veep of corporate affairs for Northwest. Hurst was the lead speaker in front of the Minnesota Senate’s Business, Industry and Jobs Committee Wednesday morning, and he was full of good news. … Then it was time for questions.

The Choice Is Yours program increases students’ options. Does it increase the chance of students’ success?
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
The Choice Is Yours (CIY) program, which allows low-income Minneapolis parents to choose suburban schools for their children, has existed since the 2001-02 school year.


Food and Restaurants

Callaloo and Churrasco: adventures on 38th St.
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
The Twin Cities’ gastronomic bio-diversity seems to be concentrated in three main hot zones: Eat Street (Nicollet Ave.), with its mix of Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese and German eateries; Central Avenue in northeast Minneapolis, where the blend is Indian, Mexican, Ecuadorian, and Middle Eastern; and University Avenue in Saint Paul, where Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian, and Thai restaurants predominate.

Bearing fruit: The Little Wine Shoppe celebrates three years
by Max Stevenson, Park Bugle
Once a new vine has been planted in a vineyard, it usually takes at least three years before it produces grapes suitable for winemaking. But Jeff and Chris Huff, owners of the Little Wine Shoppe in St. Anthony Park, began reaping the benefits of their hard work long before the three-year mark.

Heures Joyeuses Chez Vincent
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I bellied up to the bar at Vincent A Restaurant yesterday evening, and started to dig into what has to rate as the best happy hour deal in town: tap beers and wines by the glass for $3, appetizers for $3.50-$4, and the Vincent burger, stuffed with braised short rib for $8 (regularly $12.75). The happy hour, or heures joyeuses, runs Monday to Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Imagine a pro-vagina world
by Shannon Drury, Minnesota Women’s Press
When I first started thinking about a Democratic presidential nominee for 2008 (sometime after the weeping stopped in November 2004), my criterion was simple: not another white guy.


Ready to laugh at myself
by Rachel Dykoski, Politics from the Precincts
Who isn’t excited about this year’s election cycle? Truly? We – at the house formerly called Pandemonium – are very jazzed.