5/30/08 Headlines: Genocide architect, survivors to meet; Gender and education; Girls at risk; Ron Paul’s challenge


A genocide planner to meet his Minnesota survivors
by Douglas McGill, TC Daily Planet
An Ethiopian government official named as a primary architect of a genocide in western Ethiopia will visit Minneapolis this Saturday, to directly confront members of the African tribe his government has targeted for destruction.

Gender only one factor in student achievement
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
A new report re-opens a long-simmering debate, suggesting that the gender gap between male and female students can be bridged by assigning teachers to students of the same gender. It’s not that simple, say Minnesota educators.

Girls at high risk
by Michele St. Martin and Amy Farrar, Minnesota Women’s Press
How many wake-up calls do we need?

Girls in Minnesota, in particular girls of color, are at higher risk than ever to engage in risky behaviors such as using drugs and having unprotected early sex, according to a new report released by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFM) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Ron Paul backers to pose ‘serious challenge’ at convention
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The Republican Party of Minnesota is concerned that Ron Paul supporters could take control of the Republican state convention in Rochester this weekend. Paul supporters are touting the likelihood of a Ron Paul appearance during the convention, while party officials are asking delegates and alternates supportive of Sen. John McCain to show up early to thwart any movement by Paul supporters.


Music note: Rilo Kiley spotlight Blacklight at First Ave
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Gleefully greeting the audience as the screen rose to reveal the First Avenue stage last Thursday, Rilo Kiley—a band rowing furiously down the alternative rock river towards a gushing waterfall of mainstream success—performed a polished but passionate set for the benefit of a rapt capacity crowd.

Food and Restaurants

Papa’s Pizza: classic Italian-American
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
My recent posting about Sauced, the new neighborhood bistro in north Minneapolis brought some enthusiastic comments from neighbors, and a slightly disgruntled note from Mick Brogan, owner of the nearby Papa’s Pizza & Pasta.

Mairin’s Table
by Nick and Natasha Laul, Minneapolis & St Paul Restaurant Critics
Mairin’s Table, located in Northeast Minneapolis blends Morocco with Minneapolis from the moment you step in….dark wood and rich colors are complemented with a cozy fireplace and piano…classic American dishes such are Meatloaf and Stroganoff sit alongside Moroccan favorites such as various Tagines and Bastilla. Mairin’s Table was a lot more satisfying to us than our recent trip to another Moroccan restaurant, Barbary Fig in St. Paul. Mairin’s has outdoor seating but the views are nothing spectacular…the patio faces a parking lot. The inside of the restaurant is very beautiful and perfect for a romantic night out. The first Saturday of every month, they have two belly dance performances (7pm and 9pm) and a $30 pre-fixe 4-course Moroccan dinner.

Good to the last drip: Minneapolis to spend $180,000 to market its (wait for this) tap water
by Chris Steller, Minnesota Monitor
Never mind the bottles: It’s the tap water. You can forget whatever you’ve heard about the coming water wars — the water marketing wars are already here.


Restoring the vision: Ending poverty
by Senator John Marty, Apple Pie Alliance
Political expectations have slipped in recent decades; people accept things that were once considered unacceptable. Even after last year’s tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis, there seemed to be only a temporary burst of public outrage over bridges that are so structurally deficient that they are too weak to repair — bridges that could not withstand the stress of bolting on reinforcement plates.

Where we live
by Todd Melby, Building Minnesota
I’ve been living in the same city for a long time. Maybe that’s why I crave the unusual. I abhor cookie-cutter architecture, which is just as prevalent in urban areas as in cul-de-sac suburbia. How many three-story brick condos with railed terraces have you seen
constructed in recent years?