5-9-08 Headlines: Sweet St. Paul; McCain ‘spiritual guide’; Green remodeling in Minneapolis

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HEADLINES

Sweet St. Paul
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
If you want to surprise your mom with a very sweet gift on her day, St. Paul offers locally-made chocolate and candies. Here are three shops that I explored this week, each of them delightful in their own way.

Media mum as McCain ‘spiritual guide’ calls for the destruction of Islam
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
Islam “intends, through violence, to conquer the world,” and “America was founded in part with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed.” So says pastor Rod Parsley, who on February 26 endorsed John McCain for president. McCain has praised Parsley up and down, for his “leadership” and “guidance” and as a “moral compass” and a “spiritual guide.”

All signs point in the wrong direction
by Christian E. Weller, Minnesota 2020
U.S. economic growth estimates released for the first quarter of 2008 show that all parts of our economy experienced slower growth compared to the previous quarter, even exports, which is especially troubling given the overall weak performance of all other sectors.

City website offers tips for green remodeling
by Liz Riggs and Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), through the Minnesota Energy Challenge, is giving away 10 free home energy audits and, for one lucky winner, an energy “makeover” worth up to $15,000. The deadline to enter is May 15. Register online, or a paper application is available by calling 612-335-5852.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Interview: “Invisible lady” Lynn Musgrave
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Theatre in the Round will be no one’s humdrum night out—not with Lynn Musgrave at the helm.

Food and Restaurants

Rice Paper Restaurant. . .another neighborhood gem in Linden Hills
by Phyllis Louise Harris, Asian Pages
Every neighborhood in the Twin Cities has its own special atmosphere and Linden Hills is like a cozy small town in Middle America. Nestled in the hills just west of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, it was once a major stop on the streetcar line going from downtown Minneapolis to Morningside. It boasted a grade school (torn down to make way for town homes), a florist (still there), a drugstore with a soda fountain (long gone), and a variety of shops. Today, it is a cozy conclave of small businesses, food markets and restaurants.

Get Sauced! A northside discovery
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
It’s in Minneapolis, it’s the best restaurant for miles around, and odds are you have never even heard of it.

NEW IN VOICES

The eleven-mile difference
by Larry Johnson, TC Daily Planet
I was at the first Earth Day in 1970, and I sometimes tell people that’s the reason that shortly after that, I got my University diploma and draft notice in the same day’s mail. Back then you had to be a raging environmentalist and all other manner of “nut case” to think this way, but what’s mostly wonderful now is that more and more the business community is getting behind the idea of walking and biking because traffic congestion and rising health care costs are wreaking havoc on the flow of commerce, so important to all of us.

NEW IN BLOGS

Consume®econnection
by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth
Trying to reconnect with the people behind the products.