6/13/08 Headlines: KIPP is coming; We won! ; Bad local crime reporting; DIY fashion show



KIPP is coming
by Scott Russell, TC Daily Planet
The nationally recognized Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is opening a Minneapolis charter school this fall, its first in the state.

KIPP schools feature long school days, a long school year and character development. They are a model for boosting academic success of low-income, minority children.

Winning Web site: TC Daily Planet
We are happy to report — make that very happy to report — that the Twin Cities Daily Planet won the Page One award for Best Web Site (Independent) from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists chapter on June 12. The Daily Planet also won honors for a single news story (Preserving the Great Lakes by Anna Pratt) and for our New Minnesotans Speak blog. MinnPost and the Minnesota Monitor (now the Minnesota Independent) were also honored for their Web sites.

‘Home invasions’ in Bryn Mawr? Fox 9 errs on crime coverage
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Independent
A Tuesday Fox 9 report had all the keywords to scare the pants off of you: A “pack” of teens “randomly preyed on people in the area about every 15 minutes for a ‘solid’ hour.” They “turned on a couple” on a bike path before their “crime spree… escalated to home invasions.” Scarier yet is that these “teenage robbers” are “still on the loose” — and in the charming neighborhood of Bryn Mawr no less.

DIY networking shows off in Minneapolis
by Katie Anderson, TC Daily Planet
Local fashion designers, fashionistas tired of shopping at the mall or anyone interested in handmade goods—have we found an event for you! This weekend, Arise! Bookstore and the Belfry Center are presenting the second annual DIY fashion show.


Food and Restaurants

Are restaurant critics obsolete?
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
The 2008 James Beard Awards for best restaurant, best chef, best cookbook, etc. were announced yesterday, and Minnesota got skunked. We had three chefs in the running for Best Chef Midwest – Isaac Becker of the 112 Eatery, Tim McKee of La Belle Vie and Solera, and Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma and Brasa, which pretty much guaranteed that none of them would get the award. Wisconsin only had one candidate in the race, Adam Siegel of Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee, so the cheesehead voting block had their way. Needless to say, Rubaiyat in Decorah, IA never had a chance.

678 great reasons to get the free Minnesota grown directory
by Phyllis Louise Harris, Asian Pages
Forgive me if I seem enthusiastic every year about this time. Somehow the opening of local farmers’ markets, the colorful blooms of spring flowers, and the annual free Minnesota Grown Directory make me realize how lucky we are to live in this amazing country.

Shiraz Update: Fish Kabobs, Belly Dancer, and More
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I stopped in at Shiraz Fireroasted Cuisine for dinner the other night, to check out the new menu and the belly dancing, and at 8:30 on a Saturday night, the place was nearly empty. That’s really a shame, because it is a charming little restaurant, with good food and an ambience of Persian arts and crafts that’s stylish enough for a date. On earlier visits, I grumbled about the lack of vegetarian and fish entrees, but that flaw has been fixed — they now offer salmon kabobs, a spinach pie, and a couple of meatless Persian stews.

True Thai
by Nick and Natasha Laul, Minneapolis and St. Paul Restaurant Critics
Our take-out food theme over Memorial Day weekend continued with True Thai (we had friends visiting and with their 2 young boys, doing takeout was more practical). Located on Franklin Avenue close to the Cedar-Riverside area, True Thai is close to Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the U of M campus.


Dream deferred, dream denied
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
Saying goodbye to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and to an old friend–Amazon Bookstore.


Who are you?
by Hispanic Fanatic, 5/29/08 • I know what you’re thinking. Exactly what is the U.S. government’s definition of a person who is “Hispanic”? Come on, we’ve all wondered about it. Well, look no farther for edification.