6/19/08 Headlines: Losing faith on Father’s Day; More complaints about MPD; $4 gas and rural MN; Biggest political loophole



Losing faith on Father’s Day: clashes with police shake confidence
by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva, TC Daily Planet
Kemen Taylor was heading home from Kentucky last Sunday, eager to spend Father’s Day with his family. He was in a car with three teens from Youth Enterprise, a Christian youth organization where he works. Around Hudson, Wisconsin, he got an alarming phone call from his wife, Ruth, who was in tears.

Minneapolis police internal affairs under assessment
by Andy Mannix, Minnesota Daily
There is no shortage of complaints about the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit.

Getting around Minnesota: $4 Gas and the rural economy
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
It should come as no surprise to anyone living in rural Minnesota that research by the Oil Price Information Service consultancy shows rural Americans are being hit harder by the high price of motor fuel.

The biggest loophole in American politics
by Paul Demko, Anna Pratt
The Minneapolis-St. Paul 2008 Host Committee is a nonprofit organization charged with raising millions of dollars to produce an eye-popping, Republican Party extravaganza in September. Under a contract signed with the Republican National Committee (RNC), the group is on the hook for roughly $40 million. The actual fund-raising target, however, according to the host committee, is $58 million — a goal that the organization is reportedly on pace to meet.


Three New Plays Tackle Tough Subjects

Theater note: A Hundred Years of painful memories at the Guthrie
by Juliette Cherbuliez and Michael Opperman, TC Daily Planet
After a Hundred Years brings together survivors of the Khmer Rouge, perpetrators of violence, and American witnesses to the suffering in the impoverishment of today’s Cambodia. What is the difference between the mass graves of the Killing Fields and the fate of a city with—as the play tells us many times—a population where over 50% of those tested for HIV are positive? This enactment of history’s presence—its refusal to go away and its unfortunate tendency to return in new, more unsavory forms—is the driving force of the play.

Theater note: SadGrrl13 is gut-wrenching and thought-provoking
by Lydia Howell, TC Daily Planet
Workhaus Collective’s SadGrrl13 is richly multi-layered with themes: corporate-sponsored news “infotainment”; the flexible nature of identity in cyberspace; the ethical implications of what might be seen as entrapment; the possiblity of emotional alienation while being constantly hooked up to communication technology. Unlike what passes for the daily news broadcast, SadGrrl13 keeps you on the edge of your seat without sacrificing substance.

Theater note: Guthrie’s The Fall of Constance Wilde tells a sickening but fascinating tale
by Anne Nicolai, TC Daily Planet
Happy belated Fathers’ Day! Any father attending The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde at the Guthrie may feel that he has done a wonderful job in comparison to Oscar Wilde. (Who knew the famously gay Irishman had kids?)

Two Music Notes

Music note: Spaghetti Western String Co., under the big St. Paul sky
by Jason Ericson, TC Daily Planet
Scissors beats paper. Rock beats scissors. And last Thursday evening, string beat rock.

Music note: Peter Lang’s tame Testament
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Bluesman Peter Lang’s new album Testament is kind of like a PBS special for CD. You won’t be knocked out of your socks, but you won’t be bored to tears either.


A ticket to Cairo
by Andy Ver Steegh, Special to Minnesota 2020
As a college student living in Cairo for the past four and a half months, I’ve had a lot of little life lessons drilled into me: always hoard small change, make sure to have a written will before crossing streets, and when it comes to food, you get what you pay for. But my experiences here – both as a student of a foreign language and culture, and as a volunteer English teacher – have also driven home a more fundamental point: education is opportunity.


So what exactly is a bronze bitch anyway?
by Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet
The Bronze Bitch Flies at Noon is the sweetest little play about amateur prostitution you’re ever likely to witness. I promise.