6/20/08 Headlines: Protest 101; Murder by numbers; St. Cloud says “Yes, we can”



Jazz in Mears Park Friday night! See the multimedia box in Column 3.

RNC Protest 101: Sizing up Twin Cities demonstration rules
by Chris Steller, Minnesota Independent
The imminent arrival of the Republican National Convention sent Minnesota’s three biggest metro-area cities scrambling to pass new regulations concerning the unprecedented number of street protests they’re anticipating. St. Paul’s existing ordinance requiring permits for public assemblies provided a model for the language approved May 19 by City Council members in Bloomington (PDF, see 5.4C), home to the Mall of America and oodles of hotel rooms where many convention-goers will stay.

Murder by the numbers
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
Murder in Minneapolis has been making a lot of headlines lately, driven by the out-of-control violence shown in the killing of a mother and son, as well as by an unusual number of homicides in a few weeks.

St. Cloud celebrates a ‘Yes we can’ moment
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Some see improvements in the city’s racial climate; others say change is too slow coming

Interview: Inside an artists’ collective with Overproof founder Joseph Belk
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
“Because everyone has a certain skill, what they are bringing to the table is going to vibe off the next person in line—immediately. You can see a couple different artists coming together with one saying, ‘I’ve done this before with metal,’ and another guy over here saying, ‘I’ve pinstriped bicycles in Texas for two years.'”


Late-night homicide in Cedar-Riverside claims life of young dancer
by Roxanne Bergeron, The Bridge
Around 2 a.m. the morning of Wednesday, June 18, a man was found stabbed and unconscious near the intersection of South Seventh Street and 19th Avenue South, near Augsburg College in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. He died shortly thereafter at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Food and Restaurants
Flame: not the usual mall restaurant
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I stopped by for lunch at Flame at the Rosedale Mall. I might be biased, because the owners – the same people who own Mission American Kitchen , Atlas Grill and Via- are friends of mine – but I liked it. It isn’t the place I would go if I were planning an intimate bistro dinner by candlelight, but then again, if I were in Roseville and looking for an intimate bistro dinner, I would be plain out of luck. There is a whole row of restaurants on the back end of Rosedale, and what stands out about Flame is that it is the only one that isn’t a chain restaurant- California Pizza Kitchen, Big Bowl, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Granite City, Chipotle, Potbelly.

Nepalese cuisine, via Southeast and Seward
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
Your first sign of the new Nepalese restaurant Himalayan, should you approach from downwind, may likely be the aroma — a light, sweet curry scent mingling with fresh-baked bread.

by Nick and Natasha Laul, Minneapolis and St. Paul Restaurant Critics
With its ideal location on Nicollet Mall, it’s not surprising that Zelo is so popular. You’ll find a great mix of people – the after-work crowd grabbing a drink, business folks entertaining their clients, or people celebrating special occasions (we had a group of women celebrating a bachelorette event sitting across from our table – it’s the sexy lingerie gifts that gave it away).

Curry Up! and Kabobs
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I seem to have gotten on an Indian cuisine kick lately – not just Indian restaurants, but also grocery stores, where I can buy those colorful Indian sweets, made with condensed milk or lentil flour or sesame seeds, and flavored with pistachio, coconut and mango and all sorts of spices. Patel Brothers Groceries and Video, 1835 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis, has one of the best selections in town, but you can also find them across the street at Asia Imports, or at South Asian Foods in Fridley.


Who is responsible for public safety?
by Insp. Lucy Gerold, commander of the Third Precinct, The Bridge
Jimmy Johnson is arrested for burglary; it turns out he has broken into several homes and garages, taking residents’ valuables and crippling their sense of safety and security. Common reactions are: “Where were the police?” “Don’t we need more frequent police patrol?” and “Why didn’t the police catch him during the first burglary?


Citoyen Consumer: Disengagement, disempowerment and corporate media bias
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero
Unlike an ideal citizen, the ideal consumer is impulsive, demanding instant gratification no matter what the long-term consequences, financial or otherwise. Ideal consumers only care about their own well-being, no one else’s.