6/23/08 Headlines: Patrolling the East Side; Lurking, dogs and City Council; Feed the children; Mpls Advantage for homebuyers

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Patrolling the East Side
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
Kids hanging out… drunks loitering in the streets … slum landlords … drug dealing in broad daylight…jaywalking… pre-teens stealing a skateboard from a fenced in yard. Joyce Krizinac has seen it all in her neighborhood on the East Side of Saint Paul. A long time resident of the community, Krizinac says, “ I’ve seen an increase in ‘riff raff’, for lack of a better term.”

City Hall Monitor: Lurking repeal is down for count, dog doings are up in lights
By Chris Steller, Minnesota Monitor
A visitor to downtown Minneapolis on Friday had a chance to see two City Council members’ pet causes on display. At City Hall, Cam Gordon’s effort to repeal the city’s lurking ordinance went down by an unexpectedly close council vote. Meanwhile, on electronic billboards above the Pantages Theater on Hennepin Avenue, Lisa Goodman’s campaign to build downtown dog parks is up in lights.

Feeding the children—all summer long
by Katie Anderson, TC Daily Planet
Thousands of local students qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year. When summer vacation starts, however, families often struggle to afford three meals a day. That’s why the both Saint Paul Public Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools are once again offering free summer meals as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Will Minneapolis Advantage help Northeast?
by Margo Ashmore, The Northeaster
Will free city money have buyers flocking to buy houses? While two Northeast neighborhoods, Holland and Beltrami, contain eligible blocks, the biggest action the program is seeing is in North Minneapolis where as of late May, 13 had reserved city funds or actually closed on their loans; representing 26 percent of the money made available starting May 5.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

A quick look: Red, Blue and local
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
MN Blue reprints the letter from Peggy Flanagan bowing out of the DFL primary race for House district 58A in North Minneapolis, leaving the seat to six-term incumbent Joe Mullery. Flanagan cited the declining health of her mother, who has lived with her for the past three years, as the reason for her withdrawal.

Community businesses battle theft
By Alex Ebert, Minnesota Daily
June 9 was a normal work day at Dinkytown Optical . Larry Zidel watched as a familiar customer walked across the shop floor and gazed at the dozens of glasses frames gleaming on the racks.

Then, the customer slipped several frames down his sleeves and ran out of the shop.

Film note: Aging, misanthropic, and HIV-positive in Paris
by James Sanna, TC Daily Planet
Avant Que J’oublie (Before I Forget) starts with a promising premise: the film follows an unnamed aging gay Parisian as he deals with HIV, former lovers, and other challenges of growing old. In the end, though, the film disappoints. After watching a naked, pudgy 60-year-old make himself a cup of coffee, then walk across his apartment and read a few papers on a table for a good five minutes, one begins to wonder exactly why one is watching the movie.

Homelessness
by volunteers, MTN
Documentary video on homelessness, produced by South High students.

NEW IN VOICES

Creating socially responsible corporations
by Senator John Marty, Apple Pie Alliance
In the drive to please Wall Street investors, some corporations have shortchanged their customers and workers and polluted the air we breathe. Corporate scandals fill the news media.

NEW IN BLOGS

A matter of self-preservation
by Hispanic Fanatic, 5/24/08 • As we enter the first weekend of summer (unofficially, anyway), let’s take a moment to consider the implications of warmer weather.

What the flyff?
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Are there thousands of Minnesotans quietly Flying For Fun and redeeming their hard-earned real-world dollars for Scrolls of Activation and Cash Shop Pets?