7/18/08 Headlines: Piles of cash; People who ride the bus; Teens take a stand; A healthy commute; Transit workers say no

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In politics, nothing says devotion like piles of cash
by Paul Demko, Minnesota Independent
Who are the eight Minnesotans who have bundled over $50k for Obama and McCain?

Protestors rally, slam proposed fare increase
by Matt Roznowski, TC Daily Planet
Despite scorching hot weather, a group of transit advocates and community members gathered July 15 outside Metropolitan Council offices, protesting a fare increase proposal. “We’re aiming to attract people who ride the bus,” explained Katie Eukel, TLC’s communications manager. “It’s important to make sure people most affected are heard.”

Teens take a stand against human trafficking
by Martha Vickery, Korean Quarterly
Two Woodbury High School students have taken on a project to organize both an educational conference for teens about human trafficking and a benefit concert for Twin Cities area organizations that help victims of the crime.

A healthy commute
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Suburbia, that automobile-inspired slice of the 20th century American Dream, is beginning to adapt to more sustainable transportation modes in the resource-challenged 21st century.’

Transit workers overwhelmingly reject contract
by Steve Share, Workday Minnesota
By an overwhelming majority, members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 have voted to reject a contract offer from Metro Transit.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Food and Restaurants

Dracula, paella and drinking organically
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
Where would Count Dracula dine if he visited the Twin Cities? We don’t have any Romanian restaurants, but if he misses the cooking of his native Transylvania (now a part of Romania), he’ll have a once-a-year opportunity on Saturday, July 26, when Saint Stephen Romanian Orthodox Church, Saint Paul, sponsors its annual Twin Cities Romanian Festival. The menu will feature Romanian sausage, grilled chicken, salad, Romanian pastries, beer and more. A Romanian music ensemble will perform in traditional costumes, and tours of the church will be offered.

Cafe Maude
by Nick and Natasha Laul, Minneapolis & St. Paul Restaurant Critics
Café Maude is a inviting bistro in the Armatage neighborhood of Minneapolis. The “Maude” is a tribute to Maude Armatage, a visionary civic leader, whose key contribution was to give to Minneapolis its wonderful park system. Down a lonely stretch of Penn Ave, this restaurant seems out of place initially but those thoughts soon recede when you enter this establishment.

The 98 Pound restaurant: cheap sushi and more!
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I’ve been told that the whole Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet phenomenom has run its course, and that the next big trend for Chinese restaurateurs is sushi — the profit margins are better. A lot of Chinese buffets already offer a few varieties of sushi, but the new 98 Pounds Restaurant at 98th and 35W in Bloomington actually combines the concepts.

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Weekend what’s what 7/17-7/20: Welcome to Hedonism, Minnesota
by l’etoile magazine staff
This weekend holds no shortage of opportunities to show off your debaucherous side, and we say – go for it! The humidity is rising and summer lovin’ has hit an all-time high. With Tromapalooza rocking the Loring Alley, Hedwig and the Angry Inch debuting at the Jungle Theater, and the massive dance attack that will be the Moongoons 1-year Anniversary party, we doubt anyone will notice when you suddenly decide to rip your shirt off – so live it up!

“Dude, I hate to tell you this, but you’re Hispanic”
by Daniel Cubias, June 2008 • So I was standing in line at a theme park, waiting to jump on a monsterously huge rollercoaster, when I noticed a swaggering young hombre in front of me. He was hanging with his girlfriend, a cute little Latina. The guy was obviously Chicano, and if anyone doubted the joven’s ethnicity, it was right there, spelled out on his t-shirt.

Curating by ballot
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
The Brooklyn Museum has crowd-sourced an entire photography exhibit. Museum patrons were invited to submit photos on the theme “Changing Faces of Brooklyn”; a vote was then held to elect the images that would be featured in the show. This may be novel within museum walls, but crowd-sourced photography exhibits on any subject are freely available on your desktop with just a few taps and clicks, thanks to Google Image Search. I’ve included here a few of the most popular images returned by an image search for “Minnesota.”

Fringe on the radio—and online
by Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet
Queer Fringers and/or Fringers with queer shows – including yours truly and one of our show’s talented cast – will be sitting in on the Fresh Fruit program on KFAI.