Daily Planet Headline: The color of funding


FRIDAY, February 15


The color of funding
by Dan Gordon, TC Daily Planet
“Economic disparity by race is perhaps the most significant problem facing Minneapolis today,” the city’s 1998 Empowerment Zone application warns. “People of color living in Minneapolis are impoverished at rates higher than any other city in the country.” But since its inception, the program has caused bitterness among some neighborhood activists, who say it hasn’t directly benefited the African-American communities it was intended to serve.

“Governor’s veto pen is a job-killer”

by Noah S. Kunin, The Uptake
The Uptake has video of the governor’s state of the state address and responses.

Funds requested for waste-to-energy project
Staff, Session Daily
Hutchinson would become the home of a high-tech power plant that can turn garbage, wood chips and just about anything else into clean electricity, under a bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls).

Ghanaian dance troupe pays a visit to their Minnesotan ‘family’
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
This weekend, the Twin Cities will welcome Saakumu Dance Troupe of Ghana, West Africa on their first United States tour. Made up of 11 dancers and four musicians, Saakumu Dance Troupe is among Ghana’s leading traditional/contemporary dance and music groups.


Minneapolis bridges the digital gap
by Anna Ewart, Minnesota Daily
The Digital Inclusion Fund awarded $200,000 in grants to help provide technological access to low-income families.

Food and Restaurants

Malaysian restaurant does Chinese New Year, Singapore style

by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
Yusheng means raw fish, but it’s pronounced the same as another word that means increasing abundance, which is why raw fish salad is eaten on Chinese New Years, when it is traditional to dine on foods whose names or shapes may augur good fortune in the year ahead. Yusheng, however, isn’t an ancient Chinese tradition – it was invented in a Chinese restaurant in Singapore in 1964, and it isn’t widely eaten in China proper, though its popularity has spread to Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Polish fusion: an idea whose time has come
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
Last night in the bar-restaurant at the Bedlam Theatre, I couldn’t help feeling like I was in a play – to judge by the funky décor, maybe Lanford Wilson’s Hotl Baltimore, or something by Beckett. Every few minutes, somebody would trudge through the bar – a woman carrying an enormous potted plant, a man pacing with a look of intense concentration. The bartender had a shiny metal ring in his nose. The bar and theater occupy the former Baja Riverside / Knickerbockers building, a few steps from the West Bank light rail stop.


Challenging labels, including my own
by Nico McClellan, Three Sixty
I grew up in a single-parent, Japanese-American household. I guess we were your average single mother and kid. I was always around a lot of different people – racially and politically — but it wasn’t really until I started going to school when I witnessed stereotyping.


Senate Democrats roll over again
by James Clay Fuller, Rants & Ruminations
The Senate voted to protect telecommunications companies from lawsuits related to their willing compliance with Bush administration requests to spy on their customers. The vote was 68 to 29 to shield the poor threatened telecoms from citizen anger.