“Five police officers file suit against MPD”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8322
by Jake Grovum, Justin Horwath
The officers claim to have witnessed racial discrimination within the police department. As of mid-September, only one black officer was in an appointed or detailed position, which the complaint states are the highest-ranking and highest-paid positions.
“Catholic church in Prospect Park under fire for openness toward gays and lesbians”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8270
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Recent statements by the St. Frances Cabrini Church in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis are likely to draw sharp criticism from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Father Leo Tibesar’s Oct. 27 homily saying that those who are ostracized from the church yet who still love God are more worthy in Jesus’ eyes — namely LGBT Catholics. The church website has also drawn criticism from a Christian news outlet, Lifesite.com, because of statements asserting that the church will perform same-sex commitment ceremonies and that the church is willing to accept gay and lesbian priests and ministers.
“Through the snowstorm, Saint Nicholas brings German traditions to St. Paul”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8423
by Julia Degen, TC Daily Planet
At this beginning of December, winter lived up to its name and changed the Twin Cities into a winter wonderland. In the continuous snowstorm, a tall man wearing a red robe and a red cap clears a way through the snow. Is it Santa Claus who somehow lost his reindeer on his long way from North Pole? No, it’s Saint Nicholas on his way to the Germanic American Institute (GAI).
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“Theater note: Everyone laughs at a ‘Fat Man Crying'”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8290
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Your mother told you: Santa sees everything. All year long, he’s got one eye on you and one eye double-checking that consequential list. He knows if you’ve been naughty, and he knows if you’ve been nice…and if you’ve been naughty, he knows just how naughty you’ve been. Isn’t that a little creepy? So asks writer/producer/director/actor Joseph Scrimshaw in Fat Man Crying, his amusing new play at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage.
“Music note: Spoken-word stocking stuffers”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8422
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
If you look around, there are some pretty good stocking stuffer CDs off the beaten track—especially if you’re a fan of strong spoken word and exquisite poetry.
“Theater note: Guthrie’s ‘Christmas Carol’ is still cheery after all these years”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8201
by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet
I recently saw A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater, and like almost everyone, I was familiar with the story before entering the theater. But if I thought the old story would be boring, I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is the 33rd year that the Guthrie has staged this classic tale of redemption, Charles Dickens’s vision of the true meaning of Christmas. Forty-two adults and child actors, through skillful drama and lively music, deliver real joy to the audience.
“Girls just want to have fun”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8243
by Pam Taylor, Minnesota Women’s Press
‘Hormel Girls’ at the History Theatre
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“The real problem with MnDOT leadership”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8320
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau has faced lots of well-deserved heat for her performance as state transportation commissioner in the wake of the I35W bridge collapse, the abuses of her missing-in-action former emergency management director and delays of important road and bridge projects.
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“Jack the Giant Killer?”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8420
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero