TUESDAY, April 1
D’Amico’s caught up in controversy over immigrant workers
by Anna Pratt
Outside of Minneapolis’ D’Amico’s Restaurant in Uptown, demonstrators rallied on Friday, March 28, on behalf of 13 immigrant workers who are losing their jobs at the diner because they haven’t proven their identities. D’Amico’s and the employees are caught in the middle of a national debate surrounding immigration policy.
High school musical meets High School Musical
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
The nationally touring production of Disney’s High School Musical is coming to the State Theatre in Minneapolis from April 1-6. In anticipation of the show’s arrival, we asked cast members from an actual high school musical if they had any questions for a member of the High School Musical cast.
UnitedHeath Care: Minnesota company unites in deserting the insured
by Molly Priesmeyer, Minnesota Monitor
If your insurance company is denying your health care claims, it pays to be a California resident. Since 2006, California’s Department of Managed Health Care has been investigating consumer complaints about insurance being snatched away when it’s most needed, like in the middle of chemotherapy, for example. One of the most egregious companies, according to a number California claims? Minnesota’s own insurance monolith, UnitedHealth Care.
Blaine hate crime sparks town meeting focused on unity, answers
by Emily K. Bright, TC Daily Planet
On the night of January 27, three men entered Mohammad Ismail’s Blaine Dairy store as he was closing shop and threw flaming glass bottles at the walls, destroying everything in the store. Ismail escaped through the smoke-filled store with minor cuts and burns.
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Ralph Rapson dies at age 93
by Todd Melby, The Bridge
Ralph Rapson, a Minnesota modernist architect best known for designing the original Guthrie Theatre, died on Saturday. He was 93.
Security officers engage in historic act of civil disobedience
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
In what is believed to be the first act of civil disobedience in U.S. history by private security officers, nine Twin Cities security officers were arrested Thursday in a nonviolent protest at the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Black culture is right ‘under our nose’
by Jimmy Stroud, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Obsidian Arts panel assesses the state of our cultural consciousness
In the middle, a man apart
by Nick Busse, Session Weekly
It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first year in the Legislature or your last — your obligations and your oath of office remain the same, according to Rep. Dennis Ozment (R-Rosemount), so until the final gavel drops on the 2008 legislative session, he’s not preoccupied with what will happen next.
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Minnesotans shouldn’t forget monumental transportation investment
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Under bitter attack from diehard antigovernment extremists, many of the Minnesota policymakers and their supporters who finally broke through 20 years of gridlock on state transportation funding have retreated into a defensive shell, apparently hoping the public forgets about the entire controversy.
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Ralph Rapson dies
by Todd Melby, 3/31/08 • The Star Tribune is reporting that architect Ralph Rapson has died at age 93. I’ll always remember the Rapson retrospective at the Weisman Art Museum and Minneapolis Institute of the Arts several year ago. It really opened my eyes to the greatness of Rapson’s designs and drawings.