Headline: Cap and trade: Why you should care, what you need to know

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FRIDAY, March 14

Thanks to our friends at First Avenue, we have a limited number of tickets to the legendary club’s St. Patrick’s Day party this coming Monday the 17th—featuring Boiled in Lead, Minnesota Police Pipe Band, Lehto & Wright, Wild Colonial Bhoys, Brass Messengers, Sweet Colleens, and Mark Stillman. For your chance to win a pair of tickets, send an e-mail to jay@tcdailyplanet.net.

HEADLINES

Cap and trade: Why you should care, what you need to know
by Brian Peterson, TC Daily Planet
Climate change is rapidly rising as an issue in the public conscience, in Minnesota and across the United States. The number of Americans naming climate change as the world’s biggest environmental problem jumped from 16 percent to 33 percent from 2006 to 2007 (Washington Post/Time/ABC/Stanford University). Closer to home, a 2006 poll for the Minnesota Conservation Federation found that 66 percent of Minnesota sportsmen feel that climate change is an urgent problem requiring urgent action. The question remains, however, how can we address such a complex issue without causing huge economic problems?

A security culture: Planning RNC protests
by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva, TC Daily Planet
On a crisp February night the RNC Welcoming Committee gathered in a run down community center in South Minneapolis. Members of the Welcoming Committee watched a young man in a plaid shirt give a Power Point presentation. The presentation included information on bridges near the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul. As it came to a close, the group broke up and some of the members bolted out the door for a frigid smoke break, unwilling to talk to the one outsider in the room.

Cuts to health and human services would be devastating, lawmakers told
By Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Preventing lead poisoning in children. Helping people with disabilities stay in the workforce. Providing health coverage for thousands of Minnesotans. Protecting the public health.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Food and Restaurants

Coffee Music
by Heidi Hanse, TC Daily Planet
From concert to “bring your own party,” coffeehouse music in the Twin Cities jazzes up the social scene. A quick survey of independent coffeehouses shows that about one-third include music as part of a cultural mix that includes book groups, wi-fi work spaces and art exhibits.

B.T. and the chocolate factory
by Liz Riggs, The Bridge
The story of how a local man with a passion for chocolate became a nationally recognized chocolatier has its beginnings in Brian McElrath and Christine Walthour’s former South Minneapolis home. In the mid-’90s, after deciding he was ready for a career change, McElrath purchased a small assortment of basic _chocolate-making tools and embarked on a side project with his wife, Walthour. They began making and testing custom chocolate recipes while he continued to work as a part-time chef.

Really, really fresh seafood
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
When Carl Wong sold the Seafood Palace on Nicollet Ave. three years ago, he signed a non-compete agreement that barred him from operating a food business within seven miles of Eat Street. The agreement expired last summer, and the veteran restaurateur is getting back in the business.

NEW IN VOICES

RNC Welcoming Committee orders tasers for every protestor
Press Contact Diablo Bush
The RNC Welcoming Committee (RNC-WC), an anarchist and anti-authoritarian organizing body based in the Twin Cities, announced today that it has ordered tasers for each of its members and friends. The announcement comes on the heels of last month’s St. Paul City Council approval of a St. Paul Police Department (SPPD) request for 234 tasers. Due to a unique corporate-anarchist confidentiality agreement, the exact number of tasers or documentable evidence of this new order will not be disclosed.

NEW IN BLOGS

Light one candle – or one fluorescent bulb
by Mary Turck, 3/13/08 • Growing up, I heard my mother admonish us, time and time again, to light one candle rather than cursing the darkness. She meant that we ought to do something. Any effort to make the world better would accomplish more than giving up in despair.

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