Inside the Daily Planet, 10/06/10


Minnesota Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s research by Amanda Noventa, TC Daily Planet • Minnesota walkers wore purple to walk on Hyland Park on September 25, and not because the Vikings were playing. The walkers are working to win an even bigger battle than the Superbowl-they want to win the battle against a deadly disease that affects more U.S. families every year. The annual Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event for the Alzheimer’s Association, raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer care and research programs. Since 1989, the event has raised more than $300 million. The Twin Cities has the largest of the eight walks in Minnesota. With 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, nearly 100,000 people are right here in Minnesota.

MUSIC | Broken Social Scene at First Avenue by Meredith Westin, TC Daily Planet • On Monday night, Canadian indie rock supergroup Broken Social Scene played First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Minnesota faith groups plan discussions on Israelis, Palestinians by Erin Elliott Bryan, American Jewish World • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the Islamic Center of Minnesota and Mount Zion Temple will present an evening discussion series titled “Israelis and Palestinians: A Conversation among Jews, Christians and Muslims.”

The programs, which are free and open to the public, will feature local speakers who will share their own stories of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The series will take place 7 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 in the Kay Fredricks Room, located on the third floor of the Klas Center at Hamline University in St. Paul.


DOWNSTREAM | War colors by Emilio DeGrazia • If the first September chill foreshadows the winter coming on, it also backshadows me into my childhood. The movies in that childhood were what we call black and white, though the best of them were artfully composed to display the subtle interplay of grayish shadows and shades. Since I was fated to be born in 1941, the Pearl Harbor year, those movies color how I still see my history. World War II has always been waged in the black and white theatre of my mind. Though sinners and saints can probably agree that no war is good, even for the many who make money from it, Studs Terkel named the war I was born into “The Good War.” The quotation marks are his way of telling us war is hell.

OUTSIDE THE WALLS | A troubling sign among signs by Dick Bernard • Every other year, fall brings with it a new and odd biennial “foliage.” Locals call them campaign signs, and they erupt along the area roads. In recent days I have begun to look at them with increasing interest, largely because of a new species I have observed for the first time.

FLYOVER LAND | “A Porch Sofa Almanac” by Amy Rea • Part 3 of Book Week comes in the form of “A Porch Sofa Almanac” by Peter Smith. This was sent to me, unsolicited, by the University of Minnesota Press. I confess–I took one look at the cover and thought, oh, that’s cute. If you know me, you know that generally “cute” is not my favorite thing, unless we’re talking about puppies, babies or cupcakes. I set the book down and ignored it. But when I thought about having a book week, I picked it back up, albeit with suspicion and a sigh.

MINNESOTA BUDGET BITES | Minnesota: Poverty up, median income down, racial disparities persist by Christina Wessel • The Census released results from the 2009 American Community Survey on Tuesday morning – and the numbers do not look good for Minnesota.

LU LIPPOLD ON TC FOODIES | Bruce expands road trip palate beyond cheese curds and beef jerky by Lu Lippold • Sometimes it’s simply exhausting to live in the country that consumes more fossil fuels than any other. One must constantly fill up one’s cars with gasoline to drive to one’s friends’ cabins in Wisconsin, which those friends must maintain with further massive expenditures of natural resources. And when one thinks of the energy required to supply the gas stations with junk food alone, not to mention gas, why, it’s staggering. As the bumper sticker says, “I’m changing the climate — ask me how!”