Inside the Daily Planet, 10/31/08


NEWS YOU CAN USE | “Vote by phone right now” calls by Vote for Change, • Voters in some states are getting strange, misleading phone calls about early voting. Some of these calls are computerized and claim to be from Michelle Obama, and deceptively trick voters into thinking they can “vote by phone.” Other calls are live and target Spanish speaking households –these households receive calls from someone claiming to be able to take the voter’s vote “right now” over the phone.

Kretchmer’s Spooks by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva, TC Daily Planet • Budding ghost expert. Paranormal Investigation Ghost Hunter Society member. Not-very-powerful-middle-aged-medium. I.T. specialist. Jeanne Kretchmer leaned against a doorframe in Stevens House with her arms crossed, occasionally blowing her blonde-grey bangs from her forehead. From her oil painted portrait on the wall, Helen Stevens, founder of Minneapolis’s first one room schoolhouse, looked through the corner of her eyes at Kretchmer as she began her lecture, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Ghosts But Were Afraid to Ask.”

Food and restaurants

Shhhh! Bali now open! by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake • Shhh! Bali opened last Thursday on Eat Street – in the old Safari restaurant location at 1410 Nicollet – but don’t tell anybody. It’s supposed to be a “soft” opening, to give the staff a chance to work out the kinks before the crowds and the critics show up.

Chambers Kitchen by Nick and Natasha Laul, Minneapolis and St. Paul Restaurant Critics • Chambers Kitchen (located in the Chambers hotel) is run by world renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. As soon as you set foot in the swanky cocktail lounge (the restaurant is in the basement below it), the vibe is more New York than Minneapolis. The menu is Asian inspired and fabulous (our other favorite in this category that gives Chambers a run for its money is 20.21).

Read my lips: no more sushi by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake • Wanna know what I like best about Moto-i, the new Japanese brewpub at Lake and Lyndale?


ALL LEARNING, ALL THE TIME | Congressman Ellison and Mayor Rybak endorse school board districting referendum ABC Referendum Committee, 10/30/08 • 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak, honorary co-chairs of the Stong Schools Strong City referendum, have endorsed the school board districting initiative that will also be on the ballot for Minneapolis voters next Tuesday School Board Director Tom Madden announced today.

ALL LEARNING, ALL THE TIME | Vote “Yes” on Strong Schools, “No” on ABC Referendum by Pam Costain and Don Fraser, 10/26/08 • Two school issues on the ballot on November 4 get different verdicts

BLOG OF THE MODERATE LEFT Stay classy, RNCC by Jeff Fecke, 10/30/08 • And the racism spews on:

A Republican attack ad invites viewers to “meet the real Ashwin Madia,” but the still photos featured in the spot present a noticeably darker version of the 3rd District DFL congressional candidate.