Inside the Daily Planet, 11/10/08

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NEWS YOU CAN USE | Following the Franken/Coleman/recount/lawsuit news
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 • As of 8 p.m. on Friday, November 7, the last official update from the Secretary of State’s office showed Norm Coleman leading Al Franken by 221 votes. To check vote totals at any time, go to the Secretary of State’s web site and look for the page for statewide results without the judicial elections. To find information about when the recount will begin, what the rules for the recount are, what other races will be subject to a recount, what Norm Coleman’s latest lawsuit was about, and MUCH more … read the rest of this article, and check back for updates as more news becomes available. (The dateline at the beginning of the article tells when it was most recently updated.)

THEATER | A slick Shadowlands at the Guthrie
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet • Artistic Director Joe Dowling’s production of Shadowlands at the Guthrie Theater is a testament to the power of film. Playwright William Nicholson originally wrote Shadowlands as a TV movie for the BBC, and later adapted it for the stage—then re-adapted it as the basis for a 1993 feature film starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. Film, which can be a very intimate medium, is well-suited to this delicate emotional material, which would also work well in a cozy space like the Jungle Theater; but on the Guthrie’s grand McGuire Proscenium Stage, the play’s tender moments are diluted.

Scratch Games: Understanding graffiti
by Bruce Cochran, Uptown Neighborhood News • Power, self-expression and rebellion are the key words to understanding any discussion about graffiti. Recent angst about a growing problem in Minneapolis prompted the Uptown Association to present a Graffiti Education Meeting at Bryant Square Park. Sergeant Giovanni Veliz, a Minneapolis Police Department graffiti investigator, gave an experienced report of graffiti in Uptown with 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist Tom Thompson and Angela Brenny of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling (MSWR).

Paul Rusesabagina speaks at U about making a difference
by James Anderson, Minnesota Daily • Paul Rusesabagina’s adviser has never given him a wrong answer. In fact, his adviser saved the lives of 1,268 people.

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GROUND ZERO | Sympathy for Sarah Pailin? You betcha!
by Rich Broderick • Perhaps I am alone in this, but I find myself beginning to feel a little sorry for Sarah Palin.

ENGAGE MINNESOTA | Barack Obama: Global phenomenon and international inspiration
by Lolla Mohammed Nur • Engage Minnesota • It is 7 a.m. on November 5th, and I am in my living room in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with the TV on. CNN has just announced that Barack Obama has won the electoral vote and is therefore the new president-elect of the United States. An endless flow of tears start streaming down my face. My tears are those of joy and victory, not of sadness.