TC Daily Planet: Is discrimination frequent? Blacks say yes, whites say no



“Hmong New Year 2007”:
by Wameng Moua, TC Daily Planet
Slide show features images from Hmong New Year celebration.

“Racial inequities still more apparent to those on the receiving end”:
By Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
A recent Pew Research Center poll shows Blacks less optimistic about “progress” than White counterparts. Blacks also believe that they frequently encounter prejudice, while Whites believe that Blacks do not face much discrimination.

“EPA investigating underground chemical vapors in St. Louis Park”:
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a superfund investigation into underground chemical vapors recently discovered in an area of St. Louis Park.

“Barb Kucera honored as Working Class Hero”:
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
Barb Kucera, editor of, was recently honored as a Working Class Hero, an award presented by the Jobs Now Coalition at its annual meeting. For Kucera, who usually covers events and takes the photos in her role as editor, the presentation took her by complete surprise.

“Kerpeh Dwanyen to lead the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM)”:
by Ndze Ntuv Evaristus Tunka, African News Journal

Food and restaurants

“Shrimp with Broccoli for Hanukah?”:
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
The Jewish fondness for Chinese food is the stuff of legend – and jokes. (Question: If this is year 4705 in the Chinese calendar, and 5768 in the Jewish calendar, what did the Jews eat for the first 1000 years?) But this is no joke: when Congregation Mayim Rabim holds its annual Hannukah party next Sunday, vegetarian Chinese food will be on the menu – provided by Evergreen Taiwanese Restaurant, 2424 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis.

“I’m joining the Burger King boycott”:http://www.tcdailyplanetnet/node/8303
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake
I’ll admit it’s not a big sacrifice on my part — my consumption of Junior Whoppers and Spicy Chicken Patties works out to about one sandwich a year. But after reading Eric Schlosser’s op-ed piece in The New York Times about the giant fast food company’s refusal to pay an extra penny a pound for the tomatoes harvested by migrant workers in Florida, I’m taking the pledge — no more BK until they do the right thing.

“Playing with favorites in the kitchen”:
by Kristal Leebrick, The Park Bugle
There can never be too many cooks in Jay Randolph’s kitchen at holiday time.


“Emotional abuse: I see myself”:
by Tom Heuerman
Millions of women (and some men) live with repeated verbal assaults, humiliation, sexual coercion, and other forms of psychological abuse, often accompanied by economic exploitation. I’ve worked in organizations for 40 years as a leader and consultant, and I’ve never been in an organization that didn’t have abuse as part of its dark side.


“The same on both sides of the border”:
by Louis Mendoza, A journey across our America