Today in the Daily Planet, 10/4/07



“Marking Hispanic Heritage Month”:
by Teresa Ortiz
From official proclamations to ‘Ugly Betty,’ from ‘Hispanic’ to ‘Latino,’ who is celebrating what?

“Swiftboating the Robbinsdale Schools”:
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
In every levy election, there are “vote yes” campaigns and “vote no” campaigns. Unfortunately, an odious “vote no” organizer has resurfaced to run another Minnesota campaign.

“Unrest in Burma; Unease in the Twin Cities”:
by Abdi Aynte, Minnesota Monitor
For the past two weeks Pyi Maung hasn’t spoken with his parents in restive Burma. It’s one of the longest silences between him and his parents, but it’s for a good reason: He doesn’t want to get his parents in trouble.


“Alicia Wiley speaks about singing”:
by Dwight Hobbes, Special to the TC Daily Planet
It’s great when opening acts, instead of merely warming the stage, serve notice they are headliners in the making. Alicia Wiley, opening at The Cabooze several years ago for Willie Walker and The Butanes, did just that.

“The Home Place: Review”:
By Jennifer Holder, Special to the TC Daily Planet
This play both requires and rewards careful, thoughtful viewing.

“A hands-down hit: Jevetta Steele’s Two Queens, One Castle”:
by Dwight Hobbes, Insight News
Mixed Blood Theatre’s world premiere of Jevetta Steele’s Two Queens, One Castle, a hands-down hit here and elsewhere, set box office records at Horizon Theatre (Atlanta) and Metro Stage (Washington, D.C.), broke strong social ground and marked a theatrical milestone. In America, anyway.

“Daniel Cheng Yang Photographic Exhibition”:
by Tom LaVenture, Asian American Press
By the time Daniel Cheng Yang was 20 years old he had been to Africa five times, published a book of his photographs with the forward written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and traveled the world with his exhibitions.

“Romanticizing the wild and our place in it”:
by Stephanie Dickrell, Minnesota Daily
The story of Chris McCandless does not have a happy ending. His body was found in the Alaskan wilderness, decomposing. He died of starvation, probably brought on by eating the wrong kind of seeds, effectively poisoning himself. When he was found, he weighed just 67 pounds.


by Eleanor Arnason, Facts and Fictions


“No Child Left Behind fails minority students”:
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
No Child Left Behind? Apparently no one told Minnesota’s African-American students. As has happened many times before, test results show an unacceptable achievement gap between whites and African-Americans in Minnesota schools.