Today in the Daily Planet, 10/5/07



“Broadband proposal stirs St. Paul debate”:
by Erik Hare, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Sometime in the future, Saint Paul might have neighborhood networks that allow people to relay information to their neighbors quickly. Government could deliver services on-line, so that you could attend public meetings in your home. Firemen could be remotely informed of fire alarms and arrive with medical information in hand. Saint Paul could be the ‘most connected city in the United States.’

“Council on Black Minnesotans takes on St. Cloud racial profiling”:
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Public hearing to address allegations of ongoing police harassment of people of color

“My Rights Versus Yours”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
In the next few days, the U.S. House is likely to pass legislation that would prohibit employment discrimination against gays and lesbians. But pressures from Republicans and groups opposed to homosexuality have resulted in the Democrats proposing a watered-down bill that would leave out transgender people. Those groups purporting to speak for Christians are purposefully distorting the issue through assertions that religious liberties will be violated if transgender people are given protections to work in jobs that they are qualified for.

Food and restaurants

“Tam-Tam’s African Restaurant”:
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake/Breaking Bread
You don’t really have to be a gastronomic adventurer to enjoy the cuisine at Tam-Tam’s African Restaurant in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, but if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, the option is there.

“Colossal Cafe: Big on natural”:
by William Fietzer, SENA News
Some restaurants brag about the organic ingredients they use in their cuisine. Others boast how everything is prepared on-site. The Colossal Café, located at 1839 E. 42nd St., does both. The name ‘Colossal Café’ for this tiny eatery reflects its owner’s sense of humor.

“Chew on This”:
by Jeremy Iggers, The Rake/Breaking Bread
Darn! Shiraz Fireroasted Cuisine offers a terrific deal on Mondays and Tuesdays: order two entrees, and get a bottle of South African Mazulu Shiraz on the house. But I can’t persuade my wife to go there with me because they don’t have any vegetarian or seafood entrées — just beef, lamb and chicken.


“An Open Letter for Burma”:
by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth


“Color-blind constitution”:
by Staff, Minnesota Daily
The U.S. Supreme Court looks as if it will again rule against civil rights.