Today in the Daily Planet, 11/30/07



“Young MCs bust a move in Powderhorn Park”:
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Something good is going on in Powderhorn Park. Lawrence Moore and Jared Stulen, knowledgeable fellows who care about kids, are impacting young lives by empowering adolescents to act on their recording industry aspirations.

“Key ‘No Child Left Behind’ provision is a failure”:
by John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020
Private tutors paid with public money – a key No Child Left Behind requirement – have no effect on how students perform on NCLB-mandated tests.

“Media news around town: Lambert, Kersten, Nelson”:
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
From Brian Lambert — no longer at The Rake — to the Daily Mole critiquing Kathy Kersten to PiPress writers leaving for MPR

“A ‘Wild’ season for singer and poet Diane Jarvi/Jarvenpa”:
by Rich Broderick, TC Daily Planet
To release either a CD or a collection of poetry, is a major accomplishment, but Diane Jarvenpa, who sings under the name Diane Jarvi, has the unusual distinction of having released both a second book of poems, The Tender Wild Things, and a new CD – her fourth – The Wild Gardens, all within the past two months.


Food and restaurants

“Meritage: All the world’s a stage”:
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread
Theater, fantasy and restaurant criticism

“Shuang Cheng still among the best”:
by Phyllis Louise Harris, Asian Pages
The collapse of the I-35 Bridge affected more than just the commuters in and out of Minneapolis. Businesses in Dinkytown on the University of Minnesota campus found many of their customers from the south metro area stopped making the trip across the river. Now that the 10th Street Bridge has reopened, business is once again picking up as was evident on a recent Saturday when I stopped by Shuang Cheng, one of the area’s favorite Chinese restaurants. (It is usually among the top five Chinese restaurants in diner polls.) As usual, owner Daniel Lam was on hand overseeing the busy dining room filled with students and alumni attending the University homecoming festivities.

“Red Stag goes green: New Minneapolis restaurant achieves top enviro status”:
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor


“My Minnesota: what’s really behind the Pawlenty ‘No Tax’ pledge?”:
by Myles Spicer, Minnesota 2020
On the surface, Governor Pawlenty’s pledge to not add or raise taxes looks quite simple: protect citizens from onerous taxation, and run government with minimal resources. Indeed, that has been the claim of all those before him, who made a similar pledge. But sometimes, appearances are not what they seem to be. Underlying this pledge is a far more sinister agenda – the slow but relentless erosion of government itself; and a visceral dislike of virtually any government services. If that seems outlandish, let me present some facts.


“Duy Ngo”:
by Stephen B. Young, The Fifth Column