Today in the Daily Planet, 11/9/07



“Geothermal heats up the Twin Cities”:
By Julia Degen, Special to the TC Daily Planet
What do the Twin Cities and Iceland have in common? Well, literally speaking, in some Minnesotan winter months you might feel like you are living in an iced country. Actually, the Icelandic sea climate is much more moderate and there is rarely snow. Despite their differences, Minnesota and Iceland share at least one common ground: the use of geothermal energy.

“Six Hamline University students suspended from football for dressing as African tribesmen”:
by Ndze Ntuv Evaristus Tunka, African News Journal
Six Hamline University students, all football players were suspended last week from the team by school authorities for wearing blackface and dressing as African tribesmen for an off campus halloween party. Photos of the students, with a derogatory caption were placed on the social-networking site

“Four workers killed on the job: How many know?”:
by Mike Hall, Workday Minnesota
Every year, some 5,700 workers are killed on the job. Those deaths, which occur one or two at a time at a worksite, are noted in articles of two or three paragraph in local papers—if at all. Only when a large number of workers are killed do workplace deaths get national attention.


Food and restaurants

“Nick and Eddie: The Mystery of Hipness”:
by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake
I just can’t figure it out. Doug Anderson’s new restaurant, Nick and Eddie, manages to radiate hipness – even uber-hipness, but I can’t put my finger on just what does it. It isn’t actually Doug’s restaurant – officially, he’s the head waiter. Seems that there were some financial issues that Doug isn’t at liberty to discuss, that led to the abrupt closing of his last venture, A Rebours, so Doug’s wife Jessica, and the chef, Steve Vranian, are the owners of record. But Doug seems to be the creative force behind the new Loring Park café and bar.

“Jay’s Café, St. Anthony Park’s secret gem of fabulous food”:
by Bruce Schneier and Karen Cooper, The Mix
We chanced upon a gem of a café about a year ago, near Raymond and University, in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood. It’s the sort of place you want to keep secret since it’s fabulous, but the space is tiny and often full. But we’re good guys, and we’ll share what we know about the delightful Jay’s Café.

“I’m turning Japanese, I really think so…”:
by Anne Nicolai, Night and Day
According to Sushi & Sake magazine, sake is considered a type of beer under Federal law and a wine under California State law.

“Firefly coffee bistro coming soon”:
by Mary Buhr, Corcoran Neighborhood News
It won’t be long before Corcoran residents have a new coffee shop to frequent, a place to call their own.


“Rock the boat, lose the vote: investing In the ‘right’ Democrats”:
by Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes
A couple of presidential elections ago, in January of the year 2000, I wrote an article called ‘So… How About That Campaign?.’ In it I recounted the following anecdote: A leader of a Political Action Committee, or PAC, was on Minnesota Public Radio to respond to an accusation that money from groups like his has deformed and corrupted our political system.