Today in the Daily Planet, 9/27/07



“Grand Rounds plans meet Como opposition”:
by Anna Pratt, The Bridge
Residents fear loss of homes, businesses to ‘missing link’ project

“Wal-Mart lawsuit exposes widespread worker abuse”:
By Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
After months of being denied breaks, Debbie Simonson had had enough. She quit her job at the Brooklyn Park Wal-Mart store because “I was tired of all the stress . . . of being told I couldn’t go to the bathroom.” Even though she didn’t get to take the breaks, Wal-Mart never paid her for the time she worked, she said.

“Minnesota ghost towns haunt 500 endangered small cities”:
by Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
A cornfield now covers most of what was Hereford, in Grant County, Minn. The village of Pomme de Terre is gone from the banks of the river it was named for. And West Elbow Lake didn’t have the staying power of, say, West Concord or West St. Paul.


“Iraqi art in Minneapolis”:
by Ryan Zickermann, Special to the TC Daily Planet
In 2004, Sami Rasouli returned home to Najaf, Iraq. Rasouli, a longtime owner of Sinbad’s restaurant on Nicollet Avenue, was heartbroken about the war and wanted to find a way to help.

“Dutch Star DJ Ferry Corsten visits Spin Club”:
by David Schommer, Special to the TC Daily Planet
FRIDAY Ferry Corsten, one of the world’s leading DJs for electronic music, will start “The Ferry Corsten L.E.F. Road to Voodoo Tour” through the United States at the Spin Club in Minneapolis this Friday, September 28.

“Chris Shillock: Successor to the beatnik poets”:
by Dwight Hobbes, Special to the TC Daily Planet
FRIDAY If you’re not quite old enough to know, ask your mama what a beatnik is. Today’s art of spoken word is fine and the whole nine, but for dyed-in-the-wool prose-poetry, the era of firebrands Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg and such is where it’s at.

“El-Kati explores legacy in film at Golden Thyme monthly series”:
by Maya Beecham, Insight News
FRIDAY September’s Old Black Movie Night features Within Our Gates on Friday, September 28 at Golden Thyme Coffee Café in St. Paul.

“Strange Love: review”:
by Jay Gabler, Special to the TC Daily Planet
Our current historical moment, with the government tapping citizens’ phones and conducing secret interrogations in sketchily-governed foreign lands, might seem to be a propitious occasion for the reanimation of an iconic Cold War caricature, the title character of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Further, if one is resolved to work such black magic–and to do so in our own unsuspecting City of Lakes–one might as well situate oneself in the basement of a former coffin factory.


“Saffron Revolution marches on despite violence”:
by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth


“Renewable communities”:
by Staff, Minnesota Daily
A new community-owned wind farm will further Minnesota’s renewable energy goals.