This Week’s Highlights


FRONT ROW SEAT | Little Joey Peterson may be only 10, but let me tell you: his acting stinks. by Jay Gabler • We wouldn’t actually call out a little angel (or shepherd, or sheep) for forgetting his lines, would we? Of course we wouldn’t…but when does a young actor cross that line and ask to have his or her work taken seriously? Tatum O’Neal won an Oscar for her performance in Paper Moon when she was only 10. Should she not have been nominated, to have spared her the risk of being disappointed at losing?

Minnesota’s unemployment fund: trouble ahead? by Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet • Minnesota’s unemployment rate is going up. The unemployment compensation trust fund will most likely go into deficit during the first quarter of 2010, according to Lee Nelson, the Chief Attorney for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

MUSIC | Kymara is badder than ever by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet • I beat it back to the crib and, since my daughter was spending the night over at a friend’s, I had the run of the joint at whatever ungodly hour it was. Also, my upstairs neighbor wasn’t home. I had the freedom to pour myself a triple-Jack straight, parade around in the altogether, and play music as loud as I wanted in the middle of the night—which is exactly what I proceeded to do, putting Kymara’s disc on straightaway.

Blight Fight: Minneapolis, St. Paul receive housing bucks, but who benefits? by Molly Priesmeyer, TC Daily Planet • It’s nearly impossible to travel through Minneapolis and not witness the remains of the foreclosure crisis. Entire streets are left empty and dark. Historic homes have been turned into picked-apart skeletons. And as one foreclosure unfolds, its seeds take root in neighboring homes and streets, causing home prices to plummet and the mortgage mess to accelerate. The problem is especially visible on the city’s North side, where more than 800 homes are on the city’s vacant properties list.