Breakfast of Champions: 11/21


The issue is on-line, as are several web-exclusive items. Jonathan Kaminsky tells the story of a kerfluffle in Harris, where small-town politics equal big-time controversy. Jeff Severns Guntzel reports on same-sex marriage and those local churches who are protesting its prohibition by refusing to perform marriages for heterosexual couples.

Matt Snyders' latest offering about the Desmond Tutu affair also comes with web-only MP3 files of our interview with the Nobel laureate.

This is also a good spot for me to point out that we've been offering sample MP3 files of songs from artists featured in Sarah Askari's music column, and this week we've continued that trend. Check out three songs from Ed Ackerson's new solo release while you read Sarah's Mash Notes.

Only on the web, check out Rhena Tantisunthorn's photo slideshow of the Miss Gay 90s Pageant.

On the Blotter, Paul Demko blogs a new report from the Washington Post. Survey says: Norm Coleman's in trouble. Kevin Hoffman posts about a young boy with a rare inherited condition's decision to have his leg amputated.

Previously, I link to a New York Times story about how locals of Norwegian descent are upset about that nation's decision to remove its consulate from Minneapolis. I also have a brief note at CTG about Theatre de la Jeune Lune's production of "The Deception" being held over for four more performances.


Sometimes we forget just how awesome Mr. Rogers was. Let us, inspired by this blog entry, remember the man who was for many of us a profound early childhood influence. Critters dug him, too, as you can see from Fred's visit with Koko the Gorilla.

One fact unknown to many: Mr. Rogers played a central role in saving public television. Watch him -- gently and persuasively -- take on the U.S. Senate. About 3:30 in ... well, just watch it. And watch it until the end, for sure. It's like Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, but it actually happened.

Mr. Rogers also was old school in the hip-hop sense, bringing the art of breakdancing to the masses during the early stages of the practice:

Unfortunately, Tom Junod's amazing profile of Fred Rogers from Esquire Magazine is no longer available on the Internet available at a site other than where it was first published! It's worth hunting up in both your online and offline endeavors.