Vikings' Cook accused of pointing gun in altercation.

By Octavio Abea

Chirs Cook, a Minnesota Vikings cornerback, was arrested after an altercation with a neighbor in Virgina on Sunday where he was accused of pulling out a gun.

Cook, 24, was riding his bike when a neighbor, who believed he called the police on his brother, began to arge with him and later accused Cook of pulling a gun on him, Fox Sports reported

"I wasn't in a fight or nothing," Cook said, "it was just an argument," NFL News reported.

Fox News reported that Cook has recently recieved a license to carry a concealed weapon.

"It's just crazy," Cook said, "I just have to deal with it the best way I can," NFL News reported.

Miami Beach murder suspect arrested in Minnesota

By Octavio Abea

A South Florida man has been arrested in Minnesota on Saturday after being recognized from "America's Most Wanted."

Abraham Mpaka, 46, was arrested without incident in a library in the city of Hastings, a suburb of St. Paul, said the FBI, the Miami Herald reported.

Mpaka has been on the run for two years after being accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend Coty Paul in the heart, NBC Miami reported.

A women read the story of the fugutive on the "America's Most Wanted" website and thought Mpaka resembled her friend's boyfriend and called the tipline, the Miami Herald reported.

"America's Most Wanted" had featured Mpaka on the show three times before his arrest, the FBI said, NBC Miami reported.

press conference analysis

By Octavio Abea

For this analysis I chose to look at the press conference done by Jay Carney, the new press secretary for the White House.

This press conference took place on Feb 23, 2011 and covered a wide range of topics such as President Obama's policy on the Defense of Marriage Act, oil, and the uprisings in Libya.

Dana Milbank at the Washing Post wrote an article that chose to look at the context of Jay Carney's debut more than the actual content of his answers. He says that Carney had a difficult time descrbing the White House's policies because there was a lack of one. He goes on to say that the administration has been very passive about certain events. Milbank does not choose to pick apart Carney's words, but instead he places them in the bigger picture of how the administration has been functioning as a whole.

Hazelnuts recalled after E. coli contamination

By Octavio Abea

Hazelnuts in certain bulk containers allegedly contain E. coli and are being recalled by the California distributor, Minnesota Health and Agriculture departments said Friday.

Defranco & Sons located in Los Angeles, which sold the nuts nationwide and to Canada have recalled their hazelnuts on the suspicion of E. coli contamination even though no detections have been found, The Associated Press reports.

Seven cases of E. coli infections have occurred with three of those being men over the age of 50 living in Minnesota, but they have already recovered, the Star Tribune reports.

E. coli symptoms usually consist of abdominal cramps and diarrhea, while children and the elderly have the highest chance of developing a life-threatening complication, The Associated Press reports.

The investigation has now moved to farms in Oregon that produce the majority of the hazelnuts in the U.S. since the E. coli source has not been found, the Star Tribune reports.

Minnesota sex offender asks for his freedom

By Octavio Abea

A convicted sex offender with over 90 offenses pleaded in court that he should be under supervised release through Minnesota's controversial sex offender program Friday.

John Rydberg, 69, would the first to be released through this program that was started in 1994, but he would first have to be approved by a three-judge panel, the Star Tribune reports.

"I'm a recovering sex offender," Rydberg said, "I offended sexually. I'm not cured. I have it managed," the Pioneer Press reports.

Brian Southwell, Rydberg's attorney, makes the argument that he has proved he deserves the public's trust after spent more than 30 years in prison and in treatment, the Star Tribune reports.

The Pioneer Press reports that Rydbergs's assaults have been extremely violent including his last one that occurred in 1979 in Blue Earth County where he raped a woman at knifepoint, but his program workers still recommend his release.

Suspected tornado rips through Louisiana

By Octavio Abea

A suspected tornado killed one woman, injured 11 others, and destroyed over 100 houses in the southwestern Louisiana town of Rayne on Saturday.

The woman, 21, died after a tree fell onto her house, Arcadia Parish sheriff's spokesperson Maxine Trahan, NPR reports.

"There are houses off their foundations," State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons said, NPR reports.

BBC reports that the storm has caused many Mardi Gras events in New Orleans to be cancelled or postponed.

A violent storm system has been on the move through Louisiana and is suspected to reach Mississippi and Alabama, BBC reports.

China invites North Korean heir says South Korean spy

By Octavio Abea

Kim Jong-il's youngest son and most potential heir has been formally invited to visit China although it is not known when, a South Korean lawmaker said Saturday.

Kim Jong-un, who was promoted to a four-star general last year, is likely going to accept the invitation, the lawmaker said, Reuters reports.

This information came from a security agency briefing, which also noted that North Korea was tightening security as a response to the protests occuring throughout the Middle East, BBC reports.

North Korea's official media have been in the process of a campaign that brings Kim Jong-un into the spotlight as the next best possible leader, according to South Korean officials, Reuters reports.

China remains North Korea's only ally and has backed them through their artillery shelling of South Korea, which killed four people, and the accusation of sinking one of the South's naval ships, the BBC reports.

Utah lawmakers at odds over new immigration law

By Octavio Abea

Lawmakers cannot find common ground on one of the bills that passed in Utah on Friday, which allows illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S. by obtaining a permit.

The HB497 is a bill that gives officers permission to ask individuals for proof of their legal status, but only if they have committed a traffic violatin or a B or C class misdemeanor, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The HB116, which allows illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S. with their families, was coupled with the HB497 in an attempt to revise the bill and separate the similarities with Arizona's SB1070, The New York Times reports.

Utah is trying to soften the blow by grouping these bills together and show that there are different models that can be created in order to deal with illegal immigration, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

"People think we'll be seen as compassionate," Republican Representative Chris Herrod, an opposer of the bill, said, "people will actually see us as weak," The New York Times reports.

Chipotle fired 450 workers once singled out by audit

By Octavio Abea

Chipotle says it fired 450 workers in Minnesota who could not prove they could work in the U.S. after an audit from Homeland Security targeted the restaurant chain.

When Chipotle was chosen for review they gave their employees an opportunity to prove that they were able to legally work. The company added that although this is standard procedure they may have employed unauthorized workers without their knowledge, the Star Tribune reported.

The audit happened last year and Chipotle only disclosed that the firings were in the hundreds, but a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals the actual figure, Fox News reported.

The Star Tribune reported that Chipotle employed 1,200 workers all over Minnesota before the audit took place.

The Department of Homeland Security is now targeting Chipotles in Virginia and Wachington D.C. to see if their employees are legally able to work as well, Fox News reported.

Multimedia options

By Octavio Abea

For this analysis I looked at the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

For the NYTimes I found a multimedia option for a story about the violence in Libya. This multimedia option was not just a slideshow with corresponding text on the side, but it had audio clips to compliment it as well. The writing for the pictures followed the structure of first descrbing what happened in the image and then expanding on it in the next sentence. The audio was a narrative of the reporter's experience in Libya done by the reporter himself, which I thought was an interesting touch. The slideshow had very powerful images and really opened up the story that it was found on.

In the WSJ I looked at a story about the small protest in Beijing that was immediately stopped by authorities. Their multimedia option was also a slideshow, but this one did not contain any audio. The writing followed the same structure where they described the action in the image and then expanded with some background info. These pictures were also powerful and really made the straight-forward story more dynamic.