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Analysis Obit

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By Octavio Abea

The Obituary I'll be looking at comes from the New York Times. It's about John Cowles Jr., a Minneapolis newspaper executive.

The Obituary follows the standard style, which is the name, something prominent, where and when he died, and how old he was. Then the article goes directly into the cause of death in the paragraph. The bulk of the article is the chronological story telling of his life and finally ends with who he was survived by.

The way this article differs from other obituaries is that the only quote in the whole article is Cowles' own words from an old interview. The only source used was Cowles' son, but the rest does not have any attribution so maybe his accomplishments could easily be found in public record.

The Obituary differs from a resume because it's not just listing his accomplishments. Instead it's using his accomplishments to draw an image of his personality and how he affected the people around him.

U.S. Military Pays Families of the 17 Afghan Killings

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By Octavio Abea

The U.S. military paid $50,000 for each death and $11,000 for each injured to families of the victims of a soldier's killing spree that took place in the southern Afghanistan village, a tribal chief said Sunday.

The tribal chief told the Hindustan Times that the money, which added up to over $900,000, was given to them in a private ceremony inside the Kandahar Provincial Governor's office.

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is facing charges including 17 counts of premeditated murder, of mostly women and children, and could receive the death penalty if convicted, CTV News Ottawa reports.

Afghan officials, who have asked to remain anonymous, have confirmed the payments, but say the amounts were roughly $46,000 for each death instead of $50,000, the Hindustan Times reports.

Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for NATO and U.S. forces, said that compensation is usually given in these situations and the amounts are usually kept private, CTV News Ottawa reports.

By Octavio Abea

A psychologist for one of Sandusky's alleged victims said he was showing patterns of a "likely pedophile" in a 1998 report to the Penn State police.

The report talks about the 11-year-old boy, known as victim 6, and his encounter with the former assistant coach and how he was bear-hugged by Sandusky while they were naked in the shower, Sports Illustrated reports.

Psychologist Lisa Chambers, the therapist for victim 6, wrote in the report that the signs of a male predator are the "building of trust and gradual introduction of physical touch, within the context of a 'loving,' and 'special' relationship," Sports Illustrated reports.

Chambers told NBC News that there was "very little doubt" in her mind that Sandusky was a male predator, which makes this a significant report because it is the first to explicitly cite the concern, NBC News reports.

Penn State police Officer Ronald Schreffler received the report from Chambers on May 7, 1998, but John Seasock, a second psychologist brought in, said no inappropriate sexual behavior had taken place, NBC News reports.

Rochester Hotel set Ablaze causing $100,000 in Damages

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By Octavio Abea

A fire at a hotel in downtown Rochester caused an evacuation of the building and $100,000 in damage Saturday, according to Assistant Fire Chief Paul Belau.

Firefighters responded to a call around 6:15 a.m. and reached the Days Inn to find a fire that had started from a spark from a fryer in the restaurant that had overheated, CBS News reports.

Belau told Kare 11 that an initial fire extinguisher failed, but they were able to eventually put out the fire.

Guests were allowed back to their rooms around 8 a.m. after firefighters checked the building for combustible materials, CBS News reports.

No one was injured during the fire, but an 86-year-old man had to be treated for shortness of breath, Kare 11 reports.

By Octavio Abea

A Minneapolis mother left her 4-year-old boy home alone during a fire while she was at the casino and is now facing a felony charge of child neglect.

Authorities said Yeng Moua, 44, told them that she left her four kids at home around midnight to go to the casino Jan. 3, KSTP reports.

According to authorities Moua also said that she was aware that her boy would be alone when she came back home in the afternoon because the other the kids would have gone to school by then, KSTP reports.

The boy, who has been known to start fires, was with a neighbor when he was found by firefighters and had suffered burns on his nose, the Pioneer Press reports.

The neighbor was the one who saved the boy from the burning home, the Pioneer Press reports.

North Korean Missile Trajectory Creates Tension

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By Octavio Abea

The North Korean rocket scheduled to launch in April may be aimed towards Indonesia and Australia instead of over Japan where previous missile tests were launched, according to a U.S. official.

Bob Carr, the foreign affairs minister, received the warning from Kurt Campbell, a senior official to the Obama administration on Saturday during a visit to Sydney, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

North Korea says the rocket is going to be used to put a satellite in space while other nations believe this is a test for a long-range missile, BBC News reports.

"We have weighed into each of these countries and asked them to make clear that such a test is provocative and this plan should be discontinued," Campbell said, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA said that the new path was chosen so that debris from the carrier rocket would not affect neighboring countries, BBC News reports.

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