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February 27, 2009

A News Advance on article entitled "AIDS cure using gene therapy"

According to Bangkok Post, this article advances the idea of coming up with an aids cure using gene therapy.


The sources used include the results of an experiment by the journal Nature Medicine, doctors led by Ronald Mitsuyasu
of the University of California in Los Angeles, and the subjects who were part of the experiment. The angle of the story is to spark some excitement and hope for HIV victims who may eventually receive a cure for the AIDS virus. The reporter has crafted more than a listing by describing the specific details of this new technology.

Soldiers Killed President of Guinea-Bissau

The New York Times reported that Army troops killed João Bernardo Vieira, the president of neighboring Guinea-Bissau, early on Monday following a bomb attack that killed the army chief of staff, according to diplomats in the region. He was shot to death.


News reports said army troops found the president to be responsible for the death of the army chief, General Batista Tagme Na Wai, who died in an explosion on Sunday night.

Diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity under customary rules, said the president was shot to death around 5:00 in the morning in an attack outside his house and the country’s borders had been closed.

President Vieira, 69, whose was reported dead on Monday, after being re-elected in 2005 returned to power after an earlier spell as a military ruler in the 1980s and 1990s.

Based in Addis Ababa, the African Union condemned the reported killing of President Vieira, said Jean Ping, the group’s most senior official.

According to TimesOnline News, the President and head of the army in Guinea-Bissau were assassinated in tit-for-tat murders that have plunged the West African "narco-state" into crisis.


General Na Waie was killed in a bomb blast at army headquarters. Hours later Vieira was shot to death in a hail of bullets as he tried to flee his home in the capital Bissau.

An army spokesman said the President’s death was an act of revenge for the earlier assassination of the army chief.

“President Vieira was killed by the army as he tried to flee his house,” said Zamora Induta. He said that the President was “taken down by bullets fired by … soldiers.”

Vieira was the ruler of Guinea-Bissau from 1980 to 1999 before being deposed in a military coup. He returned from exile in 2004 and was reinstated in 2005 as president at elections.

Obama Picks Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as second choice for Healthcare Reform

The New York Times reported that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius from Kansas, is a known Democrat who can deal with the Republicans , a useful tactic in a state where the opposition party dominates both houses of the Legislature.


If she is confirmed as President Barack Obama's secretary of health and human services, it is more than likely that Sebelius's efforts to foster bipartisan consensus will succeed more often.

When President Obama announces her nomination on Monday, he will effectively make her leader for what is supposed to become the largest expansion of taxpayer subsidized health insurance in more than four decades.

Sebelius, age 60, would begin the job in midstream.

Obama proposed to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans to help pay for a $634 billion investment in expanded government health coverage over 10 years.

Sebelius is skilled at exploiting the decisions between moderate and conservative Republicans successfully forging coalitions with one caucus or the other on redistricting, school financing, and the state budget.

According to NBC Action News, President Barack Obama chose Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be his second choice for secretary of health and human services, a source from the White House said Saturday.


The source spoke on the condition of anonymity and said Obama would formally announce the nomination on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Obama's first pick for secretary of Health and Human Services, withdrew his nomination after disclosing he had failed to pay $140,000 in taxes and interest.

Sebelius gained praise for playing the consumer watchdog role as Kansas insurance commissioner for eight years before she became governor.

A Democrat from Kansas has not been elected to the Senate since 1932. Sebelius was seen as the best chance for breaking that pattern. She is from a strong political family. Her father, John Gilligan, was the governor of Ohio in the early 1970s.

Sebelius will be confirmed as the secretary of Health and Human Services by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Lakeville Man Exonerated In Baseball-Bat Killing

WCCO News reported that the Dakota County prosecutor said a Lakeville man had been exonerated of murder charges in the baseball-bat killing of his friend.


County Attorney James Beckstrom said it took the jury 30 hours before they came to the decision to exonerate Charlie Otto Reynolds, age 32.

The charges included first-degree premeditated murder. He was accused of hitting Joshua Jay Skare, age 33, with a bat at the Reynolds' home last year.

According to a complaint, both had been out for a night of drinking, they argued over where Skare would sleep, and eventually Reynolds hit him in the head with the bat. Reynolds claimed he was defending himself and his family.

A jury deliberated for roughly 30 hours before finding Reynolds not guilty on four counts of murder the Star Tribune reported.


Reynolds had been charged with first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree murder with intent to kill, second-degree murder without intent to kill while committing a first-degree assault and second-degree murder while committing second-degree assault.

The prosecution and defense had agreed that Reynolds, 32, struck Skare with the bat and killed him. Much of testimony focused on whether Reynolds intended to kill his longtime friend Skare.

Reynolds testified Skare pushed him into the banister the third time he tried to escort him downstairs. According to Reynold's testimony, Skare was drunk and became more aggressive each time he was escorted back downstairs to where he had been expected to sleep. Afraid for his family and himself, he went downstairs to get a bat and struck his friend, but it was not his intention to kill him.

After the jury read the verdict, Reynolds went home with his wife and two children.

Pedestrian Killed By Snow Plow As Metro Cleans Up After Storm

Kare11 News reported that a person was killed by a snow plow in Minneapolis Thursday evening as crews cleaned up from the day's snowfall.


The accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. near Glenwood Avenue and East Lyndale Avenue. Authorities said the male victim was crossing against the light when the city plow hit him.

The Minnesota State Patrol attended to 158 crashes, including four rollovers between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday.

Heavy snow was coming down swiftly Thursday afternoon in the Twin Cities and several cities, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud, declared snow emergencies.

KSTP TV news reported that a handicapped man was hit and killed by a snow plow as he was crossing the street according to Minneapolis Police.


The incident occurred around 8 p.m. at the intersection of Glenwood and Lyndale avenues.

The 59-year-old victim, Rural Bonner Jr. of Minneapolis, was walking across the street using a walker. Police said the snow plow had the right of way.

Police believe the snow plow driver was unable to see him because he wore light-colored clothes.

February 26, 2009

One Person Dead In Hiawatha Ave. Crash, Alcohol Suspected

According to WCCO News, one person died after an early morning crash in Minneapolis. Stuck inside his vehicle, a man was killed when his car exploded into flames.


The accident occurred around 4:30 in the morning at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and 26th Street East.

John Schafer, age 21 of Minneapolis, is the victim of the car crash. The driver of a black SUV hit him in the back while he was stopped at a light.

The car immediately blew up.

Police said Christopher Tabor, 33, was the driver of the truck. Tabor has not been charged, but is being held in Hennepin County jail.

Sgt. Palmer said, "There was some indications that he was intoxicated. He was taken down for a blood draw."

Tabor is facing charges of criminal vehicular homicide. He was required to take blood tests because that was a felony, but those results will not be completed for a few days.

One person was killed in a fiery collision in southeast Minneapolis Fox 9 News reported.


It occurred around 4:30 Thursday morning on Hiawatha Ave. near 26th Street.

Investigators believe as both vehicles were headed south on Hiawatha, one vehicle was struck in the rear while stopped at a red light.

That car burst into flames with the victim trapped inside.

Police are testing the driver of the other vehicle saying alcohol appears to maybe have been a factor.

Traffic in the area maybe restricted throughout the morning.

February 22, 2009

Detainee Who Claim Abuse to Return to Britain

The New York Times reported that the case of a Guantanamo detainee has gained international attention because of his assertions that he was tortured while in C.I.A. custody. He is scheduled to arrive in Britain on Monday.


The detainee, Binyam Mohamed, has been in American custody for nearly seven years. He was held and interrogated first in Pakistan and hen for 18 months in Morocco. He was also was held and interrogated in Afghanistan, before being moved to the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, prison camp.

His return to Britain will mark the finish line of an 18-month standoff between the United States and Britain. Britain has been attempting to get him released since August 2007.

An anonymous British government official affirmed Mr. Mohamed’s expected return but gave no other details. On Friday, the British Foreign Office issued a statement that final arrangements were being made for his release.

Mr. Mohamed will adhere to voluntary restrictions such as a lifetime prohibition on travel to the United States, according to people who have seen the restrictions.Those people would only speak if they were anonymous.

According to ABC News, the Obama administration will start the process of releasing a prisoner from the Detainee Center at Guantanamo Bay next week, perhaps as early as Monday.


Binyam Mohamed, a 30-year-old Ethiopian and legal resident of the UK, will be moved into British custody. The British will fly Mohamed back to England. The British government has signaled it intends to place Mohamed under surveillance, yet he is not expected to be arrested.

All terrorism-related charges against Mohamed were dropped in 2007.

British authorities have long voiced their concerns about the evidence collected against Mohamed saying because of allegedly being subjected to torture by Pakistani and U.S. authorities, it is not admissible in court.

Commander Kirk Lippold, a Senior Military Fellow at Military Families United, said Mohamed's release is not safe and urged the president to reconsider his decision.

Obama plans to reduce deficit in half by 2013

U.S.A. Today reported that President Obama is spending this week promoting a budget plan designed to reduce government expenses in half by the end of his first term.


The president will hold a "fiscal responsibility summit" at the White House on Monday. Then he will give a prime-time speech to Congress on Tuesday before disclosing a budget overview Thursday.

Plans for defense cuts including - a rollback of the Iraq War- and ending the Bush administration's high-income tax cuts are all incorporated in Obama's 2010 budget.

According to the New York Times, President Obama will set a goal to slash the annual deficit at least in half by the end of his term. The reduction would come in large part through Iraq troop withdrawals and higher taxes on the wealthy.


The president inherited a deficit for 2009 of about $1.2 trillion , which will rise to more than $1.5 trillion, based on his initial spending from his recently enacted stimulus package. His budget blueprint for the 2010 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, will show the annual deficit declining to $533 billion in the 2013 fiscal year, the last year of his term.

President Obama will propose to tax the investment income of hedge fund and private equity partners at ordinary income tax rates. He will also propose cutting a variety of programs, including the Medicare Advantage subsidies for insurance companies that cover seniors.

In April the full details of Mr. Obama's budget for the 2010 fiscal year will be disclosed.

Police kill Shakopee Man after threatening his wife and them

According to KSTP-TV News, a Shakopee man found hiding in his estranged wife's attic was killed after he went after police with a knife.

Police were first called to home on the 3000 block of Pine Tree Lane around 11:00 p.m. Friday night. There were reports that Gordon Denmark, 36, had attacked his estranged wife with a knife.

Investigators said he ran to a neighbor's house for help. When the neighbor attempted to help her, police said Gordon threated him as well. Neither were injured.

When police returned to the home Saturday afternoon to continue their investigation, they found Denmark hiding in a bedroom attic space with a knife in his hand.

After repeat commands to drop the knife and not responding to the taser, the two officers end up shooting him.

Denmark died on the scene.

KARE 11 News reported that a Shakopee man allegedly assaulting his estranged wife was shot to death by Shakopee police, authorities said Sunday. Two officers fatally shot Gordon William Denmark, 36, after the man refused to drop his knife, Police Chief Dan Hughes said in a statement.

Denmark was charged with domestic assault and terroristic threats against his wife in September, according to court records. She had a restraining order against him.

Neighbors said Denmark found his wife FRiday evening at a townhouse on Pine Tree Lane in Shakopee. The wife ran to a neighbor's open garage door for help.

"He just start stabbing my garage bag and that's when I realized he had a knife," the neighbor Timothy Hall said.

Police said the two officers shot Denmark because they feared for their own lives.

The officers were put on paid administrative leave as standard procedure. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating.

3 Dead in Renville Crash, Victims Identified

WCCO News reported that three people died in a crash near Olivia in west-central Minnesota. Authorities have identified the three victims.


The State Patrol said Fred Kingstrom of Sacred Heart, 89, died last night at Hennepin County Medical Center, Ebba Kingstrom of Sacred Heart, 83, died at the scene, while 44-year-old Andrea Kingstrom of Bird Island also died at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the crash occured about 11:30 a.m. on Highway 71 north of Olivia when a south bound pickup truck driving behind a snow plow crossed over the center line into the northbound lane. The pickup collided into a car coming the opposite way, killing three passengers in the auto.

The Patrol said it was a curvy section of road, and visibility was poor because of the snow kicked up by the plow. The drivers of the car and pickup truck suffered minor injuries.

According to Fox 9 News, a tripple fatal crash left three people dead after a pick-up truck crashed into oncoming traffic in central Minnesota.


Authorities said the truck was driving behind the snow plow, when it went into oncoming traffic on highway 71 in Renville around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The names of the three victims have been released. They are Fred Kingstrom, 89, his wife Ebba, 83, and daughter Andrea, 44. Ebba Kingstrom died at the scene. The other victims died at HCMC. The family was driving up to celebrate another daughter's 50th birthday party.

Kingstrom's son Mark was the only one to survive the crash in the car.

The 28-year-old driver of the pick-up received minor injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating. Charges are possible.

February 21, 2009

Analyis Entry on Spot News and Follows for the article on "2 Charged In Shooting A Deputy In NW Minn."

With respect to the article on "2 Charged In Shooting A Deputy In NW Minn.," the leads differed greatly from the first-day story to the follow-up story the next day. In the first-day story, it was evident that the reporter focused more on the charges being brought against two Twin-Cities area men in connection with a shooting that had left a Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy critically injured. This lead gave ample detail about the charges of the suspects and what they faced.

Where as in the follow-up story talked more about the condition of the deputy who was critically wounded. The reporter highlighted the status of his condition which advanced the news plot by saying the deputy would indeed survive the incident. The main news is summarized into one statement saying that a deputy was shot at while checking a report of shots fired in a neighborhood in Mahnomen. The second-day story is definitely a response to a report from a competing news organization in an attempt to provide new information that other news organizations have not yet done.

2 Charged In Shooting of Deputy In NW Minn.

WCCO News reported that federal prosecutors charged two Twin Cities-area men in connection with a shooting that left a Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy critically wounded.


Age 32, Thomas Lee Fairbanks, was charged with first-degree attempted murder and 20 other felony counts in the shooting of Deputy Christopher Dewey, 26. His bail was set at $1 million.

Age 27, Daniel Kurt Vernier, was charged with 16 felonies, but not attempted murder. His bail was set at $500,000. Vernier allegedly said to police that he did not shoot Dewey.

While checking a report of shots fired in a neighborhood in Mahnomen, one of the suspects allegedly fired off at Dewey shooting him in the head and in the abdomen Wednesday morning.

After a nine-hour standoff in Dewey's shooting at a mobile home, it ended when the suspects surrendered peacefully.

Dewey began breathing on his own Friday afternoon and is in stable condition in the critical care unit of MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

The Friday morning hearing was attended by about 50 uniformed law enforcement officers and a dozen of Dewey's
family members.

According to KARE 11 News, two Twin Cities-area men were charged Friday in connection with a shooting that left a Mahnomen County Sheriff's deputy critically wounded.


Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 32, was charged with first-degree attempted murder and other counts in the shooting of Deputy Christopher Dewey, 26.

Daniel Kurt Venier, 27, was charged with lesser counts.

Dewey was shot in the head and the abdomen Wednesday morning while reviewing a report of shots fired in a neighborhood in Mahnomen. A backup deputy found Dewey lying in the driveway

Doctors said Dewey was recovering faster than expected, but that the extent of his brain injuries were unknown.

A fund has been set up for Dewey. Donations can be sent to:

Deputy Chris Dewey Fund
First National Bank of Mahnomen
P.O. Box 378
103 N. Main Street
Mahnomen, MN 56557

February 15, 2009

Analysis Of Structure In The Article "A Dead Man Found On St. Paul Train Tracks"

In analyzing the article on "Man Found Dead On St. Paul Train Tracks" from WCCO News' perspective, it is evident that the reporter was effective in releasing the most important information first. In the first block, the reporter summarizes the news that a man's body was found on St. Paul train tracks late Saturday evening. Then in the next paragraph , the reporter gives a brief description of the man to the audience saying he is 30-years-old. The reporter has ordered the information in a systematic way, giving a general recap of what happened leading into more details. The way the reporter structured the information is perfect, however the same facts could have been stated in a slightly different way.

On the other hand, in analyzing the article on "Body Found on St. Paul Train Tracks" from Fox 9 News' perspective, the reported ordered the information very differently. First, the reporter started off by saying police are investigating why a man's body was found on the railroad tracks on the City's east side Saturday night. Then the reporter went on to state details such as a body was found near Payne Avenue and Phalen Boulevard and how police were uncertain about this man's cause of death. Later on, the reporter takes a quote from Mark Davis with Union Pacific and gives a brief identifier of the man whose name has not been released. This reporter started with a broader sense about the incident and why police were still investigating. It then ended with a tiny piece of information on the man. Details of of where and when the body was found was discussed in the beginning. The reporter was very effective in their synthesis of the fact blocks because they reported the information in an order that made it very easy to follow the events of this case smoothly. Following the hard news approach, the reporter gave the pertinent information at the beginning while tayloring the less important information in the end in a clear, very concise delivery.

Noted Writer Is Stabbed at Book Reading in Beijing, China

The New York Times reported that a prominent writer, famous for his provocative antiestablishment Web postings, was stabbed and wounded during a book reading on Saturday.


The writer, Xu Lai, was approached in a bathroom by two men who stabbed him in the stomach. They then threatened to amputate Lai's hand before fleeing the scene said friends and fellow bloggers who posted the news on the Internet.

Some people believe the attack may have been triggered by Lai's writings, many of which criticize government corruption and make fun of the ruling Communist party.

Lai's blog, ProState in Flames, was carried by Bullog, a liberal Web site, until the government closed it down last month.

The editor of Xu Lai's articles of The Beijing News, Xiao Sanlang, said Lai remained in the hospital on Sunday, but is not suffering from life-threatening wounds.

According to TimesOnline (UK News), the writer behind Pro-State in Flames, was attacked while speaking at the One Way Street bookshop in Beijing on Saturday afternoon.


His wife said that two men forcibly led Lai into the men's toilet. She chased after them finding one of the suspects holding a vegetable knife, while the other had a dagger.

The men fled the scene leaving Lai on the ground with a cut to his stomach. Lai is recovering in the hospital.

Blogs remain the most important channel of communication for self-expression in China.

A witness said they heard one of his attackers say,"You brought this on yourself. You know why we're doing this, don't you?"

Best known for his sarcastic style in commenting on social and political issues, Lai is an editor of the popular Beijing Newsdaily.

74-Year-Old Man Going To War Zone In Afghanistan

Fox 9 News reported Lt. Col. John Burson said he wished to be on the front lines at the age of 74.

Burson will be joining an infantry batallin in Afghanistan for 3 months where he said he may spend some time at a mountainous outpost in rugged conditions.

Burson's thid tour of duty, he expects to be closer to the combat than ever before.

"You're never too old to express your love for your country and make a small sacrifice," he said.

Burson spent some time treating Saddam Hussein after his capture in his first tour in Iraq. Burson is preparing for his departure at Fort Benning in Georgia and should leave Friday for the war zone.

According to MyFOX Atlanta News, an ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr. Burson, at the age of 74, will march off to war again because he said he has enjoyed the American Dream.


Having spent 30 years in the Army Reserves and never seeing action, this will be Burson's third tour of duty in the past few years and this time he hopes to be closer to the fighting than ever before.

A Pentagon spokesman said Dr. Burson is one of the oldest volunteers ever.

Dead Minnesota Native in Oregon Hit-and-Run

Fox 9 News reported a former St. Paul man died after being hit by a driver in Portland, Ore. The body of Aaron Drews, 35, was found in the parking lot of a bowling alley in southeastern Portland Friday morning.

Police are still searching for the car and driver that hit him.

"There's just nothing OK about this. There's nothing fair about Aaron being gone, " said one of Aaron's friends who gathered for street-side memorial.

So far police have no witnesses and few leads.

According to KaalTV 6 Eyewitness NEWS, a Minnesota family is making funeral plans after their loved one was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Oregon.

http://kaaltv.com/article/stories/S790420.shtml?cat=10151 http://kaaltv.com/article/stories/S790420.shtml?cat=10151

A driver hit Aaron Drews, who was from St. Paul, outside a bar early Friday morning in Portland, Ore. and then fled tthe scene.

Nearly 100 people attended a vigil for Drews, 35, on Saturday. Portland police still have no leads or even a vehicle description.

Dead Man Identified in St. Louis Park fire

According to KARE 11 NEWS, one person was killed in a St. Louis Park house fire Friday.


The fire occured on the 4100 block of Alabama Avenue around 1:30 p.m.

Firefighters entered the home to find a man in a bedroom. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has not yet been identified.

Investigators believe the fire began in the kitchen. Authorities say it does not appear suspicious at this time, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

According to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, a man died after a fire in St. Louis Park.

Crews responded coming to a home in the 4100 block of Alabama Avenue South near West 42nd Street on Friday around 1 p.m.


Having arrived upon the scene, the body of a man laid on the bedroom floor. He was identified as 56-year-old Thomas Holden. Paramedics were unable to revive him.

Edina and Hopkins firefighters aided St. Louis Park with the fire.

Officials at the scene told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the fire may have began in the kitchen and no smoke detectors were found inside the home.

Foul play is not suspected, but authorities are continuing to investigate the incident. Holden died from smoke inhalation.

A Dead Man Found On St. Paul Train Tracks

WCCO News reported that according to St. Paul Deputy Fire Chief, a dead man was discovered on the St. Paul train tracks late Saturday evening.


At around 11:15 p.m., the man was found dead near the intersection of Payne Avenue and Phalen Boulevard.

The man has not been identified. Authorities have not disclosed any other information about the man's death.

According to Fox 9 News, St. Paul police are investigating why a man's body was found on the railroad tracks on the City's east side.


Union Pacific phoned the police Saturday night around 11 p.m. to tell them they discovered a body near Payne Avenue and Phalen Boulevard.

Police are not sure how or when the man died exactly. Foul play is not suspected and the man still remains unidentified.

February 9, 2009

Analysis Of Leads In The "All People Die Aboard Small Plane In Wisconsin" Article

In the article on "All Passengers Die On Board In Wis. Small Plane Crash," the reporter works the news lead in an effective manner. In the first sentence, the reporter gives the hard news facts stating that all passengers died in a plane crash Friday evening near Menemonie, Wis. The reporter is telling the who, what, when and where all in the first sentence. The what, where and when is detailed in the first sentence, while the reporter did not have much information to report on the who or the why. Ultimately, the reporter chose a straightforward hard news approach detailing the events of this incident.

February 8, 2009

Analysis Of Attribution In "The Community Grieves Loss of Superintendent" Article

WCCO News used informal sources to attribute their story on "Community Mourns SuperIntendent Killed In Crash."
The reporter gathered information their information directly from those who interacted regularly with John Franzoia. These included educators, student, and other school professionals who knew Franzoia. These sources are named and include Rhonda Krutchen who is a Royalton High School alum. and Phil Gurbada who is the Royalton Elementary School
principal. The sources are pretty evenly spread out through the story. They gave the reader great insight into what type of man Franzoia was. Also, the reporter has obviously done their homework to verify the records that these two formal sources can be identified. One is a former student and the other is an elementary school principal. The reporter is effective in setting up the attribution of the story by interweaving the personal commentaries of those who know Franzoia well.

Similarly, KSTP-TV News used the same informal sources. Their reporter also did an effective job grasping a smidget of the profile of what Franzoia was like through the commentaries of educators and students. However, KSTP-TV News added another keen source. They spoke with the State Patrol and authorities who had confirmed the events of Franzoia's vehicle crash Friday evening.

170 Al Qaeda Suspects Released In Yemen

WCCO News reported that Yemen released 170 men it had arrested in connection with having ties to al Qaeda.


Security officials said Yemen released them on Sunday two weeks after the terror group said that Yemen had become the base of its activities for the whole Arabian peninsula.

The announcement came at the same time government forces say they were poised to fight a deep al Qaeda presence that includes both Yemenis and Saudis.

After signing pledges not to engage in terrorism, the detainees were freed Friday and Saturday. Local tribal areas
are also expected to ensure the good behavior of the released.

Fox 9 News also reported that 170 men were freed Friday and Saturday after signing pledges not to engage in terrorism.


Anonymity is the only condition of which the government forces would speak who announced the release because they are not allowed to speak to the press.

After President Barack Obama ordered the prison to be shut down within a year, Yemen has said it expects most of the 100 remaining Yemenis at Guantanamo to be sent home.

Saudia Arabia issued a list of 85 most wanted living abroad that included two Yemenis.

Unemployed Dedicate Extra Time To Health, Hobbies, And Family

Unpaid bills, dashed retirement plans, and the loss of workers are just a few difficulties the unemployed face according to a WCCO News report.

However, many say life minus work has its advantages.

They have included more time with family and friends, learning new skills, focusing on their health and pursuing hobbies.

Of course, there are a variety of reasons about just how sweet, or bitter the experience has been.

Alex Swain, 36, of Leesburg, Va., lost his job last April at a wireless communications company. After applying for more than 200 jobs, Swain has gone on 10 interviews and has not had a single offer.

"You can't stay in the house all day or you'll lose your mind," he said.

Laid off from his job at a signmaking company in 2006, Andre Lavato, 55, of Waukesha, Wis.has applied for 35 jobs since then without any luck.

He uses his free time for woodcarving, computer illustrations and sketching.

Some of the unemployed are eager to get back to work, some are enjoying their leisure activities, while for others,
the appreciation of free time is fleeting.

Fox 9 News reported that the unemployment rate hit 7.6 in January, a month with more layoffs than at any other time since 1974.

In a Manhattan bar, hopelessness and discouragement set the tone for the atmosphere of well-dressed professionals enjoying drinks and conversation -- many of them which had no job.

After being laid off from her job as an AIG training manager, Susan Lange said, "Wall Street, directly or indirectly, has ruined the best 10 years of life."

In the hopes of landing jobs, jobseekers are trying to network in bars, wait in lines in city help centers and join the business networking Website LinkedIn.

Recent graduate David Gunther gave up his dream for a Wall Street job making $80,000 per year right out college.

Now Gunther has become creative as he has begun networking with professionals and traveling to the places where executives live.

One Person Injured After Shooter Opens Fire Into A Car

According to KSTP-TV News, a shooter injured one passenger in a car after people in two different cars started arguing late Saturday night. http://kstp.com/news/stories/S778652.shtml?cat=1

The incident happened on Broadway Avenue near I-94 in Minneapolis.

Police said a passenger in a white Sedan rang several shots at a gold car with a baby, two men, and two women inside.

Lt. Chris Hildreth from Minneapolis Police said, "One man in the passenger seat was struck multiple time."

The man was taken to North Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Police have made no arrests.

KARE 11 News reported that a drive-by shooting left one man injured in Minneapolis late Saturday night in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


The victim and several others were leaving from the Old Colony gas station when a passenger in another car just started shooting at them, hitting the victim several times according to Sgt. Jesse Garcia, of the Minneapolis PD.

Garcia said the victim did not recall having an argument that night and has no idea who the suspect was and why they shot at the car.

The victim is expected to live. Police have made no arrests and have no suspect description at this time.

House Fire Kills 3-Year-Old Boy In Todd Country

WCCO News reported that a 3-year-old boy died in a house fire that began around 2 a.m. Sunday.

The incident occurred just a few miles east of Long Prairie on Highway 27.

Authorities said the boy was killed inside the house and an adult was treated for smoke inhalation.

A 3-year-old boy, from Long Prairie, was killed in an early morning house fire Sunday according to the Star Tribune.

The house fire was reported just after 2:00 a.m. along Hwy. 27 east of Long Prairie. When emergency responders arrived, the boy was still inside. Authorities said he died inside the home.

The state fire marshal and the Todd County Sheriff's Office are investigating the cause of the fire. Authorities will not release the boy's name until his family members have been notified.

Community Grieves Death of Superintendent

A Royalton man died tragically Friday evening after he was rear-ended by a pick-up truck according to a WCCO News report. http://wcco.com/local/royalton.superintendent.killed.2.929907.html

John Franzoia, 62, died at a St. Cloud hospital on Saturday after he was struck by a pick-up truck as he was headed southbound on Highway 15 and Stearns County Road I.

Surprised by the death of Royalton's longtime superintendent of schools, students and educators say that Franzoia made a big impact on the small community.

"He touched a lot of lives," said Phil Gurbada, Royalton Elementary School Principal.

Royalton High School will host a memorial service for Franzoia on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3:00.

Meanwhile, the school board is meeting to determine how they will temporarily fill in the superintendent position.

KSTP-TV News reported that Superintendent John P. Franzoia has died following a vehicle crash the previous night.

Phil Gurbada, principal of Royalton Elementary School, said news of the accident was "a major shock."

The State Patrol said Franzoia was rear-ended by a 49-year-old St. Cloud man while driving Friday around 6:15 p.m. Authorities had jailed that driver after detecting alcohol.

About 675 students, Franzoia worked at Royalton District for more than 23 years. He was superintendent for about 18 years and high-school principal for six.

February 1, 2009

Tracking Your Money For The Ramp In The Middle Of A Field

A ramp costs more than $5 million to repair and your tax dollars are paying for it, according to a report
from KSTP-TV News.

Stranded in the midst of an area which resembles that of a prairie, this site seems bizarre.

The Pioneer Press reported that city and bank leaders entrusted their money to the wrong man.

Bruce Nedegaard swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars from friends as he was dying of cancer.

The Ramsey County Center was supposed to be the future model of suburbs, but later turned into a deserted and desolated field.

Steelers Are The Winners of the Super Bowl, 27-23

WCCO News reports Sunday that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the winnners of Super Bowl XL111.

Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes made the 6-yard touchdown that gave the Pitsburgh Steelers a sixth
Super Bowl victory over the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.

Playing in their first Super Bowl and championship game of any sort, the Arizona Cardinals lost their composure as they gained three penalties which kept Pittsburgh's momentum going. They also had a 16-play march that finished with Jeff Reed's 21-yard field goal for a 20-7 lead.

According to KSTP-TV News, the Pittsburgh Steelers seized an amazing sixth Super Bowl title.

Santonio Holmes led the Steelers to victory as he made a 6-yard catch deep in the right corner of the end zone with 35 seconds left in the game.

"Great players step up in big-time games to make plays", Holmes said.

Swearing-In of New Gay Woman Prime Minister In Ireland

Sunday the New York Times reported that Johanna Sigurdardottir, 66, was the first gay female prime minister to be sworn in as the leader of a coalition government of Iceland's social Democrats and its Left-Green Movement for three months until the future election set for April 25.

Asked to be the new head of government, Ms. Sigurdardottir will lead a new government by repairing Ireland's banks which were nationalized last fall to save them from going under with multi-billion dollar debts.

Her reputation is well-known as she started her political career as a union organizer with Icelandair, the national airline which she had worked as a flight attendant for more than 30 years.

According to a spokesman for Iceland's National Association of Queers, Frosti Johnsson said, "Iceland is a small society and the public know Sigurdardottir stands for as a politician, and that's the only thing that is important."

The BBC reported that Ms. Sigurdardottir will take over the previous coalition cabinet of PM Geir Haarde as interim prime minister which fell apart last month due to the stress of a huge economic crisis.

First elected to Iceland's parliamentary in 1978, Ms. Sigurdardottir said her priorities include replacing the board of governors of the central bank and asking a parliamentary committee to consider the idea of entering the European Union.

Women Sexually Assaulted on the west bank of Univ. of Minn. Campus

Fox 9 News reported that three women on the west bank of the Univ. of Minn. campus were the victims of alleged sexual assault Thursday around 8:30 a.m.

The suspect is a man accused of touching the female students in an inappropriate sexual manner while riding his bike on campus.


The suspect is supposedly in is 20s or 30s. He was said to have been wearing a green hat and brown coat while riding a red bicycle.

University police are investigating if his alleged conduct is related to another crime alert issued in mid-December last year.

No arrests have been made for these alleged crimes.

According to a report from KARE 11 News, University of Minnesota Police are searching for a man allegedly responsible for three separate incidents of sexually assaulting female students on the west bank of campus.

The suspect fits the description of a black man between his late 20s to late 30s. He is also tall with a fairly slim build.

During the first incident, a woman says a man groped her genital area after riding up to her on a bike.

After fleeing on the bike towards Wilson Library, authorities say the man struck again sexually assaulting the second victim. While the second victim was talking near 19th Avenue South and Washington Avenue, the man came up to her on a bike and started to engage in inappropriate sexual contact.

The second victim witnessed the suspect approach a third woman by grabbing her in a similar way as she ran from the scene. The third woman has not yet come forth to contact University Police.

Anyone with information should contact University Police at 612-624-COPS (2677).