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March 29, 2009

Analysis on Orbituary

WCCO News reported that WCCO-TV sports reporter and weekend anchor Bob Rainey died Saturday morning after a courageous battle with colon cancer.


Let us examine the manner in which the reporter wrote his obituary.

The main sources used are that of Bob Rainey's family and the abundant evidence of his sports broadcasting work at WCCO News station. The article employs a standard obituary lead where the name of the person, an identifying characteristic, and when the news sportscaster died are listed. Where the news sportscaster died is not listed.

His age was also mentioned. The lead works pretty efficiently. An obituary pays tribute by giving a quick flash of someone's life who is prominent, while a resume details a person's strengths, accomplishments, and experiences.

Texas Considers Permitting Guns on Campuses

According to the New York Times, John Woods is among the leaders in the fight against the bills in the Texas Legislature that would permit licensed concealed gun carriers to take weapons to campus.


Mr. Wood's girlfriend was one of the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history at Virginia Tech University.

Sponsored by Representative Joe Driver, a Republican, a public hearing is scheduled for Monday in the House Public Safety Committee on one bill.

Supporters said the bills would defend the irghts of those licensed to carry concealed weapons.

According to keyetv news, soon some Texas college students and professors may be permitted to carry guns on campus.


State Capitol lawmakers are prepared to consider bills aiming to make that a reality. The Bills in the House and Senate would administer rights to people who are licensed by the state to carry concealed handguns on college campuses.

Critics of the legislation have argued that more guns could just mean more violence.

Turkey's Governing Party Wins City Races

The New York Times reported the governing party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won by a narrow margin in nationwide municipal elections on Sunday, preliminary results showed, but registered declines in a number of major cities.


The CNN-Turk news channel reported that Mr. Erdogan's party, Justice and Development, led with 39.13 percent of the vote, while the main opposition, the Republican People's Party, had 22.83 percent, and the nationalist People's Action Party had 16.22 percent.

The elections were viewed as referendum on the performance of Turkey's politicians, in particular that of Mr. Erdogan, a former Islamist who has pressed for Turkey's membership in the European Union.

The Anatolian News Agency said five people died and more than 10 were injured in skirmishes at election stations in remote provinces of mainly eastern Turkey.

The BBC News reported that Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to work for national unity after his party won re-election with almost 50% of votes.


The election was sanctioned after opposition parties in parliament blocked the AK Party's nominee for the post of president causing political deadlock.

After some three-quarters of votes were counted, reports developed that the AKP had won about 47% of the nationwide vote.

Charges filed in bus stop luring case

A man has been charged after being accused of trying to lure several children into a van as they waited for their school bus KSTP-TV reported.


Ramsey County prosecutors filed one count of aggravated stalking against 21-year-old Ramon Pavon.

A 13-year-old girl said a man followed her from her home to the bus stop on Wednesday and circled the block several times looking at her again and again.

Another 13-year-old said the man drove by the bus stop at least 20 times.

The girls told officials at their school, Webster Magret, who called police.

According to the Pioneer Press, several students at Webster Magret Elementary in St. Paul reported that a man tried to lure them into his vehicle in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood Wednesday morning.


The school called a St. Paul police officer to the school in the Summit-University area after several children reported to staff a man had tried to lure them into a white van about 7:30 that morning.

Pavon was arrested. Pavon was being held Friday in Ramsey County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

4 Wounded in Lakeville Trailer Shooting

Just minutes after receiving a report of the shooting early Sunday, Lakeville police arrested three suspects in a multiple shooting according to Fox 9 News.


Four people were wounded in the shooting at 12:20 a.m. at Ardmore Mobile Home Park, though none fatal.

The three male suspects were detained and await charges in Dakota County Jail.

Lakeville police said a man got upset after being told to leave a party early Sunday morning and shot and injured four people according to KSTP-TV.


Investigators said the man turned and fired several shots into the side of the mobile home as he was walking away. Four people inside were hit. Their injuries are non life-threatening. The victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

The names of the suspects have not yet been released, but police list their ages as 21, 20, and 19.

Big Lake Murder-Suicide Surprises Families

WCCO News reported a man shot another man in the head and abducted a woman before committing suicide as police closed in according to Sherburne County authorities.


The situation left family members stunned.

The Sherbune County Sheriff's Department said Peter Tek, 42, shot and killed his girlfriend's son Savang Sath, age 27.

A 911 call came from the Big Lake home shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday that said Sath had been shot.

Officers arrived to find Sath dead on the scene after having been shot in the head twice.

Authorities said Tek drove away holding his girlfriend hostage and called his son to tell him he'd just killed his girlfriend's son.

"He did finally release the hostage at 5:41 a.m. and then took his own life," said Sheburne County Sheriff Joel Brott.

Tek's girlfriend suffered head injuries during the assault, but remains in stable condition.

KSTP-TV reported that authorities said Peter Tek, age 42, shot and killed Savang Sath, age 27, in a house on the 1000-block of Eagle Lake Road N. around 3 a.m. Saturday.


Investigators said Tek then kidnapped Sath's mother and fled in a Lincoln Navigator.

Autopsies will be conducted on both Tek and Sath.

March 15, 2009

4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

According to the New York Times, four American soldiers died in a roadside explosion on Sunday, the United States military said, in the worst of several attacks by insurgents around the country.


The Taliban threatened to increase attacks on foreign and Afghan forces in Afghanistan to defy the increase in American troops arriving in the country over the coming months.

In a separate attack on Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up on a main road south of Kabul, killing two Afghan civilians and wounding nine others.

"I saw lots of people in the cars wounded and shouting for help but there was no one to help," said Mohammed Haroon, a mechanic whose neighbor was wounded.

According to the Daily Times in Pakistan, a surge of bombs ripped through parts of Afghanistan on Sunday, killing four United Sates soldiers and three Afghan civilians, officials said, in attacks linked to a Taliban-led insurgency.


The three separate attacks happened amid growing concern about extremist violence in Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan, more than seven years after the Taliban were removed from government in a US-led invasion.

The Taliban claimed to be responsible for the attack that killed the four International Security Assistance Force troopers in the eastern province of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan.

“It was an improvised-explosive device. Four soldiers were killed,” an ISAF spokesman at the force’s Kabul headquarters told AFP.

Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off for Space Station

The New York Times reported that the space shuttle Discovery was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida en route to the International Space Station.


The Discovery carried a last set of solar arrays for the space station and a replacement part for a water recycling system, needed to transform urine into drinkable water.

Except for a few minor issues such as technicians having to go to the launching pap to manually adjust helium pressure into a system that prevents ice formation, and a fruit bat resting on the external tank for several hours, the countdown proceed smoothly to launching at 7:43 p.m.

"I've seen a lot of launches," said Michael D. Leinbach, the shuttle launching director. "This was the most visibly beautiful launch I've ever seen."

According to MSNBC News, the space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven launched into orbit Sunday evening, setting off on a space station construction mission cut short by launch delays that dragged on for more than a month.


The launch turned out to be flawless and the prettiest NASA managers had ever seen.

As the shuttle sped away like a brilliant star, the upper part of the launch plume showed peach, pink, and golden colors.

NCAA : Minnesota Will Play Texas in 1st Round

WCCO News reported that Minnesota was ranked 10th seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday and will face seven-seeded Texas in Greensboro, N.C. on Thursday.


It is the first time Minnesota has gone to the tournament since Dan Monson took the team in 2005. The Gophers lost to Iowa State in the first round that season.

The Gophers soured out to a 16-1 start, which included a victory over the tournament's No. 1 overall seed heavyweight Louisville. But the winning streak did not continue as the Gophers lost six of their last nine games
in the regular season before Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

According to Kare11 News, Minnesota will face seventh-seeded Texas in Greensboro, N.C. on Thursday as they were given a 10th seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.


It's the first bid for Minnesota since Dan Monson took the team to the tournament in 2005. The Gophers lost to Iowa State in the first round that season. If Gophers (22-10) beat the Longhorns (22-11), they will likely face No. 2 Duke on Saturday, who plays Binghamton in the first round.

The Gophers soared out to a 16-1 start that included a victory over heavyweight Louisville. They had a tough February and lost six of their last nine games in the regular season before defeating Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

After plane crashes on Lake Vermilion, Pilot in critical condition

According to Kare11 News, a small plane went into a spin and crashed onto Lake Vermillion in St. Louis County just moments after taking off Saturday evening.


Authorities said the plane was taking off just before 6 p.m. from the Tower end of the lake in Pike Bay when the engine stalled.

The pilot Thor Pakosz of Cook, age 46, survived the impact and was airlifted to a Saint Luke's Hospital in Duluth for treatment.

He remained in critical condition according to hospital officials. No other passenger was present on the plane.

According to the Star Tribune, a plane trying to take off from Lake Vermillion in St. Louis County ended up crashing onto the lake.


The sheriff's office said that the accident took place Saturday afternoon when the engine stalled and the plane went into a spin.

The pilot, age 43 from Cook, was flown to a Duluth hospital by helicopter for treatment of his injuries.

The sheriff's office has no word on his condition.

Grandmother begs shooter to turn himself in after hitting two kids

KSTP-TV News reported that the family of a boy, age 11, who was wounded by gunfire spoke out today.


The shooting occurred at Farview Park on Minneapolis' north side Friday evening. A 15-year-old girl and Truvante McElroy were shot. Both were taken to the hospital and expected to survive.

Mixed emotions of anger and sadness invaded a family who had not slept since learning of the shooting.

"We're talking about my grandson in the hospital probably trying to figure why, " Pearl McGregor said.

As Trouvante waited for a bus to take him on a field trip, someone shot him. Police said the bullets were not intended for the children, but that did little to ease Truvante's grandmother's worries.

Farview Park was one of Truvante and his cousin Namarco's favorite places to play.

"He wanted to be a basketball player," Namarco said.

Truvante's aunt, Nanci McGregor, told the suspect to turn himself in because the person is tearing families apart with a lot of pain right now.

Truvante remained in stable condition at North Memorial Center. Police are still searching for the suspects in the shooting.

Fox 12 News in Mankato reported that police said one or two men opened fire at a group of about 50 children in Minneapolis yesterday.


Wounded in the shooting near Farview Park on the cities' north side, a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were hospitalized, but expected to survive.

The shooting occurred around 5:45 p.m. while dozens of children were attending after-school activities.

Police did not believe either victim was the intended target. No arrests have been made.

March 8, 2009

Press Conference by the United Nations on the Quest to end Violence against Women

According to myjoyonlinenews.com, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday carried a strong message for greater international intervention and for the United Nations to step up and put an end to the violence against women.


When one compares the news report to the press release, one immediately notices some key differences. First, in the press release on International Women's Day, the public relations person focused more on why this campaign to end violence against women is so crucial.


The main goal of this representative is to spark the interests of the news organizations to the point where they will want to take the time to cover this specific event. Secondly, the way the press release is written more in the form of a narrative. It tells the story of what can happen if society does not step up and take a stand to put an end to domestic violence and abuse. Then it appeals to the emotional side of the reader by giving some alarming statistics.

Contrarily, in the news report, the reporter fairly takes the main ideas in the press release, however there are some slight differences to the news angle. First, the reporter crafts the story in such a way that it urges readers to take action about domestic violence right away. In other words, come up with different methods of resolving this problem
and then implement the changes immediately.

The reporter chooses to use a very powerful quotation from the Secretary-General in the lead paragraph which gives the reader a pretty good sense of what the United Nations want men and women around the world to do to fight against domestic violence.

The reporter then follows with the nut graph paragraph that gives a few, brief details about the event.

Thereafter, the reporter injects a lot of other strong quotations, which substantiate the first two paragraphs.

Which brings the reader to the second difference. In a news report, there is more emphasis placed on the actioon and what actually is happening. The reporter has an angle based on what newsworthy for that particular station. Their job is to make the story appealing to readers. Whereas in a press release, the public relations person provides more background information to compel news organizations to report on their event as a top priority.

Sudan's President Issues a Warning

President of Sudan, Omar Hassam al-Bashier, issued a warning on Sunday and threatened to kick out more aid groups and expel diplomats and peacekeepers on his first trip to Darfur, according to the New York Times.


This warning has been issued since the International Criminal Court ordered his arrest on charge of war crimes.

The international court accused him of leading a counter insurgency against Darfur rebels that involved rapes, killings and other atrocities against civilians leading up to 300,000 people dead and 2.7 driven from their homes.

Sudan has already expunged 13 of the largest aid groups operating in Darfur in defiant response to the warrant issued last week by the court in the Hague.

The Sudanese Army said Sunday it was preparing for full alert to mobilize three-quarters of its troops, according to the Sudan Media Center.

Bashier said, "Whoever deviates, we will not let them stay, whether a voluntary organization, an envoy, a diplomatic mission or a security force."

The BBC News reported that Sudan's president has issued a warning for the peacekeepers, diplomats and aid staff to leave while visiting Darfur, in the wake of a war crimes warrant against him.


Omar al-Bashier said all foreign missionaries in Sudan must abide by the law or face expulsion, as he visited the North Darfur capital of El Fasher.

"They have to respect the rule of the country. If anyone goes further than the rule of the country, we will kick them out directly," said Bashier.

The UN Security Council failed to reach a consensus on Saturday on issuing a statement requesting Sudan to reverse the decision to expel the aid agencies.

Illegal Immigrants might fill stimulus jobs, experts say

The USA Today newspaper reported that illegal immigrants could end up taking tens of thousands of jobs created by the economic stimulus law, particularly in big states such as California, where undocumented workers are heavily represented in construction, experts on both sides of the issues said.


Studies conducted by two conservative think tanks said illegal immigrants in the United States could take 300,000 construction jobs, or 15% of the 2 million jobs that new taxpayer-financed projects are predicted to generate.

They fault Congress for failing to implement a Department of Homeland Security program called E-verify, which allows employers to verify the legal immigration status of workers before hiring.

A director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, Steven Camarota, said, "They could have deterred this, but they chose not to."

The Obama administration has postponed a Bush administrative executive order requiring federal contractors to use the E-Verify system in hiring until at least May 21.

Camarota said illegal immigrants working in construction are heavily populated in California, Arizona and Texas along the border with Mexico, as well as Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Georgia.

According to the East Valley Tribune newspaper, the nation's construction industry is increasingly becoming staffed by undocumented workers such as Hispanics, according to a new report.


New figures Wednesday from the Pew Hispanic Center said that overall construction employment nationwide grew 5 percent between 2005 and 2006. More importantly, the report stated that Hispanics who entered the United States no earlier than 2000 make up 43.1 percent.

The study was released at a time when the Arizona legislature was trying to craft a law to force employers to certify that their workers are in the country legally.

Daniel Griswold, director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, said, "Low-skilled immigrants benefit the U.S. economy by filling jobs for which the large majority of American workers are overqualified and unwilling to fill."

Body Found in Golf Course Pond Waits to be Identified

Fox 9 News reported that authorities were awaiting the identification of a dead man found in a frozen pond at a Ham Lake golf course Friday.


Grounds crew workers at Majestic Oaks golf course on Bunker Lake Blvd. noticed what appeared to be a human body encased in a 2-foot deep pond. The authorities were contacted, and the body was cut out of the ice for transport.

The body appeared to be that of a man's, wearing a plaid shirt. Police found an i.d. in his wallet, but refrained from giving the victim's name until his identity has been confirmed.

Foul play is suspected to have played a part in his death.

More information is expected to be released Monday, as it takes several days for a body to thaw.

According to the Star Tribune, Anoka County authorities have not yet identified the body of a man found encased in ice at a Ham Lake golf course.


Lt. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said that it appeared to have been in the water for several months and recalled no missing persons reports from the area.

Authorities worked throughout the evening Friday to remove what appeared to be a man's body, using individual steamers from the Anoka County Highway Department to remove it from the ice.

The head and face were badly damaged and investigators said it may take two days for the body to thaw so an autopsy can be conducted.

Deaf Apple Valley Woman in Critical Condition after Hit-and-Run

According to KSTP-TV News, Apple Valley Police have added another investigator Sunday since the hit-and-run accident that left a deft woman in critical condition.


Joan Le Vasseur, 25, of Apple Valley was hit as she was walking to the grocery store Friday night at the intersect of 153rd and Cedar Avenue. The driver fled the scene. Le Vasseur is at the Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition, according to police.

Witnesses described the vehicle that hit Le Vasseur as a large tan vehicle which could be a sedan, van or SUV.

The vehicle may show fresh front-end damage as a result of the collision. It fled the scene without stopping. Police said they have received several calls, but have not yet made any arrests. Police said they have received several calls, but have not yet made any arrests.

The Apple Valley Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol are still investigating.

Kare 11 News reported the Apple Valley woman, who was injured in a hit-and-run accident, remained in critical condition at a Minneapolis hospital. Authorities said a vehicle struck Joan LeVasseur as she was walking across a street in Apple Valley on Friday evening. The vehicle kept going.


LeVasseur's family said they are hoping whoever was responsible for the accident turns themselves in. Several witnesses saw the hit-and-run, but police said no one was able to write down a license plate number for the vehicle.

Police said the vehicle was likely to have fresh front-end damage from the accident.

March 7, 2009

Woman Charged for Fatal Stabbing in St. Paul

A woman, age 21, has been charged for the the fatal stabbing of another woman in St. Paul WCCO News reported.


Authorities charged the St. Paul woman, Whitney Tanee Kizart, on Friday with unintentional second-degree murder. She's accused of stabbing Jennifer Marie Linnear, age 26, in the chest and neck Thursday morning during a confrontation in Kizart's driveway.

The criminal said Linnear's husband had engaged in a sexual relationship with Kizart for the past seven months, but that the affair had ended.

Authorities said Linnear and her husband believed that they both had contracted a sexually transmitted disease from Kizart. So they went to her house to confront her when she allegedly stabbed Linnear.

Kizart was in custody and unavailable for comment.

According to the Star Tribune, a St. Paul woman was stabbed to death and a short time later another woman was arrested, after an early morning altercation Thursday at a West Side apartment building.


Police spokesman, Pete Crum, said that one stab wound, outside a building in the 600 block of Oakland Avenue, was the cause of death for Jennifer M. Linear, age 26.

Crum said that a 21-year-old woman living in an upstairs unit there was allegedly responsible for the stabbing victim between 1 and 1:30 a.m., who went to the building with her husband.

The husband took his injured wife to Regions Hospital, where she pronounced dead shortly after she arrived, Crum said.

Police learned of the stabbing, and arrested the suspect, age 21, at her apartment less than an hour later, according
to Ramsey County jail records.

Crum said the police would not talk about the relationship between the couple and the suspect, or what led to the stabbing.

Monique Utley, the suspect's neighbor, said Thursday afternoon that she heard her neighbor arguing with a male visitor and believed the man may have assaulted the neighbor before he left in a sport utility vehicle.

Utley said the suspect and the male visitor were the only parties inside the apartment and that she believed there was another woman in the SUV.

Utley didn't know her neighbor well, but said, "She was cool."

The suspect had a prior conviction for a felony drug offense in Hennepin County two ago, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.