April 2012 Archives

Boy killed in dirt bike accident

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A fourth-grade boy died Friday night after an apparent dirt bike accident in Oak Grove, Minn.

Nicholas Engler, a nine-year-old at Cedar Creek Community School, was found unresponsive by emergency responders, including his own father, the Pioneer Press reported.

Engler was wearing a helmet, chest guard, boots, and gloves, and he was an avid dirt bike rider, according to WCCO.

No witnesses to the accident had been located, and investigators believe Nicholas was riding alone, the Pioneer Press reported.

Engler would have been 10 next month.

Peru dolphin deaths remain a mystery

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Over 800 dolphins have died on the northern coast of Peru this year.

Authorities say that 877 dolphins have washed up in a 220-kilometer area from Punta Aguja to Lambayeque, in the north of the country, CNN reported.

"The most probable hypothesis is the possibility of an infection with a virus," Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria said in a statement released by the Huffington Post.

According to CNN, in February, 179 dolphins washed ashore in Cape Cod, in eastern United States, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Marine biologists are still trying to determine the cause of those deaths.

2 dead in shooting outside church

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Two people died following a shooting on Sunday that occurred outside a Denver church.

Josephine Echols, the pastor's mother, was shot outside of New Destiny Christian Center when she stepped out to deal with an angry interaction in the parking lot, the Daily Mail reported.

An off-duty police officer of Denver went to the parking lot after hearing "several" rounds fired, according to the Daily Mail. The officer shot and killed the suspect.

Echols passed away late Sunday night, according to the Associated Press.

2 killed in suspicious fire

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Two women died Sunday in a suspicious house fire near Seattle.

Firefighters at the scene discovered a barricade at the door of a couch and other furniture.

Sgt. Cindi West with the King County Sheriff's Office said in a statement to the Associated Press that it was clearly and intentionally barricaded.

The women have not been identified, but police have put their ages around 20 and around 30, according to Fox News.

The police are investigating the deaths which West called "suspicious," the Associate Press reported.

Fire Crews also found at least five cans around the house which appeared to contain gasoline, the Associated Press said.

1 dead and 2 injured in a fire

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A 4-year-old boy was killed and two other children were injured in a house fire near Stephen, Minn. on Friday.

Authorities received a 911 call from someone in the house around 10 p.m. on Friday, according to the Pioneer Press.

The two injured children were taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, and their names and conditions have not yet been made available, WDAZ News reported.

The fire remains under investigation.

2 injured in rollover crash

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A 45-year-old woman and 6-year-old girl were injured Sunday morning in Wisconsin after their minivan rolled into a ditch, the Pierce County sheriff's department reported.

The woman identified herself as Nancy Clark, of Arkansaw, Wis., and was taken to the hospital with undetermined injuries, and the girl suffered arm-related injuries, according to the Pioneer Press.

The was apparently negotiating a sharp turn when it went down a steep ditch and rolled over, CBS news said.

Both the woman and the girl were wearing seat belts, and the accident is still under investigation.

1 dead, 4 missing in yacht race

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One sailor died, and four others are missing after large waves swept them overboard from their yacht, the Coast Guard reported on Sunday.

According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read, the yacht was competing in a race from San Francisco to the Farallon Islands, but the seas were rough. The waves crashing into the yacht were 10-12 feet high, the Pioneer Press reported.

All the crew members were apparently wearing life jackets and cold weather gear, Fox News said.

The names of the crew members have not yet been released, and there has not been any word on the condition of the remaining survivors, the Pioneer Press reported.

Albert Lea man dies in crash

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An Albert Lea man died Saturday night in a head-on-collision on an undivided highway just north of the city, the Minnesota Highway Patrol said.

Michael Skov, the 47-year-old co-owner of the Bend in the Road Bar in Manchester, Minn., was driving north on Hwy. 13 when his car crossed into the southbound lane and collided with another car, according to the Albert Lea Tribune.

The three men in the other car, ages 16, 17, and 27, were all treated and released from the Albert Lea Medical Center with non-serious injuries, the Pioneer Press said.

Western Kentucky football players shot

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Officials say that two Western Kentucky football players are recovering after being shot early Sunday morning.

Tevin Holliman, a sophomore from Tucker, Ga., and Ricardo Singh, a freshman from Auburndale, Fla. were each shot once, according to the Pioneer Press.

The shooting took place outside of an off-campus bar in Bowling Green, the Lava Lounge. The team had just finished their Annual Spring Game hours before the shooting, according the New York Daily News.

The players are expected to survive.

Diversity Analysis

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The article I looked at for this week's analysis was from the Washington Post. It was a set of mini-features from Holy Week around the world.

In my opinion, the story depicts the different ways Easter was celebrated around the world pretty clearly- sans stereotyping. I thought the pictures did a great job of doing that.

The piece moved away from stereotyping, because it showed how many different cultures appreciated Easter, in multiple formats. Some cultures used parades, some used passion plays, and some used prayer.

There wasn't anything in the story that I would have expected, which is what I feel would have been stereotypes.

Sailing trip turns into tragedy

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Two young boys have died and their brother remains in critical condition after the sailboat they were on capsized Friday.

According to the Star Tribune, the boys and their father were sailing on Clearwater Lake when a strong gust of wind capsized the boat, pitching the family into the frigid water.

All three boys were wearing life jackets. Their father swam for help, but 2-year-old Jacob and 6-year-old Zech did not survive. None of the boys were responsive when pulled from the water. They apparently died of hypothermia, Kare 11 reported.

Isaiah, the 8-year-old eldest brother, remained in the hospital Saturday. His family told the Star Tribune that he opened his eyes but could not breathe on his own.

The family is asking for prayers following this Easter-weekend tragedy.

Man dies in ATV crash

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A man died early Sunday morning after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree.

According to WCCO, the Stearns County Sheriff Department was called to the scene of the ATV crash shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

The driver appeared to be heading west on Schuman Lake Road when he lost control going around a curve and struck a tree. He was treated at the scene, but died on the way to the hospital, Kare 11 reported.

The victim's name has not yet been released.

Suspect pleads not guilty in 'toxic tush' case

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The woman accused by authorities of injecting toxic substances in patients buttocks as an enhancement procedure has pleaded not guilty.

Oneal Morris, from Florida, was charged with three counts of unlicensed practice of medicine in Broward County, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, Morris was arrested in November on similar charges in Miami-Dade County.

Morris injected flat-tire sealant, glue, caulk and cement into women's buttocks, authorities said. All three victims suffered medical complications and infections.

Haiti truck accident

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Twenty six people were killed and 40 were injured in a truck accident Saturday in Haiti, the government reported.

The accident occurred when a truck carrying traders and goods overturned between Port-au-Prince and the town of Petit-Goave, Fox News said.

Ronald Louis, of Haiti's Civil Protection Office, told the Associated Press that the brakes of the truck failed as it tried to drive up a steep hill.

According to the Associated Press, traffic accidents are common in Haiti. Twenty nine people died in January when a truck's brakes failed on one the capital's busiest streets.

7-year-old boy linked to arson fires

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Authorities in Juneau announced Sunday that a 7-year-old boy has admitted to setting a string of arson fires over the past four months.

Dan Jager, the Juneau fire marshal, told the Juneau Empire that the boy has caused up to $1,000 in damages.

The boy admitted to setting fires at an elementary school, the Terry Meyer Legislative building, and at a Fred Meyer store, according to the Associated Press.

The Juneau Empire reported that the boy told Jager he started the fires with a small lighter he found.

According to the Associated Press, the case will be forwarded to probation officers at Juneau's juvenile detention center.

Numbers Analysis

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For my numbers analysis, I used Miguel de la Madrid's obituary, from CNN.

The story used numbers in three different ways. It listed his age when he died. It listed the years he served as president of Mexico. It listed his term.

The numbers were not overwhelming, they fit perfectly into the story. No, the reporter did not use math, these were not statistics to be crunched. Yes, they are listed completely.

Minneapolis to demolish hoarder's home

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The city of Minneapolis decided to push forward with demolition plans for a duplex in northeast Minneapolis, deemed unlivable last summer.

The City Council met on Friday and agreed to tear down the vacant home, according to the Pioneer Press.

WIth piles of dead cats, animal droppings, and rotting debris, an inspector's report from last summer found the stench of the house inescapable, the Pioneer Press reported.

According to City Council member Tom Deegan, the city has tried to work with the homeowner- a clinically diagnosed hoarder, however those talks have been unsuccessful, Fox News said.

The duplex is set to be demolished this summer, and the owner will be charged $15,000 to cover the costs, the Pioneer Press said.

Fox reportedly talked to the family, who said the proceedings have "destroyed" them.

Sailors injured in storm during race

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The U.S. Coast Guard was sent to rescue four sailors who were injured off the coast of California in a race.

The sailors were injured in a storm about 400 miles off the California coast. A spokesperson for the team told the Pioneer Press that a large wave swept away their steering mounting and some communications equipment.

ABC News reported that wind gusts during the storm measured up to 60 knots. Four sailors aboard the ship suffered back, rib, and pelvic injuries.

Race officials told the Associated Press that a container ship has been sent to assist the team. The help is slated to arrive late Sunday.

Fire wreaked havoc aboard a Malaysian cruise ship on Friday night, stranding the boat at sea.

The Azamara Quest was in south-Philippine waters when an engine room caught fire, stranding the boat at sea for 24 hours, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Boston Herald, there were 1,000 people aboard the ship. The injuries were contained to five crew members who were treated when the ship docked on Borneo Sunday.

The company released a statement saying the rest of the cruise would be cancelled, and the passengers would be refunded fully.

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