November 2011 Archives

Two University of California, Davis police officers are placed on administrative leave until further investigation after a dispassionate use of pepper spray Friday afternoon.

According to The Guardian, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has taken full responsibility for the episode, in which a university police officer fired pepper spray on a line of sitting demonstrators as bystanders scream at the officer to stop.

The New York Times reported that video of the incident spread virally across social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

According to The New York Times, Katehi, said Sunday that she is insisting the investigation is completed in 30 days, when, a day earlier, she said it would take at least 90 days. The university's faculty association asked Katehi to resign due to a "gross failure of leadership," according to The Guardian.

However, a law enforcement official said the use of force is standard police procedure in protests, especially because videos show active resistance from protestors, The Guardian reported.

The use of pepper spray came after students set up tents on campus in support for the Occupy movement and in solidarity with protests at the University of California, Berkeley, the New York Times reported.

Ten people at the protest were arrested, cited and released on misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse. Nine students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene and two were taken to local hospitals, university officials said in The Guardian.

In Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro's largest shantytown, 3,000 troops declared a victory over the drug dealers.

The CNN story begins with a scene of Special Forces raiding Rocinha Monday morning.

The troops won in just two hours and didn't fire a single bullet, and for most Rocinha's 100,000 residents Monday was just another day, CNN reported.

The operation was an effort to eliminate drug gangs before the 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympic games, and to restore Rio de Janeiro. But still, it's a work in progress, as piles of trash line the streets and a mess of electrical wires dangle over residential houses.

According to CNN, in addition to the victory raid, Rocinha's top drug trafficker, Antonio Francisco Bomfim, was captured by police last week.

Unusual winter fire in Reno blazes

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A fire in southwest Reno, Nev. Friday blazed through more than 400 acres, destroyed 25 homes, killed at least one person and injured several more as the violent winds spread the blaze.

The Washington Post story starts out with Kristina Wright, a woman who lives on the edge of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, sleeping in front of the TV in her home. She awoke to flames, not to snow, as the weatherman predicted.

The fire likely started in Caughlin Ranch, a neighborhood bordering forest-covered hills, after 12:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but a downed power line or a homeless encampment in the area is a probable cause the Post reported.

The violent winds, in excess of 70 mph, likely carried embers up to a mile away from the source, as the police went door-to-door, urging residents to evacuate in the middle of the night.

According to the Post, at least 400 firefighters from a 260 mile radius came to Reno early Friday to help contain the flames.

St. Paul's 8-year-old boy genius

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Mani Chadaga is an 8-year-old math genius taking classes at the local junior-high magnet school.

The Pioneer Press article starts with a scene of second-grader Mani Chadaga in his junior high algebra class at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School, trying to make himself inconspicuous.

Mani's parents say his math fascination began at age 2 with the creation of Number Creatures. Mani drew pages of numbers with faces and different personalities living in their galaxy called Hexer, according to the Pioneer Press.

Since then, he learned to add and subtract by age 4, count to 1,000 by kindergarten, and multiply by age 5. Weeks after starting first grade, Mani had advanced to fourth-grade math. That spring he took fifth-grade math, and that summer he excelled in a sixth-grade textbook, which is how Mani is now in a junior-high algebra class.

His parents, Vivek and Julia Chadaga, are just trying to find ways to keep him stimulated but also spend most of the school day with his peers.

According to the Pioneer Press, next year, Mani will start pre-calculus and as a sixth-grader, he could start a calculus course through the University of Minnesota's Talented Youth Mathematics Program, an honors-level college-credit alternative for middle and high school students.

Roseville man shot dead by police

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Wayne Malone was shot dead by police on Thursday after a 911 domestic disturbance call was placed from a woman who sounded like she was being strangled.

The Pioneer Press article starts off with a day-in-the-life description of Malone, 55, portraying him as a stand-up citizen that was a "helpful neighbor and a man who was protective of his family." He was a Navy veteran that lives with his wife and college-age daughter, shovels his sidewalks in the winter and patrols his building's perimeter for safety.

He also threatened to kill the residents of his building last summer.

According to Roseville police, Malone was brandishing a pistol in a threatening manner in the doorway of his apartment when they arrived at his complex on Larpenteur Avenue. Police fired up to eight shots and hit Malone twice the Pioneer Press reported.

Police then evacuated the three-story building's 40 residents for more than seven hours until the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension processed the scene.

According to Malone's brother, Charles, Malone's wife and daughter both said they didn't place the 911 call.

Arsonist hits Longfellow neighborhood

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Garages, cars and bags of leaves were ablaze Friday night after 17 fires were intentionally set within a 13-block radius in south Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune reported that out of the 17 fires, 10 started with leaf piles or in garbage bags, but three vehicles, two garages and a garbage dumpster were set on fire as well. A fire also started on a retaining wall along West River Parkway.

The string of arsons started 8:30 p.m. Friday and the last fire was set around 12:30 a.m. Saturday according to the Pioneer Press.

According to neighborhood residents, the arson spree follows a rise in petty crime in the area, including two burglaries on a single block since summer the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reported that police officers questioned several people in the neighborhood, but did not arrest anyone in connection with the fires.

Gopher women lose to South Florida

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The University of Minnesota women's basketball team fell to 1-2 on the season with a 60-52 loss to South Florida on Sunday at the Women's Basketball Invitational TipOff Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

According to Gopher Sports, Kirara Buford, a senior at the University, led the team with 16 points against Florida and totaled 43 points over the course of the weekend.

Buford, who was named to the WBI all-tournament team, also finished with 15 rebounds and 10 assists during the weekend, according to the Pioneer Press.

Kionna Kellogg, a sophomore at the U, posted season-highs with 10 points and eight rebounds, playing the best game of her life. Junior Katie Loberg assisted the Gophers by matching Kellogg with eight rebounds, according to Gopher Sports.

The Pioneer Press reported that Minnesota made one field goal in the first eight minutes of the game, while a layup by Kellogg ignited a 15-11 run, and brought the Gophers within four points of South Florida by halftime.

Between 2008 and 2010 there were 932 vehicle occupants killed in crashes in Minnesota, and 409, or 44 percent of them, were not wearing a seat belt according to Hometown Source.

The Star Tribune highlighted 20 counties with the highest percentage of vehicle occupant fatalities that were not buckled up. Kanabec and Wadena counties topped the list at three fatalities each, all not buckled.

At the other end, Blue Earth County had two vehicle occupants out of 10 killed while unbelted, only 20 percent, according to the Star Tribune.

According to Hometown Source, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety had 260 reporting agencies cite more than 10,000 motorists for belt violations between October 14 and 27 in a state-wide campaign to promote wearing a seat belt.

In a similar campaign last year, over 13,000 vehicle occupants were cited for not wearing a seat belt in the two-week stretch, according to the Star Tribune.

7 men charged in a massive internet scam

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Seven men in Eastern Europe that hijacked millions of computers by redirecting users to ads that the men profited from, were charged Wednesday by U.S. authorities.

According to the Chicago Tribune, since 2007, about 4 million computers in 100 countries were infected with software that swapped online ads with ones the defendants profited from.

The Internet ad scam generated $14 million for the men involved based on the amount of clicks each ad received, the New York Times reported.

According to the Times, the scam was found after 100 computers that belonged to NASA were found with the malicious software through infected Web sites.

Six of the Estonian defendants are in police custody, while the seventh person, a citizen of Russian, the Tribune reports, remains at large.

The Tribune reported that the criminals face five charges with a maximum 30-year prison sentence, and one of the defendants faces an additional 22 money laundering counts.

Less than three weeks after an earthquake killed more than 600 in eastern Turkey, a 5.7 magnitude quake hit the same region Wednesday night, killing at least three people.

21 buildings collapsed in already damaged capitol of Turkey, Van, leaving dozens trapped in the rubble, the Bangkok Post reported. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, in early rescue efforts, 10 people were pulled out of the debris alive.

In the rescue effort, 9 planes carrying almost 300 rescue volunteers were dispatched to the quake region, the Post reports.

The Sun-Times reported that the Turkish Red Crescent dispatched 15,000 tents to the town of Edremit, the un-damaged epicenter of the earthquake.

About 1,400 aftershocks have hit the area since the massive earthquake on Oct. 23, when at least 2,000 buildings were destroyed. Recently, authorities declared another 3,700 buildings unfit for living the Sun-Times reports.

Jeffrey Arthur Martin, of Farmington, was convicted Monday in Dakota County of felonies of criminal vehicular operation and injury as well as child endangerment and third-degree driving while intoxicated the Pioneer Press reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, last Christmas Eve, Martin, 39, killed Everett T. Letterly, 88, when he crashed into Letterly's Cadillac at a Lakeville intersection.

Letterly's wife of seven years, Susan Shaffer, 70, was also in the car, but survived the crash with a head injury, broken ribs and partial hearing loss the Pioneer Press reports.

The Star Tribune reported that Martin's three children, ages 10, 9 and 4, were in his Dodge Durango while he was operating the car with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 according the authorities. Martin and his children were not hurt in the crash.

According to the Star Tribune, Martin will be sentenced Jan. 4, most likely with the presumptive four-year sentence for criminal vehicular operation, but currently remains free on bail.

Andy Rooney dies at 92

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Andy Rooney died Friday, due to complications following a minor surgery, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 92.

On Oct. 2, one month before his death, the crotchety Rooney made his final appearance on "60 Minutes" and his 1,097th essay for the special, the Wausau Daily Herald reported.

Andrew Aitken Rooney was born in Albany, N.Y., and got his start as a copy boy for the local paper while still in high school, the Daily Herald reported. He was a student at Colgate University, until he was drafted by the Army in 1941 according to the L.A. Times.

Upon his return, Rooney was freelancing magazine stories when he met Arthur Godfrey, a famous radio and television entertainer, in New York City in 1949. That meeting changed his life, and he then wrote for Godfrey's daily radio show and two television shows for the next six years the L.A. Times reported. Eventually, he became the celebrity known today.

According to the Daily Herald, the four-time Emmy winning writer and Writers Guild of America award-winning author did not like the celebrity status he had achieved and would often write "No" when asked for his autograph.

But, one can never be seen in the spotlight without a little controversy. According to the Los Angeles Times, Rooney was suspended from CBS for three weeks for allegedly making a racist remark and an offensive comment toward to the homosexual lifestyle. He was reinstated after a negative public response.

Dr. David Utz, Mayo Clinic urologist, dies

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David C. Utz, a renowned urologist and surgeon who treated celebrities and heads of state, died Sunday at the age of 87 according to the Star Tribune.

The Rochester native received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at St. Louis University, an advanced degree in urology from the University of Minnesota and then sat as a member of the Board of Regents from 1973 to 1979 the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Post Bulletin, Dr. Utz was an internationally recognized urologic surgeon who not only established many surgical techniques, but also created the world's largest surgical prostate cancer database at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Utz not only had Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham and Supreme Court justices as patients, the Star Tribune reported, but he also managed to write 143 publications during his career.

After retiring from 31 years at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Utz and his wife, Virginia, moved to Scottsdale, Ariz, when they opened the Virginia Nehring Utz Clinical Skills Laboratory at the Mayo Scottsdale Hospital, the Post Bulletin reported.

Tom Keith, former MPR radio host, dies

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Tom Keith, former MPR co-host and creator of sound effects for "A Prairie Home Companion," died Sunday after collapsing from a heart attack at age 64 reports the Pioneer Press.

Keith's twin sister, Terry Green, told the Star Tribune that Keith spent his teenage years at Sibley High school playing a variety of sports and acting as the student council president. He then spent one year the University of Minnesota but took a hiatus, serving four years in the Marines. Keith later returned to the U and graduated in 1972.

The West St. Paul native then created Jim Ed Poole and co-hosted MPR's "The Morning Show" with Dale Connelly after Garrison Keillor left the show, the Pioneer Press reported.

Eventually, Keith started working directly with Keillor on "A Prairie Home Companion," creating an array of sound effects and voices for the show. Keith performed his last show on Oct. 22 according to the Star Tribune.

"He was such a master at what he did and was so generous with everyone he worked with," Tim Russell, a long-time friend and colleague on "Prairie Home," told the Pioneer Press. "The show was always fun. He was a constant joy."

Dorothy Rodham, Hilary Clinton's mother, died

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Dorothy Rodham, mother to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and one of the most accomplished women in American government, died at age 92 after suffering from a heart condition according to the Washington Post.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Dorothy Howell Rodham was born in 1919, the oldest daughter of a Chicago firefighter. When she was 8, her parents divorced and her and her sister, Isabelle, moved to California to live with their grandparents, who were strict authoritarians.

Rodham moved out of her grandparent's home at age 14 and worked as a housekeeper while finishing high school. She returned to Chicago after graduation hoping to reconcile with her parents, but, after being denied, worked in an office to support herself reported the Tribune.

She married Hugh E. Rodham, a traveling salesman, in 1942 and had one daughter and two sons, Hugh and Tony, years later reports the Post.

According to the Post, Rodham was a homemaker that stood by her three children and conservative Republican husband no matter what. Though she rarely gave interviews about her daughter and son-in-law, former president Bill Clinton, she followed them to Arkansas after Bill became governor, then to Washington after Bill became president, then, finally to New York after Hillary became senator.

"I owe it to my mother, who never got a chance to go to college, who had a very difficult childhood," Hillary said in a 2008 debate according to the Tribune. "But who gave me a belief that I could do whatever I set my mind."

13 Americans killed by Taliban suicide bomber

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According to military officials, the single deadliest assault on U.S. citizens in Kabul took place Saturday when as many as 13 Americans were killed as a Taliban suicide bomber attacked an armored shuttle bus.

The New York Times reported that a Taliban spokesman said Abdul Rahman Hazarbos drove a vehicle with 1,500 pounds of explosives into a bus kill all of the American military trainers aboard.

The bus, called a Rhino because of its protective armor, was traveling down Darulaman Road, a busy street that is taken mostly by NATO military trainers traveling from the Kabul Military Training Center to downtown Kabul the New York Times reported.

The Los Angeles Times reports 5 troops and 8 civilian workers were killed in the attack according to NATO officials, along with at least 3 Afghan civilians and a policeman according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.

Kabul is one of the safer cities according to the Los Angeles Times, because attacks are rare and the city is more secure than other parts of Afghanistan. But, the Taliban have begun to retaliate and strengthen their political stance since Afghanistan has been taking over security forces from NATO.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to their comrades and families, but it will not deter us from our mission," Ryan C. Crocker, the United States Ambassador, said in the New York Times. "It's a shock, but we will not let these guys win."

Catholics plan for a revised mass

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Western Catholics are preparing for the largest translation to their mass texts starting Nov. 27, the first Sunday of the season of Advent USA Today reports.

The idea is to unify the more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide, so every prayer in the Mass is undergoing some renovation to revive the original Latin version. This is the biggest change since the 1960s reports the Star Tribune.

According to USA today, many oppose the changes as it restricts variety in the interpretation of the texts, as much of the debate is over whether the changes ordered by the Vatican are good or bad.

Advocates think the new sacred vernacular is not only a more exact reflection of the original Latin, USA today reports, but is also more poetic and humble in references and allusions to the Bible.

The Star Tribune reports that modern and younger Catholics say the new translation is awkward, less conversational and can potentially distance people from the church
"We have to keep in mind these are prayer texts being used by priests at a mass," Erie, Pa., Bishop Donald Trautman said in the Star Tribune. "People should be able to understand them when they are heard."

Obama announces plan that eases student loan debt

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President Obama announced his plan Wednesday at the University of Colorado Denver that will initiate two changes to the federal student loan program and affect up to 1.6 million borrowers according to the Star Tribune.

Though nothing is changing with any private loans, an estimated 5.8 million borrowers of different kinds of federal loans will be able to consolidate them into one loan and reduce their interest rates by up to .5 percent under the new plan starting in January according to The New York Times.

The plan, titled "Know Before You Owe," allows college graduates to limit federal student loan payments at 10 percent of discretionary income and all remaining debt would be forgiven after 20 years, the Star Tribune reports, which is 5 years sooner than the current law states.

Obama, using his power of executive authority, has bypassed Congress to jump-start 3 initiatives that don't require congressional approval to provide mortgage relief, reduce student loan coasts and help employ military veterans the Star Tribune reported.

"You do your job, it's time for them to do their job," Obama said in the Star Tribune. "We don't sit around and wait for things to happen. We're Americans."

A St. Paul man intentionally stabbed an acquaintance two times in the neck with scissors, killing him at a St. Paul group home that aids adults with mental illness or substance abuse disorders.

According to the Star Tribune, Anthony Jay Haukos, 44, is charged with intentional second-degree murder on suspicion of killing Thomas Grover Stein, 61, of St. Paul. The Pioneer Press reports Haukos is arranged to make his first court appearance Monday.

According to the court papers, Stein, who dresses like and prefers to be known as a woman, called his mental health practitioner saying a man named "Tony" was becoming unruly in his apartment. The Star Tribune reports that around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, police arrived outside Stein's apartment to a man holding a silver-edged item with a dark handle caressing and spooning what appeared to be an unresponsive woman covered in blood on the floor.

An officer arrived at the window and told Haukos to drop the weapon and come outside, reports the Pioneer Press, but the order was met with nonsensical rants from Haukos yelling that he was "the Devil" and "Tony Montana."

According to the Star Tribune, after killing Stein, Huakos struggled with several officers who were forced to use tasers and other forms of force to handcuff him and take him to Regions Hospital, as he sang and made irrational, religious-themed statements the entire ride.

Police interviewed Huakos at the hospital later Thursday, as he police he was cleaning Stein's apartment when the two started smoking marijuana and he "flipped out" on Stein the Pioneer Press reported. "I thought she was the devil, a witch," Haukos said in the Star Tribune, "because of the way she was able to so eloquently able to quote the Bible."

A new Census Bureau estimate from Thursday shows the number of people of Somali ancestry in Minnesota has raised from last year's update of 27,000 to more than 32,000 Somalis.

The Pioneer Press reported that the estimate includes a margin of error because it is taken from a survey, so the calculated population could be as high as 36,000 or as low as 29,000 Somalis.

"The (Somali) community has long felt it is a bit larger than the Census Bureau estimate," Tom Gillaspy, a demographer for the state told the Pioneer Press, "but this number doesn't feel uncomfortable to me."

The Star Tribune
stated that according to the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, the state's Somalis report their population number at about 70,000.

The survey data, which includes people born in Somalia and their descendants, is the Census Bureau's best guess of the population because those of Somali descent are not specifically asked about their ancestry during the census reports the Pioneer Press.

According to new estimates, other states that have large Somali populations include Ohio with 12,300, Washington with 9,300, and California with 7,500 according to the Star Tribune.

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