July 2012 Archives

A British teenager was arrested and released on bail Monday after he tweeted an Olympic diver, the Guardian said.

Great Britain divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield placed fourth in the men's 10-meter synchronized diving event after which the 17-year-old tweeted "You let your dad down I hope you know that," the Guardian said.

Daley's father died of brain cancer a year ago and Daley had hoped to win an Olympic medel for him, CBS News said.

Daley replied, calling the tweeter an "idiot" and a slue of obscene messages from the accused tweeter and others followed, CBS News said.

The teen tweeter was issued a harassment warning and is being investigated, the Guardian said.

Author acknowledges fake Dylan quotes, resigns

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Jonah Lehrer, staff writer for The New Yorker, resigned from his position and stopped distribution of his recent book Monday after admitting he made up quotes by Bob Dylan, the Pioneer Press said.

In a statement released by his publisher Lehrer said that quotes in his book "Imagine: How Creativity Works" attributed to Dylan were "unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes," the Pioneer Press said.

A reporter from for Tablet Magazine, who is also a Dylan fan, questioned Lehrer about some of the quotes used. Lehrer admitted in his statement Monday that he lied to that reporter, NPR News said.

Lehrer's publisher has stopped both physical and electronic distribution of the book, NPR News said.

James Holmes was formally charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder Monday for the shooting rampage in a Colorado movie theater, CBS News said.

Holmes did not enter a plea and did not react as the judge read the charges against him, the New York Times said.

Court papers revealed Holmes had been seeing a psychiatrist. His public defenders could avoid a trial by arguing that his is not mentally competent to stand trial, CBS News said.

Holmes sent a package to his psychiatrist prior to the shootings. She did not receive the package and police have taken it but are not saying what it contains, the New York Times said.

Akram Khan upset over NBC Olympic ceremony snub

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The choreographer of a tribute to London bombing victims said he is "disheartened and disappointed" because NBC cut the performance in the opening ceremony's American broadcast, BBC News said.

Akram Khan was asked by opening ceremony artistic director Danny Boyle to design a portion of the ceremony with a mortality theme, BBC News said.

The tribute included photos of the bombing victims, some who's family attended the open ceremony, BBC News said.

NBC said that it was unaware the portion of the ceremony was in reference to the attacks, Huffington Post said.

A Ryan Seacrest interview with swimmer Michael Phelps aired durning the American broadcast instead of Khan's tribute, Huffington Post said.

Gorilla in Prague Zoo accidentally hangs himself

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A 5-year-old gorilla accidentally hanged himself in a Prauge Zoo on Friday, the Pionner Press said.

A spokesman for the zoo said the gorilla, Tatu, was found with a rope around his neck in a sleeping room Friday morning, the Pioneer Press said.

An attempt was made to revive Tatu after zoo keeper drove away the other gorillas, BBC News said.

Tatu was with the Prauge zoo since his birth, which thousands watched online, in 2007, BBC News said.

2 US climbers found dead on Peruvian peak

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The bodies of two US climbers were found on Peruvian peak by searchers Saturday, NBC News said.

Gil Weiss, 29, and Ben Horne, 32, were both experienced hikers and belonged to the pullharder.org climbers' collective, NBC News said.

The two left the city of Huaraz on July 11 for a seven to 10 day trip. When their families didn't hear from them by July 24, they notified searchers, NBC News said.

According to searchers, Weiss and Horne made the summit of Palcaraju in the Cordillera Blanca but ran into trouble on the way down, plunging nearly 1,000 feet off a ridge, WJLA, an ABC affiliate, said

It is highly encouraged to climb the Cordillera Blancas with a local guide as conditions can change quickly, WJLA said.

Weiss and Horne did not have a guide and knew the risks, WJLA said.

On Friday the Savage Police Department said an injured dog was not abducted or tortured as previously believed but instead hit by a car, NBC News said.

However, Midwest Animal Rescue and Service, where the four-year-old pit bull mix was taken for care, said the injuries were not consistant with a car accident. They think the dog, Cesar, was abducted and tortured, NBC News said.

MARS said the straight edges on Cesar's cuts, lack of broken bones or road rash and lack of debris in the wounds point to intentional injury, the Pioneer Press said.

Niether the Savage police or MARS are able to explain why "Back off Bob" was written in green marker across Cesar's back, the Pioneer Press said.


Airport worker charged with drunken driving

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A worker at the airport was charged with drunk driving while on the clock, Minnesota Public Radio said.

John Joseph Korab, 54, was charged with drunken driving and use of alcohol while operating a vehicle, Kare 11 News said.

Police confronted Korab after he allegedly drove into the path of a jet. When they smelled alcohol on his breath, they arrested him, MPR said.

Korab was working at the airport for a ground service company and had a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent, Kare 11 News said.

The gunman arrested for suspicion of the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater killing 12 people and injuring 58 others made his first appearance in court Monday, ABC News said.

James Holmes, 24, remained silent through the court procedure and went from glassy bug-eyed to being unable to keeps his eyes open, ABC News said.

Holmes is being held in solitary confinement without bond. Formal charges are expected to be filed next week, ABC News said.

Despite his peculiar behavior, prosecutors said they could not say whether Holmes is being medicated, Newsday said.

Authorities said Holmes is not cooperating and it could take months to reveal his motive, Newsday said.

Prosecutors will consider pursuing the death penalty after consulting the victiums' families, Newsday said.

Analysis - Numbers

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Obama campaign raises $46M in June; Romney takes in $33M

This article compares the amount of money the Obama and Romney campaigns are raising. The writer rounded the numbers to the nearest million and sited their source, the Federal Election Commission, multiple times. In the electronic version of the article, links to the actual reports are provided.

The writer uses percentage to compare Mit Romney's fundraising to the entire Republican party's fundraising by saying, "accounting for about a third of the $106 million Republicans had boasted raising last month."

I do not think the numbers in the article are overwhelming. By calling attention to the percent difference and rounding the numbers, the writer makes the material easier for the reader to take in.

MnDOT places its own U.S. flags on bridges

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation replaced flags after forcing a local VFW to remove theirs, the Pioneer Press said.

On Friday, after numerous complaints from the public, MnDOT securely replaced the VFW's flags, 12 TV said.

After eight years of maintaining the flags on overpasses in Brooklyn Park, the Palmer Lake VFW was asked to remove the flags because it is illegal to place any object with in the limits of a highway, the Pioneer Press said.

MnDOT put up eleven flags and will look into developing a process for future flag requests, 12 TV said.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Sunday that Penn State will receive "corrective and punitive measures," the Washington Post said.

The NCAA's announcement came on the same day Penn State removed a staue of Joe Paterno from the football stadium, the Washington Post said.

The penalties against Penn State are unique because the NCAA has not penalized an institutions without holding a Committee on Infractions hearing, the Washington Post said.

No specifics were released in Sunday's announcement, but punishments will likely include bowl bans and scholarship reductions for the football program, USA Today said.

An Oregon man will lose his fingers and toes but is expected to survive the black plague, ABC News said.

Paul Gaylord, 59, contracted the infection from his cat on July 2, ABC News said.

At first, doctors diagnosed him with cat scratch fever but as his symptoms worsened he returned to the hospital, ABC News said.

He was transfered from his local hospital to the intensive care unit at the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, NBC News said.

The cat, which Gaylord shot and buried in his yard after it bit him, was exhumed and tested positive for the plague, ABC News said.

The black plague is very rare in the United State and is spread through flea bites or contact with infected animals, NBC News said.

A 97-year-old Nazi war criminal was arrested Wednesday in Budepest, ABC News said.

Laszlo Csatary was convicted in absentia in 1948 in Czechoslovakia for war crimes and sentenced to death, ABC News said.

He was number one on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's most wanted list, Daily Mail said.

Csatary is accused of deporting 15,700 Jews to the Auschwitz death camp during the World War II, Daily Mail said.

The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug to prevent the transmission of HIV on Monday, the New York Daily News said.

The drug, called Truvada, is manufactured by Gilead Sciences of California, the New York Daily News said.

Truvada has been on the market since 2004 for teens and adults with HIV combined with other antiretroviral drugs, CBS News said.

The new approval from the FDA allows the drug to be used by healthy teens and adults, in combination with safe sex practices, to prevent HIV, CBS News said.

Studies have found Truvada to cut the risk of HIV in healthy gay and bisexual men by 42 percent and by 72 percent in heterosexual individuals who have an HIV infected partner, CBS News said.

NBC bought Microsoft's 50 percent share in MSNBC.com and began rebranding the webite Sunday, the Star Tribune said.

MSNBC, a partnership between NBC and Microsoft, began 16 years ago and is owned by Comcast Corp, the Star Tribune said.

Both NBC and Microsoft are seeking more control over content, which led to the split, the Star Tribune said.

Under their old contract, NBC supplied all the news content for MSN.com. Now, Microsoft is able to partner with other media organizations, Fox News said.

Microsoft wanted to provide a counter perspective to conservative views on Fox News by providing a more liberal viewpoint, but was restricted by the contract with NBC, the Star Tribune said.

Microsoft is planning on launching their own content this fall, the Star Tribune said.

Analysis - Obituary

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George C. Stoney, Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 96

The obituary in the New York Times for George C. Stoney has a standard obituary lead stating his commonly known name, what he was known for, where and when he died and his age. I think this lead works well because people out side of the public access or documentary film communities would not know Stoney by name.

This obituary differs from a resume in many ways. It doesn't just list his accomplishments, but describes their impact on the community.

The only sources quoted in the obituary are Stoney himself and Rika Welsh, an colleague of his in building what we know now as public access television. Many of Stoney's quotes are said to be "from an interview" with no specific time or place given.

I thought it was odd that the writer chose to say "It appears on the list alphabetically, between "All About Eve" and "All Quiet on the Western Front," when talking about one of his films in the National Film Registry.

A fugitive on the U.S. Marshal Service's most-wanted list was arrested on Friday by Mexican police in Cancun, Fox News said.

Vincent Legrend Walters is wanted in San Diego for suspicion of kidnapping and murdering a girl in 1988, Fox News said.

Walters, 45, was working in the Cancun international airport under an assumed name and bragged about his fugitive status, Fox News said.

Charges against Walters are for allegedly kidnapping three people in connection with a drug deal. Two of the kidnapping victims were release and one died from ingesting chemicals soaked into a rag Walters used as a gag, the Washington Post said.

Walters brother is currently serving 25 years to life in prison for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder, the Washington Post said.

A suiside bomber attacked a wedding in northern Afghanistan on Saturday killing several local officials and a prominate lawmaker, the Washington Post said.

The wedding was of the daughter of a a top member of parliament and former warlord, Ahmad Khan Samangani, the Washington Post said.

The bomber detonated a bomb vest in a large hall where the wedding was being held, the Washington Post said.

A member of parliament and the head of the province's intelligence agency were among the at least 19 killed, the Washington Post said.

The Taliban denied involvement in the attach and stated that Samangani was notorious and could have a number of enemies, the Huffington Post said.

An unidentified woman was charged on Friday for breaking and entering a Fridley home on July 9, the Pioneer Press said.

The owner of the home, who had not been there for 10 days, returned and found the locks to the exterior doors changed KSTP said.

Sheets were hung over the windows, a stove moved from garage was connected, and a hole in the wall was patched, the Pioneer Press said.

Police found an SUV in the garage that was reported stolen from Wisconsin, KSTP said.

The women's finger prints were taken but did not generate any matches, the Pioneer Press said.

Drug tunnels discovered days apart in U.S., Mexico

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The Drug Enforcement Administration announced the discovery of at least two hidden tunnels between San Luis, Ariz. and San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, CBS News said.

Authorities said the tunnels, which are believed to be designed for smuggling drugs across the boarder, have electrical lighting and are well-ventilated, CBS News said.

The DEA was monitoring a building on the U.S. side of the boarder they suspected to be a "stash" house, ABC News said.

On July 6, a truck attempting to transport 39 pounds of methamphetamine was traced back to the building, ABC News said.

Three people were arrested by U.S. authorities in connection to the tunnels, ABC News said.

A father was arrested after his three children were found dead in their River Falls home Tuesday, the Pioneer Press said.

The mother of the three girls, ages 11, 8 and 5, called 911 and told police the children's father, Aaron Schaffhausen, had made comments to her "concerning their safety," the Pioneer Press said.

Police did not release detail of the cause of death, the Pioneer Press said.

Schaffhausen, 34, turned himself in to police shortly after the girls were found, the Pioneer Press said.

He is being held on three counts of first degree intentional homicide, the River Falls Journal said.

Amy Senser apologizes, begins 41-month sentence

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Amy Senser was sentenced to 41 months in prison on Monday for hit-and-run death Anousone Phanthavong in August, the Pioneer Press said.

Senser said she thought she had hit a construction cone and did not realize it was a person, the Pioneer Press said.

She was charged with one felony count for leaving the scene and one felony count for failing to notify authorities of an accident, the Pioneer Press said.

Senser apologized to the Phanthavong family in court saying that she was very sorry and "just never saw him," Fox News said.

The court denied the request by Senser's attorney that she be released pending an appeal, Fox News said.

Analysis - Speeches

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7/8/2012

Biden attacks Romney in speech to teachers


In the lead of this article, the writer states the main message of Vice President Joe Biden's the speech to a very specific audience. Biden's speech, given to National Education Association's annual meeting in Washington, questioned Mitt Romney's values, specifically regarding education.

The writer used quotes in which Biden called Romney by name and were accusatory toward Romney. Most of the quotes are full quotes expressing the entire thought. There are very few partial quotes. Many of the quotes are flattery toward the audience.

The writers gave a little bit of background about the organization Biden spoke to, noting its "tense relationship" with the Obama administration. The writers also explained that members of the organization have been decreasing, but have been encouraged to stay politically engaged.

7/8/2012

$16 billion of aid has been pledged by various countries to Afghanistan civilians for rebuilding after U.S. and NATO forces leave, the Washington Post said.

The committee of nations, who met in Toyko on Sunday, outlined specific goals and progress as proof that the Afghan government is combating corruption as they have promised, the Washington Post said.

Penalties have not been outlined if the goals are not reached, the Washington Post said.

US, Japan, Germany and the UK are the largest donors, the BBC said.

A follow-up conference will be held in 2014, the BBC said.

Maplewood Man Accidently Attacked By PoliceĀ Dog

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7/6/2012

A Maplewood police dog attacked an innocent pedestrian early Monday morning, CBS News said.


Bob Rozmarynowski, 65, suffered injuries on his back and thigh from the K9 attack, CBS News said.

Maplewood police officers were approaching two car thief suspects who fled when police questioned them; that was when the police released the dog, CBS News said.

Rozmarynowski hid behind a tree when he heard the officers yelling, the Pioneer Press said.


The dog was in pursuit of the suspected car thieves when he passed Rozmarynowski and attacked him, thinking he was one of the thieves, the Pioneer Press said.

Maplewood police Capt. Dave Kvam said the officers followed protocol and there will be no internal investigation, the Pioneer Press said.

Maplewood police will pay for all of Rozmarynowski's medical bills, but Rozmarynowski plans to sue the department, CBS News said.

7/6/2012

Mohammed Morsi, the newly elected president of Egypt, has ordered an investigation into the deaths of protesters killed during last year's civilian uprising, the New York Times said.

Morsi appointed a 16-member committee of judges, a state prosecutor, a general, a top police commander and representatives of victims' families to perform the investigation, the New York Times said.

Morsi was detained during the beginning of the uprising, Israel National News said.

The investigation is a promise Morsi made during his presidential campaign, Israel National News said.

The committee may hit a road block with the military because they do not have the power to investigate or bring charges the military, the New York Times said.


Texas Mom Accused of Placing Camera in Locker Room

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A middle school principal in Texas was indicted Thursday after secretly videotaping inside a girls locker room, ABC news said.

The video, which was taken during the halftime of a basketball game, was anonymously mailed to the school board, who then turned it into police, ABC said.

No indecent images were on the video and it is believed that the purpose of the recording was to see the coach's interaction with the team, ABC said.

The principal of five years, Wendee Long, 46, was put on administrative leave after the charges were filed, the Denton Record-Chronicle said.

Long and her attorney, Daniel K. Peugh, both maintain that she did not violate any law, the Denton Record-Chronicle said.

If convicted of all charges, Long could face up to 20 year in prison, ABC said.

After seven months, Pakistan has reopened its southwestern boarder to allow NATO to bring supplies to troops in Afghanistan Thursday, the New York Times said.

Pakistan agreed to let NATO supply trucks in after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton personally apologized for the death of Pakistani soliders during an American airstrike, the New York Times said.

The boarder was closed as a result of that airstrike, MSNBC said.

Supplies were rerouted while the southwestern boarder was closed, but at 2 1/2 times the cost, MSNBC said.

Both the U.S. and Pakistan will have monetary benefits with the boarder reopening - the U.S. in cost of transporting supplies and Pakistan in the $1.1 billion in aid that had been frozen for the past year, MSNBC said.

Both will also face domestic and social consequences of the agreement, MSNBC said.

One of the two teens arrested in the shooting of a 5-year-old boy last week was charged on Monday, the Star Tribune said.

Stephon Terrell Shannon, 17, will be tried as an adult on the charge of aiding and abetting murder, the Star Tribune said.

The criminal complaint listed Shannon as the shooter and another teen, 15, is being charged on suspicion of weapons possession, the Star Tribune said.

According to the criminal complaint, tensions from the September death of a 16-year-old boy prompted last week's shooting, the Pioneer Press said.

According to the county attorney, Shannon says he was not involved in the shooting, he knows who was, but will not tell authorities, the Pioneer Press said.

Analysis - Multimedia

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The New York Times has four categories for the multimedia they use on their website: interactives, photography, videos and podcast. Photographs and videos almost always accompany front page and breaking news stories. Podcast and interactives are general used in opinion and filler stories.

The Washington Post has three main categories for their multimedia: photos/slideshows, videos and blogs. They use their blog section as a way to prompt discussion with their readers.

Both the New York Times and Washington Post use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, allowing readers to comment and repost their stories.

These uses of multimedia help to further tell the story by adding visual details and opportunity for people to discuss issues in a public forum.

More than 2.5 million people across the mid-Atlantic are still with out power from a massive storm on Friday, MSNBC said.

The unique storm, called a derecho, doesn't give much a warning, sending straight-lined winds over a large area, MSNBC said.

The area is also under a heat advisory and temperatures are expected to reach 104 degrees, MSNBC said.

President Obama has authorized FEMA to coordinate relief efforts, the Chicago Tribune said.

Ohio, Virginia and Maryland are calling the damage to their utilities "catastrophic," the Chicago Tribune said.

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