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January 28, 2007

Navy Ends Search for Missing Crew

The Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/484/story/964361.html reported that Saturday a group of Navy and Coast Guard vessels and aircrafts searched for three crew members of a Navy helicopter that crashed. The search included inflatable boats, two destroyers, a guided missile cruiser, a dock landing ship and Coast Guard ships. The pilot radioed a mayday during this training flight but did not indicate any mechanical malfunctions or fires.

CNN http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/27/helicopter.crash.ap/index.html reported that the search was called off after one crew member was pulled from the water but died while being treated on the Bonhomme Richard. CNN also said because of the cold water and the amount of time elapsed survivability is extremely unlikely.

Both of the leads did a good job at summarizing the articles. CNN did not release the identities of the members because the article said all of the relatives have not been notified yet. CNN gave a lot more information on the plane, while the Star Tribune focused more on the search.

January 27, 2007

74 Inches of Snow in Anchorage So Far

Alaska's biggest city, Anchorage, has already received 74 inches of snow this season. Normally, the city receives 68 inches for an entire city, but they still have four months to go. A maintenance official has said that the city's 100 snow-removal workers will have to work 10-hour shifts six days a week for the next two months just to clear the streets. The Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-snow27jan27,1,5490433.story?coll=la-headlines-nation&ctrack=1&cset=true has said after several years of low-snow winters, all the snow is welcomed.

MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16829638/ has reported on all of the homeowners' demanding that their roofs be cleared before the ice and snow causes damage and forces water through the ceiling. They say this strange weather could be due to a shift in the jet stream.

Both articles used an editorial approach in the lead. MSNBC offered a lot more quotes through-out the entire article, giving me an idea of how people living in Anchorage feel about all the snow.

Sword-Wielding Teen Injures Three and Kills Mom

Police are trying to figure out why 16-year-old Josh Gilchrist killed his mother with a sword Friday morning. Gilchrist also injured his sister, a foreign exchange student and a police officer before being shot and killed by the officers. So far the Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/462/story/964054.html reports that the police have no leads on why this happened.

Keloland Television http://www.keloland.com/News/NewsDetail6371.cfm?Id=0,54197 is reporting that he suspect's sister is being treated in Sioux Falls with non-life threatening injuries. Others have also been treated and released from the Huron Hospital. It is now standard procedure, because the police fired a gun, that the Division of Criminal Investigation with put together the officers' actions.

The Star Tribune's lead really conveyed what the article was going to be about. The Keloland television website was a lot more vague about the event from the start, which prompted me to have to read farther to make sure it was the same story.

Mexican Snow Sculptor is Not Able to Compete

Sculptor Abel Ramirez Aguilar, 63, from Mexico, flew to the United States to compete in the St. Paul Winter Carnival snow and ice carving competitions. He is a world-renownded artist who has won awards in Canada, Japan, Norway and France. The Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/462/story/963341.html reported that Aguilar is ineligible to win the snow sculpture money or the grand prize and advance to the national competition in Lake Geneva, Wis. because is not a Minnesota resident.

The Pioneer Press http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/16557398.htm reported that being ineligible has not stopped Aguilar from shaping his 8-foot snow cube into storms of wind and rain that produce a woman. He is eligible to compete in the individual ice-carving competition which does not have any residency rules.

Herón Márquez Estrada, from the Star Tribune, began her article with an assumption in the lead rather than saying the who, what, where and when. Estrada talked in the active voice throughout the article.

Laura Yuen, from the Pioneer Press, did a much better job with just getting the facts across.

January 23, 2007

Taliban to Open Schools in Afghanistan

According to the Star Tribune, in an attempt to win support among local residents, the Taliban said it will open its own schools in areas of southern Afghanistan. The reported chief spokesman for the militants, Abdul Hai Muthmahien, said Islamic education will be provided to students in March and funded by the Taliban's ruling council. http://www.startribune.com/722/story/950820.html

I noticed that the reporter, Noor Khan, managed to say all the important information in the lede. Khan said the who, the what and the where in the first sentence. Khan used facts and avoided adding his own commentary.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting how the people in different regions of Afghanistan are reacting to the Taliban plan. Ahmad Jan Aqa said he would not send his sons to a Taliban school because he is afraid they would become militants. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-afghan-taliban-schools,1,6965620.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

In my opinion, the Los Angeles Times reported the story with a little more depth. Both papers conveyed the message clearly and included all of the important information.