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November 23, 2008

Plane crashes in WI backyard

KSTP has reported that three people were killed when a plane crashed in Marshfield, WI Saturday.

Those killed were on the plane, which crashed and burned in a backyard. Authorities are unsure whether the plane had just taken off or if it was trying to land. The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reported that the victim's names have not been released.

The crash caused a fire and explosions, according to a report. The plane has not yet been able to be identified due to damage.

Bank robber admits to five heists

The Star Tribune has reported that a St. Louis Park bank robber has admitted to conducting five different robberies.

Suresh Harlan Small, 27, plead guilty to heists between Nov. 2, 2007 and March 28. Most recently, Small robbed a bank in St. Anthony, drove away, and led officers on a chase reaching almost 100 miles per hour. Small shot at officers, who shot back. He was eventually caught in Plymouth.

Small may face up to 25 years in prison for each robbery.

(No other news sources were found that discussed this event.)

Augsburg student named first Rhodes Scholar

The Star Tribune has reported that Brian Krohn, a senior chemistry major at Augsburg College, was named a Rhodes Scholar Saturday.

Krohn, 22, is a part of 32 Americans chosen for the honor. He plans to go for a master's of science in environmental change and management at Oxford University in England.

"A very normal person is a good way to describe me," he said about himself Sunday. He has worked together will veteran scientists to alter the production of biodiesel so waste is not created.

WCCO reported that Krohn is one of two students at Minnesota schools to win the award this year.

90 puppies found neglected in Florida home

West Florida TV, via CNN, has reported that 90 puppies were found neglected in a Florida home.

The home was in "unacceptable living conditions". Carolyn Bragg, the homeowner, was allegedly selling the puppies from her home. The puppies were discovered Saturday during part of an investigation into puppy mills.

The puppies were Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier and Pug breeds. Bragg will have 90 counts of animal neglect. The Ledger reported that the woman has been a dog owner and breeder for more than 25 years.

Bragg's house allegedly had a roach infestation and rats. Despite claims from the potential buyer that turned her in, Bragg states that all of the dogs have health certificates.

Six killed in Columbian volcano landslide

CNN has reported that six people were killed by a volcano eruption landslide that occurred Thursday in Columbia.

Officials reported Sunday that four of the victims were children. Three people are currently missing. The Nevado del Huila volcano destroyed at least 20 homes. The area in which it occurred contains a reservation for Nasa indigenous groups.

Nearly 300 people have been evacuated from their homes. Fox News reported that although they did not know of any casualties, 8,000 people were ordered to evacuate.

This particular volcano erupted in 1993 and killed nine people.

November 16, 2008

Diversity analysis

One of the articles that I wrote an entry about this week, reported from CNN, covered the rallies held across the nation over the weekend in response to the passing of bans in Florida, California, and Arizona of same-sex marriage. This article covered a topic involving cultural diversity. Much uproar was created with the bans because of the civil rights issues surrounding the stating inequality of the laws.

This article definitely moved past stereotypes surrounding the GLBT culture in the U.S. The story focused more on the massive efforts of both gay and straight participants to overturn these newly-passed bans. The story heavily uses quotes from signs and chants shouted by the crowds to confirm the views of the protesters as well as counter-protesters. Examples of what views were held by both sides gave a very active impression of the rallies. The story, however, does little to highlight big things I did not know, mainly because it was more about covering an event across the country, rather than share a bunch of facts.

Clinton as Secy. of State supported by Republicans

CNN has reported that Henry Kissinger, Former Nixon and Ford Secretary of State said Clinton would be an “outstanding� as pick for the position.

Hillary Clinton is said to be the top pick for the role for President-elect Barack Obama. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger noted the possible pick as a "great move."

MSNBC reported
that others known to want the position are Sen. John Kerry and Gov. Bill Richardson. Although it is thought that Clinton could possibly be interested, her office has stated that any decisions about the pick are up to Obama and his team.

Hunter shoots through house window

KSTP has reported that a hunter in South Haven missed a deer and accidentally shot a bullet through the window of a house Saturday.

The bullet in question traveled three-fourths of a mile after missing the deer. Although the residents were home, no one was injured. The hunter will have to pay for the damage done to the window.

The Duluth News Tribune reported that the hunter, Brent Lang, 39, of Redwood Falls, was hunting with a friend. The damage was done to the home of David and Theresa Weis. She was indoors, while he was installing Christmas lights on the roof at the time of the incident.

Al Franken heads to Washington D.C.

KSTP has reported that U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken will be meeting democratic leaders in Washington D.C.

The meetings are to discuss business with the party as well as litigation potential in the Minnesota race. The Star Tribune has reported that the recount of votes will start Wednesday of this week.

Coleman is said to lead Franken by 206 votes. It is also said that this recount is the most scrutinized since the 2000 presidential election's recount in Florida.

Anti-Proposition 8 rallies held all across country

CNN has reported that protests were held over the weekend in many U.S. cities regarding the bans passed in Florida, California, and Arizona banning same-sex marriage.

Chants such as "Gay, straight, black, white; marriage is a civil right," were shouted across the nation in cities such as Los Angeles, Manhattan, and Minneapolis. California's overturn of a ruling in May to allow gay marriage passed with a vote of 52.5 percent for to 47.5 percent against.

The Los Angeles Times reported that an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people attended the rally held in the city. Another sign read "I was born gay. You were taught religion."

U.S. convoy route blocked by Pakistan

CNN has reported that Pakistan has blocked convoys carrying supplies and food to U.S. troops located in Afghanistan.

The blockage is of a key mountain pass, but the International Security Assistance Force, led by NATO, said, "We do not expect any impact on ISAF's ability to carry out operations." Security concerns were said to be the reason for the blocking.

TIME has reported that in addition to the convoys, oil tankers were also banned from entering Afghanistan. The problems are concurrent with the highest level of violence since the Taliban regime was overtaken in 2001.

November 9, 2008

Numbers analysis

CNN reported on a giant census conducted to count sea life. One of the first ways in which they used numbers was to note the amount of scientists and nations they were from to give an idea of who is involved, as well as a year it is intended to be completed. These numbers are laid out very accessibly and portray a good idea of the sheer size of the project.

The next way the article uses numbers is to depict the speed of a water current and carries food to starfish. At first this number seems unnecessary because such a small speed seems unimportant to note, but the article goes on to say that this speed is enough to provide the sea life with plenty of nourishment. This adds much more meaning to the number provided and ends up being a legitimate use of a specific data figure,

Lastly, the writer shares a fact that a jellyfish was found at a depth of 23,455 feet. This number is used very appropriately because it is a massive depth that seems unreal, so to share the exact figure provides the reader with an astonishing peek into the findings of this study.

The numbers are not overwhelming in this story because they are used only when they are pertinent to showing the reader just how useful and interesting this study is. The story is not scattered with random data that means nothing to a non-math oriented reader, but rather are used when it will clearly pique a reader's curiosity. Although each figure is not attributed, since this is recounting a study, it is implied that these figures are coming from the scientists. Since this story is centered around summarizing their study, it seems unnecessary that they would cite each and every figure.

Gorilla gets colonoscopy

The Boston Channel, via CNN, has reported that a zoo gorilla has received a colonoscopy and is "doing well".

Gigi, the gorilla, was reported to have been having digestive problems, and thus needed to be put under to be examined. The colonoscopy results showed up as normal, but many biopsies were done as well.

Gigi is 36, making her the oldest at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. The Wall Street Journal reported that doctors from famous hospitals in the area came to take part in the procedure.

Boost seen for Franken in Senate race

CNN has reported that the margin has grown smaller between votes cast for Al Franken and votes cast of Norm Coleman in the Senate race.

Since Franken denied Coleman's attempt to not check uncounted absentee ballots, the gap between votes is now in favor of Colemen only 200 votes.

In explaining why they didn't want to yet count the uncounted votes, Coleman's recount attorney Fritz Knaak said that they wanted proper precautions to ensure that the ballots had not been tampered with. Kare 11 has reported that it is not uncommon for this margin to shrink, because the checking of errors is currently taking place.

Recount results must be completed by Dec. 5.

Mother and son stabbed to death in Dodge Center

KSTP has reported that the husband is a suspect in the killing of a mother and son in Dodge Center.

Teresa Bugarin, 27, and her son, Ismael Nicholas Bugarin, 12, were found dead Saturday evening. Two daughters of Bugarin were injured from knife wounds and are in the hospital.

Friends of the family reported that they never noticed any trouble within it. Although the father is a potential suspect, he is not under arrest as of Sunday.

The Owatonna People's Press reported
that the suspected father was also injured.

Dodge County Sheriff Gary Thompson said that this area did not have any more crime than other surrounding areas.

Father shot by 8-year-old son

CNN has reported that an 8-year-old boy shot his father and a co-worker who was residing in the house, in St. Johns, Ariz. Both men died from the injuries.

The son has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder. The entire community is reportedly deeply affected by this situation.

"Everybody knows them because there's like 100 of them," said Marybeth Ellsworth, who played the piano for Romero's wedding.

The Arizona Republic reported
that police discovered one body outside the door and the other upstairs. Murders by youth are rare and difficult for the justice system to deal with. Experts say that abuse is usually involved with children who commit murder.

Monk brawl breaks out in Jerusalem

CNN has reported that before a religious ceremony in Jerusalem, a fight broke out amongst monks.

The monks, of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian denominations, began the brawl after a disagreement at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City. The disagreement was about a procession intended to be held by the Greek members to celebrate a cross found that was believed to be associated with Jesus' crucifixion. After conflict began, the fight broke out.

Many monks walked away with bruises and cuts, and two were detained. The UK's Telegraph has reported that this church is considered one of the most revered locations in Christianity.