April 2012 Archives

Hulu Boosts Arsenal

| No Comments

Hulu announced Tuesday that they will add 7 new shows to its service and tweak its advertising policy.

TechCrunch reported
the shows being added are "Battleground," "Up to Speed," "A Day in the Life," "We Got Next," "The Awesomes," "Don't Quit Your Daydream," and "Flow."

Chris Marlowe, of Digital Media Wire, noted that two of the shows are still under development and this announcement is being used to gain advertising revenue to finish the projects.

UN To Deploy Observers To Syria

| No Comments

Officials on The United Nations Security Council agreed to increase U.N. observers to 300 on Saturday in order to watch over the cease-fire.

CBS reported that this increase adds 270 observers to the 30 already in Syria, marking a drastic action by The United Nations Security Council.

Some believe that the Syrian government are not the only ones breaking the cease-fire.

Freelance journalist Lizzie Phelan told PressTV, "It is not the Syrian government that is violating the resolution or the ceasefire, but it is the insurgents and the NATO powers that are violating the ceasefire."

Local Boy Dies In Dirt Bike Accident

| No Comments

A 9-year-old boy died Friday evening after crashing his dirt bike at a tack in Anoka County.

Lt. Paul Lenzmeier, from the Anoka County Sheriff's Department told KARE 11 that Engler was found wearing the correct equipment for the sport and was an experienced motocross rider.

Investigators told Fox 9
that the boy's father, who is the assistant fire chief, arrived first and attempted to preform CPR, but did not succeed in reviving the 9-year-old.

Oake Grove Fire Chief Curt Hallerman told Fox 9, "We are trained, certainly, to save lives -- but to work on your own child, I think, is something that none of us could ever imagine."

NFL Executive Talks Stadium In Minneapolis

| No Comments

Talks over a possible new Vikings football stadium continued on Friday morning when Governor Mark Dayton met with NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell.

Goodell's visit comes after the abandonment of the Arden Hills stadium plan and amid the push for a downtown Minneapolis plan.

NFL executives told KSTP channel 5
that the visit was not a threat, but a way to communicate the outcome of a failed stadium deal in Minnesota.

Goodell told KARE 11
and other news crews on Friday, "The Wilfs are frustrated, but they are committed to this community. They want to be here. But they recognize for them to continue to operate here successfully and to field a competitive team, they need to get the new stadium."

Brooklyn Park Peace Walk

| No Comments

Members from the Brooklyn Park community took part in a peace walk on Saturday evening in remembrance of the three victims from a homicide on April 9th.

Police told Fox 9 news that they believe the killing of 59-year-old DeLois Brown and her parents, James and Clover Bolden was not random, but have not made any arrests yet.

KSTP channel 5 news reported that the peace walk made a stop at the house where the murders took place.

Connie Anderson, a member of the walk, told Fox 9, "Our main reason for walking tonight is to be seeking the peace."


Mike Wallace Dead At 93

| No Comments

Mike Wallace, Anchor of CBS' 60 Minutes, died Saturday in a New Canaan Connecticut care facility.

His accomplishments included leading 60 Minutes to 23 seasons in Nielsen's annual ranking of 10 most popular programs, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and producer who worked with Wallace, told The Associated Press Sunday, "He loved being Mike Wallace. He loved the fact that if he showed up for an interview, it made people nervous."

Minneapolis Occupy Movement Resurgence

| No Comments

Protesters of the Occupy movement took to the streets of downtown Minneapolis Saturday night in efforts to revitalize the movement.

Police told the Star Tribune activists blocked streets and intersections while carrying tents and a canopy.

Lindsay Radford, KSTP news director, told the Pioneer Press one of their cameramen had his camera shoved to the ground and later sent to doctor for signs of whiplash.

As the night of protest concluded 12 protesters were booked by Minneapolis police for blocking traffic and for public nuisance offenses, reported the Star Tribune.

Irish Village Embraces Titanic's Sinking

| No Comments

Sunday residents of two Irish perishes started a week-long list of events commemorating their loss of 11 villagers in the sinking of the Titanic.

Irishtimes.com reported the festivities are to include retracing the ticket purchase of the lost villagers at Linenhall Street and Main Street in Castlebar.

Population losses to emigration have not stopped for the perish of Addergoole in recent times. Addergoole lost at least 50 men and women over the last year to emegration, reported The New York Times.

Howard Theatre In D.C. Returns After Hiatus

| No Comments

Historic Howard Theater in Washington D.C. is set to reopen on Monday after a vacancy stretching back to the 80s with a performance by local rapper Wale.

Renovations to the theater totaling $29 million centered on restoring the appearance it had in 1910, reported the Washington Post.

The Washington Post also reported the renovations included removal of the old theater style seats and added black-walnut walls, 200-inch HD screens and VIP areas.

Referred to as "Black Broadway" the theater hosted acts like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, reported NPR.

Gary Tinsley Vigil

| No Comments

Students of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus held a candlelight vigil for late football player Gary Tinsley on Friday evening.

Tinsley's former teammates and students gathered in a crowed of about 200 for the vigil held by the Black Student Union outside of Roy Wilkins Hall, reported the Pioneer Press.

The Minnesota Daily reported attendees teared up as friends and family spoke of Tinsley.

University of Minnesota staff released to the Pioneer Press that Tinsley will be awarded his degree in business marketing and education posthumously.

Apple Deals With Second Lawsuit Over Siri

| No Comments

A new lawsuit has been filed against Apple on March 27 in California for its depiction of the capabilities of Siri.

David Jones, a iPhone 4S owner, filed suit against Apple over false and deceptive representation of the features that Siri provides in Apple's television commercials, reported AppleInsider.

Jones seeks financial relief and damages for himself and other iPhone 4S owners, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Starbucks Looking To Expand Chinese Market

| No Comments

The coffee giant Starbucks Corp. intends to triple the number of shops and employees by 2015 the company reported at the Boao Forum for Asia on Sunday.

MarketWatch reported that Starbucks Corp. plans to expand it's current 500 stores to over 1,500 over the next three years.

This announcement comes on the heels of news of the coffee market growing in China. Bloomberg News reported China's coffee shop market is forecast to surge 55 percent to $714 million in 2015, according to data from Euromonitor International.

Groupon Reports Lower Revenue In Q4

| No Comments

Revised financial results for Groupon Inc. released on Friday showed a $14.3 million decrease in revenue.

After the reassessment Groupon's quarterly revenue lowered by $14.3 billion, or about 4 cents per share, reported the Associated Press.

Groupon Inc. told the Chicago Tribune that it did not set aside enough money for customer refunds, causing the decrease in revenue.

Minnesota Corn Planting On Record Pace

| No Comments

Farmers in Minnesota show signs of planting a record acreage of corn this year.

Corn crops will cover an estimated 8.7 acres, which is up 7 percent from last year, reported The Startribune.

The Startribune also reported that the rise in the corn crop has lead to a 3 percent decrease in expected soybean acreage.

This shift in crop distribution has forced the expected acreage of spring wheat acres to fall 10 percent, reported The Pioneer Press.

Prairie Island Upgrade Under Discussion

| No Comments

A plan to upgrade the Prairie Island nuclear power facility has been stopped by Xcel Energy Inc. on Friday until the project in reassessed.

Forecasts of lower energy demands and the lower than expected cost of natural gas lead Xcel to have the project reevaluated by the state Public Utilities Commission.

The Pioneer Press reported that the benefit of the upgrade to customers has decreased from the originally proposed 164 megawatts of added capacity to 135 megawatts.

"The reason we are asking the question now is that we're at the point that if we were to continue, we would have to ramp up our spending," Laura McCarten, a vice president for Xcel's Minnesota regional operation, told the Startribune.

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from April 2012 listed from newest to oldest.

March 2012 is the previous archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.