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November 30, 2008

International 11/30/08

And Indian terrorist group took over the Taj Mahal for three days according to the New York Times and the USA Today. The militants killed over 147 in an attack lasting from Thursday to Saturday.

The USA Today article focused on the groups ties to a Pakistani Terrorist group while the New York Times article focused about the summary of events and what happened.

Both articles mentioned the public dissent of the Indian police force. Citing the fact that the terrorist group had better training and better weapons than the police.

National 11/30/08

A Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by a crowd of over 2,000 in New York on Friday, according to the New York Times and CNN.

Jdimytai Damour, 34 was a temporary maintenance worker at Wal-Mart hired for the holiday season.

Over 2,000 people lined up outside the store waiting for the 5 a.m. opening. At about 4:55 a.m. the crowd grew restless, pressing against the sliding glass doors. The doors eventually shattered, along the crowd through. Damour was trying to hold the doors shut when they shattered, and was trampled by the crowd.

The CNN article also discussed the shooting of two people in the Toys “R� Us store in California. While the article didn’t link the two, it talked a great deal about the shooting.

The New York Times article focused exclusively on the Wal-Mart accident.

Local 11/30/08

A man in Brooklyn Park was shot by police Tuesday night according to the Star Tribune and the MN Sun.

The police were called by the man’s girlfriend, who said that the man, Eric Kirk Kolski was threatening her with a gun. The woman locked herself in the bathroom. After the police forced entry the man allegedly confronted the police officers and two officers shot him an unknown number of times. He was declared dead at the scene.

The officers both without another officer-involved shooting on their record, were put on paid administrative leave, according to the Sun.

The Star Tribune article is slightly longer though not much more detailed. The articles are pretty similar in the information they provide and how they provide. It talked about the man’s record of three prior arrests for domestic assault. However, so did the Sun.

November 16, 2008

National 11/16/2008

Fires in California destroyed more than 500 homes this weekend according to the USA Today and the New York Times.
While the actual number varied between the two sources, it is clear that at least 500 homes went up in flames. According to the USA Today 80mph winds on Saturday fueled the fire and made it almost impossible for firefighters to get the flames under control.
The New York Times article focused exclusively on a mobile home park in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles. The mobile home park contained 500 homes and only 126 survived. The article focused a lot on the residents of the mobile home park and they’re reactions. It also mentioned that police sealed the park, citing that it is a potential crime scene and that they’re investigating possible arson.
The USA Today article focused on a larger area, although it mentioned the mobile home park in the article. The article is made up almost exclusively of people’s reactions. It cites people from all parts of the affected area. It also said the count of destroyed home is up to 800. There were also two typos. Shame on them.

Local 11/16/08

A 13 year-old-girl allegedly stabbed another student at a St. Paul middle school Wednesday according to the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.
The girl, according to the Pioneer Press attacked a boy who was her ex during passing time at 12:35pm. The boy was not seriously injured and needed only stitches for a wound in his chest and another in his arm. Another student who tried to intervene suffered a minor cut on the finger.
The Star Tribune had a very short article. It basically said that the girl stabbed the boy was still in custody and that the boy suffered only minor injuries. It then said that a county spokesman said no further details were being released because of the suspects age.
The Pioneer Press article, despite being published a day earlier, is much more detailed. It delves into the fact that the boy and girl used to date and the school was dealing with verbal conflicts between the two prior to the stabbing.
It also talked about the school’s reaction to the stabbing, saying that the girl was suspended and there is a mandatory referral for expulsion. It also mentioned a letter sent home to parents by the principal and a previously recorded phone message.

November 9, 2008

11/08/2008 International


20 people died and 21 more were injured in an accident on a Russian submarine in the Sea of Japan on Saturday according to the New York Times and the USA Today.

The USA Today article focused on the cause of the accident. Apparently the fire safety system mistakenly went off, releasing the gas Freon into the air which caused the suffocation of 17 civilians and 3 seamen on board.

The New York Times Article discusses briefly what happened and talks about the casualties.

11/08/2008 National


An 8-year-old boy shot his father and another man in Arizona Wednesday according to the New York Times and the USA Today.

The USA Today article talks about the circumstances of the crime and events leading up to it. It talks about how the boy’s father Vincent Romero talk to their priest about teaching the boy how to shoot a gun. According to the article the boy shot the two men after what clearly was premeditation. According to Arizona law anyone 8 or over can be charged with murder. The article mentions that police are looking into possible abuse of the child but that no instances were reported.

The New York Times article focused mainly on the community’s reaction to the crime. The town of St. Johns Arizona with 4,000 people. It also talked about how the boy was likely abused. It also strangely referred to everyone as Mr. and Ms.

11/09/2008 Local


The recount of the ballots to determine the winner between Coleman and Franken will happen according to the Star Tribune and http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2008/11/05/4405/senate_recount_be_patient.

MinnPost has a medium length article that talks in detail about the process of the recount. Stating that each of the 3 million ballots have to be looked over for marking errors that would cause them to not be counted by the machines. Then representatives from both sides get to look at the ballots and are aloud to challenge individual ballots. The challenged ballots then go up for review and are decided upon by officials. The article makes clear that a decision won’t be made until well into 2009.

The Star Tribune has a short article talking about all the statewide elections that will require a recount. Four in all. It then quickly discusses the process of decided that a recount will occur, having to do with having a less than a half a percentage point of discrepancy.