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November 30, 2008

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.

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.

November 9, 2008

11/08/2008 National

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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.

October 19, 2008

10/19/08 National

An abducted 6-year-old boy in Las Vegas was returned safely to his fathers custody Sunday according to the New York Times and the USA Today.

Both articles covered the stories in a similar manner. Both mention that the boy had been abducted Wednesday from his mother’s home by two men posing as police officers. The boy’s maternal grandfather apparently stole a large amount of drug money from them and it is believed the boy was taken because of the grandfather’s connections.

The New York Times mentioned that the boy was found wandering on the sidewalk on Sunday morning, and it also covered the father’s reaction when he heard the news his son was found. The USA Today mentioned the father’s relief but didn’t use any direct quotes.

Both mention that the boy was unharmed.

October 5, 2008

10/05/08 National

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, many are missing and presumed dead in Galveston, Texas, according to the New York Times and the USA Today.

The New York Times put the number of missing at 34 with some presumed dead, while the USA Today said according to the Laura Recovery Center, 200 from Galveston are missing, with the number going up and down by the minute.

The USA Today then dedicated four or five paragraphs to four individual victims who have been found dead or are presumed dead. For all of them the article cited the last words of the victims to family members they contacted by phone.

The New York Times named a few of the victim’s but also told the story of people looking for family members and told the stories of some survivors. It also talked to rescue workers, who are going door to door searching the rubble for bodies.

September 21, 2008

9/21/2008

According to the Oregonian six children are in state custody after a raid on a ministry in Arkansas. The children are part of a child pornography investigation from the ministry run by Tony Alamo. Alamo said for girls having sex, "consent is puberty."

The USA Today stated that the church was also under investigation for child abuse, it also states that critics call the church a cult. It also cited Justin Miller, who was taken from the church in 1988 when he was 11 years old, "Miller told police that Alamo directed four men to strike him 140 times with a wooden paddle as punishment for a minor offense."

The Oregonian talked to Anthony Justin Lane, 34, who came from Texarkana to hear of news of his family after the raid. Lane said he was kicked out of the 10 years ago for asking too many questions, and has since been trying to subpoena his wife but has been unsuccessful in reuniting with her or his children.

The USA Today also focused more on the charges agains Alamo for tax evasion and other things he was accused of, while the Oregonian focused more on Lane's story.