January 2012 Archives

First Starbucks to open in India this year

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Starbucks Coffee said Monday that it will open its first store in India through a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages by this upcoming September, according to the New York Times.

A senior executive at Tata Global Beverages said at a news conference that there could be 50 stores set up by the end of the year, and potentially 3000 locations in the future.

According to the Washington Post, the stores will be unusually co-branded: "Starbucks Coffee: A Tata Alliance." A tea will also be developed by the companies for the Indian market under the Tato Tazo brand.

The introduction of this merger into the flourishing Indian coffee house industry will create competition for existing ventures such as Cafe Coffee Day, Lavazza, and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, according to the Times.

John Culver, president of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, said that Starbucks would not directly compete with Indian coffee chains because it would sell premium food, tea, and coffee in its Indian stores. According to the Times, a small cappuccino from Cafe Coffee Day typically costs $1, which is significantly less than Western coffee prices.

K. Ramarkrishnan, president of marketing for Cafe Coffee Day, said the company hopes to "learn a few things" from Starbucks.

Analysis: Leads (Man hurt outside bar by a hug)

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In the Chicago Tribune article regarding a man who was stabbed outside of a bar in Chicago, the lead definitely hit some of the key points that are necessary to have. First of all, it led with the who (a 24-year old man). Second, it got the what (he was hospitalized after being stabbed by a man who was seemingly going to give the man a hug). Third, it got the when (early in the morning). Finally, it got the where (outside of a Wrigelyville dance bar).

Overall, the lead seems to be somewhat detailed. Parts of the lead weren't horribly specific, for example the who and the when. Parts of it were more detailed, like the what, which in this case, really needs to be specific because it is so strange. But, at the same time, if the lead were not as specific, less straightforward, it could potentially make the article and topic even more interesting.

'Barefoot Bandit' receives federal prison sentence

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Colton Harris-Moore, formerly known as the "Barefoot Bandit" was sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison on Friday, according to the New York Times.

Harris-Moore, 20, had embarked on a two year cross-country crime spree that involved the theft of airplanes, boats, guns, and money before he was arrested in 2010. The spree stretched all the way from Washington state to the Bahamas where he was captured.

Last month, Harris-Moore had been sentenced to 7 years and 3 months on 33 charges charges in state court. The federal and state sentences will run concurrently.

Defense lawyers have said that Harris-Moore had been the victim of a terrible childhood filled with poverty, abuse, and neglect, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Prosecutors agreed to a lesser sentence of six and a half years due to his rough childhood, although the crimes resulted in $1.3 million in losses to victims.

St. Paul man charged with assault of wife and baby

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A St. Paul man has been charged with third-degree assault, malicious punishment of a child, and domestic assault after allegedly beating his wife when she refused to drink with him.

According to the Star Tribune, Tin Kyaw, 54, was arrested after a pest-control worker stopped by the residence for a routine check on Tuesday. Before he left, the worker was asked for help by the woman, who looked as if she had been assaulted. He immediately called 911.

The woman told police that Kyaw, who had been drinking, punched her and slammed her head on a wall because she had refused to drink with him. He also stepped on the 7-month old baby's head and threatened to crush it, according to the Pioneer Press.

Kyaw claimed, in a statement to police, that his wife had bit him, so he pushed her, which caused her to fall and hit her head. He also said his wife pulled on the baby when he was attempting to put him back in the crib.

The wife and son were taken to a shelter, and Kyaw has been ordered to have no contact with them.

UK police arrest 5 in Murdoch tabloid scandal

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Four current and former staff of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid, The Sun, and a policeman were arrested by British police as part of an investigation of the bribery of police officers by journalists on Saturday, according to the New York Times.

According to the Chicago Tribune, searches were also conducted at the homes of the arrested men as well as The Sun's London offices.

The arrests and searches are related to the investigation into the role of The Sun in the illegal news-gathering techniques that caused its sister newspaper, News of the World to be shut down. This wrongdoing, which includes cellphone voice mail hacking and the payment for information by journalists to the police, has resulted in 13 arrests of reporters, editors, executives, and others who worked for the paper.

Saturday's arrests include that of Graham Dudman, a former managing editor; Ferghus Shanahan, a former deputy editor; Mike Sullivan, current crime editor; Chris Pharo, current head of news; and a 29-year old policeman serving with the Met Police's Territorial Policing Command.

All five who were arrested were being questioned on suspicion of corruption.

Occupy protesters clash with Oakland police

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Three police officers were injured and about 200 people were arrested after a march by members of the Occupy movement in Oakland, Calif. turned violent on Saturday.

According to the New York Times, the confrontation began just before 3 p.m. when protesters marched to the vacant Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, and began to tear down construction barricades. This prompted officers to order the crowd to disperse.

The police stated that officers were struck with bottles, rocks, pipes, and burning flares thrown by the group. The officers responded with smoke, tear gas, and beanbag projectiles.

The group said it planned to utilize a vacant building as a "social center and a political hub", according to the Washington Post.

Some of the protesters also broke into City Hall which resulted in smashed glass, graffiti spray-painted walls, and a burned American flag.

Mayor Jean Quan personally inspected the damage and has requested a court order to keep Occupy protestors who have been arrested multiple times out of the city. Past demonstrations have cost the financially troubled city about $5 million.

Shooter in 2001 St. Paul slaying convicted

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Jerry Vang was convicted Monday in Ramsey County for the fatal shooting of teenager Kao "David" Vang following a heated dispute in 2001.

David Vang was only 15 when a 14-year old Jerry Vang shot him on their East Side block where their families lived on Aug. 7, 2001 after a verbal confrontation.

According to the Pioneer Press, Jerry Vang admitted to the shooting, but also claimed that he did not have another choice because he felt threatened and feared for his life.

Earlier in the case, Jerry Vang pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison, but the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 2010. The overturn was due partly to procedural errors by the district court, according to the Star Tribune.

The sentencing hearing for Jerry Vang is set for March 5, where he will face a life sentence with a possibility for parole in 30 years.

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