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March 25, 2007

Pizza boxes with wanted posters

Star Tribune

Customers at some suburban pizza parlors in Cincinnati are getting wanted posters for parents accused of failing to pay child support. The idea is from Cynthia Brown, executive director of the Butler County Child Enforcement Agency, while she was ordering pizza. Other Ohio counties put posters on their Web sites and work with local Crime Stoppers programs, and a few contract with companies that can track people through rental and cell phone records, according to the Ohio Child Support Directors Association. Brown said her agency tries to work with parents by trying to help them find work and seeks most payments through civil court.

Study ties day care, aggression

Pioneer Press
Star Tribune

A report from the largest and longest-running study of American child care has found that keeping a preschooler in a day-care center for a year or more slightly increased the likelihood that the child would become disruptive in class -- and that the effect persisted through the sixth grade. The numbers presented in the story follows as: Every year spent in such centers for at least 10 hours per week was associated with a 1 percent higher score on a standardized assessment of problem behaviors. Sort of a confusing way to show this number but it works for me.

15 British Servicemen detained

Star Tribune

15 British Serviceman are being detained in Iran since Friday. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the Britons were in Iraqi, not Iranian, waters and warning that Britain viewed their situation as "very serious." Rice commented on the situation saying that she believed the British account to be accurate. There is now legal proceedings underway that will decide the fate of the 15 men. Both papers printed the story pretty similarly, just some quotes here and there that were different.

Teen killed

Star Tribune
Pioneer Press

A 17-year-old teen was shot and killed in ST. ANthony on Wednesday. Few details have emerged about the late-night shooting in which Bryant O. Garroutte was killed. The suspect, a 16-year-old Twin Cities boy, has declined to speak with police without first consulting his attorney. The Tribune had a quote from the grandmother of the boy who was killed saying that it was an accident and that the other teen was like a member of their family.

Three killed in St. Paul

Pioneer Press
Star Tribune
Masked gunmen broke into a house in St. Paul on Friday. Killed were Brittany Kekadakis, 15, her mother, Maria McLay, 32, and McLay's 31-year-old boyfriend, who family members said was known as both Otahl Saunders and Otahl Webb. The suspects apparently left the children unharmed inside the house after they shot the others. Soon after the suspects were gone, the children ran to the nearby home of relatives to call 911. Both papers tell the story pretty simlarly while the pioneer press says that the motive was drugs and money while the tribune is more vague. Both papers do not tell to many details because it seems as though police do not know a lot about what happened yet. The suspects are still at large.

March 4, 2007

March in Selma

pioneer press
washington post
These articles covered the marches in Selma, Alabama. "More than a thousand people gathered Sunday to commemorate the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" voting rights march - and remarked how the original protest paved the way for modern-day candidates to break political barriers. With a marching band leading the way, participants retraced the steps to the bridge where marchers were beaten back by state troopers as they marched from Selma to Montgomery in support of opening polls to blacks across the South." The pioneer article focused more closely on the march in general, and all the history behind it while only breifly talking about Obama and Clinton attending. The Post article however, had their headline as "Clinton, Obama Link Selma March to Present", and wrote a lot more about these two peoples involvement.

Local papers win awards

star tribune
The Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Post-Bulletin of Rochester and the Pulse of the Twin Cities are winners of the 2006 Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards. Both stories did not really say what the awards meant, but only that they were in journalism. The winners will be honored at a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. April 23 at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus. The tribune's title was "2 Star Tribune editorial writers win awards". The Pioneer Press article was titled "Minneapolis / Local papers win Premack awards", which sort of shows how the story is being represented, but I also noticed that the Pioneer left the Star Tribune out of the lead, while including every other award winner.

Drinking water problems

star Tribune
These articles focus on the safety of drinking tap water throughout Minnesota. There has recently been the discovery of a new chemical created by 3M that has been found in the drinking water in Washington county. Officials are unsure of what the severity of this chemical really is. The articles both talk about the background of chemicals in the water and how chemicals are regulated in drinking water. The Pioneer Press article also goes into how chemical levels are tested on mice to see if they are safe or not.

Pakistan and United States

Star Tribune
Thess stories covered the current relations and conflicts between the United States and Pakistan. The Pioneer story focused on Pakistan reacting to American troops believing they have the authority to follow Taliban into the country. A spokesman for the Pakistani Army said "there is no authorization for hot pursuit into our territory." The Tribune article focused more on what an American intelligence committee said: "Pakistan must do more to stem Al-Qaida in its ungoverned territories amid growing signs that operatives plan a spring offensive against allied forces in Afghanistan." Both articles were somewhat short and really did not have much subsatntial factual information included.

NAACP head resigns

Star Tribune
Pioneer Press
The NAACP President, Bruce Gordon, is quitting after 19 months, he said Sunday. Gordon said that "growing strain with board members over the group's management style and future operations" was his reason for leaving the civil right organization. He said he will before before the month is over. Dennis Hayes, who is the general counsel of the Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is expected to serve as interim president, Gordon said. Hayes was also interim president after Kweisi Mfume resigned the presidency in 2004.
The Pioneer Press article was much more thorough in reporting this story. Their article was probably 3-4 times as long. There were a lot more quotes from different people. The Tribune article did summarize the important aspects of the story well though.