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April 8, 2007

suspect shot by pregnant cashier

star tribune
pioneer press

A pregnant cashier on Saturday shot a woman who attempted to rob a Super USA convenience store in St. Paul. The suspect entered the store at 1198 Earl St. about 7 p.m. and threatened the cashier with what she said was a gun under a bag, said St. Paul police Sgt. John Wuorinen. The cashier, who also was watching her young child at the store, grabbed a pistol from behind the counter and shot the suspect in the upper body. The woman is being treated at an area hospital. The story was reported way more in depth from the Tribune. They had quotes from neighbors and customers, where the Press just had a short story with the basic facts.

Three Gophers Football Players Arrested

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pioneer press

The three University of Minnesota football players arrested in connection with the alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman last week at the players' apartment complex remained in the Hennepin County jail on Sunday. Hennepin County prosecutors have until noon Monday to charge or release them, although they still can be charged after being released. As of Saturday evening, the players had not been formally charged. They were held with bail set $100,000 each. The three were arrested Friday on suspicion of raping an 18-year-old student, who does not attend the U, university police said. Bothe articles covered all the essential information, while the Pioneer Press had a lot more information including quotes from family members of the players and people who knew them.

April 1, 2007

Twins announcer dies

Star Tribune
Pioneer Press

Herb Carneal, who began broadcasting for the Twins baseball team in 1962, died Sunday. He died of congestive heart failure at his home in Minnetonka, the team announced. He received the highest honor in baseball broadcasting in 1996 when he was named the recipient of the Ford C. Frick award. The tribune did a lot more coverage on this story where the pioneer press did more of a short obituary.

Missing boys found dead

pioneer press
star tribune

Two boys were found dead Sunday in a lake near their home on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. A volunteer search team found the bodies of the two young brothers encased in ice on the Red Lake Indian Reservation more than four months after they disappeared, authorities said. Tristan White, 4, and Avery Stately, 2, were reported missing Nov. 22 after they went out to play. The Red Lake reservation is the same place where 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed his grandfather and grandfather's companion on March 21, 2005, then went to the high school and killed seven more people, including a teacher and a security guard, before killing himself. The coverage from both news sources was similar. This ws coverage on diversity dur to the fact that it was on the reservation. There were not msny details and there wasn't much of a controversial issue so the story was fine.

March 25, 2007

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

Local papers win awards

star tribune
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/16829009.htm
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

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http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/16822197.htm
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.

February 25, 2007

Seven Dead from Crashes in Wisconsin

Star Tribune
Pioneer Press
Seven people have died from weather related crashes over the weekend. There were four crashes, the most tragic was the crash involving a minivan that slid into a snow plow. A mom, her daughter, and nephew died. Some of the crashes took place on 94 in St. Crouix County. Both the articles were pretty similar in giving about the same amount of information about each of the accidents, and relating them to the snowy weather at the time. The Tribune did write more details of all the incidents however.

Snow in Minnesota

Star Tribune
Pioneer Press
Both articles focused on the relatively large amount of snow that has fallen in the Twin Cities. The Tribune focused a lot on how travel wasn't advised and covered all the snow emegencies that were in effect all over Minnesota. The Pioneer Press article focused more on what was expected to happen with all the snow because it was written earlier than the Tribune article. The Pioneer Press was written when there wasn't as much snow on the ground as when the Tribune's article was written. So the Tribune writes more about what is happening with all the snow on the ground, while the Pioneer Press writes more about what to expect and what city officials are doing and why.

January 26, 2007

Tainted Water

The Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/16557265.htm, reported on a story concerning the discovery of a 15 plume of tainted underground water. The chemical which authorities have discovered is PFBA, or perfluorobutanoic acid. There have been discoveries of this acid before, once in Lake Elmo in 2002. 3M is known to manufacture the chemical, but officials are looking into where the problems may be. The article also wrote how the public is not reacting at all really. The Star Tribune did not report as in depth as the Pioneer Press article.

New Energy Focuses

In a Star Tribune article http://www.startribune.com/535/story/955670.html, writes about Minnesota's new focus of using wind as an alternative energy source. There are only three states which produce more wind energy than Minnesota, California, Texas, and Iowa. The article also mentions that president Bush did not really mention too much about the possibilities of wind energy in his energy plan.
The Pioneere Press also covered a story concerning the use of enegy, http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/business/16522110.htm, and this article writes about how many of the big energy companies are now agreeing to focus more on reducing emissions, mentioning that this is also correlating with the new congress.

State Pensions may be Short

In a Star Tribune article http://www.startribune.com/587/story/953355.html, it is reported that the state pensions may be short because a $4 billion deficit in a fund to pay retirees was not accounted for. The lack of money may affect former and future government employees who would be given money by the state pension. To account for this there might be a drop in services in certain areas.
The lead tells what the story is about pretty straight forward but I don't know if writing "The state has painted too rosy a picture of the condition of large government pension funds" works the best for me.