April 8, 2007

Guantanamo detainees persist in hunger strike

pioneer press
star tribune

A long-term hunger strike is underway at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with more than a dozen prisoners subjecting themselves to daily force-feeding to protest their treatment, military officials and lawyers for the detainees said. Thirteen detainees are now on hunger strikes, the largest number to endure the force-feeding regimen on an extended basis since early 2006, when the military broke a long-running strike with a new policy of strapping prisoners into restraint chairs while they are fed by plastic tubes inserted through their nostrils.

Florida sex offenders live under a bridge

star tribune
pioneer press

Because an ordinance intended to keep predators away from children made it nearly impossible for them to find housing, five convicted sex offenders are living under a highway bridge with the state's grudging approval. The five men under the Julia Tuttle Causeway are the only known sex offenders authorized to live outdoors in Florida, said state Corrections Department spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger. The conditions are a consequence of laws passed here and elsewhere around the country to bar sex offenders from living near schools, parks and other places children gather. The Pioneer Press did not give the story that much coverage, but the Tribune ran a really long article, with quotes fromt he men who live under the bridge and various peopl from Florida talking about the situation.

April 1, 2007

North Carolina Police Officers killed responding to call

star tribune
pioneer press

Two police officers shot during a struggle with a suspect outside an apartment complex died early Sunday, and a suspect was charged with murder, authorities said. Sean Clark, 34, and Jeffrey Shelton, 35, were responding to a disturbance call at the apartment complex in Charlotte late Saturday. They were shot in the parking lot, and both died at a hospital, according to police. The officers were both married and one of them was expecting a child. Both stories were reported about the same by the papers.

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.

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.

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.

February 25, 2007

Slavery ties Sharpton to Thurmond

Star Tribune
Pioneer Press
Al SHarpton has found out that his ancestor was a slave to Sen. Thurmond. Thurmond was a senator who fought for segregation and once ran a filibuster on a civil rights bill. It was discovered after a reporter asked Sharpton if a group of geneologists could try and figure out who his ancestors were. The stories are pretty similar in both articles, however the Pioneer Press continues with more information about how Sen. Thurmond had relaxed his views on segregation later in his life. Both included a stoy about how the two had met in the 1990's and how it was "awkward" for Sharpton because he knew Thurmond's beliefs and what he had done in his life.

February 11, 2007

Harvard names first woman president

The Washington Post reported that Harvard has named its first woman president. Drew Gilpin Faust, 59, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study will be appointed as soon as this weekend. She is a historian on the American South, and will be the first woman president since the school's beginnings in 1636.
The Star Tribune also covered this story,, but focused more on who Faust was replacing. It wrote about how the previous president had made some remarks about women, and how lengthy and secretive the process of naming the new president was.

January 26, 2007

President Bush Delivers State of the Union

President Bush delivered the State of the Union on Wednesday.
The major points he talked about were to his Iraq strategy and trying to convince congress to give his strategy a chance, and also issues like global warming according to the Star Tribune article at The Star Tribune article focused a lot on the issues that Bush talked about and how different members of congress reacted to the speech. Barack Obama went on the Morning Show the following day and voiced their opposition to Bush's plans.
The Washington Post reported a story on the State of the Union in a different way. This article writes about how Bush has lost his ability to be confident in office, and how he looks much more tired and older than in previous years. Friends and associates of Bush are quoted telling how tired he looks now.
The lead in the Star Tribune article was very informative telling the facts of what occured and how congress reacted to Bush's speech.