November 11, 2007

Diversity blog

The Burlington Free Press ( said: Noor Bulle, a somali native talks about his dreams of playing soccer in America coming to life. The article does not report beyond the stereotype. They very much focus on race. Though, the tie with soccer is done tastefully, and effectively. The story includes no data, it is an interview and observational based piece.

Local Officer dies

The Star Tribune ( said: Mark Bedard died Friday after an accident on duty Nov. 1. Visitation and funeral services will be this week at the Basilica of St. Mary ( said: Minneapolis Park Police department offer died friday. Visitation is at 3 pm on Tuesday and the funeral is Wed. at 11 a.m.

The two articles were similar, but emphasized the mourning of the police department and their respect for the fallen officer.

November 4, 2007

Numbers blog

The NY Times: The Dings and Dents of Toyota (
"It might seem odd to suggest that a 70-year-old company is going through growing pains, especially one with $183 billion in annual sales" is the first use of numbers. The percentage is easy, informative and not overwhelming. The source of the number however is not listed.
"11,000 job cuts" is the next instance: The numbers again are very simple. The source is not listed.
"The company remains on track to achieve its 2010 goal of owning 15 percent of the global car market" is another example of number use. The article goes on to heavily use percentages. All of the numbers are used well. Not overwhelming, the reporter did a great job making data of the article easy to grasp. The sources of the numbers however are not listed completely.

October 28, 2007

Goodbye to 'Maxi'

Max McGee died Oct. 20th. The Star Tribune article ( did not follow the obituary format that we learned about. It did focuse on each element, just not in the same order. The article dedicated a lot of text to his role as a husband and a father, and focused on his Minnesota ties.

October 21, 2007

Infertility Gene

CBSNEWS.COM ( says that scientists have announced a possible genetic "cause of male infertility." the gene is called JHDM2A, the male mice without the gene had few mature sperm. Researchers are not moving from the mice to looking for mutations in infertility patients. ( said: A collaboration of researchers from UNC Chapel Hill and the Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology at the National Institute of Health have found a link between protein Jhdm2a and fertility. This gene specifically effects the DNA inside the sperm. It is specualted that if this gene is really linked to male infertility then drugs that stimulate or simulate the gene could help, and drugs that stop "Jhdm2a could be useful as a male birth control"

The CBS NEWS article was very short and very vague. The AC article was very detailed and extremely informative.

September 24, 2007

"Hotel guest facing felony charges in a crime most fowl"

The Star Tribune( A 26-year-old Denver man is in jail. He'll appear in court on Monday on suspicion of felony animal cruelty. He was staying at the Embassy Suites in St. Paul when he attacked a duck in the hotel lobby's pond at about 2:30 on Saturday morning. It is believed that there was alcohol involved. The man cornered one of the ducks and tore of it's head. The article finishes with a quote from the general counsel with the MN Federated Humane Societies "I think Embassy Suites needs to take another look at this and review how they keep ducks safe, or use fish like most hotels would use."
The Pioneer Press reports similar events. A 26-year-old Denver man named Scott D. Clark cornered a duck at the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Paul on Sat. morning and ripped its head off. Witnesses say he said "I'm hungry. I'm gonna eat it." Clark faces up to two years in jail and a $5000 fine.
The articles were very similar, almost identical. The major difference is that the Pioneer Press released the mans name where the Star Tribune refused to.

September 17, 2007

O.J. Simpson Arrested

Star Tribune ( states Simpsons arrest was Sunday on felony charges. "He was part of an armed group that burst into a Las Vegas hotel room and snatched memorabilia that documented his sports career." Simpson has been booked with the following charges: two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit burglary, and burglary with a firearm. Police had recovered two weapons from the scene. Simpson is looking at up to 30 years in prison. Simpson claims no guns were involved and that the momentos he took were stolen to begin with. Police said that they don't know that Simpson personally had a weapon.

The Pioneer Press ( reports on Simpsons denail of robbery claims. Simpson and others involved in the robbery had conflicting accounts as to what went on in the
Las Vegas hotel room. The Press states that no guns had been recovered and that the investigation is sitll unterway.

The Star Trib states that guns have been recovered, and the Press states that they have not. Both papers seemed to lean slightly towards Simpson's possible innocence, and stressed the fact that it is all still under investigation

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