November 2009 Archives



Analysis: When Death Visits a Popular Beauty Salon

                      Often, newsroom sends journalists who are more familiar with that group who can reflect on the coverage. The reporter of this story is assumed to be hispanic based on his name and the story is focused on hispanic group. In this case, journalist of color The story is about the death of popular beauty salon's owner, Joselin Castro.

                      University of Minnesota graduate student, Dina, who came from Gana said she thinks the reporter does not moves beyond the stereotype. Because the reporter portrays how Castro moved to United States and saying she was a hard worker, it seems it is very stereotypical type of the story. He used attributions from her clients from the past, which are all hispanic. The reporter also used an observation to set the mood of the story. He also used a lot of quotes while he was observing people around the beauty salon. The reporter captured heart-warming scenes of grieving people very well.



Nurse couple honored for saving man's life

                          A St. Paul couple were honored Monday for saving a man's life, receiving Chief's award from St.Paul Police Department.
                          The award is the highest honor given to non-sworn personnel in the department, said spokesman Sgt. Paul Schnell. Ryan and Amy Sportel received an award on Monday for their action, saving man's life on Aug. 27, reported the Star Tribune.
                          While caring for their 11-day-old baby, the couple helped a 60-year-old Terry Bushard, who had a heart attack while he was driving, which led to a car crash last August, reported the Pioneer Press.
                           According to the Star Tribune, Ryan and Amy Sportel, administered CPR to Bushard until paramedics arrived, Star Tribune reported.
                           Ryan Sportel, 34, works as a nurse anesthetist at the Fairview Red Wing Medical Center and Amy Sportel, 31, is a nurse in the intensive care unit at United Hospital in St. Paul.
                           St. Paul police chief John Harrington said, the couple's action was "quite truly was life-saving intervention. If it had not happened, another St. Paulite would have perished that day."

St. Paul Police arrested suspects based on video

                          St. Paul police arrested an adult and a juvenile based on recorded video, which was posted on YouTube about random muggings in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
                          Police watched the viral video of teenage group of boys attacking people on the street on the YouTube, which was removed on Tuesday afternoon. They had enough time to identify the suspects to file a search warrant on Wednesday, reported the CBS News.
                          According to police report, a 19-year-old was booked into Ramsey County jail and a 17-year-old was booked into juvenile detention center on Tuesday on suspicion of assault and robbery, reported the Star Tribune.
                          Minneapolis Police Chief, Tim Dolan said, "I'm hoping these things were staged... they are very concerning."
                          The concerning video presented the real names of the suspects and shows the action of groups taking turns saying, "Watch this," before hitting victims, running away while laughing.
                          Mohamed Abdi, 19, recorded the assaults with his digital camera, edited and uploaded by his labtop computer, Pioneer Press reported.

Senate Health Bill to Cost $894 billion


                            The U.S. Senate's health bill will cost $894 billion over 10 years, covering 31 million Americans without insurance, Senate majority leader, Harry Reid said on Wednesday.

                            The senior Senate Democratic leadership aide said the federal deficit will reduced to $127 billion over the next decade, while making changes to Medicare benefits, New York Times reported.

                            Reid presented the bill, which meets President Obama's requirement of the bill's cost, with his fellow Democrats at the meeting.

                            Senate's health bill proposal is broadly similar to the House Bill, but it differs in the tax aspect, such as, high-income people's Medicare payroll tax and high-cost health plans in the business companies.

                            Since Reid hoped the vote will be held before Thanksgiving break, the first vote could happen in weekend, reported the Associated Press.

                            According to Washington Post, Reid needs 60 votes in order to continue procedural motion to begin the formal debate. Ben Nelson of Nebraska released a written statement Wednesday saying he won't decide the vote because he needs to review the bill first to know the details.


Obama's China Visit


                               U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting China to discuss several issues, but China is saying no to most of the topics.

                               China's President Hu Jintao held news conference and said that China will not change its currency and human rights, reported the New York Times. They agreed to work together on issues involving climate and North Korea.

                                A China specialist at Cornell University, Eswar S. Prasad said, "China effectively stage-managed President Obama's public appearances, got him to make statements endorsing Chinese positions of political importance to them and effectively squelched discussions of contentious issues such as human rights and China's currency policy."

                                The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. finalized seven energy-related deals in Beijing, involving greenhouse gas-emissions and energy conservation.

                                 Obama brought up human rights issue involving religion freedom to Hu: "While we recognize that Tibet is part of the People's Republic of China, the United States supports the early resumption of dialogue between the Chinese government and representatives of the Dalai Lama to resolve any concerns and differences that the two sides may have."

                                 According to BBC News, Obama will visit Seoul on Thursday meting South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak.


Water found on moon


                            Scientists confirmed Friday there is a water on the moon, stating it is not a dead place.

                            "Indeed yes, we found water," Anthony Colaprete, the principal investigator of NASA said. "And we didn't find just a little bit. We found a significant amount," reported the New York Times.

                             The discovery of water on the moon is huge because it increases a chance that human can survive and live on the moon.

                             Anthony Colaprete, the chief scientist for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission said, "The moon is alive," reported the Chicago Tribune.

                             At Oct. 9, the satellite Lcross crashed into a crater near the Moon's south pole. The 5,600-miles-per-hour impact carved out a 100 feet wide hole and discovered approximately 25 gallons of water in the form of vapor and ice.

                             The $79 million Lcross mission was created to search for a water in June.

                             University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Gregory T. Delory said the discovery is "painting a really surprising new picture of the Moon; rather than a dead and unchanging world, it could be in fact a very dynamic and interesting one."




Analysis: New CDC estimates show what toll swine flu is taking in U.S.

            This article about swine flu uses numbers several ways in the story. The numbers are little overwhelming, because there are numbers in every paragraphs. However, there is really no other way to replace the numbers, because the purpose of the story was written to inform readers about the numbers related to swine flu. But, it would be nicer to include poll data for the story and more use of percent, rather than rough numbers.

            For the death and H1N1 infection case, total number and the range of sample were presented. Also, the percent was used in presenting the number of drug usage.

            The reporter used math to tell the story more effectively using percent to help understanding. The sources of those numbers came from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health agency, and pharmaceutical company. All the sources were listed clear and completly in the story.


Police investigates suspicious death in Minneapolis


                               Unidentifed man was found dead in Northern Minneapolis today morning, police is investigating the case under the suspicious circumstances.

                               According to the Pioneer Press, Emergency responders were called to help an unconscious man, but found him dead when they arrived.

                               The police found the man around 5 a.m. in the 1000 block of Lowry Avenue Northeast, Star Tribune reported.

                               Kristi Owens, neighbor said, "He was stabbed and they found him in the alley that they may have found the guy, I guess he had cuts all over him."

                               The cause of death or the identity has not yet been released by the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.

                               Minneapolis Police confirmed the death was a murder, but they are looking for suspects, reported the 5 Eyewitness News. Sgt. Jesse Garcia said, "Something like this is pretty unique, and I'm sure it surprised all the neighbors."



Obama will send envoy to North Korea


                            U.S. president Barack Obama will send a senior U.S. diplomat to North Korea for a direct talk before a year ends, officials confirmed on Tuesday.

                            The administration officials said the visit is aiming to restart the six-nation talks to end North Korea's nuclear program, Washington Post reported.

                            State Department spokesman P.J Crowley said, "After careful consideration and extensive consultation among our allies and partners, we have told North Korea that we are prepared for Ambassador Bosworth and a small interagency team to visit Pyongyang at an appropriate time not yet determined," reported the AFP.

                            The ABC News reported Obama administration is planning to start negotiation of its nuclear weapon.

                            Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said in October, "We may use some bilateral discussions to help get that process going."

                            The last six-nation talks was about Pyongyang's nuclear program, joined by U.S., China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and North Korea on December 2008.

                            Obama will visit South Korea on November 18 on his Asia trip.


St. Paul superintendent finalists narrowed to 3


                          The St. Paul school board narrowed down six superintendent candidates to three finalist after the interview on Saturday.

                          The finalists are Deborah Henton, 54, North Branch superintendent of schools, Charles Hopson, 51, deputy superintendent of the Portland, Ore., school district, and Valeria Silva, 48, district's chief academic officer, reported the Star Tribune.

                           The St. Paul Board members asked the same questions to candidates at public interview, such as, their views on diversity and dealing with the authority and board.

                           Silva, of Woodbury, had largest applause at the end of the question and answer session, Pioneer Press reported.

                           Mark Bezek, superintendent in Elk River Area Schools, Stan Mack, former superintendent in the Robbinsdale Area School District, and Nancy Stachel, chief of schools in SPPS has been eliminated.  

                           Ted Blaesing, who is assisting the search of the superintendent said, "I broke three hearts, and I had three others leap for joy."  



Snowfall in China kills 40 people


                            Heavy snowfall in north-central China killed 40 people, leaving 10,000 buildings to collapse on Saturday.

                            According to the Wall Street Journal, the snowfall was caused by heavy blizzard over the past week, which started at Monday. The government said more than 40 people died from traffic accidents and building collapses by the snowfall.

                            Chinese officials said snowfall destroyed about 500,000 acres of winter crops. More than 158,000 people were evacuated, being homeless, Telegraph News reported.

                            The China government is not fully prepared to deal with such heavy snow, out of supplies or workers to clean up the road.

                            Total economic losses from the distruction caused by the storms and snowfalls in northern China have been estimated around 4.5 billion yuan, which is U.S. $659 million.


Skater Kim Sets New World Record


                              South Korean skater Kim Yu-na set a new world record Saturday in the short program at Skate America ISU Grand Prix.

                              A 19-year-old Kim replaced her previous world record 76.12 points from world championships this year, with new record of 76.28 points, Korean Times reported.

                              Kim danced to 007 James Bond medley song using the movie-routine movement near perfection.

                              "I'm trying to do a clean program every time," Kim said after amazing the audiences. "It's not about the score. I don't want to think about the score," reported the Long Island Press.

                              American skater Rachael Flatt was second with 58.80 points, Hungarian skater Julia Sebestyen scored third with 58.54 points, Associated Press reported.

                              Kim's previous short program record of the season was 76.08 points at the Trophee Bompard in Paris.


Obama's review on Fort Hood shooting


                              U.S. President Barack Obama urged congress Saturday not to make the Fort Hood shooting a "political theatre," which left 13 people dead.  

                              Obama spoke on his weekly radio on an eight-day Asia trip, urged congress to "resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater,"  Associated Press reported.

                              According to Wall Street Journal, Obama said, "If there was a failure to take appropriate action before the shootings, there must be accountability." He stressed that U.S. have to evaluate the incident and make changes from it to prevent similar happening.

                              Lawmakers already announced and requested for their own investigations and Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif., said he wanted to go toward a separate tracks for the investigation from the House Armed Services Committee.

                              Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee is opening an investigation too, reported the Associated Press.

                              The Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan who is charged with killing 13 people in Fort Hood Army Base will be paralyzed from the waist down, his lawyer said, reported the New York Times.



Obama administration is willing to talk to North Korea


                                The Obama administration is willing to have bilateral talk with North Korea, the president's top adviser on Asia said on Friday.

                                President Barack Obama postponed his trip to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea, which was planned for departure on Wednesday, reported the Reuters. His advisers said North Korea's nuclear issue will be the major topic during his visit.

                                Jeffrey Bader, senior director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council said, "We are prepared to engage directly with the North Koreans."

                                The Korean Press reported Stephen Bosworth, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, will not take a trip to Pyongyang before Obama returns from his Asian trip, according to the U.S. official.

                                 Bosworth said on Thursday that the U.S. government will make a decision on his trip to Pyongyang within a few weeks.

                                 Bader said, "We are prepared to engage directly with the North Koreans."


Obama urges House to take an action


                                 President Barack Obama urged Democrats to "answer the call of history" on Saturday as the House pushed toward a vote on a health care bill which will guarantee all Americans for insurance coverage.

                                 Obama said, "I am absolutely confident that when I sign this bill in the Rose Garden, each and every one of you will be able to look back and say, 'This was my finest moment in politics,'" The Wall Street Journal reported.

                                 The House debated for months about passing the health care bill which will transform the nation's health insurance system, the New York Times reported. The issue of abortion has divided Democrats.

                                 The Miami Herald reported the House voted 242-192 to proceed with debate about the 10-year, $1.05 trillion legislation on Saturday morning.

                                 Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "we will pass health care reform," linking Social Security and Medicare system with the event, reported the Chicago Tribune.

                                 "This bill is change that the American people urgently need," Obama said. "This is their moment, this is our moment to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us - even when it's hard; especially when it's hard," The San Francisco Chronicle reported.




Analysis: Obituary

                            When death occurs unnaturally, such as Fort Hood mass shooting, it becomes a news story. But when it occurs naturally, reporter writes obituaries. Obituaries are longer than death notices, which also provides more history and detail about that person.

                            I will take a look at the obituary story, "Paul C. Zamecnik, Biologist Who Helped Discover an RNA Molecule, Dies at 96," from the New York Times for this analysis.

                            The lead have a standard obituary lead which starts with his name, stating identifying fact or characteristic, and ending with when and where the person died. This lead work because it is simple and includes all the essential information.

                            Obituary differs from the resume because it includes interviews with friends, colleagues, and family members. In this case, obituary was written in more professional angle, using quotes and paraphrasing his colleagues about  Zamecnik's work.

                            The basic facts were stated in this obituary; address, cause of death, and background information were listed in the classic New York Times formula.



Investigating Fort Hood Shooting


                               Authorities are investigating for a motive of the mass shooting which left more than 50 casualties at the largest U.S. military base in Fort Hood, Texas.

                               The New York Times reported the investigators concluded the attack is not seen as terror. According to the federal officials, the Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, looks like he acted out under a various stresses and pressurees.

                               The behavioral experts said Hasan may have suffered from emotional problems by working with veterans who returned from war with serious psychiatric problems, reported the New York Times.

                               Hasan struggled about what to tell fellow Muslim soldiers about the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking counsel from Islamic community leader Osman Danquah, The Chicago Tribune reported.

                               At the Fort Hood Army Base, 13 people were killed and 38 were wounded on Thursday due to the mass shooting, reported the CNN. Col. John Rossi, the post's deputy commander said the two guns used in the shooting were privately owned.

                               "I heard the yell and then I heard the shots fired. And when the initial shots were fired, I thought they were training you know," Corporal Nathan Hewitt, an Eyewitness of the shooting said. "See how quick people react and what people do to react," The CBS News reported.  

                               President Barack Obama said, "We do know is that our thoughts are with every one of the men and women who were injured at Fort Hood. Our thoughts are with all the families who've lost a loved one in this national tragedy," reported the Associated Press.

                               Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura visited Fort Hood on Friday night to meet the devastated military families, The Los Angeles Times reported.



A Teenage Boy injured in South Minneapolis, Died


                               A teenage boy died after he was found being stabbed in South Minneapolis on Saturday morning.

                              According to The 6 News, Minneapolis police found 17-year-old Tim Jackson, serious inujured, when they were responding to a robbery call around 1:40 a.m., near 28th Street East and Hiawatha Avenue South.

                              Police said Jakson was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died, The Pioneer Press reported.

                              Jackson was a member of the Red Lake Nation Tribe and Little Earth of United Tribes, which is an Indian Community in Minneapolis, where he lived with his family before moving out, The 6 News reported.  

                              Sgt. William Palmer said it is unclear whether victim was walking on the Greenway when he was injured, reported the Star Tribune.

                              Minneapolis police are asking the public for information on this homocide case, reported the Kare 11 News.


One St. Paul Soldier Died at Fort Hood Shooting


                               One St. Paul soldier and 12 other people were killed from shooting on Thursday at Fort Hood Army Base, Texas.

                               A 23-year-old Kham Xiong, specialist was shot by an Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who fired pistol to the soldiers who were lined up to get a flu shot and eye exam at the Soldier Readiness Center, Pioneer Press reported.

                               The massacre ended when the shooter was shot down by a policewoman, The MPR News reported.

                               According to 5 Eyewitness News, another soldier from St. Paul, 21-year-old reservist Keara Bono Torkelson was shot in her back.

                               The Pioneer Press reported the incidence as the worst mass killing ever on a U.S. military base: total of 13 people were killed and 30 were wounded.

                               "I could understand if he died in Afghanistan or Iraq, where they are under attack and going head-to-head with the enemy," Xiong's father, Chor Xiong said. "I don't know how I can explain it to his younger brother," The Star Tribune reported.

                                Kham Xiong is survived by his wife and three children; his parents; and 10 siblings, The Pioneer Press reported.



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