April 2010 Archives

Analysis: Records/CAR

I chose to do an analysis on the recommended site. I chose an article about violations of the Clean-Air-Act in Indiana. The article references two other articles posted by the journalgazette.net.
The main points of the article were provided by the reporting done in the other two articles referenced.
I don't think this kind of reporting requires very advanced computer skills. Specific navigation of a basic search engine would bring you to publications that could supplement your article.
Probably the most important aspect of searching these articles is the ability to recognize legitimate sources from illegitimate sources. IRE would be a trusted source because it holds an esteemed reputation for quality investigative journalism.

16-year-old killed in a 2-car crash.

16-year-old Deanna M. Anderson of Onamia is dead after she was broadsided by an SUV Saturday, Kare 11 News said.

Anderson pulled in front of the SUV at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 27 in Mille Lacs County, Kare 11 said.

According to police alcohol was detected on Anderson and her mother, who was a passenger, WCCO News reported.

WCCO reported Danielle Berger, 6, and Denise Anderson, 10, of Onamia, both passengers in Anderson's car, being treated for injuries and released at the scene.

The SUV, a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, was southbound on Highway 169 when Anderson's Chevrolet Lumina pulled out in front of it, after being stopped at a stop sign. The Jeep struck Anderson's car broadside, killing her, WCCO News said.

Douglas Hodgeman, 47, of Coon Rapids, the driver of the Jeep, was treated and released at the scene as well, Kare 11 said.

Six die in car crash allegedly involving alcohol.

A head-on collision west of Cambridge killed four young people in a car smelling of alcohol and also left two dead in a SUV Sunday, the State Patrol told the Star Tribune.

The car smelling of alcohol was driven by a 16-year-old girl from Isanti. The Patrol told the Tribune she had gotten her license less than three weeks ago. She has been hospitalized at Hennipin County Medical Center.

The conditions of her new license state that she was not allowed to drive after midnight and could only drive one other minor passenger in her vehicle, WCCO said.

The girl was identified in the Tribune by relative as Sabrina Schumacher. Schumacher could be faced with criminal charges.

Kelsee Blackledge, 15, Stephen Kendryna, 16, Travis Buchan, 17, and Travis Gryczkowski, 21, were killed in Schumacher's car. Authorities don't think any of the passengers were wearing seat-belts, according to WCCO News.

The two people in the SUV were also killed. Their names have not been released. The SUV burst into flames after the crash and severely burned both occupants, the Patrol told WCCO.

This accident brings the total to 11 Minnesotans killed in crashes since Monday, the Tribune said.

President Obama eulogized the 29 victims of the mine explosion near Upper Big Branch Mine Sunday, the Wall Street Journal said.

The President spoke to the families of the victims, along with Vice President Joe Biden, and West Virginia's two senators, the New York Times said.

The president spoke in front of a black-draped curtain full of photos of the 29 lost miners. Obama spoke to the grieving families, assuring them that the cause of the explosion would be investigated, the Times reported.

It was called a "Healing Convention," the Times said. Though the wounds of the deaths were deep and still fresh.

"These miners lived, as they died, in pursuit of the American dream," Obama said, describing the men's daily five-mile journey into the mine where they died on April 5, the Journal reported.

Obama spoke in a state that is not very supportive of his policies. Though Devon Toney, a coal-hauling train engineer, told the Journal that he was impressed with the presidents comments.

"We don't know what happened yet," Toney said. "But hopefully it won't happen again."

Clashes in Sudan leave more than 50 dead.

Tribes in Darfur claim that 55 of their tribesmen have been killed as a result of an attack by southern Sudanese, the BBC reported.

The killings are making matters more tense in the northern boarders, officials told the New York Times.

"I can't tell you who attacked who first," Muhammad Eissa Aliu, a leader of the Arab Rizeigat tribe in South Darfur, said. "It happened on Friday and those killed from the Rizeigat were 58, and 85 injured."

Aliu told the Times that his tribe fought with the south's Sudan People's Liberation Army.

Southern Sudan accused the northern government of the assault Sunday. The BBC claims it is the worst violence reported since Sudan's poll on 11-15 April.

Clashing are frequent enough over grazing rights and water points, a BBC correspondent said.

Other than the dead, at least 85 tribesmen were wounded, Aliou told the BBC.

Pope pledges to better protect youth in church.

On his visit to Valletta, Malta Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of clerical sex-abuse victims promising them that the Catholic Church would seek justice for pedophile priests and work to protect young people from abuse Sunday, CBC news reported.

The victims, who were in their 30s and 40s met with the pontiff and prayed together and discussed ways in which the church could protect the youth, CBC said.

The vatican has no details on exactly how they plan on implementing security measures into the church, Kare 11 said.

"Everybody was crying," Joseph Magro, 38, told Associated Press, in Kare 11. "I told him my name was Joseph, and he had tears in his eyes."

Toyota agrees to pay $16.4 million fine.

Toyota is expected to pay millions in as punishment for concealing documents referring to the pedal recall, the New York Times reported.

This is the largest government penalty to be given to automaker, because of a four month delay in telling the government about the sticking brake problem, Kare 11 News said.

A Transportation Department official said Sunday that legal documents were being drafted, and Toyota executives were expected to sign them first thing Monday, the Times said.

The Transportation official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity, Kare 11 said.

The official said Toyota did not intend to accept liability explicitly initially. But from the federal viewpoint the agreement to pay the fine was like accepting responsibility for hiding the defect from the law, Kare 11 said.

Airlines urge Europe to re-evaluate flight can in England.

EU transport ministers are urging Europe to ease travel restrictions after flights were cancelled for the fourth day, the BBC said.

"We cannot just wait until this ash cloud dissipates," EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said in the BBC.

Airlines said that Europe was overacting to the debris in the air caused by the volcano in Iceland, the New York Times reported.

Airlines said that Europe should not be relying on incomplete computer data models but instead on the real-world safety tests in the air above Europe, the Times said.

European transit monitors agreed to meet in Brussels Monday to re-evaluate how and when planes will be allowed to fly again, the BBC said.

Body found in Crow River.

The McLeod County Sheriff's Department for the body of a man who fell in the Crow River Tuesday, Kare 11 News said.

Jeffrey Degn, 37, was recovered after police received a call of a red jacket floating in the river Sunday, the Star Tribune said.

According to a witness, Degn slipped on some rocks near the damn on Main Street in Hutchinson Tuesday and was carried away by the river, Kare11 said.

McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann said cadaver dogs were used Wednesday to try to find the body along the river, the Star Tribune said.

Couple found dead in Columbia Heights.

A married couple was found dead in a murder-suicide in the middle of the day Saturday the Kare 11 News.

Soon after hearing gunshots a Columbia Heights police officer went to Asia Chow Mein, 4905 Central Av. NE, and found the two bodies dead in the parking lot, the Star Tribune reported.

"It does appear at this time that this was a murder-suicide," Columbia Heights Police Chief Scott Nadeau said, in the Tribune.

The two bodies were found in the parking lot, covered in white sheets. There was a gun lying next to the man on the ground and a white car with an open door about 20 feet away, Kare 11 News reported.

Analysis: Numbers

I read a science story in the New York Times about active volcanoes on Venus.
The first thing I noticed, is that it was difficult to find articles that used numbers in three different ways. There were so many articles I found that explained numerical or quantitative expressions with adjective instead of number values.

I noticed that unless it was absolutely necessary, many articles avoiding numbers all together. This seemed to make the article more vague in general, but more comprehensive to the average reader. When I read about Venus and pressure, temperature, and atmospheric change it became much more difficult for me to picture the qualitative difference in my mind.

Though, it was obvious that the author was trying to make the science of the story more comprehensive, he rounded up temperatures and used imagery to relate ideas that may have other wise been difficult to grasp or imagine.

Since the story was about a new discovery on another planet, I think anyone who is not a physicist would have to think a little bit harder to understand all the points the author makes. The good thing is the author accounts for that a does make the article as accessible as possible. Along with that, the sources for this information are advanced science institutes, so I'm sure 'translating' what they say is a task in and of its self. Words like plate tectonics and continental shifts can not really be described any other way. That aspect alone, plus numbers, temperatures and pressures would make any article difficult to simplify. I think the author does a good job though, for sure.

Debbie Porterfield, 42, of Lino Lakes died after being pulled out of her SUV that landed in Hugo Pond, the Star Tribune reported.

Sheriff's deputies were called to Oneka Parkway and Frenchman Road in Hugo at 1:30 p.m., the Tribune said.

Witnesses tried in vain to save Porterfield before emergency personal arrived, WCCO reported.

Washington County divers rescued Porterfield after breaking the window of her submerged SUV and pulling her out. Porterfield died that night at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, the Tribune said.

Woman survives collision with train.

A New York Mills woman was driving on the train tracks when the train came and hit her from behind, the Star Tribune said.

The 28-year-old woman was driving alone at approximately 4:30 a.m. near Wadena Saturday when she was hit by a train from behind, WCCO reported.

Firefighters had to extract her from the car, though she did not appear to be seriously hurt. She was brought to the hospital where she was later released, the Tribune said.

The Daily Journal of Fergus Falls reported to WCCO that the train crew had tried to stop the train, and sounded the horn to alert the driver, but they could not stop.

Ron Paul told Republican tea party activists that President Obama was not a socialist at the Republican National Committee in New Orleans, NOLA reported.

Ron Paul, who was well received at the weekend convention, told Republicans that it was a mistake to call the president a socialist. The term used was corporatist, Paul said, someone who lets corporations control the country, the Wall Street Journal said.

"In the technical sense, in the economic definition, he is not a socialist," Paul said to a smattering crowd.

Paul also caused some tension in the crowd when he placed equal responsibility on the Republicans as the Democrats for the current economic crisis, NOLA said.

Though Paul often deviates from traditional party views, Texans voted for him to win the Conservative Political Action Conference's straw poll in February with a hefty 31% of the vote, NOLA said.

A letter obtained by the Associated Press written by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said that a pedophile priest in California should not be defrocked immediately for his child abuse until further investigation had been done, the BBC said.

Allegations are being held against Pope Benedict based on a letter he wrote in 1985 delaying church action against the Rev. Stephen Kiesle, the BBC said.

In the letter, the pontiff said more time was necessary to investigate the priest's case, and delayed the priest's defrocking, in consideration of the "good of the universal church," the New York Times said.

Attorney Jeffrey Lena said the future pope urged the bishop of the diocese to make sure Kiesle had as much "paternal care" are possible, referring to the bishops responsibility to make sure the priest did not abuse again, the Times said.

To date, there are no known cases of abuse by Kiesle from 1981, when the diocese recommended him to be laicized, to 1987 when Kiesle was defrocked, Lena said in the New York Times.

A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said the letter shows no attempt of the pope trying to cover-up abuse, but rather the need to have the cases reviewed more carefully and in detail, the New York Times reported.

On Friday, Catholic dioceses all over the world were urged by the Vatican to comply with police investigations of abuse cases of priests, the BBC said.

Analysis: Diversity

I read a piece in the New York Times about a Jewish community in China. I know absolutely nothing about Jews in China, so I can't say I had any stereotypes. But I did think that the article protrayed the abstractness of the 'enclave'.

I think the most interesting part about the article is that no one would expect there to be an established Jewish community in China other than as a result of World War II. The article did a good job in explaining this by addressing that the community was not every well know. Most jewish tours did not even go to the Kaifeng.

The article talked about how the citizens of Kaifeng have lost their direct Jewish identity as a result of assimilation and Christian missionaries.

I liked the way the article wove a history of the Jewish community, where it came from and where it is now through the quotes of the people interviewed. One of the people interviewed was Ms. Guo (not her full name). She said that she grew up being told she was a Jew, and avoided pork without really knowing why.

I think her quotes particularly show the obscurity of the community, which I think is an important angle of the story.

In Shanxi, China 13 miners were said to have been rescued of the 150 who have been trapped in a flooded mine for the past week, the BBC said.

Though 13 have been rescued, some 140 miners are still trapped in the shaft. The situation may be the worst mining disaster in two years, the New York Times said.

The miners were trapped after knocking down the wall of an abandoned shaft filled with water, the BBC reported.

Some 3,000 people had been working around the clock to pump water out the shaft, lowering the level by 11 feet. The trapped miners did not drink the water because they were scared it had been contaminated by the shaft floor, the Times said.

The first surviver was said to have been pulled out early Monday morning. The rescued workers had their eyes covered to protect themselves from light after having been in darkness for the last week, the BBC said.

Their vitals were normal, given their condition, the Xinhua news agency told the BBC.

Thousands of people were at the mining shaft keeping vigil for their fellow trapped citizens; lowering glucose, water, pen, paper, and written letters into the mine, the Times reported.

Southern California struck by 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

An earthquake struck Baja California and western Mexico Sunday afternoon shaking buildings and causing minor damage to others, the BBC said.

The L.A. firemen responded to multiple people stuck in lifts. There have been no reports of missing or dead people, the BBC reported.

The US Geographical Survey said the quake was the largest to hit the area since 1992, according to the BBC.

The quake, that hit around 3:30 p.m., lasted over a minute in parts of southern California. It was centered 16 miles south of Guadalupe Victoria in Baja California, Mexico, the New YorkTimes said.

Carlton Hargrave, 64, was in his restaurant in a California border town when the quake hit. It was "almost completely destroyed." Hargrave said in a telephone interview in the Times.

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