November 2011 Archives

Clashes in Egypt bleed into second day

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Egyptian riot police in Cairo fired tear gas and rubber bullets at angry crowds Sunday in Tahrir Square in a scene reminiscent of the 18-day uprising that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, reported the Washington Post.

On Sunday, the second day of clashes, the crowds slowly grew larger throughout the day. By afternoon, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets intermittently as people chanted, "freedom." The wounded were rushed to the makeshift clinic on mopeds, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Economic Times, Yahya el-Sawi, a 21-year-old university student, said he was enraged by the sight of riot police beating up protesters already hurt in an earlier attack by the security forces.

"I did not support the sit-in at the beginning," el-Sawi said. "But when I saw this brutality I had to come back to be with my brothers."

The Economic Times reported the violence reflects the rising public anger over the slow pace of reforms and apparent attempts by Egypt's ruling generals to retain power over a future civilian government.

The Washington Post reported the target of this uprising is the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the de facto ruler of the country, which appears to be broadening and consolidating power, just eight days before the country's first post-revolt parliamentary elections.

"This is a war of freedom," said 19-year-old college student Sara Mohammed. "We didn't complete our revolution. We stayed 18 days and we got Mubarak out and we'll do it again."

Seattle Occupy protest marches on bridge, blocks traffic

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The Seattle Pi opens its story on a scene where rush hour was jammed in Seattle on Thursday evening as hundreds of Occupy Seattle and union protesters occupied University Bridge.

According to the Seattle Pi, at 4:30 p.m. there was a two-mile traffic backup in the University District, and on Capitol Hill there were backups on 10th Avenue East to Volunteer Park. Traffic overflowed to nearby bridges and created snarls around the University of Washington Medical Center.

The Seattle Pi reported that after 5:00 p.m., protesters were chanting: "The revolution has begun. Everything for everyone." Some started climbing the structure coming up from the bridge deck.

The protest on Thursday afternoon was said to be for higher education and jobs, and it was planned to coincide with other bridge occupations across the country.

Liam Wright, a 24-year-old Seattle Central Student, said the state budget crisis is actually the main holdup for education, according to Seattle Pi.

"We're saying to the world that education should be free," Wright said. "It should be run by the people and not corporations and capitalists."

Troops celebrate Thanksgiving in Iraq

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A chef cheerfully carves up a turkey for soldiers at the end of a buffet line during the camp's annual Thanksgiving meal, in a video produced by the Associated Press.

The Associated Press' video showed that the soldiers ate informally: some dressed in uniform and some in casual wear, such as their hometown's fire department T-shirts.

Turkey decorations sat on top of the rows of tables in the dining room. The room also contained large pictures of American city skylines hung on the walls, a simple touch to remind the soldiers of home.

U.S. soldiers at Camp Victory in Iraq celebrated Thanksgiving on Sunday. The traditional Thanksgiving lunch was served four days early because the camp was being closed in preparation for the troops' departure, according to the Associated Press.

"It feels great to be going back home to my family," one soldier (unidentified) said. "I'm a little sad to leave Iraq, because this is my fourth year that I've spent here, but my main home is with my family."

Changes in liquor laws help Minneapolis breweries

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The Star Tribune opened their story with a scene from Fulton Brewery's Minneapolis location, where the mayor and a line of people waited for the first sales of growlers direct from the brewery.

The growler sales were made possible 15 months ago, when Council Member Gary Schiff led the effort to change city ordinances so that small brewers could sell growlers themselves rather than through distributors, reported the Star Tribune.

"Drink up! You're brewing jobs," Mayor R.T. Rybak, hoisting a pint of ale, said to a crowd of more than 100 people who awaited the sale of the 64-ounce containers at Fulton Brewery.

According to the Star Tribune, the Minneapolis City Council voted 11-2 on Friday to overturn a previous restriction that prevented breweries from selling growlers within 300 feet of a place of worship. Diane Hofstede and Barbara Johnson opposed the change.

The Star Tribune also reported the City Council on Friday also voted 12-1 to loosen another liquor license restriction, allowing restaurants within 300 feet of a place of worship to gross up to 40 percent of sales from alcohol, rather than the previous 30 percent. They may not operate a bar.

This restriction change excites Rob Miller, the brewer behind Dangerous Man, who wants to open a microbrewery with a taproom near St. Cyril Church in northeast Minneapolis.

"We can live out our dream of opening a brewery in Minneapolis," Miller said.

One 8-year-old thinks far beyond his years

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In his first algebra class last year, Mani Chadaga slumped low in his front-row seat and pretended to read his new textbook intently, reported the Pioneer Press.

Soon, he was piping up with solutions to the teacher's questions and standing before his stumped classmates, explaining how he arrived at them.

"He literally taught the rest of them the entire problem," teacher Alex Ford said. "He could stand in front of a room full of eighth-graders and describe the solution to problems with poise and confidence and perfect mathematical reasoning."

The Pioneer Press reported within weeks of starting first grade, Mani had moved up to fourth-grade math. In the spring, he worked on the fifth-grade math textbook in the evenings. Over the summer, he tackled the sixth-grade textbook, at the rate of two to three hours at a time, seven days a week.

According to the Pioneer Press, Mani excels in other areas besides math. He has written about 100 sonnets, on nouns, soccer, his little sister, bad haircuts and a frog named Blep. He recently researched patent law on the Internet in preparation for upcoming inventions.

"There are so many possibilities," he said. "I haven't even found the mathematics I am the most interested in."

Air Force base dumped soldiers' war remains in landfill

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Officials at an Air Force base mortuary responsible for handling the remains of dead American soldiers dumped the ashes in a Virginia landfill without telling the relatives of fallen heroes, according to the NY Daily News.

From 2003 to 2008, the Dover Air Force Base mortuary disposed of portions of troops' remains by cremating them and dumping the ashes in a Virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burial at sea, reported the Washington Post.

"What happened at Dover AFB exceeds on many levels the nationwide anger that resulted from reports of mistreated wounded at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center," said Richard L. DeNoyer, the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "You only get one chance to return our fallen warriors to their families with all the dignity and respect they deserve from a grateful nation -- and that mortuary affairs unit failed."

According to the Washington Post, the Air Force disciplined three mortuary supervisors, a colonel who was in charge and two civilians, after an 18-month investigation, but has not fired any of them.

The NY Daily News reported that Air Force officials passed the blame of the sloppy undertaking on the high number of dead bodies arriving from overseas and other factors that made it difficult to carry out proper burials.

Gari-Lynn Smith's husband died in Iraq in 2006, and portions of his remains were dumped in the landfill.

"My only peace of mind in losing my husband was that he was taken to Dover and that he was handled with dignity, love, respect and honor," Smith said. "That was completely shattered for me when I was told that he was thrown in the trash."

Totino-Grace sends Prior Lake packing

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Three touchdown passes propelled the Totino-Grace Eagles to a 21-17 win over Prior Lake in the Class AAAAA quarterfinal Friday.

Totino-Grace standout Andy Moritko carried the team in the second half, intercepting a Prior Lake pass, hauling in a touchdown pass to tie the score and anchoring a defensive stand that forced a late Prior Lake field goal, reported the Star Tribune.

"As a senior, you feel you help carry the team," Moritko said. "It feels great to finally be at the top."

According to the Pioneer Press, Prior Lake pulled to within 21-17 with 4:54 remaining in regulation on a 19-yard field goal by Kirk Lair. The Lakers had to settle for a field goal after their drive stalled at Totino-Grace's 2-yard line.

"It's really tough right now," Lakers coach Matt Gegenheimer said. "We came a long way this season, and our guys played tough. We didn't make the plays when we needed to.''

The Burnsville boys cross country team took a disappointing second behind Stillwater at the Class AA state championship at St. Olaf College in Northfield last Saturday.

Stillwater took first with a total of 92 team points, followed by Burnsville with 115, and Edina with 129, the Burnsville Patch reported.

"To be honest, we thought we could win," Burnsville coach Jeff Webber said. "That was our expectation. And we were close."

Sun Newspapers reported there were several ways the Blaze could have made up the 23-point difference separating them from first-- the easiest might have been for its No. 5 runner to finish 32 seconds faster, which would have been a 24-place improvement.

According to the Burnsville Patch, Blaze senior Cole O'Brien supplied the team's best performance, finishing fifth with a 15:46.3 time in the 5-kilometer race.

"I think we can still train harder and run better," O'Brien said.

Georgetown defeats Savannah State 83-54

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Georgetown wins in its season opener for the first time in three years thanks to the career day of one senior who lead the Hoyas to a 83-54 victory over Savannah St. Saturday.

Henry Sims gave the most complete performance of his career, scoring 19 points for the Hoyas, surpassing his previous career high of 12 points, which also included six rebounds, five assists and three blocks, according to The Washington Times.

"I prepared a lot in the offseason," Sims said. "That's what happens when you work hard. You play hard and everything came off effort."

According to the Associated Press, Nate Lubick's eight points and five assists included the highlight of the afternoon: a no-look, behind-the-back pass along the baseline to Hollis Thompson to set up a three-point play that made it 49-31 with about 13 1/2 minutes remaining.

Savannah St. showed control of the game at one point, prompting Georgetown coach John Thompson III to call a timeout just 37 seconds into the second half.

However, the Associated Press reported, about three minutes later, it was the Tiger's coach who called a timeout after the Hoyas drained five baskets by five players, giving them a 44-29 edge, leading to the victory.

England rolled past reigning champion New Zealand in 28-6 victory Saturday at KC Stadium in the United Kingdom.

After Tom Briscoe's try and two goals by Kevin Sinfield, England went into halftime with an 8-0 lead and then scored first, four minutes after the restart, when Ryan Hall expertly grounded in the right corner, the NZherald reported.

"It was a real complete performance from them and they fully deserved the victory," New Zealand's coach Stephen Kearney said. "They were very, very good."

Kevin Sinfield was awarded man-of-the-match after kicking six goals from six attempts, according to BBC news.

With the win, England earned a spot in the final, which will be a rematch against the team that defeated them 36-20 in Wembly Stadium last weekend.

"We're really confident in what we're doing,'' England captain Jamie Peacock said. "We're getting more confident as the tournament progresses and we want to take another step up against Australia."

Renowned Mayo clinic urologist dies

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Dr. David C. Utz, an internationally recognized urologic surgeon who pioneered numerous surgical techniques, died Sunday, Oct. 30, at his winter home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 87.

According to the Star Tribune, Ronald Reagan was perhaps the most famous of Utz's patients. He led the surgical team at Mayo in 1987 that performed prostate surgery on the president and removed intestinal polyps.

According to, Dr. Utz was the author of 143 publications and 28 abstracts and editorials. He was invited to be a visiting professor at medical centers throughout the United States and around the world.

He was born Dec. 2, 1923, in Rochester, to Gilbert C. and Marion Hoy Utz of Rochester, reported.

He is survived by sons David C. Utz Jr. of Vail, Colo., Mark E. Utz of Rochester, Minn., and Jeffrey P. Utz of Chatham, N.J., daughter Mary U. Keating, of St. Cloud, brother Philip Utz, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester, with services held there at noon Saturday.

Facebook mentioned as cause for arson attack

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A Des Moines, Iowa, woman was arrested on suspicion of arson after she allegedly set an estranged friend's home on fire because of a Facebook dispute.

The early-morning fire broke out in the garage of Jim and Nikki Rasmussen, police and neighbors said, and led to the collapse of the garage roof.

"It was ablaze at 1 a.m," neighbor Dominic Formaro said. "It was just totally engulfed."

Jennifer Christine Harris, 30, of Des Moines, was arrested and charged with first-degree arson and is being held in the Polk County Jail on $100,000 bond, reported ABC News.

The Associated Press reported that Nikki Rasmussen and Harris had been the best of friends until a dispute erupted. Rasmussen says Harris said "horrible things" about Rasmussen and posted them on Facebook.

The Des Moines Register reported, however, that a police report mentions a "fake Facebook account."

Rasmussen told the Register that she and Harris' friendship dissolved when they argued while trying to plan a birthday party for Harris.

'Prairie Home' sound effects master Tom Keith dies

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Tom Keith, a longtime sound effects man for "A Prairie Home Companion" and cohost of Minnesota Public Radio's "The Morning Show," died of a heart attack on Sunday at his Woodbury home. He was 64.

Keith provided sound effects and voices for the nationally syndicated show, which is produced by Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, the Star Tribune reported.

The reported that Garrison Keillor, the host of "A Prairie Home Companion," said in a statement Monday that Keith died suddenly of a heart attack after collapsing at his home Sunday.

"He was serious about silliness and worked hard to get a moo exactly right and the cluck too, and the woof" Keillor said. "His whinny was amazing- noble, vunerable, articulate."

According to the Star Tribune, Keith had performed with Keillor since 1967, when Keillor hosted an early version of MPR's "The Morning Show." When Keillor moved to "A Prairie Home Companion" full time, Keith co-hosted "The Morning Show," appearing in his alter ego as Jim Ed Poole.

Thomas Alan Keith was born on Dec. 21, 1946, in West St. Paul. He is survived by his wife, Liu, and two brothers, Dave of Syracuse, N.Y., and Jeffery of Wilton, Wis.

Hungary Footballer Florian Albert dies

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Florian Albert, the legendary football player from Hungary who was elected European Footballer of the Year in 1967, died Monday at the age of 70.

Albert was born Sept. 15, 1941, in the village of Hercegszanto, near Hungary's frontier with Yugoslavia.

The Telegraph reported his mother died when he was two, and his father, a blacksmith, later moved the family to Budapest. There Florian quickly attracted the attention of one of the capital's two leading clubs, Ferencvaros.

According to ESPN, Albert played 537 matches for Ferencvaros, scoring 383 goals and winning four Hungarian championships. He also played 75 times for Hungary, tallying 31 goals.

The Telegraph also reported Albert retired in 1974, after never regaining his signature form following a broken leg in 1969. He then coached in Libya, but returned to Hungary and worked for Ferencvaros for the rest of his career.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Iren Barsony, and two children.

Andy Rooney dies at 92

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Andy Rooney, longtime television writer-producer and "60 Minutes" commentator, died Friday in a New York hospital following complications from surgery. He was 92.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Rooney joined "60 Minutes" in 1978 and created over 1,000 of his mini-essays for the program.

The Wall Street Journal also reports Rooney was born in Albany, N.Y., on Jan. 14, 1919, where he got his start in reporting as a copyboy for the Albany Knickerbocker News in his teens.

The reported Rooney talked on "60 Minutes" about what was in the news, and his opinions occasionally got him in trouble.

"I obviously have a knack for getting on paper what a lot of people have thought and didn't realize they thought," Rooney once said. "And they say, 'Hey, yeah!' And they like that."

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