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February 18, 2007

Carbon Monoxide Leak in Shoreview

An article in the Star Tribune says that The Green Mill in Shoreview had a carbon monoxide leak, causing several guests to be hospitalized Saturday. People at a wedding reception next door at the Hampton Inn were hopsitalized as well; the number of people is unknown.

The Star Tribune also reports that the police were called after several guests complained of dizziness and nausea.

The Pioneer Press reports that the carbon monoxide leak is a result of a poor repair of a water heater, but the Green Mill was reopened today. This article says at least 12 guests and employees were hospitalized, but nobody was seriously injured.

Destiny Jackson

The Star Tribune reports that St. Paul parents admit they hid the truth about the cause of the death of their baby, Destiny Jackson, who was 15-months old when she died. The article explains that her 18-year-old mother, Maeve Clifford, first said the reason for Destiny's fractured skull was from falling off of a bed. The father, Beauford Jackson, took a polygraph test a few weeks ago and his response to the head fracture was different.

The Pioneer Press reports that Destiny died Tuesday, and the reports about her death from both the mother and father were lies. The article says Jackson was charged with unintentional second-degree murder for the death of his baby girl, and his bail was set at $750,000.

Robot in Search for Birds

The New York Times reports that the ivory-billed woodpecker was last spotted in 1944, but in 2004 there was a sighting of a bird with the same markings in Arkansas. A robot was created to search for this extinct bird, the Times reports. The robot is two video cameras pointing East and West and are situated in Arkansas where they hope to spot more of the ivory-billed woodpecker.

Telegraph.co.uk quotes the project leader, Ken Goldberg, saing "We're willing to run this camera for years, and we're prepared to accept it if we never see the bird. But if this robot out on the bayou manages to capture images of the ivory-bill, it would be a major discovery."

Britney Shaves Her Head

The New York Times reports that Britney Spears has shaved her head... she is now bald! The article says that Britney checked herself into a rehabilitation center but left 24 hours later. She then went to a salon in San Fernando Valley and shaved her head, and made her way to a tattoo parlor later to get a tattoo of lips on her wrist.

Ireland Online reports that a psychologist describes Britney's actions as "erratic and worrying and she needs help." The article says the owner of the salon that Britney shaved her hair off in tried to convince her not to shave it, but Britney was very adamant about it.

The Times quotes Cary Cooper, a psychology professor at Lancaster University saying "She’s obviously quite a disturbed girl at the moment. She doesn’t know who or what she is."

Explosion in McDonalds Injures Six

BBC News reports that an explosion in a St. Petersburg (Russia) McDonalds injured six people Saturday night. The injured were cut from the flying glass, but the cause of the isn't known yet.

BBC News says the reports are calling this explosion "hooliganism" rather than "terrorism." Some windows were broken but there was no fire. The report continues to say that explosions like this happen frequently in Russia, and there was a similar explosion at a St. Petersburg market last weekend.

The Herald Tribune reports that the explosion happened at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. It continues to report that some windows were blown out of the McDonalds building and that part of the ceiling collapsed.

The Herald Tribune also reports that Russian McDonalds have been targets of criminal gang disputes and terrorist attacks in the past.

February 12, 2007

Watchdog Group Files Complaint Against Church

NBC Online reports that a watchdog group has filed an Internal Revenue Service complaint against the Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, Minn., for engaging in illegal financial transactions. It goes on to report that this is the second time the watchdog group has reported a complaint against the church.

KARE11.com reports that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the name of the watchdog group, said that the church gave the pastor, Mac Hammond, deals that allowed him to purchase an airplane and then lease it back. The report goes on to say that the church also gave Hammond eight loans totaling $1.9 million at favorable rates and terms.

KARE11's report is structured into themed paragraphs. Each paragraph has its own theme, so when the new sentance starts it is clear that it is relating to the previous one. This is useful when referring to names a second time, as sometimes it is hard to remember whose name it is. The article ends by stating this is the second report on the church by the watchdog group, but isn't very concluding.

The NBC online report was very brief, only three paragraphs. The lead introduces the situation and each paragraph is also its own theme.



First Woman President at Harvard

The Washington Post reports that Drew Gilpin Faust has been elected as Harvard University's first female president. Faust, 59, is the first Harvard president who did not receive her undergraduate degree at the school since Charles Chauncy, who got his degree in England.

Times Online reports a different side of the story, saying that "An embarassed Harvard University yesterday appointed its first woman president in its 371-year history." It continues to report that Faust got her PHD from the University of Pennsylvania. The move to a woman as president seems to be a very large change that Harvard University is undergoing.



February 11, 2007

Mauer Signs a Four-Year Contract

USA Today reports that the Minnesota Twins and Joe Mauer agreed to a four-year contract worth at least $33 million. Mauer, only 23 years old, is one of the younger players on the Minnesota Twins' baseball team.

Seattle Post Intelligence quote the Twins' general manager Terry Ryan saying "We are pleased to have an agreement with one of Minnesota's brightest young stars."



Bird Flu Kills Another Indonesian

Playfuls Science and Technology reports that the 64th death from the Bird Flu occured in Indonesia. The BBC reported that the 20-year-old woman died one day after she was diagnosed with the Bird Flu. The report goes on to say that she had direct contact with infected chickens. Since 2005, there have been 64 deaths in Indonesia from the Bird Flu, which is more than anywhere else in the world.

The Irish Examiner reports that experts fear the Bird Flu could mutate into a form that can easily spread among humans, which could potentially kill millions. There have been 167 deaths worldwide caused by the Bird Flu since 2003.



Anna Nicole Smith is Dead

KFOXtv.com reports that the cause for the death of the former Playboy model, Anna Nicole Smith, may not be determined for another two to three weeks. It also reports that there are no signs that this death was drug-induced, and that it was probably from a natural cause, medications, or both.

The Herald Sun reports that, although the autopsy couldn't immediately determine the cause for her death, she was seen drinking heavily just a few days before her death. The bartender of the hotel she was at on the night of her death said he saw her taking back double shots just hours before she was found dead.



February 4, 2007

Waseca Killing

The Star Tribune reports that two members of a Waseca family were killed and one injured by an intruder in their home. The youngest son of the family was staying at a friend's house for the night and was informed in the morning of the deaths in his family. The killer, according to the reports, had no relation to the family.

The Pioneer Press reports that authorities found a truck that belongs to the person in question for killing the family members in a ditch outside the family's residence. His name has not yet been released.

The Star Tribune article says the whole town is devastated, and that they were a really great family.


Bird Flu in England

The Star Tribune reports that the H5N1 bird flu was found in turkeys at a poultry farm in England, when 2,500 turkeys died. The poultry farm is taking precautionary measures, and they will be slaughtering all 159,000 turkeys to contain the outbreak.

The New York Times reports that this is the biggest H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Britain since 2003. It also reports that this strain of the bird flu is transmitted from migrating birds into farm birds. Since 2003 there have been 164 deaths due to this strain of the bird flu.


Whooping Cranes Die in Storms

Eighteen endangered Wooping Cranes from Wisconsin were killed in the recent Florida storms, the Star Tribune reports. The cranes were led South from Wisconsin and kept at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

The cranes were led South by an aircraft to teach them the migration route to Florida. Both papers quote Joe Duff, co-founder of Operation Migration, saying that he thinks the cranes may have been electrocuted. He is disappointed about the effort they put into this project that was wasted by the storms.

The Star Tribune reports that the Whooping Crane was near extinction in 1941 when there were only 20 left.



It's Dangerously Cold Outside

All around Minnesota, winter activities are being canceled due to the sub-zero temperatures. The Star Tribune reports that temperatures were as low as -15 degrees in the Twin Cities this weekend. The Winter Carnival canceled its softball on ice, and Afton Alps canceled its downhill ski contest for Special Olympics Athletes. The Star Tribune attributes officials' discussion about whether or not to cancel the outdoor events due to the dangerously cold temperatures.

The Pioneer Press reports that the Torchlight Parade was canceled, and that the St. Paul Winter Carnival, which is self deemed as "the coolest celebration on Earth," is in speculation about canceling the events. This newspaper quotes various sources that want the activities to continue.


Art Teacher Accused of Molestation

An art teacher was arrested on the charge of molesting two female students in 2000, the Star Tribune reports. Baofeng Wang, 37, lived in the University of Minnesota housing and had the girls over separately to teach them art. Both of the girls were attributed in this article saying what he did to them.

The Pioneer Press reports that Wang was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct and was issued a warrant for his arrest. All of the information in this article was provided by the two girls who were molested by Want. Neither of the articles provided quotes; the information was all paraphrased.

Wang was arrested this week in Hainesville, Illinois, the Star Tribune reports.