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April 30, 2007

Georgia Wildfire

All Headline News (http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7007191174) reports that a wildfire in Georgia could burn for another month. Residents of several rural homes in Georgia were forced to evacuate after spot fires ignited near a massive wildfire that has blazed for 14 days and devastated nearly 100 square miles of forest and swampland. It reports that the fire could keep burning for awhile.

The Washington Post reports that wind gusting to 15 mph and extreme drought conditions with no rain in the forecast mean the fire will continue to rage for at least another week. The fire started April 16 near the Okefenokee Swamp.

April 29, 2007

St. Cloud Soldier Comes Home


According to the Pioneer Press, 400 people and 217 motorcyles belonging to the patriot Guard Riders welcomed home Tony Larson as he arrived the St. Cloud Regional Aiprort from. He was injured 19 months ago by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

The Star Tribune reports that doctors had tried to save Larson's leg, but after it became infected, the bottom portion of it had to be amputated. Larson spent an extended stay recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Three Injured From Hibbing


According to the Star Tribune, three members of a Hibbing, Minn., family escaped serious injury when their plane crashed while it was attempting to land at the Amery airport on Saturday. Lawrence Stoffel, 64, his wife, Rowena Stoffel, 28, and their 6-year-old child were all taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Pioneer Press reports that the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. It also repors that Stoffel's single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area in rural Wisconsin.

71 Deaths in Baghdad


The Courier Mail reports that the death toll from the suicide bombing on Saturday has reached 71.
US command in Baghdad reported that fighting and roadside bombs has killed seven more American soldiers and two marines over two days of intense violence, bringing the month's toll to 91.

The Buffalo News reports that the car bomb tore through crowds of worshippers in the Shiite shrine city of karbala. Saturday’s Karbala bombing was the deadliest attack in Iraq since April 18, when 127 people were killed in a car bombing near the Sadriyah market in Baghdad — one of four bombings that killed a total of 183 people in the bloodiest day since a U.S.-Iraq security operation began in the capital more than 10 weeks earlier, it continues to report.

Three Killed in a Mall

The Turkish Press (http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=173704) reports that at least three people were killed at a Kansas City, Missouri mall when a gunman fired at them Sunday. A police officer was wounded after the shooting too. It also reports that the shopping center was shut down for the remainder of the day.

The Milwaukee Channel reports that the attack took place just before 4 p.m., and also that the gunman was shot to death inside the mall but authorities are not quite sure if he was killed by the police or not. (??).

It also reports that the voilence began Sunday afternoon when authorities went to a home to check on a woman whom relatives hadn't seen for days. The victim was apparently found dead and her car was missing.

April 22, 2007

This is Depressing

As I'm looking through the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press sites to find another story to write about, all I find is "man murdered in his yard;" "baby attacked by pit bull;" "boy shot to death on bus;" "car accident kills 45-year-old woman..."

After enduring a week of non-stop news coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre, the last thing I want to write about or read about is anoter fatal, depressing story. So, because I couldn't find any happy story happening in the local metro area, I decided to write about my own opinion:

It is obvious that tragic stories catch people's attention and have an impact, and beause these are all local stories, they have a proximity element to them. It just bothers me that as I'm trying to do an assignment and find one story, ONE, that doesn't deal with fatality, I am unsucessful. There are many great things going on around here, like Spring and the end of school (!!!!!!!) so why doesn't anybody write about that?!!

Anyway... that's all I have to say. I didn't feel like writing about another sad story so I thought I'd make a small story of my own. :D

Teen Shot on Metro Transit Bus

The Star Tribune reports that a 16-year-old boy from St. Paul was shot and killed on a Metro Transit bus in St. Paul Sunday. There was a dispute between people on the bus and the boy was shot in the chest. The authorities have yet to identify the victim.

The article reports that the suspect is identified as an African American male around 16 to 18 years old who was wearing a white tee shirt and dark, baggy pants.


The Pioneer Press reports the shooting happened when the bus was between Sibley Street and Fifth Street in St. Paul. It also reports that some passengers got off the bus and a man reached through the rear access door and fired his pistol.


Abortion Ban Upoholded

The Salinas Californian reports that justices upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban by a 5-4 vote on Wednesday. Womens activists, as the article explains, are upset that the government has a right to dictate women's right to choose, rather than their doctors.

On another side of the spectrum, others (pro-life activists) are celebrating the "huge victory" of the ban because it protects womens' health and sustains the the "sanctity of human life," as the article quotes.


The Boston Globe reports that the U.S. Supreme Court removed the the "partial-birth abortion" procedure from the list of options women and their doctors can choose from when faced with pregnancy issues.

The article explains that by making this decision, the Supreme Court is limiting the judgment to be made by the doctors for the well-being of their patients. Clearly the author of this article is pro-choice because it also states that passing a law like this will make women turn to illegal abortions and dancerous procedures.


13 Killed in a Suicide Attack

The Associated Press reports that two suicide car bombers attacked a police station in a residential area in Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 82! The article says that Iraqi police stations are a large target for attacks and the suicide bombers accuse the Iraqi police of betraying Iraq by working closely with the United States.


The International Herald Tribune (http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/04/22/africa/ME-GEN-Iraq-Security.php) reports that Iraq's suicide bombings cannot be stopped by new technology alone; it needs more than that, according to U.S. Army officers.

Army officials say that the only way the situation can be improved is if Iraq's soldiers, leaders, police and civilians come together and reach some sort of an agreement.

Blue Angel Crash

The Daily Press reports that a Navy Blue Angel pilot died Saturday at an air show in South Carolina when the elite aviators were coming together for their final formation. The pilot's name has not yet been released according to the article. His jet hit a pine tree, resulting in his death.

The article also reports that metal and plastic hit homes as far as 35 miles away from the location of the air show. The pilot has been a member of the team for two years and it was his first demonstration on Saturday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the cause of the crash is under investigation still and will be announced soon. It also reports that the last Blue Angels fatality happened in Georgia in 1999 when a jet crashed while trying to land during a show.



April 15, 2007

Willmar Soldier Dies

The Pioneer Press reports that Minesota's 50th soldier was killed in Iraq, ten days before he was expected to return to the states. Army Sgt. Joshua Schmidt died on Saturday- the cause of his death is not mentioned in the article.

The Star Tribune reports the cause of his death: a roadside bomb exploded, killing him. Schmidt had just spoken with his parents on the phone on Easter Sunday, one week before his death. He was very excited to come home to see his family and meet his wife in germany.


Griffin Arrested

The Star Tribune reports that the Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin was arrested Sunday in Minneapolis on the charge of one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He posted $50 bail and was released from the Hennepin County Jail at 4:45 a.m.

It also reports that Griffin had an altercation with staff members of the Spin nightclub- he was arrested for disorderly onduct and failing to obey police orders.

The Pioneer Press article about Griffin's arrest says that witnesses told KSTP-TV that Griffin was thrown out of the Spin for not pulling up his pants. The club has a dress code requiring that pants to not sag below the waist. The witnesses said Griffin got into an argument with the bouncers and police before being taken away.


Protest in St. Petersburg

The Moscow Times reports that police stopped an opposition march near Pushkin Square on Saturday, hurting and also detaining more than 100 people. One of those 100 people was the former chess champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparav declared the protest a success on Sunday and predicted that it would "pave the way for larger crowds in the future."

The report continues to say that Kasparov said the main success of the protest was that the march actually happened, meaning people were being involved in social activism.

The New York Times reports that many of the several hundred protesters were arrested for participating in the unauthorized march. It continues to report that the leader Kasparov was fined approximately $39 for his leading and participation in the march.


2016 Olympics

The Finanical Times reports that the decision has been made that Chicago will host the 2016 Olympics and plans to take out a $500 million insurance policy to avoid the need for public funds. It was between Chicago and Las Angeles to host the Olympics but Chicago won the nomination.

The LA Times reports that the board opted for the enthusiasm and fresh approach of Chicago over the "experienced" LA, which has hosted the Olympics before. The LA government is very disapointed but excited that the Olympics are being held in the US, the article continues.



NASA Pays Columbia Disaster Families

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that NASA gave $26.6 million to family members of the atronauts that died in the Columbia disaster in 2003.

The amount of money each family received has not yet been released, but the husband of Laurel Clark said that the numbers were on the "low side" of what they wanted, the article reports.

The Courier Mail reports that NASA recruited the former FBI Director William Webster to act as a mediater and advisor for the out-of-court settlements about the Columbia disaster repayment.

The article continues to report that it's NASA's money, not the public's money, after some were concerned about where the money was coming from.

April 8, 2007

3 Gophers Football Players in Jail

The Pioneer Press reports that three U of M football players were arrested for the charge of raping an 18-year-old. The reported rape occurred between Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. The woman had a sexual assault examination at a local hospital, the report says.

The Star Tribune reports that the three men were in jail and the bail was $100,000. The players have all been suspended from the team. The 18-year-old woman was examined at the hospital on Wednesday and finally told the police on Friday, The Star Tribune continues to say.

L.A. Times Corrections

One of the mistakes was in an obituary! The mistake was a 300-year difference in an anniversary. Not a really big deal.

Most of the corrections are petty but apparently important to include. One article said that a man was a Coast Guardsmen but really he was a Coast Guard officer second class.

Some of the entries are about articles saying things that were taken out of context. Perhaps it resulted from poor reporting from the journalist? It just shows that journalists need to be really careful in their reporting.

A Rally in L.A.

The Los Angeles Times reports that thousands of people marched on Saturday through downtown Los Angeles. It was a pro-immigrant march that consisted of an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people. Its intention was to prove to critics that the immigrants right movement was not dead, the report said.

The Canada.com website has an article that said people carried signs saying "Amnesty Now" and danced to Mexican Ranchera music. The article reports that immigrant rights advocates say the illegal immigrants feel betrayed by Bush, who is someone they had considered an ally at first.

Bird Flu in Egypt

The News-Medical website reports that a 15-year-old Egyptian girl has become the 34th human to contract the deadly strain in Egypt. She is currently in stable condition, and the article says it is suspected she was in contact with birds. It also reports an interesting fact: the first human bird flu case was reported on March 18th last year.

The international Herald Tribune reports that Maryana Kameel Michael, 15, was admitted to a Cairo hospital on Thursday. She went because she had a fever and later found out it was the bird flu. Of the 34 Egyptians that have contracted the bird flu, 13 of them have died.

The International Herald Tribune also says that since the outbreak of bird flu last year, Egypt has been one of the worst-affected countries outside Asia. The disease originated in Asia.

Thailand Bans YouTube

The Variety International reports that Thailand has banned the use of YouTube after they found many anti-monarchist films on the Web site. In response, YouTube is trying to teach Thai authorities how to block specific portions of the site instead of ban the entire site.

The Sydney Morning Herald has an article that speaks about YouTubes proposal of educating the Thai authorities about YouTube. It reports that Thailand has blocked over 45,000 websites (most of which are pornographic).

Variety international said that after the website was blocked the most "tech-savvy" were still able to access the site through use of servers outside the country. It continues to say that the creater of the original clip has now removed it but two more anti-monarchist videos were added recently.