November 15, 2008

Carson Mall Conitunes Plans to Renovate

The Carson Mall has lost a few businesses recently but is attracting new stores that will improve the mall as it goes through a renovation, according to mall representative Kevin Ray, the Nevada Appeal reported.
Although Thunder Road Biker Apparel and Carl’s Imaging Works have relocated, Tux Town, Charley’s Grilled Subs and L&L Hawaiian Barbecue are moving in soon, the Nevada Appeal reported.
The mall plans to add on a 3,000-square-foot outdoor seating area along with a bakery and a café as part of the new and existing businesses in order to attract more customers, the article said.
The mall announced last year it’s five-year, $12 million expansion that would add 20 stores, but right now representatives say they are focusing on the first phase as the entire expansion is being re-evaluated, the Nevada Appeal reported.

Reasoning Behind 35W Collapse Released

Federal safety officials recommend new safety rules Friday to prevent future tragedies like the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge, reported the Star Tribune.
The National Transportation Safety Board said the collapse was caused by miscalculation and a design failure combined with inadequate oversight by the state and federal regulators, the Star Tribune reported.
The article attributed the collapse to the bridge’s construction which could not withhold the weight added over the 40 years since it was first built.
"It's intriguing to me that an error of omission of that magnitude would have been made," said Steven Chealander, one of five board members who signed off unanimously on the final report. "It's inexplicable,? reported the Star Tribune about the bridge collapse on Aug. 1, 2007 that killed 13 people.

Fire Destroyes California Homes

A fire spread across 2,600 acres Friday and destroyed dozens of California homes, USA Today reported.
The fire broke out on the edge of the Angeles National Forest and spread quickly with help from the Santa Ana wind gusting as high as 76 mph, USA Today reported.
Officials ordered huge evacuations in the Sylmar, Knollwood and Porter Ranch communities as the fire jumped two freeways, closing the highways and forcing evacuees to take surface streets, USA Today reported.
The fire could hit transmission lines that bring electrical power to Los Angeles and threatens at least 1,000 buildings, fire spokeswoman Melissa Kelley said, MSNBC reported
According to USA Today, dozens of homes have been destroyed and fire fighters had to abandon a mobile home park because the fire was not containable.
"We have almost total devastation here in the mobile park," Los Angeles Fire Capt. Steve Ruda said of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park. "I can't even read the street names because the street signs are melting," USA Today reported.

U.S. Troops Caputre Afghan Insurgent Leader

U.S. troops captured an Afghan insurgent leader Friday during a raid in the Espandi village in Ghazni province, FOX News reported.
The captured man is responsible for the deaths of Afghan troops, bomb attacks on coalition forces and the kidnapping of aid workers, according to the statement. A spokesman declined to give further information on the leader's identity while they search for his confederates, CNN reports.
Before the raid, Afghan National Police found videos of the insurgent leader instructing fighters on how to stage attacks, CNN reported.

November 5, 2008

Carson City Gets a New Mayor

Bob Crowell is Carson City’s new mayor, reported the Nevada Appeal.
Crowell, who will take over as mayor of Nevada’s capital city in January when three-term Mayor Marv Teixeira retires, won 58 percent of the 21,856 votes cast in the race against Haskins, who received 42 percent, reports Nevada Appeal.
According to the article, Crowell, a 62-year-old school board member, raised more than four times as much money as Haskins in the race and promoted issues during the race including an attractive downtown, regional cooperation, public safety, a strong economy and finishing the bypass.
Crowell will retire from the school board at the end of the year but stay at his law firm. He said he will make sure his work there does not interfere with his city job, however, reported the Nevada Appeal.

Coleman Wins His Second Term

Sen. Norm Coleman begins his second term for Minnesota after the recount of nearly 3 million votes in the battle with Democrat Al Franken, reported the Star Tribune.
The Republican, whose margin in the unofficial state tally stands at 462 votes as of 2:15 p.m. today, said from his headquarters in St. Paul that he is "humbled and grateful for the victory that the voters gave us last night,? reported the Star Tribune.
According to the article, Franken’s spokewoman Colleen Murray has said there would be no further comment.

Mexico's Prime Minister Dies in Plane Crash

The death toll in a plane crash that claimed the lives of Mexico's interior minister and two other high-ranking officials has risen to 13, a Mexico City official told the state-run Notimex news agency on Wednesday reported CNN.
The plane carried Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino, the equivalent of Mexico's vice president and head of domestic security, as well as former anti-drug prosecutor Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos, reported MSNBC.
Officials say all indications are that the crash was an accident, but they vowed to investigate thoroughly to rule out the possibility of an attack and brought in U.S. and British investigators to help, reported MSNBC.
Former Deputy Attorney General Josi Luis Santiago Vasconcelos and Miguel Monterubio Cubas, director of social communication, were among the dead, President Felipe Calderon said in a televised address Tuesday night, reported CNN.
"I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and my absolute support during this difficult time," Calderon said.

Barack Obama Elected President

Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president of the United States Tuesday, reported MSNBC.
A crowd of nearly a quarter-million jammed Grant Park and the surrounding area in Chicago, where Obama addressed the nation for the first time as its president-elect at midnight ET. Hundreds of thousands more — Mayor Richard Daley said he would not be surprised if a million Chicagoans jammed the streets — watched on a large television screen outside the park, reported MSNBC.
When historians analyze the 2008 campaign, they're going to remember that the two-term Republican President had 20% approval ratings, that the economy was in meltdown, and that Americans didn't want another Republican President. They'll also remember that Obama was a change candidate in a change election. And of course they'll remember that America elected a biracial leader less than a half-century after Jim Crow, reported TIME.
“Young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans have sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of red states and blue states,? he said. “We have been and always will be the United States of America,? said TIME.
The pundits are already warning that Obama could overreach, that Democratic congressional leaders are still unpopular, that this is still a center-right country, reported MSNBC.

October 30, 2008

Orbituary for the Hudson Family

The article uses the following sources: the Chicago police, an aunt (i.e. a family member) and an AP interview done by Jennifer Hudson. It does not have a standard lead because the notable person is Jennifer Hudson because it was her family and not actually the people who died. It does give the age of the boy and a small background that lead up to the discovery of the boy's body. However, it follows up with quote support about everyone's reactions like the orbit formula calls for.

Nevada Celebrates Its Statehood

Nevada celebrates it 144th year as a state Friday with a parade, reports the Nevada Appeal.
Many local school children get involved in the celebration, including the students at Bordewich-Bray Elementary School.
“It’s a tradition,? said Principal Valerie Dockery. “The teachers really get involved and the community gets involved. It’s a nice way to teach kids about the history of Nevada,? the Nevada Appeal reported.
“If you live in the state, you need to know about it,? she said. “If a tourist comes and asks you, you can answer their questions,? said Fabiola Mata, 11, Bordewich-Bray student as reported by the Nevada Appeal.
The article also sais the first celebration was organized by then-aide Gene Brown in 1999 as a half-day event with the younger grades. It has since grown to a schoolwide activity taking up the entire day in honor of Nevada’s admittance to the union Oct. 31, 1864.

Dia de los Muertes comes to the University Friday

Student, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead?) Friday with a costumed processional across campus, the Star Tribune reported.
A procession with costumed participants, dancers and noise makers will travel across campus, stopping at handmade altars, or ofrendas, that both remember lost loved ones and address the theme "Remembering Our Histories: Stories of Empowerment," reported the Star Tribune.
According to the article, the procession will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Klaeber Court and be at Scott Hall by noon. They group will continue on to the La Raza Student Cultural Center by 1 p.m. and finish in front of Coffman Memorial Union at about 1:45 p.m.
An introduction of an ofrenda, along with the serving of pan de muerto ("bread of the dead") and chocolate will also take place in the front of Coffman at that time, the Star Tribune reported.
This event is sponsored by the University’s Chicano studies department, the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, La Raza Student Cultural Center and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, reported the Star Tribune.

McCain Strategizes to Win Election

As election-day approaches and Obama is gaining momentum, the McCain campaign is now looking at what magic tricks it will have to perform to win the presidential election.
If McCain wins all the states that President George W. Bush won four years ago, he'll have the 270-plus electoral votes necessary to take the White House. However, he has also lost at least six states which went red during the 2004 election – Colorado, Ohio, New Mexico, Iowa, Nevada, and Virginia, CBS News reported.
McCain now is gambling on a long-shot strategy based on flipping the blue state Pennsylvania, whose electoral voters could help offset losses in some states that President Bush won four years ago, including Colorado, reported the Arizona Republic.
"If you can't win all the Bush states, you can make up a lot of ground in Pennsylvania," said former Bush strategist and CBS News consultant Dan Bartlett. "Instead of trying to play really close matches in a bunch of states, you play one match in a really big state,? reported CBS news.

At Least 61 Injured From Car Bombs in India

Car bombs killed 61 people and injured 300 more in northeast India Thursday, USA Today reported.The bombs targeted crowded markets and government buildings, such as courts and police stations, witnesses said as reported by the New York Times.
The attacks, among the bloodiest in recent months, left streets littered with bodies and the wreckage of cars and motorcycles, according to witnesses and photographers at the scene, USA Today reported.
Officials blamed the largest separatist group, the United Liberation Front of Asom, for the blasts. "The needle of suspicion is on ULFA," said Assam government spokesman Himanta Biswa Sharma according to the New York Times.

October 10, 2008

Elderly Woman Cited for Dog Abandonment on More Than One Occasion

An elderly woman, who has been cited at least twice before for hoarding animals in Churchill County, was cited for the same problem in Carson City this week, the Nevada Appeal reported.
Animal Services found more than two dozen dogs that Stella Cook, 81, allegedly abandoned in a rental home when she moved out, said Carson City Animal Services Supervisor Pat Wiggins.
At least six of the dogs were small mixed-Labrador and were euthanized for aggressive behavior or illness. Three of them are in foster care. Two of the dogs have been adopted by families and three of them remain at Animal Services, including a pregnant female, the Nevada Appeal reported.
Cook must appear in court on Oct. 28 on a misdemeanor charge of abandoning animals and another charge of overcrowding, reported the Nevada Appeal.
According to a 2006 article in the Lahontan Valley News, members of Fallon Animal Control removed 23 dogs from a home owned by Cook there. Seven others dogs were recovered around the property, and all 30 were destroyed due to behavioral and inbreeding issues. And six years prior, more than 100 dogs were also taken from Cook and had to be destroyed, according to reports in the Lahontan Valley News, reported the Nevada Appeal.

St. Paul Woman on Crew for Next Space Shuttle

A St. Paul woman is set to leave Earth this Nov. for her second mission into space, the Star Tribune reported.
Capt. Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper is on the crew of the shuttle Endeavour, which is scheduled for a nighttime launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 14, reported the Star Tribune.
Stefanyshyn-Piper, 45, made her first trip into space in 2006 as a mission specialist on Atlantis, where she made two spacewalks to assist in work on the International Space Station, the Star Tribune reported. And now she is to return.