December 2012 Archives

NHL lockout large data set analysis

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The NHL Lockout 2012 has impacted many lives and businesses around the country, and there are many numbers involved.

Records and data used were in comparison from the previous years. Taking the revenue from last year and the year before, and finding the difference, therefore the percentages in the story.

Research and data search was also needed to figure out what the proposals were and their own math skills were necessary in making the idea more simplistic for the readers. Computer skills needed to do this reporting would include being able to analyze data and using excel to make sense of it.

No interactive graphics were used to engage the reader. Numbers were used to help the reader understand the reasons and impacts behind the NHL lockout.

Wolf hunting continues, but is limited

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Wolf hunting is nearing an end and may be limited near Yellowstone Park, news sources report.

In the first hunting season, quotas across the upper mid-west were nearly reached in the initial six weeks. The DNR's goal was to reduce the wolf population by a percentage. Debate begins on whether or not dogs can be used to hunt the wolves, "No other state in the union that has a wolf hunt uses dogs," attorney Carl Sinderband said. The DNR and hunting groups argued that the use of dogs would be vital to the hunt's success, ABC 2 reports.

Trapping season is around the corner, "we know that trappers are likely to be more successful than hunters so we expect to see a fair number of wolves taken through trapping," Steve Merchant, the DNR's wildlife population and regulation program manager said. Trappers aren't tied to a specific location, making them more successful, The Associated Press reports.

Wolves traveling just outside Yellowstone Park have been killed, including five wearing tracking collars for scientific research, the biologist for the park's wolf program Dan Stahler said. Montana wildlife commissioner Shane Colton suggested closing trapping or setting strict quotas, a commission meeting will be held Monday. "We don't want to close any area off if we don't have to. But if we keep losing collared wolves ... management becomes difficult," Colton said. "We want to do this first trapping season right," The Missoulian reports.

Tulare County shooting resulted in the death of three

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A man shot three people and wounded four in a shooting on a Californian Indian reservation in Tulare County, news sources report.

Suspect Hector Celaya, 31, was arrested after Tulare County sheriff's deputies were called to a trailer on the Tule Indian Reservation, where the bodies of two men and a woman were found. Calaya had also shot and wounded his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, who were found in the vehicle with Celaya when he was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday, officials said, The Bakersfield Californian reports.

Shots were fired inside Celaya's jeep when he finally stopped after fleeing from authorities, who shot him. Celaya was taken to the hospital for life-threatening injuries, authorities said. One of Celaya's daughters is being treated for life-threatening injuries, and the conditions of both daughters were not immediately known when they were discovered by authorities. It is not known when the girls where shot, The Los Angeles Times reports.

CSU grad student shot and killed by campus police

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A Calif. State University grad student at San Bernardino was shot and killed by campus police Dec. 8, news sources report.

On the evening of Dec. 8 campus police responded to a disturbance call at a dormitory across the street from the school. The subject, a 38-year-old male, was in the hallway of his dorm when contact he made contact with campus police. "The altercation became physical and the subject became violent," San Bernardino City Police Lt. Paul Williams said. "Sometime during that, that officers feared for their safety. They discharged a weapon, striking the subject," The Examiner reports.

The student was identified as Bartholomew Williams, who was in the common area around the University Village dorm in the 1500 block area of West Northpark Boulevard. Williams was shot in the torso and declared dead at the scene. An officer was taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries from the altercation, NBC 4 Southern California News reports.

The San Bernardino Police department is investigating the instances leading to the shooting, Fox News reports.

NHL lockout devastating fans and local businesses

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With the fans disappointed and lack of the traditional hockey season revenue flow, local business are barely holding on, news sources report.

Local businesses near the Xcel Energy Center are struggling into a stalemate with no end in sight. It has been an 83 day struggle thus far and many bars and restaurants say there has been a significant drop in business, taking away 40 to 50 percent of their usual annual revenues. The lack of Wild home games are taking a turn for the worst for bars, restaurants, workers and vendors, CBS Minnesota reports.

A roundtable discussion was held Friday, talking about aiding small businesses struck by the lockout. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering microloans as well as free marketing and business advice, to help the small business hold on until the problem is resolved, The StarTribune reports.

"There are hundreds of thousands of people that are affected by this," Pub owner Tom Reid said. "Not just the business owners around the rink, but all through the different industries." On a game night, a staff of 35 is needed to keep the crowds happy, but lately crews top out at 5 or 6 workers, Reid said. "These next couple of days are extremely critical," NHL writer Michael Russo said. "They've got to gain traction here and if they don't, the season could very well be in jeopardy," Kare 11 reports.

Some businesses will survive the lockout if the entire season is lost, but it is known that there are a few small businesses that won't survive the lockout, Mayor Chris Coleman said, CBS Minnesota reports.

Tis the season for Ice Fishing

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Most people dread the cold, but one community can't wait for ice to gloss over the lakes, news sources report.

Ice fishing enthusiasts can't wait to make the first outing on the lakes. "Ice fishing is my life," enthusiast Dave Genez said. "I'm truly excited to get out there." And the best place to get the gear needed for the ice fishing season? The annual St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sportsman Show has any thing from the latest toys, to the warmest gear, and is the one-stop shop for ice fishermen, CBS Minnesota reports.

About 19,000 anglers are expected to attend the event along with about 190 vendors, director of operations Laurie Hallowell said. "We have everything from small tackle or lures to $85,000 fish houses," Hallowell said. However, the St. Paul show is no longer the only one in town, this year the National Sports Center in Blaine held its first Hard Water Ice Fishing Show on Nov. 16-18. About 5,100 people attended, communications officer for the center Barclay Kruse said. "We are delighted," Kruse said. "We're absolutely going to do it again next year. In fact, we are going to expand our space," StarTribune outdoors reports.

Despite the small market Blaine officials think that success for both shows is possible, Kruse said, StarTribune outdoors reports.

You can't appreciate the new ice fishing equipment until you compare it to the old, ice fisherman Genz said. Moving away from the back-breaking labor of manually drilling holes to the electric augers that do the tough stuff today. Depth finders and cameras are popular too. "It's like playing a video game, except you have live players on the other end," Genz said. The equipment changes are welcomed to the long standing Minnesota tradition, and its a tradition that keeps on thriving, CBS Minnesota reports.

Governmental speech news analysis

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First lady Michelle Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention was "masterful" and heartfelt but all about the importance of government in the lives of Americans.

Reporter and political analyst Chris Wallace analyzed the speech moving beyond the presentation of the speech, diving into the content of the speech. A majority of the story was Wallace's quotes.

Wallace went beyond the event by describing and giving examples and emphasizing what or how things are government relating, showing that the speech was primarily about the government and its effects on Americans.

He even goes on to say the Michelle Obama was hypocritical while talking about Obama's vision of the "nation as one America" by "saying 'that certainly hasn't been the way this president has run the campaign, which has been quite sharp, quite partisan, quite negative."

Wallace even compared the tone and philosophy to be very different form the Republicans in Tampa. He talked about the different jobs and organizations and how all the jobs and organizations are governmental. He also brings up the inconsistencies between the first lady and the president at the end.

Toddler's death prompts investigation

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A toddler died while visiting his father in Virginia last month prompting the investigation of the deaths of the man's mother and onetime girlfriend, news sources report.

Price McLeod Rams, fifteen-months, died within the unsupervised three-hour visit with his father, Joaquin S. Rams of Manassas. This is the third death involving J. Rams, leading police to investigate the 2008 suicide of his mother and 2003 shooting resulting in the death of Shawn K. Mason, his ex-girlfriend, MercuryNews reports.

J. Rams was not supposed to be allowed unsupervised visits, ordered by a Maryland judge. Prince Rams' mother Hera McLeod, fought to protect her son and prevent the unsupervised visits, but the system failed to protect the boy, McLeod said. Rams has not been charged with a crime and the cause of the boy's death is yet to be determined authorities said, Fox News reports.

Ram's mother, Alma Collins, was found dead in 2008 and her death was ruled as a suicide. Her son Joseph Velez said it made no sense that his mother killed herself. "My mother in her life never had a history of depression," Velez said. Velez described his half brother Rams as a "monster," explaining Rams' violent behavior even as a young child, MercuryNews reports.

Two teens killed in break-in

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A homeowner shot two unarmed teenagers Thanksgiving Day, news sources report.

Two unarmed teenagers broke into a Minnesota home on Thanksgiving Day and were shot by homeowner Byron David Smith, 64, said he feared the teens were armed and acknowledged firing "more shots than I needed to" and for one teen appeared to take pride in "a good clean finishing shot," The Seattle Times reports.

Homeowners have the right to protect themselves and their property under Minnesota law however once the threat has been neutralized homeowners are not given the right to execute an intruder. "The fact of the matter is, if people have all of the facts, they would not be quite so divided in their opinions," Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said. "It's not as controversial or as unclear an issue as people might think at first blush," InForum reports.

The first teen Smith shot was 17-year-old Nicholas Brady who fell down the stairs then looked up at Smith. Smith, a former security officer for the U.S. State Department, shot Brady in the face. "I wanted him dead," Smith said. He proceeded to place Brady on a tarp and drag him to the basement workshop before waiting for the second teen Haile Kifer, 18, a diver and gymnast for Little Falls High School. Smith shot Kifer who fell down the stairs, then Smith's Mini- 14 rifle jammed. Kifer laughed a short laugh in pain making Smith mad. "If you're trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again," Smith said. He then shot Kifer in the chest several times with his .22-caliber revolver before dragging her to the basement workshop where she gasped for air. Smith placed his gun under Kifer's chin and fired it, U.S. News reports.

Smith claims to have acted in self-defense, however the authorities said that his actions exceeded reasonable self-defense. Smith is expected to be charged with second-degree murder on monday police said, CBS News reports.

Minnesota police officer killed in ambush

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Cold Spring, Minnesota police officer was killed in an ambush while trying to help what was believed to be a suicidal man Thursday, news sources report.

Officer Tom Decker, a six-year veteran and father of four, was checking on the status of a man's welfare when he was fatally shot. Decker was getting out of the squad car near a Cold Springs bar Thursday night. Investigators said that several guns were found and placed the suicidal man in custody Friday, Huffington Post Crime reports.

The gun used to kill officer Decker was not found, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office requested the public to lookout for a discarded weapon, suspected to be a 20-gauge shotgun, and for whoever finds it to leave it untouched and call 911, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

"It' a terrible, terrible thing in a community this size," Florence Benson, 72, of Rockville said. "Just about everybody knows everybody - especially police officers." Ryan Michael Larson of Cold Spring, 34, was held on suspicion of second-degree murder Friday, criminal charges are being considered, West Central Tribune reports.

NYPD officer becomes a viral hit with an act of kindness

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A New York Police officer that helped a barefooted homeless man in a random act of kindness in Times Square has become a viral sensation, news sources report.

Arizona tourist Jennifer Foster witnessed Officer Larry DePrimo giving the barefooted homeless man thermal socks and a new pair of all-weather boots on the cold Nov. 14 night. "The officer said, 'I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let's put them on and take care of you.' ... I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life," Foster said, CBS News reported.

DePrimo purchased the $100 pair of boots, which the manager offered his employee discount, for $75 at a nearby Sketchers shoe after the homeless man told DePrimo that he had never had a pair of shoes. He "smiled from ear to ear," DePrimo said. "It was like you gave him a million dollars," Fox News reported.

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