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Attribution analysis

Sources and quotes give a story life. In "Hit-and-run turns fatal" by Jennifer Bissell in the Minnesota Daily, sources are used to provide facts and depth to the story.
Police were used as a source in order to give the story details on the car accident. Co-workers and friends were then quoted which gave a personal touch and life.
The sources are scattered throughout the story, beginning with the explanatory police statements and leading into personal anecdotes from co-workers.
In order to give these sources attribution, the author often began with the quote and followed with the noun and verb, such as Schmidt-Danner said. Bissell used direct quotes and paraphrased which was an effective way to tell the story.

U official's decision causing controversy

University of Minnesota vice president of relations Karen Himle's intentions are being questioned after she cancelled the release of a documentary about pollution in the Mississippi River.
The Star Tribune reported that the Land Stewardship Project is requesting Himle's resignation because of her possible conflicts of interest.
Himle's husband is the current director of Himle Horner, a PR firm that works for the Agri-Growth Council. This connection has people questioning her interests wrote the Minnesota Public Radio.
University President Robert Bruininks released a statement supporting Himle.

Bank robbers hold teller hostage and rob bank

Bank robbers strapped a suspected bomb to a teller Friday and ordered him to steal money from the Coral Gables, Fla., bank where he worked.
Diego Uscamayta, 25, was forced to enter the Bank of America while the suspects held his father hostage at Uscamayta's home in the Nob Hill apartments in the 9800 block of Kendall Drive, according to the Miami Herald.
The robbers never entered the bank they forced Uscamayta rob. They fled in Uscamayta's car after receiving the money, said the Associated Press.
Police removed the bomb from Uscamayta, which was found to be fake.

Iranian leader's remarks result in walk out

At least 33 delegations walked out of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran claimed that the United States planned the Sept. 11 attacks.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad alleged that the United States coordinated the terrorist attacks to improve the economy, reassert its hold on the Middle East and to save Israel, reported the New York Times.
"It was offensive. It was hateful," President Barack Obama said to the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The remarks by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were made in New York, where most of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks died.

Hit-and-run kills University of Minnesota research associate

A University of Minnesota research associate died early Tuesday after his car was struck in a hit-and-run at the intersection of 18th Avenue South and 35th Street East, the police said.
Ethan Johnson, 37, was struck after another car failed to stop at a stop sign, according to the Minnesota Daily.
Kevin R. Doerr, was charged with criminal-vehicular homicide, reported the Star Tribune. According to his girlfriend, Doerr had been drinking.
"He's definitely going to be missed around here. He's already missed," co-worker Jacob Vick said to the Minnesota Daily.

The Minneapolis Center for Victims of Torture celebrates 25 years

The Center for Victims of Torture in Minnesota, the first in the nation, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
The Center began in 1985 in order to serve clients that have psychological and physical conditions, according to the Twin Cities Daily Planet. It was the first center for victims of torture in the United States.
"Torture, sadly, is a feature of war," Darrin Waller, county director for the CVT, told the Star Tribune.
There are now more than 200 centers for victims of torture in the world, reported the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
The CVT will hold events all year to commemorate the founding.

News lead analysis

News leads are typically constructed with a structured format in mind. The leads are typically one sentence and summarize the story while emphasizing the important news values in order to draw in the reader's attention.
In the news article "With Ping, Apple dives into social media" by the Minnesota Daily the new lead worked into the story. The lead includes the news elements of who, what and when.
The lead provides details about the what; specifically about what Apple will be accomplishing with Ping. Ping will allow Apple to join the social media market. This is the main topic of the article.
The lead cannot provide all of the information at once. It leads into the specifics of the article by providing some general facts as well. The lead introduces the product Ping but it does not discuss how to use Ping. The lead works into the story where this aspect is discussed in further detail.
The lead finds the action in the story. This particular story does that by eliminating details you can retell more specifically in the following paragraphs and the most important information is first to attract readers.
Ping, a music social network, has Apple Inc entering the social media market with its announcement on September 1.
Ping which is an addition to Apple's iTunes, allows users to see what songs friends are buying and allows users to recommend favorites reported the Associated Press.
Apple hopes Ping will increase music sales as Sony attempts to compete with Apple. Sony will release their system Qriocity, which will rival iTunes the Minnesota Daily reported.
Ping users will have access to features such as ticket updates and join in worldwide conversations.
According to the Minnesota Daily, users of Ping have increased steadily but many have yet to try it.

Afghans vote for parliament amidst violence

Afghans turned out Saturday to vote for a new parliament as the Taliban attempted to disrupt the election with violence.
The New York Times reported that at least 10 people were killed, polling stations were attacked and up to hundreds of stations never opened to voters.
Afghan security officials told USA Today that these attacks appear to be less violent than those of last election. While less violent, there seemed to be fewer voters as well.
Officials are using this election as a test to assess the government's ability to work on its own next year reported the New York Times, but reports of voting fraud and misconduct were numerous.

BP well may finally be dead at the Gulf of Mexico

The BP well where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded five months ago has been permanently killed by a cement plug this morning.
Retired Coast Guard Admn. Thad Allen told the Associated Press that BP's well "is effectively dead" and should no longer be a threat to the Gulf shoreline stretching from Florida to Texas.
The permanent cap replaces a temporary one. However, three months before the temporary cap was placed, up to 172 million gallons of oil and millions of cubic feet of natural gas filled the Gulf waters reported the Kansas City Star.
Overall 206 million gallons of oil was released and 11 workers were killed by the April 20 blast.
The disaster will affect Gulf residents and BP for years to come. The Associated Press reports that oil still remains in the water and BP stock prices have gone down considerably.

Bomb charges dropped for Prior Lake couple

Felony charges have been dropped for a Prior Lake couple that allegedly helped their son and friends construct pipe bombs that were placed in mailboxes.
The reported six explosions began in May 2009 and the parents of one of the teens involved, Robbie and Bob Masters, were accused of knowingly buying the materials for the bombs reported the Star Tribune.
According to the Pioneer Press, the couple and their attorneys, Earl Gray and Mark Gehan, maintain that Burnsville police detective Pat Gilligan wrongly accused the couple and that Gilligan misquoted interviews with the police.
Robbie Masters advised the teens involved in the case to not talk to police without their parents present. The Masters and their attorneys now believe Gilligan held this as a grudge against the couple. Capt. Eric Gieseke told the Star Tribune that "Officer Gilligan is an excellent officer - to attack him is concerning," and there will be no internal investigation involving Gilligan.
In separate criminal cases, the Masters' son Travis and the other teens involved pleaded guilty and received sentences.

Police investigate Minneapolis' 34th homicide of the year

A young man who was shot Friday in north Minneapolis marked the 34th homicide this year.
Christopher Roy de Ronde, a 21-year-old man, was shot in the torso according to the medical examiner. His body was found at the intersection of 30th Avenue North and Colfax Avenue North the Pioneer Press reported.
A crowd gathered after hearing the sirens. Most people said they didn't realize it was a shooting unti it was over. "I thought it was the trash man," one woman told the Star Tribune.
An award had just been given to the neighborhood for reducing crime by 70 percent the day before reported the Pioneer Press.
It was the first homicide in Minneapolis in more than a month and the police had no arrests as of Saturday.

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