October 2010 Archives

The gunman who fired at four military facilities in the past month is believed to have a "deep grievance" with the Marine Corps, the FBI said.
FBI officials spoke after the fourth shooting incident Thursday night at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia, USA Today said.
It is believed the shooter has avoided casualties intentionally by shooting at night, John Perren, acting assistant director of the FBI Washington field office, said to the Los Angeles Times.
It is believed the shooter has avoided casualties intentionally by shooting at night, Perren said.
"It may be that he feels he has been wronged by the Corps in his profession and/or personal life," Perren said. "The subject of his grievance does not appear to be the institution of the Marine Corps and not the individual mena nd women Marines for whom he may feel a deal of respect, admiration and even loyalty."

Death toll rises in Indonesia as hope fades

Rescue workers continued the search for hundreds of missing people on Indonesia's tsunami-hit Mentawai islands. The death toll could rise to around 600, officials said.
The death toll from Monday's 7.7-magnitude earthquake was at 394, while 312 people were listed as missing Ade Edward, head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency in the West Sumatra province, told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
Mount Merapi erputed again for 21 minutes Saturday, followed by more than 350 volcanic tremors and 33 ash bursts, the Canadian Press said.
Rescue workers hoped to airdrop aid, but storms made it too dangerous.

Wildfires prompt evacuations near Boulder

Residential areas on the west side of Boulder, Colo. were evacuated Friday as two wildfires burned.
Homes of 1,700 people and more in neighboring foothills were evacuated shortly after the wildfires were reported, the Associated Press said.
"We are asking that residents follow the directions of emergency crews now so that emergency equipment can be positioned and crews can focus on extinguishing the wildfire," City Manager Jane S. Brautigam told CNN. "Resident and business cooperation is greatly appreciated as we work to contain this fire."
A plane was making water drops to battle the fire, authorities said.

Man charged in drunk driving death

Vehicular homicide charges were filed against University of Minnesota student and Mahtomedi High School coach John Robert Peterson Tuesday.
Peterson, 23, had a blood alcohol content of .164 when he hit Kandyce stoffel, 23, and Travis Smith, 25, early Sunday morning near Dinkytown, the Minnesota Daily said.
Stoffel died from her injuries Monday.
The incident occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Fourth Street Southeast. Stoffel and Smith were walking along the side of the street because of construction, the Pioneer Press said.
Family and friends of Stoffel gathered Tuesday at the site of the crash.

Search for Minneapolis man and three children continues

Family and friends fathered Thursday in support of the Minneapolis man and his three sons who have been missing in the mountains of western Wyoming since Monday.
Searchers continued to track an emergency locator signal from the small plane that carried Luke Bucklin, 40, and three of his sons.
A classmate started a campaign to wear blue until the Bucklins are found, the Star Tribune said.
A student prayer vigil was also held Friday at Calvary Church in Edina, the Pioneer Press said.
Bucklin and his three sons were on their way home from Jackson Hole, Wyo. when their plane disappeared.

Speeches/Meeting Analysis

President Barack Obama visited Minneapolis Saturday and spoke in support of Democratic governor candidate Mark Dayton.
Dayton's website had a press release that announced the event earlier this month.
The press release gave a simple outline of the event and the topic. The topic was the kick-off of the DFL's Get Out the Vote campaign.
The news reports on the event used the basic outline of the press release but discussed more about how Obama highlighted success by Democrats. Quotes of crowd members were also included in the Minnesota Daily.

Obama makes University of Minnesota appearance

President Barack Obama visited the Twin Cities Saturday to support Democratic governor candidate Mark Dayton.
Obama spoke to the crowd of about 11,000 at the University of Minnesota to lift the spirits of supporters and help Dayton win the close race for governor.
"Mark Dayton has spent his life fighting for Minnesota, and now I need all of you to fight for Mark Dayton," the president said according to the Pioneer Press.
Obama focused on the success of Democrats in the form of major legislation such as the federal stimulus bill, health care reform and financial reform the Minnesota Daily said.
Dayton has held a narrow lead over Republican candidate Tom Emmer in polls and the Independent Party's candidate Tom Horner has been in third.
The position offers Democrats the chance to seize a GOP-held governorship.

Yale fraternity receives criticism for chants

The Yale University chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity has been criticized after fraternity pledges shouted obscenities and offensive chants towards women on the Yale campus Wednesday.
Chants such as "My name is Jack, I'm a necrophiliac, I (expletive) dead women," were shouted Wdnesday night in a courtyard near a freshman women's dorm, ABC News reported.
An open forum was held in response to the incident. DKE fraternity members apologized but many are still criticizing the occurrence.
Two petitions have circulated urging Yale administrators to take action against DKE. One petition asks University President Richard Levin to publicly denounce the behavior of the DKE pledges, the Yale Daily News said.
"What is important to recognize is that DKE has accepted responsibility, opening a new level of discourse on the issue of sexual harassment," Yale Dean Mary Miller said in a statement. "This is an opportunity to seize."

Violence erupts in France over pension reforms

Violence erupted between police and demonstrators in France Tuesday in response to the country's retirement reforms.
Nearly 270 marches were staged across France Tuesday in support of the anti-reform movement as the controversial bill is set for final legislative passage by the end of the week.
Cars were burned or damaged during disputes between protestors and police. Hundreds of young people were arrested, Xinhau News Agency said.
"The reform is essential, and France is committed to it and will go ahead with it," President Nicolas Sarkozy told Time.
379 secondary schools were disrupted as hundreds of students walked out to show their refusal to support the rise in retirement age.

Military to open for gays

Openly gay recruits can join the military since a federal judge formally refused Tuesday to let the Pentagon reinstate its ban on openly gay men and women in the U.S. military while it appeals her decision declaring its "don't ask, don't tell" policy unconstitutional, Reuters said.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips issued a decision denying a government request to delay her order which bars further Pentagon enforcement of the ban.
Gay recruits can begin the process to join but they can eventually be discharged if the ruling is overturned, USA Today said.
"If you come out now, it can be used against you in the future by the Pentagon," the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network warned.

Baby dolphin new to the zoo

A crowd met the Minnesota Zoo's three-month-old dolphin calf when it debuted Monday.
The dolphin calf was born on July 17 to Allie. The two have been bonding as the yet-to-be named dolphin grew to 4 feet long and 60 pounds, the Star Tribune said.
The public viewed the calf, her mom Allie, and her grandma April for the first time together Monday night.
The calf is still exploring her surroundings.
"If she's not there when you arrive, be patient," Marine Mammal Supervisor Diane Fusco told the Pioneer Press. "Chances are you'll turn around and walk away and they'll be back."
Semo, 45, is the father and is believed to be one of the oldest reproducing male dolphins in human care, the Star Tribune said.
Semo and the calf will be introduced after the calf is well bonded with her mother.

Multimedia analysis

Mutlimedia option work to enhance and complement news stories. The Star Tribune and the Minnesota Daily used multimedia in their stories about University of Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster being fired.
The Minnesota Daily features Brewster's coaching record and provides a link to a blog about the subject.
The Star Tribune used a slideshow to chronologically mark Brewster's time as head coach. Photo galleries are also included along the side.
Each news source allows viewers to comment about the story at the bottom of the web page.
In these items, the writing is similar to other hard news stories and includes quotes to give the story a voice. They seem to follow a martini style where the story begins with the inverted pyramid then uses chronological order to tell the story.

Porn industry under scrutiny after HIV case

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation called for the suspension of all porn production after an adult industry performer tested positive for HIV Tuesday.
Two adult film companies, Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment, have voluntarily stopped production since the news Tuesday.
"All porn production should be suspended until, at a minimum, it is known who has been exposed and until that information has been disclosed to public health authorities," President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Michael Weinstein told the Kansas City Star.
The actor was tested at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. The clinic in San Fernando caters to those in the pornography industry, the New York Daily News said.
The identity and gender of the actor has not been disclosed.

Chilean miners return for religious service

Some of the 33 rescued Chilean miners returned to the mine where they spent more than two months trapped underground for a religious service Sunday.
Thirteen survivors and their families participated in a private service Sunday held at the entrance of the San Jose copper and gold mine, Voice of America News reported.
Before the service, the survivors and families visited "Camp Hope," the tent city where relatives and others stayed during the rescue efforts, the Agence France Press said.
The miners were rescued last Wednesday and only one miner remains in a medical clinic.

2 killed in Arizona tour bus crash

2 people died and others were injured after a commercial tour bus crashed in Arizona Sunday morning, authorities said.
The bus with a dozen people in it "drifted off the road and rolled several times," Mohave Country sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter told the Arizona Central.
The bus was headed from Las Vegas to the western rim of the Grand Canyon, the Associated Press said.
The driver of the bus suffered minor injuries and is cooperating with investigators.

Catholic Churches to reorganize amidst mixed feelings

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Saturday its plan to restructure parishes.
The restructuring plan was announced Saturday. It will close 21 churches and merge congregations into 14 parishes.
"I cried when I heard," parishioner Richard Willy told the Star Tribune. "It's like they busted up a good family, which we are. I never expected this."
At St. Frances de Sales Church, parishioner Nancy Tomasino, 89, said she understood the need for mergers.
"Nothing stands still," Tomasino told the Pioneer Press. "You can't go it alone. Otherwise you fall apart."
Officials said structural changes won't begin until January 2011 according to the Star Tribune.
Tim Brewster was fired from the position of University of Minnesota head football coach Sunday morning.
A press release from The University of Minnesota stated that Brewster had been relieved of his duties and his contract had been terminated Sunday.
The announcement came eight days after the football team's record in trophy games fell to 0-10 under Brewster's leadership, the Minnesota Daily said.
Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Horton has been given head coaching duties for the rest of the football season.
University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi said the search for Brewster's replacement will begin immediately, the Star Tribune reported.
Brewster will receive a $600,000 buyout under the agreement in the contract extension he signed in January.

Spot and follows

Spot and follows allows a story to progress as new information becomes known. The rescue story of the Chilean miners by Reuters is a good example as information changes with each day.
The two leads differ because of the advancements in the rescue operation. The initial story focused on finishing drilling while the second story focuses the very final steps in the rescue operation. The importance changes with new information.
The follow responds with more specific details of the rescue shaft.

Chilean miners near rescue

The 33 miners who have been buried alive in Chile for two months were near rescue Friday and might be evacuated beginning next week.
It has been more than two months since the 33 miners have been trapped nearly half a mile underground at a mine in San Jose, Chile.
Engineers have been drilling a shaft to the miners, but once completed it will still take days to bring each miner one at a time to the surface, Reuters said.
The New York Times reported that a drill was about 130 feet from reaching the miners Friday. This would bring the rescue operation to the most dangerous phase.
"We are calm. We've already held on for two months. Now we are in the closing stage," Samuel Avalos, whose son is trapped, told Reuters.
The wife of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, has been placed under house arrest after meeting with her husband Sunday who is serving an 11-year prison sentence in northeastern China.
After the visit, Liu Xia was taken back to Beijing and placed under house arrest, a human rights group told the New York Times.
"Liu Xia is in her Beijing apartment but is no longer allowed to leave her apartment or to have anybody in and her phone has been desetroyed," human rights group Freedom Now's correspondent Beth Schwanke told ABC News.
Mr. Liu was active in the June 4, 1989 movement where nonviolent pro-democracy demonstrators gathered and Chinese troops then killed many.

Man fires gun at school and injures two

Two students were injured after a gunman opened fire at a California elementary school Friday before construction workers restrained him
According to the Associated Press, the suspect parked his car then jumped a fence and fired a gun at Kelly Elementary School. Bullets grazed two students, ages 6 and 7.
Construction workers detained the suspect, Brendan O'Rourke, until police could come CNN reported.
"He is not cooperating with the investigation. He probably has some mental health issues," Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain said in regards to O'Rourke's condition.

No charges in fraternity assault case

The Minneapolis Police Department has decided not to submit charges investigating the second of three alleged sexual assault charges at University of Minnesota fraternities.
Sgt. William Palmer told the Star Tribune, "The evidence that we have does not support a criminal prosecution," regarding the alleged assault at Chi Psi fraternity.
This case is one of three alleged sexual assaults at University of Minnesota fraternities in the past month, reported the Minnesota Daily.
The other two alleged assaults have occurred at Delta Kappa Epsilon and Phi Gamma Delta.
Three people, two of them University of Minnesota cheerleaders, died Thursday after an alleged drunken driver hit their disabled vehicle on an interstate near Madison, Wis.
The names of the victims have not officially been released. The five passengers of the car were attempting to change a flat tire while parked on the shoulder of Interstate 39/90 at 2 a.m. on Thursday when a 31-year-old Madison man ran into them.
According to the Pioneer Press, the Facebook pages of Marcus Johnson, 19, and Wilfredo Ugarte, 23, revealed that they were the two cheerleaders who died in the accident.
The Star Tribune also confirmed the two cheerleaders' identities through Facebook postings.
"There's two more angels in heaven looking after me, " the Star Tribune reported was written on Johnson's page.

Structure Analysis

The inverted pyramid is a structure where the journalist puts the essential and interesting elements of the story at the beginning. Supporting information then follows in order of diminishing importance.
There are other options that include chronological order and the "martini" style that incorporates the inverted pyramid and chronological order. Many hard news stories use the inverted pyramid since this allows readers to stop reading at any point but still have the main points of the story.
In "Students hospitalized after chemical spill," by James Nord, the inverted pyramid style has been used. He begins with a lead that includes the pertinent information of what, when and where.
The following paragraph after the lead adds specific details, such as what chemical was actually spilled.
Information then follows in the order of importance. A quote is also used to begin a paragraph and add life to the story.

Liberal group gains momentum with rally

Tens of thousands of people rallied at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday to gain momentum for liberal groups before congressional elections next month.
According to the New York Times, 300 groups participated in the "One Nation Working Together" march for causes like increased job-creation programs and to promote liberal voters to go to the polls next month.
Roxanne Bunnell told Reuters that she hoped the march would get progressive voters riled up.
The march's organizers stressed that they were trying to get voters to elect candidates that would reduce unemployment rates.

U.S. admits to controversial study in Guatemala

U.S. officials apologized Friday for a study from 60 years ago that deliberately infected hundreds of people with sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala.
The apology was prompted after a Wellesley College historian discovered the archived documents. The documents outlined the experiments that tested whether penicillin could prevent infection with sexually transmitted diseases, the Associated Press said.
At least 1,500 people participated in the study.
"No matter how much of a superpower it is, the United States cannot do this kind of experimentation," Nery Rodenas, the chief of the human rights office at the archbishop of Guatemala's office, told the Agence France-Presse.

U.S. to issue alert for travelers to Europe

The U.S. Department issued an alert Sunday warning citizens to be cautious while traveling to Europe because of possible terrorist attacks.
The alert follows indications that al Qaeda terrorists are planning attacks in Britain, France and Germany.
The alert called for extra caution but is not meant to discourage Americans from traveling to Europe, the New York Times said.
"We work closely with our international partners in countering terrorism and the U.S. advice is consistent with our assessment," Home Secretary Theresa May told Sky News.

Chemical spill closes U building

A two-block stretch was closed around the Phillips Wangensteen Building Wednesday after a chemical spill.
Two students spilled the hazardous chemical pyridine in a lab's doorway also contaminating the hallway, Neil Carlson, a University of Minnesota Department of Environmental Health and Safety Industrial Hygienist told the Minnesota Daily.
According to the Star Tribune, the building was reopened Thursday after a hazardous material response team had cleaned the spill.
The two students involved were hosed off and taken to a hospital for observation.
There were no immediate injuries, but pyridine may cause long-term effects, said the Minnesota Daily.

Driver arrested after hit-and-run

One man is dead and one injured after an alleged drunk driver drove into a group of people and a house porch Saturday on Minneapolis' North Side.
Police arrived Saturday morning to the 1000 block of 39th Avenue North to find Maurice (Mo) Meeks and a second man lying in the street. The front porch was also damaged, according to the Star Tribune.
Meeks was later pronounced dead.
Police found the suspected hit-and-run driver. The vehicle was missing a tire and running on the rim, said the Pioneer Press.
One witness told the Star Tribune that she believed the suspect intentionally drove into the group.

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