November 2010 Archives

Diversity analysis

Hindu traditions and Diwali were celebrated by Indian students at the University of Minnesota Nov. 8.
For Hindus in India, Diwali marks the end of one year and the beginning of another. The time is celebrated with fireworks, sweets and gambling, the Minnesota Daily said.
The Minnesota Daily reported on the festival of lights held by the Indian Student Association.
The news story did not move beyond stereotypes, Niha Patel, an Indian student, said.
"I'm glad they included a story about Indian culture," Patel said. "I feel like the only thing they focused on though were the traditional aspects."
The Minnesota Daily used observations and quotes to provide substance to the news story. The story could have provided input on how Indian students are different or similar to previous generations.
"Diwali is special, but it doesn't mean we all wear traditional clothes," Patel said.

Fire in Shanghai high-rise kills 42

A fire destroyed a high-rise apartment building undergoing rennovations in Shanghai Monday.
At least 42 people were killed and at least 90 others were injured, according to Xinhua, the official news agency.
The fire started in the 28-story in the Jing'an district and quickly spread to the upper floors, Reuters said.
Videos of the fire showed residents trapped on the roof that may have jumped to their deaths, the New York Times said.
The building housed 156 families, official said.

Airport security measures increased and criticized

A new airport security patdown procedure is being criticized. The patdown includes touching passengers' inner thighs and women's breasts.
Security officials defended the security procedure Monday. The Transportation Security Administration is looking for a balance between security and privacy, John Pistole, the head of TSA, told MSNBC.
Pilots and passengers have spoke out against the procedure online.
One pilot said he felt sexually molested, and vomited in his own driveway while contemplating going back to work, and being subjected to another patdown, ABC News said.
TSA increased the security in airports after two plots by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula were exposed.

Schools ban 'boobies'-bracelet

Rubber bracelets, that say "I love boobies," have prompted bans across the country.
The bracelets, which sell for about $4 in stores, were created by Keep A Breast Foundation, a non-profit group that seeks to increase breast cancer awareness among young people.
Some school districts require students to wear the bands inside-out and some ban them, USA Today said.
Two mothers in Pennsylvania filed a free-speech lawsuit Monday against the school district after their daughters were suspended for wearing the bracelets, the Associated Press said.
"That's the whole idea, it's getting people to talk about breast cancer, it's getting people to share their feelings about how this disease has impacted their life," founder Shaney Jo Darden said. "The bracelet is doing what it's meant to do -- it's making people talk."

Surge of car break-ins

Minneapolis police issued a crime alert Thursday after an increase in reported car break-ins.
There have been 46 car break-ins in November. Car owners have reported that their passenger side windows were smashed, but suspects left behind valuable items, the Minnesota Daily said.
"They went through my center console and the only thing that I can tell they took are batteries," victim Ashley Nelson said. "My wallet was completely open but they didn't take anything out of it."
Police advised residents to lock vehicle doors, park in well-lit areas, keep valuables out of parked vehicles and use garages if available, the Star Tribune said.

Roseville police dog still recovering from attack during manhunt

A Roseville police dog was stabbed four times and severely wounded after joining officers Friday in responding to a predawn break-in at a Maplewood business, authorities said.
The dog, Major, was stabbed in the head and neck during a manhunt. Major could possibly lose the function of his back legs, the Pioneer Press said.
Three suspects, including the one who supposedly wounded Major, were caught, Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand told the Star Tribune.
Major was in stable but critical condition, Rosasnd said.

Numbers analysis

A news story discussed the ranking, demographics and ticket sales about the movie "Megamind."
The reporter used numbers to describe how "Megamind" compared to other movies.
"DreamWorks Animation's $130 million superhero film slipped only 35 percent from last weekend for a cumulative total of $89.8 million," according to CNN.
The numbers are overwhelming. The story includes data from various movies. The story has too many comparisons to make the numbers worthwhile.
The reporter could have made it easier to grasp by focusing the comparison to one other movie.
The source of the data came from Entertainment Weekly.

Mexico hotel blast kills up to 7 people

An explosion at a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico left as many as seven people dead Sunday, authorities said.
The suspected gas explosion killed five Canadian tourists and two Mexican staff members while injuring 17 other people, the Agence France-Presse said.
The accident was likely caused by a buildup of naturally occurring gas that somehow ignited, CNN said.
Authorities have ruled out a premeditated attack as the cause.

Difficulties remain for Indonesia

The eruption of Indonesia's Mount Merapi has caused 240 people to die, a disaster relief official said Sunday.
Mount Merapi erupted Nov. 5 leaving 400,000 people homeless, authorities told the LA News Monitor. People are advised to not return to homes since the volcano is still active.
Indonesian army commandos led a search-and-rescue mission, the National Public Radio said.
Indonesian officials are working with Japanese volcanologists to monitor the volcano.

Ohio teen found as brother, mother and friend remain missing

A 13-year-old girl, who had been missing since Wednesday, was found Sunday bound and gagged Sunday in the basement of a Mount Vernon, Ohio, home, authorities said. Her brother, mother and a family friend are still missing.
Matthew J. Hoffman, 30, was arrested at his Mount Vernon home, where Sarah Maynard was found, Knox County Sheriff David Barber told USA Today.
Maynard was hospitalized but in good condition, Barber said.
Authorities hoped Hoffman would give them information to find Sarah's mother, Tina Herrmann, her 10-year-old brother, Kody, and Herrmann's 41-year-old friend Stephanie Sprang.
Hoffman was not cooperating with police, Barber told CNN.

Search for University of Minnesota president down to one

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents named Eric Kaler, Stony Brook University Provost, as the only finalist to become president of the University of Minnesota.
Out of four semi-finalists, two candidates withdrew to avoid having their names made public. Kaler was the only remaining candidate the board chose to invite to campus for interviews, the Minnesota Daily said.
"This person is an outstanding final candidate," Regent John Frobenius told the Star Tribune. Frobenius described Kaler's strengths, including his support of athletics, strong research experience and leadership style.
The selection of one finalist does not mean the process is over. The regents could return to the other candidates if they're not satisfied with Kaler, Regents Chair Clyde Allen said.

Snow covers Minnesota

Snow began falling Friday night and a foot accumulated in parts of Minnesota by Saturday.
By 9 a.m. Saturday, there were six inches of snow in Burnsville and Chanhassen.
The first snowstorm of the season snapped power lines and as of Saturday night, over 44,000 Xcel Energy customers were without power in the Twin Cities, the Star Tribune said.
Snowfall was expected to slow down by noon Sunday.
"Heavier snowfall rates are going to shift to the north metro and east central Minnesota and up towards Duluth," meteorologist Jim Richardson told the Pioneer Press. "We'll still have snow through the (rest of the) day, but kind of lightening up gradually."

News Obituary Analysis

Jill Clayburgh, an Oscar-nominated actress, died Friday. She was 66.
Her news obituary appeared in the Los Angeles Times. A standard obituary lead was used in the New York Times formula.
The lead began with the name of the person, a notable identifying fact, then when and where the person died. The age is added in a separate sentence at the end of the lead.
The lead effectively used this formula and identified Jill.
Sources included Clayburgh's husband.
An obituary differs from a resume because an obituary details more than a person's accomplishments. It includes unique characteristics of the individual too.

Al-Qaida group claims responsibility for cargo bombs

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The al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the two parcel bombs on cargo planes bound for the U.S. October 29.
Two parcels that were computer printer cartridges filled with explosives were bound for Chicago and were intercepted.
The group is affiliated with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
The claims were reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, a website that monitors global terrorism, the Hindustan Times said.
Security forces in Yemen are searching for the suspected bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, the British Broadcasting Corporation said.

Hurricane Tomas spares Haiti

Haiti suffered flooding from Hurricane Tomas, but avoided disaster Saturday.
The storm caused thousands to leave their homes and it increased challenges posed by a cholera epidemic, aid workers told Reuters.
Tomas evaded the west part of Haiti on Friday, but flooded some coastal towns.
Hurricane Tomas' hurricane force winds extended for 25 miles from its core and issued tropical force winds of 120 miles, the Los Angeles Times said.

Lori Berenson freed from prison

Orders from a Peruvian judge freed convicted rebel collaborator and U.S. citizen Lori Berenson was freed from prison Friday.
Berenson was granted parole after she served 15 years of her 20-year sentence for collaborating with leftist insurgents, Reuters said.
Berenson must remain in Peru however, until the full sentence is served or President Alan Garcia decides to commute it, the Associated Press said.
"I'm very happy right now," Berenson's mother, Rhoda Berenson, said. "We knew all along that Lori was not doing anything unusual. She was following the rules so we were only hoping that the law would prevail and it has."

Four semi-finalists chosen in U of M president search

The search for a replacement for University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks has been narrowed down to four candidates Friday.
The semi-finalists have been submitted to the Board of Regents. The names have not been released.
The individual regents are reviewing the files of each canidate, the university told the Pioneer Press.
The names of candidates could be made public at the next regent's meeting, executive secretary Ann Cieslak told the Minnesota Daily.
The Board of Regents hopes to appoint a new president by the end of the calendar year.

Man dead after being shot by Bloomington cop

Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man at an apartment building in Bloomington Thursday.
The man was a stabbing suspect and was shot in the hallway of a Lyndale Avenue apartment building.
The officer confronted the suspect after a disturbance was reported.
The suspect held two knives and a man was found stabbed, Bloomington police Cmdr. Mark Stehlik told the Star Tribune.
One officer shot and killed the suspect in the hallway, the Pioneer Press said.
The stabbing victim was taken to a hospital.

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