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14-year-old stabbed in Mall of America

A 14-year-old girl was stabbed Saturday afternoon in the Mall of America. Another 14-year-old girl was the assailant, and she was apprehended 15 minutes after the incident. The victim has multiple wounds that may be critical. The police do not believe that the incident was random. They said that there is reason to believe that the assailants knew each other.

The story was covered by both major papers in the Twin Cities, the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune, written by Richard Meryhew and Paul Gustafson, has a long in-depth story involving the incident, including background on the prevalence of crimes at the Mall. They have details of the incident high in the story, carefully attributed to the police. They also talked to a mall spokesperson to get details about crime at the mall. The story was posted around 7.30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Pioneer Press's story, written by Tom Webb, is little more than a brief. They posted their story around 6 p.m., but had only relevant, immediate information. They also included that the mall remained open for the rest of the day. This was never mentioned in the Star Tribune article, though it was implied from the last paragraphs of the story.

I'm curious if the Pioneer Press will have a more comprehensive story tomorrow, and if they were pressured to publish a brief before the Star Tribune. I'm also curious if the Star Tribune posted a brief and later added to the story.

The handling of the incident was delicate because it was a breaking news story, and because both the victim and the assailant were juveniles. The Star Tribune even stated that explicitly in their story—that the police declined to name either because both were juveniles.