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Analysis: Hospital helicopters

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Hospital helicopters are not used so much for reporting to scenes of accidents as much as they are used for transporting patients from hospital to hospital, the Argus Leader said.
The focus of the story was on whether the cost of hospital helicopters is worth it. Helicopter trips are increasingly expensive, yet increasingly popular, the article said.
The article provides a large amount of numbers. On the first page of the lengthy article, there is a table on the side that provides data from three different hospitals. The data includes the number of Medicare flights, scene of accident flights, hospital transfers, the average cost, and total cost. The information is used to provide details to reference the expenses of hospital helicopters. The table is not interactive. Readers cannot click on the table to get more information.
In order to produce this story, I assume the reporter had to use some basic math skills in order to provide interesting facts and relevant comparisons. The reporter broke down the information in order to make it more comprehensible and easier to follow. Simply stating the numbers would not have been as hard hitting. The way the information was present made the story that much more relevant.
It appears the reporter did not use any computer skills to create this story. The story is basically cut and dry math, reporting, and writing.

Text message celebrates 20th anniversary

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The text message, a popular form of communication by all, is 20 years old today, the Los Angeles Times said.
The first text message was sent on Dec. 3, 1992, from software engineer Neil Papworth to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis, CNN said. It read, "Merry Christmas," the Los Angeles Times, said.
Text messaging has changed over the past 20 years. From T9, to full QWERTY keyboards, to voicing your message to Siri, texting has gone completely mainstream, the Los Angeles Times said.
Texting is popular around the world because it is compatible on all phones, whether it be old flip phones or expensive smartphones, CNN said.
The average adult, 18-24, sends approximately 4,000 text messages a month, the Los Angeles Times said. Adults, 55 and over, send almost 500 text messages a month, the Los Angeles Times said.
Six billion text messages are sent around the world daily, CNN said. While text messaging is still popular, it has recently been on the decline, the Los Angeles Times said.
Text messaging is costly, and people are finding ways to avoid these costs, CNN said.
According to Chetan Sharma, a consulting firm, free alternatives to texting such as Apple's iMessage, Facebook's chat, and other apps are creating the first decline for texting ever, CNN and the Los Angeles Times said.
2013 may be the year texting sees a harsh decline, CNN said.

Man charged in sexual assault of St. Kate's student

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A Hastings man was arrested Tuesday and later charged with the Nov. 19 sexual assault of a St. Catherine's student walking in Minneapolis, WCCO said.
The student was walking to St. Catherine's from Riverside Park when she was approached by a male asking for money. He claimed to have a gun and took her by the arm, WCCO said.
"He took the victim onto a trail in a wooded side of the park and robbed the victim of cash, her backpack, wallet and financial cards. Then, the complaint says he forcibly pulled down the victim's pants, pulled off her panties and sexually assaulted her with his finger. He also struck the victim in the face, leaving an abrasion," WCCO said.
Louis Richard Oliver, 48, who is also known as Terry Woods, was arrested after Regions Hospital security officers noticed him approaching women in the parking lot, the Pioneer Press said. Oliver was allegedly asking women for jumper cables for his car, WCCO said. When security went to where he said his car was parked, they found nothing, WCCO said. A Ramsey County deputy recognized Oliver from a sketch of the man who allegedly assaulted the St. Kate's student, WCCO said. After Oliver was detained, a background check found he is a registered sex offender, WCCO said.
The victim of the alleged assault confirmed Oliver as her assailant in a photographic lineup, WCCO said.
"Oliver faces one felony count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine plus conditional release," WCCO said.

Joe Mauer gets hitched

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Minnesota Twins' catcher Joe Mauer tied the knot Saturday in St. Paul, the Pioneer Press said.
Mauer, 29, married Maddie Bisanz, of St. Paul, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, the Pioneer Press said.
The reception was held Saturday at the Depot in downtown Minneapolis, the Pioneer Press said. Photos can be viewed here. Over 600 guests attended the reception that lasted until 2 a.m., the Pioneer Press said.
One guest reported, "Joe and Maddie went out of their way to make sure it was very entertaining, and they thought of every detail," the Pioneer Press said.
The reception was full of current and former Twins players and coaches. Jim Thome, J.J. Hardy, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Mike Redmond, Justin Morneau, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, and general manager Terry Ryan, the Pioneer press said.
Mauer's wedding was not the only marriage in the Twins family this weekend, the Star Tribune said.
Joe Gaetti and Ashley Gladden were married Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Pioneer Press said. Gaetti is the son of former Twins third baseman Gary Gaetti, and Gladden is the daughter of former Twins outfield and current Twins radio analyst, Dan Gladden, the Pioneer Press said.
Dave St. Peter, who was not in attendance at the Gaetti/Gladden wedding, tweeted he heard the wedding was "quite the bash," as reported in the Star Tribune.
Jack Morris, Kent Hrbek, Tim Laudner and Randy Bush joined about 150 guests at the wedding, the Pioneer Press said.


Smuggling clash kills US Coast Guard officer

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A suspected smuggling vessel crashed into a small U.S. Coast Guard boat killing one officer and injuring another off the Southern California coast Sunday, according to authorities, CBS News and Fox News said.
The small boat was deployed from a cutter by the Coast Guard to help in investigating a suspected Mexican drug smuggling vessel, CBS News said.
The Coast Guard spotted a panga, which is an open, low-sided fishing boat, near the Channel Islands west of Malibu before dawn, Fox News said. The Coast Guard issued a statement saying the panga, operating at a high speech and without lights, crashed into the inflatable boat deployed from the cutter, CBS News said. Two members of the Coast Guard were thrown from the boat, CBS News said.
Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach, sustained traumatic head injuries and was pronounced dead after being brought to shore, CBS News said.
The second man was treated for minor injuries, but his name has not been released, Fox news said.
The alleged smuggling vessel tried to flee, but another Coast Guard vessel was able to stop it and detain two suspects, CBS News said.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano released a statement, saying, "This tragedy reminds us of the dangers our men and women in uniform face every day, and the great risks they willingly take, as they protect our nation," as reported on CBS News.
Horne and his wife Rachel have one daughter and a child on the way, CBS News said.

Kate Middleton expecting first child

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England's Royal Family confirmed Monday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child, Fox News said.
It was also confirmed that Princess Kate was also admitted to the hospital due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which is acute morning sickness due to pregnancy, Fox News said. She is expected to stay in the hospital for several days, but her illness is not serious, the Los Angeles Times said.
It has not been confirmed how far along Middleton is, however the rep for the Royal Family said she has not passed 12 weeks, Fox News said.
The news brought much to delight. Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted, "I'm delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby," he said. "They will make wonderful parents."
The child, boy or girl, will be in line behind William for succession of the throne due to a recent change in the royal succession act in October, the Los Angeles Times said. Previously, the eldest son would be heir to the throne, the Los Angeles Times said.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who currently reside in North Wales where William is a search-and-rescue pilot, married in April 2011 after dating for eight years, Fox news said.

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