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February 2013 Archives

A missing St. Paul woman's car has been located which has led police to investigate her husband, Fox 9 reported.

Kira Trevino, 30, was reported missing to St. Paul Police Friday by her husband, Jeffrey D. Trevino, the Star Tribune said.

Trevino's car was found in the Mall of America parking lot where she worked as a manager of the clothing store Delia's, according to Fox 9. Her purse and cell phone were found in the car, police said.

The police went to the Trevino home Tuesday to investigate further and found evidence that a crime had been committed there, police said. After the search of the home, Jeffrey Trevino, 39, was arrested on suspicion of murder by Ramsey County Police.

Without a body however, police now face either releasing Trevino due to lack of evidence, or charging him in the murder of his missing wife, Fox 9 said.

North St. Paul girl stabbed to death in Maplewood

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A teenage girl found dead in a Maplewood park early Saturday has been identified, Maplewood police said.

Anna Lynn Hurd, 16, of North St. Paul, was found stabbed to death in Hillside Park Saturday morning, Maplewood Police Chief Dave Kvam said Sunday.

Kvam would not elaborate on the details of the murder including the severity of Hurd's wounds, the location of the wounds, or what kind of weapon that was used, the Pioneer Press said.

Originally, police were looking for a possible suspect identified by a caller as being a white male with blond spikey hair, the Star Tribune said. Police are now turning their attention to other possible suspects, the Star Tribune reported.

Whoever killed Anna, "robbed me blind," Patrick Hurd, the girl's father, said Sunday night according to the Star Tribune. "They stole something from me that was my most prized possession."

No arrests have been made at this point, Kvam said.

Cuban President Raul Castro to step down in 2018

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Cuban leader Raul Castro announced he will step down in 2018, which would be the end of his second term as president, CNN reported.

Castro, 81, made the statement in a speech he gave following his reelection by the Cuban National Assembly in its opening session, Reuters said.

During this session, the assembly also voted Miguel Diaz Canel as First Vice President, meaning Canel would step into the leadership role if Castro were unable to fulfill his duties, Reuters said.

Castro first assumed the leadership of Cuba replacing his ailing older brother, Fidel Castro, in 2006, CNN said.

New York Times- Spot Follow Analysis

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The New York Times article about a crash that injured fans at a NASCAR race in Daytona was edited and updated within the time that I wrote my blog entry, which was probably the span of an hour! The lead of the story changed from the simple fact that fans had been injured by debris from an accident on the track, to being a story about how the crash has prompted discussion on necessary safety measures. The structure of the story switched around as more details on the injured fans became available as well as more commentary by those in the industry concerning track safety. Instead of talking about how the crash happened right after discussing the injured fans, the updated version discusses safety related deaths at NASCAR races and what the organization has done to prevent deadly accidents. This story advances the news by talking about how the racing world is responding to the event and what they would like to see done in response to make the sport safer.

NASCAR fans injured in a last lap crash

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At least 28 fans were injured at Daytona Motor Speedway Saturday when parts of a car involved in a crash flew into the stands.

Although the exact number of injured fans was unclear at first, 14 fans were treated for their injuries on site, and 14 fans were taken to area hospitals for treatment, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said in a news conference. Chitwood did not elaborate on their conditions, said.

Six people who suffered from more serious injuries were taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center, where they were identified as meeting the conditions of trauma patients, Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron said according to

The 12 car pileup, which occurred during the last lap of the Nationwide race at Daytona, started at the front of the pack when contact was made between Regan Smith and the 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, the New York Times reported.

As a result, the No. 32 car driven by Kyle Larson got launched into the protective fencing that surrounds the track, sending airborne debris from the rookie driver's car straight through the fence and into the grandstands, the New York Times said.

Following the accident, Tony Stewart, the race's winner, quietly and respectfully celebrated the win with his crew in victory lane.

"As much as we want to celebrate right now and as much as this is a big deal to us, I'm more worried about the drivers and the fans that are in the stands right now because that was ... I could see it all in my mirror, and it didn't look good from where I was at," Stewart said according to

The Daytona 500 will go ahead as planned for Sunday, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell said.

Police arrested a Hill-Murray football coach Tuesday evening in what was part of a prostitution investigation in Fridley.

Mark Mauer, 54, was arrested Tuesday after soliciting a female undercover officer at the LivINN hotel on Central Avenue NE., Fridley police said.

The Fridley Police Department's official report states the Mauer entered a hotel room and agreed to pay $100 for a half hour of "full service," the Pioneer Press reported. Mauer was arrested outside of the hotel as he went to his car to get the payment. Police said they found $100 in cash and a bottle of little white pills in Mauer's possession, which he identified as Viagra.

The two day sting operation resulted in the arrests of 18 male suspects for solicitation, and four female suspects for prostitution, according to police.

Mauer, who is the cousin of Twins' catcher Joe Mauer, has been the head football coach at Hill- Murray, a private Catholic prep school in Maplewood, for the past year, and is a former head football coach of the Concordia Golden Bears, the Star Tribune reported. He is also a former St. Paul City Council member.

"He's the second high-profile Hill-Murray staffer to be accused of a sex-related crime in recent years," the Pioneer Press said.

Country singer dead after apparent suicide

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Country music star Melissa McCready, 37, was found dead Sunday afternoon from an apparent suicide, police said.

The singer's body was found on the porch outside of her Arkansas home with a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the head, police said.

According to the New York Times, McCready had attempted to take her own life at least three times from 2005 to 2010. The singer suffered from depression and struggled with addiction, McCready's father said.

Before taking her own life, McCready shot and killed a dog believed to have belonged to McCready's boyfriend, the late David Wilson, police said.

Wilson died last month similarly in an apparent suicide on the front porch of the same Arkansas home. The investigation surrounding Mr. Wilson's death is ongoing according to local authorities.

McCready leaves behind two sons, Zander, 6, and Zayne, Wilson's son, 10 months, CNN reported. According to the singer's representative, the children have been placed in foster care.

MPR Analysis- Structure

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The MPR article about St. Thomas' new president had a good flow and was easy to follow. The journalist started with a lead that was general, yet specific enough to let you know what the story was going to be about. The second paragraph went into greater detail and gave the woman's name, age, and more background information on her and her appointment. The subsequent paragraphs explain why she was chosen and what the new president plans on doing during her tenure. This type of organization reflected the "fact block" style of writing we have discussed in class, making summarization of the information much easier to understand and read. There is a good mixture of direct quotes from the woman herself and other St. Thomas faculty and summarized fact blocks. I thought this was a thorough and well-written article.

Danica Patrick: first female NASCAR pole winner

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The Go driver made NASCAR history Sunday afternoon when she became the first female pole winner at Daytona Motor Speedway, USA Today reported.

Danica Patrick of Roscoe, Ill beat out the likes of Jeff Gordon earning the number one of two assured spots in in the qualifying race on Sunday. Posting a lap of 196.434 mph, Patrick is the first woman in NASCAR history to win the pole for any race, CNN said.

Winning the pole sets her up to lead the first lap of the Daytona 500, the first race of the NASCAR season.

Fellow Chevy driver Jeff Gordon came in second in the pole, making him the only other driver besides Patrick who will not have to race for their Daytona 500 starting position in the Gatorade Duels this Thursday, CNN said.

The Daytona 500 will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.

Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down

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In a meeting with cardinals at the Vatican Monday morning, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will be resigning his position, NPR said.

After 8 years of papal service Pope Benedict XVI, 85, will step down on February 28 in a decision that he said was in the best interest of the Roman Catholic Church, NPR said.

The pope considered his advancing age and diminishing strength to be the two largest factors in his decision to be the first pope in almost 600 years to resign, the Telegraph said. The post requires "both strength of mind and body," Pope Benedict said.

A conclave of cardinals will be assembled in the Vatican to elect a successor by mid-March, the Telegraph said.

First female president appointed at St. Thomas

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The University of St. Thomas made the historical decision to appoint its first female and lay person president in the schools 128- year history.

Julie Sullivan, 55, will replace Father Dennis Dease who will be stepping down in June after serving as president for 22 years, the Pioneer Press said.

Sullivan was appointed following a unanimous vote by the school's Board of Trustees, MPR said. A wife and mother of four, she currently serves as the executive vice president and provost at the University of San Diego which is also a Catholic institution.

During her career in San Diego, Sullivan made many strides including adding tenured faculty, doubling the research grants available to faculty, and most notably the appointment of the school as a Changemaker Campus by nonprofit Ashoka, which supports global social entrepreneurship, the Pioneer Press reported.

"Her spirit, her authenticity and her mission-driven leadership will be an asset to the University of St. Thomas" Dease said of his successor.

Sullivan's main goals when stepping into her new role are to strengthen the school's image as a globally engaged institution with a liberal arts focus and to keep tuition rates in check in order to keep St. Thomas accessible to students, the Pioneer Press said.

"My aspiration for the University of St. Thomas is to be recognized regionally, nationally and internationally as the model Catholic university of our time," Sullivan said.

Hundreds of students fight in high school cafeteria

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A food fight involving hundreds of Minneapolis South High School students escalated to a brawl Thursday, leaving four people hospitalized and the school on lockdown.
200 to 300 students began to throw food, bottles, and trash in what started as a food fight, but quickly escalated into a fight, police said.
Staff members and police liaisons attempted to break up the fight, but were unsuccessful, MPR said. It wasn't until additional police officers arrived that the 15 minute fight was halted as the officers sprayed Mace into the crowd of students, police said.
Three students and one faculty member were hospitalized for minor injuries, Pioneer Press said.
Following the fight, the school went on lock down meaning students were not allowed to leave their classrooms, a statement issued by the school said.
No one was arrested after the fight; however police said they will review surveillance footage which could lead to charges.

A University of Maryland graduate student shot and killed one of his roommates and injured another Tuesday morning at their College Park home in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

Dayvon M. Green, 23, has been identified by Prince George's County Police as the shooter in the death of his roommate Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring. Green also fired shots at another roommate, leaving the 22-year-old undergraduate student injured, authorities said. Police did not release the injured victim's name, but said that he is expected to survive.

Investigators believe that Green had started a couple of small fires outside the home around 1 a.m. prompting the two roommates to go outside to investigate. The three men agreed to go inside and get water to put the flames out when Green reached for a handgun holstered on his hip and opened fire on his roommates, police said.

After killing one roommate and injuring the other, Green went around to the back of the house and fatally shot himself, the Baltimore Sun reported. In Green's possession was a fully-loaded semi-automatic weapon, ammunition, machete and a baseball bat, police said. The handgun was obtained legally and purchased by Green himself, but it is unclear whether the semi- automatic weapon was legal.

Green was a graduate of Morgan State University, a former NASA intern, and in the process of completing graduate work at the University of Maryland, the Washington Post said. Green's family confirmed that he had been suffering from an undisclosed mental illness within the past year and had been on unidentified medications for this illness in the past, the Baltimore Sun said.

Attribution Analysis: Star Tribune

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In the Star Tribune article about the water main break in St. Paul, there were 2 sources that were cited. The first were the "officials" assumed to be police and the utility workers who responded. The second was Rick Larkin, the city's director of emergency management. The article used the officials as the source more towards the beginning of the article, and used many direct quotes from Larkin towards the end of the article. The attribution used in this article is very effective for explaining the story. I thought the quotes from Larkin rounded out the story and provided some more explanation as to how the situation was being handled.

Horse meat found in UK lasagna

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Stores in the UK are pulling food products believed to be beef off the shelves after tests showed the products actually contained high levels of horse meat.
UK food safety officials have been testing meat products as part of an ongoing investigation regarding the mislabeling of food items including lasagna distributed by the frozen food company Findus, said the Star-Telegram.
The results of these tests concluded that of the 18 frozen lasagna dishes tested, 11 contained anywhere from 60 to 100 percent horse meat, the Food Standards Agency said.
Following these findings, Findus foods has recalled their shepard's pie, lasagna bolognese, and moussaka in France and burger patties in Ireland due to similar test results were confirmed, CNN reported.
Although they have recalled these products, Findus said that their meals can still be eaten without any health risks.
"This is completely unacceptable - this isn't about food safety but about proper food labeling (and) confidence in retailers," British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted in reference to the recall of Findus food products, CNN said.

Water line break causes flooding in downtown St. Paul

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A major water main ruptured in downtown St. Paul late Friday flooding nearby streets, and disrupting service to surrounding neighborhoods.
The break occurred around midnight on Wall Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, causing water pressure to drop for many customers whose water comes from the pipeline, the Star Tribune said.
Utility workers were able to get the break under control by 3 a.m., the Pioneer Press said, although the leak was not completely repaired at that point.
St. Paul's director of emergency management, Rick Larkin, said the break left "significant street damage." Larkin said that this would mean utility crews will have to dig up parts of the road in order to reach the damaged area, and repair the main, reported the Star Tribune.
At the moment, it is unclear what caused the 61-year-old main to burst.
"There's nothing that we can tell right now," said production distribution manager Jim Graupmann. "It's a pretty big break, but at this point, we don't have any one major cause."

The Los Angeles police department is searching for a disgruntled ex- officer who is accused of killing a police officer and two others on Thursday.
LAPD have identified 33-year-old Christopher Dorner as the target of a major manhunt in California after he shot and killed a police officer and two others in Riverside, Calif. Dorner is also wanted for questioning regarding last weekend's shooting deaths of his lawyer's daughter and her fiancé in Irvine, Calif., said The Lede Blog.
Dorner's recent crimes are a fueled by his desire to "reclaim my name," Dorner said in what is being described as a manifesto on his Facebook page, reported the Associated Press. Dorner was fired from the LAPD in 2008 after he reported another officer for using excessive force in an arrest of a mentally ill suspect, said the Associated Press.
In his manifesto, which has been removed from Facebook, Dorner describes his rationale for the crimes he has already committed and his plans for future murders of police officers and their families, said The Lede Blog.
The police have tracked Dorner's pick-up truck to White Bear Lake where they found it burned and abandoned, said the Associated Press.
Law enforcement said they have issued guards to protect those targeted in Dorner's manifesto and are continuing to pursue him.

U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering on Saturdays

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The United States Postal Service announced at a news conference Wednesday morning that beginning in August they will no longer deliver mail on Saturdays.
Although the Postal Service will not be delivering first class mail on Saturdays, other mail including packages, mail-order medicine, priority, and express mail will still continue to be delivered, CBS News said.
This decision comes as an effort to save money after the USPS reported a record loss of $15.9 billion last year.
"The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America's changing mailing habits," said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO, according to NBC News.
Cutting out Saturday delivery is estimated to save the USPS about $2 billion.
Former government watchdog, David Walker, said that this change "won't come close to solving the Postal Service's problem. It's got to look at more fundamental changes in its infrastructure, its compensation costs, its retirement obligations, and also what it does and who does its business," CBS News reported.

Iowa man dies in crash after fleeing murder

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A 46-year-old man died in a car crash after police pursued him when he fled the scene of his father's murder.
The Southern Minnesota Regional Coroner's Office announced that 86-year-old Dennis Seberson died on Saturday due to injuries he sustained from blunt force trauma outside his Austin residence, said MPR.
Craig Seberson of Meservey, Iowa led police on what local authorities described as a 50 mile pursuit, spanning three Minnesota counties before he crashed and died, said the Star Tribune.
According to an official police statement, Craig Seberson was considered a suspect in his father's death.

Star Tribune lead analysis

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A man in his 30s and an elderly woman whose vehicle plunged through the ice of a channel on the east side of Lake Minnetonka have died, authorities said Sunday.
This is the lead for the Star Tribune article about a car accident at Lake Minnetonka. I think that this lead address the four "W's" that we discussed in class as being necessary for a solid hard-news lead. The "who" is descriptive, a man in his 30s and an elderly woman, but isn't so specific that it provides names. The "what" is addressed when the crash is described as the car plunging through the ice. The "where" is stated as Lake Minnetonka and the location is narrowed down more specifically later in the article. The "when" is Sunday and the timeframe of the 911 call and rescue times are clarified later in the article as well.

Former U.S. sniper killed at gun range

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The U.S. military's deadliest sniper was shot on Saturday by another former military man at a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas.
Chris Kyle, Ex- Navy Seal sniper, was at a gun range with his friend and fellow veteran Chad Littlefield when the two were shot and killed on Saturday, said the Guardian.
Eddie Ray Routh, another veteran who arrived with Kyle and Littlefield, is the suspected shooter, and was apprehended at his home after fleeing the scene of the crime, said Sheriff Tommy Bryant of Erath County as reported by CNN.
Kyle is the author of the best-selling memoir, "American Sniper" in which he discusses his tours of duty, and on being a sniper. Kyle is known to give counsel to fellow veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, and this has been cited as the reason Kyle and Littlefield were with Routh, said the Guardian. It is likely that Routh was suffering from PTSD, and that Kyle was trying to help, said the Dallas Morning News.

Car falls through ice on Lake Minnetonka leaving 2 dead

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A man and an elderly woman are dead after their car sunk into an icy channel of Lake Minnetonka on Saturday, said the Hennepin County Sherriff's office.
The two were unconscious when first responders arrived about five minutes after receiving a 911 call at 2:25 p.m. from the male driver's cell phone, said the Star Tribune. Hennepin County Sherriff's office dive teams were able to get the two out of the waters of Gray's Bay Channel in less than an hour, according to Pioneer Press.
Following their rescue, the two were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where they both died, said the Star Tribune.
The identities of the deceased have not yet been released.

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