June 2012 Archives

By Karen Elizondo

Former University of Minnesota Gopher, was disqualified from the Olympic trials in Oregon Saturday, reported NBC Olympics.

Gabriele Anderson, a 1,500-meter runner, was listed as disqualified after a fellow runner said Anderson had "impeded her," reported the Star Tribune.

Meet referees examined the video of the race and determined that the incident was grounds for disqualification, reported NBC Olympics.

Anderson submitted a petition Saturday Morning to speak with the meet officials and make an appeal. She said she was simply standing her ground when the other runner came into her lane, reported NBC Olympics.

A spokesperson for her Team USA Minnesota said that there tends to be occasional pushing and shoving in these races. In addition, there were not any notifications from the meet officials during the race, reported the Star Tribune.

Anderson has survived two battles with two different types of cancer since 2009 and was "thrilled" to be at the Olympic Trials, reported NBC Olympics.

Three police officers shot to death in Mexico airport

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By Karen Elizondo

Three federal officers were shot and killed in a Mexico airport Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

At around 9 a.m. 3 policemen were preparing to arrest two suspected drug traffickers, reportedly fellow officers. The suspects noticed the officers and fatally shot them, according to the New York Times.

According to the New York Times, the suspects fled and the police is trying to track them down.

Drug cartel operations out of the airport were found in late 2010, involving flight employees aiding with the trafficking of cocaine to Spain, reported the NY Times.

There have been upwards of 50,000 deaths in relation to the drug war in the past six years, reported the LA Times, there is rarely airport violence.

Baby chimpanzee killed by adult male chimp

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By Karen Elizondo

A baby Chimpanzee was killed by an adult male chimpanzee at the Los Angeles Zoo Tuesday, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Zoo-goers watched Tuesday afternoon as a male chimp grabbed the infant, isolated her from the rest of the chimpanzees in the exhibit and fatally hit the baby in the head, reported the Associated Press.

The baby chimp, born in March, was gradually being introduced to the chimp troop. Although there had been no signs of trouble with the introduction, zoo officials said that chimp behavior is sometimes "aggressive and violent," reported the LA Times.

According to the Associated Press, it is not safe for zoo workers to stop attacks similar to this, and so the infant could not have been saved.

Zoo officials told the press that they have to reconsider the introduction process for baby chimps.

Hit-and-run suspect arrested

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By Karen Elizondo

Police have made an arrest in the Coon Rapids hit-and-run case that happened on June 13, reported Fox 9 News.

A warrant was issued Tuesday for a 32-year-old man's arrest on a charge of criminal vehicular operation and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, reported the Star Tribune.

Police were led to Nathan Wade Boese of Coon Rapids, after a worker at a local auto body shop saw news coverage of the case and connected it to a man who wanted quick repairs done to a Chevrolet Z-71 with suspicious damage, reported Fox 9 News.

Boese requested repairs for the mirror, windshield and dents all on the side of the truck that Amir Taylor, 9, would have been hit, reported the Star Tribune.

In addition to the lead from the auto body shop, surveillance cameras nearby the workplace of Boese's girlfriend, allegedly show him wiping the side of the truck that would have hit Amir about 30 minutes after the incident, reported the Star Tribune.

According to police records, Boese has a prior history of convictions for drugs, drunken driving and burglary.

According to Fox 9 News, Amir of Minneapolis spent three days on life support before being transferred to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. He is reportedly in fair condition.

Man sentenced for Dayton's Bluff fatal shooting

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By Karen Elizondo

A sentence of 8 1/2 years was given to a St. Paul man Monday for the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man.

Adrian R. Flowers, the alleged gunman, was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison Monday morning for the shooting death of Dekoda M. Galtney in St. Paul Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, Reported the Star Tribune.

Flowers entered an Alford plea for the case which pled guilty to second-degree unintentional murder. In effect of the plea, Flowers was able to maintain his innocence in accordance with the sufficient evidence to convict him, reported the Star Tribune.

Flowers reportedly received a lower sentence than what had been agreed upon by the prosecution and defense, because he was remorseful, he waived self-defense or defense-of-others claims and he maintained a "lack of serious criminal record," according to the the Pioneer Press.

The shooting happened on Sept. 28, 2011. Two groups of men, one group including Galtney, the other group including Flowers, were involved in an altercation early in the day. Later Galtney was stepping out of his Impala after he and his friends noticed the other group on the corner, when one of the men shot him in the chest, reported the Pioneer Press.

Galtney, a confirmed gang member trying to better his life after three years in prison, accordion to the Star Tribune, died minutes after arriving at the hospital that day, reported the Pioneer Press.

Analysis: Attribution in the Toulouse hostage story

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By Karen Elizondo

CBS News reported a bank robbery in Toulouse, France Wednesday.

The journalist attributes his writing and quotes to police officials, the city mayor, the Associated Press, the bank's spokesperson, and local residents.

The sources, all people, are found throughout the whole story. The journalist attributes almost every paragraph.

The reporter generally uses the standard "...police said," form of attribution. The writer appears to vary the placement from the beginning of the paragraph to the middle or at the end, perhaps so the text is not redundant.

The attribution throughout the story is very clear, a reader knows exactly who said what. There are a variety of sources which provides a more believable story to know that the journalist did the research.

The only part I would question is the piece about the Merah shootings that happened just a few months earlier near the same location. I think it would be more effective if the reporter would have attributed these paragraphs to police record or reports on the incident when that happened.

Sandusky convicted

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By Karen Elizondo

The former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted Friday of sexually abusing children, according to the New York Times.

Jerry Sandusky, 68, was convicted for sexually assaulting 10 young boys whom he "befriended" through Penn's States football program and his Second Mile charity program that helped youths with troubled backgrounds, reported the New York Times.

The jury found Sandusky guilty of 45 out of the total 48 counts charging him of sexual child abuse, reported the Los Angeles Times.

According to the LA Times, Sandusky could be spending the rest of his life in prison when sentenced.

When Sandusky's attorney asked the Judge to release him on house arrest. The judge, John Cleland said, "Bail is revoked. Mr. Sandusky is remanded to the custody of the sheriff," reported U.S. News on MSNBC.com.

Brother Ali one of 13 arrested at Cruz House

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Thirteen people, including Brother Ali, were reportedly arrested at the Cruz family's home on a charge of trespassing Thursday night.

Brother Ali, full name Ali Douglas Newman, was arrested Thursday night along with two women and ten men, on a charge of trespassing, reported Kare 11 News.

The protest was peaceful, and Ali even told reporters that the the police and the protesters were so "Minnesotan" during the event, reported the Star Tribune.

In a video posted on the Star Tribune web page for the story, it shows the police politely explaining to protesters the reifications of crossing the property line into the Cruz family's front yard, and the protesters peacefully accepting.

Those arrested were booked in the Hennepin County Jail Thursday night, reported Kare 11 News.

"I think there was a need for us to make this bold of a statement," Ali told reporters. "People are fighting for justice and for dignity." Brother Ali was released Friday morning on a $50 bail, reported the Star Tribune.

The Cruz home, one of the homes in Occupy Homes MN, is a foreclosed home that has been a stage for several protests, reported the Star Tribune.

The PNC bank is claimed to be at fault for an online banking transaction that failed to process a mortgage payment, and in effect fined the family a sum of money that they could not afford. Eventually, their home was foreclosed on, protesters told the Star Tribune.

According to the Occupy Homes MN website, 24 protesters have been arrested at the Cruz house in the past month.

By Karen Elizondo

A Texas father will not be charged for the fatal beating of his 5-year-old daughter's molester, reported the Associated Press Wednesday.

Los Angeles Times reported the father beat a Gonzales, Texas man, to death after witnessing the man molest his daughter behind a horse barn on June 9 in Lavaca County.

After reviewing the evidence, a jury decided Tuesday that no charges would be filed against the 24-year-old father, reported ABC News.

The father's story that his daughter was being molested was supported by witness accounts and forensic evidence from the daughter's medical examination, according to the Star Tribune.

The District Attorney Heather McMinn told reporters that the father's actions were justified under Texas Law in his attempts to stop a sexual assault, according to ABC News.

Hostages taken in Toulouse bank robbery

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By Karen Elizondo

A gunman took four people hostage in a bank standoff Wednesday in Toulouse, France.

Wednesday morning a gunman, who police said has past psychiatric problems, claiming to be associate with Al-Qaida, entered a bank in Toulouse and took hostage the bank director and four employees, reported CBS News.

Initially he asked for money but the employees refused and the first gunshot was fired, reported BBC News.

During the siege he demanded to speak to the elite RAID national police force. During negotiations with the gunman over the phone it was determined that his motivations were not for money but for his religious beliefs, according to CBS.

After about four hours the gunman released two women hostages unharmed, one in exchange for food and water. Finally, about seven hours after the the gunman entered the bank he emerged with the other two hostages at gunpoint. The police were able to shoot him in the thigh and detain him, reported the BBC.

CBS reported the hostages unharmed and the gunman only slightly injured.

Two nearby schools were evacuated and closed during the incident and there were several police barriers cornering off the surrounding roads, reported BBC.

Both news organizations mentioned the Merah Siege in March, that happened only several hundred yards from this bank. Twenty-three-year-old Mohamed Merah killed seven people before he was shot dead by authorities.

These recent events have worried the locals, one woman said she was considering moving she was quoted in CBS News after she said, "I'm worried about the climate that reigns in this city."

By Karen Elizondo

Legislation in the U.S. house passed on Monday night to pay Minnesota Chippewa Tribes $28 million.

Each individual in five out of the six Minnesota Chippewa Tribes will recieve $300 in addition to the $3 million that each of the six bands will be given, reported the Duluth News Tribune.

The payment is a movement toward repaying debt to the tribes after cheating them out of land and timber in the Nelson Allotment Act of 1889, reported the Star Tribune.

One band, Leech Lake, still opposed the settlement, but the U.S. House agreed on it anyway.

The payment is overdue from 1999, when the government planned to pay the tribes $20 million, but the dispute between how the money would be divided between the bands stopped the process. Since then, the initial payment promised has accumulated interest and increased to $28 million, reported the Duluth News Tribune.

The legislation must still be approved by the Senate, but several are already commenting on how the money will be distributed within the bands and how it will be used, reported the Duluth News Tribune.

"There is a great need on these Reservations for things like schools, health care facilities and infrastructure improvements," said Minnesota Represenative Collin Peterson.

The Fond du Lac Band, in addition to the $300 per-capita, is already planning on dividing the $3 million between the band's enrolled members, Karen Diver, chairwoman of the Fond du Lac band, said.

Minneapolis police officer jailed after a bar fight

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By Karen Elizondo

A Minneapolis police officer turned himself in on Sunday at the Anoka County Jail, less than 24 hours after punching a Ramsey man unconscious.

Brian Vander Lee was at Tanners Station Bar in Andover Saturday night to enjoy a few drinks with his wife and friends. Vander Lee was on the phone with his best friend, Mike Archambault, who was pulling into the bar parking lot, when he was told by Sgt. David Clifford to be quieter. Just minutes later, Vander Lee was approached by Clifford and punched, reported Leah Beno of Fox 9 News.

After watching the surveillance footage of the incident Archambault described the punch to Fox 9 News, "Brian went back, feet up in the air, and the guy landed on top of him and his head bounced off the concrete."

Vander Lee was rushed to the hospital and has since had two brain surgeries due to brain injury. Fox 9 News reported that he is on life support but his vitals look good and there is much hope.

According to the Pioneer Press, Sgt. David Clifford is the executive officer of the Minneapolis Police SWAT Unit and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Clifford was off-duty at the time.

Clifford was jailed on suspicion of first-degree and third-degree assault, reported the Pioneer press.

By Karen Elizondo

The Star Tribune writers Abby Simons and Kristian Hernandez wrote a report about a mother of a hit-and-run victim and her pleas for the driver to come forth and turn himself in.

"Speaking Thursday at the hospital where her son lay in critical condition with a brain injury, Ravesha Harris calmly resolved that the 9-year-old would open his eyes soon and return home to the family that hasn't left his bedside."

The lead provided above is quite detailed and long. The news elements in this lead are that the mother spoke at a news conference in the hospital and believed in her son's recovery.

There is not much general information in this lead. This information given is detailed; the writers provide the mothers name, the condition and age of the son, and the mother's thoughts on his recovery. The only information that is general the absence of the hospital name.

The writer's may have chosen this way to write a lead because this is an ongoing story not breaking news. There has been coverage of the situation for a couple days and perhaps this lead is more emotional and intriguing to readers that have been following the story. The readers do not need the information quickly, they are reading because they are already interested and will take the time to read further into the story to discover any new details or information.

Four die in avalanche

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By Karen Elizondo

Four climbers, out of a group of five, vanished after an avalanche on Mount Mckinely early Saturday morning.

Maureen Mclaughlin, a spokesperson for the park, told CNN, "Given how long it's been and how long they may have been trapped under there, it's more of a recovery effort at this point."

The five rope climbers were ascending the west side of the mountain when the avalanche struck at about 2 a.m. Saturday, breaking the rope and sweeping over the team. Hitoshi Ogi, the only survivor, was pushed into a crevasse and only endured minor injuries, reported CNN.

Ogi said he looked for two hours for his team members before descending to Kahiltna Basecamp to report the incident, according to the Los Angeles Times.

So far, the search team has found only the other part of the broken rope about 100 feet below the glacial crevasse surface. The search effort was stopped after the discovery of the frayed rope due to the dangerous conditions for the search team, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Times also mentioned that after this incident the number of bodies on Mount Mckinley has increased to 44.

China sends its first female to space

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By Karen Elizondo

China launched its first female astronaut into space on Saturday night from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center near the Gobi Desert.

According to MSNBC, the spacecraft lifted at 6:37 p.m (6:37 a.m. ET), was functioning normally, and declared a success.

The crew of Shenzhou-9 consisted of two males, Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang, and one female, Liu Yang, reported MSNBC. Yang, a 33-year-old deputy head of a flight unit in the nation's airforce has had 1,680 hours of flight experience and two years of space training, reported CNN.

Wu Ping, a spokesperson for China's manned space program, told CNN that this mission will increase knowledge of the psychological and physical impact of space on women as well as promote the "positive image of Chinese women."

The two year training that Yang was required to do was intense. She told MSNBC that she never went shopping, saw a movie, or even left the training grounds the entire time she was there.

Yang was quoted saying at a press conference, "I want to experience the fantastic environment in space and appreciate the beautiful Earth and our homeland from space."

If the mission goes as planned the spacecraft, Shenzhou-9, will dock at China's space laboratory. Two of the members will work and test life-support systems in the laboratory while the third member will remain on the spacecraft to fix any emergencies.

Colorado wildfires lead to evacuation

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By Karen Elizondo

Late Wednesday night at least 200 evacuation orders were sent to residents in Glacier View Meadows as a result of the raging wildfires in Colorado.

The Denver Post Reported Thursday that the evacuations were sent out as a precaution for the 52,000 acre fire near Larimer County.

There are about 1,400 firefighters working on containing and reducing the fire and are hoping no additional evacuations will need to be ordered. The incident commander, Bill Hahnenberg told the Denver Post, "We are going to overcome by being smart, aggressive and persistent."

Earlier this week MSNBC posted a report from the Associated Press noted that at least 1,800 evacuation notices were sent to cellphones of residents in the area. At least 500 people reportedly checked into Red Cross shelters as well.

Authorities said they have not seen a fire this bad in Larimer County in 25 years, according to the Associate Press.

Mom asks hit-and-run driver to turn himself in

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By Karen Elizondo

In a news conference at North Memorial Medical Center Thursday, the mother of a 9-year-old hit-and-run victim asks driver to come forward and turn himself in.

Ravesha Harris said,"Whoever you are, wherever you may be, that's my child, and just have the compassion to come forth, or to even say anything," reported the Star Tribune.
The Star Tribune also reported that the victim, Amir Kahron Taylor, is to be a fourth-grader at Lyndale Community School in the fall. His mother says he is a "fighter" and a "believer," reported the Pioneer Press.

Taylor was struck on Wednesday night after his uncle said he could ride his bike to the park. He was just leaving the driveway when the truck hit him and quickly sped off with a broken mirror on the driver's side while Taylor lay unconscious in the road and bleeding from the mouth, reported the Star Tribune.

Kare11, as well as the Star Tribune and Pioneer press, all reported the truck to have been a black 1993-98 Chevrolet Z-71 with an extended cab, a truck that is said to be seen frequently in the neighborhood of the incident.

In the news conference, Harris also mentioned how careful and cautious Taylor had always been while riding his bike. His uncle, Kahron Nix, 19, said, "But you hit him and find damage on the front of the car and your side mirror dangling. To me, you left him to die."

Minnesota warming faster than other states?

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By Karen Elizondo

A recent study reveals that Minnesota is the third fastest warming state in the U.S.

Climate Central, a non-profit organization, studied temperatures within the timespan of 1912-2011 and 1970-2011 and found that the average temperature in Minnesota in the past 30 years has risen 2.3 degrees, compared to the nationwide average of 1.3.

The Star Tribune noted some of the changes Minnesota has seen in this warming trend are earlier springs, quick melting ice on lakes, major winter events and festivities forced to reschedule or cancel, and of course, they mentioned the lower heating bills. In addition, the warmer weather and shortened winters has severely affected the winter tourism industry.

WCCO's Steve Murphy reported on this study as well, he included information provided by the assistant state climatologist Pete Boulay who said the warmer winters are cause by less snow cover.

Claudia Tebaldi is the coauthor of the study who said that greenhouse gases and natural variations in nature are main causes of the rapid warming increase.


Euro 2012: Warsaw rage

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By Karen Elizondo

On Tuesday, the Euro 2012 match between Russia and Poland provoked pre-game and post-game riots.

The BBC reported that thousands of Russian fans took to the streets to march before during and after the football match between the two countries on Tuesday, June 12th.

They reported upwards of 6,000 police men and women on duty to keep the possible riots under control and police told BBC that there were at least 120 arrests throughout the events. The police force were reportedly using rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons.

The New Zealand Herald reported that fans from both sides were beating and kicking each other and the BBC reported some younger fans attacking the police with glass bottles.

Both the BBC and the New Zealand Herald reported 10 injuries. A long history of trouble between the two countries, including the ruling of Moscow over Poland, has built a hateful relationship. It was reported that many Poles were upset with their law enforcement for allowing the Russian March into Warsaw.

The football match ended in a 1-1 tie.

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