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April 2013 Archives

Analysis: data

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The reporter used a lot of statistics and data, and trend information for the article. In one half of a paragraph, there are a number of figures used: "Its revenue, which exceeded $1 billion for the first three months of 2013, was a record. Minutes after the figures were announced Monday, Netflix stock soared more than 23 percent." The reporter would need a working knowledge of how stocks work, and how to accurately identify and report trends.

The article has a couple accompanying multimedia. The first is a side-by-side comparison of the biggest Web TV services (Netflix, hulu, etc). There is also a comment section. Both are intended to engage the reader, and help them understand the story. There are also hyperlinks scattered throughout the story which lead to other stories or information for further reading.

4 people stabbed at church service in Albuquerque

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A man stabbed 4 people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque Sunday, according to the AP.

Near the end of the service, a man in his 20s went up to the choir area and began to attack. The injuries were not life-threatening, according to the AP.

The church, St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic, is considered to be a megachurch of the area. The attack may have happened during the Spanish mass. Parishioners grabbed the man, according to some reports, as reported by Hispanically Speaking News.

U.S. citizen to be put on trial in North Korea

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A U.S. citizen will be put on trial in North Korea for "committing crimes" and trying to bring down the country's regime, according to North Korea's official news agency, as reported by NPR.

Kenneth Bae, 44, has been imprisoned since November. He was with five other tourists when a hard disk was found in their belongings. He was entering Rason, a city near North Korea's border with China and Russia, according to Aljazeera.

Friends of Bae say he is a Christian missionary who came from China to North Korea to feed orphans, according to the AP, as reported by NPR.

A Brooklyn Park man died after spending more than an hour in a Maple Grove pond Friday, according to the Star Tribune.

Andrew Pitts, 20, was unconscious when authorities pulled him out of a pond near the Shoppes at Arbor Lake. He died at Maple Grove hospital, according to Kare11.

The medical examiner listed Pitt's death as drowning, and authorities are investigating why he went into the pond, according to the Star Tribune.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev moved to medical detention center

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Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to a medical detention center, authorities said Friday, according to the New York Times.

Tsarnaev, 19, is now at the Bureau of Prisons facility at Fort Devens, Mass. The facility handles male patients who require long-term or specialized mental or physical care, according to USA Today.

Tsarnaev was involved in a shootout with police which left him with gunshot wounds. His injuries include ones to the tongue, neck, and leg, according to USA Today.

Tsarnaey faces life in prison or the death sentence if he is found guilty of using a weapon of mass destruction, according to the New York Times.

An 11month-old baby girl died after she stopped breathing while taking a nap at an in-home daycare in Fillmore County Tuesday, according to the Star Tribune.

The death is being investigated, and as of Wednesday the cause of death has not been determined. Foul play is not suspected, according to CBS.

The girl was air-lifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester after police received a 911 call saying she was not breathing. She died at the hospital, according to CBS.

This is the second child care death this year in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.

Shots fired at 420 rally in Colorado Saturday

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Two people are suffering from non-life threatening injuries after shots were fired at a pot holiday gathering in Colorado Saturday, according to the Denver Post.

The police are looking for one or two suspects following a violent disruption at a gathering in a downtown park in Colorado. Some people thought firecrackers were being set off, until they realized a man and his dog had been hit by bullets, according to the Pioneer Press.

The gathering was the first 420 rally since Colorado legalized marijuana last year, according to the Denver Post.

A 5-year-old Indian girl's kidnapping, rape, and torture has spurred hundreds of people to protest at New Delhi's police headquarters Saturday, according to the New York Times.

A medical bulletin released Saturday said the girl is alert and in stable condition, according to the Washington Post.

The 22-year-old man accused of kidnapping, raping, and torturing the girl has been taken into custody, according to the Washington Post.

Hospital searches for second body of stillborn

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The search for the body of a second stillborn baby has been unsuccessful after Regions Hospital officials suspect it was accidentally taken to the same laundry facility as the first stillborn baby earlier this week, according to the Star Tribune.

The hospital has not identified the workers who may have made the mistake, according to the Huffington Post.

According to the Star Tribune, Sherokee Ilse, a Maple Plain consultant and author who speaks about coping with stillbirths and miscarriages, said "We're always rushing, rushing, rushing, and we're cutting staff and dollars," she said. "Maybe these are the kinds of outcomes that happen when all that other chaos is going on."

According to a nonpartisan two-year study, the U.S. government was involved in 'indisputable' torture post 9/11, according to the New York Times.

The 577-page report was generated by 11 members of the Constitution Project, a Washington watchdog. It found that the Bush administration violated American and international law in its use of "enhanced interrogation techniques", according to the Telegraph.

According to the Telegraph, the report was the most ambitious project attempting to analyze the "controversial practices of the war on terror."

Baby's body found by laundry worker

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A baby's body was discovered by a laundry worker Tuesday at a laundry service in Red Wing, according to the Star Tribune

.The baby was a stillborn, and had been lying in the morgue at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The body had been accidentally wrapped up with the sheets to be cleaned by a laundry company, according to the Washington Post.

Police say they do not suspect foul play. The laundry employees and hospital workers are being offered counseling by the hospital, according to the Washington Post.

Standoff in North Minneapolis ends, hostages unharmed

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A standoff at a North Minneapolis home ended after police sent a robot into the building to subdue the man with a chemical agent, according to Kare11.

A 29-year-old man was arrested by a SWAT team after a 7 hour standoff situation, part of which involved hostages, according to the Star Tribune.

The woman, man, and child who were held hostage were released unharmed. The man remained in the house for several more hours until police subdued him using a chemical agent, and arrested him, according to the Star Tribune.

Analysis: Diversity

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Find a news story or a feature about a cultural group different from your own. Discuss whether and how the story moves beyond stereotype into something more substantive. Be specific. What sources did the reporter tap to gain information?


It moves past stereotypes, but the article really only interviewed higher-up officials and discussed statistics. An interview or two from black baseball players, or aspiring black baseball players, would have rounded out the article.

The article uses a lot of direct quotes-- the last two paragraphs are just direct quotes-- so that doesn't leave much room for the author's own voice, or for the article to get very in-depth.

No charges filed in fatal fight between roommates

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No charges will be filed after a man died during a fight with his roommate in Eagan, according to Kare11.

On January 1, 2013, Samuel Peterson, 28, called 911 when he realized his roommate, Johnathan Lahr, 36, was not breathing after a fight, according to CBS.

The announcement was made Thursday by Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom. Police say there was no way to prove Peterson was not acting out of self-defense, and no charges will be filed, according to Kare11.

Police stormed a house where a man was holding firefighters hostage Wednesday, according to the New York Times.

The man was killed by gunfire when a SWAT entered the house. The firefighters had minor injuries from a flash-bang grenade detonated by an officer as the team entered, according to USA Today.

The man, who has not yet been identified, put in a fake 911 call around 3:30 Wednesday. When 5 firefighters arrived, he held then hostage. The man allowed one firefighter to leave to move the fire truck, according to the New York Times.

The man was facing eviction, and during the situation asked for his utilities be turned back on, according to USA Today.

The body of Chile's Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who has been dead for 40 years, has been exhumed by forensic experts, according to the Star Tribune.

The forensic experts hope to discover if Neruda did indeed die of prostate cancer as he was originally believed to, or if he died of poisoning as his former driver, Manuel Araya, says, according to the New York Times.

Araya and Neruda's former bodyguard said that Neruda was murdered by agents of Gen. Augusto Pinochet who injected his stomach with poison, according to the Star Tribune.

The defense medical expert for the Schaffhausen trial testified Tuesday, according to KSTP

John Reid Meloy a forensic psychologist from San Diago spoke with Aaron Schaffhausen for 10.5 hours total, and conducted 4 tests, according to the Star Tribune.

On the stand Tuesday, Meloy said that Schaffhausen had suffered from a mental disease or defect. On Monday, Schaffhausen's parents had testified that he had suffered from mental illness his whole life, according to KSTP.

On Monday, a mental health expert assigned by the court had found Schaffhausen to be depressed, but not suffering from a mental disorder, according to the Star Tribune.

Analysis: numbers

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The article uses a lot of numbers throughout. The reporter used numbers to explain how much ice has melted in a period of time. The reporter also uses dates and ages to discuss the history of occurances like this one.

The reporter did a good job of keeping the numbers readable, and the reader is not overwhelmed.

Many of the numbers are in direct quotes, but they are still clear and easy to read, so the reporter didn't have to do much number-crunching. Sources include a couple glaciologists, a climate scientist, a chemical analysis, and a science journal.

Police arrested a man last week for having slightly over two pounds of heroin-- police call it the largest heroin bust in Dakota County history, according to Kare11.

Warren Earl Comeaux, 48, has been charged with two counts of first-degree controlled substance crimes, according to WCCO.

Comeaux was arrested at an Apple Valley apartment complex when police responded to a call about a disturbance, according to WCCO.

The street-value of the heroin is guessed at around $140,000, according to WCCO.

Autistic man missing near White Bear Lake

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Police are searching for a teenager who has autism after he went missing near White Bear Lake Thursday, according to Kare11.

Kyle Konkler, 18, left his job at the White Bear Lake Police Department Thursday. He did not arrive home. Konkler is high-functioning on the autism spectrum. Police are concerned for his safety, and they suspect Konkler may falsely believe he is in danger, according to Kare11.

Konkler is described as being 6 feet tall, 215 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes, and was wearing a white T-shirt and black leather jacket. He also had a Minnesota Twins drawstring backpack, according to MPR.

Fiery crash kills 36 people in Nigeria

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A crash in southwest Nigeria involving a bus, gasoline tanker, and a truck, killed 36 people Friday, according to the AP.

A bus crashed into a tanker, which had caught on fire after a tire from a truck struck it. The fire spread to a mechanic's shop, killing two children, according to CNN.

Three people from the bus and tanker survived, according to the AP.

Nigeria has one of the world's highest traffic fatality rates, according to data from the World Health Organization, reported the AP.

A legislation to pardon the Scottsboro boys passed 130-0 Thursday. It now moves to Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama, according to USA Today.

If the bill is signed by Bentley, the nine black teens who were falsely accused of raping two white women will be posthumously pardoned. The last of the men died in 1989, according to the AP.

The legislation was passed on the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, according to USA Today.

The search for a missing shipyard worker was called off Thursday according to the Washington Post.

A shipyard worker was blown by strong winds into the Mobile River, in Mobile Alabama Wednesday. The Coast Guard searched for about 15 hours, according to a report from CNN.

"It is always extremely difficult to suspend a search when a person is still missing," said Capt. Ed Cubanski, chief of response, 8th Coast Guard District, according to a report by the Washington Post.

A 900-foot Carnival Triumph cruise ship was ripped away from its moorings in the same winds, according to the Washington Post.

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