November 2012 Archives

2012 among world's hottest years

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This year is being ranked in the top nine of the world's hottest year by U.N. meteorologist, LA Times reports.

In a statement from international climate talks in Qatar, the World Meteorological Organization said global warming is causing the Arctic to melt at an "alarming rate."

Delegates from all over the world attended the conference to discuss ways of slowing the climate change, including cutting the emissions of greenhouse gases.

"Climate change is appearing right before our eyes and will continue to do so as a result of concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," head of the World Meteorological Organization said in a prepared statement.

Above-average temperatures experienced caused record-high temperatures all over the world, including areas like Greenland and Siberia, the World Meteorologist Organization reported.

Severe droughts have been experienced in the United States, parts of Europe, western Russia and southern China, while parts of the West and Sub-Saharan Africa experienced severe flooding.

2012 among world's hottest years

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This year is being ranked in the top nine of the world's hottest year by U.N. meteorologist, LA Times reports.

In a statement from international climate talks in Qatar, the World Meteorological Organization said global warming is causing the Arctic to melt at an "alarming rate."

Delegates from all over the world attended the conference to discuss ways of slowing the climate change, including cutting the emissions of greenhouse gases.

"Climate change is appearing right before our eyes and will continue to do so as a result of concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," head of the World Meteorological Organization said in a prepared statement.

Above-average temperatures experienced caused record-high temperatures all over the world, including areas like Greenland and Siberia, the World Meteorologist Organization reported.

Severe droughts have been experienced in the United States, parts of Europe, western Russia and southern China, while parts of the West and Sub-Saharan Africa experienced severe flooding.

2012 among world's hottest years

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This year is being ranked in the top nine of the world's hottest year by U.N. meteorologist, LA Times reports.

In a statement from international climate talks in Qatar, the World Meteorological Organization said global warming is causing the Arctic to melt at an "alarming rate."

Delegates from all over the world attended the conference to discuss ways of slowing the climate change, including cutting the emissions of greenhouse gases.

"Climate change is appearing right before our eyes and will continue to do so as a result of concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," head of the World Meteorological Organization said in a prepared statement.

Above-average temperatures experienced caused record-high temperatures all over the world, including areas like Greenland and Siberia, the World Meteorologist Organization reported.

Severe droughts have been experienced in the United States, parts of Europe, western Russia and southern China, while parts of the West and Sub-Saharan Africa experienced severe flooding.

2012 among world's hottest years

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This year is being ranked in the top nine of the world's hottest year by U.N. meteorologist, LA Times reports.

In a statement from international climate talks in Qatar, the World Meteorological Organization said global warming is causing the Arctic to melt at an "alarming rate."

Delegates from all over the world attended the conference to discuss ways of slowing the climate change, including cutting the emissions of greenhouse gases.

"Climate change is appearing right before our eyes and will continue to do so as a result of concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," head of the World Meteorological Organization said in a prepared statement.

Above-average temperatures experienced caused record-high temperatures all over the world, including areas like Greenland and Siberia, the World Meteorologist Organization reported.

Severe droughts have been experienced in the United States, parts of Europe, western Russia and southern China, while parts of the West and Sub-Saharan Africa experienced severe flooding.

2012 among world's hottest years

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This year is being ranked in the top nine of the world's hottest year by U.N. meteorologist, LA Times reports.

In a statement from international climate talks in Qatar, the World Meteorological Organization said global warming is causing the Arctic to melt at an "alarming rate."

Delegates from all over the world attended the conference to discuss ways of slowing the climate change, including cutting the emissions of greenhouse gases.

"Climate change is appearing right before our eyes and will continue to do so as a result of concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," head of the World Meteorological Organization said in a prepared statement.

Above-average temperatures experienced caused record-high temperatures all over the world, including areas like Greenland and Siberia, the World Meteorologist Organization reported.

Severe droughts have been experienced in the United States, parts of Europe, western Russia and southern China, while parts of the West and Sub-Saharan Africa experienced severe flooding.

Minnesota urged to stop required graduation exams

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Minnesota state education task force urged legislature to stop required graduation exams needed to obtain high school diploma on Tuesday, Education Week reports.

Required math, reading, and writing exams would come into play in 2015, when students who do not pass the exams would not graduate.

Now, students are required to pass the reading GRAD test to get a diploma, but have three chances to pass the math GRAD test. Even if students don't pass the math test, they can still graduate if they meet all other requirements.

In 2015 this will change, making passing all test required before a student could earn his or her high school diploma.

An analysis of test results suggest that because of this change, 31 percent of students state-wide will not be allowed to graduate, making the state education task force urge legislatures to end the high-stakes testing.

Bounce house related injuries soar

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The number of bounce-house related injuries have increased 15-fold from 1990 to 2010, according to nationwide study, LA Times reports.

The number of bounce-house related emergency room treatments has increased along with the popularity of the bounce-houses, from fewer than 1,000 in 1990 to almost 11,000 in 2010.

With these numbers, in 2010 approximately 31 children were admitted each day at a rate of one injury every 46 minutes, LA Times said.

Overall, the researchers found 64,657 bounce-house related injuries have been reported from 1990 to 2010.

The researchers said that these findings show the need for guidelines for safer bounce-house usage and improvements on the design of the bounce-houses to make them safer for children.

Mall Of America expanded restrictions on the hours teens can be in the mall without supervision to include all hours of Black Friday, Star Tribune reports.

Mall Of America (MOA) will not allow those under the age of 16 to be without the supervision of an adult, age 21 or older, on Black Friday, or during the week between Christmas and New Years Day.

Bridget Jewel, spokeswoman for MOA, said the mall experienced an influx of teens at the mall during these times last year.

"We don't it to turn to a place for people to come and hangout." said Jewel.

Every store at MOA will be open at 6 a.m. Friday, except Nordstrom, which decided to open at 9 a.m.

"We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time," a sign at Nordstrom explains.

Analysis: Egypy's new Coptic pope enthroned

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This story was written about a culture group different than my own, the Egyptian Coptic church. The story moves beyond the stereotypes of these people simply by explaining what happened during the ceremony, and explaining the views of the Egyptians in the Coptic religion. This makes the story more substantive because it explains the situation as the writer saw it, and explains the view of the Egyptians through sources. This makes it not appear to have an extreme outsider biased of what happened.

The reporter had to talk to people from that area to know about the event, and the significance of the event. The reporter also had to get an inside view of what being a Coptic Egyptian is like in Egypt. The reporter also talked to multiple sources, who he referenced in his story, to get that insider knowledge of the situation in Egypt.

Egypt's new Coptic pope enthroned

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The new pope of Egypt's Orthodox Coptic Church was enthroned Sunday, The Seattle Times reports.

The Coptic cathedral in Cairo was packed on Sunday as Pope Tawadros II, 60, was enthroned during a ceremony that lasted more than four hours.

Tawadros II replaced Shenouda II, who passed away in March of last year after leading the church for 40 years.

The cathedral burst into applause as the papal crown was placed on Tawadros II head before he sat on the throne of St. Mark, the church's founding saint.

President Obama flew via helicopter into State Island on Thursday to meet with emergency relief leaders and families who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, New York Times reports.

Obama's visit to disaster-stricken Staten Island will include walking through damaged neighborhoods and visiting a disaster-recovery center run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (FEMA)

Of the 43 total deaths that New York City attributed to Hurricane Sandy, 23 occured in Staten Island.

The FEMA center has provided hot meals, nonperishable foods, clothing and shelter throughout the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, helping approximately 1,500 people.

Two Minneapolis writers win National Book Awards

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For the first time, two Minnesota writers won National Book Awards on Wednesday, Startribune reports.

Louise Erdrich won her first National Book Award for her book, "The Round House" and William Alexander won for "Goblin Secrets," his debut fantasy novel.

Erdrich currently lives in Minneapolis and owns Birchbark Books. "The Round House" is her 14th novel and second in a planned trilogy to take place on a Native American Reservation.

Alexander also lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He first began writing in March of last year and said he was shocked to even be a finalist for the award.

Winning the award includes a prize of $10,000 and a bronze statue.

Oxytocin keeps men attached

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New research, released Tuesday, discovered a dose oxytocin could help protect monogamous relationships, LA Times reports.

The research showed that men in monogamous relationships given the hormone oxytocin will stand farther away from women they have just met.

The "love hormone" oxytocin has been found to increase bonding in parents and children at birth, increase trust, and reduce conflict between couples.

Researchers said that until now, there had been no connection between oxytocin levels and the maintenance of a relationship.

The research also suggests that oxytocin makes people more empathetic and attuned to social cues, which makes the men in the study act accordingly and stand farther away from women when they are in a relationship.


St. Paul teacher wins education award

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A St. Paul teacher won a $25,000 award on Friday for an excellence in teaching, Star Tribune reports.

Steve Abenth, 37, was the only teacher in Minnesota to be awarded the 2012 Milken Educator Award for excellence in teaching.

Abenth teaches the fourth grade at Highland Park Elementary School in St. Paul. According to the award program, Abenth created a data-tracking system to isolate student learning gaps and improve achievement.

Abenth said he will use the money to get his masters degree in technology education.


St. Paul teacher wins education award

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A St. Paul teacher won a $25,000 award on Friday for an excellence in teaching, Star Tribune reports.

Steve Abenth, 37, was the only teacher in Minnesota to be awarded the 2012 Milken Educator Award for excellence in teaching.

Abenth teaches the fourth grade at Highland Park Elementary School in St. Paul. According to the award program, Abenth created a data-tracking system to isolate student learning gaps and improve achievement.

Abenth said he will use the money to get his masters degree in technology education.


LA declares 'Meatless Mondays'

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The City Council unanimously approved a resolution this week to make all future Mondays in the city of Los Angeles 'Meatless Mondays,' NBC news reports.

Los Angeles is the largest city in the nation to embrace the 'Meatless Monday' campaign after the City Council voted 12-0 approving the non-binding resolution.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who co-introduced the resolution with Councilman Ed Reyes said the campaign not only helps reduce common illnesses in the United States, such as heart disease and various cancer, but it also can reduce environmental impact of meat production.

Jaya Bhumitra,campaigns director for the group Compassion Over Killing, said eliminating meat from your diet one day a week will reduce the environmental impact an equivalent of two days driving.

Conjoined twins successfully seperated

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Conjoined twins in Philadelphia were successfully separated on Wednesday after a 7-hour-long surgery, LA Times reports.

The 8-month-old twins, Allison and Amelia Tucker, were separated after a team of 40 surgeons preformed a 7-hour-long surgery.

The twin girls were born attached at the lower chest and abdomen and spent all of the eight months of their lives in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Their mother, Shellie Tucker, found out her daughters were conjoined 20 weeks into her pregnancy and started documenting her life on a blog through Caringbridge.com.

Before the twins went into surgery, Tucker posted, "At this point, it's in the surgeons's hands. We have done all a parent can do. "

It was the hospitals 21st time separating twins.


Analysis: Alarm over India's dengue fever

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In an article about the rise in dengue fever in India, the author uses number multiple time.

The author takes time in the beginning of the article to examine exactly what the dengue fever is, and how it effects the human body. It also explains how one may get the fever, and why it is so prevalent in India. Before the numbers are presented, the author also gives life to the story by writing about two children who are infected by the fever. I think the author does this to make the numbers more significant to the reader. If the author would have placed the number at a different point in the story they would not have been as heart wrenching because the average reader doesn't know what dengue fever is or how if effects the body. It also prevents the numbers from being an overwhelming part of the story.

When the author presents the numbers they present the total number of the reported fever cases in October. The number is then placed as a significant increase of 59% from all of 2011. The author may have had to do some number crunching in order to do this. Numbers are also used to examine how many cases go unreported. This is placed to show how the number of Indian people effected is much larger than the number reported. All the numbers are reported to be from officals.

Stillwater couple convicted of mortgage fraud

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A Stillwater couple was sent to federal prison on Thursday in connection with a 10-year-old fraud scheme, Startribune reports.

Jim and Teresa Gay Hoffman, both 53*, were convicted in connection with a $5 million mortgage fraud.

Jim Hoffman pleaded guilty to money laundering and tax evasion and was sentenced to six years in prison. Teresa Hoffman pleaded guilty to tax evasion and will spend one year and one day in prison.

Teresa Hoffman's attorney argued for probation for her due to the fact that she is the primary homemaker for the couples four children.

The couple was also ordered to pay $344,409.26 in restitution to victims.

*One source said Jim Hoffman is 52.

Egyptians fight back against harassment

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Citizen's groups in Cairo fight back against harassment during the Muslim Id al-Adha holiday on Monday, New York Times reports.

Young activists took to the streets around Tahrir Square in Cairo during the celebration to take a stand against the harassment of women in public.

Harassment is at its worst since 2011. Women have been openly heckled, grabbed, threatened, and violated while policelook the other way.

The activists decided to fight the harassers themselves by marking known harassers with spray paint and creating a human-fence around women traveling alone.

Nihal Saad Zaghloul blogged about her harassment, which took place in June, and is now part of the street patrols protecting women against the harassment.

"The more of us there are the more scared the harassers are to fight," said Zaghloul.

NYC marathoners run anyway

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After the abrupt cancellation of the New York City Marathon on Friday, runners hit the streets and ran anyway, helping Hurricane Sandy victims along the way, CBS News reports.

Although the marathon was officially canceled, many runners decided to run anyway, helping victims on Staten Island or donating items and running the marathon around Central Park in NYC.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the cancellation of the world's largest marathon due to the large amount of criticism, many wanting volunteers to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy instead of helping to run the marathon.

The runners set up groups to run and help online and gathered at the still up starting line at 8 A.M. Many runners donated items at cardboard box station, then ran clock-wise or counter-clock-wise around Central Park. Some runners said said they wanted to finish what they started.

Other runners packed back-packs of items and helped Hurricane victims in Staten Island.

One runner, Hana Abdo, said that although she had been training two years for the marathon, she realizes that many people have lost much more than two years of there time.

Non-profit Small Sums Gala 2012

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A St. Paul non-profit, Small Sums, threw their Gala 2012 Saturday which raised money in the attempt eradicate Minneapolis' homeless, Pioneer Press reports.

Small Sums held there annual gala Saturday at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, raising funds to help the "new homeless" recover from the Great Recession.

The non-profit aids homeless in getting the tools necessary to become self-sufficient. This includes the donation of bus passes, uniforms for work, or helping cover expenses to keep small-businesses afloat.

By the end of the year the non-profit hopes to aid more than 500 clients.The organization works with its various donors to directly choose who which clients they wish to help.

'Movember' fundraising begins

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In efforts to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues members of the "Mo Medics & Mo Friends" begin a month-long mustache contest in Stillwater, Wisc., Pioneer Press reports.

The 83 member group's goal is to raise more than $5,000 by the end of November, when they will decide who's mustache is supreme.

The men will all start of November beardless then begin to groom themselves until Novemeber 31st, when the winner will be awarded for best mustache. The mustache-growers will have sponsors, who will donate money to the Movember charity in honor of their growers mustache-ing efforts.

The funds for Movember go towards prostate and testicular cancer research and education. The Movember charity teams up with LIVESTRONG and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

The Men of "Mo Medics & Mo Friends" said they will be sporting mustaches that are anything from the "monkey tail" mustache, to a Godfather inspired look.

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