April 2011 Archives

First Marathon Is A Memorable One

A British man ran and completed the London marathon, Sunday and decided to just keep running all the way home, according to an NBCSports article.

Sam Robson, 28, completed the London marathon in 3 hours and 45 minutes, and then continued on for 24 more hours as he ran the 99 miles home to St. Ives, in central England, a Fox Sports article said.

Total, Robson ran 125 miles in 29 hours. Robson's fiancee, Jen Sykes, 28, said that she was "kind of amazed that he made it," adding that "Sam has never wanted to do things by the half," according to Fox Sports.

This was Robson's first marathon. "I would do something like this again, and the fact this was my first marathon was something that has really spurred me on," he said.

Robson, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager, used his run to raise money for the UK Epilepsy Society. He ended up raising around $5,315, the NBCSports article said.

Bullying Tied to Family Violence

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Bullying and being bullying, is now being linked to violence at home, according to a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers found that among middle and high school students across the state of Massachusetts, encounters of family violence were more common among young people who had booth taken part in bullying and been victims of it, according to Medical News Today.

While the new study provides a snapshot of bullying in Massachusetts, the findings are likely applicable to other states, said Web MD.

The information was gathered and analyzed from the Massachusetts Youth Health Survey and an anonymous, paper and pencil survey carried out every 24 months, Medical News Today said.

The average number of middle school students being physically hurt by a member of the family were, 2.9 student for victims, 4.4 students for bullies, and 5 students for bully victims, Medical News Today reported.

"Bullying is extremely prevalent and it is a public health problem because of its prevalence. And it doesn't happen in isolation," said Marci Hertz, a health scientist at the CDC in Atlanta.

Man Arrested in Univeristy Hit and Run

Minneapolis police made an arrest on Thursday in connection to the hit and run which occurred on the University of Minnesota campus on April 15, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Timothy Ayman Bakdash, 29, is being held on probable cause for attempted murder without bail at the Hennepin County Jail after being brought in for questioning Thursday, said CBS Minnesota.

"Through a series of tips and witness accounts, our homicide investigators were able to locate him," said Sgt. Stephen McCarty, a Minneapolis policeman.

The man has a DWI and careless driving charge on his record, both from 2008, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The case is still under investigation and police do not know if the driver was impaired at the time of the incident. No charges have been filed, but the Hennepin County Attorney is expected to charge him Monday, said CBS Minnesota.

Woman Hit On West Bank

A woman was hit by a car Friday on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus. She was walking in a crosswalk by the Carlson School of Management when she did not have a walk sign, according to KTSP.

The woman was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and police Chief Greg Hestness said he doesn't believe the woman's injuries are life-threatening, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Friday's accident marks the third involving a pedestrian or bicyclist on campus in the past week, KTSP said.

The green sedan's driver said that he didn't see the young woman crossing the street as he turned the corner, the Minnesota Daily said.

After the incident, witnesses said they saw emergency responders giving the woman mouth-to-mouth before they loaded her into the ambulance. They all hoped she was ok, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Father Accidentally Shoots Own Daughter

An 11-year old was put into a medically induced coma at the Hennepin County Medical Center after accidentally being shot in the head by her own father Thursday night, according to the Fox 9 website.

The shooting happened Thursday around 5:30 p.m. at the family's home near Braham, Minn., according to the Pine County Sheriff's Office and stated by CBS Minnesota.

Maddy Montanye was shot after the .22-caliber pistol that her father was fixing discharged from across the room, a Star Tribune article said.

"You always hear about it [incidents like this]; it's never supposed to happen to you," said the girl's uncle, Jason Montanye. "We're still optimistic about everything."


Maddy Montanye is in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after doctors removed the bullet lodged in her brain and extracted parts of her skull Friday to relieve pressure, Star Tribune said.

CD Developer Dies

Norio Ohga died Saturday of multiple organ failure at the age of 81. He was an opera singer, formally worked for the Sony Corporation and he helped develop the compact disc, according to CNN.

He was the company president and chairman from 1982 to 1995, said the Associated Press, who was a flamboyant music connoisseur who steered his work through his love of music.

Due to his musical background Ohga insisted the CD be designed to hold 75 minutes worth of music, or enough room to store Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in its entirety, according to the Associated Press.

Ohga is also credited with launching Sony's game business and was head of Sony when it bought Columbia Pictures in 1989, CNN said.

It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony's evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and games, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san's foresight and vision," said Howard Stringer, Sony Chief Executive.

Ohga was a senior adviser to Sony at the time of his death.

Michelle Obama has Plane Troubles

A plane carrying Michelle Obama flew too close to a nearby military cargo jet on Monday forcing it to abort its landing, according to the Associated Press.

After realizing the mistake, controllers immediately ordered the pilot to execute a series of turns to increase its distance from the cargo plane. When the distance continued to narrow, the controllers directed the pilot to abort the landing and circle the airport until the cargo jet cleared the runway, said the Associated Press.

The plane, carrying Obama and the vice president's wife, Jill Biden, who were were returning from making several appearances in New York, eventually landed safely at Joint Base Andrews, officials said in an ABC News article.

The distance established is important because large planes generate wake turbulence, the equivalent of two miniature tornadoes streaming off the plane. The rough air dangerously disrupts the plane behind it, according to ABC news.

Both planes landed safety. The controller has been suspended pending an investigation, said the Associated Press.

St. Louis Airport Wrecked by Tornado

A tornado swept through St. Louis on Saturday ripping apart many homes and a main terminal of the Lambert airport injuring some, but killing no one, according to the Associated Press.

"Glass was blowing everywhere. The ceiling was falling. The glass was hitting us in the face. Hail and rain were coming in. The wind was blowing debris all over the place," Dianna Merrill, 43, a mail carrier at the airport said. "It was like being in a horror movie. Grown men were crying. It was horrible."

Airport workers quickly moved people to stairwells and bathrooms to get them out of harm's way, according to MSNBC.

All Saturday, the airport led an aggressive effort to cleanup in and around the complex, according to Fox News.

"We have all hands on deck here," St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said at the airport. "This is something we're putting a lot of attention to."

The international airport has been closed indefinitely but will open as soon as electricity is restored, said Fox News.

University Student Dies in Truck Collision

Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull, 25, died Thursday morning after colliding with a semitruck in front of Dinkytown's McDonalds, according to a Minnesota Daily article.

Thursday's deadly collision occurred about 7:50 a.m. at 4th Street and 15th Avenue SE., according to Minneapolis police.

Hull was heading south on 15th Ave and entered the crosswalk on 4th St. The truck, heading in the same direction on 15th, hit the bicyclist while turning right onto 4th, said a Star Tribune article.

The driver stayed put and was questioned by officers at the scene, according to City Pages. The Minnesota Daily stated that no arrests have been made.

Hull, who went by Audrey, was an undergraduate student at the University and would have graduated in two weeks, the Minnesota Daily article said.

Hull's father, Harry F. Hull, said the family was declining all media interviews. "We are hurting," he said to the Star Tribune.

Girl Fasts Her Way to Royal Wedding

Estibalis Chavez, 19, was lent the money to fly to London for the royal wedding after a 16-day long hunger fast, according to the BBC News.

Chavez camped out in front of the British Embassy in Mexico City in February against the scorn of onlookers, said a MSN website.

"At the time I didn't see it as something so drastic and dramatic," Chavez told BBC. "[People] said I risked my health for something many believe to be frivolous and silly. But, I think that for me, it was the only way to achieve my goal."

Octavio Fitch Lazo, a lobbyist, walked past Chavez during her fast and decided to lend her $1,250 for the flight, said a Global Post article.

The teenager's mother died during her birth, and all Chavez has known about her mother is how much she loved Princess Diana, according to the Global Post article.

"I've been a fan of Lady Di since I was little and my mother's a fan as well," said Chavez. "And I promised myself I would go to a royal wedding."

Hailstorms Kill in China

18 people were killed and 155 were injured in south China on Monday after hailstorms and strong winds hit the region, according to an article from a Chinese news webiste.

Winds were strong as 164 km per hour, and were accompanied by hail and lashing rain. They hit the cities of Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Dongguan on Sunday, said the same webiste.

The storms have affected over 3,200 people so far and have forced 380 of them to evacuate their homes, according to the Chinese website.

Most of the victims were killed when the strong winds brought down walls and other structures but falling debris also claimed several lives, said the webiste.

The storm dumped more than 2.2 inches of rain on the region, according to the Channel News Asia website. The area is also an important export manufacturing location in China.

The Henan Province Meteorological Station said it had issued a severe weather warning, but it had failed to reach the public in time, according to the BBC News.

The Guangdong provincial government has sent a team to the disaster-affected areas to direct relief work, the report said.

Tornadoes Hit North Carolina

Residents in Askewville, North Carolina on Sunday mourned the dead, marveled at their own survival and began to clean up devastated neighborhoods after tornadoes killed at least 45 people, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Observers reported more than 60 tornadoes across North Carolina on Saturday resulting in the state's 21 confirmed deaths, said the Detroit Free Press.

The violent weather began Thursday in Oklahoma before cutting across the country on Friday and hitting North Carolina and Virginia on Saturday, according to the Detroit Free Press article.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service sent out teams to investigate the damage and to determine if it was done by the reported tornadoes, according to the Carolina Live website.

Their survey concluded 7 tornadoes touched down while one other suspected tornado has been confirmed as a microburst. A microburst is an intense wind generated by a thunderstorm that quickly descends to the ground producing extensive damage in a relatively small area, said the Caroline Live website.

Saturday was North Carolina's deadliest day for tornadoes since 1984, according to The Detroit Free Press.


4 Students Hurt in Dinkytown Hit and Run

A driver hit 4 students early Friday night while driving the wrong way down a residential street in Dinkytown on the University of Minnesota's campus, according to the Pioneer Press.

At about 2 a.m., Joe Bailin, his girlfriend Katelynn Hanson and their friend Sarah Bagley were walking home after a few celebratory drinks when they saw headlights heading towards them and seconds later were slammed to the ground by the car, said an article from the Minnesota Daily.

The car then continued on and hit Benjamin Van Handel, knocking him into a telephone pole as he was walking home alone, according to Susan Hanson, Katelynn's mother.

While all four students suffered injuries, Van Handel's was the worst. He was diagnosed with severe brain trauma, and he is currently in a coma, according to his CaringBridge website. He is currently in critical condition according to the Minnesota Daily article.

Other injuring inlcude bruised legs and soreness for Hanson, and Bagley had chipped her tooth, cut her face on her glasses and needed knee surgery, according to Susan Hanson.

Police were searching for a white Toyota Camry or Solara, built in the last decade, with front-end damage, said the Pioneer Press.

"It's surreal ... until this happened it was an ordinary night," Bailin said.

String Theory Music Festival

Owen Pallett took the stage Friday night surprising audiences by walking towards his piano instead of his violin. When it came time for the encore he picked up his violin, which had been resting on his keyboard throughout the show, and knocked it to the ground and breaking its neck. He gasped and a look of mournfulness appeared on Pallett's face.

The stage was at St. Paul's History Theatre and the event was the String Theory Music Festival which took place at five Twin Cities venues from April 14-17 and showcased the work of national and regional composers and musicians, according to the Southern Theater website.

The four day event included six public concerts, a youth recital, workshops, and master classes and was designed to engage music novices and aficionados alike, said the Minnesota Mist website.

Pallett is a Toronto violinist and songwriter known for building sweeping soundscapes all with some foot pedals, an electric keyboard and violin, according to a Star Tribune article.

Pallett, along with many other artists, were part of the festival that shined a celebratory spotlight on the role of bowed-string instruments, said the Star Tribune.

"This is an opportunity for classical and non-classical music lovers to converge, listen, and learn," said Kate Nordstrum, Southern music curator. "My hope is that attendees will take a chance on music that is new to them."

Fuel Supply and Demand

Gas prices are rising around the nation and this increase in price is leading to a decrease in driving, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 19 cents over the past three weeks which now puts fuel prices at an average price for a gallon of regular gas at $3.76, according to The Lundberg Survey.

The price of gas is now 91 cents higher than it was this time last year according to the
- Star Tribune.

This increase in price had led to less drivers on the road, and consequently less gas being bought. 70% of the major gas station chains in the nation say sales have fallen, according to a March survey by the Oil Price Information Service and cited in the - Los Angeles Times.

Furthermore, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse, which tracks spending at gas stations nationally, drivers bought 2.7 billion gallons of gas in the first full week of April, which is a 3.6% decline from the same period in 2010 when gas was 80 cents cheaper.

"The tipping point probably has moved somewhat over time," said Mantill Williams, spokesperson for the American Public Transportation Authority. "As gas prices rise, consumers get accustomed to it. As you start to get close to $3.50 and toward $4, that's the point when people start to see there's a cheaper way to get around."

According to - ABC News, The Energy Department said good weather and vacation driving cause gasoline demand to average about 5% higher during the summer than during the rest of the year which means these prices are only going to continue to rise this summer.

Bye Wild

The Wild let go their most recent coach Todd Richards, Monday, due to missing the playoffs for a third year in a row, according to Kare 11 News.

"I really do believe in sports that not every coach is the right fit for every team," said General Manager, Chuck Fletcher during a news conference at Xcel Energy Center. "Teams have different personalities. There's different talent levels, and not every coach fits with every team."

Fletcher wouldn't get into why he felt Richards was not the right fit, according to the Star Tribune, but he did say the team needed a new direction and a new voice.

This past season the Wild had 13th- and 12th-place finishes and went 77-71-16, according to Kare 11, and ticket sales dropped this past season. "It's ultimately up to me to deliver a winning hockey team," said Fletcher.

"I look back over the season, and we did a lot of good things," he said. "I think we accomplished some things. It probably doesn't feel that way, but that's how I feel. To me there was growth: growth in players, the chemistry, the culture and things we want to build upon here. But still it leaves you with that disappointment of the finish."

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