March 2013 Archives

A 22-year-old Hastings man is charged with brutally assaulting a baby girl he was babysitting, news sources reported.

Steven Edward Dale Wiltermuth is charged with first degree assault in the alleged beating of the 11-month-old, reported KARE 11.

A Hastings woman contacted police March 16 reporting that Wiltermuch had offered to take care of her child overnight and returned the child with numerous injuries, reported Pierce County Herald.

Court reords show an examination at a hospital indicated a fractured bone, some fluid on the brain, many bruises and blisters, reported Pierce County Herald.

If found guilty Steven Wiltermuth could serve up to 20 years in prison, reported KARE 11.

The grand jury indicted 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators Friday on charges of racketeering and corruption, news sources reported.

Beverly Hall, the former schools superintendent, was among those indicted by a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, reported CNN.

Dr. Hall gained national recognition in 2009 for turning around Atlanta's school system, reported CNN.

Jackie Parks, a third-grade teacher at Venetian Hills Elementary School, was the first to confess the testing scandal, reported NYTimes.

Ms. Parks admitted to Richard Hyde, Georgia state investigator, that she was one of seven teachers who "sat in a locked windowless room every afternoon during the week of state testing, raising students' scores by erasing wrong answers and making them right," reported NYTimes.

Dr. Hall was charged with racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements, reported NYTimes.

Dr. Hall could face up to 45 years in prison, reported CNN.

Hall and the 34 other teachers indicted have been ordered to surrender to authorities by Tuesday, Paul Howard, the district attorney, told CNN.

Minnesota fires coach Tubby Smith

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Just one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament, Minnesota fired coach Tubby Smith, news sources reported.

Athletics director Norwood Teague announced the decision Monday and said it was time for a "fresh set of eyes" for the basketball team, reported the Big Ten Network.

Smith won 20 games five times. But he went just 46-62 in Big Ten play and never finished higher than sixth in the conference, reported ESPN.

Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at Minnesota, helping to bring the program back to respectability and ramping up expectations for a team hit hard by an academic cheating scandal, reported the Big Ten Network.

"I want to thank the University of Minnesota and the people of Minnesota for giving me the opportunity to lead the Golden Gopher basketball program for six years," Smith said in a statement provided by the school reported to ESPN. "Our staff did things the right way and will leave knowing that the program is in far better shape than when we arrived."

EU finance minister approve Cyprus bailout deal

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Cyprus avoided bankruptcy when European Union officials accepted a last-minute deal to secure a $13 billion bailout, news sources reported.

The deal came as euro ministers in Brussels threatened to cut off crucial emergency assistance to Cyprus' embattled banks after business on Monday if no agreement was reached, reported Fox News.

"It's not that we won a battle, but we really have avoided a disastrous exit from the eurozone," Cyprus' Finance Minister Michalis Sarris told The Associated Press.

Under the deal, Laiki, the country's second-largest bank, will be restructured, with all bond holders and people with more than 100,00 euros in their accounts facing significant losses, reported Fox News.

To pay back the loan, the Cypriot government will raise money by seizing bank assets from large deposits, with the remaining coming from tax increases and privations, reported Fox News.

"The near future will be very difficult for the country and its people," the EU Commission's top economic official, Olli Rehn told The Associated Press. "But (the measures) will be necessary for the Cypriot people to rebuild their economy on a new basis."

Man injured in Hopkins shooting

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A 19-year-old man was shot and wounded early Saturday outside an apartment complex in Hopkins, news sources reported.

The incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. at the 1300 block of Highway 7, Sgt. Mike Glassberg of the Hopkins Police Department told the StarTribune.

According to authorities, the man sys he was shot at from a white car containing multiple suspects, reported KARE 11.

The victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and is expected to survive reported KARE 11.

Police say they are investigating the incident, reported news sources.

Pope Francis faces difficulties from his past

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First Latin American pope, Pope Fancis, undergoes complications from the 'dark times' in his life, news sources reported.

In 1976, when dictators ruled Argentina and Francis was the nation's top Jesuit, the navy kidnapped priests Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics, reported CNN.

Pope Francis was accused of knowing about the serious human rights abuses but failed to do enough to halt them, reported The New York Times.

The allegations have against Francis have never been proved, reported CNN.

However, the sandal left hard feelings toward Pope Francis. The human rights group Center for Legal and Social Studies in Argentina opposes Francis' selection as pope, reported CNN.

Others admire Pope Francis' personality and are excited to see the changes he will bring to the Roman Catholic Church.

"I think the name Francis was a great choice," Maria Augusta Barbosa reported to The New York Times. "His speech and demeanor, even his tunic, was so humble. My favorite part was when he asked us to bless him, before he blessed us. It was one of the most emotional moments of my entire life."

Teens accused of sexual assaulting an Ohio girl

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Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays, high school football players, are accused of rapping a girl while at a party, reported news sources.

Richmond, 16, and Mays, 17, brought unwelcomed spotlight of the teen rape trial to the small town of Steubenville, Ohio, reported CNN.

On the night of Aug. 11, 2012, Richmond, 16, and Mays, 17, allegedly used their hands to penetrate a 16-year-old girl vaginally, reported ABC News.

Ma'lik says he was stunned to get a text from a friend three days after the party saying that one of the girls present that night had accused him of rape, reported ABC news.

"I just texted him, like, 'What are you talking about? Stop playing with me,'" Ma'lik told ABC news.

Prosecutors will argue that the young girl who was allegedly raped was intoxicated and beyond the point of consent, reported ABC News.

A verdict is expected Sunday, reported CNN.

Students hope to open grocery co-op on campus

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University of Minnesota students make plans to open a campus grocery cooperative, reported the Minnesota Daily.

Last week, a group of about 20 students, who call themselves the Food Coalition, began planning to approach the University of their idea, reported the Minnesota Daily.

The Food Coalition want to open a full-service grocery on campus within the next few years, reported the Minnesota Daily. The lack of quality produce and the trouble of getting to other grocery stores is the motivation behind this project.

A large grocery store on campus would save students time and alleviate the need to keep a car on campus, the group told the Minnesota Daily.

In order to keep costs down, the co-op would be aimed at and controlled by students, reported the Minnesota Daily.

In a letter to the Editor, Food Coalition member Joelle Stangler described how this plan "has the potential to truly be an all-campus project."

"The Carlson School of Management could provide management of the store as credits or part of a class," Stangler said in his letter. "Ideally, the store would be run by students, for students."

In the CNN's article, "6 teens killed, 2 injured when crash sends SUV into pond," the author used the most relevant facts and kept the story precise.

The author used information from sources such as LT. Anne Ralston of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ashia Cayson, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, and WKBD, an affiliate of CNN.

He began the story with information from Lt. Anne Ralston of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and did not use that source again.

Then, he used quotes from an informal source, Ashia Cayson. He placed both of her quotes in the middle of the story. The information used from the Ohio State Highway Patrol was placed at the end of the story and was clustered together.

The author used no information from records. The majority of the information is from public institutions such as The Ohio Department of Public Safety and The Ohio State Highway Patrol. The WKBN, an affiliate of CNN, was the only private institutional source used. There was also one informal source used, Ashia Cayson, sister of one who was killed.

I thought his method of attributing sources was effective. The author first introduced readers with information from credible sources and then led into personal quotes from an informal source. Finally, he ended the story with information from intuitional sources such as authorities and an affiliate of CNN.

The way the author displayed attribution leaves the readers expecting a follow-up story once the investigation into the cause of the crash is completed.

"Oz: The Great and Powerful" took a major lead at the weekend box office Friday, reported news sources.

The film stars James Franco as a carnival magician swept into the land of Oz by a tornado, a prequel to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," reported CNN.

The film opened at 3,912 theaters and brought in $24.1 million, with some sources expecting to reach $80 million by the end of the weekend, reported The Huffington Post.

The remake of the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale also stars Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz, and has reportedly already been approved for a sequel, reported The Huffington Post.

Cat sanctuary intern mauled to death by lion

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A 24-year-old intern ventured into a lion enclosure at a privately owned zoo and was mauled to death Wednesday, reported news sources.

A 350-pound African lion killed Dianna Hanson at Project Survival's Cat Heaven in Dunlap, California, where she was working as an intern, reported CNN.

Hanson had a lifelong love for big cats and saw her internship at Cat Heaven as her big break, reported CNN. She hoped to get a full-time job at a zoo.

For reasons still being investigated, Hanson entered the enclosure of the lion named Cous Cous. The lion attacked Hanson and was later shot by Fresno County sheriff's deputies who were trying to reach her body, reported The Washington Post.

Autopsy results revealed Hanson died quickly of a broken neck, possibly form a paw swipe, and the numerous bites and scratches she sustained were inflicted after she died, reported The Washington Post.

Paul Hanson, Hanson's father, supported his daughter's lifelong dream, yet he always feared for her safety, reported CNN.

Dianna Hanson died doing what she loved, taking care of big cats and that's the only way her father can bear the death of his daughter, reported CNN.

A St. Paul man pleaded guilty Friday to premeditated first-degree murder and was immediately sentenced to life in prison, news sources reported.

Steven Roger Johnson, 35, admitted he killed his wife, Manya Jewel Johnson on Jan. 6 after she told him she was leaving him and taking their 18-month year old son, reported the Pioneer Press.

The couple argued earlier that day because Manya Johnson, 32, found a bottle of vodka in the car and did not like her husband drinking, reported the StarTribune.

Between 6 and 7p.m. the couple argued and Mayna Johnson told her husband he wouldn't get custody of their son. That's when Johnson went to retrieve a gun he had stolen from his wife's father over Christmas, reported the StarTribune.

Johnson fired the gun once, shooing his wife in the left temple, reported the Pioneer Press.

"She fell to the floor. I rushed to her side," Johnson told the Pioneer Press. "I took some towels. My son was crying in the bedroom - he heard the shot."

Johnson admitted that he began a series of cover-ups: He called his mother-in-law, dismembered his wife, cleaned up afterward and drove his wife's car to a park-and-ride lot so it would look like she had gone to work Monday morning, reported the StarTribune.

As part of the plea agreement, a second-degree murder charge was dismiss and the state agreed not to oppose any attempts Johnson could make for early release after serving 30 years in prioson, reported the StarTribune.

"There is nothing I can say to make this better," Johnson said to the StarTribune. "Saying sorry is not enough; it will never be enough. I will live with this regret for the rest of my life."

Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President, dies at age 58

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Venezuela is mourning the death of their president, Hugo Chavez, who passed away from cancer Tuesday, news sources reported.

Leading much of South America to independence and reaching for revolutionary changes, Chavez was re-elected three times and won the admiration among many in Venezuela. Throughout his 14 years in office, Chavez developed social programs such as new public housing, free health clinics, and educational programs, the Star Tribune reported.

Chavez was diagnosed with cancer in June 2011, but the government never revealed the exact type of cancer. During the election campaign in 2012, tests showed he was cancer-free, but two months later Chavez went to Cuba for yet another cancer-related surgery, the Star Tribune reported.

In Caracas, Venezuela flags flew at half mast and branches of the government and the military came together in remembrance of President Chavez Tuesday, CNN reported.

Venezuela's Vice President, Nicolas Madura, will hold presidency until the elections are held in 30 days, according to CNN.

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