April 2013 Archives

Analysis: Judges Review Speech Limits on Homosexuality

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In the WND Education's article, "Judges Review Speech Limits on Homosexuality," the author reported on the oral arguments in a case challenging California's ban on therapies for "gay" young people who want to be heterosexual.

The author included background information to help readers understand the case with more clarity. He author also included quotes from the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

To help the reader understand the importance of this case, the author included creditable information from psychiatrists and psychologists. The author also provided the sexual indoctrination bills that California has adopted.

Gophers nab athletic QB McKinzy

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Dimonic McKinzy, a high school quarterback considered an athlete prospect by ESPN, had committed to sign with Minnesota, according to multiple reports, reported ESPN.

"The first thing that made me decide was the relationship that I had with the coaches," McKinzy told Gopher Hole. "It excelled everybody's relationships as far as different colleges and just the excitement that I had towards Minnesota and I just wanted to close the deal.

He selected the Golden Gophers over scholarship offers from Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska, reported ESPN.

McKinzy, who will be included in ESPN's next rankings update, is commitment No. 2 for the Gophers during this recruiting cycle, reported ESPN.

Faribault woman stabbed by fiancé

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Steele County authorities arrested a man wanted on suspicion of stabbing his 26-year-old fiancé, reported The Pioneer Press.

Wilson is accused of attempted murder in the first degree after he attacked Moorman on April 20, reported KARE 11.

"It felt like I was in a movie," LaLonnie Moorman said. "I've been with him for six years and never thought any of this would happen," reported KARE 11.

Shane Alan Wilson, 27, was arrested about 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21 according to the Faribault Daily News, reported The Pioneer Press.

Moorman sustained multiple stab wounds, a concussion, and a punctured lung. She is now staying with family and recovering from her injuries, reported KARE 11.

Why do so many people want cosmetic procedures?

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Cosmetic procedures including breast implants and Botox are becoming increasingly popular despite the lack of regulations, reported news sources.

Anti-wrinkle treatments are a "crisis waiting to happen" and should be available on a prescription-only basis, a wide-reaching report on the cosmetic surgery industry had said, reported The Telegraph.

It warned that dermal fillers, which are injected to plump up lips and skin, were "no more controlled than floor cleaners," reported The Telegraph.

The availability of non-surgical treatments had helped to normalize cosmetic procedures, fuelled by the celebrity culture, which pervades much of the media, reported BBC News.

The review from the cosmetic surgery industry, let by Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS medical director, called for a host of recommendations to become enshrined into law in order to regular the industry and protect patients undergoing cosmetic procedures from face lifts to laser hair removal, reported The Telegraph.

The cosmetic procedures industry is booming. It had undergone an estimated five-fold increase in turnover in a decade. At any period that would be astounding growth - the teeth of a recession it is all the more astonishing, reported BBC News.

Building collapse in Bangladesh

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At least 80 people died Wednesday when an eight-story building housing garment factory collapsed, reported news sources.

Mohammed Neauzuddin, secretary of the health ministry, confirmed the death toll, and local police said hundreds more people remained trapped under the rubble, reported The Wall Street Journal.

Some staff had complained of cracks in the building, triggering a temporary evacuation yesterday before their managers forced workers back to the production line, reported ABC News.

Building collapses are common in Bangladesh where developers often flout the official construction code, reported ABC News.

The Wall Street Journal reported that more than 700 workers in Bangladesh have died in fires over the past decade, according to labor groups.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it would delay implementation of new rules scheduled to take effect on Thursday that would have let passengers carry small knives onto airplanes, reported news sources.

TSA Administrator John Pistole sent word of the change in a e-mail to employees on Monday, reported The Christian Science Monitor.

The delay is likely temporary: TSA officials have been firmly committed to lifting the ban because they believe it will enhance screeners' ability to focus on threats to airplanes, reported The Wall Street Journal.

The TSA did not link the change to the bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon, instead saying that the move "will enable TSA to incorporate the [advisory panel's] feedback about the changes to the Prohibited Items List and continue workforce training," reported The Christian Science Monitor.

In the CNN article, "Alleged rape of 5-year-old spurs protests, reflection in India," the author moves beyond the stereotype of the Indian culture and tells the story from a neutral perspective.

The author moves beyond stereotype into something more substantive by sharing a quote from India's prim minister, Manmohn Singh. Singh admits that India has "vast improvements to make" when it comes to "the safety, security and status of women in our society," reported CNN. This is a substantive example because if we had a reoccurring problem in my culture, I think I would see a similar quote from my mayor or president.

It is essential that the author remains unbiased and had a neutral perspective while reporting on a story from a different culture or ethnic group. I think the author successful in doing so.

The author used multiple sources to tell the story including India's Prime Minister Manmohn Singh, the little girls doctor D.K. Sharma, city police spokesman Rajan Bhagat, and Indian police.

While surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing lay hospitalized under heavy guard, Boston Mayor Tom Menion said authorities may never be able to question him, reported news sources.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in "very serious" condition at a Boston hospital after being captured Friday night, Menion told ABC. "And we don't know if we'll ever be able to question the individual," he said without elaborating, reported The Globe and Mail.

The suspect was being treated in hospital for a reported bullet wound to the through and was unable to speak, reported The Guardian.

Officials believe that he tried to kill himself, based on the extent of the gunshot wound to his neck. The injury "had the appearance of a close rang, self-inflicted style," a senior law enforcement official told the New York Times. "He's not in good shape," reported The Globe and Mail.

Dan Coats, a Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee, told ABC: "The information that we have is that there was a shot to the throat. It doesn't mean he can't communicate, but right now I think he's in a condition where we can't get any information from him at all," reported The Guardian.


The Senate passed its higher education budget on Wednesday, a $2.8 billion package that aims to hold down tuition and make public universities and colleges more accountable to the state, reported news sources.

Legislators passed the bill, which would freeze tuition for Minnesota undergraduates at the University, but proposed numerous amendments aimed at the University's spending, varying from preventing state money paying for administrative salary bonuses to raising out-of-state tuition, reported MN Daily.

The funding bill sends an additional $80 million to the state's grant program for low- and middle-income Minnesotans, gives the University of Minnesota money for a two-year freeze and bars Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from increasing tuition by more than 3 percent, reported Star Tribune.

Much of the Senate's floor debate focused on the University of Minnesota, which had been dogged by criticism of "administrative bloat" since a Wall Street Journal article in December reported that the school's administration had grown almost twice as fast as the student body in the last decade, reported Start Tribune.

Legislators need to make sure state funding is "actually used for students," said Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, on the Senate floor Wednesday, reported MN Daily.

"(President Erik Kaler) had to cut the costs, or he doesn't get the money," said Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, reported Star Tribune.

Newman also proposed amending the higher education bill with what eh called the "Tubby Smith amendment" to make sure state dollars aren't being used for milti-million dollar buyouts in the University's athletics department, reported MN Daily.

Both amendments passed overwhelmingly, although the buyout provision is already part of state law, reported Star Tribune.

Regions Hospital in St. Paul expressed remorse Wednesday, April 17, after a stillborn baby's body was wrapped in linen in its morgue and accidentally sent to a commercial laundry, reported news sources.

The Red Wing, Minn., laundry found the male stillborn, which likely weighed about 1 pound at 22 weeks' gestation, on Tuesday morning, reported the Pioneer Press.

Officers were called to the Crothal laundry just before 12:30 p.m. after the infant's body tumbled out of a bed sheet that was being prepared for cleaning. The baby had a tag on its ankle and was wearing a diaper. There linens were traced to Regions Hospital, reported Kare 11.

"We're deeply saddened and troubled that this happened and want to make sure that it never happens again," Chris Boese, the hospital's chief nursing officer, said as a news conference, reported the Pioneer Press.

On Tuesday, Regions disclosed that the remains had been wrapped in linen in the Regions Hospital morgue, and were mistaken for laundry that was to be sent for cleaning. Regions officials immediately collected the remains and secured them according to proper procedures, reported Kare 11.

St. Paul police said they were investigating the Regions case with the Ramsey County medical examiner's office and Red Wing police, reported the Pioneer Press.

President Barack Obama has said he doesn't believe North Korea can fit a nuclear warhead on a missile reported news sources.

This casts strong doubt on an alarming assessment disclosed last week by the Pentagon's intelligence arm, reported Fox 6 Now.

The president warned the young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that weeks of threats against the United States and South Korea had only served to isolate the regime further, reported CNN.

Asked in an NBC News interview whether North Korea could put a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile, Obama said, "Based on our current intelligence assessments, we do no think that they have that capacity," reported Fox 6 Now.

According to a part of a document read out by a congressman as a House Armed Services Committee hearing last week, the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency believes "with moderate confidence" that the North had developed nuclear weapons it could deliver on a ballistic missile, although with low reliability, reported CNN.

The bombings at the Boston Marathon were being investigated as an 'act of terrorism,' President Obama said on Tuesday reported The New York Times.

President Obama said law enforcement authorities did no know whether it was the work of foreign or domestic groups or individuals, reported The New York Times.

Authorities reported that 176 people were wounded, along with three killed, in the two blasts Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, reported The Kansas City Star.

"We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justices," the president said Tuesday, according to The Kansas City Star.

Minnesota stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in federal medial research funds this year as a result of the congressionally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration, reported news sources.

Research directors at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic say they'll muddle through the rest of the year, but they warn that funding shortfalls will stunt some ongoing medical experiments and may derail promising projects that could save lives and alleviate suffering in the years ahead, reported the Star Tribune.

The National Institues of Health (NIH) has announced that it will cut spending by 5.1 percent in fiscal year 2013, which ends Sept. 30., reported the Star Tribune.

At the University of Minnesota, sequestration will reduce the money available to support students and postgraduate scholars who work on medical research projects, according to Dr. Brian Herman, vice president of research at the U and a professor of cellular and structural biology, reported the Start Tribune.

The U should be able to reallocate resources to get through this fiscal year, Herman told the Start Tribune.

U.S., Japan says NK must honor previous nuclear deals

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U.S. and Japanese officials say their countries are committed to new talks with North Korea if the reclusive communist government beings abiding by previous agreements on its nuclear program, reported news sources.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tells reports in Tokyo that there is a clear course of action available to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, reported Kare 11.

Japan's foreign minister, Fumio Kishida says North Korea must put in place deals that it previously has committed to regarding its nuclear and missile programs on returning kidnapped foreigners, reported Kare 11.

Kerry is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday and then return to the US later the same day, reported CBS News.

Deputy Rescues Teen from Icy Andover Pond

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An Anoka County Sheiff's Deputy is being credited with saving a teen driver whose car slid off an icy road and into a lake, reported news sources.

Deputies were dispatched to an area near Bunker Lake Boulevard and Crosstown Boulevard in the city of Andover just after 6 a.m. Thursday on a report of a single car accident, reported Kare 11.

When they arrived at the scene, deputies found a car completely submerged in the water, reported KSTP.

The driver, 19-year-old Zach Steven Fritz of Andover, was out of the car but struggling to stay afloat in the 36-degree water, reported Kare 11.

Deputy Chris Pierro jumped into the water, and brought Friz to shore, reported KSTP.

"I am very proud of the work our team does every day," said Sheriff James Stuart in a written statement to Kare 11. "Deputy Pierro truly demonstrated heroics as our first responders sought to save this driver."

Emergency crews gave aid to Fritz at the scene and he was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment, reported KSTP.

Mom says teen kills herself after rape, bullying

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A Canadian mother says her daughter hanged herself after she never recovered from an alleged rape by four teenage bous that left her deeply depressed and byllied in her community reported Seattle Post.

Leah Parsons said Tuesday she took her 17-year-old daughter, Rehtaeh, off life-support Sunday after she hanged herself last week, reported Fox News.

Parsons is dissatisfied that the police concluded there were no grounds to charge the four boys, reported Seattle Post.

RCMP Cpl. Scott Mac Rae says there was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges, reported Fox News.

There are no plans to review the case, reported news sources.

Caribou to close 80 stores, rebrand 88 others

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Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee is closing 80 locations next week and plans to convert 88 others to Peet's Coffee & Tea shops, the company announced Monday, reported CNN.

The 80 stores closing are "underperforming" and will close for good on Sunday, reported CNN.

Caribou says it is making the changes after several months of consideration to better position the coffee company for long-term grown, reported Huffington Post.

When the closings are complete, Caribou plans to continue to operate 468 locations in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, western Wisconsin, North Caroline, Denver, Colorado, and 10 international markets, reported CNN.

Analysis: Lawrence Fuchs' Obituary

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In The New York Times obituary, "Lawrence Fuch, Expert on Immigration, Dies at 86," the author uses a standard obituary lead by stating the person's name, something notable they accomplished in their life, followed by their date of death and age.

The author used multiple sources to complete this obituary. For instance, information about the cause of death was retrieved from Dr. Fuchs' daughter and a brief summary about his published books "The American Kaleidoscope: Race, Ethnicity and the Civic Culture" and "John F. Kennedy and American Catholicism" were also used in the obituary.

This obituary differs from a resume in many ways. The obituary tells information about Dr. Fuch's life in the 1970's, information that is often removed from a resume and replaced with more recent and relevant information. The obituary also discusses family, colleagues, and other important people who made a difference in Dr. Flush's life, also information that is left out of a resume.

New coach, Richard Pitino, for Minnesota basketball

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The University of Minnesota announced Richard Pitino as the new head coach of the Gophers basketball program Friday morning, reported news sources.

The hiring of Pitino was confirmed Wednesday, but Friday's press conference was the first chance for fans and the media to hear from the 30-year-old coach, reported KMSP-TV.

Pitino led Florida International University as a rookie head coach in 2012-13 to its first winning season since 2000, reported The Minnesota Daily.

He stated one promise for Gopher fans.

"Our style of play is going to be fun for you to watch," Pitino told KMSP-TV. "It will be a lot of press - we're going to press on every possession, we're going to try to create offence from our defense. It's going to be a great brand of basketball."

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu found in Shanghai, China has risen to six this week, reported news sources.

The Chinese government staged a cull of about 20,000 birds in a thriving poultry market to prevent a potential spread of the disease, reported The Huffington Post.

By Friday morning, authorities in Shanghai had already closed the Huhai agricultural market, where the H7N9 avian flu virus had been found in pigeons, state-run media outlet Xinhua reported, according to CNN.

The cull at the Shanghai poultry trading zone came at researchers in the United States said they had started work on developing a vaccine for H7N9, reported CNN.

The World Health Organization have said that they believe the new strain can not be transmitted from person to person but the WHO are actively monitoring 400 people who have been in direct contact with the 14 patients, reported The Huffington Post.

Oscar Pistorius wants to train again and recently went back to visit his regular track in South Africa's capital, reported news sources.

Pistorius, the Olympian runner, is charged with murder for the Feb. 14 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, reported Fox News.

Peet Van Zyl, Pistorius' agent, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Pistorius met with him and coach Ampic Louw on Tuesday to discuss a return to running, reported Fox News.

There was still no decision on an exact date for his return, but during their meeting Pistorius was "definitely keen to get back on the track to resume training," Van Zyl said, reported USA Today.

"He hasn't trained at all since the incident and you can't expect him to go into competition. More important, mentally he is not there yet, he is some way off," Van Zyl said, reported USA Today.

Pistorius has been released on bail. His next court appearance is June 4, reported Fox News.

Troy James Knapp who is suspected of burglarizing and vandalizing Utah cabins, was captured Tuesday, reported news sources.

For six years Knapp, 45, eluded authorities, moving from cabin to cabin across the Utah mountains, taking food and weapons and leaving notes to brag about it, reported New York Daily News.

Knapp dubbed the "Mountain Man" by cabin owners, was taken into custody in the snowy mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah after firing several shots at officers and a helicopter, authorities told Huffington Post.

No one was hit before Knapp was captured after his brief effort to flee on snowshoes from dozens of officers who converged on snowmobiles and a snowcat, Sanpete County Sheriff Brian Nielson told New York Daily News.

Knapp's motives have never been clear but speculated that he was fed up with civilization, authorities told Huffington Post.

Knapp was booked into Sanpete County Jail Tuesday evening and does not yet have an attorney, reported news sources.

Mayor Chris Coleman announces run for third term

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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announces his intentions about seeking a third term as mayor Wednesday, news sources reported.

Coleman will make the announcement at noon at the downtown Pioneer-Endicott Buildings. The location was once home to his father's advertising firm, reported Pioneer Press.

Gov. Mark Dayton even stopped by the event, told MinnPost that he was there to support Coleman both as a governor on his lunch hour, and as a constituent.

No one has officially filed for the mayor's seat which Coleman is widely expect to defend, reported Pioneer Press.

In his remarks, Dayton said that Coleman is held in high regard on Capital Hill in St. Paul and on Capital Hill in Washington, reported MinnPost.

"We'll be better off if he's re-elected," Dayton told the MinnPost.

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