May 2013 Archives

Analysis: Large data sets and child abuse

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In the Los Angeles Times' article, "Problems keep proliferating at discredited private foster care agency," the author used results from a "damning assessment" from Los Angeles County auditors that investigated Teens Happy Homes, a private foster care agency responsible for hundreds of children.

To produce the story the author looked at the agency's tax returns and determined that the Teens contract tripled its value from $1 million a year to as much as $3.6 million.

The author also used information from interviews and an examination of public records from The Times to deliver the story.

There were no online tools such as interactive graphics used for this news story.

Lindsay Lohan checks into Betty Ford Center

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After skipping out on entering a Newport Beach rehabilitation facility and facing the prospect of arrest for violating her probation, Linsday Lohan has checked into the Betty Ford Center to begin a 90-day court-mandated stay in her reckless driving conviction, reported Los Angeles Times.

The 26-year-old actress was supposed to start her recover on Thursday morning at Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., according to TMZ, reported Huffington Post.

But she instead boarded a private plane Wednesday evening and flew to California. Once there, Lohan headed to Morningside recover in Newport Beach, Calif., but then left and shortly leaving, reported Huffington Post.

Lohan also rehired her former attorney Shawn Holley, who represented her for several years, and the lawyer arranged for the "Mean Girls" star to enter the Ranho Mirage facility, reported Los Angeles Times.

The Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team wrapped up the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships this afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. Minnesota finished second overall in the team standings, reported news sources.

Penn State won the team title for the second consecutive year, reported Gopher Sports.

The Gophers finished with 139 team points, 12 points behind Penn State and 5.5 points ahead of Iowa in third place, reported MN Daily.

Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson each captured individual titles for the Maroon and Gold. Either of them have lost match against a Big Ten opponent and earned First Team Big Ten honors, reported Gopher Sports.

"I know the guys aren't happy with second place," assistant coach Brandon Eggum told MN Daily, "but they realize they're making good gains."

Man last seen with missing Eden Prairie woman dies

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Police said Saturday that the man they hoped could tell them wheat happened to Mandy Matula dies before he could be questioned about the 24-year-old Eden Prairie woman's disappearance, reported news sources.

David M. Roe, 24, shot himself in the head outside the Eden Prairie police station Thursday and was pronounced dead early Friday morning, the Hennepin County medical examiner said Saturday night, reported Star Tribune.

Eden Prairie Police confirm searchers discovered an unfired piece of ammunition near County Road 4 and Scenic Heights Road Saturday morning. Police closed off the area to search further, reported KMSP.

Katie Bengston, a spokeswoman for Eden Prairie police, said investigators were not disclosing whether the caliber of the bullet matched the handgun that Roe used to shoot himself Thursday afternoon, reported Star Tribune.

He had agreed to talk with a detective about Matula, whose family had reported her missing at 8:30 a.m. that day, reported Star Tribune.

Two kids killed by kindergarten head in China

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Two kindergarten kids from Hebei Province were poisoned to death after drinking a bottle of yogurt that appears to have been deliberately tainted with rat poison by the jealous head of a rival kindergarten, local police confirmed with the Global Times on Thursday.

The two girls, aged five and six, ate the yogurt on the morning of April 24 in Liaghe village of Pingshan county. One of the girls died on the way to hospital and the other passed away Wednesday afternoon, reported Global Times.

The girls' grandmother found the yogurt, which was left in a bag with a pile of notebooks, on the road near their school, reported Mail Online.

She took the books and yogurt back home and let the girls have it when they came back from school, reported Mail Online.

A preliminary probe found that the yogurt was tainted with rat poison. According to the police, the head of a rival kindergarten confess that she injected the poison into the yogurt, and asked a man to place it, along with school supplies, along the road to Liaghe kindergarten, reported Global Times.

Officers believe poisoning was motivated by competition for students between the schools, reported Mail Online.

Toys R Us appeal $20M award in Mass. slide death

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July 2006, Robin Aleo climbed to the top of a 6-foot inflatable pool slide and slid down head first,. As she neared the bottom, the slide partially collapsed and Aleo slammed her head on the concrete pool deak, causing fatal injuries, reported news sources.

Five years later, a jury awarded Aleo's family more than $20 million, finding that the slide sold by Toys R Us did not comply with federal safety standards for swimming pool slides, reported The Independent.

Toys R Us will go before the highest court in Massachusetts on Monday to ask that the award be overturned, reported The Spec.

Lawyers for Aleo's husband say pool slides have been subject to a federal safety standard since 1976. The standard applies to all pool slides, no matter what they are made of, said Benjamin Zimmermann, a Boston attorney who represents Michael Aleo, Robin's husband, reported The Independent.

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