October 2010 Archives

9 Injured After a Shooting at an Oakland Halloween Party

A gunman suspected of taking part in an Oakland Halloween party shooting that injured 9 people is the subject of a police search.

Several hundred people were fleeing Sweet's Ballroom early Sunday where a party called the first annual Fright Fest was being held, Oakland Police Lt. Rick Hassna told USA Today.

The ballroom employee told the Star Tribune that there had been a small fight before the shooting occurred but all those people involved had left the party.

The main target is believed to be a man who was wounded in the back, reported USA Today.

Police told the Star Tribune that most of the victims were women, ranging in age from 18 to 29, who were hit by stray bullets.


Officials Say Bomb Plot Was Just Narrowly Averted

Officials said on Sunday that the mail bomb plot that was stretching from Yemen to Chicago may have been aimed at blowing up planes and was just narrowly averted, acknowledging that one device almost slid through Britain and another taken in Dubai was unknowingly flown on two passenger jets.

Linda Haase, the associate vice president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, told the Telegraph that the synagogues in the area had been on alert since being told of a potential threat.

According to the Star Tribune, senior U.S. Officials met to develop a response from the U.S. to the al-Qaida group connected to the powerful explosives addressed to synagogues in Chicago.

A senior U.S. official told the Star Tribune that investigators were still trying to figure out if other devices remained at large.


The search continued Thursday in western Wyoming for a plane carrying a Minneapolis executive and three of his children.

The search has been on since Tuesday for Luke Bucklin, 41, and his three sons. Their 1977 Mooney propeller plane, a single-engine plane, left the Jackson airport on Monday at noon in a snowstorm and was lost from radar an hour later over the Wind River Range, according to the Pioneer Press.

Searchers had focused on trying to locate the source of the emergency signal that is thought to be from the family's fallen plane, reported the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reports that the search has been concentrated on about 9 square miles near Gannet Peak in Wyoming.


A University of Minnesota student has been been charged with vehicular homicide by the Hennepin County Attorney's office on Tuesday after the death of a former university student.

According to the Pioneer Press, John R. Peterson, 23, has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of criminal vehicular operation. Peterson hit Kandyce Stoffel, 23, and her male companion Travis Smith, 25, with his car on Saturday night after leaving a bar. Stoffel died on Sunday after being put on life support in a Minneapolis hospital.

Witness reports from the Minnesota Daily said that Peterson "had been attempting to 'hit on'" Stoffel, but she turned down his advances.

The Minnesota Daily reported that Peterson had a blood alcohol content of .164, more than double Minnesota's legal driving limit.


Hurricane Richard Hits Belize

Hurricane Richard hit Belize's Caribbean coast late Sunday, as authorities evacuated tourists from nearby islands and an estimated 10,000 people took shelter in the small nation in Central America.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported to the Star Tribune that Richard's top winds were 90 mph.

According to the Star Tribune, Richard was moving west-northwest at about 10 mph.

Officials estimated that about 10,000 people had taken refuge at shelters in schools and churches located further inland from the coasts, reported the Star Tribune.

Hurricane Richard will likely go through Belize and southern Mexico to enter the Bay of Campeche, reported Daily News Analysis


Soldier Dead Four Days After Parachuting Accident In Ohio

An Ohio National Guard soldier is dead four days after becoming injured in a parachuting accident during an airborne training exercise, officials said.

Franklin County coroner Jan Gorniak told the Star Tribune that Herbert Mills, 59, of Groveport, Ohio, died early Sunday morning at a Columbus hospital. Mills' rank has not been released.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday because the cause of death had not been determined, according to The Olympian.

Mills was one of four soldiers who suffered injuries and were taken to hospitals after jumps on Wednesday afternoon at the Rickenbacker Air National Guard base, according to the Star Tribune.


President Obama Rallies Democrats at University of Minnesota

President Barack Obama was on the University of Minnesota campus to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

According to the Minnesota Daily, Obama spoke to a crowd of about 11,000 to vote in the upcoming elections.

The president defended the Democratic record, speaking of health care changes that will cover more people and a financial industry overhaul that will end the abuse on Wall Street, reported WCCO News.

Obama's visit to Minnesota was the last on a four-day campaign tour that included Nevada, Washington state, and California. This tour focused on supporting candidates such as Dayton, according to the Minnesota Daily.


Brewster Fired, Gone for the Rest of the Football Season

University of Minneosta fourth-year head football coach Tim Brewster has been fired and will not return for the rest of the football season.

On Sunday morning, University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi announced that Brewster's contract has been terminated, reported the Minnesota Daily.

According to Fox 9 News, the Gophers were 15-30 under Brewster, and also were 6-21 in Big Ten play.

The Minnesota Daily reported that first-year co-offensive coordinator Jeff Horton will serve as interim head coach to replace Brewster.



There was varying multimedia in the two different stories about the Lakeland teenagers. On the CBS News site, some multimedia included feedback from readers. At the bottom, it asks, "What's your take?" with options such as "shocking" or "ridiculous." CBS News also offered a lot of pictures of the two teenagers at the bottom. There was also a section at the bottom to add comments.
On the Star Tribune website, there wasn't as much for multimedia, just a way to share the story with others via Facebook or Twitter.
By including a lot of multimedia, news writing is complemented because people can get more of the full story, and they can receive as much insight and information as possible. Adding pictures is nice so that people can get visuals of the people involved in the incident. The writing in CBS News, which had more multimedia, had more emotional appeal, talking about how the two had ended their relationship and how Campbell had set his last Myspace status to "sad." Overall, it is more appealing to have more multimedia so that readers can get new perspectives on the story.


Colorado Mountain Climber Killed in Fall, 2 Rescued

The body of a Colorado mountain climber who died in a fall at Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday has been flown out of the backcountry.

The National Park Service told the Star Tribune that James Charles Patrick, 54, of Littleton, was climbing a glacier before noon on Saturday with two companions when he fell more than 1,000-feet to his death.

According to Ohio.com, Patrick carried the rope used by all three, leaving the other two stuck in the mountainside. With a cell phone they called for help, and after about four hours rangers arrived and they climbed out safely.


A South Korean-operated fishing boat with 43 sailors has been hijacked by Somali pirates.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry told the Star Tribune in a statement that two South Korean, two Chinese and 39 Kenyans were on the 241-ton boat on Oct. 9 when it was attacked.

The sailors were fishing in waters about 10 miles from Lamu, Kenya, near the Indian Ocean. It is also believed that the hijacking took place at night, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

The hijacked ship has been identified as the Keummi 305, according to the Star Tribune.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Somali pirates have hijacked six South Korean vessels since 2006.


Teen Deaths in Lakeland Ruled Homicide-Suicide

Two teens found dead in a Lakeland park on Tuesday evening died by homicide and suicide, according to ruling from the Ramsey County medical examiner's office.

The bodies of Jacob Z. Campbell, 14, of Lakeland, and Lisa M. Grijalva, 15, of Oak Park Heights, were found on a bluff, reported the Star Tribune.

Chief medical investigator Don Gorrie reported to the Star Tribune that Grijalva was a victim of homicide, and Campbell was a victim of suicide. Further tests are being done.

Sheriff Bill Hutton told CBS News that the two died of gunshot wounds. A gun was found at the scene.

Friends told CBS affiliate WCCO that Grijalva and Campbell had been in a long-term relationship for a few years, but may have recently broken up.


Father Charged in Vadnais Heights Triple Homicide

A father has been charged with the murders of his wife and their two children at their Vadnais Heights apartment.

Justus Kebabe, 43, was charged with three counts of intentional murder in the second degree by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, WCCO News reported.

On early Thursday, the bodies of Kebabe's wife Bilha Omare, their 9-year-old daughter, Ivyn Ogendi, and their 12-year-old son, Kinley Ogendi, were discovered in the apartment, according to WCCO News.

According to the Star Tribune, Omare's body was found in a bathroom, while the two children were in separate bedrooms with the doors closed.

According to a police report on a 911 call that Omare made in late 2008, Kebabe made threats on her life, reported the Star Tribune.

Kebabe's first court appearance was Friday afternoon, according to WCCO News.


Analysis- Spot and Follow

There were a few differences in the leads regarding the story of the University of Minnesota students killed in a car crash near Madison. The first lead, from WCCO on October 7th, reads '2 'U' Students Killed by an Alleged Drunk Driver.' The next day, on the Star Tribune website, the story was '3 U Lives Cut Short on the Side of the Highway.' The names of the victims were not released in either story, just the ages. However, in the WCCO story, the name of the alleged drunk driver was given, along with a mug shot. In the Star Tribune, he was simply described as a 31-year-old Madison man. The second story advances the news because it gives more background information on the U of M students that died, such as the fact that Wildfredo Ugarte transferred to Minnesota from the University of Puerto Rico. The Star Tribune also showed a picture of Ugarte. The second story is not a response to a report from a competing news organization.


Risks remain as drill reaches miners in Chile

At about 8:05 a.m. on Saturday, a powerful drill reached the 33 miners that have been trapped for two months nearly half a mile beneath the earth.

According to the New York Times, the miners had been trapped for 66 days after a mine collapsed.

However, officials told the New York Times that it will likely be Wednesday before the miners will actually be able to see the sun and breathe the air. Until then, engineers have decided to line the upper walls of the rescue shaft with steel pipes, and this installation of the pipes could cause even further collapse.

Once rescued, the miners will receive immediate attention at a makeshift clinic near the entrance of the mine, according to The Star Tribune. This will be followed by two days of treatment at a nearby hospital.

Dr. Jean Romagnoli told The Star Tribune that the trapped miners have a risk of suffering from 90-degree-plus temperature, high humidity, limited exercise and lack of sunlight.


Google is testing cars that can drive themselves

Google, Inc. is test-driving cars that can steer, stop, and start on their own, according to the company.

Project leader Sebastian Thrun wrote on Google's corporate blog that the goal is to "help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's time and reduce carbon emissions" through ride sharing, according to The Star Tribune.

The New York Times reported that the car is a project of Google, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the actions and decisions made by a human driver.

Seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention, and more than 140,000 miles with human control only occassionally, according to the New York Times.

The car can also be programmed to have different driving personalities, from cautious to aggressive, according to the New York Times.


2 injured in small plane crash near Lonsdale

A small plane crashed into a farmer driving a combine in a bean field on Sunday afternoon, injuring two people.

According to Fox 9 News, the two passengers, Curtis Martin, 66, of Montgomery, and Roxanne Rossinil, of Prior Lake, were found with minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to the Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague.

The driver of the combine was Mark Kruse, a neighbor of Martin, reported The Star Tribune.

Rice County Sheriff's Office told Fox 9 News that the plane went down near 100th Street West around 2:15 p.m. The aircraft hit power lines before crashing into the combine. The driver of the combine was not injured.

The Star Tribune reported that the crash remains under investigation.


Three people, two of them University of Minnesota spirit squad recruits, were killed early Thurday morning in a car accident near Madison, Wis.

Wildfredo Ugarte, 23, and Marcus Johnson, 19, were in the process of joining the spirit squad at the school, University spokesman Dan Wolter told the Minnesota Daily.

Ugarte and Johnson were in a group of five passengers who were driving from the Twin Cities to Wilwaukee and were stopped to change a flat tire, according to the Star Tribune.

According to the Minnesota Daily, as the car was on the side of the road, 31-year-old Bradley Erickson, who was allegedly intoxicated, swerved and crashed into the car.

Erickson suffered non-threatening injuries and was arrested Thursday at approximately 2:30 a.m, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The Minnesota Daily also reported that the car was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 39 about 10 miles northeast of Madison.


Analysis- Structures

The Star Tribune progresses their information in a very interesting way in their story about Wally the Beer Man getting suspended for selling alcohol to a minor during a sting.
The reporter spends the first few paragraphs telling us what happened at the ballpark, but does not go on to tell of the seven other vendors that were busted during the sting. Instead, the reported chooses to tell us information about how Wally the Beer Man got caught. We also read about how fans were trying to help Wally through Twitter and Facebook pages.
We then read about what Delaware North does to keep underage consumption at games from occurring, and how the company was fined $500.
The story ends with Wally again, saying he'll be all right.
The reporter ordered the information this way to keep the attention on Wally the Beer Man, because he is an iconic figure for those who follow sports in the Twin Cities. This is pretty effective, because it tells us what happens while always giving us background on the most famous vendor, Wally. However, in ways it is not effective, because they do not mention the names of the other vendors in the story who were caught in the sting. If done differently, the story could have included what happened with the other offending vendors.

Stadium vendor Wally the Beer Man and seven other vendors were suspended Thursday evening at Target Field after selling beer to minors at the Twins-Toronto game.

The Star Tribune reported that all were suspended from their jobs for the time being and may be out for the season.

Twins spokesman Kevin Smith told the Star Tribune that Walter McNeil, 78, and the other vendors failed compliance checks by the licensing bureau of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis police spokesman William Palmer told the Pioneer Press that the eight violations resulted in a "venue failure" because minors working with the department hit 21 points of sale at Target Field.

Delaware North Sportservice, who handles vending for Target Field, will be fined $500 as a result of this, Palmer told the Pioneer Press.


Firefighters evacuated the Phillips Wangensteen Building after two students spilled the chemical pyridine in a seventh-floor lab.

According to the Star Tribune, University officials reopened the building on Thursday once it was cleaned up by a hazardous material response team.

The chemical spilled in the doorway of the lab, making containment more difficult once the hallway was contaminated, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Minneapolis Fire Battalion Chief Mike Carswell told the Star Tribune that the two students immediately covered the spill with dry material to contain it and the vapors. They were later hospitalized.

The Minnesota Daily reported that the potential is still there for the two students to experience long-term health effects, even though it's unlikely after they've been washed off.


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