January 2011 Archives

Twin Cities Declare Snow Emergency

Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared sonw emergencies at around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.
After another 4 inches of snow both cities call for yet another snow Emergency. This is St. Paul's 8th of the season, and Minneapolis' 7th. The season average is about four, according to the Star Tribune.
According to Climatologist Peter Boulay, the total snowfall for this winter could reach 77-78 inches, which would make it a top 10 snowiest winter.
Because of the emergency, winter parking restrictions are not in effect until thursday, Feb. 3, according to the Minnesota Daily.

FIve-Alarm fire at Plymouth Apartment Complex

Several firefighters were battling a large fire at a Plymouth Apartment Complex early Monday Evening.
The fire was at Plymouth Oaks apartments in Plymouth, and it was reported around 4:30 in the evening, according to the Pioneer Press.
So far there have not been any injuries, but everyone was evacuated, according to authorities.
The same apartment complex had a fire in February 2008, and also in June 2007, in which one person was injured and 100 units were evacuated respectively, according to the Star Tribune.

Leads Analysis

The lead was, "A person died early sunday after losing control of a vehicle while driving south on Hwy. 61 near Lower Afton Road in St. Paul, according to the Minnesota State Patrol".This lead uses most of the news elements including: who, what, where, when, and some of the why/how. The what is very general. It just says that a person died in a car accident. The when and where are very detailed. It says what highway it was on and what cross road the accident was close to. The reporter chose this approach because it is very basic and straight forward. It gives you all of the information that you really need to know in the first sentence of the story.

Steeler's Pro Bowl Center out for Super Bowl

The Pittsburg Steeler's Pro Bowl center, Maurkice Pouncey will not play in the Super Bowl because of a high ankle sprain.
Pouncey injured his ankle during the AFC Chamionship game win against the New York Jets. According to ESPN, Doug Legursky, a second year player, will start in the place of the injured Pouncey.
After the Injury Poucey had said that he would play in the Super Bowl but according to Sportsnet, Pouncey was seen on crutches and teammate Chris Kemoeatu told the media earlier in the week that Pouncey would not be able to play in the game.

Driver Killed in Rollover on Hwy. 61

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A person was killed early Sunday when they lost control of their vehicle and rolled it over, according to State Patrol officials.
According to the Pioneer Press, the driver was traveling south near Lower Afton Road at about 6:15 a.m.
The driver's 1996 Acura Integra went into a ditch, hit a tree, and then rolled over. The driver was then throw from the car, according to the Star Tribune.

Lesbian Couple will walk together at Pep Fest

A lesbian couple will get to walk at a Champlain Park High School pep fest after an agreement had been reached between the girls and the school district reported the Star Tribune.
Seniors Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom filed a lawsuit friday against the school and the school district accusing them of discriminating against gays. The lawsuit was dropped.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District and the students issued a joint statement saying, "All parties are pleased to announce that we have worked together, collaboratively, to arrive at an arrangement for introductions of elected royalty that is respectful and inclusive of all students."This was reported by the Pioneer Press.

Repealing don't ask don't tell May be Accomplished by February

Application of the new law allowing gays to serve openly in the military is expected to begin in February said Pentagon leaders.
They said they have no intention to delay applying the law, but they didn't guarantee that don't ast don't tell would be fully repealed by the end of the year acording to The Star Tribune. This stems from a report that a federal appeals court in San Fransisco had denied the government's request to delay a don't ask don't tell lawsuit according to The Chicago Tribune. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued an order Friday requiring the Department of Justice to argue why they should overturn a judge who said don't ask don't tell was unconstitutional.

Military does not Act Against Egyptian Protestors

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hardly maintained power over protestors Saturday as he did not call for military action against the thousands of protestors reports The New York Times.
The riots and protests have been raging on for the last five days. On Saturday President Mubarak named Omar Suleiman his first vice president since he came to power said The Los Angeles Times.
Suleiman is Egypt's top intelligence chief. Mubarak also apointed a retired military general as the country's prime minister, filling the government with his military officials.

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