October 2012 Archives

Ameridose recalls all drugs

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Ameridose LLC agreed to recall all products Wednesday after federal investigators found flaws in the company's sterilization process, the Boston Globe reported.
Ameridose is a sister company to the Framingham pharmacy linked to drugs that are suspected to have aided in hundreds of fungal infections and 29 deaths in the country, the Globe said.
"Ameridose and FDA agree that the use of injectable products that are not sterile can represent a serious hazard to health," the company said in a statement, Reuters reported.
The halt of Ameridose's products could lead to a shortage of supply, Reuters said.
""This is a company that produces and ships a lot of sterile injectables. We are trying to mitigate the effects (of the Ameridose recall) on drug supplies," Jane Woodcock, FDA director of theCenter for Drug Evaluation and Research, said.

Analysis- Media Content

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For my media content analysis, I looked at http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/home.html and http://www.bk.com/.

The corporations' websites feature their menus and the services they offer. Both also show health statistics about their products. The writing evident is a lot of public relations work describing the companies' history, communities they are located in, advancements in technology such as the green movement and the companies' values. I was actually very surprised at how similar the two sites were to one another both in levels of content and styles.
I think these sites lead to news stories about their nutritional substance, as it is very easy to find on the websites. It could also lead to something about the companies' histories when an anniversary of the corporation or a specific location's anniversary of being in a community is upcoming. Lastly, I could see possible stories about their technological advances and how those are affecting the consumer, as readers would likely be interested in those types of information.
The information appeared to be very biased where it could be. Obviously the nutritional facts are what they are, but the writing pieces all shed very positive light on the individual corporations.

Giants defeat Cowboys to expand NFC East lead

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The New York Giants held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 29-24 Sunday in Arlington.
Lawrence Tynes starred for New York, converting on all five of his field goal attempts, including two in the fourth quarter, the Associated Press said.
While Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo contributed a career-high 437 passing yards, he also threw four interceptions, accounting for two-thirds of Dallas' turnovers, The Sports Network said.
Dallas scored what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown with just 10 seconds remaining when receiver Dez Bryant caught a pass in the end zone, but the call was overturned when replay revealed Bryant's hand came down out of bounds, ESPN said.
The Giants now hold a two-and-a-half game lead in the NFC East at the halfway point of their season.

Multiple cities along the east coast have begun evacuations in preparations for Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the U.S. this week.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered evacuations of areas throughout the city, affecting an estimated 375,000 people, Reuters reported.
"If you don't evacuate, you are not only endangering your life, you are also endangering the lives of the first responders who are going in to rescue you," Bloomberg said. "This is a serious and dangerous storm."
"Don't be stupid. Get out," said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The National Hurricane Center said the states of New York and New Jersey can expect water levels to rise from six to 11 feet, the Tribune reported.

Mitt Romney has moved within three points of President Obama, a Star Tribune poll showed.
The poll shows Obama at 47 percent, with Romney at 44 percent. The president was a full eight points ahead of Romney as of last month, The Washington Post reported.
The poll maintained Obama's advantage with women and Romney's advantage with men, CNN reported.
Both candidates have recently bumped up their ad campaigns in the state, though Obama's party does not think Minnesota will be a problem for the president, an advisor told the Post.

James Harden traded to Houston

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The Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to terms on a deal Saturday night with the Rockets to send guard James Harden to Houston.
The complete terms of the deal include Harden, Lazar Hayward, Daequan Cook and Cole Aldrich going to Houston with the Thunder receiving rookie Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin and three future draft picks, Yahoo Sports said.
The Thunder decided to trade the 2011-12 NBA Sixth Man of the year when contract talks broke down Harden would have become a free agent after the season.
"We wanted to sign James to an extension, but at the end of the day, these situations have to work for all those involved," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said to ESPN. "Our ownership group again showed their commitment to the organization with several significant offers."

Monster cited in death reports

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Monster Energy Drinks have been cited in five death reports this year, according to reports filed to the FDA.
The reports could possibly have aided in Monster's fall in the stock market. The California-based company fell 14% in the market Monday, losing all gains from this year, Businessweek reported.
The reports were released after a Maryland mother requested them following her 14-year-old daughter's death. The girl's death was linked to heart issues and the girl's mother reported her daughter drank the Monster drink of consecutive days before her death, Businessweek said.
"Monster does not believe that its beverages are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier," the company told CNN Money. "Monster is unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks."

Week 2 Analysis: Story Progression

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The story I chose for this analysis was the Associated Press's article covering Dish Network's settlement with Cablevision and AMC.

The reporter in this story summarized the important elements of the story by stating the location, companies involved and what they accomplished in the first paragraph.
The reporter the specific details of the deal, giving dollar amounts and exactly what the deal means over the next two paragraphs.
The reporter goes over a brief history of the issue to show the context of the situation.
The article points out the channels popular shows that will now be available again due to the agreement in the next paragraph. The author explains exactly when the channels will again be available to consumers.
Two of the final three paragraphs give quotes from both sides, showing their opinion on the occurrence.

I think the reporter's progression of information is effective. It begins with the resolution and then talks about the issue so people can understand the circumstances of the event. I like how the article shows how the agreement will affect consumers decently early in the article. That information is what's important to the readers. I also like how the quotes from both sides are buried at the end. The quotes obviously need to be in there, but they are lower than usual because they are not of interest to the reader and these quotes are very generic as both sides want to act as though they love the deal they came up with and that it's fair.

Adrian Peterson ran for 153 yards and a touchdown Sunday to help the Minnesota Vikings take the division lead with a 21-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Minneapolis.
The Vikings defense held the Cardinals' offense to just two scores and cancelled out one of those in the second quarter when Minnesota safety Harrison Smith returned an interception for a touchdown, reported the Associated Press.
The Vikings needed every yard from Peterson today, as Christian Ponder struggled in the passing game. Ponder threw two interceptions in the game. He has turned the ball over seven times in the last three games, the Pioneer Press said.
Minnesota next faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Three dead in an Eastern Wisconsin shooting

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A shooting killed three and injured four at a spa near Milwaukee, Wis., police said.
Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer is the suspected gunman, according to police.
The four wounded victims have been transported to Froedtert Hospital. The hospital is on lockdown, though the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the lockdown is a "precautionary measure."
Haughton is still at large, the Associated Press reported. Stores inside the mall and multiple roads in the surrounding area have been locked down as the police pursues the suspect. The police have recovered Haughton's car, the AP said.

Suspect identified in Inglewood shooting

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A suspect was identified by Police Saturday in the shooting of a five-person family in Inglewood, Cal.
Desmond John Moses, 55, is still at large, Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Moses is suspected to have shot fives members of the family, killing two, when he entered their home at 4 a.m. Saturday morning, the LA Times reported.
Moses is described as a Haitian man who reportedly was in a quarrel with the family and rents a home behind theirs, NBC Los Angeles said.
"I am directly appealing to Mr. Moses to turn himself in," Fronterotta told NBC LA. "At the same time, we are aggressively looking for Mr. Moses in connection with this crime."

U.S. Men's soccer team advances in World Cup qualifying

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The U.S. Men's soccer team defeated Guatemala 3-1 Tuesday night in Kansas City to advance to the semi-finals in the qualifying rounds for the 2014 World Cup.

Clint Dempsey starred for the U.S. The forward scored two goals and assisted on the other goal.
"It helps your confidence to get a couple of goals," Dempsey said to the Huffington Post.

The Americans needed only a tie to guarantee their advancement. However, even that was in jeopardy after relinquishing a goal to the Guatemalans just five minutes into the game. The U.S. squad proved resilient from that point, scoring three goals in the next 43 minutes to secure the victory.

"With every game, you try to earn respect," U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said to the New York Times. "You want to just always make statements. You want to send statements, and say, 'Hey, we are ready for whoever comes in.' "

Electric-car battery maker files for bankruptcy

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Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems Inc. filed for bankruptcy Tuesday.

As part of the deal, the company will sell its remaining assets to fellow competitor Johnson Controls, the New York Times reported.

A123 benefitted from the stimulus program the Obama administration put in place for electric car companies.

Republicans were quick to attack the President's policies after hearing of A123's filing.

"A123 is yet another example of President Obama gambling with taxpayer dollars and picking winners and losers in the green energy world," Sen. John Thune of South Dakota told the Los Angeles Times.

Attacking President Obama's support for green energy is a clear talking point for the Republicans during this election season. Mitt Romney addressed the issue often during the first presidential debate.

Sources Analysis

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The article I am analyzing is about an apparent homicide and it comes from the Pioneer Press. Here is the link.

Most of the information given comes from a police report and other facts of the situation attributed by the police spokesperson, who obviously appears to be a credible source, though they are never directly quoted.

The only person directly quoted is a man who attended church with the deceased woman and is familiar with the area. His quote is not one stating fact, just giving his opinion of the area's atmosphere.

I think the way the information is given with the available sources was effective. The stats and "guts" of the information surrounding the incident is given at the beginning, which is most of what people want to know and they want it from a credible source. Referring to the church goer for reaction to the incident is a good way to show how the community is responding, as some people are interested in that as well, though it is a little less important.

Meningitis cases rise to 205

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The fungal meningitis caused by a contaminated steroid has hit 205 reported cases in the U.S., officials said Sunday.

The Centers for Disease Control reported 14 states being affected by the disease, including Tennessee, with 53 cases and 6 deaths confirmed, reported the NASDAQ.

Of the 205 cases, 15 deaths have resulted, according to Reuters.

The cause of the outbreak is linked to a Massachusetts company who shipped vials that may have been tainted to 23 states and 76 medical facilities. The NECC distributed thousands of vials possibly containing a contaminated steroid, putting up to 14,000 people at risk of contracting meningitis, according to health officials.

Derek Jeter breaks ankle, will miss the rest of playoffs

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Derek Jeter fractured his left ankle in the Yankees' 12-inning loss to the Detroit Tigers Saturday night in New York.

Jeter's injury occurred in the top of the twelfth inning while attempting to field a ground ball. He is out for the rest of the postseason, the LA Times reported.

"It won't jeopardize his career, but he will not be playing anymore for us this year," Yankees' manager Joe Girardi told CNN. Girardi added it will take approximately three months to recover from the injury.

New York activated Eduardo Nunez Sunday to take the team captain's roster spot. Girardi emphasized his admiration of Jeter's toughness.

"I can't tell you how much I appreciate his toughness and his grit," he said. "It's, to me, a great example for everyone. And I am not just talking about athletes, I am just talking about everyone that goes through struggles in life or goes through pain in life."

Man breaks sound barrier with skydive attempt

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An Australian man has broken the sound barrier.

Felix Baumgartner broke the barrier Sunday as he successfully completed a 24-mile skydive in Roswell, N.M., USA Today said.

The jump took approximately nine minutes and Baumgartner reached a high speed of 833 miles per hour, or 1.24 mach, faster than the speed of sound, jump observer Brian Utley told the Associated Press.

"Hard to describe because you don't feel it." With no reference points, "you don't know how fast you travel," Baumgartner told reporters.

A 30 million-cubic-foot helium balloon hoisted a 3,000-pound capsule with Baumgartner up to his desired height.

"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about of breaking records anymore, you do not think of about gaining scientific date. The only thing you want is to come back alive," he said after the jump.

Hand gluing mother sentenced to 99 years in prison

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The Dallas mother who glued her two-year-old daughter's hands to a wall, has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Elizabeth Escalona, 23, sat motionless Friday as her verdict was delivered, reported WFAA.

"You savagely beat your child to the edge of death," said State District Judge Larry Mitchell as he read his verdict. "For this, you must be punished."

Escalona attacked two-year-old Jocelyn Cedillo because of potty-training issues. She pleaded guilty in July to felony injury to a child, said CBSNews.

"I kicked her, I hit her, I kicked her constantly," Escalona said in her defense Wednesday. "I'm not a monster. I'm not what everyone thinks I am," reported WFAA.

A high school freshman made an apology and shot himself in front of his class Thursday morning in North Dakota, Richland county authorities said.

The boy was coherent as an ambulance took him to a Minnesota hospital, Principal Jay Townsend of Fairmont Public School told CNN.

The boy, whose name and age were not yet released, did not harm anyone else, Townsend said to the Associated Press.

Fairmount mayor Jon Nelk referred called it a "tragic day" for the community.

"It's going to shake up the community for a long time," he told the AP. "The city's prayers and thoughts go out to the young man and his family and friends."

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