November 2012 Archives

Itunes 11 now available

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Apple released Itunes 11 Thursday, PC Magazine reported.
Apple planned on releasing the newest version of Itunes in October, but delayed the release due to "engineering difficulties", CNN said.
Since 2001, Itunes has added apps and television shows, as well as serving as a platform to manage multiple Apple devices.
"In other words, iTunes has become a bloated, slow, unwieldy mess," CNN's Christina Warren said.

Minnesota Wild goalie diagnosed with MS

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Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding contacted numerous teammates Wednesday to inform them of his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the Pioneer Press said.
"I don't look at this like I've got to take a new path," said Harding, 28, drafted 10 years ago by the Wild and months off signing a new three-year contract, the Star Tribune reported. "This is a little bump in the road. I've had lots in life."
Multiple sclerosis is "an incurable autoimmune disease in which the body randomly attacks and eats away the protective lining of his nerves and causes them to scar. It causes problems with balance, fatigue and blurred vision. There are 25,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States every year," the Star Tribune said.
Harding hopes to keep moving forward and expects no sympathy.
"I feel good," Harding said. "I've been skating for a couple of weeks, three or four times a week. I still have a little bit of a way to go, but I'm definitely on track," he told the Pioneer Press.

Former President George HW Bush stable in hospital

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President George HW Bush is in the hospital for Bronchitis-related complications and is in stable condition, the hospital said Thursday, Reuters reported.
Bush, 88, has stayed at Houston's Methodist Hospital for the past six days. He has a "lingering cough", spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN.
"President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis," Bush's office said in a statement released by the hospital, Reuters reported. "He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours."

Two winners in Powerball lottery drawing

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Two people, one from Missouri and one from Arizona, are new multi-millionaires following Wednesday's Powerball drawing, the Associated Press reported.
The two still unknown winners will split the record-breaking Powerball jackpot, valued at $587.5 million, CNN said.
The winning numbers from the drawing were 5, 23, 16, 22 and 29, and the Powerball was 6, CNN said.
The winners have 180 days to claim their winnings.

B.J. Upton signs with Braves

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Outfielder B.J. Upton agreed to a five-year contract Wednesday with the Atlanta Braves, MLB.Com said.
The deal is worth $75.25 million, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Upton played for the Tampa Bay Rays organization since he was drafted second overall in the 2002 MLB draft, the Times said. Upton ranks second in Tampa Bay history in games (966), hits (910) and stolen bases (232).

Analysis- Culture

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For my analysis on a feature of a different cultural group, I used the following article http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/13/4980759/hmong-find-a-voice-on-school-board.html.

This article does a nice job of pointing out the angle of the story, which is this Hmong man gaining representation for his community on the school board, and shifts to Steve Ly's personal story and all he has suffered through in his life. They story assimilates Ly into the minds of the readers from this Hmong man to a colorless citizen who has simply accomplished great things.

The sources used for the story include Ly, which is important to show his true character and personality. The other source is a fellow school board member, who talked about welcoming him onto the board with open arms, treating him with the same respect as anyone else.

Mall of America will require supervision of teens under 16 wishing to shop at the mall on Black Friday, the Pioneer Press reported.
The restriction stems from a chair-throwing brawl in the mall, sparked mostly by teens, the day after Christmas last year, spokesperson Bridget Jewell told the Star Tribune.
"We realized after last year that we had a large number of youths who were coming," she said. "Just for everyone's safety, it makes sense to us to put the policy in place."
The Mall of America welcomed 219,000 shoppers into the facility during last year's Black Friday, the Pioneer Press said.

Jamie Foxx to host Saturday Night Live

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Actor Jamie Foxx will host the December 8 edition of Saturday Night Live, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Foxx is currently promoting his upcoming movie, "Django Unchained", the Huffington Post said. Ne-Yo will perform as the show's primary musical guest, the Post reported.
This is Foxx's second appearance on Saturday Night Live. He previously hosted the show in 2000, said the Post.

Notre Dame tops AP poll

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For the first time since 1993, Notre Dame is atop the AP poll's college football rankings, the Chicago Daily Herald reported.
The Fighting Irish overtook Kansas State and Oregon in the rankings, who both lost on Saturday in upsets, the LA Times said.
The Irish are 11-0 for the first time since 1989, the Times reported. Alabama moved up to second in the rankings.

Shabazz Muhammad eligible to play for UCLA

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The NCAA reinstated UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad Friday, making him eligible for action immediately, the USA Today reported.
Muhammad had previously been ruled ineligible for receiving improper benefits during his recruiting process, USA Today said.
Muhammad's first game as a Bruin will be Monday, when UCLA takes on Georgetown.
"I am excited to be able to play for UCLA starting next Monday," Muhammad said, CBS Sports reported. "My family and friends were very supportive of me throughout this process and I couldn't have gone through this without them."

Wal-Mart workers to strike Black Friday

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Wal-Mart workers around the country are planning to walk out on Black Friday, The Examiner reported.
An employee-led group called "Making Change at Wal-Mart" said protests are expected in cities such as Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Wal-Mart does not appear ready to budge on the issue. Spokesperson Kory Lundberg called the tactics, "just another exaggerated publicity campaign aimed at generating headlines to mislead," the chronicle said.

Analysis- Numbers

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For my numbers' analysis, I used the following link about tuition freezes http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/11/state-universities-tuition-freeze-budget-cuts/1698379/.

The reporter in this story used numbers to show the rise in tuition over the past four years, as well as a comparison between the percentage rise across the nation versus universities in a few areas proposing the freeze. Other uses include percentages of funding from states that some universities have lost. To show the amplitude of those cuts, the article shows the actual amount of dollars that Arizona's universities have lost, $400 million. An actual number was also used to describe the amount of debt the average college graduate holds after high school.
The reporter's numbers are framed fairly well in my mind. The percentages sometimes can appear to be deceiving, as we do not know the general numbers that these percentages are coming from, but comparing the percentages from one state to a national average is a good utilization of the numbers. I liked the actual numbers and when they were used. Using them on the average student debt and the amount Arizona universities were having cut is an effective strategy because readers then understand the magnitude of what is happening.
The sources used all appear to be very credible on the issue. The sources include the Iowa Board of Regents President, the U.S. Department of Education and the University of New Hampshire Board of Trustees Chancellor.

Henry Colman dead at age 89

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Love Boat producer Henry Colman died at the age of 89 Wednesday, the Pioneer Press said.
Colman produced multiple television shows, including The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Hawaii-Five O the Hollywood Reporter said.
Colman was born in 1923. He attended two years at school in Michigan before serving in World War II, the Reporter said.

Earthquake hits Myanmar

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An Earthquake hit the shores of northern Myanmar Sunday morning, killing as many as 12 people, the Associated Press reported.
The affects of the quake escalated when the Ayayawaddy-river-crossing bridge collapsed, injuring 15, Xinhuanet News said.
Initial reports show damages to 102 homes, 21 religious buildings, 48 government offices and four schools, the AP said.

Donald Trump not sorry for post-election rant

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Donald Trump stands behind his Twitter comments made Tuesday following Barack Obama's re-election.
Trump's "tweets" criticized the electoral college, called the election a sham and even called for revolution, Syracuse.com reported.
Trump is not concerned with his critics.
"The fact is that there's a large group of people who like Donald Trump and what Donald Trump says. I have no regrets," Trump said to Bloomberg Businessweek, Atlanta Black Star reported. "I've been well-received. I will have way over 2 million Twitter followers shortly."

Kansas State takes over top spot in BCS

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Kansas State is the newest number one team in the country, according to Sunday's BCS rankings.
The Wildcats overtook Alabama following the Crimson Tide's 29-24 loss to Texas A&M Sunday, SBNation Denver reported. Alabama fell to fourth in the rankings.
Oregon is now second in the rankings, which, barring a loss from either the Ducks or the Wildcats, are not expected to change.
"These teams are in their order and the only way that order changes is if somebody gets beat," said Jerry Palm, of CBS Sports and collegebcs.com, the Associated Press said.

Vick goes down with injury in Eagles' loss

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The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a 38-23 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday as quarterback Michael Vick left the game with a concussion, USA Today said.
Vick went down following a sack in the second quarter, The Score said. Rookie Nick Foles replaced Vick.
Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon, The Score said. Dallas improved to 4-5 with the win.

Anaysis- Obituaries

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For my obituary analysis, I used the following link, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-07/news/chi-marvin-hamlisch-dies-20120807_1_special-music-schools-marvin-hamlisch-avant-garde-composers

The sources used in the story are other newspapers and an interview the deceased performed with the paper from 15 years earlier.

The obituary uses a standard lead, stating the subject's prime achievements and then their circumstances of death and age.

The news value came from the person's prominence. He played a large role and impacted the entertainment industry through multiple facets. The entire country was going to take interest in his passing.

The difference between a resume and an obituary is the injector of quotes and framing of who the person was in the obituary. In this obituary, the quotes from the deceased's past interview shows who he really was and what was most important to him

Hurricane Sandy Telethon raises $23 million

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A Hurricane Sandy telethon raised $23 million Friday night, USA Today said.
The telethon, put on by NBCUniversal and the Red Cross, featured performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Christina Aguilera, USA Today reported.
The telethon took place over a one-hour commercial-free telecast, NBCNews said.
"We are incredibly grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result of Superstorm Sandy," American Red Cross Chief Marketing Officer Peggy Dyer said, NBCNews reported.

"Wreck it Ralph" opens strong

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The animated film "Wreck it Ralph" had a strong opening weekend, earning profits of over $49 million, the LA Times reported.
The weekend was a pleasant surprise for the film. Many projections estimated the film to make anywhere between $15 and $50 million, said the Times.
The total earnings made "Wreck it Ralph" the most profitable film of the weekend, $25 million ahead of the second-place finisher, "Flight", starring Denzel Washington, E! reported.

NHL cancels 2013 Winter Classic

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The NHL cancelled the 2013 Winter Classic between the Detroit Redwings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the league announced Friday, ESPN said.
The game was scheduled to take place on New Year's day at the University of Michigan's football field in Ann Arbor, ESPN said.
"We simply are out of time," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the LA Times. "We are extremely disappointed, for our fans and for all those affected, to have to cancel the Winter Classic and Hockeytown Winter Festival events."
The Winter Classic is just one of many games that have been cancelled due to the NHL's player lockout. For many fans and players though, canceling the event puts the entire season in real jeopardy.
"It's definitely very disappointing," Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said to the Times about the classic. "Not only was I looking forward to it but so were all my friends and family. It was going to be a great event not just for us but all the businesses and hotels and fans excited to see us and Toronto play."

New York Marathon cancelled

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Sunday's New York Marathon was cancelled Friday mayor Michael Bloomberg's office, the Huffington Post reported.
"The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City's life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch," Bloomberg and New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said in a joint statement, reported ESPN. "While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division."
Bloomberg had recently planned to proceed with the marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and the decision to cancel the marathon came after heavy scrutiny.

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