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The Daily ran a story on Thursday called "The Only Woman in the Room."

This story did a great job of using analytical data to tell a story. The story is about women becoming faculty in the sciences. The story ran CP in the paper and there were a lot of super cool graphics that helped tell the story.

There were a number of different graphs that compared males and females and their involvement in science. They graphs and pictures were placed all over the pages. They did a great job of telling the story visually, which is important for stories that involve a lot of numbers.

The graphs were color coated, and there were at least four different kinds of graphs used.

It can be really hard to effectively gather data, but the reporter gathered data from places like the University's College of Science and Engineering, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation and condensed it to make something relatively easy for the reader to understand.

Numbers and data can be really powerful when used properly to help tell the story.

Reports: Singer Rivera dead in Mexico

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The wreckage of a plane carrying singer Jenni River was found by Mexican authorities Sunday, according to a CNN report.

The plane was carrying six other passengers, including two pilots. The plane took off from Monterrey, Mexico, and it lost contact with air controls shortly after takeoff.

Director of Civil Aviation Alejandro Argudin said he doesn't think anyone survived the crash.
"The aircraft was destroyed, totally fragmented," he told Televisa, a CNN affiliate.

An L.A. Times repor
t said the plane took off around 3:30 a.m. after Rivera had just performed a concert.

The 43-year-old Rivera released her debut album in 1999. She was known for singing traditional Mexican ballads.

Rivera also had her own reality television show, which showcased her personal life.

Cowboys DT arrested for intoxication manslaughter

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Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested early Saturday morning, and will be charged with intoxication manslaughter after crashing his vehicle and killing teammate Jerry Brown, ESPN reported Saturday.

If guilty, Brent could be imprisoned for up to 20 years.

Brown and Brent were college teammates at Illinois. Brent, the driver, was speeding in his 2007 Mercedes Benz and the car hit the curb and flipped multiple times, USA Today reported.

Police responded and found Brent trying to pry Brown from the car. Brown was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers gave Brent a field-sobriety test, which he failed. And he was arrested.

"I am devastated and filled with grief," Brent said in a statement. "Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time."

Rochelle Lynn Inselman, 39, pleaded guilty to murder on Friday and will be sentenced next week to 40 years in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend Bret Struck, 41, in his home in Brooklyn Center, the Star Tribune reported Friday.

Inselman was reportedly obsessed with Struck. She went to his house the day before Valentines Day to "discuss things with him." Things got out of hand, and she shot him eight times, killing him in the process.

Inselman was indicted for first-degree murder. Had she not pleaded guilty, she could have faced life in prison.

A Pioneer Press report said the couple split in 2004.

Minneapolis teen charged in connection with fatal beating

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A 16-year old boy faces murder charges after he allegedly assisted in the fatal beating of a man in November, the Star Tribune reported Thursday.

Minneapolis-native Jacquin Malik Boyd was charged in juvenile court, but prosecutors want him to be tried at as an adult, because he is at least 16.

Boyd is charged in connection with the death of 41-year-old Kerry Duane Scott of Hopkins. Boyd and a couple accomplices allegedly took turns beating Scott in a house near the 3300 block of Girard Avenue N., before beating him to death behind the house.

According to the report, witnesses saw the attackers jumping on Scott "like a trampoline." One of the alleged assailants allegedly yelled "I'm a killer."

Boyd was arrested Tuesday and initially denied involvement with Scott's death. He later admitted he punched Scott after Scott was accused of stealing something. Boyd said Scott fought back.

World's oldest woman dies at 116

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Besse Cooper of Monroe Ga., died Tuesday at 116. She was the world's oldest person, and according to CNN, only one of eight people listed to have ever lived that long.

Her 77-year old son Sidney said she had her hair done by a stylist at the assisted-living residence where she had lived for 11 years. She died peacefully afterwards.

The Associated Press reported that Besse Cooper had been dealing with a stomach virus in the days leading up to her death. She reportedly felt better, but had breathing complications right before her passing.

Now, the world's oldest person is 115-year-old Dina Manfredini of Johnston, Iowa.

Tunnel collapses in Japan, 9 bodies found

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A tunnel collapse has been linked to nine deaths about 80 kilometers west of Tokyo, CNN reported.

The collapse burned multiple vehicles, and five bodies were found in a station wagon, while three were found in another vehicle

The New York Times reported supports of the ceiling in the 35-year-old tunnel were wearing out, which allowed 1.2 ton slabs to collapse on vehicles.

Crews worked to save possible victims, despite the possibility of the the tunnel collapsing more. The CNN report indicated that crews are still working to save victims.

The collapse backed up one of the major highways in Tokyo. Some of those who escaped the tunnel did so by foot.

There is no indication of when the tunnel is going to reopen.

Tunnel collapses in Japan, 9 bodies found

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A tunnel collapse has been linked to nine deaths about 80 kilometers west of Tokyo, CNN reported.

The collapse burned multiple vehicles, and five bodies were found in a station wagon, while three were found in another vehicle

The New York Times reported supports of the ceiling in the 35-year-old tunnel were wearing out, which allowed 1.2 ton slabs to collapse on vehicles.

Crews worked to save possible victims, despite the possibility of the the tunnel collapsing more. The CNN report indicated that crews are still working to save victims.

The collapse backed up one of the major highways in Tokyo. Some of those who escaped the tunnel did so by foot.

There is no indication of when the tunnel is going to reopen.

Chiefs LB kills girlfriend, himself in murder-suicide

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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, and then committed suicide in front of Chiefs officials outside the team facility, ESPN reported.

There is no motive yet for the murder suicide, authorities said, but police thought Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, had been having problems, Reuters reported.

According to the reports, Belcher thanked Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli before fatally shooting himself outside the team facility in Kansas City.

The Chiefs are scheduled to play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and the game will be played, despite the tragedy.

Crennel is planning to coach the team.

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