November 2012 Archives

Missouri family wins $588 million Powerball jackpot

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A Dearborn, Mo. couple has won a Powerball jackpot estimated at $588 million, according to an AP report in the Star Tribune and the Kansas City Star.

Missouri lottery officials officially announced Mark and Cindy Hill as one of two winners of the record jackpot at a press conference Friday, according to both sources. The Hills, who chose to take their winnings in a lump sum, will collect about $136 million after taxes, according to the AP report.

The Hills will split the jackpot with an unknown winner in Arizona who hasn't come forward yet, according to both reports.

Mark Hill bought the winning ticket at a Trex Mart gas station and convenience store at the edge of Dearborn, according to both reports. The store will receive a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Many in Dearborn, a town of 500 about 40 miles north of Kansas City, knew on Thursday that the Hills had won, according to both reports.

The $588 million dollar jackpot, the largest Powerball jackpot ever, had set of a frenzy of ticket sales throughout the country. In the hours before Wednesday's drawing, tickets were being sold at a rate of 130,000 a minute, according to both reports.

Carpenters picket Doran's hiring decisions

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Local carpenters are protesting the real-estate developer Doran's decision to use non-union labor for an upcoming housing project, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and the Minnesota Daily.

The union, the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, has been protesting Doran's decision to hiring the non-union Regal Construction to hang drywall in Doran's first non-student housing development, Mill & Main, according to the Daily. They have been picketing at Minneapolis City Hall and at Doran's Bloomington headquarters for two weeks.

Kelly Doran, the owner of Doran, said he is already using 19 different unions for the project, according to the Daily. He said that 93 percent of the labor for the Mill & Main project is from union companies.

The protestors said that Regal Construction does not adhere to union standards.

Doran has four apartments on the University of Minnesota campus and is currently building a fifth, according to the Daily.

France will back Palestinian statehood bid

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France's foreign minister said Tuesday that the country will vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state, according to reports by the Associated Press and Reuters published in the Star Tribune and Chicago Tribune.

The move will help the Palestinians secure greater international recognition, according to both reports.

A Palestinian bid for full U.N. membership was rejected last year, largely because of U.S. opposition in the U.N. Security Council, according to Reuters.

This time around, Palestinian leaders are looking for recognition as a non-member observer state, according to the Associated Press.

The measure, which implicitly recognizes Palestinian statehood, is projected to pass.

Top receiver quits Gophers football team

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Senior wide receiver A.J. Barker has quit the football team because of alleged mistreatment, the Star Tribune and Minnesota Daily reported.

Barker announced his decision via Twitter Sunday and also released a 4,000-word open letter to coach Jerry Kill on his Tumbler account, the Daily reported.

Barker accused Kill of lying, psychological abuse and manipulation. He said that Kill belittled him in front of the entire team last Thursday.

Kill defended his side of the story Monday and said he was unsure why Barker quit.

Barker led the Gophers in receiving through 11 games. He had 30 receptions for 577 yards and seven touchdowns.

Analysis: becoming a shaman in Hmong culture

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A student in the high school journalism program Three Sixty wrote this story about a preteen in line to become a shaman, or a 'soul doctor'. According to the story, there are about 1,000 shamans in Minnesota.

The author explains the details of becoming a shaman. She provides information about how important shamans are in the Hmong community.

This story moved beyond a stereotypical portrayal of Hmong culture, providing a substantive and detailed picture of a seldom-discussed topic. It explained the history of shamans. For example, thousands of years ago when the Laotian people didn't have doctors, shamans were the healers.

The author also explained many of the rituals that shamans perform. For example, a shaman puts a cloth over his face before going into the spiritual world. Also, shamans traditionally perform animal sacrifices when someone's soul is lost.

The reporter talked to a representative of the Hmong Cultural Center and a preteen shaman for this story. The shaman in training provided anecdotal information that made the story feel even more real.

Gophers win NCAA record 22nd straight

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The Gophers women's hockey team won its 22nd consecutive game Saturday, defeating Minnesota State Mankato 9-1, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

The Gophers, who moved to 14-0 this season, haven't lost since Feb. 18, according to the Star Tribune. Minnesota won the final eight games of last season, including the national championship.

The Gophers scored four goals in the second period and four in the third. The team out-shot MSU Mankato 48-11, according to both reports.

Junior Amanda Kessel scored two goals and tallied three assists and junior Kelly Terry added four assists. Senior Megan Bozek also scored twice.

The top-ranked Gophers travel to New Hampshire next weekend.

Hostess Brands to shut down

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Hostess will shut down after the company and labor unions failed to reach an agreement, the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune reported.

Hostess will lay off 18,500 employees, according to both reports.

Hostess will stop production at its 33 U.S. plants. The company is blaming its decision to shut down on strikes by the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The unions accused Hostess of making unreasonable demands, including wage and benefits cuts of 30 percent for workers, according to the Los Angeles.

Hostess will sell its most valuable assests, including Twinkies and Wonder bread, to the highest bidders, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Israel amasses troops at the Gaza border

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Tensions between Hamas and Israel have escalated this week, as the two sides have exchanged rocket fire that has proven lethal, according to the New York Times, BBC, and Jerusalem Post.

Twenty-seven Palestinains and three Israelis have been killed since Wednesday, the BBC reported.

The Israeli Defence Force called up 16,000 reservists for a possible ground invasion into Gaza , according to the New York Times. The government will possibly call up 75,000 reservists, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Hamas fired missiles into Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem on Thursday and Friday, the New York Times reported. This is the first time that Hamas has fired rockets into Jerusalem.

The Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil visited Gaza Friday, the BBC reported

12th case of meningitis reported in Minn.

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A 12th case of meningitis linked to a national outbreak has been discovered in Minnesota, health officials reported Tuesday, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

The new patient is a man in his 50's, according to the Star Tribune. Eight of the 12 Minnesota cases have been males, according to the Pioneer Press.

None of the 12 Minnesota patients has died, according to the Star Tribune.

Federal health officials traced the outbreak to contaminated steroids produced at the New England Compounding Center, according to the Pioneer Press. Nationally, 438 people have tested positive for meningitis and 32 have died, according to the Star Tribune.

One of the Minnesota patients filed a lawsuit against the NECC Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported.

Gophers move to 2-0 with victory over Toledo

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The Gophers mens basketball team defeated Toledo 82-58 at Williams Arena Monday night, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

Guards Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman and forward Rodney Williams combined for 50 points as the Gophers jumped out to an early 12-0 lead against the Rockets and coasted to a 48-22 lead before halftime.

The Gophers played like a different team in the second half, however, the Star Tribune reported. The team look lethargic, according to the Star Tribune, and committed 19 turnovers, 11 more than in the win over American Friday.

The victory comes on the eve of Gophers assistant coach Saul Smith's reinstatement. Smith pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on Oct. 20 and has been on unpaid administrative leave since Oct. 21, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The Gophers play two more home games this week before playing No. 9 Duke on Nov. 22, according to the Pioneer Press.


Analysis: numbers

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The Star Tribune published a story Sunday about the possibility of a spike in tax rates starting in 2013. The story used numbers to explain how long congress has to solve the problem, how large the problem is, and how many people it could affect.

The numbers are not overwhelming because the reporter does a good job contextualizing them. He clearly explains how a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts would affect the U.S. economy. He highlights how the 'fiscal cliff' could result in two million jobs lost.

The reporter did use math to crunch the numbers. For example, he counted the number of days left until the tax hike goes into affect. This number, 50, added a sense of importance to this story.

He also used the numbers his sources presented. He wrote about the math of "Congressional budget experts", which gives the most important point of his story: that two million jobs could be lost.

The reporter used numbers to add to the depth and scope of his story. The numbers gave the story a sense of urgency and explained how devistating a tax hike could be.

Gophers defeat Illinois, reach bowl-eligibility

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Running back Donnell Kirkwood ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns as the Gophers defeated Illinois 17-3 Saturday, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

With the win, the Gophers will likely earn a bowl appearance for the first time since 2009. The Star Tribune projects that the team will play in the Meineke Car Care of Houston Bowl on Dec. 29.

The Gophers' defense set the tone throughout the game, holding the Illini to a field goal after it marched 89 yards on its first offensive possession. The Gophers tied the game at three with a field goal late in the second quarter, and Kirkwood gave the Gophers the lead in the third quarter, capping an 11-play, 51-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run.

Illinois turned the ball over late in the fourth quarter, and Kirkwood added a second touchdown to seal the victory.

The Gophers have won four straight games at Illinois, according to the Star Tribune. The victory was Coach Jerry Kill's first Big Ten road victory in his two seasons at Minnesota.

Chesney to perform at Target Field for second time

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Country star Kenny Chesney will give his second Target Field performance next summer, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported Thursday.

Chesney is slated to perform at Target Field on July 12, 2013, as part of his "No Shoes Nation" tour, according to the Star Tribune.

Chesney will perform with the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band, according to the Star Tribune.

Target Field hosted Chesney for the first time on July 8, 2012. About 40,000 turned out for the concert, which Twins President Dave St. Peter described as a success, according to the Star Tribune.

Ticket sales will begin on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.

Loughner receives life sentence

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A federal judge sentenced Jared Lee Loughner to life in prison Thursday for his shooting rampage last year that killed six people and critically injured U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the New York Times and Star Tribune reported.

The sentence came as no surprise, according to the New York Times.

On Jan. 8, 2011, Loughner went to a rally for Giffords carrying a loaded Glock 9-millimeter pistor and 60 rounds of ammunition, according to the New York Times. He fired 31 shots in less than 30 seconds, killing six and wounding 12.

Loughner shot Giffords but did not kill her. Giffords is partially blind and has brain damage from wounds sustained during the shooting, according to the Star Tribune.

Loughner entered a guilty plea on Aug. 7, according to the New York Times.

Netanyahu seeks to repair relationship with Obama

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated President Barack Obama on his election victory Wednesday, after campaigning for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the New York Times and Time reported Thursday.

Netanyahu has been a strong supporter of Republicans, according to Time. He even appeared in a campaign ad for Romney.

Netanyahu's political rivals hope to capitalize on this potential damaging of the U.S.-Israel relationship, according to both reports.

The Israeli Prime Minister disagreed with Obama regarding the Iran situation, according to the New York Times. Netanyahu advocated a military strike on Iran while Obama wanted to let the economic sanctions take their toll.

Netanyahu is up for reelection on Jan. 22.

Stillwater Lift Bridge to open first week of December

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The Stillwater Lift Bridge will open during the first week of December, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported Monday.

The bridge has been closed since Sept. 10, according to the Pioneer Press. Crews are 70 percent done with the $3.4 million dollar project.

Crews are replacing steel connections and electrical components on the bridge, which spans over the St. Croix River, according to the Pioneer Press.

Traffic is being detoured to the Interstate 94 bridge and the Wisconsin Bridge 243 in Osceloa, Wis, according to both sources.

The bridge will eventually be replaced with a new bridge south of Stillwater, the Pioneer Press reported.

Analysis: obituary

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Phyllis Thornley, who worked as a librarian and administrator in the Minneapolis Public Schools for nearly three decades, died last month, according to the Star Tribune. On Oct. 29, a Star Tribune reporter wrote an obituary on Thornley.

The reporter interviewed people close to Thornley, including a friend, one of her sons and her niece. The three sources illustrated the theme of Thornley's life: that she loved books and reading.

The reporter used more of a feature-style lead. He opened the piece with an anecdote from Thornley's friend, who said she was impressed with Thornley's collection of books.

While Thornley was by no means a news maker, she seemed to be a well-respected figure in her community. She was a leader in many educational initiatives in Minnesota. Her death is notable to those in the field of education and library science.

The reporter listed Thornley's many achievements, but the piece was not a resume. The article was based around one central theme- that Thornley loved books- and all of the information supplied supported this central theme. The biographical information, such as the names of her family members, didn't come until the last paragraph.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday that the 2012 New York City Marathon is canceled, according to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Organizers canceled the event as New York City continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to the New York Times. Many runners, residents and politicians felt that it was in poor taste to run through five storm-damaged boroughs.

The marathon has taken place every year since 1970, according to the New York Times.

Mayor Bloomberg said as recently as early Friday that the race would go on as scheduled Saturday morning, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, many worried that the race would get in the way of the recovery effort.

The hurricane killed 41 people in New York City alone, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Minnesota's biggest orchestra east of the Mississippi River is officially locked out until 2013.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's management canceled the remaining concerts on the 2012 schedule Thursday, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

The musician's union unanimously rejected management's proposal, which asked for players to take pay cuts, according to the Star Tribune. The SPCO suffered a $1 million dollar deficit last year, according to the Pioneer Press.

The musicians are worried that a pay cut will damage the orchestra's artistic standing, according to the Pioneer Press.

The musicians' contract expired on Sept. 30, and they have been locked out since Oct. 21. The two sides are planning on re-attempting negotiations next Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.

The Minnesota Orchestra has also been locked out since Oct. 1 and has canceled concerts through Nov. 25, according to the Star Tribune.

The Gangster Disciples of Chicago have threatened to kill a Minneapolis or St. Police officer in retaliation for last week's fatal police shooting, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported Wednesday.

St. Paul police fatally shot 41-year-old Victor T. Gaddy on Oct. 23, after Minneapolis Police asked St. Paul Police to stop his car as part of a narcotics investigation, according to the Star Tribune. Gaddy rammed into an unmarked police car, nearly pinning an officer between the cars, and backed into another police vehicle, according to the Star Tribune.

Officers then fired upon Gaddy, according to the Star Tribune. He died at the scene.

Gaddy was an alleged member of the Gangster Disciples and had been charged with first-degree murder of two members of the Mickey Cobra gang in 1997, according to the Pioneer Press. However, a Minneapolis court acquitted him of the murder, according to the Star Tribune.

St. Paul City Council Member Dan Bostrom said police are taking the threats seriously, according to both reports.

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