July 2012 Archives

Pilot Dies, Small Plane Crashes Into Minnesota Lake

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A small plane crashed into a Minnesota lake on Sunday morning, killing the pilot and injuring a passenger.

Just before 10 a.m. on Sunday a small experimental plane crashed into Upper Whitefish Lake near Brainerd, killing the pilot, a 55-year-old man from Crosslake, The Associated Press said.

The passenger, 61, also from Crosslake, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, The Associated Press said.

The plane was a fixed-wing single engine Skystar Kitfox 4, Federal Aviation Administration Spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said, the Star Tribune said.

The plane was submerged about 75 yards offshore, FAA Spokesman Roland Herwig told The Associated Press.

The aircraft was built in 2008, the Star Tribune said.

Beijing Flooding Kills At Least 20

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At least 20 people died this weekend in China due to record-breaking rainfall.

The Global Post reported 20 people were killed as a result of heavy rains in China, while The Wall Street Journal reports 37 people have died because of the downpour.

Almost 70,000 residents were displaced due to flooding, The Wall Street Journal said.

More than 18 inches of rain fell in the Hebei Township, washing out roads and cellphone and Internet services, the Global Post said, breaking a record set in 1951.

On Sunday President Barack Obama met with victims and families of those killed in Friday's mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater, which killed 12 people and injured 58.

Obama visited with families at the University of Colorado hospital in Aurora, where 23 victims had been taken after the shooting and 10 remained Sunday, CBS News said.

Obama focused on the "lives and dreams of the fallen and the survivors" rather than the shooting suspect after emerging from visits with the families and victims, the Associated Press said.

"I also tried to assure them that this perpetrator has received a lot of attention, that attention will fade away. ... In the end... what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy," Obama said after one of the meetings, CBS News said.

"I know the president is in Colorado today," said Mitt Romney, the republican presidential nominee, to a group of supporters. "He's visiting with families and friends of the victims, which is the right thing for the president to be doing on this day -- appreciate that."

Thousands of Norwegians gathered at memorials on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the massacre that left 77 dead a year ago.

About 1,500 people went to Utoya Island, where gunman Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people one year ago, while thousands more gathered at a memorial in Oslo, the Wall Street Journal said.

"The bomb and the shots were intended to change Norway. People responded by embracing our values. He failed, the people won," Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said to a crowd at the memorial in Oslo, Reuters reported.

Along with the shootings on Utoya Island, Breivik killed eight people with a bomb that went off outside parliament, Reuters reported.

"Very few people can go through a day without thinking of the events of July 22," said Vegard Groeslie Wennesland, who had escaped Breivik on Utoya Island by barricading himself in a cabin with about 50 others, Reuters said.

"You know, a person you miss, someone you were supposed to hang out with or seek advice from or anything like this. Or something that just reminds you of what happened."

Penn State Takes Down Joe Paterno Statue

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The statue of Joe Paterno outside Penn State's football stadium was removed Sunday.

Paterno's statue was taken down, as well as the iconography of his involvement in hiding child sex abuse allegations against his retired assistant, Jerry Sandusky, that the statue adopted.

The statue weighs over 900 pounds and is nearly 7 feet tall, and was built in 2001 in honor of his 324th Division 1 coaching victory, as well as his "contributions to the university," the Associated Press said.

Rodney Erickson, Penn State president, ordered the statue's removal Sunday morning, saying it is "a source of division and an obstacle to healing," USA Today said.

"I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse," Erickson said in a statement Sunday morning, The Associated Press said.

Analysis: Numbers

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The Herald Sun's article about the recent floods in Japan uses numbers in several ways.

Many approximate counts of people who have been told to evacuate are reported, such as the 400,000 total people "ordered or advised" to leave their homes. That count then narrows down to region and then prefectures.

The number of landslides that occurred and houses damaged were also listed, as well as the number of casualties, centimeters of rain that fell in three days, and the centimeters of rain that fell per hour on Friday.

Many of the numbers are very overwhelming, and frankly too specific and unnecessary to include in this story. With all of the listed numbers of evacuation in regions that I'm not sure even Australians have heard of, the reporter would have been better off converting those numbers into percentages so the reader can get a better idea of the scope of the evacuation.

For example, saying that in the Fukuoka prefecture 78,600 people were ordered to evacuate has no real meaning to anyone who doesn't know the population of Fukuoka. If there were 80,000 residents, that would be far different than if there were to be 500,000 people in that region.

Had the reader used math to find the percent of the populations were ordered to evacuate, this story would have much more impact.

Sources of the numbers are fairly clear, citing Kyushu's local media and the Fukuoka prefecture spokesman. Otherwise, "officials said" is used, being more vague as to where these approximations and numbers actually came from.

Otter Attacks Anoka Woman in Duluth Lake

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An Anoka woman was attacked this week by an otter in a northern Minnesota lake, leaving with 25 bite marks.

Leah Prudhomme, 33, a triathlete from Anoka, was swimming in Island Lake when an otter attacked her, The Star Tribune said.

The wetsuit prevented her 25 wounds from being worse, Northland News Center said.

"It just kept coming after me," Prudhomme said to The Star Tribune. "You never knew where it was going to bite next."

Man Found in Utah after Lost for a Weeks

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After about three weeks of being lost in the Utah desert, a 28-year-old autistic man was found emaciated.

William M. LaFever, 28, was found alongside a river weighing about 100 pounds and malnourished after missing for three weeks, CNN said.

He had survived by eating a frog, raw fish, and some roots, The Salt Lake Tribune said.

He was reluctant at being rescued at first, and told rescuers that he had been answering the call of the desert and that his trip was spiritual, The Salt Lake Tribune said.

Floods in Japan Force 400,000 to Evacuate, Kills 22

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Flooding and landslides on Friday in Japan caused 400,000 people to evacuate and killed at least 22, officials said to the BBC News.

On Japan's main southern island rain and bursting rivers caused flooding and landslides, forcing residents to evacuate, many of whom remain in evacuation centers, The Herald Sun said.

At least 5,000 people are stranded in the northwestern region of the island, where police are focusing their rescue efforts, due to washed-out bridges, the BBC said.

At least seven people were reported missing, the BBC said. Japan's Self-Defence Forces are searching for them.

One of the U.S. Marshals Service's top 15 most-wanted fugitives was caught in Cancun, Mexico, on Friday after 24 years on the run.

Vincent Legrend Walters, 45, was wanted on a charge of kidnapping, murder and drug charges in relation to a San Diego case in 1988, the service said to Reuters.

Walters had been working at the Cancun international airport under the assumed name of Oscar Rivera, The Associated Press said.

An undercover Drug Enforcement Agency operation targeted Walters in 1988, during which he took three individuals hostage in an attempt to trade them for confiscated drugs, Reuters said.

Christina Reyes, one of the hostages, died after being gagged with a chemical-soaked rag, The Associated Press said. The other two hostages were released.

Driver Killed in Single-Car Crash in St. Paul

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A driver died after driving off the road and hitting a tree late Friday in St. Paul.

At about 9 p.m. on Friday a 2001 Jeep Cherokee was going north on Highway 61 in St. Paul's Battle Creek area when it crossed the center median into southbound lanes, State Patrol told The Pioneer Press.

The driver then overcorrected, crossing the northbound lanes and driving into the ditch where they hit a tree, State Patrol told The Star Tribune.

The driver's name has not been released and was the only person in the car, The Star Tribune said.

Analysis: Multimedia

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The New York Times and The Star Tribune use different multimedia visuals to show the effects of the Colorado wildfire.

The New York Times's map of the fire shows how the fire spread over a six day period, marking areas of expansion as well as the extent of the fires on each day.

This compliments news stories because it better shows readers the extent of the fire and where it is on the map, accurately displaying its vast scope.

The writing with this visual describes the location and direction of spread each day as compared to the previous, and notes the damages of those areas. Two to three sentences go with each day/map, and deal exclusively with facts rather than quotes from residents.

The Star Tribune, however, uses photos taken by the Associated Press to show the destruction of the fire in various places.

These photos show readers destruction on cars, homes and others, and accurately display the chaos that can otherwise only be imagined in the text from articles.

With each picture is a sentence describing what the picture shows and a sentence that describes the reach of the fire on that day and how much of it is contained. Names are given and other background information of people in the photos, more info if they have a particularly compelling story.

Taliban Execute Afghan Woman For Adultery

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An Afghan woman was executed for adultery north of Kabul in a video released on Sunday.

The video, taken last month, shows her being shot repeatedly in the back with about a hundred male spectators shouting, "Long live Islam", "Long live mujahideen (holy warriors)," the Herald Sun said.

The Taliban denied involvement in the killing that reflects their past executions, but local authorities blame them directly, Reuters said.

In a statement the government said it "strongly condemns this un-Islamic and inhuman action by those professional killers and has ordered the Parwan police to find the culprits and bring them to justice", the Herald Sun said.

Flash floods in Russia killed at least 87 and left thousands homeless, officials said Sunday.

There have been 150 casualties of the Russian flood in the southern Krasnodar region as thousands more are without homes or electricity, The Guardian said.

The rain began overnight Friday in the region, officials said.

Locals told the Hindustan Times that ground floors of houses were flooded in minutes and that sidewalks and roads were destroyed. "It flooded people's ground floors in five to 10 minutes, ripped out sidewalk curbs and even pieces of asphalt," said Tatyana, a resident of Krymsk whose house is perched on a hill and was not affected by the floods.

"If we had been warned, people could have been saved," said Irina Loskutova, 50, one of many who told The Guardian that government officials didn't give enough warning or evacuation orders.

Brad Pitt's mother wrote a letter earlier this week to a Missouri newspaper bashing President Obama and backing republican candidate Mitt Romney.

In her letter to Missouri's Springfield News-Leader, Jane Pitt responds to another reader's letter urging Christians to not support Romney because of his Mormon faith that "denigrates women.", the Huffington Post said.

"I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon," Jane Pitt said in the letter, supporting Romney, as reported in the Los Angeles Times.

"Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney's opponent, Barack Hussein Obama," she said, adding that the president "did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage."

Her views are in stark contrast to those of her son, a noted supporter of gay marriage who was recently the anti-Prop. 8 play titled "8".

Best Buy Lays Off 650 Geek Squad Employees

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Best Buy reported Thursday that it is laying off 650 Geek Squad employees.

Roughly 3 percent of Geek Squad employees are being laid off nation wide, representing less than one worker per store, The Wall Street Journal said.

Employees will receive severance packages and job placement assistance, Kare 11 News reported, citing a statement from the Best Buy News Center.

Geek Squad employees provide in-store and at home services, including installation of electronics and appliances and repair to consumer electronics.

"The only real differentiator is that they have service, that service is installation and advice, and that's what Geek Squad does," said Michael Pachter, analyst for Wedbush Securities Inc., to The Wall Street Journal.

While Best Buy can't match online pricing, it provides essential services to its customers through Geek Squad, The Wall Street Journal said.

Analysis: Speeches

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The Irish Times covered Mohammed Morsi's inauguration speech, mixing quotes with background facts.

Quotes that were included are reflect Morsi's effort to inspire Egyptians and assure them that he will serve them respectfully. "I will look after the interests of the people and protect the independence of the nation and the safety of its territory," he said.

"I swear by God that I will sincerely protect the republican system and that I respect the constitution and the rule of law," Morsi said in his speech.

This article gave details of Morsi's attire, saying he wore a beard and an "open-necked shirt and suit", of the crowd who "cheered Mr. Morsi's arrival in the square", and women who wore waist-length "khemar" veils that are preferred by Morsi's wife. "Wild cheers from the crowd" was also used in setting the scene.

No comments from attendees were given.

Background information included when he will be officially sworn into office, details about the vote and that he "narrowly beat" his opponent, that he is the first freely elected president of Egypt, and the types of protests that occurred.

Most of the quotes are towards the beginning of the article, while a briefing of recent history is given towards the end, talking about the military's ruling power and the difficulties in place of keeping control of Egypt.

Morsi's election carries a large amount of other topics of debate with it, and the article focuses mainly on how Morsi plans to change the current state of the country and gain control over the army, and how he got to the position he is in today through Egypts' first free election.

WASHINGTON -- Locals suffered through another day of repressive heat without air conditioning or refrigeration on Sunday as utility crews worked to get electricity restored for thousands of people.

The heat index reached 100 as locals sought refuge in malls and movie theaters while waiting for power to be restored in their smoldering homes, The Washington Post said.

Storms late Friday took down trees and power lines that ruined properties and took lives, closed emergency 911 call centers, and left residents without power for days, the Associated Press said.

"If we don't get power tonight, we'll have to throw everything away," Susan Fritz said about her refrigerator and deep freezer to the Associated Press.

National Guard members patrolled intersections with broken traffic signals, raising concern for the condition of Monday morning commutes, The Washington Post said.

The Washington Post reported many closures and cancellations, including public summer classes and programs for Monday, due to the outages.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Virginia's reinstated President Teresa Sullivan on Tuesday after campus-wide outcry over her ouster in early June.

The university's 15-member board of visitors unanimously agreed to reinstate Sullivan after weeks of protest by students, faculty, and alumni, The Wall Street Journal said.

While the board voted, students and faculty gathered outside in support of Sullivan, the Associated Press said.

The Wall Street Journal said that Helen Dagras, the head of the board, had been persistent in saying that the university needed a leader who would be more bold amid changes in the university than Sullivan.

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Gunmen threw grenades and opened fire in two churches leaving 15 dead near Kenya's border with Somalia on Sunday, police officials said.

The attacks occurred in Garissa, a predominantly Muslim city, and were carried out by masked men who first shot the policemen guarding one of the churches before opening fire inside, said Philip Ndolo, the regional deputy police chief, to The Washington Post.

Police guarded the church because Somalia's Islamist militants have been targeting Christian churches, the Associated Press said.

Grenades were used in the second church, where one went off in the doorway, injuring three people, and the other failed to detonate, the Associated Press said.

The masked gunmen are suspected to be militants linked to al Qaeda from Somalia who have been coordinating similar attacks, The Washington Post said.

Japan Nuclear Reactor Restarted Despite Protests

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Japan turned on its first nuclear reactor over the weekend since last year's meltdown at the Fukushima power plant while protesters shouted "No to the restart".

The restart at Ohi, likely to be followed by other restarts in the nation, will help with power shortages and the economy, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told Japan, as reported by The Washington Post.

Protesters blocked roads over night to prevent workers from entering the plant, though the reactivation was not effected by their efforts, Kansai Electric Power Co spokesman said to the BBC.

Demonstrators also gathered in front of Prime Minister Noda's home to protest the restart, not convinced by assurances of safety, the BBC said.

Organizers said that 200,000 people participated in the protest, the BBC said.

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