November 2009 Archives

Analysis: Cultural diversity

This article discusses a incident in an Utah school where an Indian student was suspended for wearing a nose ring to connect with her culture.

It then goes on to discuss how people in different cultures find it difficult in America to express their identity.

Jeff, a student at the University of Minnesota, said the article does a good job of moving beyond the stereotype.

He said the article stays objective and tells the story how it is and uses quotes that do not demean the speaker. The article also does not make assumptions about the people in it and explains what cultural practices mean.


Senate Democrats open floor debate

Senate Democrats have gained enough votes to prevent a Republican filibuster against a bill that would overhaul the nation's health care system Saturday, according to NPR.

Right before the vote, Democrat holdouts Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas agreed to join their party, but said the bill still needs work.

The vote passed 60-39 along strict party lines, according to the New York Times.

The bill looks to extend health care coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans, which would cost $848 billion over ten years.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's version of the bill would include a government-run option, giving individual states the option not to allow it.

Swine flu may have peaked

The Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that swine flu activity is down in all regions of the country, according to the New York Times.

A similar statement was made by the World Health Organization, who said there were "early signs of a peak" in most of the U.S.

Flu is still widespread in 43 states, but that is down from 46 states last week. This is also the first time the flu has been in a downward trend in all parts of the country, according to WebMD.

But CDC Director of Immunizations and Respitory Diseases Anne Schuchat said there is no way to know if the peak has been hit, or if more cases will spring up later in the season.

"Influenza season goes from December to May," Schuchat said. "We may have weeks and months of a lot of disease ahead of us."

Aneurysm led to bus crash

The bus crash that killed two people and injured 20 Wednesday was caused by the bus driver's aneurysm, according to the Star Tribune.

The announcement came from John Patton Jr., an attorney for the bus company, Friday.

The driver, 52-year old Edwin Erickson, lost control of the bus on Interstate 90 two miles west of Austin, MN and veered off the road. The bus was returning from a casino trip in Iowa.

Bold Lines Inc., the bus line that operates the bus in the crash, paid $20,000 in 2002 to settle an enforcement case over testing for drivers. The federal safety agency advised roadside inspections because of safety concerns, according to the Pioneer Press.


U2 to play in TCF Bank Stadium

U2 announced it will become the first band to play in TCF Bank Stadium Monday, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The band will come to the brand-new Gopher football stadium on June 27, part of their 360 degrees tour.

Tickets went on sale to the general public Saturday, and were sold out in just two hours, according the Star Tribune.

According the University of Minnesota website, 10,000 presale tickets were made available to students.

The 360 degrees has broken attendance records already in the Rose Bowl and Giants Stadium.

Coal mine blast kills 42 in China

A huge blast in a coal mine in northern China has killed 42, and has left 66 trapped a third of a mile underground Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

The State Administration of Work Safety said there were 528 miners underground at 2:30 a.m., the time of the explosion, and 389 were able to escape. Rescuers are currently trying to find the survivors

The mine is in the Heilongjiang province, which borders Russia, and is larger than most mines where accidents take place, according to Reuters

China has some of the deadliest mines in the world, where more than 3,000 people died in mine accidents in 2008.

Fort Hood shooter charged with murder

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in last week's shooting at Fort Hood, has been charged by military officials on 13 counts of premeditated murder, according to the New York Times.

Analysis: Obit

In this obit, the author uses a lead somewhat different from the nytimes-style lead. He does not mention how old he was or where or when he died, in fact it doesn't mention that he is actually dead. I assume it is because he assumes that the reader realizes that they are in the obituary section of the site. He starts out with out he is known for, and then goes into a short chronology afterward, doesn't mention his death until the fourth paragraph.

This style of writing works in its own way only if the reader was aware they were in the obit section.

The reporter uses the deceased's wife as a source as well as colleagues, who talk about his personality and what they thought of him. By using these sources, the reporter is able to get a better idea of what the deceased was like a person, and not just a list of accomplishments.

White, Bostick suspended

Minnesota Gophers men's basketball players Royce White and Devron Bostick have been suspended by head coach Tubby Smith Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

White, a highly-touted freshman recruit, faces misdemeanor charges of theft and fifth-degree assault after allegedly shopllifting and shoving a security guard at the Mall of America on Oct. 13.

Senior guard Bostick was suspended for a violation of team rules that were not specified and not related to the incident at the MOA. Smith did not set a date for the two to return.

White has Nov. 17 arraignment hearing scheduled, according to the Los Angeles Times.


Northwest pilots appeal to get licenses back

The two Northwest Airlines who dropped out of radio contact and overshot the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles appealed their license revocation Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.

The Federal Aviation Administration revoked Capt. Timothy B. Cheney, 53, and First Officer Richard I. Cole's, 54, licenses on Oct. 27, saying they "carelessly and recklessly" put their passengers and crew in danger.

Cheney and Cole dropped out of radio contact for 91 minutes on the four hour flight from San Diego to Minneapolis.

The pilots were distracted by crew scheduling on their laptops and were not aware of their situation until they were over Wisconsin, according to the Pioneer Press.

Two bills were introduced in the Senate Thursday to ban nonessential electronics from the cockpit.

Rybak in race for governor

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak filed paperwork with the state to run for governor Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

The long-expected move comes just two days after Rybak was easily reelected, although he had told reporters on election night his decision to run for governor was weeks away.

No Minneapolis mayor has ever won a governor's race, as Rybak joins a long list of people trying to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2010.

Rybak becomes the 12th Democrat to join the race along with eight Republicans, according to the Pioneer Press.

Tragedy at Fort Hood

An Army psychiatrist about to be deployed to the Middle East opened fire on soldiers at Fort Hood, killing 12 and injuring 31, according to the New York Times.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, was promoted in May and was upset about his pending deployment to Iraq, according to a spokesman for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

Hasan began opening fire at about 1:30 p.m. central time and was quickly killed by police forces.

The shooting took place near a processing center where soldiers were preparing to deploy to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the Washington Post.

Two other soldiers were apprehended on suspicion of involvement in the attack, but were later released after questioning.

"It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil," President Obama said.

Pentagon to ask for additional funding

The top U.S. military officer said Wednesday he expects the Pentagon to request Congress for additional funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the New York Times.

Adm. Mike Mullen didn't give a figure for how much he expects to be requested, but it is rumored by defense budget analysts to be about $50 billion.

This amount would be in addition to the $130 billion Congress approved just last month.

Any additional funds would depend in large part to how many additional troops President Obama decides to send, according to Reuters.

The president is expected to complete reviewing his war strategy within the coming weeks.

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