November 2011 Archives

Syracuse fires Fine amid allegations

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ESPN reports that University of Syracuse assistant head basketball coach, Bernie Fine, was fired Monday after a week of sexual abuse allegations, which climaxed with the release of a tape where his wife appears to confirm the crimes.

Fine, 65, was headed into his 36th year with Syracuse and was the longest tenured assistant coach in the Division I men's basketball.

"I know everything that went on, you know," Laurie Fine said on the recorded call obtained by ESPN from the accuser Billy Davis.

According to CNN and her nephew, Matt Govendo, Fine plans on challenging the tape recording.

"She'll even say that's her voice," Govendo said.

In relation to the sections broadcasted on ESPN Govendo said they had been "tampered with."

Kansas governor apologizes for 'overreaction' to tweet

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apologized Monday for his staff's "overreaction" to a schoolgirl's tweet during her visit to the state Capitol, according to CNN.

Eighteen-year-old Emma Sullivan said that her school principal told her she needed to write an apology to the governor after one of his staffers had complained. The deadline for the apology essay was Monday, but instead the school released a statement stating that "she is not required to write a letter of apology to the governor."

According to the Kansas City Star, Sullivan's tweet said, "Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot."

However, Sullivan said she didn't actually make such comments and that it was "joking around."

Diversity Analysis

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My cultural news story focuses on citizens of dual nationality.

For this analysis I will look at the article we covered in class about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as well as a story in the Pioneer Press.

In the Giffords story the leads were very similar. The first three leads were extremly detailed and had minor changes as news updates came in. The final lead is much more condesed, most likely due to the fact that many people already knew the story.

The second story updates and adds new details to a story or if need be adds a correction. An example of an update can be found here in this Pioneer Press article. Notice how the update jumps to the top of the page, even above the lead.

In the New York Times article the response and/or changing story content was most certainly due to researching and updates from competing news outlets. So much so to a fault as the Times followed its competitors down the rabbit hole and into reporting false information. In the Pioneer Press article its updated for the correct reason, new information comming to the forefront that is ever relevant to the news story.

Demonstrators head back to Cairo square

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Yemen security forces fired upon protesters - killing 26 - organizing against current president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the LA Times reported Sunday.

The AP report sheds a different light on the story adding that 10 soldiers were killed in addition and described the conflict as a "battle in a government campaign to retake territory from al-Qaida-linked fighters".

According to the initial report, protests began as peaceful, but members of the movement began throwing stones and Molotov cocktails towards heavily armored government buildings.

This incident is considered to be the bloodiest of a 9 month rebellion.

Officers in Pepper Spray Incident Placed on Leave

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UC Davis has suspended two of its police officers because of their involvement in a pepper spraying incident against passive students at the university, the Boston Globe reports.

The president of the 10-campus University of California system, under fire with calls for his job, says he was "apalled" at the now infamous images and video, the AP reports.

"I implore students who wish to demonstrate to do so in a peaceful and lawful fashion. I expect campus authorities to honor that right," UC President Mark G. Yudof said.

After an awful season the Twins have decided make an attempt to host the 2014 All-Star game, says the Star Tribune.

The organization plans to spend more than $1.3 million in renovations in accordance with convincing the MLB, according to the AP.

Police remove protesters from foreclosed house

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A group of about 60 Occupy Minnesota protesters were removed from a foreclosed home, once owned by University of Minnesota professor Sara Kaiser, the Minnesota Daily reports.

ABC KSFY reports that two of the protesters are still in custody. One was arrested for burglary and trespassing. The other for obstruction of justice after refusing not to move for police.

Huskies blanked by fierce Gophers

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The Minnesota men's hockey team swept Sacred Heart in their season opening two game series, the Minnesota Daily reports.

The Gophers won their opening games of the new season with relative ease by the scores of 9-0 (Friday) and 6-0 (Saturday).

In addition to the positive start to the new season the Star-Tribune adds some interesting tidbits. Four Minnesota freshmen scored their first college goals in the series and Kent Patterson who had zero shutouts in 45 career games for the Gophers came out of the weekend with two.

The schedule toughens up considerably for the Gophers next week as they face the defending NCAA Champion Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth. Head coach Don Lucia recognized this as well as starting the season against an altogether soft opponent.

"We know we're going to play a better opponent next week," Lucia said. "It's good for us to have these games to gain some confidence.''

Numbers Analysis

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For the number analysis article we will use this Wall Street Journal article.

The story uses numbers to describe well, a number of things. First off, the article describes how long until the tax cuts will be possible with the number of days and how many of years have passed since a similar bill was introduced.

Numbers are also used to attempt to describe the U.S.'s debt, as well as how much the bill would attempt to cut. The numbers are not overly confusing, because the author does a good job of explaining the concept in layman terms and they are also used in comparisons, thus giving the reader continual perspective.

The sources of the numbers are not directly sourced, but are said to come from political parties.

Sabres goalie Miller suffers concussion

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller suffered a concussion after a "gutless" hit by Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic, CBS Sports.com reports.

Miller came out of the goalie crease to play the puck, and by NHL rules was legal to be checked. However, Miller and his coach, Lindy Ruff, felt the hit was over the line, ESPN reports.

"I thought it was a major," Ruff said Saturday. "I thought if it was open season on goalies then let's get at it."

"(Lucic has) 50 pounds on me and he runs me like that? It's unbelievable," Miller said. "Everyone in this city sees him as a big tough solid player. I respected him for how hard he played. That was gutless."

Paquiao wins by decision over Marquez

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Manny Paquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez by majority decision after an even 12-round fight at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, CNN reports.

According to the judges Paquiao won, but the crowd clearly wasn't about of this majority.

The Associated Press reports that post-decision the arena was filled with boos and some spectators even threw cans and bottles in protest.

The result was extremely close with Paquiao winning by only 6 points total. For perspective, the overall score was 345-339 in favor of Paquiao.

Along with the crowd, Marquez disagreed with the decision and left the ring early.

"This was the second robbery and this one was the worst," Marquez said. "We won with clearer punches."

Obama confronts China president over currency issues

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President Obama put his foot down in a private meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao and scolded him about China's economic policies, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Reuters says Obama expressed that the American people are becoming "impatient and frustrated" with China for exploiting U.S. exports in their markets.

Man shot in Minneapolis and left in street

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A man was shot and killed at 10:15 p.m. Saturday in south Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reports.

Kare 11 reports that the police arrived near the intersection of 44th Street East and 33rd Avenue South.

No arrests have been made.

Man turns himself in after hit-and-run kills bicyclist

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The man suspected of hitting a 61-year-old bicyclist with his pickup truck turned himself Saturday evening nine hours after the incident, the Pioneer Press reports.

The victim was taken to the hospital after the hit-and-run and later died of his injuries.

According to the Star Tribune, the suspect is a 27-year-old man from northeast Minneapolis and was booked into the Hennepin County jail Saturday evening. He has a history of driving, burglary, drug and trespassing offenses.

Obit Analysis

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In The New York Times obituary of Andy Rooney, the sources used were CBS, the chairmen of CBS, Rooney himself, Time magazine and Walter Cronkite.

The lead for the obit is standard, unsurprisingly. Although, with such a high profile figure you wouldn't have been shocked to see them use an alternative. This method works well because the rest of the article backgrounds it nicely with loads of information.

An obit differs from a resume in a couple of very large ways. One, being that it is published after you die. The second, being that it is information presented by another person and not the person who's accomplishments are being described and graphed in detail.

Missouri officially leaves Big 12, joins SEC

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Announced Sunday, Missouri will join the Southeastern Conference, in addition to Texas A&M early this year, says The New York Times.

ESPN reported that the Missouri's crossover becomes effective July 1, 2012 along a statement from SEC commissioner Mike Slive.

"We are pleased, and we are proud to welcome you [Missouri] to the family of the Southeastern Conference," he said. "We know that homecoming is a special tradition here at Missouri. So let me say to the entire Missouri nation, 'Welcome to your new home.'"

Perez wins Guatemala's presidential election

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Otto Perez Molina, a retired army Gen., won Sunday's election by preying on citizen's safety concerns, CNN reports.

The Associated Press reports that Perez won easily due to his promising to get tough on crime and drug violence. Perez, 61, won 55 percent of the vote.

Head coach of the Penn State football team Joe Paterno is being questioned on how he reacted in 2002 after receiving information regarding a child sexual abuse allegations regarding his defensive coordinator of 32 years, Jerry Sandusky.

According to The New York Times, Paterno was informed by a graduate student that he had seen Sandusky sexually harassing a 10-year-old boy in the football facility's showers.

Paterno did not call the police. Rather, Paterno had a meeting with the school's athletic director telling him of the witness' account.

ESPN reports that Paterno released a statement saying he felt he acted appropriately under the circumstances.

"While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can't help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred," Paterno said.

North Minneapolis shooting victim named

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The man shot dead in North Minneapolis Saturday has been identified as Steven E. Meyer, a 36-year-old of Eden Prairie, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Star Tribune reports that Meyer was named Sunday and died of a gunshot to the abdomen.

The Minneapolis based paper also sites 911 calls where callers told police they heard gunshots and saw a car crash, but were unsure if Meyer was the driver. No one is in custody.

Two deer hunters dead after opening weekend

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A 72-year-old hunter died after falling from his deer stand Saturday in Bemidji, the Pioneer Press reports.

This is the second hunter to die during opening weekend of dear season.

The second was an 84-year-old from Maple Grove who died after his clothes lit on fire from attempting to light his propane heater in his stand, according to the Star Tribune.

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