September 2012 Archives

Surly Brewing Company announced Friday it is looking for money to help clean up an industrial site near the University of MInnesota campus in order to build a new brewery, according to it's website.

The site, which used to be a potato manufacturing plant, needs close to 2.5 million dollars worth of cleanup in order for the company to start building, said Eric Roper of the Star Tribune.

Surly would be building a $20 million brewery that would include the brewery, a restaurant, beer garden and event center, Roper said.

However, the company has not yet committed to the site, said John Vomhof Jr. of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

"While the 'Malcolm Midway site' is an attractive option for this project, it's not the only option and we continue our due diligence investigation on other site options in Minneapolis and beyond." Surly said in a statement.

Five people are dead after a deadly workplace shooting Thursday afternoon in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis, according to a Kare11.com article.

Police confirmed Friday that the shooter, who apparently turned his gun on himself, was 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger, said the Kare11 report.

Police said Friday that Engeldinger had ammunition packaging at his house for more than 10,000 rounds, said Paul Walsh, Abby Simons and Mary Lynn Smith of the Star Tribune.

The victims included a sign making company owner and a local United Parcel Service driver, but the police have not released the names of the other two fatalities, they said. Several others were injured in the shooting.

The shooting occurred in the late afternoon Thursday, and officers arrived on the scene quickly, where they evacuated the building, sealed off a block around the business, and then began sweeping the building for the shooter, according to a NBCNews.com article.

In a statement, Governor Mark Dayton said: "I deplore this senseless violence. There is no place for it anywhere in Minnesota. I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the innocent people killed or wounded."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, causing a stir among members of the international community, said Dana Hughs of ABC News.

Both the United States and Israel chose to boycott the speech, citing the president's anti-Israel stance and comments he has made throughout the week, Hughs said.

During his speech, Ahmadinejad addressed what he called an unjust international system, saying he thought it was wrong that five countries (the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France) have veto power, according to a Los Angeles Times article.

He added the United Nations has no legitimacy, and that the Non-Aligned Movement was better, the article said.

The Iranian president spent very little time addressing the nuclear situation, which has been a major reason most of the international powers oppose his regime, said Colum Lynch of the Washington Post.

Instead, he spent most of his speech slamming the materialism of the west, including condemning the United States for the amount of money that is being spent on the current election, he said.

The Green Bay Packers should have been awarded a offensive pass interference call that would have won them the game, but the refs blew it, according to an article on NFL.com.

Eight players went up to try to catch a hail-mary pass at the end of regulation, and it appeared as though the Packers had come up with a clutch interception. However, Golden Tate, a Seahawks wide receiver, wrestled him for possession, and was awarded the the touchdown because he had simultaneous possession, the article said.

The NFL said they support the referee's decision to not overturn the call on the field, according to CNN.com. They added the referees would have needed to see irrefutable evidence to overturn the call, and that it was not clear enough in the replay to overturn the play.

The league has been riddled with complaints about the replacement officials, and came in Tuesday morning to find more than 70,000 voicemails left at their corporate offices, a NFL source told ESPN.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is meeting with representatives of the locked out referees today, although those meetings had already been planned, the ESPN article said.

The NFL locked out the officials in June after their contract expired. Unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, the league opened the season with replacements, most with experience only in lower levels of college football, according to the ESPN article.

Analysis of Attribution

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For my analysis, I chose an article about the leadership of the Free Syrian Army moving its base to Syria from Turkey.

The first attribution takes place in the first paragraph. The author attributes the fact that they are moving to something their leader said Saturday. It says "the leader announced" which would make it seem as though they aren't getting the information firsthand, which is true. The very beginning of the second paragraph talks about a video the leader posted on the internet, which sets up the knowledge that most of the information in the article will come from the video. I believe this is effective, because now the reader knows where the information is coming from, and isn't fooled into thinking that anyone at CNN actually sat down and did an interview with him.

The next source cited is a defense analyst for the Washington Institute of Near East Policy. The name a specific person, but again in the paragraph following this citation, we find out that the story is quoting an essay that was posted in August. This is a credible source, because it's someone who works at an official government agency, so we can trust what he says. However, I don't like that they use an essay posted in August, because the situation has changed a lot since then, and the essay doesn't talk about them moving from Turkey to Syria. I think that it would have been more effective to get a quote from this person, or someone else in the agency about the current situation, and how it will affect not only that region, but things in Washington as well.

The rest of the article is just a recap of events that have happened recently in Syria, and again, there is plenty of credible attribution. And as with the previous examples, all the attributions are taken from command statements posted in the past. This works much better, because it's just a recap, so we don't need a quote from somebody that is current, because those situations are no longer current.

Unarmed citizens stormed several militia compounds in Benghazi early Saturday, forcing hundreds of militia men to flee their bases, said Chris Stephen in an article on the Guardian's website.

Ansar al-Sharia militia was blamed for the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, was the main target of this movement led by ordinary Benghazi citizens fed up with the extremist violence, Stephen said.

The crowd swept through two bases unharmed, but descended on a third where an automatic armed response was triggered that left at least 11 dead and more than 60 wounded, according the NBCNews.com.

And although the attacks were planned in advance through social media and other outlets, the militia were taken largely by surprise, the article said.

Ansar al-Sharia announced that it had evacuated its bases in Benghazi in the interest of security, and they also denied any involvement in the killing of the ambassador, according to an article posted by Al Jazeera.

Lunds and Byerly's recalls chicken

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Lunds and Byerly's recalled some chicken products Thursday due to a possible contamination issue, a Star Tribune article said.

Products including marinated chicken breasts and chicken kabobs were part of the recall list, due to a possible listeria contamination, the article said.

No illnesses have been reported due to the chicken, said a Pioneer Press article.

They also said the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is doing a follow-up with the supplier.

The stores urged customers to return any of the recalled products to the store (no receipt required) for a full refund, a KARE11 article said.

Listeria is a food-borne illness that can be fatal to pregnant women, newborns and people with impaired immune systems, according to the Star Tribune.

Three Mile Island reactor shut down

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The Three Mile Island nuclear reactor shut down Thursday as part of an automatically triggered response, said an article posted by CNN.

The shut-down was triggered when a reactor coolant pump failed, the article said.

The article also said there was no danger to the public, although a large release of steam made a loud noise heard by those in the immediate vicinity.

If there was any radiation released in the steam, it was below detectable levels, said an article written by NBC.

This is the second time in a month this same reactor has shut down due to a failure, according to an article done by USA Today.

The cause of what caused the pump to fail is still unclear, said the NBC article.

Minnesota's first electronic pull tabs were approved Tuesday morning by the state Gambling Control Board, clearing the way for funding for a new Vikings Stadium, reported Jean Hopfensperger of the Star Tribune.

The new pull tabs are set to hit bars and restaurants around the Twin Cities immediately, and the state hopes they will help raise the $350 million the state promised for a new Vikings Stadium, Hopfensperger said.

And while the funding is set, Tom Halden of Fox 9 said the design of the stadium is not. He added the winning design firm will be awarded $50 million for their work.

Mancini's Char House and Lounge and O'Gara's Bar and Grille are among the first to install the new electronic versions of pull tabs, which feature games like "Treasures of the Jungle" and "Big Money Heist", according to Martiga Lohn of the Pioneer Press.

Hopfensperger added the Gambling Board is likely to approve more games and vendors in the months ahead.

Hezbollah's leader appeared in a rare speech Monday, to urge Muslims to take to the streets and protest a film that negatively depicts the prophet Mohammed, according to a CNN report.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, asked all Muslims worldwide to push for laws to criminalize the insulting of any monotheistic faiths, from Abraham to Moses, to Jesus and Mohammed, the report said.

He also said the release of the full film would have dangerous repercussions around the world, said a report filed by Al Jazeera

An Al Jazeera correspondent also said the fact that Nasrallah showed up, "was a sign how significant this issue is and was only the beginning of what they would do to protest".

Nasrallah also called for protests in specific places at specific times, and added all Americans and Muslims should remain vigilant to avoid moving toward strife, according to an article on NBC News.

The lead for this story included the who, the what and the when, but left out the how, why and where.

For the most part, this is a very general lead. The victims of the house explosion are not prominent figures, so they are not named. It also mentions the general timeframe, Saturday morning, but fails to specify the hour until later in the story. It also mentions that their house exploded, but it doesn't mention how it happened.

This is a very hard-news, straightforward lead. It presents the basic facts of the story, and then expands on the details as the story unfolds.

By using the word exploded in the lead, it catches the readers attention. Although they don't state the reason it exploded (because it is still under investigation), it's a strong enough word that it draws in the reader.

They also lead off with the who, because it was a woman and her three children that were injured, which also draws people in, because they tend to be more compassionate about women and children being injured in an explosion then men.

Four injured in house explosion

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A mother and three girls were injured in a house explosion in Tracy, Minn., early Sunday morning, Jim Buchta of the Star Tribune reported.

Local firefighters came on the scene at 9 a.m., and by then the house was fully engulfed in flames, the report said.

Witnesses say that the mother ran outside with her two year old girl, while the seven year old girl ran out of a side door, and a neighbor ran inside the house to rescue a two month old girl who was still in her crib, according to Janel Klein of Kare11.

Witnesses also report hearing an explosion and seeing shattered glass flying away from the house, said the Kare11 report.

The four women were taken to a local hospital, then airlifted from there to Regions hospital, according to Emily Cutts of the Pioneer Press.

The Kare11 report said the woman was listed in critical condition, while the conditions of the three girls have yet to be listed.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

Typhoon to hit Japan

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Super typhoon Sanba has recently made landfall on Okinawa, a southern island of Japan, according to Judson Jones of CNN.

The typhoon, which could boast winds up to 149 miles an hour, has made landfall in an area where residents had to deal with another super typhoon just last month, the report said.

The storm is moving towards Korea, where it is expected to make landfall Monday, but the affects are being felt as far away as the Philippine capital of Manila, said a NBC News report. The super typhoon is expected to hit parts of southern mainland Japan as well, the report said.

A Huffington Post report said the typhoon is the equivalent of Category 4 Hurricane, and will deposit as much as two feet of rain in certain parts of Okinawa.

In an effort to appease student concerns about the rising costs of tuition, the University of Minnesota hopes to freeze tuition if their new biennial budget is approved, the Star Tribune reported Friday.

The budget request would put the amount of money they University receives at the 2001 level, but this time a certain amount of the money would be performance based, said the Star Tribune.

Mila Koumpilova of the Pioneer Press said the University has set five goals for itself, including giving more tuition assistance and meeting higher graduation rates. If it does reach at least three of those benchmarks, they would receive an additional 11.5 million dollars in the second year of the budget.

Brandon Largent of the Minnesota Daily said the total relief funding would total more than 40 million of the two years of the budget.

Jenna Ross of the Star Tribune also reported the budget contains 18 million dollars for a new fund called MNDrive, which supports robotics and advanced manufacturing, global food supply, industry and environment, and treatments for brain conditions.

An angry group of Egyptian protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo Tuesday.
The protesters tore down the American flag in response to production of a film thought to insult the prophet Mohammed.
According to Tamim Elyan of Reuters, the protesters replaced the American flag with a black one that said, "There is no God but God, and Mohammed is his messenger."
The stories on CNN and MSNBC said it was unclear which film caused the uproar, but AlJazeera, while not naming the film specifically, said it was made by expatriate members of Egypt's Coptic community, now living in the U.S. The other sources fail to link the attack to one orchestrated hours before in Libya, where AlJazeera said one American official died in an attack on the Embassy.
No officials were injured in the attack in Cairo, CNN reported, because the Embassy had been cleared hours before due to the threat given.

The federal government added 14 categories of cancer to the list of illnesses linked to the 9/11 attacks Monday.
This new change means first responders and workers at Ground Zero will now be covered for any health problems that fall within these categories.
According to the NBC News article, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health approved the additions to the Zadroga Act, which will become effective in 30 days. The Zadroga Act was signed into law nearly two years ago, and originally did not contain cancer because of a lack of evidence connecting it to Ground Zero toxins.
"We have urged from the very beginning that the decision whether or not to include cancer be based on science," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement to NBC News New York, adding that the decision "will continue to ensure that those who have become ill due to the heinous attacks on 9/11 get the medical care they need and deserve."
Michael Gartland in his article in the New York Post, also mentioned that some people aren't thrilled about the decision, because they are worried there will be less to go around for everyone else. The fund is currently 2.77 billion dollars, and Sheila Birnbaum said she doesn't expect any more cash flow into it.


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