November 2012 Archives

Former President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized Thursday after being admitted for bronchitis, according to CNN.com.

Bush, 88, has been at Houston's Methodist hospital for the past six days, the article said.

"President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis," Bush's office said in a statement Thursday, according to a FoxNews.com article. "He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours."

A Huffington Post article said Bush's staff expects he'll be released by the weekend.

The article also said his son and former President George Bush has been among the visitors.

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot drawing will be the largest in its history, said AnneClaire Stapleton of CNNMoney.com.

The prize for Saturday's drawing was $325 million, the fourth-largest in history, but no one claimed the jackpot, Stapleton said.

News of the increased pot released on the company's page likely fueled buyers into a frenzy, said Michael Muskal of the Los Angeles Times.

Tickets can be purchased in any of the 42 participating states, Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands, Muskal said.

Wednesday's jackpot is the second-biggest ever, said Gary Strauss of USA Today. A $656 million Mega Millions jackpot was won by three ticketholders in March.

Despite the frenzy, the odds of winning the jackpot are a mere 1 in 175 million, Strauss said.

Daughter of Kevin McHale dies at 23

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Alexandra McHale, known as Sasha, and the daughter of former Minnesota basketball star Kevin McHale died this weekend, said Heron Marquez Estrada of the Star Tribune.

Sasha, who helped Totino-Grace win a state basketball championship in 2008, had been attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth until her illness forced her to take a leave of absence, Estrada said.

Sasha suffered from lupus, an auto-immune disease, a ColumbusDispatch.com article said.

Kevin McHale, the current head coach of the Houston Rockets, took a leave of absence, leaving Kelvin Sampson to take over the coaching duties, the article said.

Following his Hall of Fame playing career with the Celtics, McHale spent several years with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a coach and executive before joining the Rockets following two seasons as a television analyst, according to a Boston.com article.

''While Kevin was with our organization, we all watched Sasha grow up and become an outstanding young woman,'' Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. ''She will be sorely missed by her family and friends."

Diversity Analysis

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The story I found is about the recovery of the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban.

The story could have easily talked about the stereotypes of Arab-Muslims, and specifically the girl, but the story moves beyond that, and really gets to the meat of the story quickly. It is a well written feature about the miraculous recovery of this girl. It focuses on the journey that she's taken in the last month, rather than hovering on the cultural differences. It doesn't talk about how the health care in Pakistan may be different, or how living in the Middle East doomed her.

Much of the material of this story seems to come firsthand. It seems that the reporters is present in Pakistan, because it talks about the scene on the ground in Pakistan. It also uses past interviews CNN has done with the girl, and well as press releases from the UN to tell this story. The story also uses official government press releases, and information from within the hospital where the girl is being held.

Monkey dies in zoo break-in

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Police are searching for two suspects who broke into a Boise zoo and apparently killed a monkey, according to a NBCNews.com article.

The break-in occurred early Saturday, the article said.

Two males wearing dark clothes were spotted around 4:30 a.m., and fled the scene as soon as they spotted the guard, according to a Jacksonsun.com article.

Police searched the zoo, once with a thermal imager, but no one was found, the article said.

Police found blood at the found, and are still trying to determine if it was monkey or human blood, according to a ChicagoTribune.com article.

Police had no motive for the crime, the article added.

Three dead in Inver Grove Heights

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At least three people died Friday afternoon in Inver Grove Heights when a bus collided with a car, said Nicole Norfleet of the Star Tribune.

The crash happened a little before four in the afternoon at 77th Street W. and Argenta Trail south of Hwy. 55, she said.

The crash destroyed the car and ripped up part of the front of the school bus, Madeleine Baran of Minnesota Public Radio said.

The bus carried no passengers, nor was the bus driver injured, she said.

Tad Vezner of the Pioneer Press added the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Minnesotans give back to the max

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Minnesotans gave a record $15 million on Thursday during Give Back to the Max, said Jean Hopfensperger of the Star Tribune.

In addition, 50,000 Minnesotans logged onto their computers to give to their favorite charities, she said.

This year, K-12 schools have been added to the mix of organizations who can benefit from this drive, said Molly Guthrey of the Pioneer Press.

This was the fourth annual event, she added.

GiveMN began in 2009 by the Minnesota Community Foundation and 14 other funders. Since its launch, it has facilitated more than $48 million in donations to 6,100 Minnesota nonprofits, according to the organization's website, said Sarah Stultz of the Albert Lea Tribune.

Palestinian militants launched rockets at Israel Thursday, Josh Levs of CNN said.

Israel reported three people dead, while the Palestinians have put their number of dead at 13, though they will not say how many of them were militants, Levs said.

More than 245 rockets have been fired at Israel since "Operation Pillar of Defense" began Wednesday, Levs said.

Tel Aviv residents say they heard an explosion following an air-raid alert across the city, raising fears of a Gaza rocket strike on Israel's commercial capital, according to a FoxNews.com article.

Officials said two rockets had been fired at Tel Aviv early Thursday, but no reports had been made about where or when they hit, according to a Time.com article.

According to the article, earlier in the day, a third rocket landed in an open area of Rishon Lezion, a city on Tel Aviv's southern outskirts, but there were no casualties.

President Obama wasted no time in his first press conference after being re-elected, promptly addressing his tax plan, said Jeanne Sahadi of CNN Money.

Obama will push hard to increase taxes on the top one percent of the nation, while striving to prevent tax increases on the rest of Americans, she said.

"We should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy," said Obama, as cited in a USA Today article.

Catalina Camia of USA Today, said Obama is pushing for a deal before the holidays.

Obama answered questions in the just over hour long press conference, ranging from the Petreaus scandal to comments made about U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, said Peter Nicholas of the Wall Street Journal.

Obama ended the press conference by refusing to answer a question shouted out by a Bloomberg reporter, citing it would set a bad precedent, Nicholas said.

Analysis of Numbers article

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For the numbers article, I found a piece about how fewer veterans are starting businesses.

The reporter talks about the percentage change of veterans that have started businesses in the last 10 years. The article also talks about the percent of veterans that use the Montgomery G.I. Bill, and how that effects the number of people who start businesses right out of the military. Finally, the article talks about the number of dollars that is available for veterans who want to start a business.

The numbers, while present in this story, are not overwhelming. The author does a great job of bringing in a lot of context and background information to the story that help make the numbers make sense. The author doesn't provide any of the raw data that leads to the percent change, but rather just provides the finished product itself. The numbers came from a study released by the Kaufman Foundation.

Analysis of Numbers article

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For the numbers article, I found a piece about how fewer veterans are starting businesses.

The reporter talks about the percentage change of veterans that have started businesses in the last 10 years. The article also talks about the percent of veterans that use the Montgomery G.I. Bill, and how that effects the number of people who start businesses right out of the military. Finally, the article talks about the number of dollars that is available for veterans who want to start a business.

The numbers, while present in this story, are not overwhelming. The author does a great job of bringing in a lot of context and background information to the story that help make the numbers make sense. The author doesn't provide any of the raw data that leads to the percent change, but rather just provides the finished product itself. The numbers came from a study released by the Kaufman Foundation.

Analysis of Numbers article

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For the numbers article, I found a piece about how fewer veterans are starting businesses.

The reporter talks about the percentage change of veterans that have started businesses in the last 10 years. The article also talks about the percent of veterans that use the Montgomery G.I. Bill, and how that effects the number of people who start businesses right out of the military. Finally, the article talks about the number of dollars that is available for veterans who want to start a business.

The numbers, while present in this story, are not overwhelming. The author does a great job of bringing in a lot of context and background information to the story that help make the numbers make sense. The author doesn't provide any of the raw data that leads to the percent change, but rather just provides the finished product itself. The numbers came from a study released by the Kaufman Foundation.

Quake in Myanmar kills 13

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A strong earthquake in Myanmar killed 13 and left more than 40 wounded, according to a CNN.com article.

According to the article, the epicenter of the 6.8-magnitude quake was centered 52 kilometers (32 miles) north-northeast of the town of Shwebo in the Sagaing region, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The small towns nearest to the epicenter were hardest hit, said Aye Aye Win of ABC News.

An official from Myanmar's Meteorological Department said the magnitude-6.8 quake struck at 7:42 a.m. local time, Win said.

The U.S. Geological Society reported a 5.8-magnitude aftershock later Sunday, but there were no initial reports of new damage or casualties, according to a Los Angeles Times article.

David Petreaus, the director of the CIA, admitted to an extramarital affair Friday, and resigned his post, said Dana Ford of CNN.

The resignation brought an abrupt halt to a career that saw 37 years of service to the country, Ford said.

According to several sources, Petreaus committed the affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, said Adam Goldman of the Huffington Post.

The FBI was investigating the affair, after they received a tip that Broadwell might have personal access to his emails, Goldman said.

Greg Miller and Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post said the investigation is not expected to result in accusations of criminal wrongdoing by Petraeus or Broadwell, according to the two law enforcement officials, who spoke on the condition that their names be withheld because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The Obama administration had expected to make changes in the national security team, but it was widely believed Petreaus' job was safe, Miller and Horwitz said.

Same sex marriage ban defeated

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The presidential race was fairly easy to call this year. The two constitutional amendments in Minnesota, though, were not.

The proposed marriage amendment to the Minnesota constitution fell short early Wednesday, said Baird Helgeson of the Star Tribune.

With 99% of precincts reporting, the amendment had only 48% of the vote, falling short by more than 100,000 no votes and blank ballots, Helgeson said.

Minnesota's defeat of the amendment was one of many victories for gay rights activists, said Debbi Wilgoren of the Washington Post.

Voters in Maryland and Maine voted to legalize gay marriage in their states, she said.

Minnesotans also rejected the other proposed constitutional amendment, a measure that would have required voters to show a photo ID and would have changed the state's voting system, Joe Kimball of MinnPost.com said. "No" votes totaled 52.3 percent, with 47.8 percent in favor and 1 percent not voting.

Two U.S. sailors have been indicted by the Japanese government for the rape of a Japanese woman on the island of Okinawa, said Junko Oguro of CNN.

The case has deepened tensions between the two countries, Oguro said.

Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, both 23, are accused of choking and raping the woman in a parking lot for nearly an hour Oct. 16, according to the Naha public prosecutor's office and police statements, said Travis Tritten of the Stars and Stripes.

The incident sparked an island wide curfew for U.S. servicemembers, Tritten said.

A protest rally was held in the city of Okinawa, one of the municipalities hosting the U.S. Air Force's Kadena Air Base, late last month, with about 1,300 people participating, according to a Daily Yomiuri Online article.

Japanese and military police searched the sailors rooms and found some of the woman's possessions, the article said.

October is now the deadliest month in 2012 for unbelted Minnesota drivers, Paul Walsh of the Star Tribune said.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the number of unbelted drivers killed in October was 15, compared to the next highest month, which was August with 14.

To date, 87 unbuckled drivers have been killed in Minnesota this year, according to a HometownSource.com article.

The news comes following a statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, Oct. 12-26, during which 8,569 motorists were cited for not wearing seat belts, the article said.

A NorthlandNewsCenter.com article reported all 15 deaths in October were outside the metro area.

The article also reported that state-wide seat belt usage is at an all time high of 93.6%.

Obituary analysis

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For my obituary analysis, I found an obit about John Reed, the former governor of Maine.

The only source that was used was a confirmation of death from the funeral home. No other sources were used in the story.

The lead is standard in that it lists who he was, what he was most notable for, and ends with his age. His death was confirmed in the second paragraph with the funeral home listed as the source. He died at the age of 91, so most likely he died of old age, and so no cause of death was listed. The news value of this man is that he used to be a governor, so he has some prominence. That is basically the only news value in this obit. However, he did not have a lot of prominence, because his list of accomplishments is only one paragraph long, and his chronology is only one paragraph as well.

Obituary analysis

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For my obituary analysis, I found an obit about John Reed, the former governor of Maine.

The only source that was used was a confirmation of death from the funeral home. No other sources were used in the story.

The lead is standard in that it lists who he was, what he was most notable for, and ends with his age. His death was confirmed in the second paragraph with the funeral home listed as the source. He died at the age of 91, so most likely he died of old age, and so no cause of death was listed. The news value of this man is that he used to be a governor, so he has some prominence. That is basically the only news value in this obit. However, he did not have a lot of prominence, because his list of accomplishments is only one paragraph long, and his chronology is only one paragraph as well.

Helicopter crash kills two

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Two officers are dead in the aftermath of a helicopter crash in Atlanta, AnneClaire Stapleton of CNN said.

The crash happened late Saturday as police were searching for a missing 9-year-old boy, Stapleton said.

Federal officials are investigating what caused the low-flying helicopter to descend into power lines, causing power outages in local neighborhoods and shopping plazas, according to a USAToday.com article.

The boy was found a few hours after the crash, the article said.

The two officers were identified Sunday afternoon as pilot Richard J. Halford, 48, of Lithia Springs, who had been with the department for 26 years, and Shawn A. Smiley, 40, of Lithonia, a tactical flight officer who joined the department two years ago, Greg Schreier of the AP said.

The families have asked for privacy, and trust funds have been set up at Wells Fargo bank locations to help them, said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra announced Thursday it's pulling the plug on all 2012 concerts, said Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune.

The announcement comes just two days after the players unanimously rejected an offer from the management, Royce said.

The players were locked out by management Oct. 21, but the two sides are set to meet for negotiations on Nov. 8, according to a ValleyNewsLive.com article.

The SPCO isn't the only Twin Cities organization facing this issue: management has also locked out the Minnesota Orchestra, said Michael Moore of WorkdayMinnesota.org.

Moore added many of the players have taken part-time work playing for other groups around the country.

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