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June 28, 2007

Road Rage

On Saturday, a 15-year-old girl was killed in an automobile accident on Interstate I-35E.

Samantha Kelly was a passenger in a Jeep along with her boyfriend, a driver, and several other friends.

The accident is believed to be caused by a possible road-rage incident. The driver of another vehicle tailgated the vehicle carrying the teens and then cut them off quickly when the driver of the Jeep tapped on the breaks.

The Jeep lost control when the driver of the car, described by witnesses as an Audi or Nissan, slammed on the breaks after cutting off the SUV carrying the teenagers.

According to officials, the Jeep rolled about five times and the 15-year-old girl was partially thrown from the car and her boyfriend is now in critical condition at the Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.

The officials are now saying that some of the Jeep passengers were not wearing seatbelts.

The police are asking people with any additional information about the accident or the driver to contact them.

This story has been covered multiple times since the accident. The first several articles about the story included details about the accident and the cause of it.

The story covered on June 26th by StarTribune is still focusing on the details of the accident. The story added more information about the passengers of the Jeep and interviewed more people connected to the event.

The story covered by Pioneer Press has changed its angle from the details of the accident to seatbelts usage and safe driving practices for teens. Pioneer Press includes more interviews from people connected to the event and also includes information about seatbelt safety, dangers of rollovers in SUVs, and tips on avoiding road rage.

The StarTribune does not include additional information outside of the accident and seems to be repeating a lot of the information from its previous articles. Pioneer Press seems to have done a greater amount of research on related topics to the accident. However, Pioneer Press misspells names of some of the interviewees and other words.


Studies are now showing that antidepressants are rated as low risks for birth defects.

The federal centers for Disease Control and Boston University is showing that although birth defects could be caused when pregnant women use antidepressants, they may not be in greater risk than those who are not using antidepressants.

The study has been focused on drugs that are used for depression and anxiety. Paxil is one of the brands that were studied. The drug warns that taking the drug may cause birth defects.

Although Paxil did have some possible connections with defects that are rare, officials are saying that using antidepressants may or may not increase the possibility of defects.

Still, women should be speaking to their doctors about the possible risks before pregnancy.

The story was covered in both the New York Times and LA Times.

The New York Times article focused the point that not enough cases were investigated to have solid information that can support the research regarding low risks in pregnancy due to antidepressant usage. The article included more health defects and conditions that could arise with usage of the medication.

The LA Times wrote more in favor of antidepressant usage in pregnant women and even stated that being able to the medication may benefit children from decreasing lack of care and depression in homes.

The New York Times included more information about the research and the lack of investigation about antidepressant effects on birth defects compared to the positive message from the LA Times about the low risk of defects caused by antidepressants.

June 21, 2007

The health department suppressed information about significant health issue.

The Star Tribune reported on June 19th that the Minnesota Health Department held back information from research about Mesothelioma cancers that infected 35 more miners than 17 that had already been reported on.

The article can be found at:

In March 2006, a research uncovered that a deadly asbestos-related cancers affected 35 more Iron Range miners than what the department had known about. The information was withheld for a year. Now that the department has decided to report the information, criticism and issues about the delay are arising.

The health department webpage is:

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer, “of the membranes lining the chest, abdominal cavities, or heart�, that only occurs in about 1 percent of all cancer cases. The cause of the cancer is related closely to high asbestos exposures. The cancer may not occur until years after exposure to the asbestos and usually spread through the body after beginning in the membrane lining of lungs.

The information about mesothelioma was found on the Mayo Clinic websites:


Although department officials are saying that the reason for the delay was to further research on the asbestos related cases, scientists and the United Steelworkers are criticizing the department for suppressing the information from the public.

For more information about the United Steelworkers:

*Note: This blog was edited on 11:13AM on June 22nd, 2007 to add links to websites listed in the entry.

Nine firefighters died on duty - June 19th, 2007

A New York Times article reported on the deadly fire that killed nine fire fighters on June 19th. According to the article, it was one of the deadliest fires they have seen in Charleston.

The article can be found at the following web address:

On June 19th, nine firefighters died on duty. A fire blazed in a furniture store in Charleston, S.C., and took to lives of the firefighters when a section of the store collapsed. The reason of the fire is still under investigation but arson is not suspected. The firefighters had at that point rescued people who were trapped inside the building. Across the country, 47 firefighters have died on duty this year. The Charleston fire chief said that he lost nine of his best firefighters in this fire.

More information about statistics about firefighters and fires across the country can be found at:

Note: This blog was edited 11:11AM on June 22nd, 2007 to provide links to the websites listed in the entry.

June 14, 2007

Ovarian cancer could be detected early.

Like most types of illnesses, ovarian cancer is hard to detect and symptoms go unnoticed by women until it’s too late. Yesterday, cancer experts released a list of symptoms that could possibly help early detection of ovarian cancer.

The story about ovarian cancer and the list of symptoms can be found at:

Ovarian cancer is called a ‘silent killer’ because it is difficult to detect early. It is estimated by the Mayo Clinic that about 20,000 women will develop ovarian cancer this year and 15,000 may result in death. Health experts are hoping that the list of possible symptoms will help early detection of the disease, which could improve the chance of survival for patients.

Mayo Clinic's webpage has more information about ovarian cancer:

Although the American Cancer Society and other health groups released the list of ovarian cancer symptoms, the cancer society’s director of breast and gynecologic cancer believes that the list of symptoms may be more harmful than beneficial in the long run.

Women who recognize the possible symptoms of ovarian cancer could be experiencing other health complications such as irritable bowel syndrome and not ovarian cancer. Suspecting ovarian cancer could lead to tests, biopsies, and other medical procedures that may not be necessary and sometimes dangerous to patients.

National Cancer Institute’s website has more information about ovarian cancer. It is important for women to speak to their healthcare provider if they are concerned about their health to protect themselves from illnesses.

National Cancer Institute's website shows statistics and other information about the illness:

*Note: This blog has been edited 11:15AM on June 22nd, 2007 to add links to websites in the entry.