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August 2, 2007

Mystery Death in Toddler

Calla Christopherson was adopted from China to a family in Edina when she was only a year old.

During a procedure to open a clogged tear duct on Aug. 22, 2006, Calla died. Her breating became difficult and her oxygen levels started falling. A doctor injected muscle relxant in the girl but her heart started failing.

The reason for her death is still a mystery but the state investigation did fault the Fairview Southdale Hospital stating that they did not keep Calla’s vial signs on record well enough. Calla’s mother also said that the reports she received had some gaps and investigation shows that there are some differences from report to report.

The nurse who was recording the information stated that she was in distress while the child was dying and was unable to record the info.

The story was reported by the Pioneer Press which included an interview with the nurse who was in the surgery, Calla’s mother, and Fairview’s vice president for patient safety.

This was an interesting story because the case has no specific reason of death and has created a position in surgical procedures to have a designated person to always record vital signs.

The StarTribune search did not show any results about the same story.

Liberians Getting Nervous

Liberians have lived in the U.S. since the early 1990’s under a temporary protected status. Now that the Liberian government is showing some signs of stabilization, the U.S. government is trying to lift the temporary protected status and deport many of the 20,000 Liberians who are now living in the U.S.

Some have come with their families to take refuge and others have come and created families. Now, they may be forced to return to Liberia at the show of slight improvements in the nation and leave their homes here.

The StarTribune wrote an article about the U.S. House voting to expend the temporary protected status for another year. But like the interviewee in the article says, a year goes by quickly.

The StarTribune spoke to Liberians and sought out their concerns, relief, thoughts on the issue. The article went in depth to cover the actual Senate bill and other government involvement.

The Pioneer Press article is much shorter with less content and also have no persons interviewed to show the direct issues of deportation after a temporary protection status is lifted.


International, national, and local coverage. The I-35W bridge collapsed and it news coverage hasn’t stopped since Wednesday around 6 p.m.

I’ve followed Fox 9, KSTP, KARE 11, WCCO, CNN, StarTribune, Pioneer Press, LA Times, and New York Times.

The collapse and updates of the rescue and recovery missions are the headlines.

When the event first occurred, KSTP was one of the first stations to offer video footage and an online image. StarTribune had a paragraph that said the bridge has collapsed and more updates are to follow. The Pioneer Press had a few sentences.

Around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Fox 9 focused much of its video footage on the night coverage of the bridge wreck.

KSTP, KARE 11, and WCCO spoke to a lot of different people and interviewed people who were watching, involved, or avoided the event.

CNN, national news seemed to be blind-sighted for a good majority of the time as it didn’t have any footage for the first 25 minutes and then requested those who live near the area, saw the event, or were involved to call in.

StarTribune and Pioneer Press has been updating multiple stories relating to the event and numbers of injuries, death, and missing have been different several times a day.

Every channel, every website is offering different information but focused on the bridge structure and its investigation, rescue and recovery missions and dangers, people who have been helping, medical emergencies, government response, public officials information release, and people who are involved.

The following links are to some articles, footages, and images.

Pioneer Press


New York Times

LA Times





Overall, I believe there’s a lot of witness stories as well as details about those who are still missing their loved ones. A news station stated that they spoke to some families who have a family member injured or missing and that they have decided not to ask them to speak on camera to respect their need in a time of tragedy.

This is an example of local news reporting being more in-depth and richer with detail compared to national news reporting.