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May 5, 2008

Record Analysis

For this entry I will be examine an article on the life and crimes of con-artist Cindy McKay that was written in The Baltimore Sun.
In the article there are obviously certain public records used, such as police reports and criminal histories. This is apparent when the article says that police determined the house of McKay's ex-husband was burned down in 2002 by careless smoking, when actually McKay had stabbed him to death and then burned the house down herself. The reported had to go back and look at the police report from over five years ago to discover what was though to be the cause of the burned house.

This three-part series used a lot of different online tool to further enhance the story. My favorite one is the interactive map that had spots throughout the eastern United States to click on that detailed the various crimes and periods in McKay's life. The reporter had to know how to create an interactive map like that on the computer.

Garnett Leads Celtics into the Second Round, But Just Barely

Kevin Garnett scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds as Boston beat Atlanta 99-65 in the pivotal game seven of their first round playoff match up, according to the Star Tribune.

Boston, which won 66 games during the regular season to secure home court advantage throughout the playoffs, needed it right away as all four of their wins in the series came at home.

The Atlanta Hawks, a sub-.500 team in the regular season, pushed the Celtics to the brink of an early an unexpected elimination. Despite the close call, Boston remains optimistic about their playoff hopes.

"The pressure of this will probably pay off later," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. (Fox Sports)

This season was supposed to be the year that former Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett finally got his NBA championship that he never could with Minnesota. His arrival along with shooting guard Ray Allen propelled Boston to one of the biggest turnarounds in NBA regular season history. But the playoffs, in which Garnett has only managed to get out of the first round once, is a whole other story.

"For us to be an elite team and one that makes it to the championship," Celtic star Paul Pierce said, "we can't have any nights off, we can't take plays off and we've got to be able to get it done on the road."

If Atlanta had pulled out game seven, it would have been only the second time a number eight seed had knocked off a number one seed in a seven-game series in the NBA playoffs, according to Fox Sports.

Twins Climb to First Place Amongst Five-Game Winning Strea

The Minnesota Twins are in first place of the AL Central division for the first time in over a year after sweeping division rivals Detroit and Chicago.

The biggest victory of all came Sunday with a seven to six win over Detroit after falling behind by six runs in the first inning, according to the Pioneer Press.

Minnesota starting pitcher Boof Bonsor game up six runs in the first inning to a Tigers team that had scored only two runs in its previous two games. But Joe Mauer's two-run single in the seventh inning capped a comeback that put that gave the one and half game lead over Chicago for first place in the AL Central. Earlier in the week Minnesota won a pair against the then division leading White Sox, starting their current five game streak.

Mauer was very pleased with how the team responded after a dismal first inning. "I think that's huge for our pitching staff, to show that we're still going to go out there and try to put up runs for 'em," Mauer said. (Star Tribune)

Minnesota's lead could vanish quickly though as they begin a three-game series with Chicago on Tuesday.

May 3, 2008

Passenger Trains Collide in China

A passenger train heading to Qingdao city in eastern China derailed early Monday morning, colliding with another train, reported the Xinhua News Agency.

The collision, which happened at 4:43 a.m., killed at least 66 people and left 247 injured. The accident happened in the city of Zibo in Shandong Province, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The train headed to Qingdao city derailed going around a bend and slammed into the other train, derailing it as well. The collision threw at least 10 cars from the train into the ditch, according to witnesses. (New York Times)

"I suddenly woke up when I felt the train stopped with a jolt. In a minute or two it started off again, but soon toppled," said one passenger who managed to escape the collision unscathed. (BBC News)

This most recent accident is the part of a long line or train accidents in China, which has one of the world's most heavily used rail systems, according to the New York Times.

Last September on the very same line there was collision of two trains, but no one was killed. In January a train killed 18 track workers when it hit them while traveling 75 mph in the dark, according to the New York Times.