December 3, 2007

Snow Storm Hits East and West Coast

Huge of amounts of snow fell in many parts of the East Coast Sunday and into Monday.
The storm caused 14 deaths in the Northeast.
Also flights at the Portland International Jetport in Maine were severely delayed because of connecting flights in the Midwest where the storm also hit.
On the West Coast, winds got up to 100 mph in some areas and the surf was 45 feet high, closing most major roads and most schools.
The article on CNN was informative.
It had quotes and facts about the deaths and injuries around the U.S. plus the information about delayed and canceled flights.
It was good how they focused on both coasts that were hit with storms instead of being one-sided.
It was an AP story so it was the same in most major news outlets.

Vikings win 41-10 versus Detriot Lions

The Vikings won their third straight game at home versus the Detriot Lion Sunday at the Metrodome.
They were led by Tarvaris Jackson had 203 passing yards and Adrian Peterson with 116 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Pioneer Press' story was well-written and included many quotes.
It was an entertaining and informative article to read because it included several statistics from the game but also opinions and quotes from the coach and players.
The Star Tribune article was better because it told more about specific plays in the game.
It also included many more interesting quotes from varied players.
It is a lot more ancedotal and opinionated than the Pioneer Press article.
They made several comments and opinions while the Pioneer Press was pretty factual.

November 10, 2007

Lawmakers upset about San Francisco Oil-Spill Communication

San Francisco residents and lawmakers were upset when they learned that there was a delay in the Coastal Guard's response when there was a huge fuel oil leak from a damaged ship earlier this week.
There was a four hour delay before the Costal Guard arrived.
Also they had originally reported only 140 gallons of oil that leaked, when in actuality it was 58,00 gallons.
Arnold Schwarnegger declared a state of emergency to clean up the mess and help the wildlife.
MSNBC.com reported this story and had a strong article.
They quoted several important people, and discussed the affects to the wildlife which is important to the story.
They also had some good sources to attribute to in the story.
The San Francisco Chronicle had several more quotes since it was a local story for them.
Also they had it in a very chronological order with times, and more detail.
Overall it was a better article because it was longer and more informative.

November 5, 2007

Denver shooting kills one and injuries seven

A shooting occured early Sunday outside of a Denver nightclub and killed one person and wounding seven others.
It happened just after 2 a.m., when the nightclub had closed.
The article a few comments from witnesses and family, which added more substance to the article.
It was very brief, since it had just occured and there was not much information to give out to readers.
Four of the victims were hospitalized, two in serious condition, and two in fair condition, hospital spokesman, Tony Encinias said.
The article was short, but informative.
There was good information and quotes to fill in what they did not yet.
This was an AP Press story so the information was the same on every major news outlet and there little known about the incident, except the death of one and injuries.

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Abuse suspect at Oprah's school out on bail

Tiny Virginia allegedly abused seven students, the youngest being 13 years old, was released on bail after she pleaded not guilty on Monday.
She had been formally charged with 13 counts of abusing and assaulting students at Oprah Winfrey's school for girls in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The prosecutor for the case said Virginia held a position of trust at the school for being the girls' matron, but that abused that trust.
The CNN article included many quotes from Oprah, the prosecutor, and other people involved in the case, so it was informative.
They could have included more quotes, not just attribution, to people involved in the case because they quoted Winfrey several times in the article.

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Viking win aganist SD Chargers 35-17

The Star Tribune wrote an article about Sunday's Vikings game aganist the San Diego Chargers.
The story talked a lot about Adrian Peterson's statistics as a running back, and how he broke a record with 296 yards and three touchdowns.
They included quotes from the coach and players.
It had an ancedotal lead because it was a more light-hearted story than hard news.
They could have included more quotes from different players since they quoted Peterson twice.
The Pioneer Press also did the same story, showing Peterson as the focal point since he was the star of the game.
Their article was interesting because they included a quote from a Charger player as well which made it more well-rounded.
They also included quotes from Coach Childress and Peterson, but overall is was better written.

October 27, 2007

18 workers were killed in oil accident in Gulf of Mexico Tuesday

Eighteen workers were killed and seven more were missing when a portable drilling rig crashed into an oil platform during a storm in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday.
Sixty-one other workers were rescued, a staement from Petroleos Mexicanos said.
The accident also created a gas and oil leak that was not expected to be controlled for three to five days.
The accident had been caused because of the powerful storm where winds had reached 80 mph and waves reached 26 feet.
The article was brief, without much explanation or statement.
I would think that CNN would provide more detail because 18 people died.
I think they could have gotten more quotes or perspectives on the incident.

18 workers were killed in oil accident in Gulf of Mexico Tuesday

Eighteen workers were killed and seven more were missing when a portable drilling rig crashed into an oil platform during a storm in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday.
Sixty-one other workers were rescued, a staement from Petroleos Mexicanos said.
The accident also created a gas and oil leak that was not expected to be controlled for three to five days.
The accident had been caused because of the powerful storm where winds had reached 80 mph and waves reached 26 feet.
The article was brief, without much explanation or statement.
I would think that CNN would provide more detail because 18 people died.
I think they could have gotten more quotes or perspectives on the incident.

FEMA official apologizes for using fake reporters in briefing

The Federal Emeregency Managment Agency had their No. 2 official apologize yesterday for holding a staged news conference Tuesday in which FEMA employees pretended to be reporters while real reporters were listening in on a telephone conference call.
FEMA had announced its news conference 15 minutes before holding it, not giving reporters enough to get there.
FEMA's Deputy Adminstrator, Harvey E. Johnson Jr. stood at the conference and answered questions from "reporters", who did not reveal that they were FEMA employees.
Many people are upset about this incident, and the White House press secretary said it was not something they practiced and was disappointed.
A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, Russ Knocke, said reprimands would be "very probable".
The article on Washington Post's site was informative and interesting with several quotes. Overall, it was a good article.
An interesting blog article can be found here
I think this article tells the reader's what the real response of the Department of Homeland Security was, but also recaps what did happen on Tuesday and FEMA's explanation of it.

Couple who had Possessions taken away by government wants them back

Naser and Shukria Ali were faced drug charges seven months ago in Washington County for possessing khat, which is known as a illegal substance.
Investigators took a 1,000-pound collection of khat from their storage unit in Woodbury.
They also found and seized $10,000, a laptop and a sports utility vehicle.
The couple was in jail for two months, and on Sept 10, prosecutors informed them the case had been dropped because they had not committed a crime.
The khat they had did not contain any illegal substances, lab results showed.
Since khat is new in Minnesota authorities did not know the facts of its legality.
The couple is upset that they still have not recieved their items back, saying the khat is worth a half-million dollars.
I thought this article was very interesting and thorough with its details.
It was fairly long, with many quotes, but was contained interesting information that was newsworth
Some other articles I read told about what exactly khat was and its history in Minnesota specifically.
http://citypages.com/databank/18/863/article3574.asp

former Hennipen County worker erases 73 parking tickets

Dawn Nyberg had been working with the Hennipen County District Court for seven years and had a good reputation as a hard-working clerk.
She had recieved 73 tickets and avoided paying $5,112 in fines and fees because she used her power to expunge her records.
The 32-year-old worker was charged with swindle of public funds, forgery and misconduct of a public officer.
In June the Traffic Control Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department noticed the tickets had not been processed correctly.
They discovered that Nyberg had entered in incorrect information and erased her citations in the sysem only she and one other person had access to.
She resigned from her job ten day later on June 25.
She will appear in court on Nov. 29 where she faces a nine -year prison sentence if she receives the maximum.
Star Tribune did a good job of reporting this incident. It just seems a little because of the timing.
The reader does not discover until half-way down the article when all this occured.
Overall though they got some good quotes and sources to base it off.
I liked Pioneer Press article better because it had more of an inverted prymaid yet a different voice to it, making to more interesting to read.

October 21, 2007

Gophers lose to North Dakota Bison 27-21

The Star Tribune reports that on Saturday Minnesota Gophers lost to the North Dakota Bison in the metrodome.
There were 63, 088 fans in attendance, many of them Bison fans, in attendance.
The Bison had many disadvantages going into the game, but came out with a victory.
They have fewer than 22 scholarship players which Minnesota has several.
They are also 0-6 aganist the Gophers.
Despite those statistics, they are No. 1 in the Football Championship Subdivision with a 7-0 record.
In contrast, the Pioneer Press reported significantly less about the game.
They featured a few statistics and highlights about the game, but did not mention nearly as much as the Star Tribune.
For the most part, the Star Tribune did a much better job with their article because they provided much more information.
The good thing about the Pioneer Press was that for the people without a lot of time to read the article, it gave a quick recap of the game, while the Star Tribune had the recap at the bottom after all the quotes from players and the coach.

October 7, 2007

Italian men paid to move out of parents' home

An interesting article was written on foxnews.com in connection to another article about Italian men who are paid to move out of their homes.
The average age an Italian man moves out of his parents' home is 36.
So the program was started to encourage more men to leave at an earlier age.
The article has human and online sources.
One of their major sources then was this piece written online from the Daily Telegraph in the U.K.
An economist and the government in Italy were cited as their sources.
The Daily Telegraph states much more about the program, including how much money is going to be given and all the other details of why it is important.
One of the main reasons why men stay at home so long is because of the high cost of living and low job market, so the Italian government hopes to change all that with this program helping students with finances,

Purpose of appendix supposedly found

Cnn.com has an article about how the appendix was discovered to be usefull for producing and protecting good germs for you gut.
The article has many sources including an online source.
They primarily reference an article published by a scientific journal of a theory believed by suregons and immunologists at the Duke University Medical School.
Their soures also included humans.
They talked to several professors and scientists which show their expert power.
The online article about this theory seems to have the most authoritive power because it was a study.
It was a little hard to understand because of some medical terms used, but overall it was a good article.
Also there is more information backing up this theory on the Scientific American website.

Five people shot and killed in Wisconsin town

Five people were shot and killed early Sunday morning in Crandon, Wis. The article says police are still looking for the suspect.
Star Tribune used the radio station WTMJ in Crandon as one of their sources.
This source was supposed to have to some expert power because they are in the town of Crandon.
They said the suspect is believed to be a sheriff's deputy, and possibly part of the Forest County Swat Team.
Also they use the Associated press, which can be seen as a human and online source, as one of their sources.
The AP said the shooting were not confirmed by the Forest County Sheriff Department.
They quoted Forest County supervisor, Tom Vollmar, on the impact it made to the community.
This was again a human source.
Their sources were not varied because they all stemmed back to the radio station where this story was reported on.
The Pioneer Press' account also had information from the same sources, since it appears they both got the story from the Associated Press.
cnn.com story