January 2010 Archives

Lead Analysis

In the Pioneer Press story reporting that the suspect in the cub stabbing wanted to go to jail, the lead includes who ,what, when and where. The explanation of what occurred offers the most detailed information in the lead. The explanation of the who is also detailed because it is referring to news from a previous time.

Microsoft Philanthropist Gives Big

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Friday that they will donate $10 billion in an effort to vaccinate children of impoverished nations.

Huffington Post reports that the foundation asks governments and other business's to join the effort to "improve millions of lives"

Times Online reports that this is the largest donation to be made by the foundation and will go toward vaccine research and disbursement over the next ten years.

Admittance of Gay Clergy Pushes Churches Away

Churches are planning to distance themselves from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) based on the recent decision to welcome gay preachers.

Pioneer Press reports that St. Luke Lutheran Church of Cottage Grove, Shepherd of the Valley in Afton will hold their first of two votes Sunday in an effort to protest the ELCA decision.

Some Churches will be voting to join a new group such as the Lutheran Core and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ and some will be voting to determine how much money to contribute to the ELCA.

St.Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis has already held their first vote resulting in a 96 percent favor to leave the ELCA, reports the Star Tribune.

Spokesman for the national ELCA, John Brooks, tells the Pioneer Press that so far only four churches have left the ELCA nationwide.

Economy is Moving Faster

The economy in the United States grew at a rate of 5.7 percent in the last quarter of 2009, which is the fastest rate since 2003.

The New York Times reports that consumer spending increased at a two percent in the fourth quarter after a 2.8 percent increase in the fourth quarter.

USA Today reports that the reason behind the 5.7 percent increase is credited to companies restocking their inventories after letting them dwindle down.

Bernard Baumohl, the chief global economist at the Economic Outlook Group said "joblessness could peak at 10.4 or 10.5 percent before starting to drop in the spring" reports USA Today.

Osama bin Laden Releases Green Message

Osama bin Laden speaks about climate change and the responsibilities of the United States and other developed countries in an audiotape released Friday.

Al Jazeera who was given the audiotape reports that Bin Laden calls for the world to refrain from using the U.S. dollar. bin Laden places blame on "all the industrial states" for climate change, but singles out the United States for being one of the industrialized countries that did not sign the Kyoto Protocol.

bin Laden also refers to the bank bail-outs that took place last year. Al Jazeera English reports that Bin Laden said the U.S. "are also behind 'globalisation and its tragic implications'. And whenever the perpetrators are found guilty, the heads of state rush to rescue them using public money".

The New York Times reports that there has not yet been confirmation on the authenticity of the tape that was broadcasted by Al Jazeera.

Desperate for Incarceration

A 25-year-old man wanting to go to jail, stabbed a Cub foods Employee at the St.Paul Sunray location on Monday.

Pioneer Press reports that according to the complaint in which the suspect was interviewed, Raymond Andrew Berg of St. Paul told police that "he was messed up in the head and cannot support himself, so he went to Cub Foods with a knife and stabbed this guy"

Five days earlier, Berg pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property which took place at a Wal-Mart on December, 5, 2009. Star Tribune reports that according to the assault charge, Berg's motive for both crimes was to be taken to jail.
According to police, Berg claims to be schizophrenic. After damaging the T.V.s at Wal-Mart Pioneer Press reported that he was found to be competent and was released December 22, 2009 on the conditions that he take medication, have a chemical health assessment and meet with a counselor weekly. December 24, 2009 Berg reportedly went to Ramsey County Jail and exposed himself publicly. He was released two days later.

The victim of the stabbing was taken to Regions hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Berg is being held on $50,000 bail.

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