April 2010 Archives

Vatican Learns One Lesson

The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano recently praised The Beatles, saying that despite the past, the music is good, reports The Associated Press.

On the subject of John Lennon' s "Bigger than Jesus" statement, the L'Osservatore said it wasn't that scandalous, reports The Associated Press.

Ringo Star recalled that the Vatican had once claimed that The Beatles were satanic, reports CNN.

He also said that the Vatican should have more to talk about than The Beatles, reports CNN.

Officer Shooting in Woodbury

A Woodbury Police officer was shot and wounded Thursday evening after arriving at a domestic call, reports the Star Tribune.

The officer shot and killed Timothy Hanson after being shot, reports The Pioneer Press.

Hanson had a history with the law and also received many visits from Police officers at his Woodbury home, reports the Star Tribune.

Hanson worked for St. Paul's Public Works Department, where he was suspended nine times, reports the Star Tribune.

Murder-Suicide Supected in Columbia Heights

Early Saturday a woman and her husband were found dead at a restaurant parking lot in Columbia Heights, reports The Pioneer Press.

Police believe that it was a murder suicide and according to a family member the wife had been planning to leave her husband, reports the Star Tribune.

While police have not yet confirmed that the husband killed the wife, they are not looking for any suspects, reports The Pioneer Press.

Goldman Sachs, Hedge Funds, and Falling Stocks

The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Goldman Sachs for securities fraud, reports the USA Today.

The SEC alleges that Goldman Sachs allowed clients to make investments without disclosing that the investment was created to fail, reports The New York Times.

The investments packaged by Goldman Sachs were created by a hedge fund creator who anticipated the burst of the real estate bubble, reports The New York Times.

The hedge fund against these investments made about $1 billion, reports USA Today.

Since the announcement of the lawsuit on Friday, Goldman Sachs stock has dropped along with other companies who are now believed to have participated in the same practices, reports The New York Times.

Volcano Ash Grounds Flights

Ash from a volcano in Iceland has resulted in no air travel for a large part of Europe, reports The New York Times.

The cancellations result in a loss of about $200 million a day, reports The New York Times.

Some airports in Europe will open as early as Sunday, but many will remain closed through part of Monday, reports CNN.

The halt of air travel prevented many from attending the Polish Presidents funeral, reports The New York Times.

Pawlenty and Romney Make Nice

Mitt Romney and Gov. Tim Pawlenty both spoke at a fundraiser to conservative group, the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, report Minnesota Public Radio.

Pawlenty and Romney are both possible candidates for the 2012 presidential election, reports the Star Tribune.

The two politicians were friendly and had kind words for each other, but some suspect that this will not last once election season heats up, reports the Star Tribune.

Pawlenty had previously made comments against Romney's part in bringing universal health care to Massachusetts, reports MPR

iPad Has Problems, Jobs Has Money.

Less than a week after the launch of the Apple iPad, consumers are reporting WiFiconnectivity problems, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

A troubleshooting guide has been created by Apple, reports the Christian Science Monitor. And those who have purchased an iPad are consulting Apple's discussion board hoping another consumer may have found solutions.

One early adopter, batzgam discovered that the dimmer switch affects the iPads ability to auto-connect, but there is still no solution for the inability for some to keep their iPad connected.

Apple sold 450,000 iPads for nearly $500 a piece since Saturday and is expected to release a newer iPad with 3G connectivity and WiFi later this month, reports CNN.

Today Apple unveiled iAd, which will allow for advertising within the apps that are provided on iPhones and iPads, reports Reuters.

Rescue Mission On Hold

The rescue mission to find the four remaining miners was again put on hold Thursday due to unsafe air conditions, reports the New York Daily News.

The mine explosion that occurred on Monday had killed 25 miners in West Virginia, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

Rescuers are hoping the four men are in an airtight chamber which is located underground, reports the New York Daily News.

Investigations into the cause of the explosion and whether or not violations occurred will be lead by Norman Page, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

There were also two mining accidents in China this week. 40 miners were killed in Yinchuan while 115 were saved in China's Shanxi province, reports Reuters.

Video Released of Civilian Victims

A graphic video of the shooting of Reuters employees in Baghdad was released Monday on Wikileaks.org, reports The New York Times.

While the video does not show hostile action prior to the shootings, United States military officials said that the soldiers were engaged in hostile force, reports The New York Times.

The video includes audio of soldiers commenting on the dead, reports The New York Times.
A U.S. military official also said that it was unclear to the soldiers whether the Reuters
employees were carrying camera's or handguns, reports the New York Post.

Hastings Middle School Lockdown Results in Five Felonies

A Hastings eighth-grader has been charged with five felonies after threatening teachers and classmates with a gun at Hastings Middle school, reports the Star Tribune.

Inside the gun were bullets that were not the proper size, reports The Pioneer Press.

The 14-year-old-boy got the gun from a gun safe after finding the key at his foster home, reports the Star Tribune.

The boy said that he wanted to scare some classmates reports the Star Tribune.

Numbers for Budget Decrease

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools / District to cut 144 full-time positions, ran in The Pioneer Press.

The story uses numbers referring to how many jobs are being cut, how many dollars have been cut and what percent of dollars will be cut.

There are many numbers used but it is not overwhelming, the numbers are used to give a clear picture of the decrease in funding.

The use of amounts as opposed to percentages is effective because the percentage alone would not give a clear picture of the effects of the budget decrease.

Being Orange Will Soon Cost More

A 10 percent tax increase on tanning will be implemented on July 1, reports the Star Tribune.

According to some students at Penn State the tax will not deter people from tanning, reports The Daily Collegian.

But according to U.S. Rep Glenn Thompson the tax will have a negative impact on jobs despite the $2.7 billion increase that is expected, reports The Daily Collegian.

The new tax was inserted into the Senate version of the health care bill after lobbying by Botox makers and plastic surgeons prevented the proposed 5 percent tax on Botox and other cosmetic procedures, reports the Star Tribune.

"They took out a tax on wealthy doctors and patients and put in a tax on middle-class business owners," said Joseph Levy of the International Smart Tan Network, reports The Star Tribune

A Cottage Grove Police Officer shot and killed a man late Monday in Cottage Grove, reports the Star Tribune

Robert Wilson, 27, was shot after attempting to flee by automobile, dragging along officer Brad Peterson, reports the Star Tribune.

Police were searching for Wilson, who had three warrants and was suspected of passing counterfeit money, reports the South Washington County Bulletin.

The two officers who stopped Wilson are now on procedural paid leave, reports the South Washington County Bulletin.

Cardinal v. The New York Times

While Pope Benedict's seemingly lack of action is under scrutiny, top Vatican officials defend him and condemn the media, reports The New York Times.

Cardinal William Levada specifically singles out The New York Times for reporting the Pope's knowledge of sexual abuse by Rev. Lawrence C, Murphy, who had abused hundreds of deaf boys and never faced a canonical trial, reports the USA Today.

Levada and others said that Pope Benedict has worked to eliminate the abuse within the church, reports The New York Times.

The scrutiny of Pope Benedict also stems from his role in sending a pedophile priest through therapy and onto another parish. At the time the pope was an archbishop, reports The New York Times.

Levada also says that 60 percent of abuse cases since 2001 did not go to a canonical trial, reports The New York Times.

Would Jesus Do That?

The Christian Militia out of Michigan is part of a larger trend, reports The Denver Post.

According to Heidi Beirich, the director of research at the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of anti-government groups and militias has risen more than 300 percent from 2008 to 2009, reports The Denver Post.

The militia that was recently raided after the discovery of their plans to kill numerous police officers was named Hulatree, meaning Christian Warrior. The name was created by the militia's leader, 44-year-old David Stone, reports USA Today.

Beirich said that the economy, changes within society regarding race, and the fear of big government are contributing factors in the growth of militias, reports The Denver Post.

St. Paul Fights Back

St. Paul is getting serious about domestic violence with a "Blueprint for Safety," reports Minnesota Public Radio.

The blueprint was created in attempt to decrease the amount of domestic related homicides, which 10 years ago St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington, then a district commander, recognized as the leading cause of death in his district, reports Minnesota Public Radio.

With the new plan, police are now trained to ask specific questions and document the answers. The documents follow the case, whereas before crucial information may have never made it to the judge's bench, reports the Star Tribune.

There will also be a faster push to prosecute cases when needed, specifically in cases when the suspect flees the scene, which accounts for 75 percent of St. Paul's domestic abuse cases, reports the Star Tribune.

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