May 6, 2007

Tornados Ravage Kansas

Both CNN and ABC News are reporting on the recovery efforts after tornados ripped through towns from Texas and Oklahoma to Kansas. Nine people were killed on Friday night in Kansas, and more than 50 people were injured. As a result, President Bush declared southwest Kansas as a major disaster area.

The ABC News article includes the information that National Guard engineers were assigned to help with search and rescue. The tornado that leveled the small towns was an F-5, the most powerful category on the scale of the National Weather Service.

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April 22, 2007

Blue Angels Jet Crash

Various news outlets are reporting the crash of a Blue Angels Jet during an air show which killed the pilot on Saturday.

On Sunday, the military identified the U.S. Navy Blue Angels aviator who died in the crash as Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis.

The MSNCB article focuses on the efforts to determine what exactly when wrong that caused the jet to crash. The crash spread bruning debris over areas of South Carolina near Hilton Head Island, some hitting homes.

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VT Massacre

Of course as we all know a gunman who was a student at Virginia Tech killed 33 people including himself during a rampage on the campus on Monday, April 16th. At first details were scarse as to who the gunman was and if there was any motive to the attacks, but it was very interesting to watch and read how all the different news outlets handled the story and the sensitive information they recieved.

Things got really interesting when a package showed up at NBC in New York that had been mailed by the gunman the morning of the shootings.

Some people were upset that NBC chose to air the disturbing images and video that the multimedia package contained.

Other things to note are the fact that CNN decided to air the names of some of the victims before there was an official list of all of those killed.

April 1, 2007

Record Millions for Clinton Campaign

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton raised $26 million for her presidential campaign and transferred an additional $10 million from her Senate war chest to post $36 million in the first quarter of the 2008 fundraising season, more than three times as much as the previous record for this stage of a Democratic primary, according to articles by the New York Times and CNN.

According to the CNN article, this first quarter in fundraising is considered a benchmark in how the candidate will do later on.

The New York Times article goes on to detail that the Clinton camp is trying to stay away from public donations in favor of private donations, which have no limit.

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March 11, 2007

Southern California Residences Face Dangerous Fires and MSNBC are reporting on wild fires that have burned over 500 acres of land in Orange County, and that more than 200 homes have been evacuated.

The report by the AP states that the blaze may have been started by a vehicle fire.

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February 25, 2007

Zookeeper Killed by Jaguar

Zoo officals at the Denver Zoo do not know what prompted a Jaguar to kill a zookeeper Saturday, both CNN and MSNBC are reporting.

Interesting to note are the two different headlines of each article. CNN's headline focuses on the death of the zookeeper, while the MSNBC article's headline makes it very apparent that a Jaguar was shot and killed before moving on to the fact that a person died from the attack.

CNN says that zookeepers are not to be in the cage at the same time as the large cats, and do not know how the incident happened.

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February 18, 2007

Plane Slides Off Runway

A plane slid off the runway and crashed through a fence at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport during heavy snow Sunday. The FAA says all 70 passengers and crew are safe. CNN reports that flights were haulted for more than an hour after the incident. MSNBC reports that the exact causes for the event are unknown according to airport officials. CNN says that conditions for the runways were listed as "fair" at the time.

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February 11, 2007

Dixie Chicks Win Four Grammy's

CNN, ABC News, and the New York Times are all covering the Grammy's, and it looks like the Dixie Chicks are going to pick up the most win's this year, followed by Mary J. Blige and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who each picked up three awards. The number of win's is somewhat of a suprise for the Dixie Chicks, who were heavely criticized after speaking out against President Bush last year.

The night was also big in that The Police reunited and kicked off a tour at the 49th annual awards with the song "Roxanne." Also performing was Christina Aguilera, and Justin TImberlake.

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Harvard Names First Woman President

Historian Drew Gilpin Faust was named Harvard's first female president Sunday. The selection is interesting because there had been previous uproar after previous President Lawrence Summers said that "genetic differences between the sexes might help explain the dearth of women in top science jobs." Both the CNN and the Los Angeles Times are reporting on the story. As far as the structures for each story goes, the quotes are grouped together. The CNN article only has one quote, which is saved for the very end of the article, not broken up throughout. The LA TImes article has multiple quotes, but all are independent of eachother, not mixed throughout the story. Very interesting to see.

The articles can be found at:,0,1371937.story?coll=la-home-headlines

February 4, 2007

'BED' Nightclub Death

Granville Adams, an actor who played a prisoner on HBO's show "Oz", pushed a man towards and down an elevator shaft, causing the man to fall down the shaft to his death. Adams pushed the man towards elevator doors on the sixth-floor of the nightclub during a dispute, which caused the doors to open.

The ABC News article on the event includes details of witnesses saying the victim was trying to hold on with one hand on the ledge of the elevator opening before letting go and falling.

The CNN article makes note of the fact that BED did not return phone calls today regarding the incident, but descibes the club as a place where patrons can indulge on martinis while donning the clubs complimentary socks.

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January 27, 2007

British Royals Visit

The British Royal Family visited Philadelphia for the first time on Saturday. An article on tells of long lines of fans waiting to see the family, and the shock of one spectator when the Dutchess of Cornwall actually offered her hand to the spectator. also covered the event, which puts the trip into historical context. The last time a Royal visited Philadelphia was in 1860 when Edward VII toured the city.

The BBC News article includes a detail that CNN did not: The fact that the Royal couple was greeted in Philadelphia by "green protesters" who criticized Prince Charles for flying to America to pick up an environmental award.

In the end, the CNN article focuses more on "fans" reactions to meeting and seeing the Royals, rather than focusing on the purpose and context of the visit, like the BBC News article.

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