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February 25, 2008

Pawlenty brushes off talk that he could be the vice president

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty put aside all talk of his chances to become John McCain's running mate, brushing aside CNN's questions on air, the Star Tribune reported. Pawlenty spoke well of Senator McCain however, saying that he feels he would be a good president, and also managed to toss some criticism of McCain's possible democratic counterpart, Barack Obama.

"One of the questions I’ll have, or the country will have for Sen. Obama, if he’s the candidate, is when he says, “Yes we can,? we also have to ask the rest of the question, which is “Do what?? When you go down the list of things that he’s proposing, I think it’s going to be quite expensive.?

Minnesota hasn't voted for a republican president since 1972, but Pawlenty said that the state may be turning around, or is at least moving more towards the republican side.

February 24, 2008

Fidel's brother likely successor

With Cuban leader Fidel Castro announcing his retirement at the ripe age of 81, there is little doubt about who will replace him. Cuba will hardly choose youth after 50 years under Castro, as the 76-year-old Raul Castro will likely become Cuba's next leader.

Raul has been in charge of the country since Fidel became ill 19 months ago, the Star Tribune reported. And although the leadership is not expected to change much, there is cautious optimism about the direction the country may be taking. The Star Tribune interviewed a Cuban taxi driver, Tony Gomez, who said that the Cuban people feel Raul knows they want better living conditions.

Despite this optimism, Fidel Castro still believes things will remain the same.
"The reality is otherwise," he wrote when confronted with the idea of impending change.

McCain looking for governors' support

Republican presidential candidate and likely nominee John McCain spoke for the benefit of those filling the gubernatorial position Saturday, saying that he is very much in favor of state's rights, the Star Tribune reported. McCain said that states should be responsible for most things, while the federal government should only be involved in things the states can not handle.

McCain listed one of his weaker areas, border security, as one of the things a federal government is responsible for, likely trying to hint that he feels capable of handling this issue.

McCain received a standing ovation from most of the 22 republican governors as he rose to speak, including a few people that have received consideration as a running-mate for vice-president. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's name was one of the six names the Tribune mentioned

February 18, 2008

Analysis

In the article Kosovo Declares Its Independence From Serbia in the New York Times, the writer immediately announces what Kosovo did, when and who was for it.

They then went into detail about the history of the new nation, and talked about how the United States had helped this to happen.

Using that as a transition into the Serb's reactions, the writer talked about how the Serbs were unhappy with the United States, and rushed the Embassy.

He ordered the information in this way so that the important "NOW" of the story was right at the top, and some of the important background information went with it. Then near the bottom he mentions how the Serbs are reacting, which may be important, but isn't affecting anything at the time and isn't very surprising. I thought the story was well written and well-put together. It could have been done differently with the Serbs reaction above the history, and then later on tie in the reason the United States is involved... but it worked better this way.

Kosovo Declares itself a country

Ten years after a civil war, Kosovo claimed its independence from Serbia, the New York Times announced. Kosovo claimed that Serbia's brutality towards the Albanians takes away any right for Serbia to rule over them.

Britain, Germany and France are the first to recognize Kosovo as a new nation, and while some countries refuse to, others are expected to follow.

Serbia is not happy with the move, the New York Times reports, as Serbs rushed the U.S. Embassy, throwing stones at it for their part in helping Kosovo under Bill Clinton's presidency.

February 11, 2008

Huckabee upset over Washington results

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is planning to protest the primary results from Washington, claiming that the winner was prematurely declared, the Star Tribune reported.

Huckabee was trailing by 242 votes, his campaign chairman said, with about 1500 votes yet to be counted.

Huckabee said that he is prepared to take this complaint all the way to the Republican National Convention in September.

The republican candidate trails John McCain by a wide margin after McCain had a big win on Super Tuesday. McCain is expected by many to receive the nomination

February 4, 2008

Leads

North Dakota men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol has apologized for his actions Saturday during the second period of the Sioux's 1-1 tie with the Gophers at Mariucci Arena.

The story about the UND men's hockey coach apologizing for his mistake had the lead shown above.

In this lead, we have the Who: (Dave Hakstol) What: (Apologized for his actions) When: (second period at Saturday's game) Where: (Mariucci Arena) in that order.

The who was detailed, giving his full name and position, while the what was very general, just calling the obscene gesture "his actions." When again was very specific, going as far as to state the score at the time, while where was also somewhat specific, since people reading the article will likely know what Mariucci Arena is.

This is a straightforward lead.

Sioux/Gophers rivalry heats up

Over the weekend, the rivalry between the Minnesota men's hockey team and the North Dakota men's team only got hotter.

With 160 minutes of penalties in the second game alone, it was apparent that rough play was the theme of the weekend. Minnesota lost the first game in an overtime loss and tied the second game, but appeared to win several on-ice fights, especially at the end of the second game. The Gophers' Tony Lucia, coach Don Lucia's son, was disqualified for fighting at the end of the overtime period on Saturday, while more players became involved in the brawl that ensued in the post-game handshakes.

But one more the more surprising incidents came from a coach instead of the players. Unhappy with a call, Sioux coach Dave Hakstol made an obscene gesture for the entire Fox Sports Network audience to see.

With no repercussions yet, Hakstol apologized publicly later on, in an email sent to media memebers the WCHA, and the referees, the Star Tribune reported.

With likely another meeting between these two teams, there is no doubt that tension will be out on the ice with the players. But one change, Hakstol told the Star Tribune, is that his actions will not be repeated.

Giants upset Patriots in Super Bowl Victory

New York quarterback Eli Manning followed directly in his brother's footsteps from last year, leading the Giants to a 17-14 victory over New England Sunday in Super Bowl XLII.

Manning, known for turning over the ball, threw just one interception on the day, and completed 19 passes for 255 yards, the last of which, a 13-yard fade route to Plaxico Burress with just 35 seconds remaining, for the winning touchdown.

The Patriots' attempt to become the second team ever to finish a season unbeaten died as New York's defense forced New England's generally stable offense into making mistakes. But maybe it was better this way, because had the Patriots finished with an unbeaten record, the achievement would have had the shadow of the season's earlier signal-stealing scandal, the Associated Press suggested.

New England led through three quarters at 7-3 before the teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Manning showed composure as he drove his team down the field late in the fourth quarter for the winning score, and the Patriots were unable to respond.

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