November 2012 Archives

Lindsay Lohan arrested

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Actress Lindsay Lohan has had better days.

Lohan was arrested on Thursday in New York after an "alleged early morning fight at a nightclub," CNN reported. Lohan is currently on probation stemming from a prior arrest.

The Associated Press reported that she was charged with third degree assault. The other woman in the altercation, which occurred at Club Avenue in Manhattan, did not require medical attention, the AP reported.

CNN also reported that the city attorney in Santa Monica, Calif. has filed charges against Lohan. Those charges are related to a car crash that occurred last summer.

Adrian Peterson "overslept"

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Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson spoke out Thursday as to why he missed the team bus from the hotel to Soldier Field on Sunday: he overslept.

'I slept through the alarm, through the calls. I overslept. I had the wake-up call set up. I slept through it. That's it. It's unfortunate. But you know, it happened," Peterson told the media.

The Star Tribune reported that Peterson and head coach Leslie Frazier have "turned the page," from the incident.

The Pioneer Press reported that Peterson was seen getting into a cab at 10 a.m., and arrived at Soldier Field at around 10:23 a.m., about 20 minutes past the reporting time.

Powerball ticket sold in Winona County worth $1 million

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A Powerball ticket that was worth $1 million was sold in Winona County, the Associated Press reported.

The largest Powerball drawing ever occurred Wednesday. Two winners were picked -- one in Missouri and one in Arizona, CBS News reported.

The jackpot had recached $587.5 million.

CBS News also reported that 8,924,123 people won a prize in the lottery, and 60 won $1 million for having five of the numbers drawn.

I chose to analyze "An outgunned Hamas tries to tap Islamists' growing clout," which was written by David D. Kirkpatrick and Mayy El Sheikh and appeared on the New York Times website.

I don't think that the story is stereotypical; I think it is more grounded in fact. It said that Hamas turned to Egypt's new government because they are "ideological allies." I think some may perceive that to be stereotypical, but I think it moves beyond that because there is truth to the statement. It's not just saying that because they practice the same religion, they feel the same way.

The journalists used numerous sources, although not all of them were talking about the cultural aspect of Hamas. They used a quote from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Reda Fahmy, member of Egypt's Parliament, Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official, Dan Meridor, the Israeli intelligence minister, United States President Barack Obama and Egypt President Mohamed Morsi.

Marzouk was probably the best source in terms of the cultural aspect, because he talked about the position of Islamists in the region. He said that that Islamists in the region would side with Hamas. That quote gives readers a better sense of the culture because it tells readers where their political ideologies lie.

Crash in Egypt kills 51

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A school bus and a train crashed into each other Saturday, leaving 51 people dead, CNN reported.

The crash occurred in the near the city of Assiut, which around 200 miles south of Cairo.

CNN, citing the health minister, reported that the bus was headed to kindergarten and the kids were in the 4-6 age range.

According to the AP, residents said near the site said the railway crossing guard was sleeping at the time.

Two Minnesotans honored as Rhode Scholars

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Two Minnesotans were named Rhodes Scholars on Sunday, AP reported. They are among 32 other students who received the honor this year.

Clayton Aldern, who hails from Cedar, Minn., is a neuroscience major at Brown University and Georgianna Whiteley, from Wayzata, Minn. is a chemistry major at Luther College.

According to the Rhodes Trust website, scholars are chosen "not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead."

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has had seven Rhodes Scholars since 2001, according to a release on the school's website.

Mall of America tightens Black Friday security

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Unaccompanied minors will be turned away from Mall of America on Black Friday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

These rules will also hold for the week between Christmas and New Year's, according to the paper.

The paper also reported that last year 219,000 shoppers came out on Black Friday, which was a record.

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reported that approximately 35% of the mall will open at midnight for Black Friday shopping.


Hostess Brands to close

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Hostess Brands, the company that makes Twinkies and Wonder Bread is set to close, which will cause around 18,500 workers to become unemployed, CNN reported.

The reason for the shut down is a bakers strike.

"Bakery operations have been suspended at all plants. Delivery of products will continue and and Hostess Brands retail stores will remain open for several days in order to sell already-baked products," the company said in a statement on its website.

The statement also said that the company would "focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders."

Salvador Dali art donated to Goodwill

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An original piece of Salvador Dali work was donated to a Goodwill in Tacoma, Wash., CNN reported.

The work was donated anonymously.

The Huffington Post reported that the piece is called "Reflection," and is currently being listed at $10,500 online.

Yahoo! News reported that the piece is "clearly signed by Dali and comes with a certificate of authenticity from an art gallery."

I chose Tom Cohen's article "Obama demands fast action on fiscal cliff, including tax hike on wealthy," which I found on CNN's website.

This content of this article heavily relies on numbers; it is an article about tax cuts, which requires numbers. The reporter needs numbers to let readers know which citizens will be taxed; that is something he couldn't accomplish without using numbers.

The numbers aren't overwhelming; they are used when they need to be used, but they aren't overused. I think he probably could have used numbers more. I think he should have used percentages to more effectively write the article. What percent of people will be taxed more? What percent of people make over $250,000?

It doesn't appear that he crunched any numbers or did any math. I think the article would have been better if he did. For example, he would have had to crunch numbers to figure out certain percentages. If he had examined what percent of people would be taxed differently because of this, the article would have been stronger.

The sources of some of his numbers are not clear, however the $250,000 came from President Barack Obama's speech early Friday.

Barack Obama to visit Myanmar

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President Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar, CNN reported.

Obama will meet with Thein Sein, Myanmar's president, and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on his trip to Asia in late November.

The White House also said Thursday Obama will travel to Thailand and Cambodia, Yahoo! News reported.

The U.S. eased its sanctions on Myanmar earlier this year. Last November, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the country.

Target sets Black Friday shopping time

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Minneapolis-based Target will open Black Friday shopping at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The newspaper reported that the company has not confirmed its hours yet, but that a copy of Target's ad has started circulating online.

MSN Money reported that Target's hours will rival Wal-Mart, Sears and Kmart's.

The sale will run for 26 hours and will end at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

Body of Minnesota man found in Arizona

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The body of a missing Minnesota man was found in Arizona, CBS Minnesota reported.

Shaun Rentz, 27, went missing this summer. His car was found near Oak Creek Canyon shortly after he disappeared, the station reported.

Rentz' body was found last week, but his dental records were confirmed Thursday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The paper reported that the cause of death is still undetermined


Loughner sentenced for life

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Jared Loughner, the man who shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was sentenced to to seven life terms and 140 years in prison Thursday, CNN reported.

Loughner opened fire at a Tucson, Ariz. meet-and-greet event Jan. 8, 2011 and killed six. Giffords was seriously wounded.

The Los Angeles Times reported that it was the first time Giffords and Loughner had been face-to-face.

The paper also reported that Loughner didn't speak at the sentencing.


Workers returned to Ground Zero on Monday to continue construction at the World Trade Center site following Hurricane Sandy, the New York Times reported.

The paper also reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said more than 95% of the water from the storm has been pumped out.

CNN reported that about 750 workers have resumed work.

The area is approximately 16 acres.

Former United States senator George McGovern died late October. The New York Times obituary uses a statement from McGovern's family, a statement from President Barack Obama, McGovern's own words and Theodore H. White, an author.

It has a standard obituary lead. It lists his accomplishments, told when he died and listed his age in the second sentence.

The article is a very in-depth look at McGovern's life and career. It celebrates his many life accomplishments. It is valuable to readers because it is a fitting tribute to a man who had a major impact on the country, at one point, and a major impact on South Dakota at many points.

The obituary differs from a resume in many ways. An obituary has sources, which a resume doesn't have. It provides a more full picture of the individual by talking to people about the person. It is more than just a list of achievements because it describes the life of the person in detail.

Coptic Christians in Egypt pick pope

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The Coptic Christians in Egypt picked a new leader Sunday, CNN reported.

CNN reported a blindfolded boy picked the new pope from a crystal chalice. Bishop Tawadros Theodrus II is the new pope.

Pope Shenounda III died in earlier this year. He led the church for 40 years before his death.

ABC News reported that Tawadros will be ordained Nov. 18.

Kluwe quits Pioneer Press blog

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Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has quit writing his "Out of Bounds" blog for the St. Paul Pioneer Press because the paper printed a "Vote Yes" editorial, Deadspin reported.

Kluwe has repeatedly spoken against the marriage amendment in the past month.

Kluwe made his announcement via his Twitter account (@ChrisWarcraft) where he posted: "Sent my email to the @PioneerPress informing them I will no longer contribute to their blog network. It will be my last post on the site."

His next tweet read: "I will not be associated with any organization that tries to pull some bullshit like that. Have the strength of your convictions."

Paul Ryan rallies in Minnesota

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Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan made a campaign stop at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Sunday afternoon, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The paper estimated that there were around 8,000 people in attendance to listen to Ryan who was in a Sun County Airlines hangar and there were more than 2,000 people listening to the speech on the loudspeakers nearby.

The Star Tribune reported that the stop is part of a trip that will also take Ryan through Colorado and Ohio.

A Star Tribune poll from last week showed that President Barack Obama still holds an edge in Minnesota among likely voters over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, but the lead was within the poll's margin of error.

Dreamliner debuts in U.S. Sunday

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its long awaited debut in the U.S. on Sunday morning, CNN reported.

The United Airlines flight left from Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport after a ribbon cutting ceremony, and arrived at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, where it was met with a water cannon salute, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

Both Boeing and United Airlines are headquartered in Chicago, making it a logical destination for United's first commercial Dreamliner flight.

The Chicago Tribune reported that United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek was aboard the flight, and it was the first time he had flown on a Dreamliner.

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