December 2012 Archives

Analysis: Dodgers, Hyun-jin Ryu agree to contract

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I chose to analyze the article "Dodgers, Hyun-jin Ryu agree to contract," written by Mark Saxon.

The reporter used the numbers of Ryu's contract and broke them down by year. The article deals with his posting fee, which is the money the team spent to be able to negotiate a contract, and then it talks about his current contract and clauses in it.

It doesn't seem like the reporter requires a lot of computer skills to do this reporting. I'm not sure that that would have been appropriate for this article anyways. I think that the way the
reporter uses the data in this article is sufficient.

Similarly, it doesn't seem like the writer used any interactive graphics to engage the reader. I think that they should have used a graphic which documents how much money the Dodgers have tied up to starting pitchers right now because that would show readers what this deal really means.

Marquez knocks out Pacquiao

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Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao on Saturday. The two have faced off three times prior and Marquez lost all three times.

ESPN reported that Pacquiao wants to fight Marquez for a fifth time.

The fight ended in the sixth round. Marquez laid a right hook to Pacquiao's face, which CNN said knocked him cold.

The New York Times reported after the fight that Pacquiao was taken to get a CAT scan and Marquez had a broken nose and possibly a concussion.

Metrodome heat adjusted

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In order to prevent another roof collapse at the Metrodome, the heat has been cranked up at the Metrodome, the Associated Press reported.

This was done to melt the snow at a faster pace. Steve Maki, director of facilities for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority, said it would remain that way until after the storm ends, the Associated Press confirmed.

The roof of the Metrodome collapsed in December, 2010. The Vikings were forced to relocate for two home games.

Accuweather reported that the building was heated over night so snow would not build up on the roof.

Snow emergency declared in Minneapolis

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A snow emergency was declared in Minneapolis, among other places on Sunday, the Star Tribune reported. The paper reported that the city could get as many as 15 inches.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the snow is moving east, and is expected to taper off throughout Sunday.

Lt. Eric Roeske, a spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol, said more than 300 crashes have taken place around the state since 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the Pioneer Press reported.

In addition, 150 flights at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have been cancelled, the Star Tribune reported.

Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage case

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The Supreme Court agreed to hear challenges to federal and state laws concerning the definition of marriage.

Reuters reported that the court will hear a case against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which is "a federal law that denies married same-sex couples the federal benefits heterosexual couples receive." It also will hear a challenge to California's Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage.

The New York Times reported that the cases would be argued in March.

Currently, nine states and the District of Columbia have laws that allow same-sex unions. Three -- Washington, Maryland and Maine -- just approved it in November.

Manziel wins Heisman

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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won the 2012 Heisman Trophy on Saturday. He beat out Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein for the award.

CNN reported that Manziel was the first freshman to win the trophy.

Sports Illustrated reported that Manziel won 474 first-place votes. Teo was second with 321; Klein had 60.

Manziel led the Aggies to a win over then-No. 1 Alabama in November. The Aggies will be playing Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl after finishing with a 10-2 record.

Analysis: David Petraeus resigns as CIA director

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This article is from Nov. 9 when David Petraeus resigned as the CIA director.

I thought that the reporters did a good job moving past just what they got from Petraeus. The article was more well-rounded because they did a lot of additional reporting.

For example, the reporters were not going to have access to Paula Broadwell. It seems that they did extensive research into her past to make up for that. They went back and found old interviews so people could get a sense of her. By doing this additional research, they gave readers a personality behind a name.

I think they also did a good job explaining the magnitude of the situation. They provided a lot of background information into who Petraeus is and why he is important. Without this information, people would not understand why his resignation is so impactful.

Enrique Pena Nieto inaugurated

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Enrique Pena Nieto was inaugurated Saturday as the president of Mexico. Pena Nieto is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

CNN reported that he has "promised to create economic opportunities and reduce violence."

Reuters reported that groups of protesters threw Molotov cocktails and that police had to fire tear gas at protestors.

The election took place in July, and Pena Nieto won about 38 percent of the vote.

Chiefs player commits suicide

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NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher died Saturday morning, confirmed. The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Kansas City Star also reported that Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before shooting himself, and that team personnel tried to stop Belcher from "committing additional actions of violence."

The Chiefs issued a statement which was released on the Star's website. It said: "We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation."

Belcher was in his fourth season with the team.

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