Record and analysis with computer skills reporting: Analysis

The article I analyzed was from

In this story, the reporter used computer-assisted reporting to help move the story along. The story is about high radon levels in a basement where police in Ann Arbor, Mich. worked.

It used records and analysis from the past to give the story merit. For instance, in the analysis it compared the level of radon in the building compared to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's action level. The article claimed the levels in the basement were seven times the action level. By doing this, it puts into perspective the risk the officers were asked. I, for one, do not know much about radon levels. But, if you tell me that a building's radon level is seven time what the EPA says it should be, I know that something is not right and there is a story to be told.

This reporter uses computer skills to put numbers and averages into perspective. The reporter uses statistics from the EPA to give the reader an ideal of the exact number. The EPA gives a statistic and the reporter breaks it down and gives an exact number.

The reporter uses the records to enhance the analysis. The whole article averages and comparisons are being broke down to make his points. Some of these numbers have been figured out by using a computer. Averages and EPA radon levels have been analyzed by computer reporting to advance the story.

A Shoreview woman plead guilty of embezzling nearly $400,000 from her employer in a Minneapolis federal court on Monday, the Star Tribune reported.

Kimberly D. Swenson, 38, who worked as a client services specialist for Minneapolis-based Allianz Life Insurance Co., admitted that she embezzled money from the company from 2008 through 2010, according to the Star Tribune.

Swenson faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud. The sentencing date has yet to be scheduled, according to the Pioneer Press.

Four civilians and one soldier were killed by a suicide bomber at a local peace committee in Pakistan on Saturday, reported.

The attack on the security forces convoy also injured five civilians and two more soliders in the Bajaur district town of Sarlarzai, according to CNNcom.

Pakistani anit-Taliban militia leader Malik Manasib Khan, who had survived four previous attempts on his life, was killed when the bomber blew himself up before the vehicle Khan was in, Google News reported.

The bombing has yet to be claimed by any party, according to Google News.

14-year-old boy rescued by nurse in Bloomington hotel pool

A nurse rescued a 14-year-old boy at the bottom of a Bloomington hotel pool on Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

The nurse, who asked that her name not be released, performed CPR after pulling the boy out of the water. The boy, who was not breathing but did have a pulse at the time of the incident, was conscious and talking when he was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina for observation, the Star Tribune reported.

The boy was said to be underwater for a few minutes at the Bloomington Sheraton until the nurse, who happened to be in the pool area, pulled him out, according to

Police said no further investigation is needed and what happened was an accident, reported.

Selig and Major League Baseball take Dodgers from McCourt

Frank McCourt's ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers was taken over by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, YAHOO! reported.

A trustee will be appointed by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Selig told McCourt, who is preparing to sue MLB, the day-to-day operations and business aspects of the club will be overseen by the trustee yet to be announced, according to YAHOO!.

McCourt, who has had known financial issues dating back to at least 2009, needed a $30-million loan from Fox to meet the Dodgers' first payroll of the 2011 season. Selig stepped in as the Dodgers had more than $430 million in long-term debt as of 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported.

McCourts' divorce with Jamie McCourt has remained unresolved while McCourt has been unable to seal a solution for managing the Dodgers' debts, and improving their stadium and team. Tickets sales are around 17,000 this year, which is down 10,000 from 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A knife brought by a student was discovered at a Cold Spring middle school on Wednesday, according to

This knife, which was reported to Principal Cheryl Schmidt by other students, marks the second weapon found at the Racori middle school since April 11, reported.

The student, who's name and grade were not released, was identified as a female student, according to the Star Tribune.

A local police officer assigned to Rocori Public Schools was placed on paid administrative leave after a loaded handgun and ammuniton was brought by a seventh-grader to the middle school on April 11. The officer's leave was based on overall performance, officials said, according to the Star Tribune.

Rocori High School had a shooting in 2003, which left two students dead and has kept the shooter in prison, the Star Tribune reported.

Prince Harry promoted

The British army promoted Prince Harry to captain, Windsor Palace announced on Sunday, according to

Third in line to the throne, Prince Harry, 26, will now be known in the military as Capt. Harry Wales, according to

The new captain in the Air Corps., who also completed an eight-month course of night flying and ground school training, also received his Apache badge on Thursday, ABC News reported.

Two Minnesota teens found dead of apparent suicides

Two 14-year-old girls were found dead of apparent suicides in Island Lake Township on Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.

Paige Moravetz and Haylee Fentress, both of Lynd, Minn. and 8th graders at Marshall Middle School, believed to have taken their own lives early Saturday morning, according to ABC

An investigation will continue but authorities suspect no foul play occurred in their deaths, the Star Tribune reported.

Dayton and Wilf have unplanned conversation

Gov. Mark Dayton was at the University Club in St. Paul when he bumped into Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Thursday night, the reported

Wilf was there to chat with lawmakers and Dayton had an unrelated meeting when an unplanned 10-minute conversation took place between the two, the Star Tribune reported.

Dayton said Wilf seemed "hopeful and I said I was hopeful (a new Vikings stadium) would be passed through the legislative process this session," according to the Star Tribune.

Nothing specific was discussed since the meeting was not planned, Dayton said, the Star Tribune reported.

9 fatalities so far in deathly Arkansas and Oklahoma tornado

At least nine fatalities have surfaced after a tornado caused destruction to several towns in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Thursday, according to the USA Today.

Another 25 people were also reported injured in the storm that ripped apart the only school in a small Oklahoma town and launched trees into several Arkansas homes, the USA Today reported.

The tornado resembles the horrible weather across the country. About 90,000 homes and businesses lost power in North Texas due to a strong thunderstorm, parts of Wisconsin reported tornadoes, South Dakota had snow, and the Red River has caused issues for residents in North Dakota and Minnesota, ABC News reported.