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Analysis: Leads

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For this blog post, I am analyzing how the lead in this CNN report serves as an efficient beginning for the article.

The lead contains information in regards to "the who" (President Obama), "the when" (Friday), "the what" (a new college affordability plan), and it also briefly touches on how they intend to enforce the new plan. Information that was not included in the lead was where this was announced as well as why Obama is trying to put this plan into action. Though "the where" and "the why" were not included in the lead, these details were included within the first few paragraphs of the article.

I think this is an effective lead because it contains enough information to stand on its own and immediately engages the target audience (high school and college students). Although there is nothing about "the when" or "the why" in the lead itself, it is not crucial for the audience to know that information to comprehend the overall message of the article. If they did include "the when" and "the why" for this particular scenario, the lead would no longer be concise. It would be too wordy and choppy to lure the reader in,

Lakers Surge Past Wolves 106-101

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The Timberwolves lost at home to the Lakers despite a third quarter rally in which they eliminated an 18 point deficit.

The two statistical stars of the game for the Timberwolves were Kevin Love, who put up 33 points and 13 rebounds, and Micheal Beasley, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds.

After surging back from an 18 point difference and leading 94-94 with just over three minutes remaining in the game, the Timberwolves could not hang on to outlast the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 35 points and 14 rebounds to give the Lakers their second road win out of nine this season.

Despite the disappointing loss to the rival Lakers, there is no doubt that the Timberwolves' potential and popularity is on the upswing.

Kevin Love's new contract gives the impression that the Wolves are moving up in the NBA ranks for the first time since Kevin Garnett's years in Minnesota.

"Kevin's decision to commit to the Timberwolves for several more years is, I hope, validation that our team is headed in the right direction," Timberwolves President David Kahn said in a statement on the team's website.

St. Thomas Receives Liquor License

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The University of St. Thomas is now able to sell liquor on campus, the Star Tribune reports.

The City Council approved the liquor license in a 6-0 vote on Wednesday. Council Member Dan Bostrom was absent.

St. Thomas must abide by several conditions as a result of receiving the liquor license. St. Thomas is not allowed to have a permanent bar on campus. Liquor for special events can only be sold by the drink and only in three designated areas. Alcohol can be sold between 10 a.m. and midnight.

Concerns from local neighborhoods have been discussed regarding the possibility of disorderly behavior that could stem from increased liquor sales.

St. Thomas is required to reapply for the liquor license annually. They must also submit a monthly update to the West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee which will provide information as to where the alcohol sales have taken place.

Stadium Saga Continues for Vikings

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Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that he is optimistic about the possibility of using the current Metrodome site as the location for a new stadium, although he thinks the Arden Hills plan still has potential.

The $1.1 billion dollar proposal to build the new stadium in Arden Hills remains the team's top choice, but the Vikings are examining other options. According to the Pioneer Press, forward progress is being made in the endeavor to find the Vikings a new home.

"We are not ready to commit to a single site," Sen. Julie Rosen said, "but it is happening, and we're moving forward, and we're going to have a bill as soon as the negotiations continue."

She said the food and beverage tax proposed by Ramsey County leaders to finance the local share of the cost for the Arden Hills project "is not going to work."

As the struggle of finding a location for the new stadium rages on, Vikings officials are also trying to figure out how and where the team could play for two or three years while their new stadium is being built.

The Vikings have a couple of options. If they were to build the new stadium next to the Dome, the Vikings could play in the Dome until it is ready. If the stadium were to be built where is the Dome currently stands, however, it is plausible that the Vikings would spend their Sundays at TCF Bank Stadium.

It is estimated that moving to the U for three years would cost $48 million. If the Vikings go this route, challenges that face the organization include the fact that TCF Bank Stadium has 14,000 less seats than the Dome as well as the university's policy that prohibits alcohol sales in the stadium.

Syria releases American student

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An Ohio born student has been released after being detained by Syrian authorities, his family confirmed Wednesday.

CNN reports 21-year-old Obada Mzaik was released to his father Wednesday evening. His uncle, Firas Nashef, said Mzaik was taken into custody after flying from Detroit to Damascus on January 3.

Upon flying back to Damascus with his younger brother, both were detained for questioning by security officers. His brother was soon released but Mzaik was held for further questioning. This was Mzaik's second arrest by Syrian authorities, according to Nashef.

Mzaik was arrested and held for 37 days last summer for "spreading fliers about the revolution," and his family feared for his safety following his second arrest. Mzaik is a dual American and Syrian citizen who was studying civil engineering at a private university in the Syrian capital, his uncle said.

The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that that it was trying to confirm Mzaik's location.

Obama Delivers State of the Union Address

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By Luke Hochrein

President Obama delivered his last State of the Union address before the upcoming Presidential election.

He aimed to convince Americans that his potential solutions to fix the economy are more suitable for voters than much of the Republican platform. His proposals revolved around making changes to the tax code, rewarding companies that bring jobs back to the United States and increasing taxes on wealthy Americans.

Obama enforced the message that it is government's role to promote a prosperous and equitable society. In his speech, he emphasized that the government should take steps to lessen the gap between the rich and the rest of America.

He spent a majority of the speech talking about the economy, conveying the message that rich Americans must play a proportional role to aid the effort to relieve the country of the financial crisis. Achievements in foreign policy, such as the killing of Bin Laden and the end of the Iraq war, were only touched on for a short duration.

Obama said, "We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by, or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules."

Entering a crucial year in his presidency, Obama will be intent on doing everything in his power to create a more balanced economy by the time election season comes around.

"What's at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values," he stressed. "We have to reclaim them."

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