April 2012 Archives

The story about rising poverty in Florida's student population reported by the Florida Center for Investigate Reporting demonstrated computer-assisted reporting. The story analyzed research done by the American Psychological Association "relating to poverty rates, homeless students and subsidized meals for all school districts," and interviewed different youth advocacy groups, homeless liaison, families and school officials based on the observations from the report. Mathematical charts are used in this reporting. To help readers to visualize the situation in Florida, the story included various mathematical graphs summarizing poverty rates in school-aged children, growing number of homeless children in Florida and increasing percent of students eligible for free/reduced lunches.

YouTube must now install filters to stop users from uploading music videos that violate rights of music-royalties collecting body, the German Hamburg's state court said, according to the Associated Press (reported in the Washington Post).

The court ruled against Google Inc.'s YouTube unit for "bear[ing] no legal responsibility for the uploaded content" and told YouTube to install filters to protect musicians' right, the Associated Press said.

But Google still sees the ruling as "a partial victory," according to the New York Times, because the judge, Henier Steeneck, despite telling Google to install the new program to stop violating copyright, agreed that Google was not directly responsible for the uploaded material. According to the Associated Press, the court ruled that the copyright violator is the user who uploaded the song. "There is no obligation to control all videos already uploaded to the platform," the court said, according to the Associated Press.

GEMA, the German association that sued Google Inc., also said "this is a victory," according to the New York Times.

The case started with GEMA suing Google over 12 illegally uploaded videos in 2010, according to the New York Times. Google is expected to appeal the ruling.

More blood donations expected with tattoo rule lifted

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Minnesotans with new tattoos can now donate blood without delay, according to the St. Cloud Times.

They used to have wait one year before donating blood, but The American Red Cross Blood Services Minnesota lifted the stipulation Monday, according to the St. Cloud Times.

The Red Cross lifted the waiting period because of a new state law that requires all body art technicians to be licensed, CBS Local News said. According to the St. Cloud Times, before the Tattoo and Body Art bill was passed in 2010, the Red Cross banned people with new tattoos to donate blood right away to prevent the potential spread of disease by unlicensed stores reusing needles and inks.

Sue Gonsior of American Red Cross Blood Services Minnesota told CBS Local News 1000 additional donors are expected now the rule is lifted. 3,000 more people could be saved each year, Gonsior told the St. Cloud Times.

Three of the Hennepin Country suburban courts have installed facilities to screen visitors for weapons starting this Monday, according KARE.

Walk-through metal detectors are now installed at the Brookdale court in Brooklyn Center and the Ridgedale court in Minnetonka, while guards with handheld devices will start to station at the Southdale court in Edina, according to the Star Tribune.

The measures are responses to fears raised by a county judge who refused to hear suburban cases for safety reasons and a recent shooting in a northeastern Minnesota courthouse, the Star Tribune said.

The screening, which costs approximately $234,000, would be temporary, according to KARE. The Hennepin County Board voted in March to implement these measures after District Court Judge Lloyd Zimmerman publicly raised his concerns about the lack of security and safety measure at the Brookdale court, KARE said. according to the Star Tribune, until a permanent solution is set, the measures would be implemented.

About $1.6 million is now spent annually on weapon screening at the county's Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, where most of the county's courts are located, according to the Star Tribune.

Spain's King Juan Carlos apologized Wednesday for spending an expensive safari to hunt elephant in Africa while Spaniards are struggling through an economic crisis, according to CBS News.

King Carlos, 74, spoke to flashing lights and TV cameras as he left a Madrid hospital "looking sheepish and using crutches to walk," according to CBS News. He had just finished a surgery for his broken hip from the hunting trip, CBS News said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the king is required by law to report his Africa trip, "but it's unclear whether he did that." He told the scrum of reporters that he "made a mistake and it won't happen again," the Los Angeles Times said.

A royal official denied that the king left for Africa without informing the government, according to CBS News. The official said King Carlos had told the prime minister about his trip in a routine weekly meeting on April 2, CBS News said.

King Carlos' trip have upset many Spaniards who are already angry about the king who "remind [them] that all the people in Spain need to make efforts and sacrifices [in the economic crisis]," according to the Los Angeles Times.

King Carlos is also the honorary president of the World Wildlife Fund in Spain, according to the Los Angeles Times. The group had received hundreds of complaints regarding his hunting trip, the Los Angeles Times said.

Young mother shot to death with newborn boy kidnapped

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A young mother, of Spring, Texas, was killed and her 3-day-old newborn was abducted outside a pediatric clinic Tuesday near Houston, according to USA Today.

Kala Marie Golden, 28, was shot outside the Northwoods Pediatric Center by an unidentified female suspect when the two argued as Golden got into her pickup truck, according to USA Today.

Witnesses saw the gunwoman took the infant and sped away in a Lexus after shooting Golden, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Golden was run by the car, which also contained a blood-stained man on the driver's side, the Chicago Sun-Times said. Golden was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, USA Today said.

The suspect was described as a thin, gold-haired black woman in her late 20s or early 30s, witnesses told the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the baby boy was still nowhere to find, Deputy U.S. Marshal Alfredo Perez told the Associated Press in a brief interview.

Brutal murder killed three in a family at daycare center

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Investigators continue to look for the suspect spotted fleeing from the scene of a triple murder on a BMX bike, according to the New York Daily News. The transcript from the 911 call was released last week, CBS Local News said.

The transcript was a call from the woman who found the death of the three people while dropping off her son at daycare, according to CBS Local News.

The three victims of the murder belonged to the same family. DeLois Brown, 59, was shot in her daycare center in Brooklyn Park, Minn., according to the New York Daily News. Her parents, James Bolden, 83, and Clover Bolden, 81, were also found dead at the scene, the New York Daily News said.

The witness saw a suspicious man outside the daycare center the day the Browns were shot, CBS Local News said. She was prompted to "go inside to make sure everyone is OK," and found the three covered in blood, CBS Local News said.

DeLois Brown's brother James Bolden told the Associated Press that it is "devastating" to lose his sister and parents all "in one day," according to the New York Daily News.

According to CBS Local News, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner concluded that DeLois Brown died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Scientists from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia found, using satellite technology, the number of emperor penguins in Antarctica is twice than that they have expected, according to the Environment News Service.

The British Antarctic Survey, University of Minnesota/National Science Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Australian Antarctic Division joint together to do the counting from high-resolution satellite mapping technology, the Environment News Service said.

According to the Pioneer Press, the count of the entire emperor penguins population is the first-ever count from space and it provides an indicator for scientists to study the impact of environmental changes on the penguins.

Emperor penguins are not listed as threatened or endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, but scientists say climate change is a threat to them, which breed in remote areas of Antarctica that reach temperatures as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit, the Pioneer Press said. According to the Environment News Service, scientists are concerned that earlier spring warming is making some of the specie's colonies vulnerable since the sea ice habitat is lost in some regions.

Michelle LaRue, a researcher at the University of Minnesota's Polar Geospatial Center, told the Pioneer Press that the number of emperor penguins is easy to monitor using a satellite census because the specie is relatively immobile for months at a time during breeding season. "They're just really cool creatures, LaRue told the Pioneer Press.

Death from heroin overdose skyrocketed in the Twin Cities

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The number of death resulted from heroin overdose almost tripled in the Twin Cities in 2011 and heroin purchased in the Twin Cities had the highest potency in the nation, according to the Star Tribune.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek told KARE heroin addicts usually starts in the medicine cabinet because heroin are cheaper, alternative painkillers. Will Connell, a staff member of a chemical addition treatment program in Minnesota who was a past addict, told the Star Tribune it was the reason why he became addicted to heroin.

Sheriff Stanek told KARE Minnesota has heroin with a high purity rate because the drug comes directly from its source in Mexico and therefore is never diluted from its initial state, and the drug sells off at a higher price with higher purity.

The overdose problem is seen as "an old problem returns," according to the Star Tribune. Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom told the Star Tribune the drug was a major problem a generation ago. The high purity of the drug makes it easier to overdose, according to the Star Tribune.

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for a suspension on the European Union's economic sanctions on Myanmar Friday after his meeting with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Associated Press said.

Cameron said during a news conference that he planned that recommend to the European Union this month to suspend the sanctions when the union meets to review its "long-standing trade curbs on the country," according to the Wall Street Journal. But he was not planning to recommend the union to lift its sanctions entirely nor to life a ban on arm sales to Myanmar's military, the Wall Street Journal said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who was by Cameron's side during the news conference, supported Cameron's "idea of suspension rather than the lifting of sanctions because this would be an acknowledgment of the role of the president and other reformers," according to the Associated Press.

It would still be hard to persuade the EU and the U.S. to permanently lift their sanctions on Myanmar, the Wall Street Journal said. But Cameron said his plan was to help the country to "maintain its shift toward democracy," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Suu Kyi was invited to visit the United Kingdom in June by Cameron, according to the Associated Press. She replied that "I am able to say 'perhaps,' and that's a great progress."

Jeremy Wuitschick, a seventh grader, was being praised by Milton Police Chief Bill Rhodes for acting quick to stop the school bus when the driver passed out on the way to school, according to ABC News.

"I was just thinking I don't want to die," Wuitschick told the Seattle Times. No one was injured during the accident, according to the Seattle Times.

The 43-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital, according to ABC News. His condition was "grave," Jeff Short, assistant superintendant for the Fife school district, told ABC News. Wuitschick and another student, Johnny Wood, started chest compressions as soon as the bus was pulled to the side, according to USA Today. "But his eyes were rolling back and I could tell it was getting harder for him to breathe," Wuitschick told KIRO-TV.

Police Chief Rhodes told ABC News "the kid definitely deserves credit" for being a "quick thinker."

Middle-school students are learnt how to deal with emergency situations, the Seattle Times said.

Occupy Minnesota is expected to bring hundreds of protesters in downtown Minneapolis Saturday and new rules from the police, according to CBS Local News.

The Minneapolis Police Department has set up cameras at Peavey Plaza and Loring Park, where the protesters are expected to gather, CBS Local News said. A new rule is also established, prohibiting the participants to stay in the park overnight.

"By ordinance, parks close between midnight and 6 a.m., and that will be enforced," Minneapolis park police Sgt. Jason Ohotto told the Star Tribune. Demonstrators will be allowed to put up tents but not sleeping in them, park police told the Star Tribune.

Co-organizer Ben Egerman told CBS Local News that he was "terribly surprised" and "a little bit saddened" for the police to set up cameras for the protest, which is "being protected by the Constitution."

Egerman told the Star Tribune they chose Loring Park and Peavey Plaza for the "flexibility and the opportunity for more people to get involved and more actions to happen."

Occupy Minnesota would resume Saturday at noon at both sites, according to the Star Tribune.

4 murders in Paris raised concerns for serial killing

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A series of murders in a Paris suburb aroused fear for a serial killer, who "may be on the loose," the Associated Press said.

Four murders were committed using the same semiautomatic gun since November, prosecutor Marie-Suzanne Le Queau told the Associated Press during a news conference Friday. The latest murder was on Thursday, Le Queau said.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant was serious about chasing down the murderer, according to BBC News. Gueant "vowed all would be done to solve the case."

The motive for the latest shootings was still yet to be determined, according to BBC News. The gunman killed between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and fled the scene on a motorbike each time, Le Queau told BBC News.

Police were still investigating any connections between the victims, whom were all shot in the head, according to BBC News. Police were also investigating whether there were more than one murderer, the Associated Press said.

A Minneapolis man admitted to charges for robbing several St. Paul drugstores this year, according to the Star Tribune.

A Forest Lake couple was disappointed when the police officer who shot two wild deer just feet from their house was not pleaded in violation of state law or police procedures, the Star Tribune said.

Jeff and Lee Ann Carpenter lodged a complaint on the four-year officer, whom Forest Lake police refused to name because of Data Privacy Laws, for "his reckless and dangerous cowboy antics," according to the Star Tribune.

According to the Pioneer Press, the Washington County sheriff's office determined that the complaint was "not sustained," a statement from Forest Lake Police Chief Rick Peterson said.

The officer was acting on orders from the Department of Natural Resources, which was granted the right to kill deer that "escape captivity" due to the potential health threat to the public, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Carpenters had been feeding the deer for years but the DPR thought the deer had escaped from a private game farm, the Star Tribune said. The DPR then alerted the police.

According to Carpenter's letter to Peterson, he expressed his fury for "not [being] notified of his presences or his intent which made for a dangerous situation," the Pioneer Press said.

Seventeen migrant workers died Tuesday in Moscow when their "squalid" worker dormitory burst into fire, AFP said.

Unconfirmed news reports said the workers came from Tajikistan, an impoverished country in Central Asia, according to AFP. "Their identities and ages are being verified," AFP reported from the Russian emergencies ministry's statement.

The dormitory was not equipped with fire alarms, extinguishers or emergency exits, the New York Times cited from Russian officials. Owners of the dormitory had just received orders to install these protective gears during a visit by the fire inspectors on Feb. 27, according to the New York Times.

"Respect for the law is minimal even when human lives are at stake" in Russia, the New York Times said. More than 10,000 people are killed by fires a year because "safety regulations are ignored or intentionally broken."

A faulty space heater may have set off the fire, investigators told the New York Times. Yevgeny Bobylyoy, an emergency services spokesman, told the New York Times most of the victims might have died in their sleep. They were not able to escape because the blaze cut off their only exit.

An elderly woman with little flying experience took control of a small plane from her husband, who passed out and landed at a northeastern Wisconsin airport Monday, her son told the Associated Press.

Helen Collins, 80, remained calm when her 81-year-old husband, John Collins died of heart attack during their flight from Marco Island, Fla., according to the Associated Press. In addition, the Cessna twin-engine plane was running out of gas at that time, the Associated Press said.

Robert Vuksanovic, a pilot living a mile from the airport flew up to assist Helen Collins to "control her speed and attitude," Keith Kasbohm, director of Cherryland Airport near Sturgeon Bay, told Fox News. Helen Collins called 911 when her husband passed out, "prompting air traffic controllers in Green Bay to alert Kasbohm," according to Fox News.

Helen Collins was hospitalized with injury in her vertebrae and rib, her son James Collins told the Associated Press on phone. James Collins, who was also a pilot, also assisted his mother in landing the plane via radio, he told the Associated Press.

"Everybody is proud of her," James Collins told the Associated Press. "She was calmer than everybody on the ground."

Family dog killed when police chased after sex offender

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The Andersons were furious that police opened fire on their dogs, causing one to die, while chasing after a fugitive, FOX 9 News said.

Police claimed that the dogs were approaching them aggressively outside Bobby and Leah Anderson's house as they ran after 42-year-old Roosevelt Montgomery, an escaped Level 3 sex offender, on Friday night, according to FOX 9 News.

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty told the Star Tribune that a Minneapolis officer was shot on the lower leg during the confrontation. Internal investigation on the cause of the gunshot was being launched, he said.

Montgomery was arrested Saturday afternoon near the border between Minneapolis and Golden Valley, McCarthy told the Star Tribune.

The Andersons showed FOX 9 News the damage in their house while the police searched for Montgomery. Montgomery was Leah Anderson's sister, according to FOX 9 News.

"My dogs didn't bark, didn't charge at them or anything," Bobby Anderson told FOX 9 News.

Good Friday next week will be a holiday in Cuba, at least this year, Reuters said.

Cuba's communist government made the decision "as part of Easter celebrations" after President Raul Castro's meeting with Pope Benedict in Havana on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The government will later decide whether to make the day a permanent holiday.

It has been awhile since Cuba last recognized Good Friday as a public holiday in the 1960s, according to BBC News. "After 50 years of telling us the Church is bad, now they say it is good and we get Good Friday off," office worker Mirta Salgado told the Associated Press, according to BBC News.

The Church is calling for a closer relationship with Cuba and improvements are seen in recent years, BBC News said. The predecessor Pope, John Paul II, successfully persuaded former President Fidel Castro to make Christmas a public holiday during his visit in 1998.

"The visit of the Holy Father will continue to bear the desired fruit to the benefit of the Church and all Cubans," Vatican spokesman Father Federico said in a statement, according to Reuters.

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