November 2010 Archives

Analysis: Diversity in a Story About Muslim Opposition Group

A story from BBC News about the Muslim Brotherhood enduring harassment by authorities before the Egyptian political election reflects a stereotype of Egyptian and Muslim culture that may not necessarily be flattering.
Yusuf Agamawi, 19, said he thinks that this article seems to be objective. However, he said he thinks it seems like the people in power and the authorities are the ones stereotyping the Muslim opposition group by arresting them for their political views.
Agamawi said that although this election does not directly affect him, he said he feels like the police keeping people from voting is unjust. He said he is also pretty sure that this type of control by authorities during political races has been happening for a long time.
"This is just a phase that politics always go through," Agamawi said.
Agamawi is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota studying biochemistry. He is half Egyptian and half Chinese and comes from a Muslim-practicing family.
He has been to Egypt five times and his dad has recently been in Egypt about half of the time for the past two years.

Prince William Announces Engagement to Kate Middleton

Prince William announced his engagement Tuesday to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton.
The prince proposed to Middleton in October when the two were on vacation in Kenya, BBC News said.
Middleton, who is not of royal or aristocratic blood, and the prince met in college at St. Andrews University in Scotland. The two have been dating for nearly a decade, the New York Times said.
Prince William requested permission of Middleton's father to marry her. He gave her his mother Princess Diana's sapphire and diamond wedding ring that his father had given her, the New York Times said.
The two will marry in either spring or summer of 2011 and a venue has not yet been announced. They will make their home in north Wales, BBC News said.
The year 2011 will mark what would have been the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles's 30 year wedding anniversary, the New York Times said.

Miners Trapped in China Flood

At least 28 people were trapped Sunday in a coal mine because of flooding near Neijiang city in China.
Thirteen of the 41 miners escaped the coal mine, which has had an estimated 141,000 cubic feet of water trapping them, BBC News said.
Rescuers have begun pumping water out of the mine shaft and medical rescuers are standing by for medical assistance, the India Times said.

Remains Found of Kidnapping Victim's Three Missing Relatives

The remains of two women and an 11-year-old boy were found Thursday who have been missing since Nov. 10.
The remains of Stephanie Sprang, 41, Tina Herrmann, 32, and Herrmann's 11-year-old son, Kody, were found Thursday inside garbage bags there were stuffed inside a hollow tree, CBS News said.
Herrmann's 13-year-old daughter, Sarah, was found bound and gagged in the basement of Matthew Hoffman's home. Hoffman is a convicted arsonist, the New York Daily News said.
Hoffman was arrested and charged with kidnapping upon the discovery of Sarah and is being held on a $1 million bail. However, officials say the charges will change because of the remains being found, the New York Daily News said.
Authorities said Sprang, Herrmann, and Kody were attacked and stabbed multiple times in the chest and back in Herrmann's Apple Valley home. The remains of the Herrmann family dog were also found inside the garbage bags, CBS News said.
Family friends said they think the property had been watched prior by the attacker before the killings, CBS News said.

Ex-Janitor Sentenced in Bathroom Pictures Incident

An-ex janitor was sentenced Friday for taking pictures of women and girls using the bathroom in a Burnsville private school.
Jason D. Kohlwey, 31, was sentenced to 30 days with an electronic home monitoring device, four days in jail, and up to eight years probation for taking photos of girls using the bathroom at Good Shepard Lutheran School in Burnsville, the Star Tribune said.
Kohlwey pleaded guilty for the charges in August and will have to register as a sex offender. However, the charge of possessing child pornography was dismissed from the case, the Pioneer Press said.
Kohlwey was investigated beginning in October 2009 when a girl told officials that a man had put a camera under the bathroom stall divider while she was going to the bathroom, the Star Tribune said.
Police found photos on Kohlwey's computer of numerous girls' and women's buttocks using the restroom, the Star Tribune said.

Rochester Docter Reprimanded

A Rochester doctor was reprimanded by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice in November, the board said Friday.
Dr. Michael M. Priebe, 50, was reprimanded by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for having sex with one of his patients, the Star Tribune said.
Priebe admitted that he had a sexual relationship with one of his female patients in 2009. At least one of the sexual incidents had occurred at his place of medical practice, the Pioneer Press said.
The woman was being treated by Priebe, a rehabilitation specialist, for injuries due to a car accident. State law says that doctors are never allowed to have sexual relations with patients, the Star Tribune said.
Priebe gave his cell phone and pager number to the woman and went to dinner with her, the Star Tribune said.
Priebe will now have to have a female present when examining female patients, has to take a class on ethics, and pay a fine of over $1,800, the Star Tribune said.

A story about the loss of energy by many Xcel Energy customers over the weekend uses numbers in several ways throughout the article.
The story uses numbers to show how many customers lost power over the weekend, how many are still without power right now, how many crews were working to fix the problem, how many jobs there were to be fixed, how many cars were towed Saturday night due to snow removal, how much snow fell in the area in inches and how much water the snow contained in inches.
The reporter uses the numbers effectively because this story is more informational than it is breaking news.
The numbers are not overwhelming because the reporter lays everything out fairly clearly for the reader.
The reporter may have used some math to boil the snow inches and the inches of water the snow contained down for his readers, but that information may have come straight from a meteorology report.
The numbers come from the Xcel spokesman, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport and presumably the impound lot. The sources are not listed completely.

Michigan Group Wins $129 Million

A group of family and friends from Michigan won $129 million from a lottery ticket bought at a local porn shop.
Mike Greer collected the money on behalf of the rest of the group, who chose to remain anonymous, the Daily Mail said.
Greer did not specify how many people were included in the group, but said it had more than two members and less than 100, CBS News said.
Greer said he was not the one who purchased the winning ticket from the Uptown Bookstore porn shop in the Highland Park area of Detroit, CBS News said.
Greer also said that a good portion of the money will be donated to a church, the Daily Mail said.

Explosion at Mexican Resort Kills Seven

An explosion at a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico killed at least seven people Sunday.
At least five Canadian tourists, including a 9-year-old boy, and two hotel staff members are dead because of an explosion of natural gas Sunday around 9:30 a.m. at the Grand Princess Riviera Hotel in Playa del Carmen, CTV News said.
At least 15 other people are injured, BBC News said.
The explosion is said to have occurred because of a buildup of natural gas from a swampy area underneath the hotel's foundation that somehow ignited, BBC News said.
The hotel's floor was said to have been blasted through the ceiling and there was debris everywhere. The hotel had 676 rooms, CTV News said.

Quidditch World Cup Held in New York

The Harry Potter-inspired Quidditch World Cup was held Saturday and Sunday in New York.
More than 60 college and high school teams were registered to compete in the Quidditch World Cup held in a park in Manhattan, the Wall Street Journal said.
The Quidditch World Cup brought up the question of the sport's future, the Wall Street Journal said. Some people want the sport to remain unsponsored and inclusive and others want the sport to become recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The game gets very physical as players run around the field with a broomstick between their legs and throw deflated volleyballs through mounted hoops to score points, the Epoch Times said.
The role of the "golden snitch", which in the Harry Potter books is a winged golden ball that flies around the field, is played by a live player wearing gold who carries a tennis ball inside of a sock tied to his or her waist, the Epoch Times said.
The Wall Street Journal said that some players and teams are sponsored by their schools and receive school funding.

Trial Continues for Man Accused of Killing Toddler

A dead toddler's mother testified Friday against her husband who is accused of killing her 17-month-old son in the couple's home near Northfield, Wisc.
Melissa Hokanson, 19, testified against her husband, Tylar Hokanson, 24, in court Friday for his accusation of killing her 17-month-old son, Nicholas Miller, the Star Tribune said.
Nicholas reportedly died of injuries due to being shaken and suffered brain bleeding, a severed spine, cuts, bruises, and had fluid in his lungs, the Star Tribune said.
The June 19, 2009 incident led to the death of Nicholas, who stopped breathing and moving in the days in between the incident and the boy's June 23, 2009 death, the Pioneer Press said.
Hokanson faces three charges of first-degree murder and three charges of second-degree murder, the Star Tribune said.
Nicholas's autopsy report also showed that he suffered five broken ribs in the weeks before the incident and fractures to his clavicle in the months prior to the incident, the Star Tribune said.
Hokanson's stepdaughter did not have injuries but the couple's 6-week-old baby suffered similar fractures to the ribs as Nicholas, the Star Tribune said.
If Hokanson is convicted of first-degree murder, he will mandatorily be imprisoned for life with the possibility of parole in 30 years, the Pioneer Press said.

Man Dies while Fleeing Police

A man died Saturday by jumping off a freeway overpass trying to flee from police after a fight outside a nightclub.
Jason Yang, 29, died around 2 a.m. Saturday after he jumped off an Interstate 394 off-ramp while trying to flee from police after a fight that police said he started at Epic nightclub at 110 N. 5th St., the Star Tribune said.
Yang jumped off the off-ramp and fell several stories to a parking lot beneath, the Pioneer Press said.
After the fight broke out, Yang ran into a parking ramp and out the door before leaping off the off-ramp, the Star Tribune said.
Yang was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics and five police officers involved have been issued a three day leave due to traumatic circumstances, the Pioneer Press said.

Analysis: Obituary

A story about a man who helped found an Edina church in the Star Tribune does not follow the standard obituary lead.
It uses four paragraphs worth of description about who the man was, including a quote. It uses an anecdote that summarizes his character.
Yes, I think this lead does work for this story because as you continue to read the article, it becomes clear that the man's character was summarized very well by the anecdote at the beginning of the obituary.
The obituary differs from a resume because it skips between his "claim-to-fame" sections and his chronology very well. It also uses supporting quotes given by family members and friends about him.
The article is written in a very personal and casual manner, instead of using the rigid structure of typical obituaries.

Lions Kill Man in Zimbabwe

Lions killed a man in Zimbabwe while he was showering at a fishing campground.
Peter Evershed, 59, was on a fishing trip with three other people and was killed while showering under a tree at the Chitake Springs campground, the Guardian said.
The three other people heard Evershed screaming and the lions retreated after a safari vehicle pulled up with its headlights shining, the Guardian said.
There were a string of animal killings in Africa recently, and officials said illegal poaching has had a lot to do with it, according to BBC.

World's Believed Oldest Person Dies

A 114-year-old woman, believed to be the world's oldest person, died Thursday on St. Barts island.
Eugenie "Sweets" Blanchard, died early Thursday in the Bruyn Hospital where she had lived for 30 years on St. Barts island. Blanchard was also born in St. Barts in 1896, CBS News said.
She lived much of her life as a nun in a convent on the island of Curacao until she returned home to St. Barts at the age of 60 and began living in a nursing home, the New York Daily News said.
Blanchard took the title of world's oldest person on May 2, 2010 when Kama Chinen, Japan, died just shy of her 115th birthday, CBS News said.

Lawmakers OK Happy Meal Toy Ban in San Francisco

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that would restrict the free toy giveaway in McDonalds Happy Meals.
The ordinance was approved 8-3. It calls for McDonalds to prohibit giving away free toys in children's meals that are over 600 calories and if more than 35% of those calories come from fat, the New York Daily News said.
The ordinance was proposed in an effort to curb childhood obesity, CBS News said.
McDonalds franchise owners said they are concerned about the new ordinance because it would hinder sales and impact jobs, CBS News said.
In a ironic twist, the ordinance was voted upon on the same day that the McRib sandwich made a comeback on McDonald's menus. The McRib has 26 grams of fat, the New York Daily News said.

Bridge Damaged by Fire

The historic Inver Grove Heights swing bridge started on fire Thursday, which hampered the renovation project on the bridge that started in April.
The 116-year-old bridge may have caught fire because of welding sparks of workers working on the renovation and construction of the bridge, the Star Tribune said.
The bridge was supposed to open in three weeks as a public pier. Authorities said the fire was worsened by weather conditions Thursday afternoon, according to WCCO.
The bridge began falling apart a few years ago after it was closed in 1999 due to safety concerns, WCCO said.
The bridge, built in 1894, will have to be re-evaluated for saftey after the fire damage, the Star Tribune said.

Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend's Son

A Clear Lake man was accused Wednesday of killing his girlfriend's 16-month-old son.
Dennis James Angell, 24, who lived with his girlfriend and her son in the Santiago Township was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter for the Sunday death of the boy, the Star Tribune said.
He is being held in the Sherburne County Jail with a $50,000, the St. Cloud Times said.
Police responded to a call saying that the boy was not breathing and was choking. After airlifting the boy to the St. Cloud Hospital, the boy was pronounced dead, the St. Cloud Times said.
Angell told authorities he was the last one with the toddler before his death. He also told them that he had become angry with the boy when he became fussy and would not fall asleep, so he held a pillow up to the boy's face to stop his crying, the Star Tribune said.
Angell said he held the pillow up to the boy's face for about 40 seconds until the boy stopped moving, the Star Tribune said.
A bloody pillow was found underneath the toddler's bed, the St. Cloud Times said.

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