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Analysis: Multimedia

I am comparing the New York Times and the Star Tribune's multimedia options.

The New York Times and the Star Tribune both have multimedia options, but the New York Times seems to have more.

The New York Times has a ton of slideshows and videos. The slideshow have lots of info along with the photos, very factual based, and helps further the news.

The Star Tribune has the same multimedia options as the New York Times, but not as many. Their slideshows and videos are also more photo based and have less writing to accompany them.

Burnsville Saving Money From Sustainability Plan

Burnsville's 105-page sustainability plan, started two years ago, is now showing progress in reducing carbon footprint and conserving resources, the Pioneer Press reported

The plan cost $50,000, but there has also been tens of thousands of money in savings.

The Project took away the need for mowing weekly, and there was also no need for chemical weed treatments.


Possible Luxury Casino For Block E In Minneapolis

Block E's new owner, Bob Lux, is looking for support to build a luxury Las Vegas inspired casino on Block E, the Star Tribune said.

The project would require approval of the Legislature, and it is not clear who would own or operate the casino.

Other suggestions for the area have been a restaurant or retail and entertainment options, CBS News reported.

Pizza Delivery Woman Saves Elderly Woman's Life

A pizza delivery woman from Memphis, Tennessee likely saved a customer's life Monday, WMCTV5 reported.

Susan Guy, the pizza delivery driver, said she was suspicious when Memphis resident Jean Wilson hadn't made a call for a pizza in 3 days, since she had been ordering pizza daily for three years.

Guy told her manager that she was going to go over to Wilson's house to check on her. After knocking on her door several times and checking with a neighbor who hadn't seen her, Guy called 911.

Wilson had fallen and couldn't get up, the Huffington Post said.

Largest Rally Yet Is Held By Wisconsin Protesters

More than 70,000 protestes showed up in Madison to protest the weakening of the unions bill Sunday, Huffington Post reported.

The protests have lasted for 12 days straight to protest a bill that takes away public workers right to collectively bargain on benefits and work conditions.

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin also wants to require public workers to pay more for their health insurance and pensions, which would cut the take-home pay to around 7 percent, the New York Times said.

4 Americans Killed By Somalian Pirates On Yatch

Four Americans that were being held hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were found dead on their Yatch Monday according to the U.S. military, NPR said.

The Americans, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle, and Jean and Scott Adam of California, were shot and killed by the pirates. They had been traveling on waters between Oman and Somali when their yatch, named Quest, was taken over by the Somali pirates.

U.S. troops took control of the boat and brought 15 pirates into custody and killed two. The pirates had already killed the Americans before the troops boarded the boat, Reuters said.

Analysis: First Day/Second Day Story: Italy-Tunisian Immigrants

I am analyzing the two stories in the New York Times published February 13 and February 14 on the Tunisian immigrants coming to Italy.

The first story explains how Italy wants to send armed forces to Tunisia in order to alleviate the flow of Tunisian immigrants.

The second story is a follow up stating the Tunisia has declined the offer of armed forces from Italy.

The leads differ because the second story is an advancement of the news, it is stating whether or not Tunisia has accepted Italy's offer.

Both reports are from The New York Times, so most of the information and content on the topic are the same, the second story is just a follow up and advancement of the story.

More than 3,000 Tunisians arrived by boat to a small Italian island recently, and Italy's minister hopes to send armed forces to Tunisia to reduce the flow of the Tunisian immigrants, the New York Times reported.

The immigrant holding center island, called Lampedusa, closer to Tunisia than the Italy mainland,was reopened Sunday and now has hundreds of immigrants sleeping outside due to lack of facilities.

This sudden surge of immigrants is because of last month's protests over poverty and unemployment in Tunisia, where President Ben Ali was overthrown, BBC reported.

Immigrants hope to get to Italy to move on around Europe and find work.

Fish Survive By Evolving To Cope With Dangerous Chemicals

A strange fish has been discovered by scientists that appear to have evolved in order to survive being exposed dangerous chemicals in New York and New Jersey rivers, NPR reported.

The fish look like cod, except they are smaller. The fish are swimming with dangerous chemicals, including PCBs and dioxins that were dumped into the Hudson by General Electric companies between 1947 and 1976.

Some fish survived because of their resistant gene and had genetic advantage over the other fish who died.

Richard Di Giulio, a Toxicologist studying fish at Duke University, makes the point that pollution has driven evolution.

84-Year-Old Man Survives Five Days In Desert

An 84-year-old survived five days stranded in an Arizona desert, the Huffington Post reports.

Henry Morello, a chicago native, was driving to his home near Phoenix when he took a wrong turn and ended up in a ditch, his phone going dead minutes later, NBC reported.

Morello used floor mats to stay warm and drank windshield wiper fluid that he attempted to filter with a napkin to stay hydrated.

Hikers found him five days later. They saw the missing person signs that his friends and relatives put out.

"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" will be the largest exhibit that the Science Museum of Minnesota has ever put on, the Star Tribune reported.

The exhibit opens Friday in St. Paul, and tickets run from $16 to $30.

The exhibit consists of 2,000 years of ancient history, including the kings who built the pyramids and the dynasty of Nubian pharaohs, the Pioneer Press reported.

Science museum officials hope that the exhibit will draw as many vistors as the "Body Worlds" blockbuster exhibit in 2006.


Deer Jumps Through Apartment Window In Eagan

Two deer crashed through an Eagan apartment complex window Saturday morning, Star Tribune reported.

The deer jumped through Colleen Slattery's and her boyfriend Beau William's Woodridge Apartment bedroom window, over the bed and into the walk in closet.

Neighbors watched as they saw two deer jumping out of other apartments, Fox 9 reported.

Analysis: West St. Paul Lanes Bowling Alley Staying Open

I am analyzing the article in the Pioneer Press.

The reporter orders the information pretty clearly. He starts off introducing the owner and how the business plans to stay open.

The reader is also introduced to why the business had the potential of closing in the first place, which was one of my first questions.

It then goes on to say how Holseth is still dealing with the city council to let him keep West St. Paul Lanes open.

The reporter summarizes the information clearly and simple in the first half of the article and gets more specific and detailed as you get further into the article.

West St. Paul Lanes Bowling Alley Staying Open

Pat Holseth, the owner of West St. Paul Lanes, said that it plans to stay in business, the Pioneer Press reported.

The business had been targeted as part of an idea for a new sports complex, but Holseth says they will stay at the same location and stay open.

West St. Paul Lanes opened in 1956 on South Robert Street.

The number of Minnesotans exposed to second hand smoke is decreasing, a survey done by the state sugests. (Star Tribune)

The survey suggests that the decrease is because of the 2007 indoor smoking ban, which raised awareness about the health factors in breathing in second hand smoke.

45.6 percent of Minnesotans accounted for exposure to secondhand smoke in any location, which is down 11 percentage points from the 2007 Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) report, PRNewsWire reports.

It also stated that smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes a day and most are trying to quit and getting help to do so.

New Downtown New York Skyscraper

New Yorkers have been following the construction of the new skyscraper on 8 Spruce Street near City Hall, New York Times reports.

The Spruce Street project will be Frank Gehry's, the buildings architech, first skyscraper.

The building is almost completed, and New York Times said that it symbolizes the turning point from the modern age to the digital age.

Chris Lee Resigns Because Of Craigslist Photos

New York Representative Chris Lee has resigned Wednesday because of shirtless Craigslist photos, the Huffington Post reports.

Rep. Lee is a two term republican and married. It was reported that he answered an ad on Craigslist from a woman who posted in the "Women for Men" section. He said he was a 39-year-old lobbyist. He is 46. (New York Times)

Egypt Protest Continue As Labor Strikes Break Out

Thousands protest in Egypt and joined each other in strike Thursday, Star Tribune reported.

The protests, specifically focused on Mubarak resignation have expanded into anger over low wages and unemployment.

Vice President Omar Suleiman said that there could be a "coup" unless protestors agreed to negotiate terms, Huffington Post reported.

Analysis: Disabled Traveler Gets Kicked Off Delta Airlines

There are many sources used in the airlines story.

Of course there is Carrie Salberg herself, who is quoted throughout the story, along with Delta Airlines.

All the bigger sources are in the middle of the story, where it talks about the rules for medical equipment meeting the requirements to fly. The article sources the U.S. Department of Transportation, FAA, and The Air Carrier Access Act.

There is a man interviewed who was also kicked off a plane because of his ventilator, and to follow up, a woman, director of the International Ventilator Users Network, has a quote.

The reporter sets up the attributions effectively and clearly for the reader.

Kids and teens will be offered free acting classes by Guthrie Theater experts starting March through June, says the Star Tribune .

They will be able to choose from 74 different workshops at Hennepin County Libraries, funded by the Legacy Amendment, a way to increase funds for outdoor and cultural projects.

Some of the class topics include storytelling, games, Shakespeare, and stage combat. (MPR).

Registration for certain classes begin in February, and it's required and limited, according to MPR.

Disabled Traveler Gets Kicked Off Delta Airlines

A woman with muscular dystrophy was kicked off her Delta Airlines flight back to the Twin Cities due to her medical equipment, says the Star Tribune.

Carrie Salberg was told a month before she flew by Delta that her equipment met the requirements. However, when she got on the plane, she was asked to leave the flight because of her ventilator.

Salberg was carrying 100 pounds of medical equipment. When she was asked to get off the plane, Salberg filed a complaint, according to Kare11.

Delta gave their apologies and refunded Salberg for her three tickets, along with a $900 voucher. (Star Tribune)

Google Expands Street View to Art Museums

Google has launched the Google Art Project, a virtual tour of 17 major art museums, according to The New York Times.

Some of the museums featured are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Britain and National Gallery in London.

The project was launched this week, where more than 1,000 major works of art went up on the site, MLive states.

The idea came from a group of Google employees who wondered how to make art museums more obtainable from all over the world.

Explore the Google Art Project here.

Mubarak Announces He Won't Run Again For President

Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President, says Tuesday that he will step down after the next election from his 30-year rule and not run again as president, according to NPR.

After a week of anti-government protests, Mubarak gave in. "I never wanted power or prestige," saying on state TV that "I can honestly say that I was not intent in standing for the next elections." (NPR)

President Obama spoke to Mubarak before his announcement and insisted on a rapid transition. An "orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now," Obama said. (The New York Times)

Mubarak will remain in his current position until the next presidential election in September, according to The New York Times.

Hawaii Proposes 'Big Wind' Power Project

Hawaii's 'Big Wind' project, consisting of building a huge wind farm covering several islands, started its hearings Tuesday, according to NPR.

Electricity generated in Maui County by The Hawaii Interisland Renewable Energy program is then sent to Oahu by undersea cables to power the proposed wind farm, KITV states.

Hawaii is required to have 70 percent of their energy come from renewable sources by 2030, states NPR.

Vice president of Hawaiian Electric, Robbie Alm, says that Hawaii is moving forward toward using solar power and locally grown biofuels to reduce their cost and dependence on oil. (NPR)

The first windmills of the wind farm could be up and running by 2016.

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