February 2011 Archives

Analysis: Slideshow Copy

Both the Star Tribune and Minnesota Daily have multimedia sections that include video, slideshows and photos. The Star Tribune also has audio and podcasts, as well as allows users to post their photos and videos.

In the Photos of the Week section on the Daily website, there are cutlines of two sentences. The first normally summarized what happened in the photo, while the second elaborated more on the topic related to it. Many of the photos that appeared daily or in other sections only had one sentence to describe who was in the photo and what they were doing on both the Daily and Strib.

In the slideshows on the Daily website, there is only a sporadic one sentence cutline to describe the photo when the scene changes. On the Star Tribune, each photo in the slideshow features a one sentence cutline describing who is in the photo and what they are doing.

A two-sentence cutline describes the content of video on the Daily website, while the cutline only receives one sentence at the Strib.

'Teen mom' stars in nude photo scandal

Nude photos of 'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood were posted online Thursday, according to US Weekly.

The New York Daily News reported that Portwood, 20, said the five photos, which were taken a few weeks ago, were stolen from her phone and sold by a friend.

In three of the photos, Portwood's tattoo of her 2-year-old daughter Leah is visible, reported the New York Daily News.

In 2010, Portwood was charged with two counts of domestic battery, one count of neglect of a dependent and one misdemeanor charge of domestic battery from scenes captured by MTV's cameras, said to FOX News.

Portwood starred on MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom," which follow the lives of young mothers, reported CBS News.

Convicted rapist missing from halfway house

A convicted Level 3 sex offender escaped from a St. Paul halfway house after cutting off his GPS bracelet Thursday, according to the Pioneer Press.

Eugene Glaraton, 42, has been missing for four days since his release from a Lino Lakes prison on Feb. 15, said the Star Tribune.

Glaraton failed to register for the second time in Ramsey County, said the Pioneer Press.

The Star Tribune reported Glaraton was convicted in 1987 for the rape of a 15-year-old Hastings boy.

His Level 3 status means he is most likely to reoffend, according to the Star Tribune.

Two former GOP legislators part of four new regents named

Two former Republican legislators, a Duluth executive and an incumbent were named to the University of Minnesota Board Of Regents, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The Star Tribune reported that Steve Sviggum, Laura Brod, David McMillan and David Larson will all serve six unpaid terms on 12-member governing board.

The four were confirmed Monday after recommendation by a joint higher education committee last week, said the Minnesota Daily.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Steven Hunter, who was seeking second-term, was unsuccessful in his run, according to Star Tribune.

"The process was deeply flawed," Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, told the Star Tribune.

Supreme Court to rule on material witness case

The Supreme Court will hear the case of a U.S. citizen against former attorney general John Ashcroft March 2 for violating the material witness statute, according to the Lipman Capitol Times.

In 2003, Abudallah al-Kidd, 38, was arrested by the FBI at Dulles International Airport as he tried to fly to Saudi Arabia, said the New York Times.

Kidd spent 11 days in custody as a material witness in Virginia, Oklahoma and Idaho where he told the New York Times that he was treated worse than convicted felons.

The New York Times reported that the outcome of the case will decide whether the U.S. government can detain citizens it is unable to charge with a crime if it fears they may engage in terrorism.

Since 9/11, the USA Patriot Act allows detention of suspected terrorists, but only for noncitizens and for a period of seven days, according to the New York Times.

American arrested for Pakistani shootings worked for CIA

WASHINGTON--An American man arrested for shooting two armed men in Pakistan was working for the CIA at the time of the shootings, according to the Associated Press.

American government officials told the New York Times that Raymond Allan Davis, 36, a former Special Forces soldier, was working as a security officer for the CIA in Lahore.

The U.S. asserted that Davis has diplomatic immunity for what he described as an attempted armed robbery, said the Associated Press.

U.S. newspapers withheld information about Davis' employment at the request of the Obama administration so as not to interfere with Davis' safety, according to the New York Times.

The New York Times reported that the CIA has been taking a greater role in Pakistan because the United States is not at war with the country, therefore limiting U.S. military operations.

Analysis: Spot/Follow

The two stories differ from day-to-day just as we discussed in class. The lede is completely different, as are the following three paragraphs. The information that originally lead the story on the first day has not been edited, but merely pushed down in the article. The second story is more a response to the first story--how the event that made the news turned out.

After a Los Angeles school district angered a mother Thursday after they sent her 6-year-old son to the psychiatric ward without her consent, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Officials at Taper Avenue Elementary in San Pedro called a Los Angeles County psychiatric mobile response team when Jack Dorman drew a violent picture and wrote that he wanted to die, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Jack's mom, Syndi Dorman, told MSNBC that when she arrived to explain that her son had separation anxiety because his father was being deployed to Iraq and she would ensure that she he saw his therapist, school officials said it was out of her control.
MSNBC reported that Jack was committed to a 72-hour hold at a local hospital, but was released after 48 hours.

Dorman said her son is traumatized and doesn't want to return to school following the incident, according to MSNBC.

Panel assesses FBI investigation of anthrax culprit

The culprit for the 2001 anthrax letters may not be the only source, according to a panel convened Tuesday to assess the validity of the FBI's investigation, reported the New York Times.

A independent panel of experts, convened by the national Academy of Sciences, found that genetic analysis "did not definitely demonstrate" but that evidence is "consistent with and supports an association" with the identified source of the anthrax, according to the New York Times.

USA Today said a match of anthrax spores to the ones in the laboratory of the late Bruce Ivins, 62, a vaccine researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, provided a link to the perpetrator.

The report blamed the FBI for failure to take advantage of new scientific methods developed between the incidents in 2001 and after Ivins' suicide in 2008, when it was concluded he was the sole person responsible for the anthrax, said the New York Times.

The panel did not comment on whether they believed Ivins was guilty for the anthrax mailings that killed five and sickened 17 by 2002, according to USA Today.

Legislators seek to repeal part of Minn. smoking ban

Minnesota legislators are working on a new proposal that would repeal part of the three-year smoking ban, according to KIMT.

The bill would allow Minnesotans to smoke in bars that also serve food, provided they have a ventilation system in a closed off room, said the Star Tribune.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal said bars would have up to six years to meet requirements per the bill created by Rep. Tom Hackbarth (R-Cedar).

Matt Schafer, state government relations director for the American Cancer Society of Minnesota, told the Star Tribune that "the proposed ventilation requirements would not remove carcinogens from the air caused by secondhand smoke."

The proposal is awaiting a hearing, according to the Star Tribune.

Iraqis protest lack of electricity, employment

BAGHDAD--Iraqi citizens protested lack of basic services such as electricity and employment Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

With one in five Iraqis jobless, crumbling infrastructure and frequent blackouts, demonstrations across Iraq attempted to spark a response similar to protests held in the Mideast and Egypt, said the New York Times.

Hassan Ghazi, 35, told the New York Times that Iraqis "don't want to change the regime."

"We need unity, a demand for the same thing," Ghazi said.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Iraqi government is responding to the varied demands of protesters, citing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's decision to give back half his annual salary.

Although Iraq's government was elected by democratic vote last year, deficiency in day-to-day services arose from delayed formation of a governing coalition, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Metrodome roof replaced by August

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission unanimously approved an estimated $19 million new roof for the Metrodome Thursday, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Commission officials devised an "aggressive timeline" to have the 10-acre Teflon-coated fiberglass cover in place before the Vikings' preseason football games in August, said the Star Tribune.

Lester Bagley, Vikings vice-president of public affairs and stadium development, said officials have spoken with the University of Minnesota to play at TCF Bank Stadium as a possible Plan B. The Vikings played at TCF Bank Stadium when the Metrodome roof collapsed following a blizzard Dec. 20, according to the Star Tribune.

MSFC believes insurance will cover the cost of the replacement roof, minus a deductable, said the Minnesota Daily.

The Star Tribune reported that the Vikings supported the decision to replace the roof, but did not see it as a long-term solution. They will continue in talks to build a stadium in Ramsey County.

Analysis: Structure

The USA Today article on Rep. Chris Lee's resignation began with a lead that told who, what, when, and where. It followed that with two separate quotes from Lee about his regrets to his family. They continued with an assessment of Lee's situation by a media expert, then listed background information about Lee's family and work history. It ended with more reviews from media experts.

The structure of this article did not seem to be either the Inverted Pyramid or Martini Glass style because the facts listed did not seem to be in order of importance.

The paragraph that begins "Lee, 46, is married with a young son..." in my opinion would be the ideal nut graf, followed by the quote about his family. I also would not have back-to-back paragraphs of quotes from Lee. They could have paraphrased one of them.

The fourth paragraph down, after the lead and two quotes, is a person who denied comment. While this can say a lot about sources, I think it could have been moved down farther after story had been told.

GOP Rep. Lee resigns following shirtless photo scandal

GOP Rep. Chris Lee of New York resigned Wednesday after a shirtless photo and e-mails sent to a woman over Craigslist were posted on-line, reported USA Today.

Lee, 46, identified himself as a 39-year-old divorced, "fit, fun, classy guy" in response to a 34-year-old Maryland woman who advertised on Craigslist, according to the New York Times.

USA Today said two-time congressman Lee is married with a young son.

"I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents," Lee said in a statement released on his website.

The New York Times reported that the gossip website Gawker released the recent photo and e-mails.

Labor strikes enter chaos of Egypt's protests

Labor strikes erupted Tuesday and Wednesday across cities in Egypt as the nation enters its third week of protests against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, according to the New York Times.

The Washington Post reported spontaneous strikes in cities like Mahala, where thousands of workers demanded pay increases and permanent contracts from both state-run and private companies.

Freelance reporters at the newspaper Al Ahram pushed for a change at the state's most powerful propaganda tool, calling attacks by pro-Mubarak protesters on Tahrir Square an "offense to the whole nation," reported the New York Times.

Citing 17,000 loose prisoners, Mubarak's foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, refused to discard emergency laws, which allow authorities to detain people without charge, said the New York Times.

A Human Rights Watch report said Tuesday that upwards of 300 people have died in Egypt since demonstrations began Jan. 28.

Butt-implant complications cause death of tourist

A tourist died Tuesday due to medical complications during a butt implant surgery in a Hampton Inn in southwest Philadelphia, according to the New York Daily News.

NBC Philadephia reported that Claudia Adusei, 20, travelled from England to undergo a silicone implants to enhance her buttocks Monday.

The Delaware County medical examiner New York Daily News that Adusei died of silicone injections to her vascular system.

NBC Philadelphia said that police executed a search warrant in the Hampton Inn on Bartram Avenue Tuesday afternoon with suspicions that two women were performing the procedures.

The women found the procedure on-line, reported NBC Philadelphia

University builds new dorm to meet housing needs

To satisfy need for increased on-campus housing, the University of Minnesota plans to erect a new residence hall at the site of a current classroom building, according to the Star Tribune.

The project at 1701 University Ave. SE. is expected to cost $38 million, including demolition, and house 650 students, reported to the Minnesota Daily.

Orlyn Miller, director for Capital Planning and Project Management, told The Minnesota Daily that the proximity of the location to campus and Dinkytown have made it a potential target for years.

The Star Tribune said the University currently offers a total of 6,331 beds between its eight residence halls and three apartment buildings.

The University hopes the project will be finished by fall of 2013, reported the Minnesota Daily.

Stillwater man sentenced to 30 years in child pornography case

A Stillwater man received double the maximum sentence for child pornography last week, according to MPR News.

Shane Werlein, 41, admitted to having sex with and taking photos of underage girls via a Facebook profile in which he posed as a teenage girl, said the Star Tribune.

Jeanne Cooney from the U.S. Attorney's office told MPR News that Werlein's sentence was increased from the maximum of 15 years for child pornography because of Werlein's admitted history of stalking and having sex with underage girls in the past.

The Star Tribune reported that defense attorney Andrea George said Weirlein is "worthy of our compassion and understanding" because the childhood bullying lead him to pornography.

MPR News said the state charged two dozen child pornography cases in the last year.

Analysis: Attribution

In a story from the Star Tribune, four sources are used.

All sources are people. Two are sergeants in the police department, one is a supervisor at the local postal service and the other is a spokesperson for the Postal Service.

One source, the local supervisor, is used pretty consistently throughout the story while the other three have one or two quotes or paraphrases.

The main lacking source in the story is the woman who put the puppy in the mail. Although some of the things said from sources are fact, her lack of response could make the story less effective or bullet-proof. However, they included that she did not return the call, so that speaks for itself.

One of the quotes does not use "said" but "recalled." I also would back off on the numerous quotes from Ojoyeyi. While descriptive, was there another source that could give details about the incident at the post office or someone who was standing by that saw the exchange? I would look into that.

Report claims Baghdad tortures prisoners

Iraqi security forces under control of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are torturing detainees and operating a secret jail according to a report by Human Rights Watch released Tuesday.

Detainees were transferred from Camp Honor, a prison on a military base in the Green Zone in the center of Baghdad, to Camp Justice, a military base in northern Baghdad, days before international inspectors were set to examine prison conditions, reported the New York Times.

The Associated Press said former detainees at the prison in the Green Zone told the Human Rights Watch on Dec. 27 they were hung upside down with plastic bags tied over their heads, while another said the interrogators threatened to rape his sister unless he signed a confession.

The report by the Human Rights Watch suspected that the 80 transferred prisoners were tortured because they have no access to lawyers or families.

Six months ago, the U.S. military gave Iraq full responsibility over the prison system, according to the Associated Press.

Blizzard beats major US cities

A blizzard stretching across a third of the nation threatened to shut down major cities Tuesday with white-outs and dangerous ice, reported the Associated Press.

President Obama said in a phone call that the nation must be prepared for any scenario, including significant power outages, according to the Washington Post.

The New York Times said over 6,000 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Des Moines meteorologist Jeff Johnson told the Associated Press the storm would "cripple transportation for a couple of days." The storm is expected to expand to the Northeast Wednesday.

Democrats bypassed Minneapolis' bid for host of the national convention in 2012, opting instead for Charlotte, N.C., reported the Star Tribune.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he was disappointed, but being a finalist proved the city was a contender for any major event, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Pioneer Press reported that the Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said the party would nominate both President Barak Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during their convention the week of Sept. 3, 2012.

St. Louis and Cleveland were also rejected for the convention, said the Star Tribune. In 2008, St. Paul hosted the Republican National Convention.

Republicans will nominate their candidate one week before the Democrats in Tampa, Fla., according to the Pioneer Press.

MnSCU announces two finalists

Two men were named finalists for the chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at a Board of Trustees meeting Monday, reported the Minnesota Daily.

The Star Tribune said either Steven Rosenstone, vice president for scholarly and cultural affairs at the University of Minnesota, or William Sederberg, commissioner for the Utah's system of higher education, will be announced as the successor for James McCormick, current chancellor of MnSCU, on Wednesday.

The winner must continue to cut costs a public system that educates more than half the state's undergraduate students, according to the Star Tribune.

42 candidates were considered for the positions, said the Minnesota Daily.

Minneapolis woman attempts to mail live puppy, faces charges

After trying to mail a live puppy through the Postal Service last Tuesday, a Minneapolis woman has been charged with animal cruelty, according to Fox News 9.

39-year-old Stacey Champion enclosed a 4-month-old poodle mix in a sealed box with the intention of sending it by priority mail to Atlanta, said the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune reported that postal workers only discovered the puppy after the box fell off the counter by itself.

Police Sgt. William Palmer told the Star Tribune that the puppy would most likely have died had it been put in an airplane's unheated and non-pressurized cargo hold as planned.

Fox News 9 reported that the puppy is doing fine.

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