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The reporter who wrote an article about the lack of disclosure and the disparities on the visitor logs to the White House merely had to be able to use a computer to the visitor logs, which are available online on the White House website.

Using this, he had to recognize that some celebrities were notoriously missing from the list. Knowing that, he would have had to double-check that information, which he showed by saying that a video from the White House that night showed an individual who was not listed on the official log.

Other things he had to notice to produce his article were not through prior knowledge, but by noticing the absence of certain categories.

92-year-old Floridian fires on neighbor after rejection

A 92-year-old woman fired a pistol at her neighbor after he refused a kiss March 23, according to the New York Daily News.

MSNBC reported that after arguing with her 53-year-old neighbor, Dwight Bettner, Helen Staudinger of St. Petersburg, Fla. retrieved her semi-automatic and fired four shots into his house.

The New York Daily News reported that Bettner, who was on the phone when a bullet shattered a window, did chores like taking out the trash for his elderly neighbor.

Staudinger was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into a dwelling the day after, MSNBC said. Her court date is set for Tuesday.

University student killed in bicycle-truck collision

A semitruck hit and killed a University of Minnesota senior riding her bicycle through a crosswalk Thursday morning, according the Minnesota Daily.

Police told the Star Tribune that the collision happened around 8 a.m. at the intersection of 4th Street and 15th Avenue SE.

Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull, 25, who was slated to graduate from the College of Liberal Arts in two weeks, was pronounced dead on arrival, according to the Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Daily reported that the truck driver has not been arrested and police are still determining who had the right of way.

After a string of accidents around the University, police are pleading with students to use more caution, according to the Star Tribune.

Wal-Mart tests online grocery delivery service in California

San Jose, California -- Wal-Mart began testing an online grocery delivery system Saturday, but only in San Jose, according to the Mercury News.

In order to compete with other delivery services, the biggest grocer in the U.S. will allow customers to order groceries online and be delivered the next day, reported the New York Times.

The prices are the same as the ones in the stores, but an order must total $49 for delivery and can be bought three weeks in advance, the Mercury News said.

But the New York Times said there are some limitations, for example, oranges are not available for individual purchase and beef cannot be ordered to specification but in prepackaging.

Wal-Mart To Go has a delivery charge of $5 to $10, but does not allow tipping, according to the Mercury News.

Yemen's President will step down in exchange for immunity

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh will cede power after a 32-year hold in exchange for certain conditions, including immunity from criminal prosecution for him and his family, according to the New York Times.

The Washington Post reported that Saleh has agreed to a plan that would hand over power to his vice-president, Abd-al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi, in 30 days. It said 60 days later, an election would be held that would be overseen by a transitional government formed a week after Mansur al-Hadi gained power.

Despite a possible agreement between the government and opposition, the New York Times said that demonstrators may not comply after weeks of protests left many dead at the hands of the government.

The New York Times reported that although Saleh has been an ally against Al Qaeda, the U.S. government called for his removal in recent weeks because he has not been able bring stability to the country.

Dinkytown hit-and-run driver arrested

Police arrested a 29-year-old Roseville man Thursday in connection with the hit-and-run of three University of Minnesota students last week, which left one dead, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Minneapolis police Sgt. Stephen McCarty told the Star Tribune said that suspect is in custody at Hennepin County jail pending murder charges.

The man was convicted of drunken driving and careless driving from 2008, said the Minnesota Daily. It said his probation ended in early March.

The suspect and the car were both found thanks to witness tips, reported the Star Tribune.

Cass Lake woman impersonates military officer, dupes hometown

A Cass Lake woman was cited for impersonating an officer after she impersonated an officer in the military at a welcome home ceremony last month, according to the Star Tribune.

The Cass Lake Times reported that a ceremony was held for Elizabeth McKenzie, 20, of Cloquet, who told the community she returned from Afghanistan after sustaining combat-related injuries.

A recruiter for a community college became suspicious after hearing about the ceremony, said the Star Tribune, and a check found McKenzie had been regularly attending the college when she said she was fighting in Afghanistan.

The Star Tribune said some veterans at the ceremony thought something was wrong with McKenzie's chevrons on her uniform, but kept quiet.

An investigation by the Pike Bay Police Department showed McKenzie did not serve overseas or is an active military member, according to the Cass Lake Times, and the report has been forwarded to the Cass County Attorney's Office for review.

Over 300 participated in a "kiss-in" protest took at a London bar Friday after two gay men claim they were thrown out for kissing, according to the Guardian.

Jonathan Williams and James Bull shared a kiss on their first date at the John Snow Bar in Soho and were asked to leave soon after, reported MSNBC.

When the incident was tweeted, a Facebook event proposed a "kiss-in" at 7 p.m. on Friday, reported the Guardian.

Despite the bar's closure at 3:30 p.m., perhaps in anticipation of the incident, a crowd of gay men still protested outside with beers, said MSNBC.

San Fernando--As the body count from a mass grave in Mexico grows, police officers were detained on suspicion of protecting the drug cartel that did it, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The New York Times said authorities in the state of Tamaulipas are being bought off or terrorized, with 16 police officers arrested in connection with killings and kidnappings.

Families have been flooding morgues in search of missing friends and family members after a total of 145 corpses have been recovered from a mass grave in San Fernando, reported the New York Times.

In addition to the one found with 72 bodies last year, this discovery has contributed to the belief that the Mexican government has no control over the state of Tamaulipas, said the New York Times.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that authorities believe the Zetas, a gang, are kidnapping men travelling north on buses to force them to work for them or for ransom.

Hit-and-run injures three University students

A car going the wrong way hit three University of Minnesota students early Friday, leaving one in critical condition and the other two injured, before taking off according to the Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Daily reported that Joe Bailin, Katelynn Hanson and Sarah Bagley were out celebrating their acceptance into graduate school before the car knocked into Hanson and Bagley.

Hanson's mother told the Minnesota Daily that the car then continued down the block and smashed Benjamin Van Handel, who is a University senior, into a telephone pole.

All three victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, a spokesperson told the Star Tribune, where Van Handel was in critical condition and Bagley in satisfactory. Hanson was released.

The Star Tribune said that police are searching for the car that fled the scene, which a witness said is a white four-door Toyota Camry or Salary with front-end damage.

Survey: gaming main use of tablets

Gaming tops the list of the uses for a tablet in a survey by a Google subsidiary of 1,400 U.S. owners, according to the Guardian.

Searching for information, at 78 percent, and emailing, at 74 percent, come in as close seconds, reported the Guardian.

The survey concludes the tablet is a domestic device, with 82 percent of respondents using their tablet at home while only 7 percent use them at work, said the Huffington Post.

Although 77 percent reported a decrease in the amount of time they spent on their desktop or laptop computer, reported the Huffington Post, only 23 percent said they regarded their tablet as their primary computer.

Online shopping, at 42 percent, and reading e-books, at 46 percent, bring up the rear, said the Guardian.

Analysis: Diversity

University of Minnesota freshman and Japanese international student Mikhail,* who was born in Russia, said this article in the Statesman Journal about Japanese cultural events was very generalized.

He said in Japan, the people do not eat that type of food during a cherry blossom festival, but at other ones. This is not only a blatant error, but the article itself does not delve far enough into the traditions. Instead it oversimplifies them into one short piece.

We discussed how, instead of the one source from the committee putting on the event, the writer should have spoken to other Japanese-Americans and tried to tell the story through their experiences. This was a short, broad overview of a culture that could not be contained in such.

*Full name not used.

Fan texted he was "scared" before assault

A 42-year-old Giants fan texted a family member fearing for safety minutes before he was beaten at Dodger Stadium Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

John Stow told MSNBC his cousin Bryan Stow, a paramedic and father of two, sent him a message which said he was "scared inside the stadium."

Stow, who was assaulted as he walked out of the stadium in search of a cab, suffered a severely fractured skull and damage to the brain's frontal lobe, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The reward for information now totals $100,000, including $50,000 offered Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council.

Senate approves limited alcohol sales at University stadium

Alcohol may soon be for sale in TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota--but only available for those with premium seats, according to the Minnesota Daily.

A Minnesota Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday that would allow limited alcohol to be served at the stadium, Northrop Auditorium and seven other on-campus locations, reported the Star Tribune.

The bill would lift a mandate on the stadium that said alcohol must be made available to at least one third of general seating, said the Minnesota Daily.

The University decided to opt-out of all alcohol sales at the stadium in order to decrease access to minors, which Kathryn Brown, chief of staff for the current University president, told the Minnesota Daily. She said the mandate also forced them to reduce premium ticket prices and cost the University revenue.

But Democratic Sen. Linda Scheid told the Star Tribune any attendees of legal age should be able to buy alcohol, regardless of their seating.

More drug-related deaths prompt Mexican protests

Cuernavaca, Mexico--The death of a famous poet's son sparked demonstrations in Mexico Wednesday against ongoing drug-related violence, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Protesters called for the resignation of President Felipe Calderal, who has launched a campaign against the drug cartels since 2006, saying his strategy was inadequate, reported BBC News.

Juan Francisco Sicilia and six others were found dead with signs of torture March 28 in a car in Cuernavaca, with a note signed by the Gulf cartel claiming the victims sent drug-related tips to the government, said the Los Angeles Times.

BBC News said more than 35,000 Mexicans have died in the past four years.

Companies warn clients after email addresses stolen

Major companies warned customers about possible hacking attempts over the weekend after millions of consumer email addresses were stolen from a marketing-email service, according to the Associated Press.

Email addresses or client names were the only information stolen in the security breach Friday, according to a press release from Epsilon.

This information could be used to conduct more efficient "phishing" attacks, in which a hacker would send emails claiming to be a company and ask for a consumer's login information, but instead steal their information to log into their account, said the Associated Press.

Data was stolen from Kroger Co., TiVo Inc., US Bancorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Capital One Financial Corp., Citigroup Inc., Home Shopping Network, Ameriprise, LL Bean Visa Card, McKinsey & Company, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Marriott Rewards, New York & Co., Brookstone, Walgreen Co., The College Board, Disney Destinations and Best Buy Co. Inc., according to Security Week.

Epsilon has more than 2,500 clients and sends more than 40 billion emails each year, reported Security Week.

Jesse Ventura aims a VP spot in 2012 election

Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura said Monday he would consider running as vice president with Ron Paul in 2012, according to MinnPost.

He would join the ticket on the condition that Paul, a Texas Republican, would run as an independent, Ventura told USA Today.

Ron Paul unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election.

MinnPost reported Ventura, who was promoting a new book, told "Good Morning America" co-host George Stephanopoulos that the U.S. needs to "abolish political parties."

Ventura ran as an independent candidate in his successful Minnesota gubernatorial campaign in 1998.

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