This news blog is an educational exercise involving students at the University of Minnesota. It is not intended to be a source of news.

In As Firearm Ownership Rises, Florida Gun Murders Increasing the reporter leads with a gun death story before using numbers which makes the dive into more numbers smooth.
The amount of gun murders is then released from 2011 and 2012 with a percent increase between the years included.
At the bottom of the story an interactive graphic that appears to be just a graph comparing the number of murders in Florida by firearms across the years brings up the the exact number of deaths. This is helpful because then the reader doesn't have to have estimated number by where the line marks with the numbers on the graph.
The reporter would have to know how to plot a spreadsheet and enter each record in the cells and then slice the pop-ups in a web editing program to provide the exact number of deaths when the mouse goes over the each part of the graph.

Greece passes plan for aid and layoffs

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Greece's Parliament passed a bill Sunday that plans to dismiss 15,000 civil servants by the end of the year, the New York Times reported.
A loan of 2.8 billion euros, or about $3.65 billion, is expected to be approved by Euro zone officials meeting in Brussels on Monday, the New York Times reported.
The bill was approved by parliament in a 168-123 vote, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The bill was supported by the conservative New Democracy party and its junior partners, the Socialists, or Pasok, and the Democratic Left, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"We are working so that Greece will be able to stand on its own feet again," Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told Parliament Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Greece needs money to pay pensions and wages, and bonds held by the European Central Bank that mature on May 20, so the bill was rushed into legislature, Stournaras told Parliament on Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reported.

A Mississippi martial arts instructor was arrested by FBI Saturday for the poisoned letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator, and a local judge, the Los Angeles Times reported.
James Everett Dutschke was arrested in his Tupelo home, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden told the Los Angeles Times.
Dutschke was charged with "knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin," the Associated Press reported
He is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Oxford Monday, the Associated Press reported.
Dutschke became a suspect after charges were dropped against Paul Kevin Curtis, Tuesday, The Los Angeles Times reported.

SUV rolls over in Fridley, sends 7 to the hospital

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Seven people were sent to the hospital after the driver of an SUV, who had been drinking, rolled over just north of Interstate 694 in Fridley, Saturday, the State Patrol told the Star Tribune.
Jennifer L. Teetzel, the driver, was the only one wearing a seat belt, and several of the other passengers were thrown from the vehicle, Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol told the Star Tribune.
The vehicle crashed about 5:20 p.m. on University Avenue, the State Patrol told the Pioneer Press.
The boy and the 47-year-old woman were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, while the others were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, the State Patrol told the Star Tribune.
Teetzel was convicted for third-degree drunken driving in 2009, court records said, the Star Tribune reported.
She also pleaded guilty in 2003 for careless driving on a charge of fourth-degree drunken driving, which was dismissed, The Star Tribune reported.

The White House said Thursday that the Syrian government is likely to have used chemical weapons on its own people, on a small scale, The Washington Post reported.
Any use of chemical weapons in Syria would cross the "red line" a senior administration official tole the Washington post.
President Obama said that the deployment of chemical weapons would be a game-change and has threatened unspecified consequences if it happened, noting that it is mindful of the lessons from the Iraq war that started over ten years ago, Reuters reported.
The evaluation that Syria likely used chemical weapons is based on "physiological" samples, Reuters reported.
Britian, France and Israel have suggested that forces loyal to Assad have probably used sarin recently, The Washington Post reported.
Sarin, a nerve agent, which Iraq allegedly used 25 years ago in an attack on the Kurdish city of Halabja during the Iran-Iraq war, Reuters reported.

A Little Falls had been indicted on first-degree, premeditated murder charges in connection with the killing of two teenage intruders at his home Thanksgiving Day, The Star Tribune reported.
Byron David Smith, a retired U.S. State Department employee was first charged in November with second-degree murder in the deaths of Halie Kifer, 18, and her cousin, Nick Brady, 17, The Star Tribune reported.
The two broke into Smith's home in along the backwaters of the Mississippi river, The Star Tribune reported.
Smith posted bail in December for $50,000 and has been free since, The Pioneer Press reported.
The hearing will be held July 1 in the Morrison County Courthouse in Little Falls, The Pioneer Press reported.

Deadly earthquake hits southwestern China

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A earthquake struck Sichuan, a southwestern Chinese providence, on Saturday, killing at last 179 people and injuring about 6,700 others, CNN reported.
The earthquake struck at a depth of around 12 kilometers and about 115 kilometers away from the provincial capital, Chengdu, CNN reported.
"Comparatively speaking, the scale of the disaster is not as extensive as in 2008, although there are still multiple locations affected," Meimei Leung, emergency response director for World Vision's China office told the Los Angeles Times.
Residents were prepared from the earthquake that hit May 12, 2008 that left 90,000 people dead or missing, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"This time people knew what to do. As soon as the tremors started, they went out into open areas. The government also is working in a well-organized manner," Leung said.
Authorities sent rescue workers to the are around the epicenter, halted flights at the airport in Chengdu and suspended high-speed rail operations, according to state media, CNN reported.
First responders said the damage didn't appear as severe as the 2008 disaster, according to CCTV, CNN reported.

The British and French governments have asked the United Nation to investigate Syria's government for using small amounts of chemical weapons in recent months, officials told the Los Angeles Times Thursday.
The diplomats, who spoke to the New York Times on condition of anonymity, said there had been a n exchange of letters with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations starting on March 25.
The evidence included soil samples and witness testimony but is not definitive, the Los Angeles Times reported.
President Obama said any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would be a "game changer," which could lead to American military response, the New York Times reported.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has insisted that any United Nations investigation focus only on one instance of chemical weapons use in the Aleppo area which it says killed at least 26 people on March 19, the New York Times reported.
Ban said Wednesday that an investigative team he had assembled was ready to deploy as soon as they have the Syrian government's consent, the New York Times reported.

A former Minneapolis police officer was arrested again as new charges were found for his prior allegations that he raped a juvenile girl in Anoka County, the Start Tribune reported.
Bradely Schnickel sent photos of his genitalia and explicit messages to a preteen girl last fall, according to the new charges, the Star Tribune reported.
The 32-year-old faces four new felony counts on Internet or computer solicitation of children, according to the new charges, the Pioneer Press reported.
Schnickel was also charged February with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Anoka County, the Pioneer Press reported.
Anoka County prosecutors say he had sex with a 14-year-old girl and had a sexual encounter or chats via Facebook and Skype with three girls, ages 13 and 14, the Star Tribune reported.
Schnickel was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly Internet soliciting a Brooklyn center preteen and another juvenile girl, the Star Tribune reported.
The charges were filed Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.

Stillborn baby at Regions sent to laundry

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The body of a stillborn baby boy that was discovered among the hospital linens at a Red Wing commercial laundry came from Regions Hospital morgue, hospital officials told MPR News.
The baby was stillborn at 22 weeks and were sent to the laundry on Tuesday, according to a press release from the hospital, The Pioneer Press reported.
The hospital handles about 2,500 births a year, and about two stillborn births a month, Christine Boese, vice president of patient care told MPR news.
''When there's a stillborn, we work very closely with the family, to understand how they would like to handle the remains of the baby. Sometimes they ask us to take care of that, and other times they take care of that,'' Boese told MPR News.
After Crothall Laundry notified the hospital about the remains, Regions officials collected them "immediately," the hospital told The Pioneer Press.
Regions is "working to" notify the infant's family, but the message has not been delivered, Boese told The Pioneer Press.