April 14, 2008

Race/Diversity

The article that I'm using for this weeks analysis entry comes from CNN. The article is about an Ohio state trooper who was photographed wearing the costume or uniform of a Ku Klux Klan member, although the trooper was not a member of the KKK and claimed that it was a joke, he was still suspended without pay.

What is interesting about the article is it exposes different attitudes about race. Where as one group of people may see the KKK as a joke and feel it is alright to dress up as for ironic purposes, others may find nothing funny about it at all. The fact that this was a state official, who was wearing his uniform despite the hooded mask, makes it an even more complex issue. An issue that races the fairness of our law enforcement officials.

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Pope to visit White House

For the second time in history a Pope will be visiting the White House in Washington D.C., reports CNN.

Pope Benedict XVI will be a guest of President Bush's while on his visit to the U.S. this week. The first, and only other time a Pope was a White House guest was in 1979 when John Paul II visited then President Jimmy Carter.

The White House is expecting large crowds, around 12,000 when the Pope visits on Wednesday. This is a larger crowd than Queen Elizabeth II received on her visit to the White House last Spring.

While on his visit at the White House the Pope will be treated to a large dinner in the East Room.

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April 13, 2008

Governor vistis National Guard troops

Governor Tim Pawlenty is on a trip this weekend to visit Minnesota National Guard troops currently serving overseas in Kosovo, reports the Star Tribune.

The governor left Minnesota Friday, in secret for his protection, to visit over 400 of Minnesota's National Guards soldiers who are in Kosovo on a peacekeeping mission.

"We're here to let them know Minnesotans are thinking of them," Pawlenty said in a conference call with the Star Tribune on Saturday.

The troops were deployed to Kosovo in October as part of the United Nations' international peacekeeping mission in the country.

In February Kosovo declared it's independence from Serbia in what some consider a controversial move.

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Desmond Tutu visits Twin Cities

Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited several Twin Cities locations this week for a PeaceJam conference, reports the Star Tribune.

Tutu spoke to a group of youths Saturday at Minneapolis' North High School, which is in one of the more troubled urban areas of the Twin Cities.

The night before Tutu spoke at the Minneapolis Convention Center, bringing a message of peace and need from human connection, “I wouldn’t know how to be human except by learning it from other human beings.? (Quote from African Path.

Tutu spoke as part of Metropolitan State University President's Lecture which is run by a nonprofit youth organization known as "youthrive."

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American Airlines returns to business as usual

Following a week in which over 3,000 flights were canceled, American Airlines is returning to it's normal routine, reports CNN.

American Airlines canceled almost 3,300 flights this week to hold inspections to ensure that the planes met with FAA standards and safety regulations.

The cancellations began on Tuesday with 300 of American's jets being grounded for inspection regarding wire bundles. The bundles needed to be wrapped so to bee the FAA's safety requirements and prevent potential fires on board the aircraft.

Two weeks ago American Airlines had to cancel 400 flights for repair work.

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Iran postpones nuclear talks

Iran has postponed talks with the United Nations nuclear watchdog group, reports the BBC on Sunday.

The meetings between Gholamreza Aghazadeh, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator and the head of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, headed up by Mohamed ElBaradei, were supposed to take place Monday in Vienna.

No reason was given by IRNA, which is Iran's official news agency.

The talks were about the U.N.'s concerns over Iran's uranium enrichment programs, which according to Reuters, was announced this week to be expanding.

The United Nations and many western countries in general are concerned that Iran may be pursuing the technology to create nuclear weapons.

Meetings between the IAEA and Iran have not yet been rescheduled.

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March 31, 2008

Obituary

The obituary that I will be looking at is the New York Times obituary on Nith Pran, a photojournalist.

The obituary clearly follows the guidelines of a common obituary. The first paragraph states the persons name as well as their age and what they are best known for. The second paragraph promptly follows up with the cause of death, in this case pancreatic cancer (which is properly attributed and sourced to his friend.)

The piece also features the claim to fame. It goes rather in depth into what he did in life and how he achieved it. Following this section it provides a chronology of Pran's life.

The end of the article focuses mainly on his family life, which is common in most obituaries.

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TSA to change procedures on piercings

The Transportation Security Administration is changing it's procedures concerning body piercing after an incident this week involving a woman and her nipple piercing.

Mandi Hamlin, 37, was boarding a flight in Texas when a security officials wand detected the metal in her nipple piercings. Hamlin had asked if she could expose herself to officials in private to illustrate that she in fact had piercings, but officials requested that she remove them.

The removal process was difficult and in fact caused physical discomfort to the woman.

In a statement released by the TSA officals said, ""We appreciate her raising awareness on this issue and we are changing the procedures to ensure that this does not happen again."

The new TSA guidlines will feature procedures that allow a passenger to select whether or not they remove a body piercing or expose it to a TSA official in private.

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Guthrie architect wins highest honor

The French architect who designed the new Guthrie Theater has won the highest honor awarded in his profession, reports Minnesota Public Radio.

Jean Nouvel, 62, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize Sunday in Los Angeles. Along with the bragging rights, Nouvel will receive 100-thousand dollar grant as well as a bronze medallion.

Past winners of the award include Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei.

Nouvel's design the the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which opened in 2006, was a major factor in Nouvel's receiving of the honor. The Theater was welcomed with worldwide acclaim from the architectural community.

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Suspect in custody after high speed chase

MINNEAPOLIS - A man accused of robbing a bank early Friday was arrested after a high speed chase and gun fight in the streets of northwestern suburbs, reports the Star Tribune.

The suspect had reached speeds of nearly 100 miles-per-hour before crashing his car. The supsect was shot by police and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The chase involved several towns police forces, including Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove.

The man is suspected of robbing the TCF Bank in St. Louis Park on March 13.

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March 30, 2008

EU warns Italy of tainted Mozzarella

The Europeans Union has expressed concern that Italy has not done enough to contain the recent food scare involving Mozzarella cheese, reported the BBC Thursday.

The cheese was found to have high levels of the substance Dioxin, which has been known to cause certain cancers. The scare has prompted many countries, including Japan and France to ban the import or sales of the certain products.

Officials in Italy have claimed to traced the cheeses back to their origins and destroyed the tainted milk used. However, members of the EU have stated that was not enough and wanted Italy to take further actions. If action is not taken to the EU's satisfaction, they may impose a ban on exporting the dairy products.


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March 17, 2008

Man robs St. Louis Park Bank

A masked man robbed a TCF bank early Thursday morning, reports the Star Tribune; police believe that this may be the second time he's robbed this specific bank.

Around 6:45 in the morning the suspect threw a large piece of asphalt into the banks front door, and gained entrance. The man then moved to a back room and, at gunpoint, forced employees to put the money into bags.

This same bank was robbed February 1 and police believe it was the same person. Authorities are also looking at the suspect in regards to two other robberies.

Police are asking that anyone with information contact the FBI.

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March 15, 2008

Massive explosion rocks Albania

TIRANA, Albania - An explosion Saturday at an Albanian arms depot left left at least four people dead and 200 injured, reports the BBC.

Although the official cause is unknown, it is reported that there were several specialists working on dismantling obsolete munitions. Officials do not suspect this was an act of terrorism.

Many of the victims, it is reported, are children and authorities fear that the death toll will likely rise in the time to come.

The explosion occurred near the Albanian capital of Tirana, which was able to feel the shock of the blast. Officials say that homes near the explosion sight were completely destroyed.

The blast could be heard nearly 30 miles away, causing surrounding villages to evacuate. The explosion also caused 30 minute delays at the Mother Teresa Tirana International Airport.

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Manhattan crane falls, killing 2

A construction crane collapsed Sunday in Midtown Manhattan, demolishing a building and killing two people, the New York Times reports.

According to witnesses the crane, which was about 15 stories tall fell across a street where it collided with a building Sunday afternoon. Official said that rescue efforts were underway and confirmed that there were injuries as well as two fatalities.

The sight of the accident was on 51st. street near 2nd avenue. The crane had been in place to assist construction on the building across the street.

The Associated Press reports that witnesses have commented on there being a strong smell of gas throughout the area.

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March 10, 2008

Solution sought in Florida Michigan primary issue

With the race for the Democratic nomination in a dead heat, some are seeking a solution that would allow Florida and Michigan, whose delegates were barred from the convention, to count in the primary, reports CNN.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, has said that one possibility is to have mail in ballots.

One of the largest factors facing the "do-overs" is the financial aspects. Neither states nor the DNC is willing to shell out the cash for a second election, which has brought the concept to a stand still.

The two states were barred from the convention when they held their primary elections too early in the season.

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