Gang violence in Toledo

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The article I am analyzing comes from The Blade and is called, "Gangs exact bloody toll on Toledo."

In short, this article highlights weaponry and gang activity that is making the city of Toledo a dangerous place.

To report numbers on specific crime reports and homicides in Toledo, police and public records had to be looked up. To get a better picture on the crime, the reporter interviewed several chiefs and sergeants.

Two graphs come right from Toledo Police; one on the number of guns confiscated, and the other on gang-involved shootings.

The reporter also spoke to gang members before compiling a graphic including the types of guns individual members choose.

The graphs, the gun graphic, a graphic on gang symbols, and pictures all help keep the reader engaged in this report. To compile an article like this it took research, digging into records, talking to public officials, and the public. It also took basic photography and design skills.

Osama bin Laden's death

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CNN reported that although two years have passed since the death of Osama bin Laden, the topic is still hot.

CNN reported that a Twitter record of 3,400 posts per minute was set after the public began to hear of the raid and killing of bin Laden.

ABC reported that since bin Laden's death al Qaeda has become weaker, yet counterterrorism analysts perceive that the group will still inspire Islamic extremists for a while.

The raid brought up many documents that highlighted the operations of al Qaeda, ABC reported .

Bruce Hoffman, a counterterrorism expert at Georgetown University, told CNN he worries about what he described as a "rise in al Qaedism," which he said involves Islamic militancy against the U.S.

A Burnsville man, Albert Morris Johnson, was not only charged with possession of 12 lbs of meth, but authorities have also found three handguns and $16,000 cash in his home, according to Star Tribune.

Kare 11 reported charges made against Johnson two counts in the first degree of controlled substance crimes, one count of possession of a firearm, along with one count of possession of a firearm with a missing or changed serial number. These charges were made after a search warrant was conducted by the Dakota County Drug Task Force on May 1, 2013, Kare 11 reported.

The County Attorney's Office told the Star Tribune that the drugs found in Johnson's home have a street value of more than $400,000. Star Tribune reported that woman, teenager, and baby were also found in Johnson's home. According to Star Tribune, the woman told police she did not know the drugs were being kept in the house.

Muslims react to Boston bombings

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The MN Daily reported that after the two suspects in the Boston bombings were allegedly tied to radical Islam Nora Ali, a biochemistry senior at the U, along with other Muslims in the nation are left worried.

Ali told the Daily that the Muslim community fears this recent tragedy will act as an attack against them.

Amer Sassila told the Daily that the discrimination against Muslims is not as harsh as it was post 9/11, yet he said he is still frustrated with the negative light being put on Muslims since the recent attack in Boston.

The Daily cited a a recent Pew Research survey in which over half of the participants agreed that being a Muslim in the U.S. has been more challenging since 9/11.

Dr. Kassem Charara, chairman of the Islamic Institute of Knowledge in Dearborn, Michigan, told MLive that "we should condemn the killing of innocent people anywhere in the world. There should not be a double-standard when we're dealing with terrorism." Charara added, "As a community, we should stay united and vigilant," according to MLive.

MLive reported there is a goal that a better idea and understanding of Arab-American and Muslim culture continues to take place.

Boston Marathon bombings suspect opens up

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the living suspect of the recent Boston twin bombings, told F.B.I. interrogators that him and his brother contemplated both suicide attacks and an assault in the Fourth of July, according to the NY TImes.

According to NY Times, Dzhokhar told authorities he and his brother chose to set their homemade pressure-cooker bombs off at the marathon when they finished them sooner than they expected they would.

New charges have been made Wednesday against Azamat Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev, who according to CNN were "conspiring to discard potentially incriminating items from Dzhokhar's dorm room, including empty fireworks containers". CNN reported that Robel Phillipos was charged with giving false information to investigators.

Dzhokhar's charge remains using a weapon of mass destruction, according to CNN

Chris Kelly dead at 34

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Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s rap duo Kriss Kross, died Wednesday, according to CNN.

Police told CNN that Kelly, 34, was found unresponsive at his house in Atlanta.

According to CNN, a woman who identified herself as a friend of Kelly's told paramedics that he took a mixture of cocaine and heroine on Tuesday. She added that she brought Kelly home that night to recover, CNN reported.

NPR reported that a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police said, "It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose."

The cause of death has not been determined, as Betty Honey, with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, told CNN the autopsy did not present any hints of any trauma. She added that a toxicology report is being processed to figure out why he died, CNN reported.

According to CBS, Kelly and Chris Smith, were discovered at a mall in Atalanta by Jermaine Dupri. Their biggest hit was "Jump," CBS reported.

Obama's White House Correspondents' Dinner Speech

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The news report I am analyzing is called "Obama gives as good as he gets at 'Nerd Prom,'" and it comes from CNN.

In crafting this story the reporter made many choices. One choice was selecting which parts of Obama's speech should be highlighted. Although the dinner was a light event, Obama took the time to reflect on the trauma that has occurred recently in Boston and Texas.The reporter had to make the choice to include coverage on Obama's jokes and along with the serious talk that was incorporated in his speech. Another choice the reporter made was to add multimedia, or in this case video.

To go above and beyond, the reporter included video highlights of the events on the very top of the webpage, as well as including other videos along the left side of the story. When highlighting specific parts of the speech, the reporter included background information just in case the reader may not get every reference the Obama made. Also, the reporter went out of his way to research the history of this event and included that information further down in the story.


Vikings stadium

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Star Tribune reported that plans for the new Vikings stadium will be revealed at the Guthrie Theater on May 13.

According to the Star Tribune the design is almost a billion-dollars and will contain 65,000 seats, 7,500 of which will be club seats.

Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said the stadium will contain lots of light, according to Star Tribune.

Lester Bagley, Viking's vice president for public affairs and stadium development, said "It'll have lots of glass and light and a very open feel to it. And we're confident that it'll land well with state leaders, Vikings fans and everybody in Minnesota," Star Tribune reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, the construction project will probably require 800 workers on site consistently.

9/11 remains

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A piece of landing gear sized at about 5-feet was recently discovered near the World Trade Center and is believed to be part of a plane from the 9/11 attacks, according to Star Tribune.

Daily Mail reported the location it was found as "noteworthy," because one of the buildings it was wedged between was an Islamic Cultural Center, which was a site of protests and controversy a couple of years ago when developers wanted to transform the space site into a mosque.

A New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that the chunk found is made of metal and contians cables and levers, as reported by Star Tribune. According to the Star Tribune, police said the piece was found by building surveyors Wednesday.

According to CNN, Kelly said investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will figure out which of the two planes this piece came from. It has been 11 years since the tragedy of 9/11, and this is not the first time debris or human remains were uncovered years later, according to CNN.

Bike paths between campus and downtown Minneapolis

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As the weather is finally warming up, biking legislation and plans for biking paths connecting the U of M campus to downtown Minneapolis are in store.

The MN Daily reported the Minnesota Student Association is organizing a proposal to construct a bike path from Stadium Village to downtown. The path would run through Washington Avenue Southeast, where the new light rail line is being constructed, as reported by the MN Daily.

According to the Daily, MSA has recently partnered with the U of M and the City of Minneapolis to push plans further. Plans of the path are going back and forth as the proximity to the light rail line is a safety hazard, the Daily reported.

Concurrently, legislation on bike safety is happening. According to the Star Tribune, Senate recently passed a bill that restricts vehicles from "using bike lanes to pass other vehicles, requires drivers to use a turn signal when crossing a bike lane to turn, and prohibits them from parking in a bike lane unless permitted by signs."

Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, chair of the Senate transportation committee, told Star Tribune that bicyclists "need to be treated like any other vehicle that is using our roads" as "more and more folks are biking on our streets."