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October 28, 2007

Woman dead, could be cause of online nanny ad

According to the Star Tribune, Katherinne Anne Olson could be dead because she answered the wrong nanny ad on the popular website craigslist.org.

Olson, 24, was found dead in the trunk of her car Friday night a few block away from a park in Burnsville. The St. Olaf college graduate had answered several online ads for nanny jobs previously and didn't believe it to be unsafe.

Her friends were the last to see Olson on Thursday morning when she was on her way to meet someone in Savage about a nanny job.

A 19-year-old Savage man is in custody at the Scott County Jail and police officials believe they have the right suspect. They also believe he was the one who placed the ad.

The name of the suspect has not been released but he was arrested at work at the Mpls./St. Paul International Airport.

According to the Pioneer Press, her parents said they believed the ad was placed by a newly married couple who had recently moved to the Twin Cities.

Officials say this homicide is unusual because there doesn't seem to be a connection between the victim and murderer, a common characteristics of most homicides.

Police were called after someone had found a purse that was later identified as Olson's in the garbage can at the park. Officials had called her home and left a message saying they had her purse.

Poiice immediately shifted gears after receiving a phone call from Olson's roommate saying she hadn't seen her since Thursday morning.

A "significantly bloody towel" was found in the garbage can when police went back to look for further clues and other search teams were called in to try and locate Olson.

A helicopter swarming the area noticed a car parked just a few block away from the park and that's where the body was found.

Olson graduate Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude last year and was a double major.

"The world has just lost a wonderfully intelligent, talented young lady," said her father, "who would have made such a significant contribution had she been given time to do that."

80 Taliban fighters killed in battle

Forces that were led by the U.S. coalition killed 80 Taliban soldiers in a Taliban-controlled city in Afghanistan Saturday during a six-hour battle and is part of a series of fights in that region.

This fight is reportedly one of the worst fights since the September 11 attacks, with all five battles killing over 250 Taliban fighters.

Numbers blog

The story I chose to analyze the ways news uses numbers is in regard to the First Lady of Argentina winning the Argentinean presidency.

Many numbers are used in this article and they're primarily used to explain the voting polls. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had to win by 40 percent with a 10 percent lead over her nearest rival. The story mentions percentages probably four times and with different groups of numbers. It also discusses percentage points in numbers as well. Also, it states that there were 12,700 polling stations open late for the people to vote. It also gives several different dates to explain previous elections and past political issues. It also says there are 21.7 million people that are required by law to vote.

The numbers were a little overwhelming and was a little difficult to follow because there were so many. I had to read it three times so I could really understand the magnitude of the situation. It could have been easier if there weren't so many numbers, maybe the writer could have left some out; I don't think all of them were really necessary. The numbers definitely helped the writer to tell the story more effectively and the math was minimal. The numbers helped to the readers to understand what was going on and why as well.

The sources were primarily the electoral officials. Also, I think with polling numbers it's just more credible because you can look them up anywhere. They are pretty publicly known. The sources were not listed completely, if not at all.

Fire kills 7 students at beach house

According to MSNBC, a fire too wild for immediate rescue killed seven college students and injured six others Sunday at a beach house in North Carolina and left only the frame and stilts the home was built on.

Six of the seven that died attended University of South Carolina in Columbia and the other attended Clemson University, according to officials. The other six that were injured and released from the hospital also attend USC.

It’s a very sad day for the University of South Carolina family,? said Dennis Pruitt, dean of students. “We’re deeply saddened by this.?

The newspaper delivery guy spotted smoke coming from the home and called 911.

The home, which was privately owned, was being occupied by the owner's daughter and her friends.

The fire broke out sometimes before 7 a.m. and had completely burned through the first and second floor. "The house was at a complete loss," Mayor Debbie Smith said.

Four other homes within a block were also filled with college students. Neighbor Jeff Newsome said the students were going back and forth between the houses all weekend long.

The victim's bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but an investigation is taking place.

According to CNN, the USC students were members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, but the dean is making sure to note that the weekend gathering was not a Greek activity.

"We suffered a terrible tragedy at Ocean Isle this morning," Smith said in a news conference. "Nothing like this has ever happened at Ocean Isle Beach, and we hope it never will again."

Smith said the names of the victims have not yet been released.

Ocean Isle Beach is located on the southern coast of North Carolina is a string of seven islands.

October 26, 2007

Court orders to free Genarlow Wilson

According to MSNBC, the Supreme Court of Georgia ordered Friday that a young man who has been in prison for over two years for having consensual oral sex with a teenage girl, be released because they believe he has served his time.

Genarlow Wilson was sentenced to ten years in jail and the court ruled 4-3 saying Wilson has received cruel and unusual punishment.

Wilson's lawyer, B.J. Bernstein, said she could expect him to be released Friday afternoon.

Wilson, 21, was convicted of aggravated child molestation after he was videotaped at a New Year's Eve party in 2003, receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl. He was 17 at the time.

According to CNN, the aggravated child molestation charge Wilson was convicted of was a felony which results to a mandatory 10-year sentence.

For the law to punish Wilson as it would an adult, with the extraordinarily harsh punishment of 10 years in prison without the possibility of probation or parole, appears to be grossly disproportionate to his crime," the majority opinion said.

The judge ruled that Wilson would not have to register as a sex offender and reduced his sentence to one year in jail.

First Ward conduct candidate forum and discuss light-rail project

According to the Star Tribune, the two candidates for St. Paul's First Ward met Thursday to discuss several issues, including new plans for the light-rail, a billion dollar project.

Debbie Montgomery, the incumbent, and Melvin Carter III spoke about the changes that would occur if they took the city council seat.

Both Montgomery and Carter have connection to the ethnically and economically diverse community that is about to gain some major construction as the Central Corridor light-rail project begins to unfold.

At the meeting, both parties said that residents and businesses of the First Ward need to start planning and preparing for the project starting now.

According to the Pioneer Press, the light-rail to be constructed is going to run along University Avenue.

Montgomery vowed to the 100 people at the meeting that she has the experience to do the job and discussed her plans.

"There's a whole lot of negotiation that has to go on in this city to get things done," she said.

Carter told the forum he didn't think Montgomery or the city have done enough to minimize the effect of the employment and economic loss once the construction begins, but he said it would be his top priority if he were to be elected.

October 21, 2007

Obit blog

The news obituary that I chose to look at was Senator Paul Wellstone's. He was a MN senator. I read his obituary from the New York Times.

To my surprise, his obituary was extremely long; three pages, 1965 words. It was written by David E. Rosenbaum.

The lead was not a traditional. It didn't offer the standard what, when, why, how. In my opinion, the lead could have been written better. Being he was a senator, I wouldn't expect the standard lead you would most likely see. I would expect some creativity. The first sentence was this: "Paul Wellstone often seemed out of step." It wasn't very catchy for me and I had no idea what the writer was trying to say; maybe that was the point, I don't know. The lead didn't work for me personally.

Sources in this obituary varied. Many quotes from other senators were included and a lot of quotes of Paul Wellstone himself were used as well. A lot of information was given about him, but little attribution was present simply because he was a well-known man. Most facts or information could easily be confirmed.

An obit differs from a resume because a resume is just facts. For most new stories, that's a good thing. For an obituary, I think it's important to capture the essence of the person, especially if they are a well-known person or public figure. It should captivate meaning and offer something more than just facts about the person. Loved ones often times cut obituaries out of the paper and keep them forever as a remembrance of that person. I just think it's necessary to be creative when writing obituaries making them special.

Teenage boy goes on shooting rampage inside home

According to the Pioneer Press, a teenage boy from Hudson fired over 100 shots from inside his home Saturday while police surrounded the property.

The 15-year-old boy began around 9 PM after his parents left for the movies. Close friends of the boy's called police saying he was threatening suicide.

When authorties arrived at 269 Troon Court, an upscale neighborhood of Hudson, the boy was firing from two shotguns and a .22 caliber-pistol. The standoff lasted more than three hours and finally gave after authorities convinced the boy to stop.

According to the Star Tribune, no one was injured and the boy was taken to a nearby hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Authorities did not fire back at the boy as it was clear he was not aiming for police.

He surrendered at 12:30 a.m., Saturday.

October 20, 2007

David Copperfield under investigation for sexual assault accusations

According to CNN, illusionist David Copperfield is under investigation after a Seatlle woman accused him of sexual assault Friday.

The FBI raided Copperfield's warehouse in Las Vegas Wednesday as well as the Las Vegas hotel that he performs at on a regular basis.

A lawyer representing the magician is denying all accusations.

Attorney David Chesnoff said Mr. Copperfield's reputation precedes him as an impeccable gentleman. "So we're obviously disturbed that those kind of allegations are being made, but we believe that that's a common event now, unfortunately, for celebrated people to be to be falsely accused," he said.

Although the name of the woman has not yet been released, authorities have said the assault took place over the summer in the Bahamas.

A dozen FBI agents raided the warehouse confiscating a computer hard drive, a memory chip from a digital computer, and $2 million in cash that was stored in a safe.

Copperfield earned $57 million in 2004 and 2005, according to Forbes Magazine.

According to the USA Today, Copperfield apparently stores magic tricks and memorabilia from all around the world in his Las Vegas warehouse.

Seattle FBI agent Robbie Burroughs said the investigation is related to a Seattle case. "The Seattle case is pending and that means we can't say anything about it," he said.

Copperfield, 51, has been performing a long time at the Hollywood Theater located in the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel working 6-8 weeks at a time, several times a year.

October 19, 2007

Nobel prize winner suspended after submitting racial comments

According to CNN, James Watson, a Nobel-prize winner was suspended Friday from his research laboratory and has cancelled his British book tour after making comments that black people are not as smart as white people.

Watson, 79, won the 1962 Nobel prize after co-discovering the double-helix structure of DNA. He has apologized for his comments.

The controvery started Sunday when Watson was being interviewed by the Sunday Times, which quoted him saying he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really."

The biologist couldn't believe the words that were being attributed to him. "I cannot understand how I could have said what I am quoted as having said," Watson said during an appearance at the Royal Society in London. "I can certainly understand why people, reading those words, have reacted in the ways that they have."

The board of trustees at New York's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory revoked WAtson's responsibilities while they review his comments.

According to MSNBC, calls to Watson's book publisher and his New York office have not been immediately returned.

This is not the first time the biologist has astonished the public about his controversial comments.

In 2000 Watson shocked an audience at the University of California, Berkeley, when he advanced a theory about a link between skin color and sex drive.

He has also said women should have the right to an abortion if tests could prove they would have a homosexual baby.

18-year-old boy found after being lost in the woods for 4 days

According to CNN, an 18-year-old autistic boy was found Thursday after being reported missing in the wilderness of West Virginia,

Rescuers found Jacob Allen, sleeping in a clearing, and was hungry and weak, but seemed to be in good condition. They gave him sandwiches and candy bars before bringing him down the mountain and bringing him to the hospital.

The teen is nonverbal and the Associated Press reports that he has the mental capacity of a 3- or 4-year-old boy, making the search for Jacob complicated.

He was reported missing after he had veered away from his parents while they were on a hike.

According to MSNBC, they were hiking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness area of the Monongahela National Forest.

“Jacob’s doing amazingly well,? Karen Allen, Jacob's mother, said. “I just spent the night with him across the street in the hospital. I didn’t get much sleep. He was alert, asking for food, walking around. I spent most of the night trying to keep him in bed.?

His father Jim, and a team of seven others, found Jacob. His physician was also there.

3 dead in car crash in Scott County

According to the Star Tribune, three people are dead after an early morning accident Friday that involved two vehicles and a trailer on I-35 in Lakeville.

The names of the three victims have not been released.

The male driver, 20, from Minnetonka was traveling northboundwhen their Ford Taurus hit the rear of a semitrailer truck. He lost control and ran into the median and veered into the southbound lane where it was hit by another vehicle.

The driver's mother, 46, and a 22-year-old girl, both from Mound, were taken to Regina Hospital in Hastings where they died.

The drivers of the two other vehicles were not injured.

According to the Pioneer Press, the Ford Taurus was hit head-on when it veered into the southbound lane.

A stretch of I-35 was closed for more than three hours as crews tried to clear the scene, WCCO said in a report.

October 14, 2007

Blog on meeting/press conference

I couldn't find a news report about a pubic meeting or a press conference by a governmental organization. I looked at three websites and was unable to locate a story that covered any of the above. I usually do the blogs on Sundays, which could be why I had no such luck, but I want to be sure to make deadline so instead I thought I would write a paragraph regarding the issue (hopefully I can still receive full points).

When sitting in on an important meeting, you're going to have to pick and choose what elements you want to include when writing your story. Everything on the agenda isn't going to be mentioned. You have to find the news value of the meeting and go from there. I would include who was at the meeting and any important background information surrounding the issue. I would also be sure to write down any odd facial expressions or gestures from any of the participants in the meeting. Sometimes what you see becomes apart of the story. And I don't think that following the chronology of the meeting would be of best interest. I'd tell the readers what's important and why it's important to them.

Suicide bombers attack near Baghdad

According to MSNBC, nine people were killed after a car bomb exploded in Baghdad on Sunday next to a parked minibus waiting for worshippers to board to travel to s Shiite shirine in the Iraqi capitaal.

Immediately following the blast, police officials had cleared the area and had forced vehicles off the roads.

Earlier Sunday, police found a parked booby-trapped minibus in the same area and detonated it without casualties, added the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release the information.

Also, it was reported on Sunday that a suicide truck bomber launched an attack on a police station north of Baghdad that killed eight Iraqi civilians. The bomber was being followed by dozens of gunmen.

Police shot and killed the suicide bomber a tanker full of explosives blew up near police headquarters in Samarra. Beside the eight fatalities, four other were injured in the late Saturday attack.

According to CNN, a suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated his explosives in a crowded marketplace near Afghan police Saturday, killing nine people and injuring at least 29.

Eleven of the injured victims were transported in helicopters to a nearby hospital. The rest were were taken to the Spin Boldak hospital.

Over 600 police officials have been killed this year as they have been a consistent target for the Taliban suicide bombers.

3 found in cave in Texas

According to CNN, three students were found safe in Airman's cave in Texas after they were reported missing Sunday morning.

The University of Texas students entered the cave on Saturday and were still not heard from 24 hours later. A friend called 911 and reported them missing, according to officials.

Their names have not yet been released.

Airman's cave, located in Austin, is a popular attraction to experienced cave explorers. It can take 12 hours to get through. Its "keyhole" entrance measures fewer than 18 inches in diameter, and it's impossible to stand up inside the cave, forcing explorers to crawl on their hands and knees.

According to MSNBC, the students had gone into the cave early Saturday morning and had told friends to call for help if they hadn't heard from them by midnight that night.

“The victims are uninjured, our crews are safe; it doesn’t get any better than this,? said Frank Urias, division commander of Austin-Travis County emergency medical services.

October 13, 2007

Suspect arrested in connection with light-rail kidnapping

According to the Star Tribune, a 20-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a woman at a light-rail stop in Minneapolis Oct. 4.

The St. Paul police arrested the man, who has no permanent address, and is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail, though no formal charges have been sustained.

The woman was waiting at the 38th Street platform around 1:55 a.m. when a man held a gun to her back and forced her into a nearby laundromat. It was there that the man had beaten and raped her. He also stole her purse.

The victim was treated at a nearby hospital.http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_7170202?nclick_check=1

This is the first abduction since the trains first began operating in 2004.

According to the Pioneer Press, the man held in custody is 28 years old.

Authorities say the suspect is expected to be charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Police say the 44-year-old woman was forced into an apartment building and that video surveillance helped in finding the suspect.

Tunnel accident is fatal killing 2, injuring 10

According to USA Today, two people are dead and at least ten are injured Friday after a 15-truck pile-up evolved inside an interstate tunnel that leads into Los Angeles.

The accident occurred after two big-rig trucks collided into one another and several other cars crashed into them. The trucks exploded and the fire quickly spread to the surrounding vehicles.

"It looked like a bomb went off," said Los Angeles County firefighter Scott Clark, who arrived along with about 300 other firefighters soon after the 11 p.m. crash. He and most of the others stayed well past dawn to battle the flames, which reached as high as 100 feet into the sky.

Twenty people escaped the tunnel, including the ten that were injured. Most people had only minor injuries and a couple received moderate injuries. Two were found dead inside the tunnel.

"We're going to have to do a very methodical search," Deputy Chief John Tripp had said earlier. "There could be, unfortunately, more people that were not able to escape."

According to CNN, the tunnel is 550 feet long and is designated towards big-rig trucks but cars are allowed to pass through as well. Five to six trucks were in the tunnel when the accident occurred.

The fire had burned intensely up to four hours. Fire officials have entered the first 50 feet of the tunnel, and only moving ten feet in at at time and taking extreme caution.

Officials have not yet identified the two fatalities and the tunnel is expected to open again by Tuesday morning.

October 10, 2007

Drug suspect caught after police chase

According to the Star Tribune, a drug suspect is recovering at the hospital Tuesday after the St. Paul police chased him into a Minneapolis neighborhood and shot him after the man fired shots at the officer and a trained narcotics dog, who was hit and sent to the hospital.

The suspect, Hector C. Aguilar, 41, of Bloomington, was sent to Hennepin County Medical Center after being shot in the hand and the buttocks and is now listed as satisfactory condition.

The dog underwent surgery at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center after being shot in the front right paw. The dog is recovering and is in stable conditions.

Officers were waiting for the drug suspect at the corner of West 7th and Davern Streets, where the man was expected to be carrying drugs.

Aguilar showed up with a second man and quickly fled after seeing police.

He led police on a chase west into Minneapolis, to Chicago Avenue and East Minnehaha Parkway, where the man's truck crashed into another vehicle after turning onto Minnehaha. The driver of the other vehicle was injured, but not seriously.

The suspect took off and the police officer and his police dog began chasing him on foot. The suspect fired them, hitting the dog. The officer then fired back striking the man.

According to the Pioneer Press, shots were being fired as the German Shepherd was closing in on the suspect. After the dog was shot, it took the man to the ground.

The dog, Rico, was shot two times and is a multiyear veteran of the force. It is said that he will survive.

St. Paul police spokesman Tom Walsh declined to identify the suspect, saying only that he had a criminal record that included a $100,000 warrant for his arrest on a charge of drug possession with intent to distribute.

Walsh would not release the identity of the officer involved in the shooting, saying only that he was at least a 10-year veteran. The officer will be on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

October 7, 2007

First day/follow story analysis

I looked at two different stories regarding the latest beef recall. One story was written on Oct. 4 and the other one, the following day. Both stories were published in the New York Times.

The leads differ in that the stories are both taking on completely different directions. The first story lead explains that lawyers are suing Topps Company, who had the beef recall. The second story explains that the United States Department of Agriculture didn't respond to the recall quickly enough and that they're taking speedier methods in future recalls.

The first story went into detail about the different cases that had arised from the recall, giving specific details about the people involved and the exact situations that occurred.

The second story was more about the technicality of the recall, what E. Coli is, and why exactly the recall had occurred. It went more into detail about the timeline of the recall. It just gave more specifics than the first story, probably because more information was obtained the next day. It also explained what states the lawsuits were happening in. The second-day story was not a response to a report from a competing news organization.

Typhoon Krosa disrupts over 1.4 million people

According to the New York Times, Typhoon Krosa swept southeast China Sunday killing five people on Taiwan and forcing more than 1.4 million others to evacuate on the mainland. In Vietnam, a separate storm killed 55.

The typoon came through China's Zhejiang and Fujian provinces and quickly weakened, lowering it to tropical storm status.

More than 1.4 million people were evacuated in the coastal areas, including 500,000 tourists who were at beach resorts celebrating the National Day holiday week.

75,000 fishing vessels in the two provinces were ordered back to port and trips by ferries and sightseeing boats were canceled.

Over 2 million houses lost power and it soaked the entire island.

According to the Star Tribune, mainland China prepared for the storm with authorities ordering people to go to safer grounds.

As of 4 p.m. local time, Krosa, just 18 miles away, sustained winds over 114 mph.

The island's capital, Taipei, was rather quiet prior to the storm as shops and businesses closed early and people stayed inside their homes. The storm uprooted more than 200 trees and had flooded a suburban neighborhood knee-deep in water.

Cathay Pacific Airways canceled flights from Taipei to Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. Dragon Airlines also canceled flights between Taiwan and Hong Kong.

October 6, 2007

Two are dead after head-on collision during traffic

According to the Star Tribune, two men were killed in a rush-hour collision Friday after on U.S. 61 in Maplewood.

Timothy Jones, 24, from Oakdale, was driving southbound on U.S. 61 near Beam Avenue apparently lost control of his vehicle and started driving on the other side of the road towards oncoming traffic.

Jones collided head-on with Kong Vang, an 18-year-old Linwood man.

Both men died and Vang had two teenagers in his vehicle, ages 15 and 16, but only sustained minor injuries.

Vang apparently colided into a third vehicle being driven by a 58-year-old woman. No injuries were reported on her behalf.

According to the Pioneer Press, the state patrol reported that Jones had alcohol in his system.


Sex offender arrested after luring 15-year-old girl off the internet

According to CNN, authorities arrested a registered sex offender that lured a 15-year-old Florida girl to run away with him.

William Joe MItchell, 46, was arrested Saturday at a truck stop just outside of Westminster, Virginia, authorities said.
Police received a tip from someone claiming to have seen Mitchell.

Some of the girl's personal belongings were found in Mitchell's car.

The two met on MySpace.com and had been communicating for quiite some time and Mitchell was claiming to be a 24 year-old young man.

The girl, Alyssa Frank, was found earlier this week, the day after her disappearance, at local Wal-Mart store in DeFuniak Springs, Florida where Mitchell apparently let her go.

It is believed that Frank left her house late Monday to meet Mitchell and they headed to Alabama.

According to MSNBC, Mitchell is being held without bond at the Frederick County regional jail, said Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.

Mitchell has an extensive criminal history with 14 arrests ranging from burglarly to bomb threats.

Frank apparently had told friends that she was in love with Mitchell and that she was planning to run away. She believed him to be in his 20s.

The day of Frank's disappearance, a new Flordia law took effect making the state’s sex predator penalties some of the toughest in the nation.

Mitchell is being held without bond at the Frederick County regional jail, said Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.

October 4, 2007

Students mistake meth for candy at school

According to the Pioneer Press, a 14-year-old girl admitted Wednesday to bringing crystal methamphetamine to school and giving it to other on Tuesday.

Seven students, including the girl at Hazel Park Middle School in St. Paul were sent to nearby hospitals after taking the meth. Her house was searched and authorities found about two grams of the drug.

The girl is being held at the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center and will remain there until her Oct. 10 court date. She has pleaded guilty to second-degree sale of a controlled substance in a school zone, a felony.

Officials said the fate of the girl will most likely be up to a judge and her background will be taken into consideration.

All the students were released from the hospital after being treated on Tuesday.

According to the Star Tribune, the students who ingested the drug were all around 14 years old and because the drug they took is usually smoked, it appears that at least some of the kids didn't know what they were doing because they had eaten it.

All seven students are suspended from school until further notice and some, if not all of them, may receive further consequences said Principal Coleman McDonough.

Other students at the school said they heard the girl told classmates that the drug was candy.

As of Wednesday, no other arrests were made in the case.

October 3, 2007

5 workers dead during fire on site

According to the New York Times, five workers died in Colorado Tuesday from a chemical fire that broke out over 1500 feet below ground.

The workers were working in a water tunnel outside Georgetown, Colorado when a fire started and trapped them underground. They did gain radio contact shortly before they died and had indicated that everyone was unharmed and okay. But afterward contact was lost, and rescue teams from the nearby Henderson Mine discovered the bodies.

Kathleen Gaubatz, the director of emergency management for Clear Creek County said the wokers were towards the bottom of a 3,000-foot-long tunnel that carries water to the hydroelectric plant from a reservoir. They were coating the four-foot-wide tunnel with epoxy sealant when the fire broke out, she said.

Four other workers were able to escape with one being flown in a helicopter to a nearby hospital. The nature of his injuries have not been announced.

The bodies are to be recovered Tuesday night to determine the cause of death, Gaubatz said.

According to CNN, plans to recover the bodies were delayed until Wednesday because of conditions inside the empty water tunnel hundreds of feet underground where the fire broke out.

Clear Creek County Undersheriff Stu Nay said recovery times with experience working in confined spaces will go in for the bodies once the air quality in the tunnel is adequate enough.

The victim's next of kin have not been notified yet, but authorities said they will be once the bodies can be formally identified.

The contractors were employees of RPI Coating of Santa Fe Springs, California, but the plant belonged to Xcel Energy.

Tim Taylor, president and CEO of Xcel's Public Service Co. of Colorado, said Tuesday the firm was saddened by the deaths and "certainly we'll be working closely with the authorities to investigate what happened."

October 1, 2007


The story I chose to analyze for this analysis is the Favre story.

The reporter wrote the story very effectively, I thought. When writing about sports, I think you have to be careful how the information is placed. I don't know for sure but I think there's a different structure for it. Anyways, the writer stated all the very important information right away in the first few sentences. She states that Packer's quarterback Brett Favre broke the world record, how he broke it, and that the Packers led in victory during Sunday's game. That was the story in a nutshell and the reader knew just by reading the first few lines. Then the reporter goes on to tell the order of events of the game against the Vikings sort of following a chronology. She included many sources and quotes from players that helped tell the story. Some of the quotes really added drama and meaning to the story and made the reader feel excited for Favre and his team. I think how the story was written was effective and good decisions were made. It obviously should have started with the most important facts up front right in the beginning, then a mini play by play of the big game, then follow-up with some quotes, sources and information about what's going on with the Packers (their goals, victories, plans, etc.). It could have been written differently. The reporter could have written the beginning sentences differently. She/he could have created a scene for the reader before diving right in to the hard news. She could have not included a detailed play by play of the game and could have chosen her sources and quotes differently. The drama aspect could have been left out but I think it was a good idea to add it.

Favre sets record during Vikings game

According to the Star Tribune, Brett Favre, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, set an NFL world record today during the first quarter of Sundays game while playing the Minnesota Vikings.

Favre became the all-time leader in career touchdown passes throwing his 421st pass to Greg Jennings. To win, and get this behind us, is a great feeling," Favre said. The Packers are now 4-0 after Sunday's game and Favre is playing the way he used to when he was an MVP (Most Valuable Player).

The game ended 23-16 with the Vikings stats at 1-3.

According to the Pioneer Press, former teammate Darren Sharper had one in the first quarter that was wiped out by a penalty. He congratulated Favre after the game that left the frustrated Vikings 1-3. The Packers joined the Dallas Cowboys as the NFC's only undefeated teams.

This victory at the metrodome is the first in five games.

7.4 quake near New Zealand

According to Reuters, an earthquake that rated 7.4 on the Richter scale occurred Sunday southwest of New Zealand that affected some 300 miles. Suspicion of a tsunami surfaced immediately but has now been cleared, authorities say.

The quake occurred around 6:24 p.m. local time and was felt throughout the south of New Zealand's South Island, said Warwick Smith of state agency GNS Science.

"There was initially some concern there may have been a tsunami, but that possibility has now been discounted," Smith said.

Japan's Meteorological Agency put the quake's magnitude at 7.4, while Geoscience Australia said it was 7.6.

According to the Star Tribune, the agency said there was a chance of a tsunami, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

It occurred about 295 miles southwest of New Zealand's southernmost city of Invercargill and 125 miles northwest of the Auckland Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Two teens in rollover accident weren't found until morning

According to the Star Tribune, two teens were found in Itasca County the morning after they were in a rollover car accident. Both were thrown from the vehicle Friday night.

John S. Xiong, 18, who lives in St. Paul, drove a Honda Prelude and was heading west on Hwy. 2 near Swan River along with passenger Bee Vang, 18, of Newport. Swan River is located150 miles north of the Twin Cities.

Both victims were sent to the hospital and the drive Xiong was air lifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth as he had serious injuries.

According to Pioneer Press, both victims were listed as being in good condition as of Saturday night. Authorities also stated that alcohol was found in both men.