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Fake Doctor News

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The anchor in this piece on CNN seems to add a sort of over emphasis on words that seems to either be insulting the woman in this video or to the intelligence of the viewer.

The anchors sign out was rather week too, her words seem to just trail off with out any real conviction in her voice.

The overall story of this broadcast seemed to be done kind of half way. The interviewee who had had the fake doctor work on her face, came from left-field with her opening comment in her clip, which I think either they chose the wrong clip or the interviewer didn't do a good enough job of interviewing the woman and didn't get a good quote from her.

Car Jacking

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The opening in this video on WKRN is set up differently from others. They start with a scene shot, showing the mall parking lot where the car jacking took place.

The writing for this broadcast is misleading and confusing. In the achores lede, it soounds like the woman who was kidnapped and released during this car jacking is actually still in the hands of the criminal.

The way the reporters video were shot and then pieced into the broadcast, makes the station come off as a bit below par. The shot focusing on a TV in the station, which is then playing the reporters segment is off putting and sort of annoying to watch.

Walker Recall

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An article in the Star Tribune reported on the rough year Wisconsin has had in politics, focusing on the protests and petition signings that are going on right now to try to recall some of their elected officials, including their Gov. Scott Walker.

At the beginning of the article the reporter, Jim Ragsdale, sets the scene rather well, "In the Capitol rotunda one day last week, Chris Reeder stamped out a beat with his sandaled feet and led a rousing chorus of "Roll Out the Recall," while joyful demonstrators danced polka turns under the majestic dome."

Other articles surrounding this topic haven't had the time to give much scene to it as they were reporting on these events in a more breaking and hard news environment, like the one in the LaCrosse Tribune.

Further into the article in the Star Tribune, the reporter falls back into a more conventional news story telling jargon, keeping to the facts.

Nascar Sprint Cup

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An ESPN article talked about the upcoming Sprint Cup race which as the reporter stated was really between Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart.

"Edwards will take a three-point lead over Stewart into the 36th and final race of the season, marking the closest championship battle since the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format made its debut in 2004," the reporter said.

The explanation of how Jimmie Johnson who has had streak of 5 championship wins was easy to understand. "Sunday officially marked the end of Johnson's reign: He finished 14th and was mathematically eliminated from title contention," the reporter said.

Stan Bergstein Obituaries

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On Wednesday Stan Bergstein a renowned harness-racing professional who worked in relation to harness racing for most of his life died in Tucson.

Throughout his life he received countless awards and performed at the highest level of profession in numerous professions according to Dave Johnson, his former broadcast partner who spoke with Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.

The SBOANJ decided to put his cause of the death in the lede of their story while the Racing Daily Form, omitted it due to the fact that Bergstein was 87.

The article the Racing Daily Forum posted was also used by the New York Times. It was most likely chosen over the SBOANJ article due to it's shorter length and inclusion of only the most important details of Bergsteins life.

Trial for the killing of nun by a drunk driver

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The trial for the drunk driving accident which killed a Richmond based nun will take place Monday.

According to WSLS 10 the defendant Carlos Martinelly Montano is an illegal immigrant who has multiple other charges against him including 2 Driving Under the Influence charges.

The Washington Examiner reports that Martinelly was in the process of being deported at the time of the crash.

Martinelly could be facing up to 70 years in prison according to The Washington Examiner.

The Minneci v. Pollard case involves a former inmate of a privately owned prison who is charging employees of the prison with violations of the constitutional right forbidding cruel and unusual punishment. The case is being brought before the Supreme Court.

According to The Wall Street Journal the outcome of this case could give permission to inmates of privately run prisons to bring lawsuits to federal court the same as inmates in federally run prisons.

Officials say that cases charging non-federal government employees with violating constitutional rights are incorrect according to the Miami Herald.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for this case Tuesday.

Herman Cain- pro-life or pro-choice?

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Herman Cain is running for the Republican Presidential nomination and has been recently under fire for his inconsistent comments on abortion.

Cain has stated, "I'm pro-life from conception, period." He has also made comments stating that the decision is ultimately up to the family or the woman according to CBS News.

These inconsistencies are detrimental to his campaign in Iowa according to Real Clear Politics.

"When you are a front-running candidate, Iowans expect you to know where you stand, and you better have firm footing," Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's communications director said to a reporter for Real Clear Politics.

Occupy Wall Street protesters in Tennessee

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A crowd of Occupy Wall Street protesters in Nashville, Tenn. stayed past the recently imposed curfew for a third night but this time no arrests were made according to the Associated Press.

The state officials set a curfew for the people on the Legislative Plaza Thursday which a judge stated was not within their rights to do so reported Philly.com.

Nashville magistrate Tom Nelson told the Associated Press that there is no legal standing in Nashville to jail the demonstrators.

The arrests that have been made are setting Tennessee and other states up for liability some legal experts say according to the Associated Press. These arrests seem to be a violation of the First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble, a former prosecutor David Raybin told The Associated Press.

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