September 2010 Archives

Analysis: Attribution


Eight sources were referenced in the New York Times' version of the Iowa Egg Story.
* Austin "Jack" DeCoster, owner
* CEO of Hillandale Farms, Orland Bethel
* Sarah Lewis, 30, of Freedom, Calif.,
* Carol Loboto, 77,of Littleton, Colo
* Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.,
* Peter, the company's CEO
* Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
* Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

They are scattered about the entire article, but the individuals who were emphasized were obviously the owners were attributed more.

The information is from both people and records done by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The reporter mainly started the quote and broke it up into two portions. He would introduce the quote, state who said it, then put the second portion of the quote. It is effective because it gets the readers attention then fully finishes the quotes. It reminds me of the lead then detailed paragraphs (inverted pyramid). It is not confusing.

Wyclef Jean ends bid for Haiti Presidency

PORT-AU-PRINCE-- Ending his bid for Haiti's presidency, hip-hop star Wyclef Jean announced his concession last Tuesday.

Jean said he would not challenge an electoral commission that considered him unqualified to run in the Nov. 28 race reported The New York Daily News.

"This was not an easy conclusion to reach," Jean said, "but it is one that as thoughtfully made."

USA Today said that a statement sent Tuesday by his publicist said, "the singer is leaving Haitian politics to promote a new album."

"If I Were President, the Haitian Experience" Jean's newest album will be released February 2011.

Three Lesbians Finally Embraced by the ECLA

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has officially welcomed three lesbian ministers in a St. Paul ceremony last Saturday.

At the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul, Rev. Anita Hill, Rev. Phyllis Zillhart and Rev. Ruth Frost attended the service reception jointly directed by Rev. Craig Johnson and Rev. Peter Rogness.

Rogness said, "We have fallen short in honoring all people of God and being an instrument for that grace," reported The Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press said that all three women were prohibited from joining the ELCA roster because they were all in committed relationships. Recognition was granted to the women last summer when a denominational assembly voted to liberalize its gay clergy policy.

Hill is a pastor of St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church in St. Paul, and Zillhart and Frost are pastors at the Fairview Home Care and Hospice in Minneapolis.

City gets $500K to Rethink Urban Education

St. Paul and the Wilder Foundation received a $500,000 federal grant on Tuesday to help install a plan that provides educational, social, medical and municipal services for Ramsey County.
The U.S. Education Department awarded the grant in hopes of a "Promise Neighborhood" plan that embraces the "cradle-to-career" method, which helps kids become successful while also reducing racial and cultural achievement reported The Pioneer Press.

"This year is a planning year, and it starts with us listening to the community," Hamilton Bell said Tuesday.

The Star Tribune reported that the city, school district, Ramsey County, and numerous nonprofits and foundations have come together in order to strategize plans for the 250-block section of the city.

Letters of recommendations for the grant, written by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, commended the decision.

Lopez and Tyler Confirm Idol Judging

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler confirmed on Wednesday that they are Season 10 judges and will be joining Randy Jackson on American Idol's Panel.

In addition to the ever popular panel, Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, joins the cast in the role of a permanent mentor reports MSNBC.

Even with celebrities as judges, Idol still faces a crossroads due to the exit of Simon Cowell and his crossover into his new show, "The X-Factor".

"It could all go horribly wrong and end faster than anyone would expect, or it could be reborn and extend its life for years." Said pop-critic Glenn Gamboa of Newsday.

USA Today reported that the pair will initially spike ratings, but the rest is unknown.

Iowa Egg Farm Admits to Bad Conditions

WASHINGTON--- Two leading Iowa egg farms have admitted to the conditions at their farms this past Wednesday that may have lead to this summer's Salmonella outbreak.

"We were horrified to learn that our eggs may have made people sick," said Austin "Jack" DeCoster, owner of Wright County Egg. Due to positive results on the bacterium Salmonella enteritidis, the strain responsible for the outbreak, DeCoster recalled a half-billion of his eggs last August reported The New York Times.

The Chicago Tribune said further investigations showed that DeCoster had received hundreds of positive results for salmonella in the past two years, including 73 samples that were potentially positive for Salmonella enteritidis

The Food and Drug Administration also found that the barns of the egg producers were infested with flies, maggots and rodents, and had overflowing manure pits.

"We apologize to every one who may have been sickened by eating our eggs," Decoster said, "I pray several times each day for all of them and for their improved health."

Analysis on "Iraqi-U.S. Raid Near Falluja Leaves 7 Dead"

While analyzing "The Iraqi-U.S. Raid Near Falluja Leaves 7 Dead" I noticed that it was very straightforward and got to the point right away.
It definitely epitomized the "inverted pyramid" idea of which they emphasized "where, what, how, and when" all in the first sentence.
It doesn't specifically state the "why", but in the next paragraph it focuses on that aspect and goes into detail later.
The news reporter chose this way of writing the piece because they knew it was hard-news and knew that individuals who chose to read this piece would want all the information given to them right away. The reporter realized that if individuals wanted to read on, they could grasp the details from reading further into the story.

Missing Shoreview Man Claims he was Kidnapped

Missing Shoreview man, 29, claims he was kidnapped in cell phone call to wife
'These guys took me,' he tells his wife

Pioneer Press said, "The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office is working with the Chicago police to find Anderson, who was last seen at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Rosewood Village Condominiums in Roseville, where he is a maintenance man."

Authorities are trying to sort out exactly when the text message was sent, Altendorfer said. Anderson's disappearance under suspicious circumstances has been entered into a national computer database of missing people, he added.

The Star Tribune reported, "Sunday morning, Amber Anderson said the passage of two days since Matthew's disappearance had brought no clearer idea of what happened or why."
"I know he was kidnapped because he called me and told me he was kidnapped," she said. "I'm going with what he told me."

Census: 1 in 7 Americans live in poverty

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WASHINGTON -- The ranks of the working-age poor climbed one in seven Americans in poverty.
The Associated Press said, "The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said Thursday in its 2009 annual report on the economic well-being of U.S. households."
"Because of the Recovery Act and many other programs providing tax relief and income support to a majority of working families - and especially those most in need - millions of Americans were kept out of poverty last year," Obama said.
The New York Times said, "Forty-four million people in the United States, or one in seven residents, lived in poverty in 2009, an increase of 4 million from the year before, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday."

White Bear Lake needs more rain to restore water level, DNR says

According to Pioneer Press, on Thursday, 100 other residents listened to hydrologists and climatologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources explain why the lake level has fallen five feet over the past three summers.
The meeting was timely -- the lake reached a new all-time low days before, hitting 919.65 feet above sea level, down from the normal watermark of 924.89 feet above sea level, according to DNR data.
According to the Star Tribune, the DNR said, "We need more rain. The water's being pumped away by housing developments or other cities. Let's just open up the dam."

Hurricane Igor Leaps to Cat 4 Status Over Atlantic

Spinning westward, Hurricane Igor was categorized as a Category 4 storm last Sunday.
Although capable of causing catastrophic damage, meteorologists say it poses no threat to land or energy interests.
"Igor continues to intensify at a rapid pace," the Miami-based hurricane centre said.
The hurricane centre said Hurricane Igor was located about 1,005 miles (1,620 km) east of the Caribbean's northern Leeward Islands at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT Monday).
Reuters said "The tropical cyclone was packing top sustained winds of 40 miles (65 km) per hour, the hurricane centre said."
The Miami Herald said, "Warm water would be the No. 1 factor, as long as you have warm water, you have the fuel."

Iraqi-U.S. Raid Near Falluja Leaves 7 Dead

BAGHDAD -- Near the city of Falluja, officials said seven Iraqis were killed during an early morning raid by American and Iraqi security forces on Wednesday.

Despite the United States stating an official end to combat on Aug. 31, the United States military said the Iraqi military had "planned and led" the "joint counterterrorism" operation.
Around 4,500 Special Operation troops out the 50,000 United States troops, which still remain in Iraq, are still pursuing insurgent leaders and suspected members of armed groups.

However, there is a discrepancy between The New York Times and USA Today as to what time the raid started, but both said early morning times.

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