October 2010 Archives

College Costs on the Rise

With the tough U.S. economy, students and their families got little relief from college costs, with the prices of tuition on the continuous rise reported College Board on Thursday.

Although tuition is increasing, increases in federal grant aid have helped to supplement the raise in tuition said Business Week.

On estimate, at the average in-state public university a student should expect to pay $16,140 per year with room and board.

Room and board for in-state students at a public university grew over 7.9 percent for the 2010-11 academic year reported The New York Times.

Yet, with this increase in tuition, the report found that full-time students receive an average of about $6,100 in grant aid and federal tax benefits at public four-year institutions.

People will have to figure out how to educate students in a more cost-efficient way, but with the help of technology, many believe it can happen.

Twin-Catastrophe in Indonesia

MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia --- Rough weather and difficult terrain have made it a struggle for Indonesian rescue workers to reach victims on Thursday as the death toll continues to rise.

The twin catastrophe took place Monday after a 7.7 underwater quake sent a 10-foot-tall tsunami crashing onto land reported The New York Times.

Officials have raised the toll to 343 confirmed dead while 338 remain missing and 16,000 have been displaced.

The USA Today reported that the President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was to meet Thursday with survivors of the catastrophe.

A multimillion-dollar warning system was installed after a monster 2004 quake, but officials say it broke down one month ago because of its improper maintenance.
The area has most residents evacuated, but it is unclear whether there will be another major blast to come.

Minnesota Natives Still Missing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. --- As the Minnesota natives are still missing, crews plan to resume the search in Western Wyoming when a plane mysteriously disappeared in a snowstorm on Monday.

A single-engine plane carrying 41-year-old Luke Bucklin, and his sons, 14-year-old twins Nate and Nick and 12-year-old Noah, strangely vanished from radar an hour after leaving the Jackson airport in a snowstorm, reported the Pioneer Press.

The Star Tribune said that ground teams plan to resume searching on Thursday near Wyoming's tallest mountain, Gannett Peak, the place before the plane went missing.

Bucklin's wife and their younger son returned to Minneapolis on a commercial flight after returning home from a family trip to Jackson, while Bucklin and their other sons remain missing.

President Obama Slammed by "The Daily Show"

WASHINGTON --- President Obama appeared on "The Daily Show" on Wednesday as host Jon Stewart drilled him about "change."

"You ran on very high rhetoric, hope and change, and the Democrats this year seem to be running on, 'Please baby, one more chance,' " Mr. Stewart said.

USA Today reported that Stewart proceeded to egg the president on while critiquing him of pursuing a legislative agenda that "felt timid at times."

While Obama supported Stewart's remarks, Stewart continued to drill the president with quotes such as, ""What have you done that we don't know about? Are you planning a surprise party for us, filled with jobs and health care?"

The New York Times stated that although Stewart said remarks about the change that has been taking place, Obama retorted, "When we promised during the campaign 'change you can believe in,' it wasn't 'change you can believe in in 18 months,' " he said. "It was 'change you can believe in -- but we're going to have to work for it.' "

$16 Million for Twin Cities

A grant of up to $16 million for affordable housing and small business aid along Twin Cities transit routes will be accepted by St. Paul Mayor Chris Colemand and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak in Detroit on Thursday.

The effort is expected to provide 100 businesses with funds for marketing, planning assistance, façade improvements and flexible, low-interest small business loans while also building and preserving between 400 and 600 housing units reported the Pioneer Press.

According to The Star Tribune, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Twin-Cities funds will be focusing of "green improvements as well as six Twin Cites bus and rail lines.

The Saint Paul Foundation will foresee the overall grant and $3 million will be invested into existing programs.

Analysis: President Obama Supporting Mark Dayton

A recent event that happened at the University which was a historic mark was Obama visiting the University of Minnesota to endorse Mark Dayton. The University website, which had updates and a preview of why Obama was coming to the University also had a press release of the president's visit.

While walking to go view Obama in the overflow room in the Sports Pavillion, several media networks including Pioneer Press, KSTP, Kare 11, and many more summarized Obama's speech of which I did a news blog on.

The Star Tribune's article focused on the purpose of why President Obama spoke at the University. It followed the typical set-up of "quote, explanation of quote, background" outline.

However, he waited until the fourth paragraph to put a direct quote from Obama, but it did support the lead in the sense that it supported Mark Dayton, which was the purpose of why Obama came to the "U".

The reporter also gave a lot of background information prior to the speech to set the tone of how important this event was. What is different about this structure compared to the structure discussed in class was that it did not incorporate as many quotes, but either way, it supported every quote that was put into the story.

The fact that the reporter covered aspects prior all the way up to the event and then covered the story that when on during the actual event helped me understand the event, and not only did the article have a written aspect, the Star Tribune also incorporated a media aspect as well.

Justice Thomas's Wife asks for Apology from Anita Hill

After the accusations against Justice Clarence Thomas' sexual harassment 20 years ago, Justice Thomas's wife called Anita Hill in hopes for an apology.

"Good morning Anita Hill, it's Ginni Thomas," it said. "I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband." said Virginia Thomas.

Nearly 20 years ago, Ms. Hill was the aide to Mr. Thomas at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Of which, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Hill said Mr. Thomas repeatedly made inappropriate sexual comments to her in the workplace said The New York Times.

Mrs. Thomas said there was no offense ever intended, but The Wall Street Journal reported that Ms. Hill issued a statement calling Mrs. Thomas's call "inappropriate."

Deanna to speak to Public about "Sexting" Scandel

After allegations of Brett Favre's "sexting" scandel, Favre's wife is due to appear on "Good Morning America" and "Fox and Friends" on Thursday.

Deanna Favre will be on the morning show to promote her new book, ""The Cure for the Chronic Life: Overcoming the Hopelessness That Holds You Back." reported Fox Sports.

Since Deadspin posted a video montage of alleged voice messages and racy photos that were sent to former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, Favre has not made any television appearances or interviews.

The Star Tribune reflected on Deanna's book which talked about Brett's previous fidelity issues prior to their marriage and his Vicoden addiction.

The future Hall of Famer has refused to comment on the accusations.

College Student, 20, akes on Police Chief Responsibilities

MEXICO- A brave woman in Mexico became the police chief of her city this week because she says she is tired of everyone being afraid.

Marisol Valles Garcia, 20, decided to become the police chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, one of the most violent municipalities in the Chihuahua .

"Yes, there is fear," Valles Garcia said Wednesday in an interview with CNN.

Garcia plans on hiring more women in order to talk with families and to promote civic values to each neighborhood.

USA Today said that the question lies whether a young, inexperienced chief can handle a problem that encompasses drug cartel, untrained local police that deal with criminal gangs in Mexico.

Yet Valles Garcia argues, ""Our work will be pure prevention. We are not going to be doing anything else other than prevention."

Gophers lose 7th Game Straight

After the Gophers had the sudden firing of former head coach Tim Brewster, the interim coach still cannot bring home a Gopher victory at Saturday's game.

Penn State managed to pull off a 33-21 against the Gophers, even after losing their starting quarterback.

"We had a whole week to come together, figure out what's happening and change what was going on," linebacker Nate Stupar said. "We got our mind back and focused."

The Star Tribune reported that two touchdown passes to Derek Moye in relief of Rob Bolden was all the Nittany Lions needed to seal their win.

The interim coach Jeff Horton tried to lighten the mood, but the Gophers now face the biggest challenge of attracting a big-name coach to make Gopher football what it once was reported the Pioneer Press.

Obama's Visit to the University

President Obama visited the University of Minnesota on Saturday to help support Democratic candidate Mark Dayton win the race for governor.

"Why go backward?" the President Challenged voters as he gave a powerful speech with over 6,500 people watching him in the field house as 4,500 watched a live feed from the TV in the sports pavilion reported the Pioneer Press.

Obama strongly encouraged voters to keep fighting until election day.
"I need you to keep fighting, I need you to keep working, and I need you to believe in restoring America."

The Star Tribune said that Obama has campaigned for four days in Oregon, Washington state, California and Nevada while helping Democratic candidates in the tough elections to come.

"This election is a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and the policies that are leading us out of it," Obama said.

Analysis: Comparison between NY Times and USA Today

The multimedia they both feature are videos and the type of powerpoints we did in class. The idea where they have pictures and then text below. In fact, both of the sites, probably to make the site more appealing have several pictures with captions below in order to "advertise" the story and get you to read the certain story. The complement the news story because it gives a "preview" into what the news story is going to be about and not only that, but the pictures help to "dramatize" the story as well. The writing in those news stories seem to be a bit more dramatic, and they seem to be more of the "heartfelt" stories versus hard-hitting news stories, unless the hard-hitting news is affecting several people in a certain way (i.e.-death, loss of homes, etc.) Again, the characteristics of the writing are much more dramatic than the types of stories that are just trying to get the facts out about what is going on in the world.

Investigation into Fraudulent Foreclosures

Attorneys General announced on Wednesday that an investigation into whether major U.S. banks used faulty or fraudulent documents to foreclose upon homeowners will be examined.

The practices by banks and companies that collect monthly mortgage payments by using people who sign hundreds of affidavits a day will be looked at by the attorneys general reported The New York Times.

The Mortgage Foreclosure Multistate Group will try to impose rules to stop improper foreclosure practices, reviewing of past practices, and establishing potential financial statements.

USA Today reported that banks that are suspending foreclosures or reviewing their foreclosure processes include Wells Fargo, Chase, GMAC, PNC Financial Services and Bank of America.

Up to $6 billion in costs for the foreclosure delays is possible.

Toddler Crashes into Storefront with SUV

After being left alone in an idling SUV, an impatient 3-year-old crawled to the front seat, shifted gears and crashed through a storefront on Sunday.

Chelscia L. English, 23, left the vehicle running when she went to Rainbow Foods at the 800 block of Arcade St. around 9:30 p.m., while she claimed to go get her daughter juice because she was not feeling well.

The toddler was pulled from the car by an onlooker who brought the her into Rainbow foods where English stepped forward to claim her daughter, reported The Star Tribune.

"It's fortunate that her child wasn't hurt, and that no one else was hurt."

The Pioneer Press said English was charged with child endangerment for the incident and was released from jail Tuesday and will make her first court appearance Nov. 15.

Relocation of the Arden Hills library to New Brighton

The relocation of the Arden Hills library to the New Brighton Family Service Center was confirmed in a 6-1 vote on Tuesday.

The Pioneer Press said that the New Brighton switch will cost between $1.2 million and $1.5 million, which is cheaper for the community.

After an hour contemplation, the accessibility to schools, senior- and low-income housing and public transportation swayed the board to chose the New Brighton proposal said reported The Star Tribune.

"I don't want to see this turned into a turf war; we're looking at the benefit of the community," said New Brighton Mayor Dave Jacobsen.

The new location is anticipated to open in the summer of 2011.

Judge order Injunction on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy"

SAN DIEGO--- The "don't ask, don't tell" policy received a worldwide injunction ending the military's ban on openly gay troops on Tuesday.

U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' ruling, which was greatly received by gay rights organizations.

Phillips ruled the policy unconstitutional last month because of its violation against servicemembers Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination reported the USA Today.

An immediate injunction was called by the Log Cabin Republicans to eliminate the policy for any U.S. military personnel anywhere in the world.

The "don't ask, don't tell" repeal provision caused the Senate Republicans to oppose the defense bill earlier this month, which has gay advocated worried that they lost an opportunity to change the law said The New York Times.

The Log Cabin Republicans further sued the Pentagon of which they will likely appeal.

Rescue Operation of 33 Chilean Miners Begins

SAN JOSÉ MINE, Chile -- The rescue operation of 33 Chilean miners trapped below is underway government officials said Tuesday.

Officials also said that the operation could begin as early as 6 p.m. local time, which is early than previously estimated.

"We're going to toast him with champagne, and feed him a bit of roasted chicken." said the aunt of one of the miners.

"We hope to finish today, Tuesday," said Laurence Golborne, the country's mining minister, "We are really working as fast as possible to get these miners out."

The New York Times reported that a drill broke through to the miners, making way for a shaft which miners will be raised one by one on Saturday. The miners will go up 2,041 feet up to the surface, which will take about an hour round trip said Rene Aguilar, deputy rescue coordinator.

Each miner has been promised at least six months of psychological support, not only for the incident, but to deal with the sudden fame these miners will receive said USA Today.

Analysis: Comparing

The lead in the newly updated version on Randy Moss' return was a more in-depth coverage and had a little more "pizazz" in it then the first, lead, which was much more straight-forward and bland. The first lead only told us the straight, hard news and the second lead talked about who specifically made the deal and made the lead much more interesting without taking the important facts away. The second story is a response to a report from a competing news organization considering this story was the hot topic of the week and they wanted to grab the reader's attention as quickly as possible by having as much information as possible. While reading further, you see much more stats, even some information that was not as pertinent, but seemed to be added just to have more information in the first story, was taken out and only important quotations remain in the story.

Recent Survey Shows a Decline in Voting for Latino Groups

Phoenix- Recent surveys show that the Arizona Immigration law diminishes many Latino voters to cast their ballot at the next November election.

With the Arizona Immigration law in place, many Latino voters, although still faithful to the Democratic party, are less motivated to vote this upcoming November, reported The Wall Street Journal.

With the Latino population constituting the largest minority group, their votes hold a lot of weight for the Democratic Party.

A recent survey showed that only 51 percent of Latino registered voters said they would absolutely go to the polls, reported The New York Times.

However, the survey done by the Pew Hispanic Center said that the Latino's still support the Democrats over Republicans, 65% to 22%.

The Return of Randy Moss to the Vikings

Wednesday marked the return of Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings after a third-round draft choice.

"We feel very good about the opportunity to add a player of Randy Moss' caliber to this football team," said Vikings coach Brad Childress.

With this, Moss bring 9,142 receiving yards and 90 touchdowns as a former Viking during his 1998-2004 seasons, reported the Pioneer Press.

A blogger on The Star Tribune said, "Can the man who wore that No. 84 jersey, who jumped higher and ran faster than everybody and who made those plays you'll never forget, can he do it all again?"

With the rest of the season giving him $4.894 million of his $6.4 million salary, let's hope he can bring Minnesota to victory.

Turtle Ventures Up to the North Star State

All the way from Kentucky to Minnesota, a trucker picked up an eastern box turtle on Tuesday.

Tucker the turtle has been living at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley for about a week, but needs to get home as soon as possible, reported the Pioneer Press.

The trucker picked up Tucker after seeing that Tucker had a fracture across its shell, which turned out to be an old fracture long since healed.

Spokeswoman for the Animal Humane Society, Carrie Libera said the only problem now is to get Tucker back to Kentucky since he will not last the climate difference once winter comes along.

"One way or another we'll find him a ride." said Libera.

The Star Tribune reported that Libera is trying to find someone who's Kentucky-bound and willing to bring Tucker with them.

12 People Arrested in France

Paris- Under suspicion of being affiliated with Islamic militant networks, Police in southern France arrested 12 people on Tuesday.

Two entirely different counterterrorism cases under investigation fell on the same day only by coincidence, a police official said.

In southeastern Marseille, authorities detained nine Islamic militants and turned up at least one automatic rifle and pump gun reported the USA Today.

"We have detained people who are close to the Islamist movement," said a Marseille police official.

The New York Times reported that in the other case, three men were arrested on suspicion of having ties to a Frenchman arrested in Naples who was accused of having links to an Afghan recruiting ring.

Later, an official said the three do not appear to be "of major interest."

Three Madison Students Accumulate $86,000 in Fines

Madison, Wis. --- Three University of Wisconsin-Madison students have been fined with more than $86,000 worth of fines after a house party.

Travis Ludy, Mitchell Klatt, and Kevin Tracy have accumulated over 130 citations and face roughly $28,000 each. They face discipline not only with the law, but with the University as well, reported The Chicago Tribune.

Police say they arrived and saw 200 to 300 students inside the house with plastic cups and that is when they knocked on the door.

When the hosts of the party were not compliant, the police began to count the number of suspected underage drinkers until the hosts finally came out, reported the Pioneer Press.

Authorities say they have been trying to control large house parties because of the other consequences alcohol brings such as sexual assaults, damaged property, and alcohol poisoning.

Ludy hopes to make a deal with the police in order to get their fines reduced.

Professor at the U Receives $500,000 Grant

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A professor and entomologist at the University of Minnesota received a $500,000 grant from the MacArthur foundation on Tuesday.

Marla Spivak, 55, was told to be in her office to meet someone for an interview. The individual never showed up, but instead, Spivak received a phone call from the MacArthur foundation saying she receive the 'genius grant', reported The Pioneer Press.

"It was a complete surprise," she said. ""I'm very honored. I'm really humbled by this."

The Star Tribune reported that colleagues and students call Spivak's research "innovative," "inventive" and even "out-there." Hopefully, that will help stir plans for how she will utilize the money.

As for now, one of Spivak's plans is to try and gain support for a new bee research lab at the U.

Obama Visits Madison to Rally Supporters

Madison, Wis--- President Obama delivered a passionate speech to college students in Madison Tuesday night.

"Change is going to come for this generation -- if we work for it, if we fight for it, if we believe in it!" Mr. Obama said.

The New York Times reported that over 17,000 people attended the event with 9,000 more people spilling on the streets.

However, CNN reported that regardless of the numbers, the attitude of the people seemed down from what it was in the 2008 election.

Two more visits are scheduled this week in order for Mr. Obama to reconnect with voters before the election.

St. Paul Man Charged with Gold Necklace Theft

After police issued a warning about one of many gold necklace thefts in St. Paul, a man was charged on Thursday.

Terrence J. Wilson, 18, from St. Paul allegedly fled after ripping a gold necklace from a man he asked time and directions from, reported The Star Tribune.

Wilson was described as having a dark backpack and was walking on Mackubin Street from University Avenue, The Pioneer Press reported.

Police found Wilson and reported him back to the victim and his wife where they confirmed Wilson as the theft.

Wilson was charged with one count of theft from a person.

$50,000 to the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

The Dalai Lama announced his plan to donate $50,000 to the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at Madison, this Sunday.

Dr. Richard Davidson, the Center's Director, is studying whether meditation can promote compassion and kindness, reported The New York Times.

"It's about changing habits of the heart," said Dr. Davidson, of which his research showed that meditation could change brain-wave patterns.

But what inspired him to pursue such an experiment?

USA Today reported that last May, Davidson visited his holiness and he challenged Davidson to "use sophisticated tools" to "investigate things like kindness and compassion."

There has not been a decision on how to use the grant, but Davidson assures that it will be used "in the most beneficial way possible."

'Fire Brewster' Becomes New Chant at TCF

'Fire Brewster' is becoming the new chant at the TCF Bank Stadium, when the Gophers lost again against Northern Illinois.
A 34-23 loss for the Gophers against Northern Illinois left fans unnerved and questioning the return of Brewster.

"I'm paid to win football games, and I understand that very clearly," Brewster said.

The Pioneer Press reported that Athletics director Joel Maturi said he wouldn't finalize his decision on Brewter's job until after the season.

As for Brewster's view, The Star Tribune reported that he still believes the executives above him are still with him.

"We're good enough to win football games. And we will," Brewster said. "We're going to beat some teams in the Big Ten that don't expect to be beaten by Minnesota."


When looking at the New York Times, you can tell that it is unlike any of the other newspapers in the sense that they are very stylistic. They have long introductions instead of telling hard news as it is. The reporter summarizes the important elements at the top, however, it seems as though the second paragraph is always where the hard news is. The reporter has ordered the information in a martini glass form. It is ordered that way because they need to get news out, but it seems that the New York Times is much different than other newspaper. It could have been done differently, but I think this is effective in the sense that they know how to grab the reader.

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