November 2010 Archives

Analysis: Diversity


Adam: College of Biological Sciences; Biology Major; Is half Egyptian; Dad is from Cairo, Egypt

The article does talk about stereotypical culture and how it used to be; however, it is substantive in the sense that it is trying to prove a point. It uses observations and it seems like an editorial that reflects on this reporter's experience when he went to Cairo. It also uses quotes and rhetorical questions and answers them.

Adam commented that when the article said: "The Egyptian government, which, besides being widely viewed as a client state of the U.S. and Israel, is unrepresentative, authoritarian and repressive."

He says that, that is how it is in Egypt. Egyptians play dominant roles; therefore, the authoritarian and repressive government is seen part of their culture.

Lawsuit against Toyota

The federal lawsuit on behalf of Koua Fong Lee and his family against Toyota Motor Corp. was filed in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Monday.

Bob Hilliard, an attorney from Corpus Christi, Texas would not speculate what he might ask a jury to award, reported The Star Tribune.

Lee said that Toyota knew its product had defects because the company had received previous complaints about various models, but the company failed to correct problems.

In a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company "knowingly hid" safety problems from regulators.

The Pioneer Press reported that Toyota was negligent, committed fraud and was responsible for the infliction of emotional distress onto the Lee family.

First Case of Cholera in the United States

Health officials confirmed Wednesday the first known case of cholera in the United States, of which officials believe is linked to the Haiti epidemic after a Florida woman contracted the disease while visiting family in Haiti.

Vibri cholerae, the bacterium that contaminates by spreading through water or food has caused cholera to inevitably spread throughout Haiti, and is expected to affect a least 250,000 people reported The New York Times.

USA Today reported that the outbreak has already killed 900 people over the past six months, and is expected to continue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiologist Robert Quick, says cause of the outbreak will never be known, but global travel and trade make it easier for bacteria to spread.

"Loco" about Four Loko

Four manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic drinks have an ultimatum from the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, giving them 15 days to stop adding caffeine to products or stop selling.

The Dallas Morning News reported the abrupt decision after an incident involving 14-year-old Valeria Rodriguez who died in a car crash after being ejected from a car her boyfriend was driving who police suspect was drinking a "Four Loko".

The ever popular "Four Loko" sold by Phusion Projects said it would stop putting caffeine in the drink reported The New York Times.

Charge Beverages Corp., New Century Brewing Co. and United Brands Company Inc. also received letters warning them about their products.

Although there is minimal research on the effects of caffeine and alcohol, several studies suggest that the combination of these beverages do heighten risky behavior.

Longoria and Parker Divorce Confirmed

The rumors about the divorce between Eva Longoria and Tony Parker were confirmed on Tuesday.

USA Today reported that the actress filed divorce papers under irreconcilable differences in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.

Longoria posted on her twitter:

"It is with great sadness that after 7 years together, Tony and I have decided to divorce.

We love each other deeply and pray for each other's happiness."

The New York Daily News reported that the divorce may have been stemmed from an affair Tony Parker was having with one of his teammates wife.

Longoria, 35, and NBA star Parker, 27, were engaged in November 2006, and wed in two ceremonies in Paris on July 7, 2007.

Eric Kaler Named 16th University of Minnesota President

After the filtering of 148 candidates and a one-hour public interview, the Board of Regents chose Eric Kaler as the University of Minnesota's 16th President on Thursday.

The provost of Stony Brook University in New York accepted the job from Board Chairman Clyde Allen with a four-year contract with a base salary of $610,000 annually, and $50,000 in retirement payments in his second, third and fourth years reported The
Wall Street Journal

"We need a charismatic, dynamic leader," Martin Chorzempa, student representative to the Board of Regents, said.

The 54-year-old received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the U in 1982.

The Minnesota Daily reported that he was one of the top honors in the National Academy of Engineers.

Analysis: Numbers

Cats Secret Tongue Technique Revealed:

The Cat Story that I actually reported on used numbers because it was a research project that actually used the laws of physics and technology to see how cats lapped up water so fast. The reporter did say that, "The engineers worked out a formula: the lapping frequency should be the weight of the cat species, raised to the power of minus one-sixth and multiplied by 4.6." So, instead of using numerical values, they actually did "raised to the power of minus one-sixth" and instead of using a lot of numbers they tried to make the story more "reader friendly" even if it was issuing a story on research values of what was just found. The numbers are not overwhelming, and the reporter did a good job by making it 'user-friendly' especially for those who are not science saavy. The sources are from the researchers at Princeton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The sources are listed completely as well, and they tell the reader how the researchers approached the experiment. A complete story was published in and issue of Science, so I bet that there are even more numbers in that story.

Sterger meets with Favre in Manhattan

A meeting between former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger and Brett Favre happened on Thursday afternoon in Manhattan.

When allegations first came out, the Pioneer Press reported that Sterger would not speak to Favre unless they had reached a financial settlement, but Sterger's lawyer, Joseph Conway confirmed the meeting.

Sterger and her attorney, Conway as well as manager, Phil Reese met with NFL security chief Milt Ahlerich.

The Star Tribune reported that the NFL had been investigating the case for several weeks, of which Favre admitted to Ahlerich that he left Sterger messages but denied sending vulgar photos.

Free Trade Accord on hold

SEOUL, South Korea--- Hopes of wrapping up a free trade accord during a meeting on Thursday with President Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea was put on hold.

Mr. Obama visiting Seoul for the Group of 20 conference said, "We need to make sure that over the next several weeks, we are crossing all the t's, dotting all the i's, being able to make the case to both the Korean people and the United States population that this is good for both countries."

A poll done by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press fond that 35 percent of adults said that free-trade agreements had been good for the United States, whereas 44 percent had a negative view on the issue reported The New York Times.

With the controversy on free-trade agreements and the U.S. Federal Reserve planning to buy $600 billion in Treasure bonds on the open market to drive down interest rates in order to boost the economy, reported USA Today, questions arise as to whether this will hurt the Obama in his election to come.

Sarah Palin on TLC?

A new series on TLC starring Sarah Palin and her home life in Alaska?

You better believe it. The Republican vice presidential nominee of 2008 is starting a show that she claims is not a reality show, rather a nature series for political voyeurs reported The New York Times.

In each of the eight episodes, The Wall Street Journal reported that the former Alaska governor takes a camera crew and family members on an outdoor adventure.

This show is a risky step for a politician who may or may not run for president in 2012, but for now she may be focusing on her increasing popularity and fame.

Cat's Secret Tongue Technique Revealed

Recent studies show the unique process that sets apart dogs from cats: their lapping method.

The New York Times reported that Pedro M. Reis and Roman Stocker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with Sunghwan Jung of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Jeffrey M. Aristoff of Princeton used high-speed photography to capture the "feline solution."

CNN reports that in the Thursday issue of Science, the researchers said that the cat darts its tongue, curving the upper side downward so that the tip lightly touches the surface of the water.

The tongue is then pulled upward at a high speed, which draws a column of water behind it.

"This suggests that cats are smarter than many people think, at least when it comes to hydrodynamics," writes co-author Jeffrey M. Aristoff of Princeton.

St. Paul Man Gouged Man's eye out with Ice Scraper

A St. Paul man was charged with first-degree assault on Wednesday after police said he stabbed another man with an ice scraper, which caused the victim's eye to fall out.

Justin L. Mulligan, 28, was charged with first-degree felony assault after an officer heard shouting during the routine patrol of 1225 Westminster St. in St. Paul.

The officer reported that he saw Mulligan smash out the driver's-side window with a nearly 3-foot-long ice scraper and began striking the man inside reported the Pioneer Press.

The victim was "bleeding profusely from his eye with the mangled remains of his eyeball hanging from his socket," The Star Tribune reported.
The victim was taken to Regions Hospital.

Analysis: Obituary

Edwin Brown, helped found Edina church.

I did the analysis on a man named Edwin Brown, a longtime dentist in Edina who started the Lutheran Church in Edina.
I found it in The Star Tribune, and looking at the lead it did not have the standard "New York Times" format, rather, it started with a notable act that Edwin Brown did before his death, implying that he was a man who cared about others and impacted others by doing kind deeds. The second paragraph again did not say cause of death, rather had a quote by Brown's daughter.
In fact, the cause of death was not mentioned until the fourth paragraph. The source that was used was only his daughter, Nancy Johnson although he was survived by all four of his daughters as well as seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The lead for this story does work because it emphasizes how kind of a man Brown was and the types of acts he did that showed he was a giving man.
The obituary differs from a resume because it is a story which flows together much nicer than a resume, but rather, tells a touching, more dramatic story of what happened throughout someone's life. It takes the important aspects of one's life and incorporates a lot of family history and focuses on the positives of how the person touched other people's lives versus solely focusing on the personal rewards the person received.

Damage to Marine Life near BP Oil Well

NEW ORLEANS- Federal scientists have found damage to deep sea coral and other marine life miles from the BP well, concurring that the damage could be greater than officials previously stated.

As for the coral, computer models and research cruises say that this could mean long-term trouble for the area southwest of the well reported USA Today.

Not only does the contamination pose problems for the coral reef, the coral serves as a habitat for many species, posing a significant threat to other marine life.

A Penn State University biologist, Charles Fischer, said that this was the first time anyone had seen an indication of impact to deep sea animals due to this deep-sea event.

BP officials could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday reported CNN News.

An unlikely candidate for Ramsey County Sheriff-elect

An unlikely candidate won the election over incumbent Bob Fletcher on Tuesday, but claims he never envisioned following his father's footsteps as a St. Paul police officer or running for political office.

Ramsey County Sheriff-elect Matt Bostrom was only 7 when his father ran for the Minnesota Legislature while he helped Dan Bostrom go door-to-door campaigning on St. Paul's East Side reported the Pioneer Press.

Yet, after rising in the St. Paul Police Department to assistant chief and now achieving the position of Ramsey County Sheriff-elect, Bostrom thinks much differently.

Although Bostrom's position does not start until Jan. 3, The Star Tribune reported that his "up-and-at-'em" attitude is what got Bostrom his 57 percent victory over Fletcher.

Increase in water bills in Minneapolis area

Less water equals higher water bills? St. Paul Regional Water Services have proposed a 5.5% rate increase for next year.

With the proposed increase and planned conservation around the Twin Cities, the average family will pay nearly $10.56 reported the Pioneer Press.

The St. Paul Regional Water Services has brought the increase to provide conservation around the Twin Cities area by also replacing all 94,000 commercial and residential water meters in the city and the eight surrounding suburbs reported The Star Tribune.

The push for conservation has support from the community, the increase in bills is not.

"We just want everyone to understand that we're not expanding our customer base like a power company. We have costs, and we have to meet them." Executive water Director Steve Schneider said.

Minneapolis officials say that for those who use 5 percent less water next year will not see their bills go up a dime, but many argue that those who live in the city will have a harder time to conserve water.

The St. Paul City Council is set to hold a public hearing Wednesday.

Qantas A380s suspended

HONG KONG- Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce suspended six flights on its six Airbus A380 Jetliners due to an explosion of an engine on one of the superjumbo planes on Thursday.

The New York Times reported that pieces of debris scattered over an Indonesian island, which forced the plane to return to Singapore for an emergency landing. There were no reported injuries.

USA Today reported that in a news conference in Sydney on Thursday Joyce said, "we will suspend those A380 services until we are completely confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met."

Flight 32 experienced an "uncontained" engine failure after takeoff that caused "substantial" damage to the plane according to a report by the Aviation Safety Network.

No Happy Meal for you!

While the gubernatorial races are going on, another important vote is going on by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the issue of the Happy Meal.

The bill passed 8 to 3 on Tuesday where Supervisor Eric Mar, a man who saw how many giveaway toys his daughter had that consisted of Happy Meal gadgets, imagined a bill
that could bring an end to the fatty fast food reported The New York Times.

Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to veto the measure. If this bill passes and goes into effect in December 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco would become the first city to pass a law intended to control childhood obesity.

With the new bill, any meals will have to follow the fewer than 600 calories, fewer than 640 milligrams of sodium and less than 35 percent of calories from fat.

If restaurants do not comply, it only means no toys for consumes.

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