December 2010 Archives

Analysis: NICAR

RESOURCE FLOOD DATABASE:

I chose the "Resources for covering floods" on the nicar.org website. They started out with the Red River Valley in North Dakota and moved to other places such as Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They used a lot of what they called "databases" and "tipsheets" that monitored before, during and after the disastrous floods. They also monitored the monetary angle of what these floods were doing and what types of storms were causing these floods. The skills that the reporters needed were things like excel sheets. What was nice about the resources was that after each highlighted blue tip sheet or inventory sheet it had a summary of what it was and described what that specific database provided. The most interesting thing I found at this website was that our own School of Journalism Professor, Nora Paul, actually did a piece on how to actually cultivate sources on the Internet when covering a disaster!

Explosion in Sweden

An attempt at a terrorist attack in central Stockholm left one man killed and two other people injured when two explosions hit a shopping center on Saturday evening.

CNN reports that Police are investigating whether the two explosions in Stockholm and an e-mail threat sent shortly are related.

TT reported that the e-mails had sound files with a person speaking Swedish and Arabic.

Police said that a car parked near Drottninggatan exploded shortly before 5 p.m. Stockholm time and wreckages of the vehicle included gas canisters reported The New York Times.

An unidentified man was found dead at the scene of the second blast.


Pennsylvanian Republican pushes for stricter Abortion Limits

WASHINGTON--Stricter limits are to be set by a leading Congressional opponent of abortion rights.

Representative Joe Pitts, Republican of Pennsylvania, plans to move forward with plans on abortion and family planning . With vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Laurie Rubiner saying Pitts was "as anti-choice as a member of Congress can be."

Even in Iowa, lawmakers are drafting a bill to prevent a Nebraska doctor who performs late-term abortions from opening a clinic reported The Chicago Tribune.

Pitts introduced a bill that would ban the use of federal subsidies "to pay for any abortion, or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion." reported The New York Times.

St. Thomas student dies in house fire

A University of St. Thomas sophomore was killed Saturday in an unexpected house fire.
Michael Adam Larson, 20, of Woodbury died in a 3 a.m. fire on the 1700 block of Selby Ave., where he lived with three house mates.

The Star Tribune reported that the three others in the house were his girlfriend and two house mates. They suffered smoke inhalation and minor injuries and were taken to Regions Hospital, said St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard.

The third fire fatality to hit St. Paul sustained fire, heat and smoke damage estimated at $120,000 to the building and $40,000 to the contents.

A prayer service was held Saturday night on campus reported The Pioneer Press.

Vikings-Giants game postponed until Monday Night

With a gusty storm Saturday night accumulating snow on the Metrodome's roof, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission recommended the Vikings-New York Giants NFL game be moved to Monday night.

The postponed game will air at 7 p.m. on KSMP, Channel 9 by Fox's affiliate in Rochester, Minn.; and in New York reported The Pioneer Press.

Seven workers have been blasting hot water with fire hoses to melt the snow.
"I would say so far in my career this is probably at the top as weirdest thing that has happened," Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said.

The Star Tribune reported that not only does this ensure everyone's safety, but it gives Vikings quarterback Brett Favre more than 31 hours to nurse his sprained sternoclavicular joint.

Westboro Picketers at Elizabeth Edward's Funeral

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church has done it again---they picked a fight with the wrong funeral.

Outnumbered by a "human buffer" of people who sang Christmas carols and carried signs supporting Elizabeth Edwards at her funeral in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, Westboro was defeated.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that Westboro is an unaffiliated church in Kansas whose congregation consists of the Rev. Fred Phelps and his family members and their harsh views on homosexuality.

In a previous interview, Edwards said she was "completely fine with gay marriage", the catalyst to the picketers.

The service at the United Methodist Church was attended by nearly 2,000 people reported The Boston Herald.

Russia and Qatar to host 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup

FIFA's president, Sepp Blatter announced that Russia and Qatar are to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on Thursday.

Qatar's bid beat out the United States by promising technology to cool the stadiums in the country's brutal heat reported The New York Times.

The USA Today reported that Qatar plans to spend $4 billion on the air-conditioned stadiums that sealed their bid.

Spain and Portugal and the Netherlands and Belgium lost their joint bids for 2018. As for 2022, Australia, Japan and South Korea lost the bid as well.

"Thank you for believing in change, thank you for believing in expanding the game, thank you for giving Qatar a chance," said Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar's bid chairman. "We will not let you down. You will be proud of us, you will be proud of the Middle East and I promise you this."

Police know where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is camping about in Britain but have not given him an international arrest warrant, a British newspaper reported Thursday.

WikiLeaks, the organization who released nearly 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic wires, which could lead to damage in diplomatic relations around the world reported The Christian Science Monitor.

A British newspaper reported that police have not authorized Assange's arrest because officials are still seeking "clarification" about his Swedish arrest warrant.

The Washington Post reported that Assange is considering asking for asylum in Switzerland, but for a country keeping secrets, it seems an unlikely solution.

The release has been called "an attack on the international community." said U.S
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The next big project for WikiLeaks is to reveal the confidential documents of a major bank, believed to be Bank of America.

Career High for Kiara Buford

Kiara Buford, a junior guard on the women's basketball team, was named Gophers go-to player on Thursday.

A career-high 27 points for Buford helped beat Virginia Tech 63-58 at Williams Arena in the AAC/Big Ten Challenge. With Buford's most crucial points at 14.3 seconds left reported The Star Tribune.

"I got a little excited in the beginning because I felt I was open," said Buford. "When we move the ball around and, if I keep my dribble, then I can find seams."

As the Hokies opened the second half with a 5-0 run, Buford and China Antoine hit back-to-back threes for a 36-31 advantage reported The Pioneer Press.

The Gophers (5-3) will play against third-ranked Baylor for Sunday's Big Ten/Big XII Challenge game.

$30 million awarded in Delaware for Priest Abuse

A man who claimed a priest abused him was awarded $30 million in Delaware on Wednesday.

John Vai claimed Francis DeLuca, the former priest who was a teacher at St. Elizabeth's parish in Wilmington, repeatedly abused him as a boy in the 1960s reported NPR.

Facing more than 100 priest abuse lawsuits and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Wilmington diocese is under strong heat.

Thomas Neuberger, Vai's attorney said he did not expect to collect all damages from DeLuca but said the parish has sufficient assets to pay the award.

In a statement to Mr. Vai and other victims, bishop W. Francis Malooly apologized and said that the bishop of the diocese, not the parishes should be held responsible reported The New York Times.

Favre says, "I'm done. I'm done."

The repeated quote of "I'm done. I'm done," said by Brett Favre this Wednesday is still leaving fans and reporters on edge.

He also said those words when he retired during the 2007 and '08 seasons.

Favre holds every major passing record in NFL history. Yet, on his path to finishing his 20th season, he has already thrown 25 interceptions and 15 touchdowns --- his 71.0 passer rating is 30th out of the 33 quarterbacks that are listed reported The Star Tribune.

"I don't feel like I did when I was 25. I don't feel a whole lot different from last year, but every year, as you could imagine, gets tougher and tougher. Recovery time is a lot longer. At some point you've got to give your body a break."

The Pioneer Press reported that Favre said he has no interest in coaching in the nor did he sound interested in becoming a sports analyst.

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