Analysis: Diversity

By: Andrew Krammer

In an article done by CNN, the reporter writes about the recent settlements the U.S. Senate has approved for minority farmers.

For this anlysis, I talked to an african-american friend of mine, fellow University of Minnesota student, Jordan Becker. Jordan lives near me in Dinkytown.

Within the article, the report does move past stereotypes and discusses how the government is paying back billions of dollars towards many races of farmers.

"The report does a good job sticking to the news of the settlements and avoiding the discrimination lawsuits that brought them," Jordan said.

The article brings in quotes from President Barack Obama and other notable people such as the president of the National Black Farmers Association. By bringing in these quotes, it shows how the settlements are paying back such damages done by these 'stereotypes'.

The article ends by describing how multiple people from all political parties are supporting this bill.

This display of reporting shys away from any kind of discrimination and instead focuses on how the government is fixing and repaying damages done by stereotypes and discrimination.

Senate OKs $4.5B in claims to minority farmers

By: Andrew Krammer

The U.S. Senate has approved $1.15 billion to settle discrimination claims brought by black farmers against the Agriculture Department more than a decade ago, CNN reported.

The senate also approved $3.4 billion for American Indians who said the Interior Department had been swindling them out of royalties since the 19th century, USA Today reported.

To pay for the settlements, the money would be taken from a surplus in nutrition programs for women and children and by extending customs user fees.

Cases include the 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department, which was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge's terms dating to 1999, qualified black farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.

Icy roads lead to hundreds of crashes in the metro area

By: Andrew Krammer

Freezing rain that fell late Saturday night left layers of glare ice across the metro area roadways, Kare 11 reported.

The freezing rain led to 438 crashes across the metro area during late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, the Star Tribune reported.

About 75 of the 438 reported accidents in Minnesota involved injuries, police said.

Only one accident involve a fatality, which occurred in Meeker County, south of Lichfield, police said.

First extragalactic planet identified

By: Andrew Krammer

A Jupiter-like planet has been found orbiting a dying star on the edge of our own Milky Way galaxy, Universe Today reported.

The planet is orbiting a star 2,000 light years from Earth; both are believed to be part of the Helmi stream, which is a group of stars that remains after its mini-galaxy was devoured by the Milky Way, Yahoo reported.

The planet is slightly larger than Jupiter and its home galaxy is believed to have been devoured some six to nine billion years ago, scientists said.

"Because of the great distances involved, there are no confirmed detections of planets in other galaxies. But this cosmic merger has brought an extragalactic planet within our reach," Rainer Klement, of the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy, said.

By: Andrew Krammer

A Brooklyn Center police officer was injured Tuesday night when his squad car was struck by a minivan, the Star Tribune reports.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Brooklyn Boulevard and 51st Avenue North, police said.

Shannon Karjalahti, 33, drove a van into the driver's side door of the squad car, KSTP reported.

Karjalahti has nine convictions on his driving record and was drunk at the time of the incident, police said.

The officer suffered a broken collarbone and a broken pelvis.

By: Andrew Krammer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the makers of seven caffeinated alcholic beverages Wednesday that caffeine is an unsafe food additive to alcholic beverages, CNN reported.

The federal government could seize the products if the companies don't change their current form and remove the caffeine.

The move came after a year-long review into reports of hospitalizations and deaths, Businessweek reported.

One of the main arguments against the beverages is that the caffeine can mask the effects of alcohol, leaving drinkers unaware of how intoxicated they are.

Four Loko, a popular caffeinated-alcohol beverage, was among the companies that received warning letters from the FDA.

Analysis: Numbers

By: Andrew Krammer

In an article by CNN, a reporter uses numbers to show the relationship between teenage salt intake and health risks such as hypertension and other heart conditions.

The numbers are rather overwhelming, saying that a reduction of only 3 grams of salt a day can lead to a 68 percent decrease in the number of teens with hypertension.
Since they are dramatic, the statistics fit well in the story and get the point across.

The reporter placed all of the raw details in the beginning of the story, which could be done differetly. If the statistics were spread out, the reader would have an easier time going through the story.

The numbers are attributed in the story to sources such as the University of California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Seven killed and many injured during an explosion in Mexico

By: Andrew Krammer

At least seven people were killed and twenty others injured Sunday during an explosion at a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, CNN reported.

Four of the dead were Canadian tourists and one minor was also killed, authorities said.

The incident was likely caused by a buildup of natural gas that somehow ignited, but the official cause is still under investigation, BBC reported.

Two Americans were among the injured and have been hospitalized, police said.

Thieves steal rifle from a federal agent's vehicle in Stillwater

By: Andrew Krammer

Thieves broke into a vehicle of a federal officer and stole his semiautomatic rifle and body armor vest late Friday, ABC news reported

Along with the .223 caliber rifle and vest, about 100 rounds of ammunition, binoculars, a digital camera, GPS units and a Sony recorder were stolen, the Star Tribune reported.

The federal agent's vehicle was unmarked and items were also stolen from three family vehicles in the driveway on the same block, police said.

"We want the rifle back. We are very concerned that it is on the street," Stillwater Sgt. Jeff Stender said.

St. James man killed by teen driving wrong way

By: Andrew Krammer

A 17-year-old drove her car into oncoming traffic on a major southwest metro highway Thursday, struck a car head-on and killed the driver, the Star Tribune reported.

State Patrol said the crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Hwy. 169, just north of Jordan, when the girl's car crossed the median and hit a northbound car, WCCO reported.

Zachary Anderson, 27, of St. James, Minn., was killed during the accident, family members said.

Anderson's passenger, friend Will Sizer, 28, sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The teenage driver was also hurt but is expected to survive, police said.