Analysis: Computer-assisted reporting

In the Federal Food Stamp article from, you find that the article did not require a lot of computer assisted researching.
The reporter essentially just detailed the food-deserts in Chicago and the exploitation of food stamp retailers and food stamp users.
While the reporter did link their summary to WBEZ91.5, the Chicago radio station that covered the story, and interviewed food stamp users and retailers, as well as food desert specialists, that appears to be it.
The small summary does detail, briefly, the exploitations of the retailers and users of food stamps, but does not do any analysis or in depth look at the records of previous food stamp users, those who live in food deserts, or what you must do to be a certified retailer for food stamps.
The small article does very little, though the link to the Chicago radio station site provides a more detailed look at the story.

Thousands rally in Syria to defy the President

Over 10,000 mourners took over the Syrian city of Homs on Monday to protest the death of the 14 protesters by the Syrian government killed the day before.
The mourners initially offered traditional prayers and chants for the deceased, but the prayers turned into chants for freedom and anti-government regimes, according to the New York Times.
Although the number cannot be confirmed, Al Jazeera reported 25 dead in the city, with 30 dead around the country, according to the LA Times.
A citizen of Homs thought more than 20 had died in Homs from the protests, and another 30 more from surrounding villages, according to the LA Times.
Although the police has fired into the crowd and dispersed tear-gas, protests have not stopped, according to the New York Times.
Though many of the protesters are injured from the police shootings, they are afraid to go to local hospitals for fear of being arrested, an eye-witness noted in the New York Times.
As a result, many injured protesters have died in their homes, or are secretly seeking treatment away from the police at the hospitals so they can continue protesting, according to the New York Times.

Bill to require Minnesota photo ID to vote gains speed

The chief House sponsor of the bill that would require a Minnesota photo ID to vote gains speed in the legislature, intending to bypass Gov. Dayton should he veto it.
The bill passed the House of Transportation Committee on Monday having already been passed through numerous representative and senate committees, according to the Star Tribune.
Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer expects the bill to be put to a floor vote as soon as next week, according to the Pioneer Press.
Though Gov. Dayton and Democrats have expressed concern that requiring the Minn. photo ID would make voting much harder for some, Republicans believe the change is needed for streamline voting and voter confidence in election results, according to the Star Tribune.
If Gov. Dayton should veto the bill, Kiffmeyer said that she would push for a statewide vote on the issue for the 2012 ballot.

Minnesota Book Award winners announced

The names of the 2011 Minnesota Book Award winners were announced on Saturday night in St. Paul.
The sold out audience of over 700 book lovers attended and cheered on the winners of the 23rd annual Minnesota Book Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, according to the Pioneer Press.
Any book published in 2010 by a Minnesotan was eligible for entry in the awards, according to the Star Tribune.
Winners were chosen in eight categories from 32 finalists of the 293 books that were nominated, according to the Star Tribune.
Winners of the Minnesota Book Award included authors of all genres, which included stories about the Minnesota Native American tribes, a picture book of zoo animals, to a man who chooses between his first love and priesthood, according to the Star Tribune.

Libyan civilian casualities rise

An a medical tent in Misurata, Libya, doctors are working around the clock to help and save civilians.
While the numbers of civilian casualties are unclear from the war, the makeshift hospital see 50 to 60 injured pass through per day, according to the New York Times.
Many of the dead and injured are innocent civilians, killed or hurt in their homes, attempting to stay away from the guns and the fighting, according to the New York Times.
With many attempting to flee Misurata every day, the city becomes a high target for takeover by Qaddafi loyalists, according to the LA Times.
Though foreign volunteers make up some of the hospital's staff, many of the doctors are from Misurata, meaning that many of the injured and dead they see are family, according to the LA Times.
With the four-year-old girl with shrapnel in her head, the doctor who couldn't save her became her mourning uncle, according to the LA Times.

S&P lowers credit outlook for US, stocks falling

Stocks fell significantly Monday as the Standard & Poor lowered the U.S.'s credit rating to negative.
The lowering of the U.S.'s credit outlook by S.&P. came from the risk of lawmaker's inability to resolve fiscal difficulties, according to the New York Times.
The report released Monday compares the U.S. to other highly rated nations and that the U.S. does not have a clear direction on addressing and resolving our large debt, according to the New York Times.
As the U.S. is currently approaching the nationally set debt ceiling of 14.3 trillion dollars, lawmakers have only indicated that they are coming to an agreement on balancing the budget, according to the LA Times.
An S.&P. analyst said in a statement that though it has been more than two years since the beginning of the current financial crisis, policymakers have yet to address or resolve the issues, according to the LA Times.
Republicans and Democrats have very conflicting views on how to balance Washington's budget, and neither are willing to compromise as of now, though the decision has been negatively affecting the U.S. people for years, according to the LA Times.

Carcinogens injected into wells

Millions of gallons of poisonous chemicals and known carcinogens have been injected into our wells and water system by leading oil companies into the water systems of 13 different states.
In a report by three house democrats reported Saturday that between 2005 and 2009, the report found 29 known toxins and carcinogens, according to the New York Times.
Many of the toxins found are supposed to be regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act, according to the LA Times.
They entered the system through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, which is an unpopular technique to help pull natural gas out the ground, according to the New York Times.
The process of hydrofracking is extremely unregulated, and the report accused the companies of "injecting fluids containing chemicals that they themselves cannot identify", according to the New York Times.
An energy attorney criticized the report, saying the numbers were not likely accurate, according to the New York Times.

Suicide bomber in Afghanistan kills Police Chief

A suicide bomber of the Taliban killed the Kandahar police chief and two police officers with an explosive vest on Thursday.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for the murder/suicides, according to the LA Times.
Kandahar's Police Chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid was very popular with the Kandahari people, and had survived two previous assassination attempts by the Taliban, according to the LA Times.
Mujahid knew everyone in Kandahar and was previously very successful with preventing acts of terrorism, which made him an target of the Taliban, according to the New York Times.
Mujarhid's assassination was the third killing of Kundahar's police chief by Taliban forces since 2005 and Afghanistan's President has promised the Taliban retribution, according to the New York Times.

Kidnapped Italian Activist Found Dead

The kidnapped Italian activist was found dead Thursday, merely hours after he had been abducted in the Gaza Strip.
Vittorio Arrigoni was a pro-Palestinian activist and radical against the Hamas regime, according to the New York Times.
Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for the abduction in response for having the Hamas regime release their leader, but Arrigoni was killed more than 24 hours before the deadline would pass, according to the LA Times.
The kidnapping in the Gaza Strip was the first time a foreigner in more than four years and the first to happen under the Hamas regime, although most kidnappings do not end in violence, according to the New York Times.
Although Arrigoni had been an activist since his college days in Milan, he had been planning to leave Gaza the day after he was kidnapped, he said in an e-mail to a friend in Italy, according to the New York Times.

World's Oldest Man dies at 114

Walter Breuning, a Minnesota native and the world's oldest man, died Thursday. He was 114.
Breuning died of natural causes in Great Falls Hospital, according to Stacia Kirby, Rainbow retirement home spokesperson.
Breuning was the world's oldest man, and the second oldest person, second only to a woman in Los Angeles by 26 days, according to the Star Tribune.
Breuning worked as a railroad clerk for 50 years, and then as a manager of Shriners until he was 99, according to the Pioneer Press.
Breuning recalled his grandfather's early stories of killing southerners in the Civil War and having no electricity or running water, according to the Star Tribune.
Breuning's wife died in 1957 with no children. Breuning never remarried.