January 2011 Archives

Piracy tried

Five somali pirates captured during raid in Arabian Sea, will be tried in South Korea.
Korean special forces fought pirates over hijacked freighter, emerging five hours later with none of its team dead, according to the Pioneer Press.
The South Korean commandos rescued the entire crew aboard the Samho Jewelery, with none injured other than the captain, who received successful medical attention, according to the Star Tribune.
The captured pirates will be tried in South Korea and face life imprisonment.

Lesbian students cleared to walk together

Two lesbian students officially allowed to walk together at Champlin Park High School's pep fest.
After a six-hour meditation on Saturday, school board officials announced its support to let Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom, two of its seniors, walk together at their Snow Days pep fest, according to the Pioneer Press.
The two seniors had been elected as royalty for the pep fest, which elects 12 boys and 12 girls, who walk in as couples. The school would not allow the couple to walk in together, even though the student royal court had been agreeable. In response, the two seniors filed a lawsuit against the school district on Friday for discrimination on sexual orientation, according to the Star Tribune.
After the meditation, however, both students and school board emerged triumphant, the lawsuit would be dropped and the girls would be allowed to walk in together, and the rest of the court would be allowed to walk in with a meaningful person to them, rather than just another member of the royal court. Both sides mark the decision as a victory, and were pleased with the negotiations and the end result.

Leads being used in stories about Egyptian Protests

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The lead of an article is a very simple thing in the article to find and identify, although it is arguably the most important part of the article, if not the most important sentence.
The lead's job in the New York Times' article does an excellent job here, as it clearly conveys everything a good lead does. It tells you exactly what the news is, giving you the who, what, where, and when, in an exciting manner. It lets the story do its job of capturing your attention, giving you only what you need to ensure you continue reading.
In the New York Times example, you've got many different things qualifying for a newsworthy story, and deciding how to phrase the lead right is a fundamental element to the story. With thousands protesting, the President of Egypt being involved, the citizens moving to overthrow their government, and the Egyptian government doing things like cutting off Egypt's internet and cell phone service, you've got a story with great potential, with the lead doing its job well. As you cannot have a great story without a great lead, its necessary to give this basic news element a lot of attention, every time.

MSP Airport worker accused of iPhone theft

A Delta Airlines employee is accused of stealing an iPhone from a traveler.
The woman told KSTP-TV that her son had used a GPS to track down her phone, which took them to a home in St. Paul where the airline employee works, according to the Star Tribune.
Having tracked his airport badge, police found the employee had been working on the same night and in the same area as the iPhone had gone missing.
Though they had found the iPhone in question at the employee's home, Delta refused to comment while the investigation remains open, according to the Pioneer Press.

Are we nearing the end of Mubarak?

President Hosni Mubarak merely dismisses cabinet but appoints a prime minister and his first-ever vice president in response to the fifth day of protests in Cairo, and all around Egypt.
Enforcing a 4p.m. curfew and shutting off the internet in Egypt was not enough to dismay the protests around Egypt, which now amass hundreds of thousands, according to The New York Times. Social networking, which had played such a pivotal role to their protests, suddenly became useless when the government denied them such an outlet, although cell phone service has been much restored.
The resignation of their president is not the only thing Egyptians are upset about. Egyptians have been flocking to American reporters to complain about President Obama's lack of help and the United States' continued support of Mubarak, despite his police state policies.
As the death toll climbs to 74, the Obama Administration again expressed its disdain for violence being used. Obama is even now threatening to pull 1.5 billion in foreign aid if the violence against civilians does not desist, according to the Star Tribune.
Egypt's citizens refuse to be deterred from their goal, even writing on tanks they will accept nothing less than a new regime and Mubarak and his family gone from their country.

In what State is our Union?

By Rachael Krause
President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Address Tuesday night to a muted and civil crowd.
The president detailed plans for reforms to the spending and deficit our country deals with daily, while pushing for more spending on education and clean energy, according to the Star Tribune.
His plans for spending were not welcome by many republicans standards, according to the New York Times. Many republicans felt the cuts were not harsh enough, refusing to hear of any more governmental spending, even in the name of education and developing technology.
All were quiet and civil however, throughout the speech, the shooting in Tucson still fresh in the memories of all.

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