January 2011 Archives

3 Guggenheim Impersonators Charged in NYC

New York City prosecutors charged one woman and two men in a failed scheme to "cheat investors by pretending to be members and representatives of the Guggenheim family," according to according to CBS News .

A criminal complaint, as reported by the Star Tribune, accuses the three of trying to sell $1 Billion diamonds to wealthy investors, and proposed a deal to "distribute vodka and another purportedly brokering $4 billion in crude oil for a Guggenheim-owned refinery in China," the complaint went on to say.

Prosecutors told CBS News that the woman accused of this imperonation remains at large, but the two men had a scheduled court date.

The three have been sued by Guggenheim Capital, who accused them of using the name without permission.

The Star Tribune reports that if the three are convicted of conspiracy, they could each face up to 20 years in prison.

Mother's Boyfriend Indicted on Charges of 2-year-old Boy

According to the Star Tribune, 16 months after a 2-year-old boy was beat to death, Demetrius Willis (age 23) was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder for that case.

Police described Willis as the boyfriend of the child's mother, but Willis' mother told the Pioneer Press that this was not the case and that the two were in fact just friends.

The charges against Willis are aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder while committing first-degree assault, three other counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree manslaughter and one count of second-degree manslaughter.

Police told the Star Tribune that Willis has a long history (as a juvenile and as an adult) of domestic abuse.

Vulcan Truck Involved in Hit-and-Run

According to the Star Tribune, police say that on Saturday a Vulcan Crew truck backed into a parked car and retaining wall. Police also say that this truck was being used for the cities Winter Carnival when the incident occured.

Police told 5 Eyewitness News that a witness saw the truck back into a parked car, and even though the witness shouted to the driver, the truck continued to back out.

The Star Tribune reported that witnesses tried to get the truck's driver to provide insurance information, but the attepmts failed and the driver left the scene.

According to 5 Eyewitness News, the registered owner of the truck told investigators he did not remember hitting the parked car.

Both 5 Eyewitness News and the Star Tribune reported that the case was turned over to the city attorney's office.

News Lead

A news lead in a story basically sums up the story in one to two sentences. The lead of the story has the action of the story and it tells you to who, what, when, and where.

This is the news lead from the Star Tribune on the story about the shooting in Cedar-Riverside Monday:

"Two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting Monday outside a bustling community center in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood."

This lead includes the who (underlined), the what (bolded), the when (italisized), and the where (underlined).

The lead is specific enough for the reader to know what's happening in the story (like two men, and drive-by shooting), but not so specific that they have all the information of the story. The reader knows that the men were injured which is important, but saying that they were "wounded" is general so they would need to read on.

I noticed that the lead is just the most important information from the story, surrounded by graphic adjectives like "bustling".

A $3.7 Million Error made by Minneapolis Schools

CBS Minnesota reported on Wednesday that someone with the Minneapolis school district made a $3.7 million clerical error on the new teacher contract. This error is huge but the district said they will not have to make big cuts to deal with the mistake.

The Star Tribune reported that the cost of the teacher contract will actually cost $14.7 million, and not $11 million like they originally thought.

No program or job cuts will be neccesary, Stan Alleyne said to Star Tribune, because of the cushion the budget provided. Although the error was significant, they felt they were prepared for it.

The head of SNCF, France's national railroad company, apologized for the comapny Tuesday for their part in the Holocaust.

According to the Star Tribune, this apology was made after survivors, lawmakers, and descendants from the U.S. moved to block the SNCF from winning contracts in the United States. In order to lift the block, the company had to acknowledge it's role in the holocaust, which was transporting thousands of Jews.

The SNCF shipped 76,000 French and other European Jews to the French-German border from 1941 to 1944. The 76 railcars that the Jews were shipped were originally designed for cattle, according to The New York Times.

Terrorist Sentenced to Life in Prison for Embassy Bombings

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Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was the first terrorist to be successfully prosecuted after being taken from a prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, according to the Star Tribune

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(Image from the Huffington Post)

Ghailani, according to The Huffington Post, was the cook and bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden after bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

People say that this trial was a success in showing how America can hold terrorists accountable, but House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith told The Huffington Post that the trial was "a near disaster" because Ghailani was only convicted of one count even though he was charged with 285.

Attorney General Eric Holder said to the Star Tribune this case demonstrates that "we will not rest in bringing to justice terrorists who seek to harm the American people, and we will use every tool available to the government to do so".

Harvard Market Closes After 106 Years

By Jael Kuehl

The Minnesota Daily reported that after 106 years of business, Harvard Market closed it's doors Monday night to open up space for a new luxury apartment project.

The new development that will be in the place of Harvard Market is not scheduled to open until August 2011, the Minnesota Daily reports, and will contain a CVS/pharmacy.

The Star Tribune interviewed people who said they were not frequent customers, because Harvard Market was pricey, but they agreed they would miss it.

Havard Market was not known for it's deals, until the day it closed when everything was 50 percent off, according to the Star tribune.

Two Men Shot in Drive-By Shooting

By Jael Kuehl

According to The Minnesota Daily two men were shot in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Both men are expected to survive.

The Minnesota Daily reports that one man was shot in the leg, and the other was shot in the torso. They were both taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

One witness told the Star Tribune that he thought the two victims were not targeted, but were instead bystanders.

The Star Tribune also reports that this is the same site where a murder took place on Sept. 22, 2008. A 20-year-old Augsburg College student who had been volunteering was shot and killed outside the center.

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