April 2011 Archives

Records Analysis

I found a story on www.nicar.org about how the White House has lost some of it's records on who has come to visit. The story is based on looking through the log of people that must provide their names and reasons for visiting the White House. Someone noticed that there were many names that are not there, and some names thats shouldn't be there. Since these records were held as reliable for so long, it makes people question whether or not they have always been accurate. The reporter would have needed to have access to the records online and have had computer skills for researching the subject to find if this was true. They also posted a text link in their story to a picture, which also requires some computer skill.

Bighead Carp Found in St. Croix River

A bighead Asian carp weighing 27 pounds, was found in the St. Croix river state conservation officials told the Star Tribune, Wednesday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the carp they caught is now being used by Minnesota officials to rally support and awareness of invasive fish species such as that one.

The Star Tribune reported, that there is no evidence that the species is reproducing in those waters at the time. It is a rare occurence, and it's possible that the fish migrated up from the lower mississippi.

The Department of Natural Resources told the Chicago Tribune that this species could seriously harm the Minnesota's auquatic ecosystems and natural fish species.

These bighead carp are a threat because of the large amounts of plankton they consume. On top of that, the native fish are no competition for food and habitat, the Star Tribune.

Police in Mexico Rescue 68 People Kidnapped

Mexican authorities told the Associated Press that they rescued 68 people, who allegedly kidnapped by a drug cartel located in northern Mexico, the Star Tribune reported.

This group, according to Forbes, included 12 Central American migrants. They were found in the border city of Reynosa, Texas.

The police received a tip to that led them to check everything out, the Star Tribune said, that's when they ran into two armed men.

Forbes reported that a statement from the department says the two gunmen were hiding in the house where the victims were being held.

Michelle Obama's Plane Aborts Landing

The mistake of an air traffic controller on Monday caused a White House plane carrying Michelle Obama to abort it's landing at Andrews Air Force Base, the Star Tribune reports.

The plane came much too close to a military cargo jet weighing 200-tons, federal officials told the Star Tribune.

Federal officials said that the controllers feared the landing time between the two aircrafts would be too close together. It was thought that the cargo jet would not clear the runway before the first lady's plane landed, MSNBC said.

In Warrenton, VA., where the mistake was made, the Federal Aviation Administration has a team of investigators to examine the situation, the Star Tribune said. The FAA has already been dealing with issues involving contollers such as sleeping on the job.

Likely That Sparks Caused Minn. Mine Fire

The fire last month in Soudan Underground Mine State Park, was probably caused by the sparkes produced by maintenence, the Star Tribune said.

The park manager, Jim Essig, told Duluth News Tribune that it is not likely the mine will be open this summer for tours, although visitors are welcome above ground.

The damage from the fire in the mine included "charred timbers and melted PVC pipes and electrical wiring," the Star Tribune said.

When the fire started, there were crew members in the lowest 600 feet of the mine shaft, according to Duluth News Tribune.

The Star Tribune reports that the cost of repairs and cleanup is still unknown, but experts will be finding out shortly.

Dayton Earned Considerably More Money in the Last Year

Gov. Mark Dayton made $671,724 last year, which is far more than what he made the previous year, which was a reported $172,472 according to The Republic.

The Star Tribune reports that these figures are the earnings he recieved from his investments.

Dayton released his tax information at a time when he was pushing for a proposal to raise taxes for the higest earners in Minnesota. He falls into that category, according to the Star Tribune.

Included in the $671,742 that he earned last year, was $407,665 from selling 8,431 shares of stock in the Target Corporation, The Republic reported.

According to the Star Tribune, these shares were purchased in August, 1930.

Inmate at Anoka County Jail Dies

An inmate in the Anoka County jail died Saturday after he was found hanging in his cell window Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.

The inmate, 27-year-old Steven James Carroll, was found hanging by his bedsheet and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office told 5 Eyewitness News.

That area of the jail was in lockdown during the time of the incident. Carroll was checked on by jail personnel at 2:30 p.m., but only minutes later when they went to check on him again, they found him in the previously stated condition, the Star Tribune said.

Carroll was in jail on charges of felony domestic assault and secong degree burglary, and had only been in jail since Tuesday.

Nigeria Elections Full of Incidents

In the Presidential election on Saturday, Nigerians made it through with almost no violence problems which is unusual, the Star Tribune reported.

There have been at least 50 incidents found affecting around 120,000 polling stations around the country, Bloomberg Business Week said.

A statement from the Abuja-based Nigerian Election Situation Room reported some of these incidents as: children voting, intimidating the voters, and ballot-box snatching.

Not only were children able to vote in this election, the Star Tribune reported, but some of theparty officials were assisting the voters by helping them press their fingers to the paper when they needed an ink print.

Pawlenty Talks with Tea Partyers

Ex-Minnesota governor, Republican Tim Pawlenty, has been reaching out to tea party audiences, according to the Associated Press.

Pawlenty's goal is to win the GOP nomination, and to do this he will need to gain the support from diverse groups of people, the Associated Press reported.

At a tea party rally on Saturday, Pawlenty talked to around 200 tea party supporters about spending and the reach of government, according the Star Tribune.

Pawlenty told the Associated Press that he was reaching out to the tea party to introduce himself because he feels unknown to communities outside of Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reports that Pawlenty was well recieved by the crowd.

A Soldier from Minnesota Dies in Afghanistan

The Star Tribune reported that a 25-year-old soldier from Minnesota died while serving the Army in Afghanistan Friday.

Spc. Joseph A. Kennedy died after coming under small arms fire, according to 5 Eyewitness News. Kennedy was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Friends of Kennedy told the Star Tribune that he "was killed by Afghan insurgents who attacked his Humvee."

According to 5 Eyewitness News, Kennedy was assigned to the "2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Knox, Ky."

He has been deployed since January and sacrificed a lot to devote himself to the Army, the Star Tribune reported.

St. Paul Woman was Seriously Injured in Car Crash

A 73-year-old woman was seriously injured in a car collision Saturday morning, the Pioneer Press said.

The Star Tribune indentified the woman as Wanda Lou Mathison and is in critical condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

A press release from the St. Paul Police Department, informed the Pioneer Press that Mathison turned left from onto St. Anthony Avenue in front of the car being driven by 55-year-old John Watzl. During the time of the collision, Watzl had a 59-year-old passenger were with him, and neither of them were injured.

There were no citations or arrests made in this case, the Pioneer Press said, and there was no evidence that alocohol or drugs were involved.

Cultural Story Analysis

In an article I read in the Star Tribune on adopting children with HIV, they discussed a couple who was intentionally adopting someone from Ethiopia with HIV. They talked about what they might need to teach him and what he may already know.

Amy, an Eritrean sophomore at the University of Minnesota-
There aren't any stereotypes that she saw in the article. Ethiopia and Eritrea have millions of people with aids and articles like this continue to bring awareness to the issue in that area, Amy said. The fact that the couple was willing to help out and adopt says a lot of good things about them. It is important that Ethiopia is not forgotten. The lack of knowledge on medication and the difficulty finding resources in Ethiopia justifies the couple questioning how much the boy knew about his disease.

The South is Hit by High Winds, at Least 7 Killed

A storm quickly moved through the South earlier this week, bringing lightning, hail, and tornadoes, the Star Tribune said. Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power and at least seven people died.

In Atlanta, one person was killed Tuesday morning when a tree fell on his car, the Washington Post reported, there were at least two other drivers killed from falling trees in other places.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lisa Janak, told Associated Press that a father and son were killed in their Georgia home after a tree fell.

The Mayor of Jackson, Charlie Brown, told Associated Press that the effects of the storm were the worst they have seen in that community for 30 or 40 years.

Japan Begins to Dump Radioactive Water

To make room for even more contaminated runoff, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. started dumping over 11,000 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Monday, the Star Tribune said.

The water is contaminated mostly with iodine-131, which according to NPR, should decay away to nothing in the next few months.

The water is supposed to be released over two days from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and contains around 100 times the legal radiation limit, the Star Tribune reported.

Workers have been dumping water onto the reactors effected by the disaster for a while now, NPR reported, to keep their nuclear fuel from overheating. The water needs to be disposed of in order to bring back the normal cooling system.

Draining this water into the ocean is the best option, NPR said.

Japan Begins to Dump Radioactive Water

To make room for even more contaminated runoff, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. started dumping over 11,000 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Monday, the Star Tribune said.

The water is contaminated mostly with iodine-131, which according to NPR, should decay away to nothing in the next few months.

The water is supposed to be released over two days from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and contains around 100 times the legal radiation limit, the Star Tribune reported.

Workers have been dumping water onto the reactors effected by the disaster for a while now, NPR reported, to keep their nuclear fuel from overheating. The water needs to be disposed of in order to bring back the normal cooling system.

Draining this water into the ocean is the best option, NPR said.

Porky's Closes and is Auctioning Stuff Online

The Porky's in St. Paul decided to shut it's doors for good after the construction of the light-rail line along University Avenue slowed down business, the Star Tribune reported, the restaurant sold it's property to a neighboring housing facility.

The restaurant is auctioning off it's equipment and furnishings online from Monday to Wednesday, according to the Pioneer Press.

The 58-year-old Porky's restaurant closed Sunday night after patrons of all ages came out for one last meal, the Star Tribune said.

Pioneer Press reported that the restaurant will not be selling the Porky's sign, because the Truelson family, owners of the restaurant, will be keeping it.

On the contrary, the Star Tribune reported that Porky's will indeed be selling the sign.

Three cracks found in Southwest Airlines Planes

After a Southwest Airlines plane had to make an emergency landing in Arizona, inspectors found small subsurface cracks in three other Southwest Airlines planes on Sunday, the Star Tribune said.

Robert Sumwalt, a board member for National Transportation, said that the plane's company is developing a "service bulletin". This bulletin is strongly suggesting immediate checks on similar models, the Herald Sun said.

The airline told the Associated Press that 60 other jets should be inspected by late Tuesday.

About 600 flights were cancelled over the weekend, and these cancelations will most likely continue for the inspections, the Star Tribune reported.

Jennie-O Recalls Turkey Burgers Because of Salmonella Fear

The Minnesota based Jennie-O in Willmar is recalling about 55,000 pounds of turkey burger products, Northland's NewsCenter said.

The company feared that their 4-pound cartons of the "All Natural Turkey Burgers With Seasonings: Lean White Meat," may be contaminated with salmonella, the Star Tribune reported.

According to Northland's NewsCenter, the U-S Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is who announced the recall.

The meat in question was being sold only in Sam's Club stores, the Star Tribune reported, and consumers are being asked to bring the meat back to Sam's Club for a refund of their money.

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