April 28, 2007

Former Mets employee sold steroids to Major League Baseball players

A former employee of the New York Mets clubhouse pleaded guilty to charges of selling a variety of performance-enhancing drugs over a 10-year period to more than a dozen Major League Baseball players. As an equipment manager and clubhouse assistant for the Mets from 1985-95, 37-year-old Kirk Radomski pleaded guilty to felony charges of distributing drugs such as anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, to dozens of Major League Baseball players over a 10-year period beginning in 1995. Charges against Radomski also include money laundering, which with drug charges could carry a $500,000 fine and up to 25 years in prison. Radomski agreed to provide information to the committee led by former senator George Mitchell that is investigating drug use in the MLB as part of the plea deal accepted at the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. According to the warrant calling for Radomski’s arrest, he became a major source of drugs for baseball players after federal investigators shut down Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative in Burlingame, a company which has been found guilty of illegally supply athletes with performance enhancing drugs. The same federal investigators who obtained guilty pleas from Barry Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, among others, are currently handling the case. Radomski admitted that after he left the Mets, he operated his drug distribution network out of his New York home using his baseball connections. So far, no MLB players have been identified in the court filings in connection with the case, although names and paragraphs of text from the federal search warrant were redacted to conceal the identities of any involved parties until further investigation.

The Washington Post and New York Times articles covered the exact same materials but took slightly different angles. The Post focused on the ex-Mets batboy, Radomski’s history with the MLB. The Post’s reporter also listed many of the details of the investigation, like who is conducting it and where they’ve been getting their information. The New York Times writer chose to focus his story on past players involved in Steroid scandals. The Times mentions a few key MLB players who’ve come under fire for being accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, most notably Barry Bonds.

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April 21, 2007

Gonzales Testifies before Senate Panel


Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee members Thursday for questioning on his handling of the firings of federal prosecutors. Gonzales was drilled for over five hours by the committee, mostly about his role in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. Democrats have alleged that some of the prosecutors may have been removed for political means. Democrats believe Gonzales is attempting to interfere with political corruption probes Two of the fired prosecutors have also alleged improper pressure from GOP lawmakers as the evidence against Gonzales continues to mount. The panel hearing was widely considered to be crucial to Gonzales’s ability to hold on to his job. Alberto was careful to present an accurate defense of the firings, apologizing for the way they were handled but defending them as the "right decision." Many of the questions thrown at Gonzales elicited incoherent explanations as he struggled through the hearing. Gonzales has even come under attack from members of his own party over the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys. On Thursday Gonzales received the first resignation demand from a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Many others voiced doubts about his truthfulness and his ability to lead the Justice Department.

The story about Gonzales has been growing for months. The Washington Post covered the recent news of Republicans of his own party turning against him and calling for his resignation for the first time since he took office. The New York Times focused the majority of their story on explaining Gonzales’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Times builds their story around mostly quotes from senate members and direct testimony of Gonzales himself.

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March 25, 2007

Rat Poison Contaminates Pet Food

Rat poison found in store bought pet food has lead to the recall of more than 60 million cans of cat and dog food from company Menu Foods, this includes all 95 brands of "cuts and gravy" style food produced by the company. The contaminated food has been blamed for the deaths of at least 15 cats and two dogs, but scientists say they still don’t know how the poison got there in the first place. More animal deaths are expected as the recall goes into effect. The poison itself was identified as aminopterin, a cancer drug that once was used to induce abortions in the United States and is still used to kill rats in some other countries.

The Associated Press article talks about the specifics of the recall and focuses on the poison. The article explains how Scientists at the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University and at the New York State Food Laboratory tested different foods and finding the poison in the majority.

The New York Times article digs much deeper into the people who are involved with the ongoing investigation, quoting officials from the Food and Drug Administration and chairmen and chairwoman from Menu Foods. The overall reporting of the times article is much deeper. They seem to mention every group possible being affected by the recall, even pet owners who believe their pets have been poisoned by the contaminated food.

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March 10, 2007

Baby Kidnapped by Woman Posing as Nurse

A three-day-old infant was kidnapped at a Texas hospital early Saturday by a woman posing as a medical worker, according to police. The baby was last seen at 1:20 a.m. at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock Texas. A woman wearing blue and flower-print hospital scrubs and a gray hooded jacket walked in, took the child and escaped in a pickup truck. The woman was captured on surveillance cameras walking out of the lobby.

The suspect had apparently gone into the mother's room several times before the baby was taken, telling the mother the baby needed treatment, according to the senior vice president of Covenant Health System. The mother alerted hospital personnel that hr baby had been taken 15 minutes of the crime. The hospital reported the baby was wearing a monitoring device, which could help lead police to the infant. Interestingly, this is the second hospital abduction in Lubbock in less than a year.

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March 1, 2007

Storms Tear Through Southern States

Tornadoes tore through Alabama Thursday leaving seven dead in its wake. The numerous tornadoes were largely a part of a major line of thunderstorms and snowstorms that stretched from Minnesota to the Gulf Coast. More than 50 people were hospitalized as the violent storm continued its rampage through the state. 18 people were originally reported dead but that number was later reduced due to a reported lack in communication.

Five of the seven reported fatalities were at a high school where students became pinned under debris when a roof collapsed. At this time, rescue crews continue to dig through piles of rubble beneath portable lights at Enterprise High School, looking for any possible other victims. One state emergency spokeswoman said the number of dead would likely increase as the search effort continues through the night.

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February 18, 2007

3 survive fall from mountain

Mount Hood, Portland Oregon was the site of a miraculous rescue today. Three climbers of an eight member group were scaling the treacherous mountain when the ledge they were standing on gave way. The three plummeted down the mountain. A member of the group called emergency dispatchers who quickly sent out a search party. The three climbers were located in a timely manner thanks to the electronic locator devices they were wearing. Rescuers were also able to keep in contact by cell phone with the injured climbers. The climbers are listed in good condition, although two possibly have concussions.

Mount Hood was the site of search and rescue earlier in December. Another group of three climbers we’re exploring the mountain, but when they didn't check back in with Mountain rangers when they were expected, a search and rescue party broke out. The rescuers found one of the climbers who later died of Hypothermia. The other two climbers are still missing.

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February 7, 2007

Astronaut Soap Opera

Astronaut Lisa Nowak was charged in Orlando Tuesday with attempted first-degree murder, attempted kidnapping and three other crimes. The charges seem odd for a person of an astronaut's status, but the story gets weirder. Lisa Nowak apparently drove 900 miles to catch Colleen Shipman, a woman she believed was her rival for the affections of her former husband, astronaut William Oefelein.

When she was apprehended, Nowak was wearing a diaper, which she explained was so she wouldn't have to make stops on the way to meeting Shipman. In Nowak's car police, discovered pepper spray, a BB-gun, a new steel mallet, knife and rubber tubing. Based on the evidence found in the car, police charged Nowak with attempting to murder Shipman.

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