October 2012 Archives

Hurricane Sandy Rocks East Coast

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The highly anticipated Hurricane Sandy has left New York City scrambling after knocking out power and disabling its subway system on Tuesday, James Eng reported.

The hurricane slammed into New York and New Jersey, flooding the streets with saltwater. The saltwater is especially detrimental, Eng wrote, due to the fact that it will affect the railways in the subway system and the electronic components. The flooding has rendered the famous subway system useless for the foreseeable future.

"The work of getting our mass transit grid and our power grid restored ... is going to take more time and a lot of patience," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a Tuesday morning press conference. "Our administration will move heaven and earth to help them."

MSNBC by James Eng

Tsunami Hits Hawaii After Canadian Earthquake

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Small tsunami waves hit the coast of Hawaii on Sunday following an earthquake in Canada on Saturday, NBC news staff reported.

A tsunami warning was cancelled at approximately 4 a.m. after the waves appeared to be much lower than previously anticipated. The tsunami began around 10:30 p.m., causing many in the area to evacuate.

No major damages were reported.

MSNBC by NBC News Staff

The CNN article by Wayne Drash reports on the fatal stabbings of two children by their nanny.

What Drash does well is painting a picture of the tragic scene. The description of the mother's schedule before discovering her two children does an excellent job of providing a more intimate look at how the event unfolded.

Another aspect of this article that Drash did well was getting the perspectives of other mothers. This provides a sense of the effect that this tragedy has on the rest of society.

Nanny Stabs Two Children, Attempts To Take Her Own Life

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A woman in New York City discovered her two children stabbed to death in the bathtub next to their dying nanny on Thursday, Wayne Drash reported.

Marina Krim, the mother, found her two 6-year-old children stabbed in their bath tub. The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was lying nearby with a self-inflicted would to her neck and wrists.

Krim had left two of her three children with the nanny and planned to meet back up with them for a dance lesson, Drash wrote. When they did not arrive, Krim returned to their apartment to find the grisly scene. According to police, when Krim arrived Ortega began stabbing herself.

The nanny was taken to a hospital, where she is in critical condition.

CNN by Wayne Drash

Four People Wounded In Minneapolis Club Shooting

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A shooting occurred, injuring four people, Saturday morning at closing time at a Minneapolis nightclub, Nicole Norfleet reported.

According to Sgt. Steve McCarty, two men and two women were shot at the Red Sea Bar and Restaurant at approximately 2 a.m. The bar is located 320 Cedar Ave. S.

Bouncers were attempting to remove a crowd of people with pepper spray when someone opened fire, Norfleet reported. The victims' injuries were not life threatening

Star Tribune by Nicole Norfleet

An explosion occurred at an Albert Lea family's home on Sunday, Sarah Stultz reported.

Cathy Rofshus told reporters that her husband, Ronald Rofshus, was experimenting with chemicals beneath their driveway when it caused an explosion. Rofshus credited her 10- and 12-year-old children for saving his life.

The children called 911 and were able to follow the dispatcher's instructions for how to apply towels to Ronald Rofshus's wounds.

Authorties are currently investigating the explosion and determining whether criminal charges apply.

Albert Lea Tribune by Sarah Stultz

Senate Candidate Delivers Controversial Remark

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A U.S. Senate candidate from Indiana said that a pregnancy conceived during a rape is something that God intended on Tuesday, Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite reported.

Richard Mourdock, the Indiana GOP candidate, sparked a flurry of backlash with his words when asked about whether abortion should be allowed in the event of incest or rape. He received questions regarding his words during a debate the following day.

Part of Mourdock's platform is the opposition of abortion.

Washington Post by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Sex Abuse Scandal Rocks BBC

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A British TV icon has come under fire for alleged sexual abuse spanning decades a year after his death, Laura Smith-Spark reported.

Jimmy Savile, 83, died last year shortly after being treated for pneumonia. His many accomplishments include the popular show "Top of the Pops" and being knighted by the Queen.

However, after his death, reports surfaced of accusations of sexual abuse by more than 200 people over over several decades, Smith-Spark wrote. Police say his targeted victims were teenage girls. Investigations have begun to determine whether there was a coverup by the BBC.

CNN by Laura Smith-Spark

Analysis: "Boy Scouts release secret child abuse files"

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In the NBC article "Boy scouts release secret child abuse files", the author begins with the essential information. Miranda Leitsinger writes that files that have been kept secret for decades had been released. These files describe countless accusations of alleged sexual abuse by Scout leaders.

As the article progress, Leitsinger attorney reactions to the newly released files. She gives a perspective into the legal side of it, even writing about how it is not always easy to separate the legality and the morality of the situation.

The end of the article shows the Boy Scout organization's reaction and specified details about several accusations.

P.O.S. Cancels Tour

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Local Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. cancelled his tour on Friday after discovering he requires a kidney transplant, Emily Cutts reported.

P.O.S. relased a YouTube video telling fans that he sincerely regretted cancelling his tour, but his health complications left him no choice. However, he will still play his show at the First Ave venue. The rapper has been on dialysis for the last month. In the video, he said that his kidneys were "garbage"

A website has been set up for donations.

Pioneer Press
by Emily Cutts

Two Accidents Leave Three Dead

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This weekend left three people local residents dead after two multiple-car pileups, Nicole Norfleet reported.

The first occurred on Saturday afternoon, where a woman was fatally injured in a five-car pileup in St. Louis Park. According to authorities, the accident happened around 3:15 p.m. when a sedan driving on Hwy. 7 ran into a SUV, setting off a series of accidents, wrote Norfleet. A woman, a passenger in the sedan, was pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else required medical attention.

The second accident occurred on Friday night in Wright County where where two drivers were killed in a three-car pileup. It happened around 10 p.m, Norfleet wrote.

The identities of those injured and deceased have not been released.

Star Tribune by Nicole Norfleet

Minneapolis Man Found Guilty of Aiding Terrorists

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A local Minneapolis man was found guilty by a jury of helping a Somalian terrorist group recruit Minnesota men, Dan Browning reported.

Mahamud Said Omar, 46, faces up to life in prison after attempting to help an Islamic terrorist group overthrow the Somalian government by way of a holy war. Their plan was to install an extreme Islamic rule of the Horn of Africa, Browning wrote.

Omar was a part-time janitor in the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center in Minneapolis.

Star Tribune
by Dan Browning

Boy Scouts Release Secret Child Abuse Files

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Files describing alleged sexual abuse accusations in the Boy Scouts were published online by lawyers on Thursday, Miranda Leitsinger reports.

Over 1,200 reports of sexual abuse, ranging from 1965 to 1985, were made public after media organizations sued for their release. In one instance, a Cub Scout leader was caught sleeping naked with boys on trips and showing them pornography, Leitsinger wrote.

"While we can read through the files, for us it represents the pain and anguish of thousands of untold scouts," said attorney Paul Mones.

MSNBC by Miranda Leitsinger

Picasso, Matisse Paintings Stolen In Dutch Heist

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Priceless paintings disappeared from a Dutch museum in a heist on Tuesday, Ben Brumfield reported.

It occurred at the Kunsthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where paintings by Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet. According to Brumfield, alarms went off around 3 a.m. which then alerted police. When they arrived, they discovered the paintings were missing.

"Initial investigations show the burglar was well prepared," authorities said.

CNN by Ben Brumfield

Analysis: Mom Who Glued Toddler's Hands Gets 99 Years

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In the NBC article "Mom who glued toddler's hands to wall gets 99-year sentence" the author does an excellent job of portraying the gruesome things done to this job and the monster that committed them. With quotations from the court case, the author describes the prosecution's strategy of recreating the situation where a small child was savagely beaten for potty training difficulties.

After giving the specific details of the case in the first half of the article, the author then goes into the history of the mother. He describes a troubled past and abuse of drugs and alcohol that very well could have led to this tragedy.

Skydiver's 24-mile Jump Sets World Record

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Felix Baumgartner, 43, leapt to Earth from the edge of space on Sunday. During his nine minutes of free fall, Baumgartner managed to break the sound barrier and captivate the world at the same time. This comes after five years of careful preparations. The capsule that transported him reached 128,100 feet and reached a top speed of Mach 1.24, or 833.9 miles per hour.

"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data," Baumgartner said. "The only thing you want is to come back alive."

Star Tribune by Juan Carlos Llorca and Oskar Garcia

A Chaska teen on a bicycle was shot in the head by his best friend with an arrow on Saturday. Authorities believe it was unintentional and "a tragic mistake" due to the fact that the arrow had no tip and it ricocheted off the ground.

"The boy was riding to bow handler's home when the arrow struck him in the head," Police Chief Scott Knight said. "There were no other people in the immediate area and it can be described as open space in a residential area."

The victim remains in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Star Tribune by Paul Walsh

Drunk Driver Hits 6 in Crosswalk Near U

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Kristine J. Peterson, 32, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after striking six people with her car in a crosswalk at the University of Minnesota on Sunday. Michael Duffy, a student, was walking from the Big 10 restaurant at about 3 p.m. with his family when Peterson struck them. In all, six people were injured.

"I didn't see the car - until it hit me," Duffy said. Peterson was brought to jail and released Sunday evening.

Star Tribune
by Paul Walsh

Mother Who Beat, Glued Child's Hands to Wall Gets 99 Years

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Elizabeth Escalona, 23, was sentenced to 99 years in prison on Friday. This comes after Escalona was found guilty of savagely beating her 2-year-old daughter and gluing her hands to their apartment wall after experiencing difficulty with potty training. Authorities reported Escalona as having beaten her daughter with a milk jug, kicked her in the stomach, and ultimately applied Super Glue to her hands and stuck them on the wall. "I should be put away," Escalona said, while on the stand. "But I also think I should be given a second chance."

MSNBC by NBC News and Wire Services

Amanda Todd, a teenager from British Colombia, Canada, left behind a tragic YouTube video a month before ultimately taking her own life on Wednesday. In the video, Todd obscures her face and holds up note cards. These note cards describe her agonizing trials through severe bullying at several different schools. As the video progresses, the tale becomes more heart wrenching and Todd's hand more shaky. Finally, the last note card appears and on it simply says "I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd." The video has accrued much attention on the Internet.

CNN by Lateef Mungin

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