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March 31, 2008

Olympic Torch arrives in Beijing

The Olympic torch arrived in Beijing Sunday, before a round-the-world relay is expected to begin, reports CNN.
The relay is expected to be home to protests against China’s policies and human rights practices, writes CNN. A week ago, the torch lighting ceremony in Greece was full of protests, according to CNN.
The plane carrying the torch was greeted by hundreds of schoolchildren waving Chinese and Olympic flags, reports CNN.
The BBC News also reported that schoolchildren waved flags as the Air China plane arrived. Students and workers sang “One World, One Dream,? the Olympic slogan.
Tight security was put into place at Tiananmen Square, where there were concerns of anti-government protests, reports the BBC News.
On Tuesday the torch will be on its way to Kazakhstan, one of the 20 countries that will be toured before the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing, according to the BBC.

Obituary Analysis

The obituary of Dith Pran in the New York Times uses a co-worker of Dith as one of it’s main sources. Dith was a photojournalist who worked for the New York Times, so they would have had a lot more basic information about him than if it had been someone not affiliated with the Times. The Obituary has a very standard lead. It looks very similar to articles we looked at in class, mostly because we looked at articles from the New York Times.
The lead works very well, it tells a lot about the person in the lead and is very affective in making me want to learn more about the person’s death.
The obit differs from a resume in the sense that it does not just list what the person did; it talks about his qualities, achievements and personality.

Dith Pran dies

Dith Pran, a Cambodian photojournalist for the New York Times, died in New Brunswick, N.J. on Sunday, from pancreatic cancer.
Dith was involved in an ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia, which was re-created in a 1984 movie. He used the press to fight for his people’s rights, writes the New York Times.
Dith was working as an interpreter for Sydney Schanberg, a New York Times correspondent, in Phnom Penh when the Vietnam War ended in 1975, according to USA Today.
Schanberg helped Dith’s family get out before he was forced to leave Dith behind when the Capital fell to Communist forces. Dith escaped four and a half years later, and eventually resettled in the United States and worked as a photographer for the New York Times, writes USA Today.

Infant killed in crashed

A man and his infant daughter were left in critical condition after a rush-hour accident Friday, reports the Pioneer Press.
Several vehicles were stopped in traffic on Interstate 494 near Highway 169 when the accident occurred, writes the Pioneer Press.
A Ford pickup truck changed lanes and rear-ended a vehicle, which set off a chain that ended in the injuries.
Derek Sailor, 28, from Shakopee and his infant daughter Lucille were in one of the vehicles, and remained in critical condition on Saturday at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune reports that the infant died Saturday. The infants mother said the baby’s organs were being donated to Lifesource, writes the Star Tribune.
The driver of the vehicle that collided with the other vehicles was Bradley Nadeau, 30, from Savage, who suffered no injuries, according to the Star Tribune.

Sheriff's office employees arrested

Two Ramsey County Sheriff’s office employees were indicted Wednesday on charges of fraud, theft of funds and civil rights conspiracy after the allegedly took $6,000 from a St. Paul hotel room, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office of Minnesota, reports the Pioneer Press.
Mark Naylon, 48, and Timothy Rehak, 47, were indicted by a federal grand jury, writes the Pioneer Press.
Naylon was a public information officer for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office; Rehak had been a St. Paul police officer before he was hired last year by the sheriff’s office, according to the Pioneer Press.
According to the indictment, Naylon and Rehak were subjected to “integrity tests? twice created by the FBI, reports the Star Tribune.
In the first case the two men took $6,000, which was later returned when they became suspicious that they were being subjected to integrity tests, reports the Star Tribune.
The second case involved a car watch that was apparently involved in drug trafficking, says the Star Tribune.

New York Gov. resigns

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer used a high priced call-girl ring service at least eight times in recent months, reports CNN.
Spitzer resigned Wednesday, which will go into effect Monday, after reports of his connection with the Emperors Club VIP became public, says CNN.
Spitzer has not been charged with a crime.
CNN writes that the investigation began when North Fork Bank in New York notified the treasury department about suspicious transfers of money from Spitzer’s bank accounts.
The New York Times reports that Spitzer’s rise to political power was as a “fierce enforcer of ethics in public life.?
Spitzer made a brief appearance with his wife Wednesday, where he offered an apology to his family and to the public, says the New York Times.
Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson will be sworn in to replace Spitzer, according to the New York Times.
“It is now time for Albany to get back to work as the people of this state expect from us,? Paterson said, in a written statement to Spitzer and his family.

March 10, 2008

Analysis week of 3-2

In a news article titled Never mind the bullets, here's Muja Messiah, about a concert at Northrop Auditorium, the writer talks about the performer's unusual style.
He makes it more than just a listing by discussing the performer's tactics in trying to be heard.
He uses another journalist's article as one of his sources for the report.

Delta Gamma found dead in Alabama

Police say they have made no arrests in the case of an Auburn University student who was found dead, according to wsbtv.
A task force, including FBI agents, has been formed and police say investigators are closer to solving the homicide than before, says wsbtv.
Lauren Burk, 18, was found shot on an Alabama highway, and was taken to a medical center where she later died, according to wsbtv.
Shortly after Burk was found, police found her car on fire in a campus parking lot, reports wsbtv.
Gov. Bob Riley’s office is offering a $10,000 reward, according to CBS News.
Burk was a member of Delta Gamma sorority at Auburn University.
"Delta Gammas across the country offer hope and friendship to Lauren's family and all who have been affected by this tragedy," the sorority's national office said in a statement. (CBS News)

Two killed in crash Saturday

Two young women were killed in a crash on Interstate 494 Saturday.
Charitie Foss, 20, of Shoreview and Brittany Stowman, 20, of Woodbury died when their car crashed into a van and a semi-truck on I-494 in South St. Paul, reports the Pioneer Press.
Stowman was driving the car when it was headed eastbound in the westbound lane of I-494, according to the Star Tribune. The car collided with a van driven by David J. Berens then with a Roundy’s delivery truck. The truck was driven by James W. Manny, 37, of Waupaca, Wis., reports the Star Tribune.
Foss died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, and Stowman died at Regina Medical Center in Hastings.
Berens sustained minor injuries, and Manny was not injured, says the Star Tribune.
The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota State Patrol is investigating whether either woman had been drinking.
The Pioneer Press says that according to the report from the Minnesota State Patrol, alcohol was not detected in either of their systems.

March 9, 2008

Favre to retire

Brett Favre, the Packer’s former quarterback said he is retiring because he cannot meet the demands of playing at the level he insists for himself, reports the Star Tribune.
“I just don't think I can give anything else." Favre said at a news conference at Lambeau Field Thursday. (Star Tribune)
Favre struggled emotionally to start, wiping away tears. Favre explained that he found himself no longer enjoying playing. He says he is no longer up to the challenge, and all good things must come to an end, says the Star Tribune.
Favre showed up to the news conference wearing an untucked collared shirt and blue jeans, according to the Associated Press.
After the conference that lasted just over an hour, Farve left the stage with his tearful wife, reports the Associated Press.
Brett Favre was in the league for 17 years, and according to the Washington Post was instantly and unmistakably recognizable.
Favre leaves the league with one Superbowl victory, early on in his career, says the Washington Post.

Oak Street Cinema expected to close

Oak Street Cinema, a local art-film theater, is expected to close after two years of speculation and a public battle, says the Star Tribune.
The establishment will most likely be demolished in order for a housing and retail development to be placed there, says the Star Tribune.
Oak Street Cinema is owned by the Minnesota Film Arts (MFA), is in negotiations with a group of investors and developers who own property around the theater. The MFA was in negotiations about six months ago but backed out because of worries about the economy, according to Dr. Stephen Zuckerman, a board member with the group of investors. (Star Tribune)
It’s questionable as to whether the establishment will remain a theater, or if it will become a place for high density student housing and retail space, says Zuckerman. (Star Tribune)
The Oak Street Cinema was originally the campus theater before it became a home for both American and foreign art films, reports the Star Tribune.

Israeli forces pull out of Gaza

Israeli ground forces pulled out of northern Gaza Monday, reports the New York Times.
Many Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers were killed in this two-day operation against Palestinian rocket-launching squads, says the New York Times.
After the Israeli troops left Gaza, militants fired more rockets into Israel. One rocket hit an apartment block, causing no physical injury to the residents, and two other rockets fell in Israel but caused no casualties, according to the New York Times.
The Washington Post reports that five days of fighting killed 117 Palestinians. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to visit the region on Tuesday, reports the Washington Post.
Israeli officials made it clear that they are likely to resume action, according to the Washington Post.
"We are in the midst of a combat action. What happened in recent days was not a one-time event," Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said. (Washington Post)

March 3, 2008

Shootings in the Twin Cities- related?

Three shootings took place this weekend in the twin cities. Two of them were drive-by shootings, and the third was a woman shot to death in her own home according to the Star Tribune.
The first shooting was of a 14-year-old boy in Minneapolis Saturday. The second was of 18-year-old Gustavo Ortega in Richfield later on Saturday, says the Star Tribune.
Authorities are investigating a possible link between the two drive-by shootings, which were both of Hispanic male teenagers, within hours of each other, reports the Star Tribune.
The third shooting took place at about 1 a.m. Sunday, where a woman was fatally shot in Minneapolis. Police said that this case does not appear to be related to the two drive-by shootings. A 28-year-old man was arrested in the woman’s death, says the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reports that a second woman was sent to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. The Pioneer Press also reports that police say no suspects are in custody.
The Pioneer Press reports that police have not released the names or ages of the drive-by shootings Saturday.

Wild win in overtime

Martin Skoula of the Minnesota Wild scored with 1:15 left in overtime in a game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, reports the Pioneer Press.
That was Skoula’s first goal in 23 games, says the Pioneer press.
Marian Gaborik was the other scorer for Minnesota which led to the 2-1 overtime victory. Minnesota moved two points ahead of Calgary and three points ahead of Vancouver and Colorado, according to the Pioneer Press.
The last seven wins for Minnesota have all been by only one goal, says the Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune reports the story in a play by play manner, which is more interesting to read.
Skoula’s goal was only his third of the season, and his third in 145 games, reports the Star Tribune.

Russia's new leader- Dmitry Medvedev

In the Russian presidential election, Dmitry Medvedev won with an overwhelming victoy, reports the Washington Post.
Medvedev was endorsed by President Vladimir Putin, says the Washington Post.
Medvedev had more than 70 percent of the vote with 97 percent of the precincts counted, according to the Central Election Commission, reports the Washington Post.
"We can maintain the course proposed by Putin,? said Medvedev, at a concert Sunday. (Washington Post)
CNN also reports that Medvedev plans to work closely with Putin.
Medvedev said he would follow the foreign policy set during Putin’s eight year rule, and Putin is set to be in the position of prime minister, reports CNN.

Democratic contests on Tuesday-potential deciding factors

Hilary Clinton had the early support of Ohio’s Democratic Party, with the support of the blue-collar workers, says CNN.
Barack Obama has the resources to outspend Clinton on television advertising here by roughly 2-to-1, reports CNN.
Obama has won the last 11 nominating contests in the U.S. over Hillary Clinton, says NPR.
Obama worked to fend off an attack on his foreign policy credentials, on the way to the potential race deciding showdown on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press in an article on NPR’s website.
Tuesday’s contests appear to be potential deciding factors in the race for the Democratic presidential nominee. Many major news sites and organizations have stories in their top news about the upcoming contests on Tuesday, most importantly in Ohio and Texas.