January 2010 Archives

The lead for this story is very simple and straight forward. It contains all of the crucial parts we discussed in class which are present in a good news lead.
The who, what, when, and where are all answered within this lead. It is also a fairly simple lead, and is kind of vague in some areas.
Maybe the reporter decided to keep this lead short because they did not want to bog down the reader with too many facts right away. Overall I thought this was a great lead, and the reporter did a good job of gathering the facts and putting them into a simple but effective lead.

Apple unveils iPad, says it's more intimate than a laptop

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the highly anticipated iPad tablet computer Wednesday, saying it's neither smart phone nor laptop, but something in between.
According to the Star Tribune, Jobs says the device will be useful for reading books, watching videos, or playing games, describing the iPad as "so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone."
The wireless device can be used with Wi-Fi, as well as run on AT&T's 3G, or third-generation, wireless network, according to MSNBC.
Many other companies continue to attempt the creation of their own products which can compete with Apple's new iPad.

2 Minnesota men charged with killing sister 11 years ago

Two brothers were charged Wednesday with killing their sister more than 11 years ago in northwestern Minnesota.
According to the Star Tribune, Todd Walter Martin, 34, of Fosston, and Troy Fredric Martin, 37, of Bagley, were arraigned in Clearwater County District Court.
An autopsy determined that Leisa Renae Martin, 31, of Bagley, had been asphyxiated.
On Oct. 28, 1998 the two brothers killed their sister and hid the body in the woods, only to be found two days later by a hunter.
According to the Pioneer Press, the break in the case came when Todd Martin was arrested for drunken driving Sunday. He would later confess to officials his role in the Oct. night's murder.

Democrats slam breaks on health bill

Democratic leaders slammed the breaks on the President Obama's proposed health care plan on Tuesday, saying they no longer felt pressure to move quickly on a health bill after previously failed deadlines.
According to The New York Times, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, said that Congress still have this year to work on health care bills passed by the Senate and the House.
The loss of the 60th Senate seat in the Massachusetts special election last week cost Democrats the ability to override Republican opposition, according to the Star Tribune.
Democratic leaders are said to be working on a new strategy which includes passing some smaller bills which reflect the popular proposals.

Shooting outside U of M dorm shakes campus

A 19-year-old University of Minnesota student was shot in the abdomen outside a dormitory late Monday.
According to the Star Tribune, the student is in satisfactory condition and said he was "feeling better."
The shooting was the last of three apparently random crimes within a 20-minute span which left school administrators bewildered and students rattled.
As of Tuesday, authorities had made no arrests. According to The Minnesota Daily, University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said that police hope to catch the suspects on campus security camera footage.

North Korea issues no-sail zone off west coast

North Korea has issued a no-sail zone Tuesday off their west coast, according to The Associated Press.
This may be an indication that the country is preparing to commence missile testing.
The YTN television network cited an unnamed South Korean military official as saying that the no-sail zone was designated south of the disputed western-sea border, in South Korean waters.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Yonhap news agency carried a similar report, saying that South Korean military officials were trying to determine whether North Korea will start missile testing.
The two Koreas, who are technically still at war, just fought a bloody-naval battle near the western sea border in November.

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