February 2012 Archives

Analysis: Multimedia

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The Huffington Post and the New York Times approach multimedia a little differently. The Huffington Post's front page has a huge picture with red writing over top of it. It is very bold and used the multimedia as the main focus of the web page. The New York Times is much more text-based and uses only small video and pictures.The both use wording to describe the picture and intrigue readers. The words are very to the point of what is going on in the picture, but also give a little context as to what is going on and its significance.

A federal subpoena was sent to Pennsylvania State University's top lawyer this month seeking information relating to the child-abuse scandal, the Seattle Pi reported.
A copy of the subpoena was posted on the school's website Friday night and called for eight different type of records, including "reporting requirements on the part of employers and staff relating to misconduct," according to the Seattle Pi.
The document requested the hard drives of Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at the heart of the scandal, as well as those of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
It requested all records on Sandusky along with his Emails, complaints, and information on him dating back to 1998, the year some school officials learned of allegations towards the coach, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The subpoena was issued by U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith and gave the school until Wednesday to obey, the Seattle Pi reported.

American diplomats rushed to find a resolution Saturday for 16 Americans among the 43 civil society workers facing criminal charges in Cairo who were set to stand trial that day, reported the New York Times.
The case threatens a 30-year alliance between the U.S. and Egypt as Obama and his administration swore to cut off the $1.55 billion in annual aid to the nation, according to the New York Times.
As of late Saturday night, officials still had no word on what would happen as the trial begins Sunday, the New York Times reported.
The defendants will be charged with illegally operating unlicensed nongovernmental organizations and receiving foreign funds without notifying Egyptian authorities. The accused and their lawyers claim they are nothing more than "trumped-up charges meant to disparage pro-democracy activists by lumping them in with imagined foreign plots to undermine and divide Egypt," according to the Wall Street Journal.
If convicted, the defendants could face six years in jail for each charge, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Amy Senser's lawyer claims it cannot be proven that the 45-year-old was under the influence when she killed struck and killed a man last summer, the Grand Forks Herald reported.
Despite speculation the wife of ex-Viking player Joe Senser had been intoxicated while driving that night, her attorney, Eric Nelson says there is no evidence in a legal memorandum filed Friday, according to the Pioneer Press.
The Pioneer Press sites a memo from Nelson which calls claims his client was intoxicated "insulting prejudicial inferences" flung "for the sole purpose of inflaming and aggravating the potential jury pool."
Nelson said his client may have speeding and talking on her cell phone and should be charged with inattentive driving rather than vehicular manslaughter, the Pioneer Press reported.

The busiest year for the LRT begins soon

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The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project is projected to be finished by the end of 2012, the Pioneer Press reported.
The project will see its busiest year in 2012, with installations, track laying, and several other tasks to be completed along the 11-mile stretch. Officials say by the end of the year it should be about 75 percent done, if the crew keeps on schedule, that is, according to the MinnPost.
The whole project is to be up and running by 2014, but when exactly is still unknown. "It depends partly on weather," Central Corridor spokeswoman Laura Baenen said, according to the Pioneer Press. "It depends on how preconstruction activities proceed."
The second stretch of heavy construction is to start on March 1, reported MinnPost.

Potential Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum shared his disapproval of the President Barack Obama's apology for Quran burnings in Afghanistan, the Pioneer Press reported.
Santorum, who has been a avid criticizer of the current president, added that the Afghani's should in fact be apologizing to Americans for the violence that ensued in the six days after the burning.
Four American soldiers were among the more than 30 killed since Tuesday when copies of the Quran and other religious material were used in a fire pit to burn garbage at a U.S. base, the Pioneer Press reported. Angry citizens and protestors threw grenades at a U.S. base Sunday leaving seven international troops wounded and two Afghans dead, the Pioneer Press reported.
Santorum said this violence is a deliberate as a result of an American mistake."Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake. It was something that deliberate," Santorum said, the Boston Globe reported.
Santorum further said that it should be Afghani president Hamid Karzai apologizing to us, not the other way around, the Boston Globe reported.

Analysis: Spot and follow

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The first of these stories starts more with what he did, that he murdered his sons and took his own life. Then it goes in to details of what happened on that day. The second paints a picture of the boys not wanting to leave their cousins house to see their dad. It then goes into more details learned about a voicemail left just before Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons. The first one tells more about who he was and what had happened before while the second focuses on the new evidence that has been found. It doesn't seem to be dealing with competitors as much as it is following up on a developing story which there is only so much information on at a time.

Washington avalanche kills three

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An avalanche near a popular ski resort in Washington left three dead on Sunday, the Huffington Post reported.
The resort received heavy snowfall that night and was among the areas given a high avalanche warning by The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center because of warmer weather which left snow loose, according to USA Today. The warning was given for areas above 5,000 feet.
Search and rescue workers arrived at the back side of the resort in an out-of-bounds area where the avalanche occurred, the Huffington Post reported.
The general manager of the ski area, John Gifford told the Huffington Post 19 inches of snow was received in the past 24 hours, but it was not snowing Sunday afternoon before the slide.
Gifford said the death toll remains at three, though he is unsure how many more sustained injuries or were caught in the slide, USA Today reported.
All others missing have been accounted for, USA Today reported.

A Duluth man died in a shootout with Superior police on Friday, similar to his brother's death in Alaska six years earlier, the Duluth News Tribune reported.
Luke Daniel Anderson, 34, shot himself and was shot by police after he raised his gun at them, KSTP.com reported.
Anderson's brother, Jason Karlo Jacob Anderson, 31, died in Homer, Alaska in a shootout with police and federal marshals in 2006, KSTP.com reported. Anderson was hiding in Alaska under an alias and was wanted in Minnesota on federal drug charges.
Anderson's two children, a 6-month-old girl and 2-year-old boy, were in the car with him at the time of the shooting. Anderson shot the boy in the cheek, injuring him severely, the Duluth News Tribune reported. His daughter was uninjured.
Anderson was shot by police nine times, but it was his self-inflicted shot to the head which was fatal, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Farmers warned to buy insurance after dry winter

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Officials warned farmers on Thursday to buy crop insurance before the deadline next month, the Pioneer Press reported.
Many are concerned as to what the effect of the exceptionally dry winter in Minnesota and other midwestern states will be on agriculture. Though farmers should be worried, there is still time for precipitation before spring planting, Greg Spoden of the Minnesota State Climatology Office said, according to Kare 11.
"I don't mean to imply that disaster is imminent," Spoden said. "It just means it's prudent to start to prepare for that possibility," according to the Pioneer Press.
The lack of precipitation this winter is a clear contrast from last year when farmers were concerned with spring flooding rather than a drought.
The warning comes at a time when farmers were expecting another good year for crop prices, according to the Pioneer Press.

President Barack Obama's advisers have reason to worry that rising gas prices could jeopardize his chance for re-election, reported Fox News.
Gas prices are steadily on the rise to the $4 mark, which gives Republicans a chance to play to voters' pocketbooks as general election comes nearer. The high prices gives the G.O.P. an opportunity to attack the president's energy programs and to show voters his economic plan is not working, the New York Times said.
Now prices are up 25 cents since January 1, reaching $3.53 per gallon, Fox News reported. Prices are said to reach $4.25 by April, news which is devastating to the Obama administration.
The administration is just coming off a high note as the presidents approval rating had gone up because of "better-than-expected job growth, a surging stock market and a payroll tax deal that will keep more money in the pockets of millions of Americans," the New York Times reported.
Republican candidate Rick Santorum already capitalized on the opportunity to criticize Democratic leaders. "They want higher energy prices. They want to push their radical agenda on the public. We need a president who is on the side of affordable energy," Santorum said according the New York Times.

Iran freezes oil exports to Britain and France

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Iranian officials suspended oil shipments to both Britain and France on Sunday in what could be a symbolic effort against the countries, the New York Times reported.
The suspension is said to be a possible response to the European Union's decision to "cut off Iranian oil imports and freeze central bank assets beginning in July," the New York Times said. This decision was made to diminish Iran's nuclear program.
Iran said they will have no problem finding other customers for their shipment besides the EU, who count for 18 percent of the nations oil exports, reported icNorthWales.co.edu.
Because of Britain and France rely on Iran for oil a very small amount, the halt is seen as a symbolic act against the countries who hold want to halt Iran's nuclear efforts as well as "bring pressure to bear on Syria, one of Tehran's closest allies," the New York Times said.

Mystery epidemic kills thousands in Central America

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A mysterious epidemic has claimed 24,000 lives in the last 12 years along the Pacific Coast of Central America, reported Fox News Latino.
The mystery disease, which has also left thousands with chronic kidney disease, has effected mainly manual labor and other workers on sugar cane fields. The disease has been seen all over Central America, but mainly in El Salvador and Nicaragua
Last year El Salvador's health minister, Dr. Maria Isabel Rodriguez, reached out to the world for help, "saying the epidemic was undermining health systems," reported the Huffington Post.
There is speculation that hose effected, including construction workers, miners and other labor workers, may have gotten the disease from the many chemicals involved in their work, according to the Huffington Post.

Analysis: Structure in Athens riots story

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This story follows a very standard structure form. It starts off immediately with what has happened and why in the lead. It then goes into the background of why what has happened did before going back to the breaking store itself. It is very effective to use this method. However, it does focus on the history more than it does on the new story itself. This is necessary in this case because that is the major cause of the riots and what needs to be focused on.

This story was in the Huffington Post.

The city of Athens erupted in flames and riots Sunday, as citizens marched the streets in protest to a parliamentary vote on austerity package designed to avoid the country going bankrupt, The New York Times reported.
Over 100,000 rioters marched the streets towards parliament, setting fires and destroying historic buildings, in protest to harsh cuts "which will ax one in five civil service jobs and slash the minimum wage by more than a fifth," reported the Huffington Post. Police officers fired tear gas towards rioters, who set fire to at least 10 buildings, including a three-story building which was completely taken over by flames.
Though the proposed plan is severe, Prime Minister Lucas D. Papademos said it was necessary in order to "restore the fiscal stability and global competitiveness of the economy, which will return to growth, probably in the second half of 2013," the New York Times reported.
European countries and the International Monetary Fund gave Greece $145 billion bailout in May 201, plus an additional $171 billion when that proved to not be enough.

Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional

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A federal appeals court declared California's ban of same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Tuesday, reported the Huffington Post.
A 2-1 decision was reached by the three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who said the ban's only purpose was to "lessen the status and human dignity" of gays, according to the Huffington Post.
The judges' focus was that gays were given an opportunity at for a time to get married, and it was unconstitutional for Proposition 8, the name given to the ban, to take that right away, reported the Washington Post.
In the five months before Prop 8 was passed, nearly 18,000 gay couples were married in the state of California.
Though six smaller states allow gays to marry as of now, gaining California would be a huge victory for the gay community because of the size of the state at it's gay community.
There is much speculation as to what effect this decision will have on other states' decisions. Minnesotans will vote on a ban of gay marriage in November.

Minnesota one of 10 given No Child Left Behind Waiver

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Minnesota was one of ten states that was given a break when it comes to the No Child Left behind law, the Pioneer Press reported.
Many Minnesota schools are behind in the laws goal to get all students' reading and math levels up to par by 2014. Supporters of the waiver believe it is small pockets of students holding schools back and schools need to be judged by different measures, reported the Pioneer Press.
This waiver gives the states involved leeway on the laws strict standards as long as they have a viable plan to improve teaching methods and evaluation of students, the Star Tribune reported.
Minnesota, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee were granted the waiver. The only state which applied and denied was New Mexico, the White House said, according to the Star Tribune.

Analysis: Attributions in home explosion story

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This story has attributions all over the place. They come before and after what the person or source had said. They use several different sources and repeat them. The sources in this story are all people, ranging from Susan Powell's sister to Josh Powell's attorney. They don't necessarily keep the attributions to one source all in the same place. This is a little confusing because who the source is specifically is easily forgotten. However, for this it is not to difficult to figure out and doesn't effect the clarity of the story.

This story came from the Star Tribune.

Oregon mushroom pickers found alive after 6 days lost

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Three Oregon mushroom pickers were rescued Sunday after spending six nights in the woods with no food, reported the Star Tribune.
Belinda and Dan Coone, as well as their son Micheal, spent the nights in a hallowed out tree and drank water from a stream before using their knife to get the attention of a helicopter pilot. With a dead cell phone and nothing around to eat, the three considered eating the family dog, Jesse, out of desperation.
Luckily it did not come to that, rescuers found the family quickly, about five football fields away from their jeep, according to the Boston Herald.
The Coones were flown to Gold Beach hospital for examination. The Star Tribune reported Dan Coone hurt his back and his wife had hypothermia, Curry County Sheriff John Bishop said.

The husband and two sons of a missing Utah woman died in an explosion at their home Sunday, reported the Star Tribune. Police are calling the tragedy a murder-suicide.
Police believe Josh Powell, 29, intentionally blew up the home of Steve Powell in Graham, Wash. days after he lost a child custody hearing, said the Chicago Tribune.
A social worker was dropping off Powell's sons, ages 7 and 5, for a supervised visit, but was denied entrance into the home by Powell. Minutes later, she smelled gas and the house exploded Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Gary Franz told CNN, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The fatal blast comes more than two years after Powell's 28 year-old wife, Susan, mysteriously disappeared from their home in West Valley City, Utah. Powell was the sole person-of-interest in his wife's disappearance, reported the Star Tribune.
Emails obtained to Powell's lawyer, Attorney Jeffrey Bassett, lead police to believe Powell planned the explosion ahead of time.

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