March 2012 Archives

The body of a Montana math teacher missing for more than two months was believed to be found by authorities Wednesday, CBS News reported.
Sherry Arnold, 43, was believed to be kidnapped while on a run near her home in Sydney, Mon., where she was a beloved teacher. Her body was found about 50 miles away from her home in Williston, N.D., the Washington Post reported.
Two men are currently under arrest for her murder, each being held on $2.5 billion bail. Michael Keith Spell, 22, confessed to police he and Lester Van Waters Jr., 48, abducted and killed Arnold while being fueled up on crack, CBS News reported.

Analysis:Obits

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This was a very standard obit. The one thing different was it had prominent sources like Barack Obama because the deceased was a Civil Rights Activist. It followed the New York Times story almost exactly. It started with a lead which named the person and their main contributions along with their age and death. An obit used information from a resume, however it is more personal. It goes through their life and highlights what happened. It gives them a legacy.
This story was from the New York Times.

DNR sued over battle against invasive species

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Three west-metro lake associations filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for not doing their duty to protect Minnesota Lakes from invasive species, the Alexandria Echo reported.
The fight against zebra mussels and other invasive species has been going on in Minnesota for over 20 years and the associations claim the DNR has not come up with a suitable plan for the future, the Star Tribune reported.
They also claim that DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr "has not established a statewide program to prevent and curb the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) as Minnesota statutes require," the Alexandria Echo.
The DNR raised funding by $3.8 million since last year and feel they are doing their duty, the Star Tribune reported.

US pays thousands to victims of Afghan shootings

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The U.S. Government paid large compensations for those killed in a shooting rampage March 11 which was said to be the work of an American soldier, the Star Tribune reported.
The U.S. paid $50,000 for each of the 17 victims as well as an additional $11,000 for each wounded, USA Today reported. The families were told the money came from President Barack Obama.
This was the latest in peace-keeping moves towards Afghanistan from the U.S.
Tensions have been high between the countries since American soldiers caused riots by using copies of the Quran to start fires. They were heightened when Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales allegedly went to two villages and shot families while they slept, the Star Tribune reported.
Bales faces 17 charges of premeditated murder as well as other crimes, USA Today reported.

Local student banned from prom for porn-star date

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A senior at Tartan High School was informed he wouldn't be allowed to go to prom after the school found out he intended to bring a porn star, USA Today reported.
Mike Stone, 18, tweeted at hundreds of adult film stars asking them to his prom and received a "yes" from Megan Piper. Her only demand was that he pay for her transportation from California, the Star Tribune reported.
Piper insisted she didn't plan to make a spectacle of who she was at the prom, but wanted to go because she was touched by Stone's request and had missed her own prom.
"I don't plan to show up butt naked or anything. I'm going to wear a pretty prom dress," Piper said, according to USA Today.
But that did matter to school officials who banned Stone and his date from the prom. In a statement issued Wednesday superintendent Patty Phillips said: "This prom date will not be allowed to attend the Tartan prom as her attendance would be prohibited under Tartan's standard prom procedures and would be inconsistent with two school district policies, the Star Tribune reported.
Stone plans to have his own prom at the same time as the school's so he can bring his date, USA Today reported.

Famed Hollywood director James Cameron reached earth's deepest point early Sunday evening, the Star Tribune reported.
A specially designed submarine was used to dive almost seven miles in a journey that took two hours to complete, according to CBS News.
The launch took place about 200 miles southwest of Guam, at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The trench is huge, about "120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and more than a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall," CBS News said.
Cameron, who joins two other men as the only people to reach the point, intended to spend six hours collecting samples for biologists and geologists to study, CBS News reported.
The descent took him to a depth of 35,756 feet, the Star Tribune reported.

Ex-pastor charge with sexual conduct with a minor

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A former Lutheran pastor in a small Northern Minnesota town has been arrested on charges that he had sex with a teenaged girl over whom he had a position of power, the Star Tribune reported.
The 15-year-old girl told police Rev. Darwin Frederick Schauer, 70, regularly had sex with her from the Spring of 2009 until last month, according to the Star Tribune.
The former pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Lake George is being held in jail on 15 counts of felony criminal sexual conduct with a minor, The San Antonio Express reported.

Utah man recognizes son as burglary suspect

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A Utah man recognized his son as a suspect on security footage on the news and then convinced him to turn himself in, ABC News reported.
A tape was released by police showing a man stealing from a computer store, which the two saw while eating breakfast, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Later Friday, Jeremy Blair, 26, turned himself in to police not for the burglary, but "was booked into the county jail on an unrelated warrant," the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Police say Blair was not alone when he smashed the window of StarWest Computers in Woods Cross on Monday morning, taking about $6,500 worth of computer equipment, ABC News reported. Police are still searching for the other suspect.

Soldier kills 16 Afghanis in shooting rampage

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A U.S. Army sergeant went on a shooting rampage in an Afghanistan village Sunday, the Huffington Post reported.
The sergeant killed 16 civilians, which including nine children and otherwise mainly women, as they slept, according to the Huffington Post.
This random rampage is "the deadliest intentional attack on civilians by a U.S. soldier" in the 10 years troops have been in the country, the Washington Post reported.
The shooting came at a time already filled with tension; just weeks ago U.S. soldiers sparked outrage in Afghani's when they burned Qurans, leading to much local protest. It also fueled "anti-American sentiment at a time of growing unease about the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan and increasing pessimism among Americans about the U.S. mission here," the Washington Post reported.

Benilde-St. Margaret's wins state tournament 5-1

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Benilde-St. Margaret's boy's hockey team's season came to the best possible end Saturday when they beat Hill-Murray in the state championship, the Pioneer Press reported.
The win was particularly special for the team. A little over two months ago Jack Jablonski, their teammate and friend, suffered a paralyzing injury in a game.
Since then, the team and community have come together, holding events in Jablonski's honor and going 18-3-0, all leading up to becoming the 2011-2012 state champions, the
Jablonski watched from a private suite as his teammates went to beat Hill-Murray 5-1. Junior Grant Besse scored all five goals, including three short-handed, the Pioneer Press reported.
This was the Red Knight's first ever state championship title since entering the 2A class, Fox 9 reported.

Minnesota Somalis protest halt of wire-transfers

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More than 200 local Somalis protested Friday after over a dozen Minnesota businesses stopped accepting wire transfers, the Star Tribune reported.
These businesses, known as hawalas, are used by Somalis to send money to relatives still living in the East African country which"hasn't had a functioning government since 1991 and has no banking system, CBS Minnesota reported.
15 Somali-owned have lost support from their bank, causing them to stop wire services. Right now, Somalia and other African countries are suffering from a famine and locals claim this is the only way to help relatives back home, the Star Tribune reported.
Though the U.S. Treasury said there are other "legitimate and transparent ways for Somalis to send money home," the large population of Somalis in Minnesota claim those options were not reasonable, CBS Minnesota reported.

Toddler found in filed dies in hospital

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An Indiana toddler was taken off life support Sunday after sustaining severe injuries in a recent tornado, KSTP reported.
Fifteen-month-old Angel Babcock found in a field after her family's mobile home was hit by the storm Friday. Her parents, Joe and Moriah, along with her brother Jaydon, 2 years, and sister Kendall, 2 months, died instantly, U.S. News reported.
Despite early signs she might recover, she later showed no brain activity, causing her grandparents to decide to take her off life support, U.S. News reported.
Her death brings the toll up to 39 dead among the five states hit by the storms, according to KSTP.

A former student filed a law suit earlier this week against Stonehill College, claiming the school failed to help her when she complained her roommate was having too much sex in their dorm room, U.S. News reported.
Lindsay Blankmeyer of New York said officials of the Roman Catholic school did not do enough to provide a reasonable living situation for her when she complained that her roommate often had sex with her boyfriend while she was in the room and engaged in "sexually inappropriate video chatting," the Pioneer Press reported.
Blankmeyer was given two options which she did not find suitable. One was to move into a dorm which had a reputation as a "party dorm," which she was uncomfortable with. The other was to move into a former study lounge which she found to be too small, according to U.S. News. When the school refused to move her roommate, Blankmeyer ended up living in a hotel before filing the law suit.
Blankmeyer claimed her pre-exisiting depression worsened as the situation went on, even reaching suicidal levels, the Pioneer Press reported. She eventually went on to graduate in 2011 and said the problems began her senior year.
Kristen Magda, the spokeswoman for the college, said the college acted "swiftly and professionally" in response to Blankmeyer's complaint and tried several options to resolve the situation, U.S. News reported.

Vladimir Putin wins Russia's President election

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Russia's long time leader Vladimir Putin won the presidential election in a lanslide on Sunday, exciting supporters and angering opposition, the Huffington Post reported.
Putin celebrated with tens of thousands of his supporters as they rallied outside the Kremlin, thanking them for their support against plots to destroy Russia.
Opposition members don't plan to take this victory quietly as they plan protests, starting with a rally in Pushkin Square in central Moscow on Monday night.
Putin is currently serving as the country's prime minister, a position which he achieved after serving as president from 2000 to 2008. As president he will serve a six-year term, the New York Times reported.
Early results show Putin held nearly 60 percent of the vote, according to the Huffington Post.

Vikings stadium plan revealed

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After much anticipation, Gov. Mark Dayton announced Thursday the $975 billion plan for a new Vikings stadium, to be built near the Metrodome, the Pioneer Press reported.
The money will be divided among the state, city of Minneapolis and the Vikings, each contributing $398 million, $150 million and $427 million, respectively.
The state will be expanding pull tab gambling to pay for their part. "Not a single tax dollar from the state general fund will be used for this project,'' Dayton said, according to CBS Sports.
For the city's part will come from "redirecting existing convention center and hospitality taxes," CBS Sports reported.
Dayton sees the plan as an opportunity for economic growth by creating "as many as 8,000 construction jobs, 5,000 related jobs for suppliers and others, and 2,000 permanent jobs after that," CBS sports reported.
The plan to build essentially in place of the Vikings former stadium beat out others both in Arden Hills and near the Basilica in Minneapolis.

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