April 2012 Archives

Case of killed toddler still unsolved

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It has been four months since Marsh Mayes son was murdered in their North Minneapolis apartment and still no one has been arrested.
Terrell Mayes Jr., 3, hid in a closet with his brothers the day after Christmas when gunfire exploded in their home. One of the bullets went through the wall and hit the toddler in the head, killing him, the Star Tribune reported.
Despite mapping out who could have been the shooters, police are no closer to solving the case, the Star Tribune reported. They solved a similar case in 2002 by using this method.
A 10,285 privately funded reward and a $1,000 Crime Stoppers of Minnesota have been offered for those who reveal the shooters identity, but remains unclaimed, the Star Tribune reported.

U.S. and Afghanistan reach partnership agreement

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The United States and Afghanistan reached a strategic partnership agreement on Sunday after negotiating for months, the New York Times reported.
In the agreement, which was not released publicly, the U.S. pledged to support Afghanistan until 2024, ten years after the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops in the country, according to the New York Times.
The support will be both financial and economical while Afghanistan fights against the Taliban, the Wall Street Journal.
The deal will be official next month when President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai meet at North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Chicago, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Arizona v. United States to be heard Wednesday

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Two years after a controversial immigration law was passed in Arizona on immigration laws, the Supreme Court with rule Wednesday on whether to keep the expansion, the New York Times reported.
The law, called SB 1070, expanded local policies' enforcement rights when it comes to immigrants and allowing "state police officers to ask about the immigration status of anyone they stop, and to hold those suspected of being illegal immigrants," the New York Times reported.
The law has cause widespread debate and was even disputed by the Obama Administration, the New York Times reported.
Arizona v. United States will be heard by the Supreme Court Wednesday. The state has already been backed up by Florida, and 13 other states, according to the Miami Herald.
SB 1070 also ins pired other laws in Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah, according to the New York Times.

Blaze kills boy, leaves two others injured

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A young boy was killed and two more were left hurt after a fire that nearly destroyed a house in Northern Minnesota Friday, the Pioneer Press reported.
The 4-year-old's body was found Saturday day in the home, 3 miles north of Stephen, Minn. The two others are currently at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and there as been no word as to their condition, the Pioneer Press reported.
The blaze is under investigation by the sheriff's office and the state fire marshal, the Pioneer Press reported. The house was destroyed by the fire.

Hundreds gathered Saturday in memory of a Congolese refugee who was killed in a freak car accident days earlier, the Pioneer Press reported.
Medard Ebunga Prosper was killed April 15 when his car blew a tire on the Mendota bridge. As he tried to get free of the vehicle, his foot was caught and the car ran him over, the Herald Globe reported.
Prosper,19, migrated to the U.S. about two years before his accident, fleeing the civil war-torn Congo with two of his brothers. Both of his parents and nine siblings were killed before he left, according to the Pioneer Press.
Friends gathered in memory of Prosper at Word of Grace Baptist Church in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Bakdash could face up to 51 years for fatal hit-and-run

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A man convicted after killing a man and injuring two women after running them down in Dinkytown will be sentence Monday, the Pioneer Press reported.
TImothy Bakdash of Roseville was found guilty on nine counts in a hit-and-run that left Benjamin Van Handel. Bakdash attacked the three after drinking heavily on April 15, 2011, the Pioneer Press reported.
Bakdash, 30, could now face up to 51 year depending on how the counted are added up, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Christina Warren said, according to the Pioneer Press.
Bakdash admitted to having smoked marijuana before going to The Library bar in Dinkytown the night he fatally hit Van Handel, a university student just months a way from graduating, Kare11 reported.

Taliban members pulled off what is being called Pakistan's largest jail-break early Sunday morning, freeing hundreds of prisoners and reiterating fears of worsening security conditions in the area nearing Afghanistan, the New York Times reported.
Militants stormed the prison at 1:30 a.m., freeing approximately 400 of 900 inmates, about 30 of whom have previous association with the Taliban, CBS News reported.
The attack appeared to be waged in order to free a militant commander who attempted to assassinate former Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the New York Times reported.
Authorities shut down mobile phone networks in a search effort and arrested 11 prisoners by Sunday evening. Twenty more willingly turned themselves into the prison,said the home minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Mohammad Azam Khan, according to the New York Times.
The Taliban is also suspected to be behind attacks in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, just hours before the break out, according to CBS News.

Authorities insist cop killer is not granted parole

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Local authorities have rallied against the possible parole of a cop killer scheduled to be released this month, the CBS Minnesota reported.
Ronald Schneider, was convicted of shooting Robbinsdale police officer John Scanlon as he sat in his patrol car one day in 1985, the Pioneer Press reported. At the time of the shooting Schneider was a robbery suspect who had had no contact with Scanlon, according to CBS Minnesota.
Schneider, now 70, was sentence to life, but given the possibility of parole after 17 years under a law that was changed in 1993, the Pioneer Press reported.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek wrote a letter on April 2 that insisted Schneider not be granted parole, but the Department of Corrections said they cannot disregard the laws at the time of his sentencing, the Pioneer Press reported.
Currently one of five men serving a sentence for killing an officer under the old law, Schneider will appear in front of an appellate court Monday. This will be his second time seeking parole after an attempt 10 years ago, the Pioneer Press reported.

A hotelier was endorsed by Democrats Saturday to be Rep. Michelle Bachmann's opponent for the 6th Congressional District in the fall, the Pioneer Press reported.
Jim Graves won 66 percent of delegate's ballots at Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's convention in Blaine, according to the Pioneer Press.
Graves' luxurious hotels are now run by son his Ben, freeing him up to pursue a career in politics. Though he is the wealthiest Democrat in the endorsement race, Graves does not plan to self-fundraise, Kare11 reported.
The two other hopefuls for the candidacy, May Township business owner Brian McGoldrick and St. Cloud lawyer Anne Nolan, said they would not challenge Graves in the August primary, making him Bachmann's likely opponent, the Pioneer Press reported.

Tornadoes cause destruction and death in Midwest

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Over 100 tornadoes ripped through the midwest throughout Saturday night, leaving residents traumatized, CBS News reported.
In Oklahoma, 29 people were injured and five have been found dead, including three children under the age of ten, ABC News reported.
More fatalities were expected because the storm ripped out a transmitter, leaving residents of Woodward, Okla., without warning as they slept, Woodward City Manager Alan Riffel said, according to ABC News.
The twisters, which were accompanied by large hail, downpours and lightning, were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
As they move east throughout Sunday they are weakening, but still threaten Minnesota, Illinois and eastern Iowa, ABC News reported. Forecasters warned dangerous thunderstorms could reach as far east as Michigan, CBS News reported.

Sailboat accident kills two of three boys

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Two of three young boys died Friday after their sailboat capsized while out for a ride with their father on Clearwater Lake, the Star Tribune reported.
Isaiah Risland, 8, remained in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. He and brothers Jacob, 2, and Zech, 6, were unresponsive after being pulled from the lake, NECN.com reported.
All three boys wore life jackets while sailing with their father Dan, an avid outdoorsman. Isaiah was airlifted to the hospital while his brothers both died of hypothermia, NECN.com reported.

Avalanche in Himalayas buries 135

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Eleven civilians and 124 Pakistani soldiers were buried by an avalanche at a major army base on a Himalayan glacier near India Saturday according to military officials and the Washington Post.
Because of the rough terrain, it is unlikely that any of the victims will be recovered, the Chicago Tribune reported. The soldiers were sleeping in the base headquarters when the avalanche buried them in 80 feet of snow.
Rescue efforts have so far had little effect. Army officials are now hoping for a miracle, the Washington Post said.

Top colleges' admissions rates at all-time low

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Top colleges are proudly announcing record low admissions rates for freshman applying for the Fall of 2012, the Washington Post reported.
This number comes from the number of students who apply vs. the number of students each college accepts and is increasingly more important as rankings of each colleges do the same, according to the Washington Post.
A long time top-ranked college, Harvard's ranks dropped for the seventh consecutive year in a row, reaching an all-time low of 5.9 percent, the Fiscal Times reported.
Along with tough competitions at home, students are increasingly having to worry about international students, the Fiscal Times reported.

Two men arrested in Tulsa shooting rampage

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Two men were arrested after a potentially racially motivated shooting rampage that left three dead Friday in Tulsa, the Washington Post reported.
It is believe that one of the men, Jake England, 19, sought revenge for the murder of his father two years ago by a black man, according to the New York Times.
England posted a Facebook status on Thursday expressing anger about his father's death that included a racial slur. The next day he and roommate Alvin Watts, 32, went to a predominantly black neighborhood in north Tulsa where it is believed they went on a shooting rampage, the Washington Post reported.
The men were arrested Sunday after an anonymous tip and will be charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts shooting with intent to kill, the New York Times reported.

Gopher linebacker found dead in dorm

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Gary Tinsley, University of Minnesota student and football player, was found dead in his dorm Friday morning, the Pioneer Press reported.
The 22-year-old Florida native was unresponsive in his dorm room in Roy WIlkins Hall after being discovered by his roommate and fellow linebacker Keanon Cooper. Medics were unable to revive Tinsley and pronounced him dead less than an hour after Cooper found him, the Pioneer Press reported.
Though there was no evidence of foul play, university Police Chief Greg Hestness is calling his death "suspicious" because it involved a "young athlete," the Pioneer Press said.
Hestness also said the police were currently unaware of any pre-existing health conditions the young linebacker may have had, USA Today reported. The cause of death has not yet been released as officials wait on the results of an autopsy.

There were three winners in Friday's record-breaking Mega-Million lottery prize, USA Today reported.
The lucky three, whose odds of winning were about one in 176 million, will share the $656 million prize, USA Today reported. That jackpot value was reached over nine weeks, as Americans spent nearly $1.5 billion on Mega Million tickets in hopes they would walk away with the prize.
Each winner is expected to receive more than $213 million before taxes, ABC News reported.
The winners, whose names have yet to be revealed, all held tickets that contained every one of the five winning numbers, as well as the powerball number, ABC News reported.
Though Illinois always share their winners names, the winners from Maryland and Kansas can choose to go unnamed, ABC News reported.

Analysis: Numbers in a story

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This story uses numbers in a variety of ways. For one, it used the average heating bill and how much it had decreased. It does this with not only numerical value, but also with a percent decrease. t uses average, percent change and numerical values several times throughout the story. The sources are representatives for the gas companies who have most likely calculated this amounts, so the percent change could have been number crunching on the part of the reporter, but was more likely done by the company. The numbers are used very effectively to show the drastic change in heating prices.
This story was in the Star Tribune.

A plan for the new Vikings Stadium released Sunday created the possibility the team and Hennepin county will have to contribute more than thought to the $1 billion project, the Star Tribune reported.
The plan provided information on how the state will collect the $398 million it owes; through electronic bingo and pull tabs in bars and restaurants, according to the Star Tribune.
With this plan there is a $10 million gap in what the state owes and what these games can provide, leaving the Vikings and Hennepin county to pick up the rest, the Star Tribune reported.
This is a step in the right direction to charitable game officials, who said "it would provide $36 million annually in tax relief, a 29 percent tax decrease," the Star Tribune reported.
Additionally, the plan provided four back up sources of funding in case the charitable games are not enough, the Pioneer Press reported.
Viking and county officials oppose the new plan. A hearing on the amended bill is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 2, before the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee, the Pioneer Press reported.

Protestors demand justice for Trayvon Martin

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Hundreds of protestors gathered in Miami Sunday demanding the arrest of the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed local teen, CNN reported.
The parents of Trayvon Martin, along with civil rights leaders and other protestors, rallied at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, Martin's hometown, CNN reported. Rev. Jamal Bryant spoke to the protestors with a "Justice for Trayvon poster hanging behind him.
The shooting of Martin, a 17-year-old black male, on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Flor., has spurred a national debate on race in America.
Martin's shooter, 28-year-old white Hispanic George Zimmerman, was in his car outside when he called a 911 dispatcher and reported Martin looked "suspicious," the Huffington Post reported. He then followed the 17-year-old, against the advice of the dispatcher.
Zimmerman told later told police he fired his semiautomatic handgun in self defense after Martin attacked him, the Huffington Post reported.
Police did not charge Zimmerman with the death of Martin because of a lack of evidence his story of self defense was untrue, CNN reported.
Protestors argue Martin was targeted based on the color of his skin and Zimmerman should be arrested for the crime, the Huffington Post reported.
So far, more than 2 million people have signed ion on Change.Org, demanding justice in the case, the Huffington Post reported.

More than 1,000 passengers stranded on a fire-damaged cruise ship for 24 hours safely landed in a Malaysian port Sunday, USA Today reported.
An engine room on the Azamara Quest caught fire Friday, injuring five crew members, and proceeded to drift at sea, the Star Tribune reported. The ship landed in the city of Sandakan, in eastern Malaysia, late Sunday.
Ambulances left the port shortly after docking, followed by buses that took passengers to hotels around midnight, USA Today reported.
Though the fire was put out immediately, one of the five crew workers who suffered smoke inhalation was severely injured and in need of hospitalization the ship operator said, according to the Star Tribune.
Ten of the 1,000 passengers were residents of Bemidji, the Star Tribune reported.

Heating bills lowered by warm winter

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A warm winter and low natural gas prices has lead to Minnesotans lowering heat bills by 30 percent from last year, the Star Tribune reported.
On average, from November to February Center Point customers paid nearly half of what they did in 2007-08, dropping from $674 to $358, spokeswoman Rebecca Virden said, according to the Star Tribune.
This downward trend is expected to continue through the warmest March in the history of the state. On March 17, the temperature hit 80 degrees for the first time since October 9, 2011, marking the fewest consecutive days without reaching 80 degree on record, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
The warm weather has also forced many homes, and even more office buildings, to turn on the air conditioning earlier than years past.

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