December 2012 Archives

In the ABC News article "Missing Nevada Woman Paula Lane Survived on Snow, Tomatoes for Six Days," the author includes some important attributions, but fails to include the attributions that the readers want.

The article is about Paula Lane; the Nevada woman who was stranded for nearly a week in a snowstorm, only to be found nearly a week later by her brother. Lane's boyfriend, Roderick Clifton died during his search for help. The article does a great job of including quotes from Linda Hathaway, Lane's older sister, but it she is the only family member attributed in the story.

Although the quotes from Hathaway are very important to the article, the story could have been more powerful with something from Lane's brother.

In fact, Lane's brother's name is not even included in the article. In other words, the story kind of leaves its readers with numerous questions and few answers. The article also does this by not including many details about Clifton or his family.

Overall, attributing Hathaway made the article more powerful and intriguing to its readers, but it could've been a better developed story with additional attributions from Lane's brother or another family member.

A Nevada woman who was stranded in a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Moutnains for nearly a week was rescued by her brother while she was looking for help, NY Daily News reported.

Paula Lane, 46, and her boyfriend Roderick Clifton, 44, had been missing since Nov. 29. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that couple were headed home to Gardnerville, Nev. after visiting Clifton's relative in Sacramento County. They decided to pull off the highway and go off-roading in a remote region of Alpine County near Highway 88. The couple were reported missing Saturday when Lane did not show up to a planned dinner with her mother and could not be contacted by cellphone, NY Daily News reported.

Since the two didn't have any cell service, they could not call for help, and the police could not track them. Lane and Clifton stayed the first night in their car. Clifton left for help the following morning, the Chronicle reported. When Clifton did not return three days later, Lane left by herself in a last attempt to be rescued, NY Daily News reported.

Clifton's body was found Wednesday by searchers about a mile north of Burnside Lake in California's Alpine county. Police have yet to confirm how he died, but they don't believe foul play was involved, ABC News reported.

Lane was found crawling along Highway 88 Wednesday by her brother around 8:30 p.m., said Linda Hathaway, Lane's older sister. Hathaway said her brother searched the route that Lane would have taken home since her and Clifton regularly drove from Citrus Heights to Gardnerville, ABC News reported.

"It's been a rough haul, waiting all those days, trying to know if she'd made it or not," Hathaway said at a news conference Thursday at Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital, the Carson City, Nev., facility to which Lane was taken and treated for first-degree frostbite and malnourishment, ABC News reported.

Dr. Vijay Maiya, Lane's physician, said his patient had apparently found shelter by "hiding out in a hollow tree," in addition to eating the tomatoes they had with them. "She is medically stable. She's recovering nicely," Maiya said at the news conference, adding that 25 percent of Lane's recovery would be physical and 75 percent would be "emotional," ABC News reported.

Maiya plans to keep Lane at the hospital through the weekend, so he can continue to monitor her recovery, ABC News reported.

Jenni Rivera, a Mexican-American Singer, is believed to be dead after the private jet she was flying in Sunday crashed, ABC News reported.

Gerado Ruiz Esparza, Mexico's Secretary of Communications and Transports, has confirmed that Rivera, 43, was one of seven passengers in the private jet that crashed on its way to Toluca International Airport. The Learjet 25 jet left the northern Mexican city of Monterrey at 3:15 a.m. local time on Sunday and fell off the radar 10 minutes after take-off. An official search for the Learjet began at sunrise when it did not arrive at the Toluca International Airport, located outside of Mexico City; the flight was scheduled to arrive at the airport at 4:40 a.m, ABC News reported.

The learjet was found in mountainous terrain in Nuevo Leon, just south of Monterrey. Authorities say there were no survivors, Los Angeles Times reported.

It is believed that there were five passengers and two pilots on the Learjet. Rivera's publicist, Arturo Rivera, and her makeup artist, Jacob Yebale, are believed to have been two of the five passengers on the flight. Jenni Rivera was flying to Toluca Sunday for the taping of a Mexican TV show, La Voz, ABC News reported.

Rivera was a popular recording artist and reality television star. She was best known for her interpretations of regional Mexican music, norteno and banda. She was one of NBCUniversal's biggest bilingual television stars, with a very popular reality show, "I Love Jenni," on cable channel Mun2, Los Angeles Times reported.

Nielsen SoundScan says Rivera has sold 1.2 million albums and 349,000 digital tracks in the United States. "She also had a syndicated weekly radio program and clothing and cosmetics lines -- all designed to appeal to U.S. Latinas. The ABC television network was developing a sitcom starring Rivera, tentatively titled "Jenni," about a strong-willed Latina single mother," Los Angeles Times reported.

Rivera had five children and a grandchild. Celebrity magazines said she was seeking a divorce from her second husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, Los Angeles Times reported.

A newborn baby will have to endure a year of medical tests for HIV and hepatitis after he was breastfed by another new mother because he was accidentally put in the wrong bassinet on Wednesday at a Minneapolis hospital, ABC News reported.

The mix-up occurred at Abbott Northwestern Hospital when Tammy Van Dyke's newborn son, Cody, was accidentally put in the wrong bassinet in the nursery. "You put your baby in the nursery, not even 48-hours old, and you think they're safe," Van Dyke told ABC News today. "I'm holding it together. I'm just in disbelief, and it was like I was in a dream, a bad dream, and I couldn't get it to stop," ABC News reported.

Van Dyke, 40, from Apple Valley, put her son Cody in the nursery Tuesday night for one final night before she planned to take him home on Wednesday. At some point during the night, the baby was accidentally brought to the wrong room and breast-fed by a different new mom before the hospital realized the mistake, the StarTribune reported.

Van Dyke said "Cody and the other woman, who had given birth to twins, were given blood tests to make sure they were not exposed to any infectious diseases, such as hepatitis or HIV, that can be transmitted through breast milk. All the tests were negative, she said -- but Cody will have to be retested every three months for a year," the StarTribune reported.

Hospital spokeswoman Gloria O'Connell said the tests were "just a precaution," but declined to elaborate because of patient confidentiality, ABC News reported.

The hospital issued a public apology Wednesday, acknowledging the error and saying that its own safety procedures apparently "were not followed in this case," the StarTribune reported.

A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his younger brother Wednesday afternoon while playing with their father's handgun in the family's Minneapolis townhouse, police said, the StarTribune reported.

Around 12:45 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting at 1907 7th Street South, Sgt. Steve McCarty confirmed. The police officers who arrived at the scene discovered the toddler suffered from a critical gunshot wound, MyFox9 reported.

Police said 2-year-old Neegnco Xiong died after his brother found a loaded handgun in a bedroom, and the gun discharged while he was handling it. Paramedics tried to revive Neegnco, but he died in an ambulance at the scene, said Minneapolis police Sgt. William Palmer, who called the shooting "a horrible accident" and a reminder to safely and properly store firearms, the StarTribune reported.

Homicide investigators have been assigned to the case and are interviewing the parents, but no arrests have been made. Once complete, the investigation will be referred to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for possible charges against the parents. In Minnesota it is a crime to store a loaded gun where a child would be able to get access to it. Family members say they don't know how the boy found the handgun because his father kept it hidden on a shelf in the closet, MyFox9 reported.

Palmer said both parents were home at the time of the accident. Three of the couple's children, a 1-year-old, a 4-year-old, and a 5-year-old that was not home at the time, are now in protective custody, MyFox9 reported.

An Australian radio station is in hot water after the nurse who answered their prank call at the hospital where Kate Middleton is staying allegedly committed suicide, Huffington Post reported.

"A nurse at the hospital who was duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs concerning Prince William's pregnant wife, Catherine, has apparently committed suicide, the hospital confirmed Friday," CNN reported.

A day after Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London, two radio hosts from Sydney, Australia, prank called the hospital. The two hosts from 2Day FM called the hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. When they called, the radio hosts were successfully got past the receptionist who transferred them to Middleton's nurse, Huffington Post reported.

Host Mel Grieg talked to the receptionist as she pretended to be the Queen. Once the receptionist transferred her to Middleton's nurse, Grieg continued to pretend to be the Queen and talk in a fake accent while her co-host Michael Christian played the part of the Prince of Wales, Huffington Post reported.

Initially, the radio station and its host received numerous negative reviews for the prank, but "the outcry grew exponentially" after the receptionist who transferred the call died of an apparent suicide, CNN reported.

London's Metropolitan Police said they were notified around 9:30 a.m on Friday that a woman was found unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene and later identified as Jacintha Saldanha, the receptionist who answered the prank call, CNN reported.

The hospital said Saldanha had worked there for more than four years as an "excellent nurse," well-respected by co-workers. Police are said they are treating the death as "unexplained," CNN reported.

In the StarTribune article, "Question haunts Little Falls: What led shooter to kill?," numerous great quotes are used from the suspect's brother.

The article creates a powerful story that leaves the reader wanting more through it's great use of attributions and quotations from Bruce Smith, the brother of Byron Smith, the man who admitted to killing two teen cousins who broke into his home in Little Falls.

Because of the disturbing nature of this story, it's inevitable that people have numerous questions about Byron and why it took extreme measures to stop the two cousins who allegedly broke into his home, Nicholas Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18. This StarTribune article answers some of those questions that readers may have through quotes from Bruce.

For example, Bruce gives further insight into Byron's life and possible reasoning behind what he did. Bruce suggests the possible reasoning behind why Byron found it necessary to shoot the teens multiple times: "Byron Smith is 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, but at 64 may have been no match for the athletic 17-year old Brady, Bruce Smith said. Brady had been involved in wrestling, taekwondo, strength and fitness training, his obituary says," the StarTribune article reported.

Quotes like these help readers understand the complex story a little better. It is also more reassuring to the audience to know that this information is coming from a reliable source who obviously knows the suspect very well since they're brothers. I think it was very smart to write this StarTribune article using quotes primarily from Bruce.

Overall, the attributing Byron's brother makes the article much more credible, which makes for a well-written, intriguing story.

The Animal Humane Society seized dozens of horses from a farm in Fillmore County because of severe animal cruelty toward the horses at the farm, MyFox9 reported.

"When investigators arrived on the property, they found horse carcasses "all over the place" and removed 55 horses, ponies, and donkeys because of health concerns and grotesque conditions, including lack of shelter." This is one of the state's largest cases of cruelty toward horses that the Animal Humane Society is investigating, MyFox9 reported.

Several of the horses who were thought to be in the most critical conditions were brought to the University of Minnesota Large Animal Hospital in St. Paul for examination. The county prosecutor will review the results of the exams to decide whether criminal charges should be filed and, if so, what kind. The horses who were not taken to the St. Paul hospital were transported to the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Preston. Four of the horses were in such bad conditions that they had to be euthanized on Friday morning, StarTribune reported.

"I'm very sad this would happen in the first place, and it makes me angry that it has," said Drew Fitzpatrick, of Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue. "The best way to deal with it is to assist the animals, to give an apology from the human race they deserve and to prosecute," MyFox9 reported.

Charges have not been filed against the owner of the animals, but investigators say that as soon as next week the owner could face animal cruelty and neglect charges, StarTribune reported.

A Crocodile Attacks 9-year-old Boy in Australia

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Police are looking for a 9-year-old boy who was snatched by a crocodile as he was swimming in a river in northern Australia on Saturday, the Huffington Post reported.

Northern Territory police say the boy was swimming at Port Bradshaw with a group of people when he was taken by the crocodile. People who were in the river near the boy, attempted to kill the crocodile with spears. The crocodile took the boy further into the water though, the Huffington Post reported.

Two weeks ago, a 7-year-old girl who was swimming at a Northern Territory waterhole was snatched by another crocodile. The girl's remains were found the next day inside of the crocodile after it was fatally shot, USA Today reported.

"Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to 25ft and weigh more than a ton, are plentiful in the Northern Territory and signs have been erected near waterways warning visitors to stay away from the water and river banks," the Daily Mail reported.

Police planned to continue searching on Monday, but they are not optimistic that the boy will be found alive, the USA Today reported.

A man admitted killing two teenage cousins who broke into his home in LIttle Falls on Thanksgiving Day, the StarTribune reported.

Bryon Smith, 64, shot and killed Nicholas Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, in the basement of his Little Falls home after they allegedly broke in. Smith, a retired U.S. State Department employee shot, told authorities that he shot the cousins in self-defense, CBS reported.

"Smith told authorities that when he saw Brady inside his house, he fired at the teenager and then shot him again in the face after he fell down. Smith said as he was dragging Brady's body into his workshop, Kifer came down the stairs and he shot her multiple times. He dragged her into the room and as she gasped for air, he fired what he described as a "good clean finishing shot" under her chin "up into the cranium," the complaint said," CBS reported.

There are many questions about the unnecessary force that Smith took against the teens. One question includes "how a man trained to prevent intrusions by terrorists and spies into U.S. embassies had become the victim of multiple break-ins at his property, the last ending in tragedy," the StarTribune reported.

Bruce Smith, the brother of Bryon Smith, said his brother had never seen killing during his job. A State Department spokesman said that Smith retired in 2006 from his job protecting embassies and consulates, StarTribune reported.

"Deputies discovered the bodies of Brady and Kifer on Nov. 23 after Byron Smith called a neighbor, asking about a lawyer and letting the neighbor know that he should call authorities," the StarTribune reported.

On Monday, Smith was charged with two counts of murder, CBS reported.

Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, took his girlfriend's life and his own life on Saturday, police said, the StarTribune reported.

Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins, his 22-year-old girlfriend and the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, several times around eight in the morning at their home in a middle0class neighborhood, police spokesman Darin Snapp said, CNN reported.

Police said about 20 minutes after Perkins was shot, they got a call from Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs' home, about "a person who was in the parking lot, armed with a handgun." When the officers arrived at the stadium they saw a black man talking to several coaches and holding a gun to his head, Snapp said. "As the officers pulled up and began to park, that's when they heard the gunshot," CNN reported.

Officials told CNN affiliate KCTV that although Belcher was armed at the Stadium, he never pointed the gun at anyone and instead thanked the coaches for what they'd done for him, CNN reported.

"I am devastated and heart broken," wrote Jeff Allen, one of several Kansas City players who took to Twitter to express their grief and astonishment. "I'm sending prayers to everyone involved. Always show love and never be afraid to talk," CNN reported.

Kansas City police have not released a motive for the shooting of 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, other than to say the couple had been arguing in recent days. They left behind a 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, who was being cared for by family, the StarTribune reported.

Carrie Underwood is set to star in NBC's "The Sound of Music as Maria von Trapp,Huffington Post

"Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist," Huffington Post reported.

The production will air sometime in 2013 close to the Holidays and will be produced by "Smash's" Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The production will run for about three-hours, USA Today reported.

"We're thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of 'The Sound of Music' live," Zadan and Meron, said in a statement. "And having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time as many millions of people already have. It's a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical," Huffington Post reported.

"Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums since winning American Idol in 2005. She starred in her own holiday variety special in 2009 and made her film-acting debut 2011's Soul Surfer, following a guest TV role on How I Met Your Mother. She also as co-hosted The CMA Awards for the past five years," USA Today reported.

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