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February 2013 Archives

Comparing Al Jazeera's and Game Informers use of multimedia

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Al Jazeera and Game Informer are vastly different media organizations that cover immensely different content. Al Jazeera writes and broadcasts hard international news stories, while Game Informer covers electronic entertainment. Both publications, however, make vast use of multimedia on their websites.

Video is an important part of Al Jazeera's online appeal. Brief video segments accompany most important articles, such as this one covering the end of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy. Al Jazeera also produces longer videos, including this documentary on political struggle in West Papua. Their videos complement their written material by providing readers visual and vocal imagery of places and people the story is about. The article as a whole becomes more impactful, interesting, and easier to understand.

Game Informer also uses a ton of video content on their website. Examples of this are a series of informative video segments called Test Chamber. The Game Informer editors play sections of upcoming games, providing commentary on their features, strengths and weaknesses. This is more effective at showing readers what the game is like than written descriptions, because video allows them to actually see how the game looks in action. Unlike Al Jazeera, which often uses video as a secondary part of the article, Game Informer tends to make its video the main focus of the artilcles the put it in. The writing accompanying the videos is usually short and often only there to introduce the video.

Blogs are a common feature on both news websites. Al Jazeera has a number of blogs of different kinds. They include live blogs on ongoing events, such as this one delivering breaking updates on the Syrian Civil War, along with blogs from staff members. This one is from Laurence Lee, Al Jazeera's London correspondent, who writes about the economics and politics of the region he is assigned to. Game Informer also makes use of blogs, included staff blogs and user blogs created by readers. These strengthen Game Informer's online community by adding a way for readers to interact and take part in creating the web site's content.

All of Game Informer's editors have twitter accounts, an example being Associate Editor Dan Ryckert. They use these to guide their Twitter audience to noteworthy articles on their site. Mainly, however, they use Twitter as a platform to build relationships and trust with their readers.

Rocket fired at Israel from Gaza

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A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel Tuesday, news sources report Israel police saying.

The rocket landed south of the city of Ashkelon in southern Israel, according to Fox News. It is the first one fired from the Palestinian territory since a truce ended Israel-Gaza hostilities last November.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' West Bank-based Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the rocket strike, Al Jazeera reports.

The group described the attack as a preliminary retaliation for the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian member of the brigade, who died in Israeli custody last weekend, according to Al Jazeera.

The attack comes weeks before President Barrack Obama is scheduled to visit Israel and the West Bank, as tensions are rising in the region, Fox News reports.

Two Palestinian youths, one 13 and one 16, were seriously wounded when Israeli soldiers fired on protesters Monday, who reportedly threw "improvised hand grenades," towards a holy site in Bethlehem, Fox News reports.

Israeli and Palestinian officials have both accused the other for stroking the recent unrest, Fox News reports.

Snowmobiler killed after colliding with train

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A 31-year-old man was killed Saturday night when his snowmobile collided with a train west of the Twin Cities, news sources report.

Paul Fenske of Silver Lake was driving his snowmobile eastbound alongside the railroad tracks when he lost control, slid to the side, and was dragged underneath a passing train, according to an Associated Press article appearing in the Star Tribune.

The Meeker County Sheriff's Office, responded to the accident at about 6:54 p.m. and found that two snowmobiles had been travelling alongside the tracks at the time, CBS Minnesota reports. Fenske had been in the lead when he lost control, and the second snowmobiler witnessed the accident without being injured.

The crash happened several cars back from the locomotives, according to the Star Tribune. The train's crew didn't realize there had been an accident until being stopped latter down the track.

The accident is still under investigation by police and officials from the BNSF Railroad, according to CBS Minnesota.

Murder Suspect sought in Maplewood killing

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A dead woman's body was found in Maplewood early Saturday, news sources report.

Maplewood Police officers were called at about 4:30 a.m. to McKnight Road and Ripley Avenue to investigate a report of a person requiring medical attention, the Star Tribune reports.

The deceased woman was found in a park adjacent to a residential neighborhood, according to the Pioneer Press. Police have determined, based off evidence at the scene, that the woman's death was a homicide.

A witness told police that a man had been seen running from the scene, according to the Star Tribune. He was described as white with blonde, spiked hair, and wearing black sweatpants and a white hooded sweatshirt with a green and red design on it.

Maplewood police, along with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, are investigating the case, the Star Tribune reports.

Sultan appeals to UN for support in Malaysian standoff

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The Sultan of Sulu has wrote to the United Nations Commission of Human Rights (UNCHR) asking the organization to aid a group of his followers caught in standoff with Malaysian authorities, news sources report.

Followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III asked the UN organization to protect his 250 followers blockaded in the small village of Tanduao in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, according to the Global Nation Inquirer.

Jamalul, who Al Jazeera describe as "a former sultan," and the brother of the man Philippine provincial authorities recognize as the Sultan of Sulu, claims his followers are running out of food, the Global Nation Inquirer reports.

The men, members of the Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, occupied the village days ago to protest a peace deal that handed control of much of Sulu to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels, Al Jazeera reports.

The Sulu royal family had asked to take part in the peace negotiations between the rebels and the Philippine and Malaysian governments, but had been ignored, Al Jazeera reported Jamalul saying. The Sulu sultanate claims to be the rightful owners of the Malaysian state of Sabah.

The claim is based on a lease agreement stemming back to British colonial times. Malaysia pays the Sultanate of Sulu a token "rent" each year for control of Sabah, according to Al Jazeera.

The armed group had been given a Friday deadline by the Malaysian government to surrender, but the Philippines asked for an extension. All sides so far have spoken of being interested in working out a peaceful solution to the standoff, according to the Global Nation Inquirer.

A U.S congressman visited the capital of war torn Somalia Tuesday, new sources report.

Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, is the first member of Congress to visit Mogadishu in years, according to an Associated Press article appearing in the Star Tribune. Until recently, it had been considered one of the world's most dangerous cities.

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, said his visit to Somalia was fulfilling a request from his constituents, the Star Tribune reports. Minnesota is home to one of the largest populations of Somali-Americans ,and many of them maintain ties with Somalia.

Before arriving in Mogadishu, Ellison was slated to meet with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to discuss Somali refugees in the U.S, according to MPRnews.

One of the issues he spoke with Somali officials about were the financial remittances Somalis in the U.S. send back to the family members in their home country, the Star Tribune reports. While the flow of money has been slowed due to governmental fears that the money might fall into the hands of extremists, Ellison claimed to have made "real progress" on the issue.

The congressman also highlighted the Somali's progress towards establishing a stable democracy, along with their eagerness to address economic problems, piracy, and Islamic militants, the Star Tribune reports.

The Somali president said that Ellison's visit was an important event for the fledgling country. The U.S. recognized the Somali government for the first time since 1991 in mid-January, according to the Star Tribune.

After years of near anarchy, the Somali capital has experienced 18 months of relative peace after Islamic extremists were forced from the city by African Union troops in August 2011, the Star Tribune reports.

Ellison is one of two Minnesotan members of the U.S. House using the current congressional recess to travel to Africa, MPRnews reports. Rep. Betty McCollum is traveling to South Sudan and Tanzania with administration officials, business leaders, and aid experts sponsored by CARE, a nonprofit relief organization.

Coast Guard determines cause of fire on cruise ship

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The U.S Coast Guard has determined the cause of the fire that set a Carnival cruise ship to drift for days in the Gulf of Mexico, news sources said.

The fire on board the Carnival Triumph was caused by a leaking diesel engine line ignited by repeated contact with a hot surface, Reuters reports.

With the engines disabled, the 4,200 people onboard were left without power or working toilets for five days, before it was towed into Mobile, Ala Thursday, the Star Tribune reports. Passengers described harsh conditions on board: long lines for food, overflowing sewage, and sleeping in freezing tents on deck.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Teresa Hartfield said in a conference call with reporters that the full investigation into the incident would take six months, Reuters reports.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and Coast Guard will look further into the cause of the fire, why the ship was disabled for so long, and whether the crew responded properly to the emergency, according to the Star Tribune.

Passengers interviewed after the cruise reported about confusion on board in the aftermath of the fire and poor communication with crew, the Star Tribune reports.

Gov. Mark Dayton challenges tax plan critics

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Gov. Mark Dayton defended his proposed sales tax plan Friday, news sources report.

The governor's office released a statement responding to his tax critics, the Star Tribune reports. Dayton's plans to have companies pay a sales tax on services received from other companies has been strongly criticized by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2,400 Minnesota businesses.

Businesses complained about having to possibly pay a sales tax for such things as legal services and accountant contracts, Kare11 reports. Others say Dayton's tax plan would hamper their competitiveness when bidding for out-of-state contracts.

Dayton spokesman Bob Hume and Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans challenged these criticisms, saying the "business-to-business" sales tax would no apply to goods or service sold beyond Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports.

Furthermore, businesses are not united in criticism of the tax plan, according to the Star Tribune. Some that already pay State sales taxes, from restaurants to tree trimmers, have expressed support for the governor's plan as a way to make the sales fair by eliminating exemptions that appear arbitrary.

Dayton has proposed a significant widening of the sales tax to go alongside a lowering of the overall rate from 6.875% to 5.5% as part of a large-scale State tax reform, the Kare11 reports.

The proposed budget would raise revenue by $3.2 billion in order to eliminate a $1.1 billion projected budget deficit, give schools $1.1 billion, and give out $1.4 billion in property tax rebates to homeowners, according to the Star Tribune.

$2.2 billion of the new revenue would come from taxing sales between companies, while $1.1 billion would come from raising tax rates on wealthy Minnesotans.

Meteor impact injures hundreds in Russian

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A believed meteor impact caused hundreds of injuries and damaged buildings in western Siberia early Friday, news sources report.

Russia's Interior Ministry said more than 1,000 people were injured, including 200 children, when the meteor entered the atmosphere with a thundering shock wave that sent shards of shattered glass cutting into people, the New York Times reports.

The meteor disintegrated above the Ural Mountains, burning up in the lower atmosphere, Al Jazeera reports. Fragments of it fell crashed to earth, falling in sparsely populated areas around the industrial city of Chelyabinsk.

Video clips from the area show a brilliant flash illuminating the morning sky, followed soon after by the sound of breaking glass and multiple car alarms going off, the New York Times reports.

Chelyabinsk lies in Russia's industrial heartland, a region filled with smoke-spewing factories and large nuclear facilities, according to Al Jazeera. Chelyabinsk itself is the site of dozens of defense factories, some involved in the production of thermonuclear weapons.

The Russian government dispatched seven airplanes to search the area for fallen meteorites, and 20,000 people were sent to comb the area on foot, the New York Times reports.

The meteor impact happened just as a small asteroid, known as 2012 DA14, is expected to pass the Earth later Friday, the New York Times reports. Experts, however, claim that the asteroid and the meteor are unrelated and claim that their close encounters with Earth within a narrow time frame is a "cosmic coincidence."

Firm Choosen to Build Vikings Stadium

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A Minnesota-based construction company has been chosen as the construction manager for the new football stadium set to replace the Metrodome in Minneapolis, news sources report.

Mortenson Construction was selected this week by the five person board of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to build the Minnesota Vikings $975 million downtown Minneapolis stadium, the Pioneer Press reports.

Mortenson's "gold standard for stadium projects" was a major factor in it winning the Vikings stadium bid, board chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen told the Star Tribune. The fact it is a Minnesota company only cemented authority and team support for the company.

The company has extensive experience building sports stadiums in the Twin Cities area. It most recently built Target Filed, home to the Minnesota Twins, according to the Star Tribune. Other Twin City area stadiums built by Mortenson include the Target Center, TCF Bank Stadium, and the Xcel Energy Center, the Pioneer Press reports.

Mortenson will paid $12.5 million for its work, which as construction manager, will include establishing the budget for what can be designed and built, drawing up a construction timeline work schedule, the Star Tribune reports.

The Golden Valley-based company could make as much as $15 million if it meets certain incentives, such as finishing early.

Mortenson was chosen over two other bidders with extensive stadium-building experience, the Pioneer Press reports. Hunt Construction, based in Scottsdale, Ariz and construction manager for Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and several other NFL stadiums, had been competing with Mortenson for the job until the authority's final decision, according to the Star Tribune.

Skanska AB, an international firm based in Sweden, has built several NFL stadiums, including the one shared by the New York Giants and New York Jets, was paired from the list earlier this week.

LA Manhunt ends in fiery climax

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An ex-cop gunman accused of committing a series of revenge-fueled murders traded gunfire with authorities from a mountain cabin northeast of Los Angeles Tuesday, ending in the cabin catching fire, news sources report.

Uncertainty surrounded the fate of the alleged fugitive, Christopher Dorner, 33, who led authorities on a six-day manhunt, Reuters reports. Police haven't recovered a body from the smoldering wreckage, despite prior media reports to the contrary.

Investigators have not been able to shift through the ruins of the mountain cabin yet, but believe Dorner was still inside as the structure burned to the ground, ABC News reports.

"The fire is still too hot," USA Today reports LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith as saying.

Dorner eluded police for days until it was discovered that he had broken into a home in the Big Bear Lake ski resort, tied up a couple and stole their vehicle, Reuters reports. He latter crashed the stolen car after being chased by State game wardens.

Dorner fled to the cabin during a shootout with sheriff's deputies that killed one officer and wounded another, ABC News reports.

Police fired tear gas into the building and exchanged gunfire with Dorner as they began tearing down its walls to flush him out, ABC News reports. Authorities heard a single gunshot go off just as smoke and fire began emitting from the cabin.

The death of the deputy today brought the number of Dorner's victims to four killed, according to USA Today.

Classic animated series "Digimon Tamers" coming to DVD

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The third season of the classic Japanese cartoon "Digimon" will be getting a North American DVD release this year, news sources report.

New Video Group, a home entertainment company, has posted an Amazon listing for the season box set, Anime News Network reports.

The distributor had previously released the first season of Digimon late last year, with the second season scheduled to ship on March 26th, according to Crunchyroll News.

Digimon season 3, also known as "Digimon Tamers," first aired in the U.S in 2001 on the now defunct Fox Kids Saturday morning animation block. The series has never been released on DVD in North America, though Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment company released a number of select episodes on VHS videotapes, according to Anime News Network.

Amazon has listed a June 23rd released date for the DVD set, according to Crunchyroll News. The eight disc, 480 minute set will retail for $79.95.

New Video Group also posted updated information about their release of Digiomon season 2, Crunchyroll News reports. The package will include all 50 episodes of the show and will come with a 32-page Character Guide Booklet.

North Korean doctors slain in Nigeria

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Three North Korean doctors have been killed in Nigeria, news sources report.
The pre-dawn attack took place in the northeastern town of Potiskum, Al Jazeera report police say.

The victims had been working at the government-run General Hospital, according to the BBC. Two of them had their throats slit while a third was decapitated.

While the identity of the attackers is currently unknown, the attacks took place in area where the Islamic militant group Boko Haram has operated, according to the BBC. The group, which is fighting to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, killed over 600 people in 2012.

Initial reports suggest the deaths were the result of robbery, a security source told Al Jazeera. The attackers scaled a fence surrounding an apartment housing the doctors and slit their throats.

The block of flats where the victims lived had no security guards, an official at the General Hospital told the BBC. They had routinely travelled without a police escort.

The attack follows the Friday killing of nine health workers across Nigeria, Al Jazeera reports. The health workers, all women, were shot to death by unknown assailants.

Earlier reports had identified the doctors as either South Korean or Chinese, the BBC reports.

In the New York Times article, "California Schools Finance Upgrades by Making the Next Generation Pay" the author attributes the feature's information on schools using long-term bonds to many different legitimate sources. This allows him to build credibility and tell a complete picture of the story.

The topic of the article is how various schools in California are borrowing money through a controversial method that will eventually shift the debt's burden onto taxpayers. In the beginning of the article, the author includes a number of figures without giving a source for them. Instead, he focuses on giving readers the general background of the story. A possible reason for why the author doesn't cite in the opening, is that the information is either considered general knowledge, or has already been sourced in past articles,

Latter in the article, the author quotes various officials to support the findings of the feature. The people's names are always given, unless the author is citing a generic source, such as "officials." Most of them are included to either criticize the schools' money borrowing practice, such as with State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, or defend the schools, as we see with Tom Duffy, a former superintendent.

The author incorporates a variety of sources with different points of view in order to be balanced and fair. It also makes the article more interesting by presenting multiple sides of a conflict and allowing their quotes to compete for the reader's sympathy.

Nominee for CIA director defends drone strikes

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President Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director testified on Capitol Hill before a Senate Committee ahead of his likely confirmation, news sources report.

John Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran and former member of Obama's national security team addressed concerns from senators on the agency's counterterrorism operations, USNews reported.

Among the questions at hand was the use of lethal drone airstrikes by the CIA on suspected terrorists. The hearing came three days after the leak of a Justice Department document outlining the legal rationale for the killing of American citizen members of Al Qaeda by the strikes, according to the New York Times.

While acknowledging "widespread debate" about the use of drone strikes and saying that they should only be used after all other options are exhausted, Brennan sharply defended the program, USNews reported.

"The United States will do whatever possible to destroy that enemy to save American lives," Brennan said.

But senators repeated complained about a lack of transparency regarding the targeted killings, even as they defended the agency's record on the strikes, the New York Times reported.

The committee also questioned Brennan about controversial interrogation techniques carried out under the Bush administration, CNN reported. Brennan, who was the CIA's deputy executive director at the time, admitted he had known about the techniques, which critics describe as torture, but that he did not have the authority to stop them.

Brennan's record has been haunted in the past by the enhanced interrogations of terrorist suspects. His confirmation as CIA director for Obama's first term was scuttled amid questions involving his connection to them, according to CNN.

During the hearing, Brennan asserted that the techniques, which include waterboarding, "should never have been employed," and that they "would never be brought back" if he became the director, USNews reported.

U students favor Governor's budget

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Students at the University of Minnesota came out in large numbers in support of Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal, new sources said.

University students from every campus filled the state Capitol rotunda to rally for higher education issues, the Minnesota Daily reported. Students met legislators to discuss tuition rates and student debt, among other topics.

Taylor Williams, president of the Minnesota Student Association, called for reinvestment in higher education and address skyrocketing student debt, the Star Tribune reported.

In his current budget proposal Gov. Dayton has set aside an $80 million increase in U funding. University President Kaler said he was "thrilled" by the proposal, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Kaler has promised to freeze tuition in exchange for $91.6 million more in state funding over two years, the Star Tribune reported. Some, however, expressed skepticism for the proposal.

During a hearing this week, Sen. Terri Bonoff asked Kaler to commit to a tuition freeze no matter what, according to the Star Tribune. "I'm asking you, regardless, to find a way to cap tuition for these students."

Legislators also discussed the controversially high administrative spending at the University, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Gov. Dayton spells out budget plans

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Gov. Mark Dayton defended his budget proposals for Minnesota at his State of the State Address Wednesday, local news sources reported.

Dayton spent most of the nearly hour long address defending his plan to bring about the largest tax overhaul in State history, the Star Tribune reported. His new budget would wipe out Minnesota's projected $1.1 billion deficit with a combination of higher income taxes for the wealthy and an expanded sales tax.

Included in the governor's plan is an increase of $240 million in spending, including $80 million set aside for the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Daily reported. At the same time Dayton promised to make the State's tax system fairer.

Republicans in the State legislators have called Dayton's plan a massive redistribution of wealth. They criticized his speech Wednesday as highly partisan and focused too much on social issues over job creation and the budget, the Star Tribune reported.

Dayton, however, directly challenged legislators and state officials to offer a better plan, according to the Minnesota Daily, and condemned past government reduction in state services, including K-12 schools, emergency services, and higher education.

He strongly criticized his political opponents for overlying on spending cuts to balance the State's budget deficit, the Star Tribune reported."Trying to cut our way to a better Minnesota is a failed experiment," Dayton said.

Gov. Dayton also brought up the possibility of legalizing same-sex-marriage, drawing a standing ovation from Democrats, the Minnesota Daily reported. Opponents called the governor's position out of touch.

A skeleton unearthed by a team of English archeologists has been confirmed to be the remains of King Richard III of England, news sources reported.

Experts at the University of Leicester concluded that the identity of the remains, found buried in an unmarked grave, through DNA tests and circumstantial evidence, the New York Times reported.

Turi King, the leading geneticist of the team that discovered the body, said at a news conference that DNA samples from two descendants of Richard III's family matched samples taken from the skeleton, according the New York Times.

Best known for his portrayal as a ruthless hunchbacked tyrant in the works of William Shakespeare, Richard III ruled England for only two years before falling in battle in 1485, according to Reuters.

The discovery of his remains has sparked a fierce debate between historians over his controversial reign, according to The Guardian.

He came to the throne after deposing his nephew, the 12-year-old King Edward V. The young prince and his younger brother, the sons of Richard's older brother, King Edward IV, latter disappeared from the Tower of London.

Popular opinion has long accused Richard of ordering the boys murdered in their beds, according to Reuters.

His brief reign was ended by a savage blow to the back of his head at the battle of Bosworth, according to The Guardian. His corpse was taken from the field by his rival, the future King Henry VII, who paraded him into town slung naked over a horse.

After suffering postmortem mutilation, he was laid to rest in Greyfriars Priory, the ruins of which archaeologist found beneath a modern parking lot. Members of the team have pointed to writer Philippa Langley as inspiration for the estimated $250,000 excavation, the New York Times reported.

A longtime and passionate member of the Richard III Society, Langley expressed hope that the discovery would begin the process of healing the ill-fated monarch's image.

The Richard III Society and other admirers of the king have long argued that his popular depiction as a monster reflect the propaganda of his enemies, the House of Tudor, rather than historical truth, according to Reuters.

"We can rebury him with honor, and we can rebury him as a king," Langley told the New York Times.

In the New York Time's feature, "Reformers Aim to Get China to Live Up to Own Constitution," the author chooses to not summarize the entire "who, what, where, and when" components of the article in the lead. Instead, the author goes beyond the basic news lead and starts the story off with a lead that will grab the reader's attention.

The author starts out summarizing the historical background of the current events detailed in the article. The story is about how reformers in China are trying to liberalize the country's often authoritarian political system. Their main strategy is to promote enforcement of the Chinese constitution.

The lead explains why and when the Chinese constitution was written in a single sentence, it outlines that its creations came in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution and that its purpose was to enshrine individual rights and ensure that the country's leadership was subject to the law. This sets up the idealized hope for rule of the law in China that the rest of the article explores

The lead uses strong active verbs such as "Write," "ensures," and "suffer" and sells the article by explaining the historic precedence behind why reformers in China hold constitutionalism in such high regard. While readers might not know what some of the things mentioned in the led, such as "the Cultural Revolution," or the historical importance of them, the lead is structured in a way makes the basic gist of what the story is about easy to grasp.

Two people who broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka with their car Saturday have died, news outlets say.

Divers pulled the two adults, a man in his 30's and an elderly woman, from the water after the man phoned 911 for help from the sinking vehicle, according to an Associated Press article posted on the Duluth News Tribune website.

They had been brought to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition after being rescued, the Star Tribune reported. Dive teams found them submerged in their car under 10 feet of water beneath the Hwy. 101 Bridge.

The man, who divers had rescued first, was flown to HCMC by helicopter. The woman was rescued a short time later and was taken from the scheme by an ambulance, according to the Star Tribune. They were relatives from Maple Grove.

After the incident, the sheriff's office issued a statement on the dangers of walking or driving on Lake Minnetonka. Fourteen vehicles have broken through the ice so far this winter, the Duluth New Tribune reported.

Three suspects believed to be connected to the suicide bombing of the U.S Embassy in Ankara, Turkey have been arrested, sources say.

The arrests come one day after Ecevit Sanli, a member of Turkey's leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), blew himself up after being prevented from entering the embassy at a perimeter gatehouse, ABC reported.

A Turkish security guard died in the attack, which also injured a journalist on her way to meet with the U.S ambassador, The New Yorker reported.

The Ankara governor's office said that DNA tests have confirmed that Sanli was the bomber, according to ABC. Sanli had been jailed in 1997 for attacks against the Turkish police and military, but his sentence was deferred after he fell ill during a hunger strike. He fled the country soon afterward.

The DHKP-C claimed responsibility for the attack early on Saturday, according to Al Jazeera. The group, considered a terrorist organization by the United States and Turkey, believes that the United States has made Turkey its "slave."

In an internet statement issued Saturday, the DHKP-C warned that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who the DHKP-C claims is a "puppet" of the U.S., was also a target, ABC reported. The group also called on Washington to remove Patriot missiles, part of a NATO defense system to guard against spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria, from Turkish soil, Al Jazeera reported.

The White House condemned the bombing, calling it an "act of terror." The attack is the second assault on a US diplomatic mission in four months, according to ABC. It comes after US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed last September when Islamist militants attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Lawsuit Declared in Workplace Shooting Deaths

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The family of a man slain in Minnesota's deadliest workplace shooting is suing the Minneapolis company where the attack took place, new sources report.

They allege that Accent Signage Systems should have known that the shooter, Andrew Engeldinger, 36, was potentially dangerous when the company leadership decided to fire him, the Star Tribune reported.

Six People were gunned down at Accent Signage's Minneapolis office last year, according to an Associated Press article published by Minnesota Public Radio News. Among them was Jacob Beneke, 34, whose family is now suing.

The lawsuit, according to the Star Tribune, claims that Accent Signage was grossly negligent and that the shooting was "reasonably foreseeable" based off Engeldinger's past misconduct and violent tendencies. It cites inadequate security as a major factor in the tragedy.

The wrongful death suit also names Engeldinger's estate as a co-defendant. Beneke is survived by his parents, wife, and 6-year-old son, who are seeking at least $50,000 in damages, MPR reported.

Engeldinger's parents have claimed that their son was mentally ill but refused treatment, according to MPR.

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