April 2011 Archives

Analysis: Records

The Investigative Reporters and Editors posted a story on their blog about an article that ran in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The article reported that Minnesota teachers had been violating licensing rules.

The blog post said that 900 teachers in Minnesota violated the rules in the past five years.

The reporter sites information from state records, which he or she must have obtained. The reporter uses that information to back up the story, giving the amount of waivers and exceptions granted by the state Teaching Board.

To do this reporting, the reporter needed to know how to obtain the state records, which may have been available online.

Donald Trump Earns Support for Presidential Nomination

Donald Trump is tied for first place in a Gallup poll of preferences for the Republican party's 2012 presidential nomination.

Trump is tied at 16 percent with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, the Huffington Post reported.

The poll shows that Trump has less support from Democrats, though. A Gallup employee said Trump leads because he is more well known, but expects the support for the TV mogul to die down, USA Today reported.

Trump said he will announce in June whether he will run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

Bicyclist Killed Near U of M Campus

A bicyclist died after she was hit by a dump truck near the University of Minnesota campus Thursday morning.

The collision happened just before 8 a.m. at 4th Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The dump truck struck the female bicyclist as it turned onto westbound 4th Street Southeast.

Police are concerned with the recent number of accidents involving cars, pedestrians and bicyclists, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Japan Plans to Enforce Nuclear Evacuation Zone

Japanese officials will administer an evacuation order within 12 miles around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged in the March 11 earthquake.

Almost all of the 78,000 residents who live in the 12 mile area around the plant evacuated after the quake, but some occasionally stop back to check on homes and retrieve belongings, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported.

Officials will now close out the zone to protect people from what they consider to be dangerous radiation, CNN reported.

Evacuations are very difficult to enforce and usually vary between officers positioned at checkpoints leading into the area.

Mn/DOT Seeks Volunteers For New Research

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is searching for volunteers to test new technology that would track the number of miles people drive each day.

Mn/DOT wants 500 volunteers from Hennepin or Wright County to use smart phones in their cars to gather milage information, KARE 11 reported.

The data from the phones would be used to collect a milage-based user fee from drivers, rather than charging a gas tax, Northland's News Center reported.

This change in taxing would help create revenue for Mn/DOT in the future when the popularity of fuel efficient cars increases and gasoline use decreases.

Teen Survives Fall From Golden Gate Bridge

A teenage girl survived a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Sunday, making her only the second teenager to live after falling from the bridge.

It is not known whether the 16-year-old jumped or fell from the bridge, ABC News reported.

The Coast Guard pulled the conscious girl from the water and onto the shore and the San Francisco Fire Department took her to Marin General Hospital where she is recovering.

About 25 people die every year from jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge, BBC News reported.

Middleton Prepares for Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, her future brother-in-law, rehearsed for the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey Friday morning.

Prince William could not attend because he was working in Wales, NBC's the Today Show reported.

The night before the wedding, Middleton chose to stay with her family at The Goring, a hotel near Westminster Abbey, the Washington Post reported.

The two will marry on April 29.

Ice Out Declared on Lake Minnetonka

Residents of Minnesota are ready for summer after ice out was declared on Lake Minnetonka on Thursday.

Ice out is determined when a boat can be directed through the "narrows" of the lake, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

This tradition dates back to 1855 and usually occurs within the first couple weeks of April.

The Freshwater Society has monitored the spring melt since 1968, KARE 11 reported.

Obama to Speak on Budget Cuts

President Barack Obama will announce his budget plan today in a speech at the George Washington University Wednesday afternoon.

He plans to reduce the national deficit by $4 trillion in the next decade, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Republicans and the tea party movement are pushing for cuts in federal spending, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Obama will introduce four key plans in his speech: keep domestic spending low, cut the defense budget, reduce extra healthcare spending without sacrificing Medicare and Medicaid, and reform the tax code, according to a White House official.

Pedestrians Trespassing on Closed Lift Bridge

Police arrested a man on multiple charges Sunday after he drunkenly tried to cross the closed Stillwater Lift Bridge.

Police charged Steven A. Cran, 46, of trespassing, fifth degree assault, disorderly conduct and possession of an open container of alcohol in public, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Cran was taken to Washington County Jail after he illegally crossed the police barrier on the bridge and threatened a Minnesota Department of Transportation worker and his family, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Five other people received citations for trespassing on the bridge Sunday night.

Ivory Coast Conflict

Forces of Ivory Coast's elected president, Alassane Ouattara, captured Laurent Gbagbo on Monday, the former president who lost the November election but refused to step down.

French forces arrested Gbagbo and then handed him over to forces loyal to Ouattara, the Wall Street Journal reported.

However, the French embassy in the Ivory Coast and Ouattara's representatives in New York said Ouattara's forces captured Gbagbo, Voice of America News reported.

Either way, Gdagbo was taken to the Golf Hotel.

Gdagbo lost the November elections but refused to step down because he said the votes were irregular.

Analysis: Diversity

A story about a Jewish liberal group celebrating the ending of Glenn Beck's show ran in USA Today.

Annie, a University of Minnesota student, did not think the story broke the stereotype of the Jewish people.

The article did not blatantly stereotype, but it was about a Jewish group celebrating their expanded freedom.

The article quoted a statement made by the group, Jewish Funds for Justice.

Planned Parenthood Stumps Budget Negotiators

The federal lawmakers must agree on budget cuts or parts of the government will begin shutting down.

Budget negotiators agreed to cut $38 billion over the last six months, but the plan cannot move forward until an agreement is reached about women's health, the Miami Herald reported.

Republicans want to cut $300 million of federal money to Planned Parenthood, an organization that aids in abortions and sex education, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Planned Parenthood does receive government funding, but does not use it for abortions.

Police Shot and Killed Carjacking Suspect

Police shot and killed a man after he led them on a 40 minute car chase through Minneapolis Thursday morning.

The chase began near downtown Minneapolis after the man pulled a gun on a taxi driver and stole the cab. It ended on northbound Interstate 35E near Forest Lake, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The suspect ran over spike strips on the road and drove into the ditch. He got out of the car holding a gun, and police shot him, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The involved police officers are on standard administrative leave.

Three Locks Closed to Traffic

Three Mississippi River locks near the Twin Cities were closed to all traffic Wednesday due to rising water.

The St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of engineers closed the Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and Lock 1 near Minnehaha Park, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The locks were required to be closed because rain fall and melting snow will make the river unsafe for navigation by Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Three People Die in Yemen Protests

At least three people died Tuesday in Sanaa, Yemen when violence erupted between security forces and other armed men.

On Monday, at least 15 people died due to violence in the city of Taiz, BBC News reported.

Protests began in February for the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to step down, the New York Times reported.

Since February, more than 100 people have died and more have been injured from protests.

Southwest Cancels More Flights

Southwest Airlines said it will cancel about 70 more flights on Monday to inspect the safety of its aircrafts.

The inspections came after a a five-foot hole ripped in the roof of one of its planes on Friday on a flight from Phoenix to Sacramento, the New York Times reported.

The plane made an emergency landing at a military base in Arizona, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The hole came from small cracks around rivet holes in the aircraft, according to inspectors.

Over the weekend, Southwest cancelled about 600 more flights for inspections and found three more planes with similar cracks.

Analysis: Numbers

An article about how the unemployment rate affects the stock market in Bloomberg Businessweek Friday used a variety of different numbers.

The reporter used numbers to illustrate the percent of unemployment in the past years and to describe the number of points that the stock market fluctuated.

The numbers are a little overwhelming. In one paragraph he told the percentage, the points and the new number of the Dow Jones, S&P and Nasdaq.

He calculated the percent that the market rose and fell by taking the change of points and dividing it by the total number of points.

The sources of the numbers are not listed completely.

Dodgers Fans Attack After Season Opener

A San Francisco Giants fan was critically assaulted Thursday in the parking lot after the Los Angeles Dodgers season opener.

Los Angeles police asked for the public's help Friday to identify the victim's attacker, the Daily Breeze, a southern California newspaper, reported.

Two unprovoked Dodgers fans attacked and assaulted three Giants fans, kicking and punching them, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested at least two people on charges of public intoxication, compared to more than 130 at last year's season opener.

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