November 2011 Archives

A man was killed and a woman was critically injured after their car was shot at Saturday in North Minneapolis, the Pioneer Press reported.

According to the Star Tribune, police had been called to the intersection of Plymouth and Washington avenues at 6:20 p.m. in response to a reported car accident.

On arrival, however, they found bullet casings on the ground and two gunshot victims inside the vehicle, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that no arrests have been made, but that the woman remains hospitalized and in critical condition after receiving a gunshot wound to the head.

The man killed has been identified by the Hennepin County medical center as Frank Early, 37, of Minneapolis. His death has been ruled a homicide, the Pioneer Press reported.

2 weekend Occupy arrests in Minneapolis

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Two people were arrested Saturday during the weekend Occupy Minneapolis protest against Wall Street and they remain in custody, the Star Tribune reported.

At a foreclosed home being occupied by protesters, one man was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice for refusing to move for police and the other was arrested on charges of burglary and trespassing, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, a video posted on the Occupy Minnesota website shows an officer slowly driving his squad car forward to push the man out of his way.

"I think a police officer using his vehicle on any civilian-unarmed and peaceful-is just wrong," said protester Osha Karow, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that on Sunday, about two dozen protesters returned to the foreclosed home as fire officials were boarding it up. Protesters were peaceful and there were no arrests.


13 killed in fire at transgender gathering in India

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At least 13 people have been killed and more than 40 have been injured in a large fire that broke out at a transgender gathering Sunday in New Delhi, CNN reported.

CNN reports that the fire was possibly caused by an electrical short circuit and that there were thousands of participants packed into a venue at the gathering when the fire broke out.

According to the Indian Express, eyewitnesses said it was around 7 p.m. when they heard a loud noise and saw the roof of the venue's tent on fire. Loud blasts were also heard as LPG cylinders near the cooking area burst.

Another eyewitness also reported that there was only one exit through which to escape and many were trapped inside as the fire spread, the Indian Express reported.

Ten people were killed in Cairo Sunday during violent confrontations between security forces and protesters, said a health ministry spokesman Dr. Adil al-Dawi, CNN reported.

More than 5,000 demonstrators gathered in the capital over the weekend in protest to the slow moving revolution and fear of military dictatorship, Mail Online reported. According to CNN, at least 1,114 people were injured.

Hundreds of Egyptian army and police forces moved into Tahrir Square on Sunday, pushing out thousands of protesters using physical force, tear gas and rubber bullets, CNN reported.

Other protesters retaliated by throwing rocks at the police line and chanting, "You are not legitimate," Mail Online reported.

While the government's Cabinet insisted police did not use live rounds against demonstrators in Cairo, protesters display rubber bullets they said had been fired at them by government forces.

Although most of the violence in the square subsided after dark, confrontations continued to erupt on nearby streets, CNN reported.

Two police officers have been put on administrative leave by the University of California at Davis after a video of them pepper-spraying non-violent protesters at point-blank range Friday caused outrage amongst school officials, CNN reported.

"I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident," UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said in a statement Sunday. "However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again." CNN reported.

According to USA Today, a law enforcement official called the use of force "fairly standard police procedure."

The video shows officers pepper-spraying a line of about a dozen sitting protesters as they flinch and cover their faces but remain peaceful with their arms interlocked. Onlookers yell at the police to stop and chant, "Shame on you." USA Today reported.

Ten protesters were arrested and nine of the students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene. Two were taken to hospitals and later released, USA Today reported.

According to CNN, the police had been trying to clear out a protest encampment affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The University's faculty association blames much of the incident on Katehi and has asked her to resign but Katehi feels she has not violated the policies of he institution and has no plans to resign, USA Today reported.

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Protesters take to the streets in Spain

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Spanish protesters took to the streets of Madrid on Sunday, calling for social, economic, and political change ahead of the general elections, Fox News reported.

According to CNN , the march went past the Prado museum and ended at the Puerta del Sol Plaza, where economic protests began last May.

The demonstration, which consisted of around 2,000 protesters, was smaller than the one held October 15, when around 10,000 people marched in Madrid when Occupy Wall Street-style protests were spreading around the world. However, the smaller gathering doesn't discourage protester Esteban Guerrero, 25, CNN reported.

"Each demonstration is not just one more," Guerrero told CNN, "Many young people and workers take part. Some are bigger than others but what's important is that thousands turn out each time."

CNN reports that Guerrero also said that he thinks people keep coming out onto the streets because while it's necessary to vote, it's not enough.

The protesters who participated in Sunday's march plan to participate in a forum where they will debate proposals made by citizens of different initiatives, Fox news reported.

A White Bear Lake woman was sentenced on Thursday to 20 days in jail for stealing $30,000 from the AFSCME union at the State Department of Labor and Industry when she was the union's treasurer, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that the woman, Carrie Christine Rohling, 43, who pleaded guilty to two counts of felony and theft, will also be put on probation for 10 years and has been ordered to pay restitution.

"I know it was wrong for me to do that," Rohling said to a reporter this afternoon. " I was still thinking I could pay these guys back before they would even notice it was gone." Reported the Labor Union Report.

According to the Labor Union Report, Rohling told fellow employees that she had a drinking and prescription drug problem.

The Pioneer Press reports that as part of her sentence, Ramsey County District Court Judge Robyn Millenacker has ordered Rohling to complete chemical dependency treatment.

Few cuts planned for Dakota County 2012 budget

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After spending two years cutting programs and staff, Dakota County's proposed 2012 budget plan will keep its spending steady, the Star Tribune reported.

According to County Administrator Brandt Richardson, the county has cut nearly $31 million from its operating budget and eliminated 136 full-time staff positions since 2009, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that the county's current $305.3 million budget maintains most of the county services and keeps the Cedar Avenue construction going. County commissioners are also keeping the property taxes flat at $129.4 million.

Richardson praises the flexibility of the 2012 budget proposal, saying that it allows for flexibility amid uncertainty about the economy and future state budgets, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, the county is planning a $76 million budget for capital projects and debt service next year but few capital projects in 2012.

Brazilian police force seize Rio's largest slum

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Hundreds of Brazilian police, navy commandoes, armored military vehicles and helicopters overtook Brazil's biggest slum in Rio de Janeiro Sunday in an attempt to clear it of its drug gangs, BBC News reported.

The Star Tribune reports that according to authorities, it took only 90 minutes to seize control of the area and no shots were fired in the process.

This ambitious operation was an effort to increase security before Rio hosts the final matches of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio has more than 1,000 shantytowns that are inhabited by one-third of the city's 6 million population, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Star Tribune, officials said that the success of the operation was made possible by months of intelligence gathering and the arrest of one of the slum's top drug lords, Antonio Bonfim Lopes.

While some Rio residents are pleased with the operation, other local people report excessive violence or abuse of authority and are unsure as to whether the takeover of Brazilian Special Forces, known as BOPE, will be a good thing, BBC news reported.

There are a growing number of babies being born addicted to prescription drugs ingested by mothers abusing the substance during pregnancy, USA Today reported.

According to Bradenton News, one out of every three women who experience an unplanned pregnancy tests positive for prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.

Although national statistics on the number of babies who go through withdrawal are not available, scattered reports show that the number of addicted newborns has doubled, tripled or more over the past decade, USA Today reported.

Bradenton News reports that in 2010, the Maine Medical Center in Portland treated 121 babies dependent on prescription drugs, while in 2001 they only treated 18 babies, nursing director at the Family Birth Center, Geri Tamborelli explained.

USA Today reports that according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the number of babies with withdrawal syndrome in Florida went from 325 in 2006 to 1,374 in 2010.

Rita Chamberlain, coordinator for the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition who estimated about 400 babies in the Tampa Bay area were born with prescription drug addiction symptoms, thinks the situation has reached "crisis" proportions, USA Today reported.

Saber-toothed squirrel-like fossil found

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A fossil resembling a small saber-toothed squirrel has been found in Argentina's province of Rio Negro, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The extinct mammal, known as Cronopio dentiacutus, lived among dinosaurs more than 94 million years ago and belongs to the lineage that has given rise to the placental mammals and marsupials species we know today, CNN reported.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the mammal had long narrow teeth, a narrow snout and large eye sockets that indicate that it had the ability to see well at night.

According to CNN, scientists believe Cronopio dentiacutus was an insectivore. Their teeth, which came down below their chin, appear to be specialized for cutting, crushing and puncturing small insects.

Coronpio dentiacutus inhabited the flood plains of Argentina, now a desert area in Patagonia, and would survive by avoiding being eaten by small carnivorous dinosaurs, or being stepped on by large dinosaurs, CNN reported.

Musician Photographer Barry Feinstein dies at 80

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Renowned rock musician photographer Barry Feinstein died Thursday at the age of 80, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Having photographed more than 500 album covers for musicians like Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Janis Joplin, Feinstein is considered one of the premier music scene chroniclers of the 1960s and '70s, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to CBS News , some of Feinstein's most notable works include George Harrison's "All Thing Must Pass" solo album cover and Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" album cover.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Feinstein had photos published in a variety of magazines including Life, Look Esquire, Time, and Newsweek.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Feinstein's success was a result of his interesting compositions and the likable personality traits he possessed that gave him the ability to gain access to the artists he was photographing.

Feinstein is survived by his wife, Judith Jamison, two children, three stepchildren, Erica Marshall and Jasper and Jake Jamison; and three grandchildren, the Los Angeles Times reported.

TV and DJ presenter Jimmy Savile dies at the age of 84

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British veteran TV and DJ presenter Jimmy Savile died in his home on Saturday at the age of 84, the BBC News reported.

According to the BBC News, Savile is best known for his TV and DJ work in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, but is also well known for the charity work he did; running 200 marathons and raising over $50 million for various charitable organizations.

The Guardian reports that Savile was the fixer of childhood dreams in his 1970s TV show where thousands of children wrote to him hoping he would grant their wishes.

Savile had a larger-than-life personality and was widely recognized by his trademark tracksuits, tinted glasses, cigars, and catchphrases like, "Howzabout that then" and "Now then, now then...", the Guardian reported.

Savile, a native of Leeds and the youngest of seven children, started out as a dance hall DJ in the 1950s before establishing himself as a broadcaster on Radio Luxembourg, the BBC News reported.

According to the BBC News, Savile acted as an unofficial advisor to the Prince of Wales for a number of years and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for his charitable services.

Minnesota journalist David Olsen dies at 72

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Retired KUOM journalist David Olsen died Wednesday at the age of 72, the Star Tribune reported.

Olson worked for multiple broadcast stations in Minnesota and was the television host of Minnesota Senate Media Services "Capitol Report" for 10 years. He also worked as a news director for KUOM Radio at the University of Minnesota for more than 30 years, the Pioneer Press reported.

Stuart Sanders, longtime friend and development director at KUOM, told the Star Tribune that Olsen had great talent and was able to interview anyone about anything.

For a year Olsen worked with the East-West Center, an organization developed to improve relations between the Eastern and Western Worlds. His fellowship took him to Japan, where he helped Japanese journalists learn the business, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Star Tribune, Olsen was known to be a mentor to the staff at Senate Media Services and would often invite them over to his home to watch basketball games and have cookouts.

The Star Tribune reports that Olson was also a Scoutmaster and a member of a community choir associated with St. Paul Academy and Summit School,

Olsen is survived by wife his Nancy Fushan, son Aaron, and sister Delores Johnson. A celebration of his life will be held Monday, 1 p.m. at Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel in Richfield, the Pioneer Press reported.

Tom Keith, a radio sound effects master for Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and cohost of Minnesota Public Radio's "The Morning Show," died Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 64, the Star Tribune reported.

According Minnesota Public Radio News, Keith, who started working for Minnesota Public Radio in 1983 until his retirement in 2008, was known for his ability to imitate and create a variety of captivating and entertaining sounds.

Keith, a St.Paul native, served in the Marines and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and soon after began working MPR, the Star Tribune reported.

Garrison Keillor said in a statement released monday, that Keith's sound effects "were graceful, precise, understated, like the man himself." MPR reported.

Survivors include his twin sister, Terry Green of Woodbury, his wife, Liu, and two brothers, Jeffrey of Wilton, Wis., and Dave of Syracuse, N.Y., the Star Tribune reported.

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