This news blog is an educational excercise involving students at the University of Minnesota. It is not intended to be a source of news.

Analysis: Cab drivers in Boston, a losing battle

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For the final analysis, I am writing on a story from the Boston Globe (found on nicar.org) about cab drivers accepting bribe.

For reporters of the Boston Globe, finding the information required intensive investigative reporting. The story focused on Boston Cab drivers accepting illegal amounts of payment from who is getting the ride. They used analysis and records to discover that many cab drivers are at financial risk for insurance, constant accounts of being held for professional conduct, police are not tracking crimes by or against cab drivers, and cab drivers don't produce a legally required receipt.

To enhance the story, the Boston Globe has used many interactive to keep the story alive. At the top of story is a video behind what this story is about. Towards the middle of a story is a graph that shows how much medallions in the cab industry are worth. The graph shows that is beats S&P 500, CPI, and Gold. Furthermore, the writers used pictures to show who is important, what the writer said, and why the writer wrote it.

For this story is be what it is, the reporter must've had skills in producing a video to get this story moving and knowledge in how to produce a graph that tells the story even more. The graph produced was to help readers get a better understanding of what the story was about.

Owner held after building collapse

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The owner of a factory building that collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh is currently being held after trying to flee Wednesday, according to multple news sources.

Mohammad Sohel Rana was arrested at the border of India, according to the BBC News. The BBC News reported that rescuers are still racing to pull out survivors from the rubbles of the factory.

Bangladesh News reported that Rana was trying to escape the country. Bangladesh News also reported that the Prime Minister ordered the arrest of Rana herself.

Bangladesh News reported that Rana had known about the cracks in the walls but dismissed it a not a serious issues the day before.

BBC News reported that there is widespread anger as three factory owners and two engineers have been arrested. BBC News also reported that the death toll is at 377 people, but hundreds more are missing.

According to the BBC, there is a reported roughly 3,000 working in building when it collapsed and about 2,430 are known to have survived.

Bangladesh News reported that has been described as "the worst industrial disaster in the history of Bangladesh."

Historic transplant may cure HIV, leukemia

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Doctors at the University of Minnesota may have cured HIV and leukemia in a boy Tuesday, according to multple news sources.

Star Tribune reported the boy, who has not been identified, could be the second person in the world to be cured from deadly illnesses by "an extraordinary type of cell transplant." Dr. John Wagner has been working with his team to prepare for this operation for weeks, Star Tribune reported.

Minnesota Public Radio reported that the solution may be "umbilical cord blood containing a protein known to protect a person against HIV." MPR reported that a similar operation was successful on an adult using bone marrow which contained the same protein.

MPR reported that if it is successful, the doctors will still continue to monitor the boy's leukemia for the next two years, when it could likely recur.

Star Tribune reported that Dr. Michael Verneris, who is assisting in the operation, said that less than 1 percent of the population is born with a genetic resistance that fights off HIV and leukemia.

Star Tribune said that the boy's transfusion took only ten minutes. The boy will have to remain in the hospital for at least four weeks for risk of complications and will not be able to go home for at least three month, Star Tribune reported.

France legalizes same-sex marriage amid protest

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The French Parliament became the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage even with massive protest, according to multiple news sources.

The decision was made even when France has seen one of the biggest protests in years, according to the BBC News. French opponents of same-sex marriage rallied the National Assembly when the results were shared, according to the BBC News.

The move to legalize same-sex marriage was championed by current French President Francois Hollande, who vowed to create equality for all, Reuters reported. This is considered the largest social reform since the abolishing of the death penalty in 1989, Reuters reported.

Reuters reported that pro-same-sex marriage supporters were often greeted with violent protest over the last few weeks including a 24-year-old being beaten in the southern French town of Nice.

BBC News reported that the first wedding could take place in June. BBC News reported that France became the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage which includes 9 countries in Europe. BBC News added that legislation is currently moving through the British Parliament.

The French Catholic Church and Conservative Party said that this will undermine the essential building blocks to society, BBC News reported.

Minnesota House passes health care budget

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The Minnesota House has approved a budget bill Monday for funds from hospitals and HMOs, according to multiple news sources.

The bill included a spending increase of 5 percent or about $11.2 billion for two-years beginning in July, according to the Pioneer Press. Pioneer Press reported that Democrats and Republicans debated for about 9 hours over why funds wont go towards nursing homes.

The Star Tribune reported that the House floor was stacked with over eighty-seven amendment proposals for the bill. Many amendments were proposed that countered political opponent's amendments, Star Tribune reported.

Pioneer Press reported that the bill was passed 70-64 vote with almost all voting by party lines. The bill includes hospitals pay more towards Medicaid surcharges and HMOs to face a new limit on financial reserves, Pioneer Press reported.

Pioneer Press reported that Democrats in both the House and Senate have called for "slower growth in the programs, where health costs have ballooned with the aging state's population."

Marathon Bomber charged

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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged Monday and could face the death penalty, according to multiple news sources.

Tsarnaev, 19, has been charged with one count of using and conspiring weapons of mass destruction resulting in multiple deaths and also one count of destruction of property, according to the USA Today. Tsarnaev is still in serious condition at the hospital but is communication with official via writing, according to the USA Today. Both USA Today and BBC News reported that maximum penalty is death.

BBC News reported that he, and his brother Tamerlan, 26, were behind the Boston Marathon bombing. Tamerlan was killed after a shoot-out with police, BBC News reported.

The BBC News reported that the city of Boston has observed a moment of silence at 2:50 pm EST, exactly one week after the attack.

USA Today reported that the suspects remained "calm" and walked the opposite direction when the bombing took place last week. The suspects carjacked a Mercedes Benz shortly after the bombing, USA Today reported.

The USA Today reported that Tsarnaev could face the most serious terrorist charges which includes death.

Former Packistani Military Leader Arrested

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The Pakistani Police arrested former military leader Pervez Musharraf Friday in Islamabad, according to multiple news sources.

Musharraf was arrested on charges of "unlawful detention of judges in 2007," according to the BBC News. BBC News reported that Musharraf appeared in court on Friday with heavy security.

The Washington Post reported that if Musharraf were prosecuted, he would be the first army leader to go to prison in Pakistan's modern history. The Washington Post reported that it could bring down tensions in Pakistan as the nation prepares to vote on May 11.

The Pakistani Senate approved a resolution in which Musharraf should be tried "on charges of high treason relating to his declaration of a state of emergency in 2007," BBC New said.

The BBC News said that Musharraf's candidacy for leader of Pakistan was rejected. The Washington Post said that Musharraf successfully gained power in 1999 and ruled until 2008.

BBC News reported that the Pakistani Taliban vows to assassinate Mussarraf.

Michele Bachmann former aide to testify on ethic probe

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A former aide to Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign will testify to whether Bachmann wrongfully paid staffers, according to multiple news sources.

Former Cheif of Staff to Bachmann, Andy Parrish, is expected to tell a panel in Iowa about Bachmann's improper payments to the GOP chairman, according to the Star Tribune. The Star Tribune reported that the claims came when a Florida pastor said that Bachmann had hidden payments to an Iowa Senator, which is against Iowa Senate ethic rules.

The MinnPost reported that Bachmann and the state senator have not admitted to any wrongdoings, despite complaints for a staff member of Bachmann's campaign. Parrish left Bachmann's campaign in February of 2012 to help run an unsuccessful campaign for Minnesota's ban on gay marriage, MinnPost reported.

The Star Tribune said that "Parrish's willingness to go public against his former employer and political mentor is likely to send shock waves through Minnesota GOP circles." The decision to go forward came when Iowa's Senate Committee set a 10-day deadline for "Witness A" to come forward, Star Tribune reported. The panel is made of three Democrats and three Republicans, Star Tribune reported.

The Star Tribune reported that Bachmann's campaign was rocked when the Iowan State Senator stopped supporting Bachmann and went to support her rival, Ron Paul.

Mourners attend Thatcher's funeral

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Former British Prime Minister's Margaret Thatcher's funeral was held Wednesday at St. Paul Cathedral in London, according to multiple news sources.

Over 2,000 dignitaries from various nations attended the funeral to pay their last respects, according to the BBC News. Thatcher's casket was carried throughout the streets of London as Britannia lined the streets to get a glimpse of the funeral precession, BBC New reported.

BBC News reported that there were protest, but smaller than expected. Mourners from North America included Canada's Prime Minister David Cameron and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, CNN reported. CNN reported that Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger attended. Nancy Reagan, widow of Thatcher's main ally President Reagan, was unable to attend but sent a representative, CNN reported.

BBC News said Thatcher's funeral began when a hearse took her casket from Parliament for the last time and began the procession. The Union Jack, the name of Britian's flag, was laid on top of the casket. Her carriage was drawn by horses through the streets.

Margaret Thatcher died April 8th of a stroke, CNN reporter. Her funeral, CNN said, was with full military honor, similar to Princess Diana's funeral. Thatcher was 87, CNN reported.

Investigation underway for Boston Bombing

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Investigations underway Tuesday for who and why bombs were planted at the Boston Marathon, according to multiple news sources.

Two bombs exploded in a crowd of spectators at the Boston Marathon Monday, according to the Boston Globe. The Boston Globe reported that over 176 people were injured and three people had died Monday night. Boston Globe reported that one of the victims killed was an 8-year-old boy.

President Obama said in a briefing "any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terrorism," BBC News reported. The BBC News also reported that it is unknown whether this was an act of an individual or an organization. BBC News reported that President Obama said "...we will find whoever harmed our citizens ad we will bring them to justice."

The Boston Globe reported that the shrapnel used in the bombs were prepared. The Boston Globe also reported that two bombs were hidden inside "two black bags."

The BBC News reported that the authorities are asking for citizens to bring forward any footage or photographs that might be able to give clues into who established these bombs.