November 2011 Archives

Man Shot and Killed by Roseville Police

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Police shot and killed a Roseville man outside of his apartment Thursday night while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The Pioneer Press starts the story with some background on Wayne Malone and depicts his active role in the neighborhood. Malone shoveled sidewalks during the winter and always patrolled the apartment building he lived in, which led neighbors to believe he was a helpful and protective man.

However, last summer Malone was threatening to kill some of the apartment residents, family members and police told the Pioneer Press.

When officers arrived at the apartment responding to the domestic disturbance call, Malone was armed with a pistol, Roseville police said. Witnesses told the Pioneer Press that two officers fired around seven or eight shots.

The owner of the apartment building told the Pioneer Press that he could not believe Malone would threaten officers because "he wouldn't hurt a flea."

The owner also told the Pioneer Press that Malone had rented from him for twenty years.

The remaining 40 residents were put on a Metro Transit bus for seven hours before they could enter the apartment building again around 4 am.

Caretaker David Spriggs told the Pioneer Press that Malone was a "stand-up guy."

Police know Malone to be a much more violent and dangerous man, demonstrated by the police records attributed by the Pioneer Press.

Twin Cities Supermarkets Deprived of Eggs

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Local supermarkets pulled eggs from their shelves Saturday due to animal abuse on the farms that they buy from.

The Star Tribune begins the story with an inside look at the confusion in a Midway SuperTarget.

The SuperTarget posted a sign where the eggs used to be that read "Eggs are not available at this location," according to the Star Tribune.

Missie Weiss, a SuperTarget shopper, had to ask where the eggs were after doing a double-take and told the Star Tribune she thought she was losing her mind.

Target Corp. pulled all of the eggs they bought from Sparboe farms due to a recently released video containing animal abuse at the farm, according to the Star Tribune.

Some Targets in the Midwest were still able to sell another brand they carried, while others will be without eggs for a few days, according to the Star Tribune.

This decision was sparked by McDonald's discontinuing of purchasing Sparboe Farms eggs Friday, according to the Star Tribune.

SuperValu Inc., based in Eden Prairie, also announced that it will no longer distribute Sparboe Farms products, as spokesman Mike Siemienas was quoted in the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune then closed the story with a scene back at the Midway SuperTarget, this time quoting shopper Amy Wagner expressing her opinion on the minor inconvenience and telling the Star Tribune she is happy that the animals are being taken care of.

Drug Tunnel Between Mexico and California

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A drug tunnel allegedly dug by a Mexican cartel has yielded 14 tons of Marijuana, according to US and Mexican authorities.

The tunnel is 400 yards long and consists of structural supports, sufficient ventilation, and electrical lights, according to ABC News.

The opening of the tunnel was inside a warehouse filled with six tons of marijuana, according to ABC News.

Authorities stopped a van outside the warehouse which was in the process of transporting another three tons of marijuana, according to ABC News.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the tunnel, Mexican authorities found five more tons of marijuana in a warehouse by the Tijuana airport, according to ABC News.

The packages of marijuana were stamped with a picture of Captain America, which Mexican authorities claim is a logo used by a Sinaloa-based drug cartel, according to ABC News.

US and Mexico authorities have discovered 75 underground tunnels in the past three years, many of which were located in warehouses like the one in Tijuana, according to ABC News.

Brother Dies In Fire

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An Illinois man died in his trailer which caught on fire Saturday morning.

Fox News begins the article with a scene of a man fleeing his home looking for help as well as his brother only to find out that his brother, Joshua Williams, was still in the fire.

Williams and his brother lived in the trailer with their girlfriends, according to Fox News.

The Collinsville home caught fire around 5 in the morning and within minutes was at a loss, as State Park Fire Chief Terry Guffey told Fox News.

Guffey also said there was too much fire for the firefighters to try to enter the trailer when they arrived and could not attempt to rescue anyone, according to Fox News.

After four area departments contained the fire, some firefighters were able to enter the home where they found Williams' body.

Guffey attributed the ferocious fire to heavy winds coming from the south which kept pushing the fire, and it also caused a nearby vehicle to catch fire also, according to Fox news.

Due to the amount of damage within the trailer, it is unclear whether the home had functioning fire alarms, Guffey told Fox News.

Raid in Rio

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Special forces in Rio de Janeiro's invaded the largest shanty town to regain control of the hill infested with drugs and violent gangs Monday.

The previous night, 3,000 troops wrestled in the early morning against drug traffickers who fled the hill without a single gun shot, according to CNN who uses this scene to start the story.

The aftermath includes streets lined with piles upon piles of trash and a mess of electrical wires on top of the houses.

By Monday, the food stalls were back to normal with hanging strings of garlic and motorcycle taxis filled the winding streets, according to CNN.

One of the condos on the hill was owned by top drug trafficker Antonio Francisco Bomfin who was captured by police just a few days earlier, according to CNN.

All electrical appliances were ripped out of Bomfin's vacant condo and empty bottles of whiskey were scattered throughout the house, according to CNN.

Luis Machado, an officer who was searching door to door following the raid, told CNN that many of the drug traffickers are gone and some are in hiding. By continuing to search, Machado says the forces will find those in hiding as well as the weapons that others left behind.

Police raided the hill in order to clean up Rocinha for the World Cup and the Olympic Games coming up in the next few years. They also want to transform the hill once ridden with drugs and gangs into a family-friendly neighborhood, according to CNN.

An 18-year-old woman, Juliete, told CNN that this area needs running water, proper sewage, and things for young people to do if it is going to be a neighborhood.

17 Fires within 13 Blocks

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17 small fires were set over a 13-block area over a four hour period in Minneapolis Friday night.

The fires happened in the Longfellow area of South Minneapolis near West River Parkway, according to the Star Tribune.

More than 20 police "combed' the area, according to Pioneer Press, who had very minimal information on the issue and referred solely to the police report.

The Star Tribune began the story with an anecdote about Shawn Junjak who was raking with his two daughters earlier on Friday, and their leaves were later set on fire, according to the Star Tribune.

In contrast with the 20 police officers at the scene reported by the Pioneer Press, the Star Tribune said that 20 squad cars showed up to the fires from all five precincts, carrying up to 40 officers total.

10 fires were started with leaf piles or garbage bags full of leaves, according to the Star Tribune, and three vehicles, two garages, and a dumpster were damage according to the police report.

The Junjaks estimate that their garage will cost about $40,000 to rebuild, according to the Star Tribune.

Police have not arrested anyone in connections with the fire, but they arrested a man on an unrelated charge, according to the police report attributed by both the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune.

$11 Pecans

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The price of pecans is expected to rise to $11 dollars a pound by the end of 2011 in the United States due to drought and the increase in demand.

Jeff Worn, the Vice President of the South Georgia Pecan Company, told CNN that the price of pecans is up 22 percent from 2010 and it is up 57 percent from 2009 when they were only $7 per pound.

Worn also told Fox News that South Georgia Pecan Company provides pecans to customers such as Winn-Dixie, Publix, Sam's Club, Costco, Russell Stover, and Sara Lee, who all will be affected by the price increase.

The major cause of this price increase is because of the severe drought in the southern states of the US, according to both CNN and Fox News.

Texas usually produces about 70 million pounds of pecans a year, but is only expected to produce 30 million pounds this year, according to CNN.

The US produces 80 percent of pecans in the global market, according to Fox News. This year, the US crop is 14 percent smaller than last year, according to Fox News.

The Chinese diet is high in nuts and the demand of American pecans started rising significantly in 2009, according to CNN.

According to Fox News, the demand of American pecans has increased throughout all of Asia, with China and Vietnam being the leaders.

CNN contacted the associate vice president and senior agriculture analyst at Rabobank International, the associate director of sales and marketing at the Texas Pecan Growers Association, along with Worn.

Fox contacted mostly local farmers in Texas and Georgia to get a personal opinion about the situation and the impacts.

Man Accused Of Stealing Over $16,000 From Dying Man

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A pastor of a St. Paul church, from Roseville, was accused of stealing $16,321.69 from a 78-year-old man whom he was friends with.

Gregory Maurice Oats, 31, is being charged with four felony counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, according to the Pioneer Press.

According to the Pioneer Press, Oats stole from a man who had Parkinson's disease, diabetes, paranoid schizophrenia, and was wheelchair-bound. However, the Star Tribune actually named the man, Vernon Rollins, and claimed he also suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Both the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune attribute the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court which states that Oats began as a care agent on health issues for Rollins on October 8, 2009 and he gained control of Rollins' finances on February 16, 2010.

In June, 2010 Oats put Rollins in a nursing home and had full control of his bank account, which led to "suspicious withdrawls" amounting to $16,321.69 which consisted of 130 cash withdraws and random purchases at various retailers, according to the Pioneer Press.

Oats also failed to pay for Rollins' bill at the nursing home from July, 2010 to March, 2011, which amounted to $12,990 and almost resulted in Rollins' eviction, according to the Pioneer Press.

Whereas the Pioneer Press relied solely on the criminal complaint, the Star Tribune utilized other sources.

The Star Tribune contacted Rollins' daughter, Rachel Rollins, who told the Star Tribune that she thought Oats was a good guy and especially a good friend to her dad, but then got suspicious.

The Star Tribune also talked to Carmen Castaneda of the Hennepin County Adult Protection Services, which is the agency that Rollins' daughter had called about Oats' activity.

Also, the Star Tribune looked into previous court records and found that Oats and his wife had filed for bankruptcy in December, 2009 with $43,000 in debts and not even $10,000 in assets. This was ten weeks before Oats had begun controlling Rollins' finances, the Star Tribune noted.

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake In Turkey

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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey Wednesday night and the aftermath is uncertain.

USA Today claims that at least three people died due to the earthquake and that dozens are trapped from the rubble of the previous earthquake.

However, CNN said that there are at least four dead and 50 people are buried according to "officials."

Later, CNN attributes this information to the Turkish Government Crisis Center, who also claims that 16 people have been rescued so far. According to USA Today, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said 15 people were rescued, alive, and in hospitals.

USA Today does not attribute most of their statistics to any source, but mentions "Turkish media" at one point.

Both CNN and USA Today claim that 22 of 25 buildings that collapsed were empty, but CNN attributes this information to CNN Turk, whereas USA Today attributed Davutoglu saying this personally.

The Turkish Red Crescent dispatched 15,000 tents and around 300 rescue workers, according to USA Today.

According to CNN, the state news agency Anadolu reported an aftershock of 4.4 magnitude.

Lichtenstein For $43.2 Million

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"I Can See The Whole Room!...And There's Nobody In it!" the famous painting from 1961 by Roy Lichtenstein sold for $43.2 million Tuesday night at an auction in New York City.

This sale was only one of thirteen records set by Christie's International, a London based company, according to Bloomberg.

During the three hour event, Christie's reached $247.6 million in sales and sold 90 percent of the 91 lots at the show, according to the New York Times.

The painting came from the collection of Courtney Ross, the widow of the former Time Warner CEO Steven J. Ross, who had bought the painting in 1988 for $2.1 million, according to Bloomberg.

The previous record for a Lichtenstein painting was a painting sold last year for $42.6 million titled "Ohhh...Alright...." according to Bloomberg.

Pop art was the best selling all around, noted by the New York Times, because the famous "Four Campbell's Soup Cans" by Warhol from 1962 also sold for $9.8 million.

A buyer bought Warhol's "Silver Liz" from 1963 for $16.3 million, according to the New York Times.

Both sources quoted Eli Broad saying people would rather have art than paper money, but only the New York Times had talked to Broad further and noted the paintings he had bought. Broad told the New York times that he was happy with his purchases.

Both sources also mentioned that Leonardo DiCaprio was at the auction dressed in casual clothes.

Obituary: Ritchie, tomato and machine expert

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Lewis M. Ritchie of western Wisconsin died in his Minnetonka home Sunday at age 94 and was known for his tomatoes and his love for machines.

Ritchie's wife of 69 years, Genevieve, told the Star Tribune, "I got big pails just full of tomatoes."

Ritchie's son Dennis told the Star Tribune that anytime someone visited Ritchie, he would make them leave with bags of his vegetables.

Ritchie started out attending a one-room school in Wisconsin and worked on the family farm until he was 23 and married his wife, according to the Star Tribune.

He then continued to enlist in the Army Air Corps during WWII as an airplane mechanic, according to the Star Tribune.

Ritchie's son told the Star Tribune that he remembers his father taking advanced math classes to "improve his skills" as a machinist in a Minneapolis Honeywell Plant.

His son also told the Star Tribune that his father made parts designed by engineers for the space program to see if they would actually function.

Though he retired from working at the plant, he could not stop pursuing his passion of machines. He began teaching at a night school, now Anoka Technical College, according to the Star Tribune.

Ritchie's wife told the Star Tribune that her husband especially enjoyed teaching Hmong students because he told her they were eager to learn.

Obituary: Kwame McDonald, lifelong teacher and activist

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Kwame McDonald, 80, died of cancer in St. Paul Wednesday after a long life of teaching and changing lives.

In 1968, James Cornell McDonald traveled to Africa to teach and study at the University of Ghana, according to the Star Tribune.

His son, Mitchell McDonald, told the Star Tribune that he went to Ghana to be among black people who were in charge of things. He also said that it helped his father figure out who he truly was.

McDonald changed his name to Kwame which means "born on Saturday" in Ghanaian, according to the Star Tribune.

McDonald was from Madison, Wis. And he attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, according to the Star Tribune.

After he married Mary Palmer in 1956, he worked for the Urban League in Milwaukee and later came to Minnesota to work with Gov. Elmer L. Anderson and run Minnesota's Commission Against Discrimination, according to the Star Tribune.

In Minnesota, McDonald held numerous positions from working on a crime prevention council, to hosting a cable TV show, to teaching at local schools, according to the Star Tribune.

His son told the Star Tribune that his father was his "dad, brother, best friend, all rolled into one."

Just a few weeks ago, 300 people gathered at St. Paul Central High School to honor McDonald and his lifetime achievements as a "teacher, administrator, mentor, coach, sportswriter, broadcaster and activist," as Charles Hallman wrote for the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder. Among the crowd was Tubby Smith, according to Hallman.
According to the Star Tribune,

McDonald also worked at colleges in North Carolina, New York and Washington, D.C.

Obituary: Dr. Utz, Mayo Clinic Surgeon and Urologist

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Dr. David C. Utz died Sunday at his winter home in Scottsdale, Ariz. after holding numerous positions as a urologist and surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He was 87.

According to the Star Tribune, Utz performed a prostate surgery on Ronald Reagan in 1987.

Utz's son, William Utz, provided the Star Tribune with plenty of insight of how his father treated his patients, and he said that Reagan would have approved.

Among Utz's every-day patients were also celebrities, Supreme Court Justices, and Billy Graham, according to the Star Tribune.

Utz earned his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and went on to earn his advanced degree in urology at the University of Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune. He was also a member of the Board of Regents from 1973-1979 at the University of Minnesota.

Other achievements include writing a total of 143 publications and becoming the executive secretary of American Board of Urology, according to the Star Tribune.

Utz's son told the Star Tribune that the most memorable moment of his father's career was a first-ever prostate surgery procedure that formed the surgical prostate surgery database widely used by urologists today.

Utz retired in 1988, and he and his late wife moved into their winter home in the same town the Mayo's Virginia Nehring Utz Clinical Skill Labs was opening.

CBS Without Andy Rooney

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Long-time legend and "King of Grouch" Andy Rooney died Friday night at 92, about a month after his 1097th and final televised commentary on CBS.

According to the Washington Post, Steve Kroft, Rooney's correspondent, said Rooney had always told people he wanted to work until the day he died. He was only a few weeks off.

Rooney began his career as a freelance writer. According to the Washington Post, he had written four books about WWII, which he had left college to fight in. However, according to CNN, he had written over a dozen books, one of which was published.

CBS hired Rooney as a writer for about 30 years until the crucial moment in 1970 when it did not allow Rooney's essay on the Vietnam War to air, according to the Washington Post.

Rooney left CBS and aired his essay on PBS, and he won a Writers Guild of America Award for it, according to CNN.

This led CBS to hire him back after a few years and he began his famous weekly commentary at the end of 60 minutes.

Both sources agree that Rooney could be very controversial at time and did not please everybody.

According to CNN, he was suspended for three months after two separate rants that offended gays and blacks. The Washington Post reports that he also made comments about Native Americans that did not go over well.

CNN offered many more quotes about Rooney from various coworkers than the Washington Post. According to CNN, Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS, called Rooney an icon and went on to explain his role in history.

Rooney earned six Writers Guild of America awards, one Peabody and four Emmys, according to CNN.

3 year old boy runs 48 marathons

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Biranchi Das exploited his adopted 3 year old son, Budhia Singh, in Orissa, India when he discovered his gift for running, which resulted in 48 marathons and a near death experience.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Singh's birthmother had sold him when he was three years old for the equivalence of $16.

Das came across Singh because he ran a local orphanage where many poor Indian kids ended up, but the moment that he discovered Singh's athletic talent varies across sources.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Singh was being punished for swearing; Das had left the orphanage for a while, and when he came back, Singh had been running for seven hours.

According to CNN, Das was punishing Singh for "being a bully" and made him run for five hours.

Das was using Singh to live out his dreams of becoming like his childhood role model, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Both sources recount the time that Singh had just completed a 42 mile race in 93-degree heat and Das told him to keep running a couple of miles to a stadium to be recognized. Singh physically was not able to, and his body collapsed and convulsed.

Due to this, the Child Welfare Committee banned Singh from racing until he was 11. According to the Wall Street Journal, Das challenged this decision in court which resulted in Singh's birthmother regaining full custody.

Das was slain in 2008, according to CNN.

Gemma Atwal followed Singh from 2005-2010 and made the documentary known as "Marathon Boy."

Atwal told CNN that Singh is now in a sports academy ran by the state where he will continue earning a free education until he is 17.

Atwal also told CNN that she is extremely concerned with Singh's health and the effects that his training has had on his body.

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