April 2010 Archives

The Minnesota Vikings used their second draft pick in the second round on Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, the AP reported.

The team was in need of a back-up running back after they did not resign veteran Chester Taylor this off-season, The San Jose Mercury News reported.

The Vikings traded draft picks to attain the 19th pick in the second round to take Gerhart, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Gethart is now reunited with his idol Adrian Peterson, The Houston Chronicle reported.
"The opportunity to play with him, to learn under him and complement him is really a huge honor and a dream come true," Gerhart said.

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor party elected House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher as its gubernatorial candidate for 2010 in Duluth Saturday night, KSTP reported.

Kelliher's stiffest competition for the spot came from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who conceded at 11 p.m. Saturday night to Kelliher, the Pioneer Press reported. Other candidates are choosing to remain in the race, including House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, former Sen. Mark Dayton, and Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner.

Party backers have urged the other candidates to withdraw, as they will face a difficult campaign for the governor's seat, which hasn't been Democratic in Minnesota since 1990, The Star Tribune reported.

Man accidently kills wife, wounds self in home break-in.

A 27-year-old St. Paul man shot and killed his wife and wounded himself while fighting with a home intruder Sunday morning, the Pioneer Press reported.

Nicholas Firkus' house was broken into around 6 a.m., after which he struggled with the intruder and accidentally killed his wife when his gun fired, The Star Tribune reported.

Sinking of South Korean warship blamed on North Korea.

The sinking of a South Korean warship has been blamed on a torpedo fired by North Korea, ABC News reported.

The attack happened near the disputed oceanic border between the two countries, The New York Times reported. 40 South Korean sailors were killed in the attack.

South Korea has yet to officially blame North Korea for the attacks, The AP reported.

Obama meets with Evangelist Billy Graham for first time

President Barack Obama met with ailing evangelist Billy Graham for the first time on Sunday at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, The Washington Post reported.

The visit lasted 30 minutes, during which Obama shared a prayer with the 91-year-old Graham and met his son Franklin, USA Today reported. Obama called Graham "a real treasure for this country."

The president had been vacationing in nearby Asheville, and met with Graham without the company of first lady Michelle Obama, The Miami Herald reported.

Ugandan king takes full control of kingdom at the age 18

A Ugandan king turned 18 on Sunday, taking control of over 2 million people in a western section of the country, CNN reported.

Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV became a king when he was three years old after his father died, The Daily Monitor reported. Turning 18 grants King Oyo full control over decisions for the area.

Volcanic ash halts flights throughout Europe

Ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano have canceled thousands of flights across Europe, the AP reported. The ash is also affecting the visibility of sunsets and weather systems.

A group of high school students helped prevent a tobacco company advertising at a West St. Paul Cinco de Mayo festival, the Pioneer Press reported.

The group of student from Harding High School on the east side of St. Paul offered to raise money to help cover the $9,000 the tobacco company was offering the advertising rights, Topix reported.

Blog Analysis: Cultural Groups

This blog analysis will come from an article taken from Ground Report.

This story is about racism in the Tea Party movement. It's hard to determine if the story plays into the stereotype of the Tea Party being racist, as it really is a part of the media that is creating the stereotype.

The debate has been happening online as the party has become more prevalent over the last year. The article is questioning the validity of the claims, and where they come from.

The article uses both quotes and observation concerning the online forums, giving clear example for the examples of racism, as well as the examples of over-exaggerated reactions from the liberal left.

I talked with a friend of mine named Michael, who participates in these forums from the liberal point of view. He is a student at the university and has volunteered with the Democratic party over the last 7 years.

He said that what the report analyzed was not completely representative of the online forums, as they are usually not as heated and offensive as the article portrays. He also feels that the article is doing much more to create a stereotype of the online dialouge than it is of painting a clear picture of the racism issue.

Duke Blue Devils win first National championship since 1992

The Duke Blue Devils won the 2010 NCAA basketball championship on Monday, beating Butler 61-59, ABC News reported.

Butler had a last second shot from half court to win the game that just rimmed out as Duke won their first Championship since 1992, ESPN reported. The game was played in at Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis, just miles from Butler's campus.

John Paul Stevens, who will turn 90 this month, announced on Thursday that he is retiring from his post on the Supreme Court after 34 years of service, The New York Times reported.

Stevens said on Apr. 3 that he would step down while Obama was in office so the court could maintain its ideological balance. His announcement however came sooner than expected, The AP reported.

Source of polution in Minneapolis' Lake Calhoun discovered

The source of chemicals that had been affecting wildlfie in Minneapolis' Lake Calhoun was identified as a 3M factory in St. Louis Park, the http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_14849481 reported.

The search for the search had been going on for four years, being run prodominently by the Minneapolis Pollution Control Agency, The Star Tribune reported. The factory, which is 1 1/2 miles away, was first identified by the University of Minnesota in 2004.

The agency does not yet have the information to determine if the factory is the sole source of the poluution, KARE 11 reported.

Polish President dies in plane crash

Poland's president Lech Kaczynski and several top military officials died in a plane crash over Russia Saturday Morning, The Washington Post reported.

Poles lowered their flags to half-staff and tied black ribbons on their windows in honor of the president and the 96 other passengers on board the flight that died, Yahoo! News reported.

Russian top officials, Poland's army chief, and top Polish historians were aboard the flight, The BBC reported. There were no survivors of the crash.

Blog Analysis: Numbers

The article I will use for this blog analysis is from The Guardian.

This article analyzes many different statistics concerning the release of Apple's newest piece of technology, the iPad.

The reporter used numbers to show how any iPads have already been sold, the ratio of free applications for the iPad to the ones for sale, and the amount of positive and negative feedback the iPad has been getting.

The numbers i this article are not overwhelming, as they help the author report how the iPad is being received by customers and how well they are selling.

There did not seem to be a lot of number crunching, as most of the stats seemed to be simply relayed by the reporter.

The percentage of free and paid applications seemed to be the only numbers that would have required math from the reporter.

The numbers used in the article came from a Needham & Co. analyst, TechCrunch, and polls conducted by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. These sources were all listed completely and either immediately following or leading into a statistic.

Denver bus crash kills two, injures 14 others

Police have opened an investigation into a Denver bus driver who killed two and injured 14 others when he ran a red light on Sunday, , The AP reported.

The bus hit a 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit, killing both people in the car, The Denver Post reported. It also rammed a 1996 Ford truck into a 7-Eleven parking lot across the street.

The driver of the bus was also seriously injured in the crash, The Washington Examiner reported.

Investigators has not yet determined whether charges will be filed in the case

Notorious white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche was attacked and killed at his home Sunday in the town of Vendersdorp in the North West province of South Africa, The BBC reported.

The killing is expected to increase tensions between whites and blacks in the area, Africasia reported. Terreblanche was awell-known leader of the white supremacist movement is South Africa, and was vocal about his support for racial separation.

The new Minnesota Twins stadium, Target Field, opened it doors for major league play for the first time on Friday, USA Today reported.

The game just missed what had been a rainy day and play began under clear skies. According to the St. Loius Dispatch, the stadium has features that resembles Major League ballparks in San Diego, Cleveland, and Washington D.C.

The Twins played the exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals, and lost the first professional game at Target Field 8-4, The AP reported.

Minneapolis bar fire kills six, including three children

A fire at an Irish bar killed six in Minneapolis early Saturday morning, three of them children, the AP reported.

Andrew and Ann Gervais, their three children, and McMahon's bartender Ryan Richner died in the fire, The Star Tribune reported. The Gervais family had moved into an apartment above the bar the day of the fire.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries, the Pioneer Press reported. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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