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December 10, 2007

Migrants Die Near Turkey

Many migrants died on their way to Turkey this weekend after their boat sunk. The number of total deaths in unclear, but seems to be between 43 and 51. Illegal immigration is apparently a large problem in Turkey, and officials so they are trying to crack down. A rescue search for the bodies is taking place, but officials say it seems unlikely that there will be any more survivers.

I found it interesting that, although they used the same sources, the Turckishpress said 51 died and Strib said 43. Perhaps the TP is more recently updated. Besides that, both of the articles were similar. They both relayed inverted pyramid style information about the event. At the end, they both included a little bit about the state of illegal immigration in Turkey.

http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=206211
http://www.startribune.com/world/12307766.html

U Professor Claims Nobel Prize

University of Minnesota professor Leonid Hurwicz will claim his Nobel Prize Monday at Northrop. He was selected as a winner earlier this year due to his work in economics. At 90-years-old, Hurwicz is the oldest person to ever receive the honor of a Nobel Prize. Hruwicz laughed at what he thought was a joke when he heard the news, according to the Daily article. He said he didn't think the younger generations appreciated where economic theories originated from. Due to his old age, Hurwicz will receive the prize in Northrop Auditorium instead of Sweden.

The article that ran in the Daily was full of a lot of good information. Instead of just describing the event, it also gave some background and funny anecdotes that made what could have been a dull story go down a little easier. One thing I appreciated about the Daily article was the explanation of exactly what this professor did to win the Nobel prize. Explaining a Nobel prize winning economics theory with a few sentences in the newspaper is no easy task, and I thouhgt it was done well. One thing I didn't like about the Daily stroy was how much of it was attributed to websites press releases.

http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2007/10/16/72163879
http://www.startribune.com/local/12303571.html

Pyramid Scheme Bust

A son-and-father pyramid scheme bust landed the two in jail on Friday. According to the article, the duo was making false claims of free excercise equipment to schools, including some in Minnesota. They father was sent to more than 5 years in prison, and the son 17. They also have to pay 39 million dollars in restitution.

These stories were pretty straight forward. Probably just a standard beat story for the Strib reporter. I appreciated how the Strib attempted to address a critical voice in the article by mentioning the dispute over jail time. It made it a little more interesting.

http://www.startribune.com/local/12295276.html
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/mn/press/econ/econ0122.htm

Colorado shooting mights be related

Two shootings occured in Colorado today, and investigators have reason to believe they are related. The first was at a Christian ministry near Denver. A twenty something man wearing a beanie demanded the church let him stay the night, and when he was rejected he starting shooting the place up. Two people were killed, more were injured.

Then, twelve hours and 65 miles later, another shooting occured at a church near Colorado Springs. A man killed one person before being shot and killed by a guard. It has not been confirmed, but they are believed to be related.

This story clearly dealt with delicate subject matter -- not always an easy thing when dealing with breaking news. I thought both articles were sufficent. They both got the information out there. However, I was really impressed with the AP story the Strib ran. It used interesting transitions such as: "Then the incomprehensible happened" that really made it that much more enjoyable to read. The Strib also indulged in some background information on the churches and victims, one of which was from Minnesota.

http://www.startribune.com/local/12293101.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/10/us/10cnd-shoot.html?ex=1354942800&en=3574059b2c433838&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss