October 2012 Archives

By Laura Marrinan
A 22-year-old man was charged Wednesday with stabbing his mother and nephew to death with what police suspect was a samurai sword at their north Minneapolis home, the Star Tribune reported

Ishmael Roberts was arrested on six charges, including second-degree theft, public intoxication, reckless driving and harassing officers, after crashing one of the victim's cars in Waterloo, Iowa, the Pioneer Press reported.

"He's the No. 1 suspect, and we connected that very quickly," Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Stephen McCarty said of Roberts, according to the Pioneer Press.
He was charged on two counts of intentional second-degree murder, according to the Star Tribune.

Beatrice Wilson, 57, and her grandson Peter, 14, were found stabbed early Monday in their home in the 1200 block of 10th Avenue North, according to the Star Tribune.

According to the Star Tribune, Roberts had not been in contact with anyone in his family for the past two years. The family and police do not have a motive for the murders and Roberts has not spoken with investigators since his arrest.

Pileup kills cabdriver in I-494

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By Laura Marrinan
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - A cab driver was killed Monday on Interstate 494 after an unlicensed driver ran out of gas and caused a major pileup, the Star Tribune reported.

Nadir I. Ombabi, 57, was killed in the crash and David B. Paul, 64, was injured and sent to Hennepin Country Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, the Burnsville Patch reported.

The crash, involving a tanker truck and six other vehicles, occurred just after 5 a.m. near Interstate 494 and France Avenue, according to the Star Tribune.

The minivan driver, Isidoro B. Corona, 49,ran out of gas while driving in the right lane and came to a stop causing three other vehicles to crash, the West Central Tribune reported. There was no shoulder due to construction.

"In Bloomington, there is probably a gas station every block or two," said patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. "There really is no reason to run out of gas."

Corona has been cited at least seven times for driving without a valid license since 2005, the Star Tribune reported.

The freeway reopened at 9:15 a.m., according to the Burnsville Patch.

Federal offices closed in response to Hurricane Sandy

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Federal offices in the Washington area have been closed down on Monday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, according to the Washington Post.

All non-emergency employees will be granted excused absences, leaving only essential and emergency employees, the Baltimore Sun reported.

State government offices will be closed down, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The storm is expected to cause at least 12 to 14 hours of extremely strong winds, DVIDS reported. The Washington area is expected to receive the harshest winds starting at noon on Monday. The severity of the winds is not something more of the residents have experienced before.

The closure has caused Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to close down early voting on Monday as well, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The Office of Personnel Management will decide after 5 p.m. on Monday whether the federal offices will be closed on Tuesday, DVIDS reported.

New York to close mass transit system

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By Laura Marrinan
NEW YORK - New York City announced the closing of its subway system as officials prepare for Hurricane Sandy, CNN reported Sunday.

New York's mass transit system, the nation's largest, will suspend subway service starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, according to CNN.

"A situation like this, you don't want to be overly panicked and overly prepared, but you want to be prudent and you want to do what is necessary," the Star Tribune reported New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The storm is expected to cause multiple power outages as well as major flooding, CNN reported.

Regardless of the severity of the storm, the subway is expected to be at least slightly flooded, the Star Tribune reported.

Rainfall is expected to begin on the east coast late Sunday of early Monday, the Star Tribune reported. Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit over 800 miles from the east coast to the Great Lakes.

New York policed officer detained in cannibalism plot

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By Laura Marrinan
NEW YORK - A New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, cook, and cannibalize women was detained without bail, the Huffington Post reported Thursday.

Gilberto Valle, 28, was arrested on Tuesday after a two month long investigation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Valle's phone and computer records show a database of 100 women that has been accumulating since at least February, according to the LA Times. The database includes personal information and physical descriptions for plans to kidnap, torture, cook and eat them.

One document found on his computer was titled "Abducting and Cooking [Victim 1]: A Blueprint," according to the Associated Press. The documents also contained a list of materials still needed to carry out the act.

In another instance, Valle discussed kidnapping a woman he knew and selling her for $5,000, the LA Times reported.

"The allegations in the complaint really need no description from us," said Mary E. Galligan, acting head of the FBI's New York office. "They speak for themselves. It would be an understatement merely to say Valle's own words and actions were shocking."

The police were alerted of Valle's strange online activity by his estranged wife which led to the investigation, according to the Associated Press.

Taiwan patient starts hospital fire

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By Laura Marrinan
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A 67-year-old cancer patient admitted to starting a fire at a hospital in Taiwan that resulted in at least 12 deaths and 60 injuries, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Lin Chi-hsiung admitted he started the fire because he was upset over his illness, Tseng Chao-kai, head prosecutor for the Tainan District Prosecutor's Office told CNN.

Most of the victims died of smoke inhalation and were too frail to run from their beds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The injured victims were rushed to 13 hospitals, CNN reported. So far, only two patients have been released.

The fire started on the second floor of the building in a storage room. Hospital workers were seen on tape frantically attempting to save patients, the Wall Street Journal reported. Patients were being wheeled out of their rooms in beds, and nurses were performing CPR on patients outside of the hospital.

Although the high number of deaths is being attributed to the health of the patients, some sources are examining if the hospital was short staffed at the time, CNN reported.
The Department of Health said it will grant $1,700 to the families of the dead and $680 to the injured, according to CNN.

Mom regularly gave daughter, 12, heroine

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By Laura Marrinan
MINNEAPOLIS - A 12-year-old girl was hospitalized in Minneapolis for drug withdrawal after her mother regularly gave her heroine, the Star Tribune reported on Monday.

Investigators said the mother admitted to smoking the drug with her daughter three times a day because they liked doing the same things, the Associated Press reported.

Rebecca Rachelle Hill, 37, of Maple Grove, told police she regularly gave the girl heroin and marijuana and brought her along on shoplifting trips, reported the Star Tribune.

Hill was arrested on Oct. 14 for allegedly shoplifting at the Mall of America in Bloomington, according to the Associated Press.

"I've been working narcotics for two years, and this was one of the worst ones I've dealt with," Bloomington Police Detective Christopher Yates told the Star Tribune. "I've seen cases with kids involved, but never where the mother was ever actually getting the kid high."

She was charged with felony child endangerment, second-degree drug sale and motor vehicle theft, according to the Associated Press.

High-fashion designer Prabal Gurung collaborated with Minneapolis based retailer Target Corporation and created a line that will be in stores next February, the Pioneer Press reported.

The 80-piece collection will include apparel and accessories priced from $12.99 to $199.99, according to the Huffington Post.

The line will hit Target stores on Feb. 10, according to the Pioneer Press.

"My own collection is also inspired by the idea of emotion and all of those things," Gurung told Vogue. "Since this is coming out in February, I thought it was the perfect fit."

Gurung's pieces have been worn by many well-known celebrities including first lady Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Lady Gaga, according to the Huffington Post.

Target has successfully collaborated with many renowned designers in the past, including Jason Wu and Missoni, according to the Huffington Post.

The reporter for the Washington Post's coverage of President Barack Obama's speech in Virginia, Jerry Markon, crafted his message with a thorough description of Obama's attitude and actions rather than just what he said.

A speech is supposed to be treated as an event, and Markon really exemplified that idea in his story. His lead describes the kitschy terminology Obama referred to when talking about "Romnesia." This reference then grew into a detailed description of Obama wagging his finger and mocking Mitt Romney.

Markon then went on to say Obama spent the majority of the speech attacking Romney rather than discussing what he would do if he is reelected. By inserting quotes from the speech such as, "Now that we're 18 days out from the election, 'Mr. Severely Conservative' wants you to think he was severely kidding about everything he said over the last year," the author was able to reinforce this idea. Markon then refereed to crowd's reaction to the comments Obama made during the speech. By reporting crowd reactions, the readers have a better understanding of the gravity and reception of the speech.

By also reporting on commentary by people listening to the speech on Twitter and by responses from Romney's campaign the reader is able to see a fuller picture of the speech's reception.

After a series of fact blocks discussing the negative campaigns Markon returns to Obama's references of "Romnesia." He refers to it as a curable disease and brings up multiple points that reflect symptom's of the disease such as, "You know, if you say you're for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether or not you'd sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have 'Romnesia.'"

The author also enhances the speech coverage by incorporating multimedia into the story. A photo gallery is available for reader's to browse. This gallery gives a strong visual impact to the story and allows the reader to see the context of the speech and the audience reaction.

44 TSA agents facing firing or suspension

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By Laura Marrinan
NEWARK, N.J. - The Transportation Security Administration is in the process of firing 25 agents and suspending 19 others for failing to follow screening procedures, CNN reported on Friday.

All 44 of the employees worked in Terminal B of Newark's Liberty International Airport and were caught on surveillance tapes not following screening procedures, CNN reported.

The surveillance cameras were installed in 25 of the airport's screening rooms to check for possible thefts, the Associated Press reported.

The TSA agents are supposed to search passenger's checked luggage with electronic scanners and open some bags by hand. According to CNN, employees allegedly did not follow procedure on about 250 bags.

"Accountability is an important aspect of our work and we take appropriate action with any employee who does not follow our procedures or engages in misconduct," TSA spokesman David Castelveter told CNN.

Eight employees were fired in June for a similar investigation, the Associated Press reported.

Minnesota eases restrictions on free online education

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By Laura Marrinan
The state of Minnesota stopped enforcing a statute that required online schools to go through a drawn out registration process on Friday, according to the Pioneer Press.

The new ease on the 20-year-old restriction comes just hours after the Huffington Post reported Minnesota's Office of Higher Education banning Coursea, an educational database that provides free online courses, a few months ago.

The matter came to the public's attention when Chronicle of Higher Education published an article earlier this week titled, "Minnesota Gives Coursera the Boot, Citing a Decades-Old Law," the Pioneer Press reported. The wording of the statute was quickly confusing people into thinking all free online schooling is banned in Minnesota.

The decision to reduce enforcement on the lengthy registration process was a result of the news of Coursea going viral on Friday morning, the Pioneer Press reported.

Coursea was created to make education more widely available and easier to access, National Public Radio reported. Currently they have over 1.3 million registered students, according to the Huffington Post.

Kevin Love breaks his hand, out 6-8 weeks

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By Laura Marrinan
MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Love will miss at least six weeks after breaking two bones in his right hand before practice on Wednesday, the Star Tribune reported.

The Minnesota Timberwolves forward was working out before basketball practice when he broke his the third and fourth metacarpals, the Star Tribune reported.

He is reported to be out for at 6-8 weeks, overlapping Minnesota's first game of the season on Nov. 2, Yahoo Sports reported.

Fellow teammate Ricky Rubio is also expected to be out for part of the season related to a surgery last March to repair his torn knee ligaments, the Yahoo Sports reported.

Without Love, Wolves coach Rick Adelman is likely to start either Derrick Williams or Andrei Kirilenko as power forward, the Star Tribune reported.

Picasso and Monet among works stolen in Dutch heist

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By Laura Marrinan
AMSTERDAM - Thieves stole seven pieces of art including works by Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, and Matisse at the Kunsthal Museum in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning, the New York Times reported.

The museum was celebrating the Rotterdam gallery's 20th birthday showing works from the Triton Foundation when the heist occurred, the BBC News reported.

The paintings that were taken include Monet's Waterloo Bridge, Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed, according to the BBC News.

The theft was a wake-up call for the museum, the New York Times reported, since the thieves made off with works that were worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

"The alarm system in the Kunsthal is supposed to be state of the art. We've got no reason to believe that it's not but somehow the people responsible for this found a way in and a way out," Roland Ekkers from Rotterdam Police said.

Police that arrived at the scene said the security seemed adequate for the event and that it was clear the heist was well planned out, the Associated Press reported.

Although the paintings are worth a fortune, the thieves will not be able to auction them off since they have been internationally registered as stolen, the BBC News said. They could sell them on the criminal market, but would only make a portion of what they are really worth.

The gallery is now closed to the public, but the spaces where the paintings used to hang can be seen through its windows, the New York Times reported.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes on Jan. 13, 2013, the Huffington Post reported Monday.

NBC reached out to their own funny ladies and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions announced the pairing, TV Line reported.

TV Line reported, having the two "on board to host this year's festivities is a major coup," said NBC's president of alternative programming, Paul Telegdy.

The two have a long history of business together including hosting Saturday Night Live together for three years and co-starring in the comedy film Mean Girls together in 2004, the Huffington Post reported. They auctioned off a night of their friendship at a Comedy Central event this past weekend.

The 70th annual Golden Globes air on NBC , honoring honor the best in television and film, three days after the Oscars, the Huffington Post reported.

The New York Times multimedia section is filled with slideshows, videos, and interactive features. They include what photographs have been used with certain stories as well as slideshows and pictures of the day. The text that accompanies slideshows is simple and straightforward. One slideshow I browsed explored the best craftsmen in France. The pictures explained who the person was they were discussing and then in subsequent photos discussed what they have created and quotes from the featured craftsman. The interactive features on the New York Times website are engaging, interesting and really vary in topic. From college debt, to the weather, to Facebook, the New York Times has created interactive features for everything.

The Los Angeles Times has a framework section that includes both photos and videos that contribute to the news value of the site. For the LA Times, I was most interested in their "Week in Pictures" section. The first photograph has a long story describing all the pictures that will be viewed and how they relate to the news of that week. Then each photograph has an additional caption that explains where the picture is from and then has a very simple description of what the viewer is looking at.

The major difference I noticed between the two was the ease of access to reach the New York Times multimedia section. The LA Times seems to have it more spread out over the entire site where as the NY Times allows users to easily access the multimedia page via the links on the side. The New York Times also seems to have a wider variety of interactive features. For example, they recently put up an interactive feature that breaks down the meaning and repetition between the presidential candidates hand gestures.

When looking at the differences in the slideshows from the pictures that accompany stories, the main difference I noticed is the impact of the pictures. The images in the slideshows are very standalone and make a huge impact with just one or two sentences where as the images that add value to an actual story help depict the main points of the entire story. When creating multimedia it is important to make is simple and straightforward while still being informative.

Space shuttle Endeavour draws crowds as it lumbers home

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LOS ANGELES - The space shuttle Endeavour lumbered down the streets of Los Angeles on Saturday making its way to Exposition Park, CNN reported.

State Sen. Roderick Wright said he hoped the path of the shuttle through the streets would help inspire young people to continue being interested in space exploration, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The shuttle will be retired into a local museum in Inglewood right where the Endeavour was created, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"All of these states tried to get the Endeavour and they lost," the Los Angeles Times reported Wright said. "One of the reasons they lost is because Endeavour was born here .... This morning, in the great city of Inglewood, we have the opportunity to say 'Welcome home.' "

At around midnight, a Toyota Tundra pulled the shuttle over the Manchester Boulevard bridge and filmed the entire event for a commercial, according to CBS News.

According to CNN, in order for the shuttle to make its way down the streets, 265 trees were cut down, 67 traffic signals were dismantled and 48 mast arms were removed.

"This once-in-a-lifetime event is a cause for celebration," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.

Belfast to open 1st abortion clinic in Ireland

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DUBLIN - A British nonprofit organization announced on Thursday they will open the first ever abortion clinic in Ireland, the New York Times reported.

The opening will challenge legal confusion over pregnancy terminations that have been going on for decades, the Star Tribune reported.

The clinic plans to provide non-surgical procedures to women who are fewer than nine weeks pregnant, the Star Tribune said.

Although the laws in Ireland are supposed to allow abortions under some circumstances in Ireland, many clinics and doctors don't provide them in fear of protesters and lawsuits, the Star Tribune reported. "The law in Northern Ireland has been very unclear for many women and health care professionals. Our clinic will provide a safe, caring, sensitive environment for integrated family planning in Northern Ireland for the first time," said the director of the new clinic, Dawn Purvis.

The plans to open the clinic have outraged many anti-abortion campaigners, the New York Times reported.

"I am absolutely outraged," Bernadette Smyth, founder of the anti-abortion group Precious Life, said in a statement reported the New York Times.

A University of Minnesota student was charged with criminal vehicular operation on Tuesday in connection to a June hit-and-run, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Tyler Braunschweig, 19, allegedly hit Urban Bean Coffee shop barista Matt Call while driving near the intersection of Lyndale Avenue South and 24th Street West on June 27, the Star Tribune reported.

After the hit-and-run, police circulated photographs of the potential driver of the suspected vehicle, a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with Wisconsin plates. The police were able to identify Braunschweig from two tips and surveillance footage. After identifying the passenger of the vehicle, the police were told the police Braunschweig continued driving back to the university after he told him to turn around, the Star Tribune reported.

Call was hit while standing near the driver's side of his parked car after leaving work, the Minnesota Daily reported. Call suffered two broken legs, a fractured pelvis and broken vertebrae after being hit.

After the vehicle in the accident was sold at auction, it was recovered by the police. The insurance company received a claim on July 3 regarding a collision with a deer, the Star Tribune reported. The vehicle had considerable damage on the front passenger's side.

Braunschweig is in custody at Hennepin County jail on $75,000 bail, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30 to 60 years behind bars

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach from Penn State University, was sentenced on Tuesday to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexual abuse, Fox News reported.

Sandusky was charged on 45 counts of abuse stemming from his conviction back in June for sexually abusing 10 boys from disadvantaged homes, the New York Times reported.

"I'm not going to sentence you to centuries," Judge John M. Cleland said to Sandusky. "It makes no sense for a 68-year-old man. This sentence will put you in prison for the rest of your life," the New York Times reported.

Sandusky tried painting himself as the victim and denied committing sexual acts against children, Fox News reported.

Before learning his sentence, Sandusky spoke about his good works in the community and how he has helped children over the years, Fox News reported. He talked about missing his loved ones and said he hopes they will be able to get through this hardship.

According to the New York Times, Judge Cleland considered Mr. Sandusky's statement "unbelievable."

Former Fairbault teacher accused of molesting students

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An ex-teacher from Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Fairbault was charged on Monday with sexual misconduct involving six students from 1996 through 2003, the Star Tribune reported.

Former teacher Lynn Seibel, 70, was charged with 17 counts, including second-degree criminal sexual conduct, soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct, and using a minor in a sexual performance, the Star Tribune reported.

The incidents allegedly involved boys ages 15 to 18 in school class rooms and dormitories, the Daily Journal reported.

Authorities say Seibel was fired from his position at the prep school after child pornography was found on his computer in 2003, the Daily Journal reported. Police were never informed and he was never charged.

The school said they were aware of the allegations back in 2001 and investigated the situation and is now cooperating with the police, the Star Tribune reported.

CNN's coverage of the meningitis outbreaks is a prime example of a spot and follow story. The stories are being updated multiple times a day and knew reports are published online when the number of deaths increases. For each lead in the three stories I analyzed for the meningitis story, the number of deaths and states in which the outbreaks have occurred has increased and the leads have become more specific on what has happened. From the story published on Oct. 3 to the story published on Oct. 6, the deaths rose from four to seven and the lead contained a reason behind the meningitis in the second lead.

The update on the story reveals how much the issue has grown and how the FDA has responded to the outbreaks. The first story speculates on what may have caused the outbreak, but the follow reveals the steroid injections were confirmed to have caused the outbreak and where else they were distributed. The information about what the FDA is doing and the confirmation of where the outbreak stems from is vital to understanding the next steps of the news story and the information about where else the steroids were distributed leaves room for the reporter to continue to follow the story.

Both stories contain information on what meningitis is, but the second one dedicated quite a few more fact blocks to the understanding of the fungal meningitis compared to bacterial and viral meningitis. This adds to the story because people are becoming more and more concerned with the case and the information about the fungus is pertinent to the reader.

Stillwater man charged in bar fight death

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A Stillwater man has been charged on Friday with the death of a bar patron after beating him over a spilled drink, the Star Tribune reported.

Eric Kaprice Richard, 22, was charged with one felony count of second-degree murder without intent, and one felony count of first-degree manslaughter while committing a gross misdemeanor, according to the Star Tribune.

Adam McCloud, 29, was allegedly punched three times by Richards before falling to the ground and hitting his head, the Pioneer Press reported.

The incident occurred during a night of drinking at Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque & Pirate Bar on Sept. 28 in downtown Stillwater. The two men were on the dance floor when McCloud knocked Richard's drink out of his hand, according to the criminal complaint. Richard told police that after an argument erupted, McCloud shoved him and he then threw three punches back, the Star Tribune reported.

"That a death was caused over such a trivial thing as this is so tragic as to be beyond belief," County Attorney Pete Orput said reported the Pioneer Press.

A former professional wrestler from Minnesota took down a rowdy passenger while traveling on the Hiawatha Light Rail on Thursday, the Pioneer Press reports.

Shawn Daivari, a former WWE and TNA star, is being cheered on for using his wrestling skills to subdue a passenger that was hurling insults at other passengers on the train, Fox News reported.

"It was definitely different than any other ride I've taken on that train," Daivari told Fox News.

Daivari held the man in a rear-naked choke hold until he lost consciousness and emptied his bladder, the Toronto Sun reported.

After Daivari boarded the train in the Warehouse District, he noticed a man was swearing and yelling racial slurs. Many passengers had pushed the emergency button on the train before Daivari acted, the Toronto Sun reported.

"Another passenger told him to sit down and be quiet because he was making the ride bad for everybody," Daivari told Fox News. "That's when he got in the passenger's face, saying, 'I am going to kill you,' and stuff like that."

The passengers alerted the train conductor at the Downtown East/Metrodome Station and Daivari threw the man out at the next stop, Metro Transit told the Pioneer Press.

Angered Tunisia protesters took to the streets Tuesday after a woman who was allegedly raped by police officers was charged with indecency, CNN reported.

The protesters gathered outside the courtroom where the woman and her fiancé defended themselves against allegations of indecency, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The couple said, last month three police officers approached them in their car and raped the woman while one officer took the male to an ATM to extort money from him, CNN reported.

After the woman filed a complaint against the officers, the officers said when the approached the car, they found the couple in an "immoral position," according to CNN. The intentional indecent behaviors charges could result in up to 6 months in prison.

Tunisia feminist and human rights groups said the charges are an attempt to humiliate and scare the couple, as well as a way to scare other citizens from reporting police abuse, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Boy, 4, dies after being hit by car

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A 4-year-old boy died Monday after being struck by a car near a south Minneapolis park, the Star Tribune reported.

The boy was hit at the intersection of 11th Avenue South and East 26th Street near Stewart Park on Sunday evening, the Pioneer Press reported. A nurse performed CPR on the boy before he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

The boy was crossing the street while his mother was playing soccer in the park, according to the Star Tribune.

The 58-year-old woman driving the car was cooperative with the police and appeared distraught following the accident, Police Sgt. Stephen McCarty told the Star Tribune. The driver was unable to avoid the boy and was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, according to the Pioneer Press.

LOS ANGELES- Outspoken comic Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Academy Awards in February, the Star Tribune reports.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Monday that the 'Family Guy' creator has been chosen to host. Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said "His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," Reuters reports.

MacFarlane calls his first time hosting the Oscars "an overwhelming privilege," the Star Tribune reported.

Zadan and Meron said they hope something brand new and fresh will come from their new host by drawing on all of MacFarlane's singing, dancing and performing skills, the Star Tribune reported.

The Academy Awards are the highest honors in the movie industry, but have been struggling in the last few years. The award show has recently been trying to appeal to a younger audience. Although 37.6 million Americans tuned in last year, it was one of the least-watched Academy Awards in the past decade, Reuters reports.

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