November 9, 2008

Anaylsis: More Pregnancy Weight Causes Big Babies

In the story, Risks: Extra Pregnancy Weight Tied to Big Baby, the reporter used numbers to tell the story about how extra pregnancy weight can cause big babies.
The reporter used the numbers to express percentages. For example, "among women who were not diabetic, 19 percent of those who gained more than 40 pounds had large babies."
The numbers were not overwhelming and it helped to support the story. It helped me understand how many women are affected by excessive weight gain.

More Pregnancy Weight Causes Big Babies

Women who gain more than 40 pounds during pregnancy are about twice as likely to give birth to a heavy baby as those who gain less, according to a new study.
Mothers of babies who weigh more than about nine pounds at birth are at greater risk for birth complications, the New York Times reported.
The study shows, heavy babies are more likely to be overweight or obese later in life. Mothers with gestational diabetes are more likely to have large babies.
The study used data from 41,540 births from 1995 to 2003. Women who were not diabetic, 19 percent of those who gained more than 40 pounds had large babies, compared with 11 percent of those who gained less.
Nondiabetic women who put on more than 40 pounds were more likely to have a large baby than women treated for diabetes who gained less, according to the study.

Sources: The New York Times

St. Paul Woman Shoots Pregnant Woman

A woman charged with shooting in a St. Paul apartment injured a pregnant woman, her fetus and her boyfriend in May was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison, the Pioneer Press reported.
Evalyn Lia Bheaanu, 27, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in connection.
Bheaanu went to the apartment of Andrea M. Benjamin with Benjamin's cousin to ask for a bedroom, according to a criminal complaint.
The cousin told Benjamin's boyfriend, Richard M. Brown, that he had met Bheaanu at the Cherry Pit bar on St. Paul's East Side and agreed to pay her $200 for sex. The cousin told Brown he had stolen $40 from Bheaanu's purse while she was asleep. Brown allegedly went into Bheaanu's purse, too, and took her cell phones.
Bheaanu called police to say she'd been sexually assaulted and robbed. She showed up later at Benjamin's apartment, apparently to take revenge.
A series of six gunshots was heard, and Benjamin, who was 7 1/2 months, said she had been shot. The baby was born the same day, six weeks premature, the Pioneer Press reported.
Bheaanu was sentenced to five years.

Source: Pioneer Press

Day Care Operator Convicted of Sexual Misconduct

A St. Paul day care operator was convicted of sexual misconduct with a 6-year-old girl Friday, the Star Tribune reported.
Gene Hegerman, 54, was convicted after the said that he touched her "culito," a Spanish slang word referring to her private parts. The girl said he took her into the bathroom and touched her.
Hegerman and his wife, Linda, operated a day care out of their home.
He told her "pinky swear don't tell anybody," the girl testified.
District Judge Salvador Rosas ordered Hegerman taken into custody until his sentencing Dec. 19. State sentencing guidelines call for a minimum sentence of 12 years, the Star Tribune reported.

Source: Star Tribune

November 8, 2008

School Buliding Collapses in Haiti

A school building in Haiti killed 75 people Friday in Pétionville, the New York Times reported.
At least 17 students were found crushed as crews continued to search for victims, said Mayor Claire Lydie Parent.
The hill-side school, Collège La Promesse Evangelique, may have had hundreds of students inside when it collapsed, officials said.
Although rescue crews worked hard into the night pulling people from the rubble, the effort was chaotic and disorganized.
Groups of greiving and screaming onlookers made the it difficult for United Nations peacekeepers, Red Cross workers and Haitian authorities to bring trucks and heavy equipment, the New York Times reported.
There are buildings throughout the country that are at risk of similar collapse because of shoddy construction and lax oversight, President Rene Preval of Haiti said.
Voluteers arrived with shovels, axes and water to help with the rescue effort.
Francene Moreau, the area police commissioner, said the preacher who runs the school could face criminal charges.

Source: New York Times

October 29, 2008

Celine Dion Postpones Concert at Target Center

A respiratory illness has caused Celine Dion to postpone Thursday's concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported.
Dion has been battling a virus for about a week, according to a press release sent out by Target Center staff and Dion's publicists.
She performed two shows Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but "left the stage weak and breathless," the release stated.
"Her doctor stated that despite antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, bronchodilators and mucolytic agents prescribed for her condition, she has continued to worsen and he insists that she refrain from singing for the next five days, in order for her to recover completely," the press release stated.
A makeup date has already been set for Feb. 5.

Source: Star Tribune

Italian Judge Rules American to Stay Jail Pending Trial in a Murder

An Italian judge ruled Wednesday that an American college student and her former Italian boyfriend will remain in jail while awaiting trial in the killing of the woman's British apartment mate, lawyers said.
Judge Paolo Micheli rejected requests by the defense to grant house arrest to both Amanda Knox, a student from Seattle, and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Micheli indicted the two suspects Tuesday on charges of murder and sexual violence in the killing of Meredith Kercher, 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher. She was found stabbed in the neck last Nov. 2 in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia.
Knox and Sollecito have denied the charges.
Defense lawyers had proposed Knox be held at a community for recovering drug addicts and young offenders run by a Roman Catholic charity near Perugia but persecutors argued she will flee, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"We would take anything to get her out of prison," Knox's father, Curt, told The Associated Press by telephone.
The lawyer for Kercher's family, Francesco Maresca, said the judge turned down a request for bail.
Knox and Sollecito have been in custody for almost a year. Their trial is scheduled to start Dec. 4.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Gang Member Arrested in Killing of Minneapolis Teen

A suspected gang member from Richfield was charged with murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager playing football behind his Minneapolis home during his cousin's birthday party, the Star Tribune reported.
Edgar Rene Barrientos-Quintana,25, is being held in the Hennepin County jail on $2 million bail, accused of killing Jesse Leon Omar Mickelson, 18, on Oct. 11.
Witnesses told police that a car came through an alley in and Barrientos-Quintana reached out of the window from the back seat and fired several shots.
Mickelson, a student at Roosevelt High School and aspiring rapper, was shot twice in the upper body, police said.
Witnesses said they either recognized the shooter as "Smoky" or by his real name. Police knew of a "Smoky" being Barrientos-Quintana and a Surenos gang member, according to a criminal complaint.
He was arrested last Wednesday in Plymouth and told police that he was a gang member and was familiar with the home where the shooting occurred.
The criminal complaint did not offer a motive for the shooting. Mickelson's guardian has speculated that the shots were aimed at people living in a nearby house.

Source: Star Tribune

Man suffocates in compost pile of leaves, plastic

A temporary worker died accidentally Monday while pulling plastic bags off of leaves at a composting business in north Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported.
The 21-year-old man, whose name hasn't been released, fell into the pile of leaves and plastic bags at Organic Tech Inc., and apparently suffocated, police spokesman Jesse Garcia said.
"It was a freak accident," he said. "It sounds like he was working hard and trying to make a better life. It was pretty sad."
The man was dead when police arrived.

Source: Star Tribune

Baby Remains Stolen from Cemetery

The remains of an infant buried 83 years ago were dug up Sunday and taken from a cemetery in Barron County, Wis., the Star Tribune reported.
With Halloween approaching, this could be a prank gone too far, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.
"This time of year you kind of wonder," he said. "It's a different one. I just hope it is the last one," Fitzgerald said.
The Star Tribune reported that the robbers left pieces of the wooden coffin, piles of dirt and the tombstone, which said the year 1925 and the inscription "Baby Locke."
There are no suspects or clues of a motive, Fitzgerald said.
He said he has never seen anything like this in 16 years as an officer, the Star Tribune reported.
The graveyard, Pioneer Rest Cemetery, is still in use and is well-kept. The robbery has area residents concerned "about other people buried here who are from the area," Fitzgerald said.
"I hope it was some sort of childish prank some kids did that got a little out of hand," Fitzgerald said. "It is disturbing. And you add that it was a baby's remains."It affects people."

Source: Star Tribune

October 26, 2008

Radiologists Host Mammogram Party

Radiologists hosted a mammogram party at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minn. Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.
11 women partcipated in the event not only included a mammogram but manicures, massages, wine and food.
St. Francis got the idea to offer mammo parties when Jimly Harris, manager of diagnostic services, heard of a similar program in Florida, the Star Tribune reported.
Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among U.S. women, yet fewer women are getting mammograms, said Mary Hestness, medical director of radiology, said. The women who came to the party consistently forgot or avoided their mammogram appointments.
Without a party, "I never would have done this," Kelly Austin said. Austin had her first mammogram at the party. At 38, she's shy of the recommended age of 40 for this exam to begin but some doctors recommend that women start as early as 35, especially if there's a family history of breast cancer, the Star Tribune reported.
The medical center is booking future parties, which it expects will occur on a monthly basis.

Source: Star Tribune

Congregation Accepts Lesbian Minister

An openly lesbian pastor was ordained at the Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.
Jodi Barry has been a youth minister intern for a year at the church, but the ceremony was conducted by Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM), a national network committed to full acceptance of gay and lesbian pastors in the Lutheran church.
Supporters hope the ordination will lead togreater acceptance of gays and lesbian pastors by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Star Tribune reported.
According to activists, such ordinations, are not officially recognized by the national church body and the openly gay ministers are not included on the church's national roster of pastors, the Star Tribune reported.
"Change comes slowly," Barry said."It took a long time for Martin Luther. Our goal has always been not to start a new church, not to leave the ELCA."
The service marked the first time a gay person has been called to a special ministry, a choice usually made by synod officials, not a congregation, ELM representatives said.

Source: Star Tribune

October 18, 2008

Russell Simmons and Hip-Hop Stars Lend Advice about Gaining a Home

ATLANTA - Hip-hop music businessman Russell Simmons, along with mortgage consultants and entertainment figures like Ludacris, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, D. Woods of Danity Kane and music executive Kevin Liles, spoke to the crowd at the Hip-Hop Summit at Clark Atlanta University, the Star Tribune reported.
The theme was "Urging People to 'Get Your Money Right!"
Simmons believes now is the best time to buy a home because the property will eventually appreciate, the Star Tribune reported.
"There are opportunities out there, but people just don't know about it," Simmons said. "With financial stability, it's a great time to buy when it's low. It'll pick back up in the long run."
Participants received an 86-page booklet that is half English and Spanish, stressing the importance of home ownership, a solid credit score and steps for first time home buyers, the Star Tribune reported.

Source: Star Tribune

October 17, 2008

New York Journalist Killed During Civil Protest

Bradley Will, a journalist from New York City, was shot and killed by an anti-government protester during civil unrest in the state of Oaxaca two years ago, the Mexican authorities said Friday.
The protester, Juan Manuel Martínez, was arrested in Oaxaca on Thursday and accused of homicide, the reported. Another man, who was accused of protecting him as he fled, was also arrested, said Víctor Emilio Corzo Cabañas, a deputy federal attorney general.
The two men were members of a coalition of left-wing organizations, the Oaxaca People’s Popular Assembly, that was seeking to overcome the governor of Oaxaca, officials said.
His death, and the killing of three other people that day, prompted the president at the time, Vicente Fox, to send in the federal police to clear the streets, the New York Times reported.
The left-wing coalition said in a statement that Martínez and Cabañas were innocent and that they had been mistreated.

Source: New York Times

U.S. Infant Mortality Rate has Not Changed

The U.S. infant mortality rate has barely changed between 2000 and 2005,compared to other developed countries despite spending more on health care, according to a report released Wednesday.
The Star Tribune reported, the rate was 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005, almost unchanged from 6.89 deaths per 1,000 births in 2000. In 1900, the U.S. infant mortality rate was 100 deaths per 1,000 live births.
In 2004, the United States dropped to 29th in the world in infant mortality. In 1960, it was 12th, the Star Tribune reported.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Premature, birth and low birth weight are by far the biggest causes of infant death.

Source: Star Tribune