November 2012 Archives

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Thursday for bronchitis complications and is in stable condition, according to Washington Post.

"President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis," Bush's office said in a statement released by the hospital. "He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours."

The former President, who is 88 years old, has been in and out of the hospital recently for a lingering cough and complications resulting from bronchitis. Bronchitis can become pneumonia at Bush's age, but according to Dr. Amy Myunderse, who is in charge of Bush's care, "Mr. Bush's condition never progressed to that level." Officials claim Bush's illness is non life-threatening.

Bush had been diagnosed with lower-body Parkinsonism in February, according to Reuters, "which causes a loss of balance, and that he often uses a wheelchair," The Houston Chronicle reported.

"They were able to successfully treat that piece of it, but he still has a lingering cough and that and the fact that's he's 88 - they're just being extra cautious and holding him until the cough gets better," Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said.

In an Associated Press article published in the Star Tribune, author Matthew Daly covers vice president Joe Biden's speech at Costco, in which he calls for middle-class tax cuts.

In order to craft the speech, which could have turned into a boring subject for some readers, Daly made the story visual and fun. "'I'm looking for pies,' Biden announced as he began shopping, helped by Costco employee Ivey Stewart, who was steering his shopping cart around the store. Biden bought an apple pie, along with a stack of children's books, a 32-inch Panasonic TV, fire logs and other items. He said the books were intended for a Delaware charity supported by his wife, Jill," Daly said. This quote gives the article a more informal feel and allows readers to better relate to this important official.

Daly also chose to only quote Biden a hand full of times. His ability to translate Biden's speech into something many readers can comprehend is effective and not inundating the story with quotes is what allows more readability. One example is when Daly said, "Biden said Congress should act on the middle-class tax cuts before Christmas to spur consumer confidence and then fight later over tax cuts for families earning more than $250,000 a year."

Daly then follows up with a direct quote from Biden, giving his story credibility: "'We have a lot we have to settle, but there's one thing we should all agree on and that's the middle-class tax cut should be made permanent. I think it's important Congress acts now, I mean right now,'" Biden said at an impromptu news conference at the store, where he was surrounded by shoppers and employees eager to shake hands, take photos and even hug the vice president."

Daly also goes beyond the event itself by including important background details that readers may not have known about otherwise. "Biden and President Barack Obama have pressed Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts while raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, while congressional Republicans have pushed to extend cuts for all taxpayers," Daly said. This information gives readers who may not be as well-versed in politics a better idea of what Biden is speaking on.

Daly also includes, "Costco is opening at least three stores in the Washington area, and Sinegal said the company was 'looking forward to a reasonably good Christmas,' noting that sales were up 7 percent over last year in stores that had been open for a year," which shows how Daly interviewed several sources to get a well-rounded article.

Daly's ability to translate Biden's speech, give the story flavor with a variety of sources quoted allows for a well-rounded article for a reader who cares about politics but may not be an expert.

The News of the World hacking scandal continues to affect victims of tragedies around the world. Privacy and communication were now hand in hand as News of the World reporters hacked into voicemails to uncover fresh news. One victim in particular was a 13-year-old schoolgirl named Milly Dowler, who was murdered on her way home from school. According to an article by CNN, her parents were devastated with the scandal affecting their own tragedy.

Going back as far as 2005, News of the World reporters hacked in voicemails of important people in the public eye. Their invasion of privacy and ability to turn private information into public stories was a tragedy that still affects the victims now.

The Guardian had reported in July of 2002 that News of the World had also hacked into the 13-year-old Dowler's phone and deleted voicemails in order to free up space for more voicemails. News of the World boss, Rupert Murdoch immediately closed the 168-year-old tabloid down and attempted to apologize by paying the Dowler family $4 million.

The deletion of these voicemails caused heartbreak to Dowler's family who called Milly's phone in search for her and heard her voice."I rang her phone," recalled Sally Dowler. "It clicked through on to her voicemail, so I heard her voice and it was just like, 'she's picked up her voicemail, she's alive.'"

However, after Dowler's body was found six months later, it was revealed that there was no real evidence that News of the World hacked into Dowler's phone and it remains unknown if they truly did or not.

The hacking scandal officially begun in November 2005 when News of the World reporters had hacked into a voicemail and then published a story about Prince Henry's knee injury. From then on, News of the World's officials went through a whirlwind of destroyed reputations and lawsuits. The most recent case occurred on August 24 in which the Washington Post explains, "U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announce[d] preliminary FBI investigation of possible phone hacking targeting 9/11 victims and their families."

Unilever exec to replace Regis CFO

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Steve Spiegel will begin two new roles Monday, as both CFO and executive vice president of Regis, an Edina-based company. The former executive at Unilever will be replacing Brent Moen, who has worked for Regis for the past 12 years, according to Twin Cities Business Magazine.

Prior to his new position at Regis, Spiegel was vice president of finance and corporate controller of Unilever, a brand that creates Dove, Axe, Lipton and 400 other products. Spiegel will be replacing Brent Moen, who began working for Regis in 2000. According to Twin Cities Business Magazine, "[Moen] was named vice president of finance in 2002 and became corporate controller in 2006. He replaced Randy Pearce as CFO in 2011, when Pearce was named president of the company."

In regard to the new addition, Regis is incredibly pleased. "Steven will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team," Regis CEO Dan Hanrahan said in a statement. "I have the highest confidence that his extensive financial knowledge and experience will deliver significant contributions toward our objectives of improving the salon experience for our guests, simplifying our operating model, effectively leveraging our scale, and enhancing value for our shareholders."

Though Spiegel will officially start on Monday, Moen will continue to be employed by Regis until January 4, in order "facilitate a smooth and orderly transition," Twin Cities Business Magazine stated.

With this new position, Regis looks to their future in business. According to the Star Tribune, "Regis has been struggling to grow comparable store sales as fewer consumers visit its salons. The company has slashed costs and sold off non-core assets like Hair Club for Men and Woman and its stake in Provalliance, a chain of salons in Europe." Though Regis' former CEO stepped down in February and former President also stepped down in January, a new CFO could be a fresh start.

According to Twin Cities Business Magazine, "For its first fiscal quarter, which ended September 30, Regis reported earnings of $28.5 million, or 45 cents a share--up dramatically from $8.3 million, or 15 cents a share, during the same period a year ago."

In 2015, Capt. Scott Kelly, a veteran astronaut, will attempt to the longest space mission as an American. Kelly is to be accompanied by Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko in a one-year mission to the International Space Center, according to CNN.

During this mission, the duo plan to "help scientists explore the effects of living in space on the human body," NASA said. "They will provide information regarding health and crew performance and help with determining and validating risk-reduction measures," in hopes to contribute to the planning of further missions, such as Mars.

If the duo succeeds, they will be the first Americans to complete this long of a space mission, with the current records being held by Valery Polyakov, who spent 438 days in space between January 1994 and March 1995. According to Fox News, "The extended mission was approved almost two months ago to provide a medical foundation for future missions around the moon, as well as far-flung trips to asteroids and Mars."

"Only four humans have logged a continuous year or more in space on a single mission, and all of those missions involved the Russian Mir space station," said NASA spokesman Joshua Buck. Kelly and Kornienko plan to depart in spring 2015 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and will then travel aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Kelly is the twin brother of former space shuttle commander, Mark Kelly, whose wife, Gabrielle Giffords, survived a shooting near Tucson in 2011. Kelly has already experienced 180 days in space, with experience as a pilot on a 1999 space shuttle mission, a commander on STS-118 in 2007, a flight engineer on International Space Station Expedition 25 in 2010 on International Space Station Expedition 25 and as a commander of Expedition 26 in 2011, according to CNN.

Kelly's co-pilot, Kornienko, on the other hand, has worked in the space industry since 1986. His experience includes working as a flight engineer on the Expedition 23/24 crews in 2010 and has spent a total 176 days in space.

"Their skills and previous experience aboard the space station align with the mission's requirements," Bill Gerstenmaier, head of human exploration for NASA, said in a statement. "The one-year increment will expand the bounds of how we live and work in space and will increase our knowledge regarding the effects of microgravity on humans as we prepare for future missions beyond low-Earth orbit."

The astronaut duo will begin their space training next year.

Alabama inmates with HIV may no longer be isolated

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In Alabama and South Carolina, it is normal to isolate prisoners who are HIV positive, with the goal to stop the spread of AIDs, thus keeping medical costs low. In an article by the New York Times, author Robbie Brown explains why that isolation may be coming to an end.

Albert Knox was a prisoner in an Alabama prison who was tested positive for HIV after being convicted of cocaine possession. Within his first week, he was harassed as guards yelled out, "dead man walking," as Knox passed by. Due to his diagnosis, Knox was forbidden to eat in the cafeteria, work around food or visit any of his friends within his substance-abuse program.

This is not an odd occurrence for Alabama prisons, as they are one of two states that allow HIV-positive inmates to be isolated from others - South Carolina is the other state. According to New York Times, "The goal is to stop the spread of the virus, which causes AIDS, and to reduce medical costs. The Alabama Corrections Department's concern is that H.I.V. will spread through consensual sex, through rape or through blood when inmates give one another tattoos."

Isolation isn't the only way HIV-positive inmates are victimized. According an article written by Elton John in the Washington Post, "In Alabama, prisoners with HIV are made to wear a white armband to distinguish themselves from other inmates, a modern-day scarlet letter. In South Carolina, the 400 or so HIV-positive prisoners, even those convicted of minor offenses, are housed in maximum-security facilities alongside those on death row."

Both Alabama and South Carolina partake in this behavior, claiming it to be a health concern for others - but there is a possibility that the states are excluding them on purpose, to further their embarrassment publicly. "When I established the Elton John AIDS Foundation 20 years ago, one objective was to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS," Elton John said. "These policies are a reminder that our work is far from over."

A trial held in Sept. 17 will have a ruling on Alabama's policies made before Thanksgiving.

In a CNN article titled "Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama" by John Blake, the issue of racism in politics is addressed in a manner that attempts to remove stereotypes and racist attitudes, yet reverts back to somewhat racist terms.

The author, John Blake, uses words that address the color of skin the subject has, but not in a sense that evoke racism or a sense of segregation. At the beginning of the article, Blake only uses the term "African-American," as shown here, "The man was an African-American of mixed-race heritage, an eloquent speaker whose election was hailed as a reminder of how far America had come. But the man who placed his hand on the Bible that winter day in Washington wasn't Barack Obama. He was Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate," Blake said.

Later in the article, however, Blake begins using "white" and "black" to describe the color of the subject's skin. "His election and that of many other African-Americans to public office triggered a white backlash that helped destroy Reconstruction, America's first attempt to build an interracial democracy in the wake of the Civil War." It seems odd that he would use the term African-American and then use "white" but I suppose we don't usually say "caucasian," either.

Blake stops using African-American at the middle of the article and begins using "black," shown here, "The notion that the country is poised to enter a new post-Reconstruction era may seem outlandish, even offensive. That period, known as the Jim Crow era, saw the establishment of American apartheid: segregated public facilities, race riots and white racists murdering blacks and their white allies with impunity."

To gain information, Blake used Ruha Benjamin, an African American studies professor at Boston University, Mark D. Naison, a history professor from Fordham University, Nsenga Burton, a writer for The Root, a website about the African-American perspective and Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author among other authors. Blake's use of several sources shows that he intended to write a well-rounded article with various perspectives.

Blake's inability to stick to one term in the article shows that he would like to use the term that is accepted more by society - African-American - but gets lost in society's norms, thus switching to black instead. Though it is generally okay to use the term black, I believe using that term allows us to revert back to our racist ways as human beings.

Gopher football player quits, blames Coach Kill

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University of Minnesota receiver, A.J. Barker is quitting the football team after mistreatment from Coach Jerry Kill, according to the Pioneer Press.

The junior player, who suffered a high ankle sprain earlier in the season, has announcement his news of quitting the team on Sunday via Twitter. "Well, its official. I am done playing football for the University of Minnesota and I will be looking to transfer next season for my final yr," Barker wrote. Barker later told the Pioneer Press that he decided to quit after a "heated discussion" with Coach Kill on Thursday, during which Kill said that he was not healthy enough to play.

After Twitter followers demanded answers from Barker, he directed them to a letter he wrote to Coach Kill on his Tumblr page. Included in the scathing letter is the following, "Now, in honor of my family and myself I'm done with you for good. In light of that pathetic, manipulative display of rage and love you put on this past Thursday, I have come to the decision, with the guidance of my parents and my closest friends, that my time on this team has come to an end. It kills me that I have to do this before the season's over, but this is the only way I can protect myself against the manipulation and abuse I'd have to endure from you the rest of this season."

According to ESPN, Barker leads the Gophers with 30 catches for 577 yards and seven touchdowns. "Barker is a junior who walked onto the team but emerged this season. He has one year of eligibility left and wouldn't have to sit out if he transfers," ESPN stated.

Woman dies in Ireland after being denied abortion

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After a woman was denied an abortion that could have saved her life, the Irish abortion law is being questioned, according to articles by CNN and Washington Post.

Savita Halappanavar, 31, went to Galway University Hospital on Oct. 21 complaining about intense back pain. According to CNN, the doctors found that she was having a miscarriage but denied an abortion, stating, "Sorry, can't help you. It's a Catholic country. Can't help you. It's a Catholic team." Later, the fetal heartbeat faded and Halappanavar died of blood poisoning.

According to Irish Times reporter Kitty Holland, "Doctors at Galway University Hospital said that as long as the fetal heartbeat could be felt, the law prevented them from ending the pregnancy." This law and its direct infliction on Halappanavar's life has caused controversy around the world. In London, an abortion rights demonstration took place in front of the Irish Embassy Wednesday evening, while pro-choice supporters in the United States are outraged.

This isn't the first time Ireland has ran into a controversy such as this one. According to the Washington Post, a similar incident occurred in 1992 when "a 14-year-old girl, raped and made pregnant by a neighbor, was at first forbidden to travel to England for a legal abortion, the Supreme Court ruled the procedure should be legalized when continuing the pregnancy presents a "real and substantial risk" to a mother's life, but not her health."

"The current situation is like a sword of Damocles hanging over us," Dr. Peter Boylan of the Irish Institute of Obstetricians and Gynecologists told the Associated Press on Thursday. "If we do something with a good intention, but it turns out to be illegal, the consequences are extremely serious for medical practitioners."

Investigations are currently being conducted in Ireland for this incident and to avoid future incidents such as this one.

Minneapolis begins single-sort recylcing

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Minneapolis began to give our single-sort recycling to residents Monday in an attempt to encourage recycling and allow residents to stop having to sort into numerous containers, Star Tribune said.

The Minneapolis recycling rate is a mere 18.1%, meaning there is "not quite 1 in every 5 households," MinnPost said. St. Paul, on the other hand, has a staggering 46% recycling rate, which can be translated to half of the city's households.

How can this be? MinnPost attributes it to their switch to a multi-source recycling system with every-other-week pickup, in which St. Paul residents place their paper in one bin and the rest of their recyclables in the other. "We increased the recovery rate by 15 to 18 percent," said Tim Brownell, CEO of Eureka Recycling, which serves St. Paul. The switch "gave people more capacity," he said.

By giving single-sort recycling bins to Minneapolis residents, the city hopes to get more residents involved and participating. By doing so, they also hope to double the Minneapolis recycling rate by 2015. Until residents receive their bins, they should continue sorting their own in whichever fashion they choose. The city plans to distribute the bins in two phases: the first phase will be this month, with 30,000 distributed. The second phase will distribute the rest of the bins in the Spring of 2013.

"One-sort recycling will be so simple," said Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy, who chairs the Transportation and Public Works Committee. "It's going to be much simpler for people, and that is why we think there will be a much larger volume of recycling." Minneapolis residents will no longer have to have bags of recyclables laying around the house, instead they will have an efficient system to facilitate a green environment.

According to MinnPost, "the city has already ordered blue 95-gallon carts, and the good news is you get to keep what is left of your old green or blue plastic bin. The cost for the carts, at one per household, is $6.8 million. The cost for eight additional collection trucks is $1.976 million for a total of slightly more than $8.7 million."

Picking up garbage every other week in Minneapolis will remain the same system, however, the new 95-gallon carts will be able to handle "two weeks' worth of materials."

In an article by CNN Money, Target revealed their plans to open their stores at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving to commence the Black Friday deals. As this is the earliest they have ever opened for Black Friday, surely other competing companies will follow suit.

"We heard from our guests that they look forward to kicking off their holiday shopping with deal-hunting on Thanksgiving night," said Kathee Tesija, executive vice president, merchandising, for Target. "Opening at 9 p.m. gives Target's Black Friday guests a more convenient way to create an after-dinner shopping event that the entire family can enjoy."

In another article by CNN Money, more companies have chosen to open on Thanksgiving, too, rather than waiting until the next day. Currently, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us are the two companies that will open their doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22. Last year, the toy store had opened at 9 p.m., and Wal-Mart opened at 10 p.m., while Target seemingly lagged behind by opening at midnight.

The craze of getting the best deal on Black Friday, or Thursday for some, is not completely clear. Some attribute the impulse buys and long lines to getting ahead on Christmas shopping, but for some it's one night of the year you can't pass up - especially if there's flat screen TVs involved.

Irresistable deals this year include Target's "Samsung 50" LED HDTV for $699, a Canon A3400 Camera Bundle for $89.99, Fisher-Price Doodlepro Classic for $10, Leapfrog Explorer Software for $15 and a $10 gift card for shoppers who spend $50 or more on clothing," CNN stated. Wal-Mart is also guaranteeing that customers who arrive between the times of 10 and 11 p.m. Thursday will receive one of the following: an Apple iPad2 and a $75 Wal-mart gift card for $399.99; an LG Blu-Ray player for $38; or a 32-inch Emerson HD TV for $138, according to CNN.

For some, the idea of Black Friday is a nightmare. Long hours waiting in line, jam-packed stores and the frustration of driving to a store to find that your item of interest has run out is upsetting for any customer. For the employees, it's a different story. "Thanksgiving was definitely short with your family, and you hate it," Curtis West, a Macy's employee said. "People don't understand why you weren't there or why you couldn't stay."

Not only are the long hours tiring, but they also cut back on time employees could have spent with their families. Last week, "more than 20 new petitions were created on Change.org calling on retailers to push back their opening times to Friday so that workers can spend Thanksgiving at home," CNN said.

While employees fight to have stores open on later on Friday and shoppers fight to have them open earlier Thursday, Black Friday is sure to break records.

Como zoo polar bear recovers after surgery

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Como Zoo's female polar bear, Berlin is in recovery after a surgery to remove necrotic mass that caused internal bleeding, the Star Tribune said.

Berlin, the polar bear that was displaced to the Como Zoo Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. after her habitat at the Duluth, Minn. zoo flooded in August, was found to be lethargic and non-responsive mid-October, when they found the mass.

After Berlin underwent surgery at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and is now cleared to go back on exhibit at the Como Zoo, where she will be reunited with her fellow twin polar bears, Buzz and Neil. According to the Pioneer Press, Berlin is making a "strong recovery." She will resume a normal diet and turn 23 next month.

"Berlin has a lot of fans in Minnesota, especially since her adventures this summer. We are thrilled with the progress she is making in her recovery and excited to celebrate her 23rd birthday next month," said Michelle Furrer, director of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

An athletic official at the University of Iowa resigned this week after being accused of "trading football tickets and money for sexual favors and inappropriately touching student athletes," according to an article by the Star Tribune.

Peter Gray, associate director of Athletic Student Services and director of academic advising and counseling resigned Wednesday after his sex scandal allegations. His salary for both positions held was $71,297.

According to Delaney's Dozen, Gray had worked for the department since 2002 and had admitted to "various sexual acts and that he couldn't remember with whom and how often along with some other quite disturbing admissions of a sexual nature," author Andrew Coppens said.

The six-page-long document highlighting Gray's allegations was posted on the Iowa City Press-Citizen's website Friday night. According to the site, this was note Gray's first run-in with sexual allegations - he had a history of inappropriate behavior, with two separate occurrences in his department.

"The investigation by the school's human resources and employment offices turned up a long list of apparent sexual harassment violations by Gray, whose duties this semester included one-on-one counseling to members of the women's basketball, men's golf and men's and women's swimming teams," the Star Tribune said.

The University of Iowa Athletic Director, Gary Barta claims that Gray resigned for personal reasons, but the athletics spokesperson refused to comment on the issue when asked by an Associated Press reporter. The Associated Press was also unable to find a phone number for Gray and received no answer when they knocked at Gray's door.

The investigation also revealed that Gray had made sexual comments during a presentation to parents and recruits, in addition to having found the "sexually explicit and suggestive photos on his work computer, including two that involved individuals engaged in sex acts with toys or stuffed animals, numerous pictures of college-aged individuals posing in swimsuits and a few of individuals dressed in underwear," the Star Tribune stated.

There is no information at this time regarding possible charges on Gray.


Africans hope for change with Obama's re-election

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Nigerians held a mock poll during the 2012 presidential election, for which Obama received 219 votes and Romney received 60. According to an article by CNN, none of the Nigerians had a clear reason why they voted for Obama - except his relation to the continent, as the son of a Kenyan dad. In comparison to past Presidents, such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, president Obama had not established the same kind of relationship with Africa during his first term.

"In 2003, a few months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Bush signed into law a bill establishing the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in fulfilment of a promise made during his State of the Union Address earlier that year," author Tolu Ogunlesi said. Bush also pledged $15 billion to fight HIV/AIDS and renewed the commitment for another five years in 2008. Before Bush, Bill Clinton also established a relationship with Africa when he created the "African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), a landmark piece of legislation that opened up American markets to African countries," CNN stated.

President Obama, on the other hand, had visited Africa once during his first term, in Ghana in 2009, for a visit that lasted less than 24 hours. Though Africans are unsure why this is, Dr. Folarin Gbadebo-Smith, Director of the Lagos-based Centre for Public Policy Analysis, believed it to be because Obama is in a "conflicted position" -- he is "compelled to exercise caution in his engagement with Africa for fear that such a position will become ammunition in the hands of the lunatic right, Tea Party types and those who insist he is not an American and is really a Muslim," CNN said.

Though Obama has not tried to create a relationship with Africa directly, Africans still support the incumbent for his second term. According to an article by the Huffington Post, the author claims "Africans have generally lost hope in our leaders' ability to solve the persistent problems of hunger, disease, illiteracy and general lack of development, we often look to the United States, as the leader of the free world, to offer a helping hand to challenge our leaders to start working for the prosperity of their people," Themba Mzingwane said. "It is a sad indictment on our leaders that we find ourselves looking for salvation from leaders of distant countries. But there are concrete steps that Obama can take to help the African people."

In order to obtain the trust of Africans seeking change, Mzingwane believes Obama should "work to expand and continuously offer full support to the many human rights advocates in Africa fighting against vicious governments in an attempt to advance many freedoms still being denied to their fellow citizens," "continue President Bush's good work in curbing the HIV/AIDS epidemic," and "do more to empower people on the continent by helping to fund countless effective educational projects that suffer from lacking of funding."

In June, "the White House unveiled a new sub-Saharan Africa strategy built around four "objectives": Democracy, Trade & Investment, Peace & Security, and Development," CNN stated. "But it remains to be seen whether Obama will unveil an Africa project on a scale comparable to AGOA and PEPFAR."

In an article by the Star Tribune, author Jim Adams explained how much the sludge-infested ponds around the Metro area are going to cost to cleanup. In order to explain the exact damage and what needs to be done, Adams inundates his story with numbers.

The first use of numbers is in Adams lede, "Metro cities could be on the hook for $1 billion or more in cleanup costs in coming years as they grapple with contaminated sludge in storm-water ponds that dot the metro area." Using this number is important because it gives readers the approximate amount needed.

Adams also uses numbers to explain how many ponds are affected, "Unsafe levels of the compounds have been found in many of the metro area's 20,000 public collection ponds, which receive water from streets and parking lots after rainfall." He reveals further what information was gathered through testing and gives a specific amount of ponds, "Nine of 15 ponds sampled by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) a few years ago had unsafe levels of the compounds."

In this statement, Adams uses numbers in several different ways - an amount of ponds, the exact size of sediment and the monetary amount associated. "When the city of Inver Grove Heights tested 10 ponds this year, it found two with unsafe levels. The cost to clean up just one of them, which had 7,000 cubic yards of tainted sediment, was estimated at $450,000."

Adams' use of numbers in his story is very direct and informative. He is clearly well-versed on the subject and knows his facts to give to interested readers. Though Adams uses numbers in every paragraph, he does it to benefit the reader - it is not too overwhelming, but instead, very informative.

Adams does use math to crunch numbers to tell the story effectively here, "The agency estimates that even if only 10 percent of the metro area's ponds have unsafe pollutant levels, it would cost more than $1 billion to clean them up." His percentage comes from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which he sources at the beginning of his statement and throughout the article.

Florida votes finally tallied: Obama wins

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Barack Obama had already won the 2012 Presidential Election on Tuesday, exceeding the required 270 electoral votes to be re-elected. However, the direction of the state of Florida had not been determined - until today. The state's 29 electoral votes went Obama, leaving the election's vote total to be 332-206, according to CNN.

Florida finally reached a total in numbers today at their noon deadline, with 50.01% of the state going Obama and 49.13% of the state going Romney. "The incumbent's margin of victory was just shy of 74,000 votes," CNN stated. After winning the state of Ohio, Obama was elected president for his second term, although Florida's votes had not yet been counted.

The end of the election marks a significant time for American voters. "Obama's win came in part from heavy support from black, Hispanic and younger voters. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press showed Obama was favored by more than 9 of 10 black voters and 3 of 5 Hispanic voters in Florida. The president also was the choice of two-thirds of voters under age 30," the Star Tribune stated.

Some voters had to wait in long lines to vote for their preferred candidate. In Miami-Dade, for example, some voters began waiting in line at 7 p.m. and voted around midnight. After waiting in those long lines, Obama was able to win eight out of nine swing states: Florida, Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada. The only one he lost was North Carolina, to his competitor, Mitt Romney.

Sixty-two wolves killed since Saturday season opener

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Since the season opener on Saturday, Nov. 3, sixty-two wolves have been killed in Minnesota, shutting down one of three designated zones after meeting quota, according to the Star Tribune and Duluth News Tribune.

The first ever managed wolf hunting for Minnesota began on Saturday, with the smallest of the three hunting zones in Minnesota closed down after meeting its quota. Hunters were able to rifle hunt in the same zones that they hunted deer.

Upon opening, 32 wolves were killed Saturday,18 on Sunday, and six registered Monday, according to the Star Tribune. Hunters in the East-Central zone had killed eight by Monday - the early season harvest quota is set at nine. After hearing the news, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decided to close down the zone after shooting hours, according to Duluth News Tribune.

The season, which will last 16 days, issued a total of 3,600 licenses for wolf hunting. The licenses were given out through a lottery of 24,000 applications. The entire season has a quota set at 400, "200 in the early season that runs concurrently with the firearms deer season and 200 in a second hunting-and-trapping season that will open Nov. 24," the Star Tribune stated.

Other zones that have yet to reach quota are the DNR's Northwest zone, where the quota is 133 and 29 have been killed; and the Northeast zone where the quota is 58 and 25 have been killed.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Minnesota's wolf population is approximately 3,000. When more pups are born in May, the population may grow by 6,000 wolves, stated L. David Mech, a senior scientist with the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. The population will then drop again in February when wolves are either killed by other wolves or by the state.

The second wolfing season will begin on Nov. 24 and go until Jan. 31. The DNR hopes to reach their target of 400 wolves killed by that point.

Obituary Analysis: George McGovern

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George McGovern, former presidential candidate in the 1972 election, died October 21. He was 90. In a five-page-long obituary written by the Associated Press published by ABC News, only McGovern's greatest accomplishments were highlighted.

In the obituary, the sources used were McGovern himself (quoted), former President Bill Clinton, McGovern's family, political writer Theodore H. White and president Barack Obama. The amount of sources interviewed and quoted indicated how important McGovern was in America, in addition to the impact he left on others. His obituary described his successes as a politician as well as his loyalty as a friend.

George McGovern's obituary does not use a standard lede. Instead of starting with a quick description of McGovern, when he died and how old he was, ABC News says, "George McGovern never slowed down, never stopped working -- not even after losing the 1972 presidential race in a historic landslide that would have politically felled many others." This lede does not include details about his age, where, when and how he died as a normal obituary would, instead it begins with a description of McGovern's unrelenting work ethic.

McGovern's obituary's news value is important because he is seen as a notable figure in society. His loss to Nixon in 1972 is a memorable moment, therefore his obituary is important to those who voted in that election. The five page story focuses on his talents described by his closest friends and colleagues to demonstrate how McGovern lived his life to the fullest.

This obituary differs from a resume because it does not describe chronologically what McGovern did during his life. Instead, it begins with how he is known and analyzes that aspect of his life in more full detail with the story's usage of interviewees.

McGovern's obituary marks the important aspects of McGovern's life and how he changed America significantly with several sources and thoughtful memories.

Nanny charged with murder in Manhattan

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A nanny in the New York City area was charged with first- and second-degree murder Saturday, in relation to the deaths of 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 1-year-old brother, Leo Krim, according to CNN.

Yoselyn Ortega, 50, committed the crimes on October 25 in the children's home. While the children's mother, Marina Krim, was at the local YMCA for her 3-year-old daughter's swimming lessons, Ortega had fatally stabbed both of the children in Krim's bathtub.

According to Businessweek, when Ortega did not meet with Marina at the dance studio after swimming lessons, Marina had returned to their Manhattan apartment to find her children stabbed. Ortega began to stab herself when Marina had found Lucia and Leo.

The two children were taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Ortega was taken to New York Presbyterian and was unable to speak until earlier this week. Police said Ortega agreed to speak about the incident this week. After an interview with detectives, Ortega was arrested and remains in the hospital under police guard.

The underlying reason for the murders remains unknown.

In a last-minute attempt to win over the voters of Minnesota, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for president Barack Obama Tuesday at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

With less than a week away until election night, president Obama is doing all that he can to win votes. According to an article by the Pioneer Press, 1,800 people gathered in the Alumni Center on Oct. 30 to see the 42nd President speak. In his speech, Clinton highlighted Obama's successes and his intention to move forward.

Though some voters may be skeptical about Obama's direction as president, Clinton reinforced Obama's goals for the future, stating that the president been a good steward of the country and is more likely to help the middle class than Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Because Obama has been busy this week monitoring Hurricane Sandy that had devastated the United States, Clinton campaigned in swing states across the country.

Clinton made several points against Gov. Romney, who will be running against president Obama on Tuesday, criticizing his goals and policies. "Despite his 11th-hour conversion to moderate rhetoric and the debates," Clinton said, "Gov. Romney has not changed his position on the fundamental issues or his fundamental argument against the president: 'We left him a terrible mess; he didn't fix it all. Fire him and put us back in.' "

According to MPR News, president Obama has made a greater effort in Minnesota than his opponent, Gov. Romney. "Neither Ryan nor Romney has scheduled a campaign stop in Minnesota and the campaign has not opened a field office in the state. Obama's campaign has 11 field offices and more than 40 paid staffers," author Tom Scheck said.

Clinton's appearance at the University of Minnesota marks the first big-name campaigner since the Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul in 2008. Pioneer Press believes Clinton's visit is due to Obama's concern for Minnesota becoming a Republican state.

Clinton also paid a visit to University of Minnesota-Duluth afterward and plans to visit several other schools before election night.

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