April 2010 Archives

Analysis: CAR

The blog about pension problems in California used computer assisted reporting to help with the reporter's story.

It looked like that the reporter cross-referenced stories regarding the same topic to find a certain trend. The reporter most likely subscribed to an RSS feed about this topic to get their information.

The reporter linked the blog to the actual story. That means that they knew basic computer skills because linking from one site to another is a fairly easy thing to do.

The reporter at least has basic computer skills to contribute to the website. As a reporter, one should have a basic knowledge of how computers work, because pretty soon everything is going to go electronic.

Pawlenty names new Ramsey County District Attorney

Gov. Tim Paulenty named an assistant U.S. attorney in Minneapolis to fill the vacant Ramsey County District Attorney postion Thursday.

Robyn Millenacker, 48, will fill the position that Micheal Fetch left when he retired in October, according to the Star Tribune.

She has served as law clerk to the U.S. Magistrate Janice Symchych. She has also worked in a high profile law firm in California. She served as an assistant U.S. attorney in California, according to the Pioneer Press.

She earned her bachelor;s and law degrees at the University of Minnesota in 1984 and 1988, respectively, according to the Star Tribune.

She is originally from Rochester and now lives in North Oaks with her husband and four children, according to the Pioneer Press.

St. Paul high school will have class of 2011

The St. Paul school board decided Wednesday evening to allow junior class at Arlington High School to graduate in the spring of 2011.

Under a measure by the school board Arlington High School juniors will be the final graduating class, according to the Star Tribune.

Students and parents at the Meeting Wednesday night also lobbied for the sophomore class to graduate in 2012, but that was turned down by the school board, according to the Pioneer Press.

At least 150 students have to stay at the school for the plan to go into full motion. They would be sharing a building with the incoming Washington Technology Middle School students, according to the Pioneer Press.

Arlington is not the only school that is closing its doors. About eight other schools in the St. Paul area are either closing or combining with other schools, according to the Star Tribune.

Bishop quits

A Belgium Bishop resigned Friday after admitting that he sexually abused a young man that he worked with many years ago.

Robert Vangheluwe, 73, has been the Bishop of Burges since 1984, but that all came to an end when he stepped down from his position. The Bishop admitted to sexaully abusing an associate of his, while he was a Priest, according to The New York Times.

"This has marked the victim forever. The wound does not heal. Neither in me nor the victim, " Vangheluwe said, according to the BBC.

On many occasions he had asked the victim's family for forgiveness, but that was not good enough for the wound to heal, according to The New York Times.


This week has seen many resignations of prominent Catholic Church clergy. Most of the resignations have been over things other than sexual abuse, according to the BBC.

Civil Rights activist dies at 98

Dorthy Height, a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement, died of natural causes at the age of 98 in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

President Obama referred to her as "the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans". She has known has known every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to USA Today.

Height worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, in which she was apart of major national projects during the Civil Rights Movement. She helped coordinate the March on Washington in 1963, according to USA Today.

She was considered by most an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement, being overshadowed by Dr. King and other male leaders of the movement, according to The New York Times.

Height was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1994. She has also received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Bush in 2004. Those two honors are the highest achievements any civilian can attain, according to The New York Times.

Roethlisberger violated policy

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger violated the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Goodell decided that he needed to do something about the quarterback, since this is the second time in a year that Roethisberger has made the news, regarding sexual assault, according to USA Today.

"The issue here is with respect to a pattern of behavior and bad judgments," Goodell said on the Dan Patrick radio show, according to Espn.

Goodell declined to mention when and what he would do to discipline Roethlisberger, but did say that there will be consequences for his actions that took place at a Georgia nightclub in March, according to Espn.

"I make the decision when I'm prepared to do so," Goodell said, according to USA Today.

Man swallows marijuana joint

Police watched and arrested a door-to-door salesman, who swallowed a marijuana joint, in Tennessee Monday.

Robert Sherk, 30, who is a meat salesman from Cleveland, was charged with tampering with evidence and resisting arrest, police officials said, according to The Washington Post.

Police say that he resisted arrest when they tried to approach him after he had swallowed a half-burning marijuana joint. They also questioned him about not having a permit to sell meat door-to-door, according to the Star Tribune.

Sherk is currently being held on $5,000 bond. No attorney has been hired for him, according to the Star Tribune.

First game at Target Field is a win

The Twins opened-up their new ballpark with a win against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

This was the first time in the history of the Twins that they opened up a new stadium with a win. Their Previous stadium openings, Metropolitan Stadium and the Metrodome, resulted in losses, according to the Pioneer Press.

"It's definitely a special place, and I'm glad it's here," catcher Joe Mauer said, according to the Star Tribune.

The Twins defeated the Red Sox 5-2 with help by Jason Kubel, who hit the first regular season home run, and Carl Pavano, who had the first victory in the new ballpark for the Twins, according to the Star Tribune.

4 candidates left for St. Paul police chief

The race for the next police chief of St. Paul came down to four finalists last Thursday.

After interviews with an advisory panel last week, Cmdr. Todd Axtell, Senior Cmdr. Colleen Luna, Senior Cmdr. Bill Martinez and Assistant Chief Thomas Smith are still in the running to become the next police chief of St. Paul, according to the Pioneer Press.

A fifth candidate dropped withdrew their name from the race, they have not been identified. Usually St. Paul Police hires their chiefs from within, according to the Star Tribune.

Public forums, hosted by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, will be held April 26 and 27 at Arlington High School, with the latter one being held at Johnson High School. People will be able to submit written questions to the finalists, which will then be answered at each forum, according to the Pioneer Press.

Individual interviews will be conducted by Coleman after the forums, which will then led to his final decision in mid-May, according to the Pioneer Press.

Train derails in Italy

A train derailment killed nine people in Northern Italy Monday, due to a leaky irrigation pipe.

The two-car train, which was filled with students and commuters, went off of the tracks because of a leak in an irrigation pipe that was just up the hill of the crash site. At least nine people have been killed along with 28 others suffering injuries, according to the BBC.

The original death toll was at 11, but a counting error reduced the number down to nine. Officials are still not ruling out people that could still be buried in the mud, according to the BBC.

No explanation of why what caused the pipe to burst has been released to the media, but Italian officials are investigating the matter, according to The New York Times.

No charges filed against Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged with sexaul assault after an incident with a 20-year-old outside a Georgia nightclub last month.

The accusations made by the 20-year-old female proved to not be enough evidence to convict Roethlisberger, District Attorney Fred Bright said, according to Espn.

A letter from the accuser's lawyer also said that she did not want to press charges, according to Espn.

The investigation showed that the accuser was highly intoxicated that night. She went to the hospital after the alleged incident, where the doctor examining her could not prove that a sexaul assault had taken place, according to USA Today.

Roethlisberger was investigated to the fullest extent of the law and was not given special treatment because of his celebrity status, according to USA Today.

Analysis: Diversity

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The story about the Maoist attacks in India on the BBC website is very accurate according to Ravi, who is of Indian descent.

"The BBC does a good job of providing the right amount of background information when they report," Ravi said. "Whenever I read stories on the CNN Web site about India they always manage to link every story to Pakistan...like every problem involving India has something to do with Pakistan."

The quotes and facts used in the story accurately depict exactly what is going on between the Maoist rebels and the United Progressive Alliance. It also does a good job of giving insight into what is going and between the two sides and why the Maoists are attacking, according to Ravi.

Ravi, 21, is a student at the University of Minnesota. He is currently majoring in political science and says he reads the BBC Web site every morning to get his news. Both of his parents are of Indian descent

Teenager pleads guilty to armed robbery

A teenager plead guilty last week to two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery, which occurred Jan. 25. One of the robberies happened on the University of Minnesota campus.

Derrell Jacori Cole, 17, was sentenced to a juvenile program, probation, and stayed prison time Monday after he pleaded guilty to his charges. One of the guilty pleas was in connection with the robbery of two students at Moos Towers, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Police say that Cole crimes he committed on Jan. 25 are also in connection with the shooting of U of M student Timothy Schumacher. They are still investigating the incident, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Cole will not have to serve six years in prison, if he does not get into anymore trouble before he turns 21, according to the Star Tribune.

A 21-year-old was arrested in February with Cole, about two weeks after the robberies, but was eventually released without being charged, according to the Star Tribune.

United States and Russia agree to new nuke terms

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an agreement Thursday to reduce the number of strategic nuclear weapons each country possesses.

Each country agreed to reduce the number of ready-to-use, long-range nuclear weapons to 1,550. Other areas of each country's nuclear stockpile is expected to be reduced, as well, according to The Washington Post.

The act by both countries showed that the diminishing relationship between the two is starting to get better, according to the BBC.

"We have got a document that fully maintains the balance of interests between Russia and the US. The main thing is that there are no victors or losers here," Medvedev said, according to the BBC.

Officials are saying that the reduction of nuclear arms between the two countries are hopefully going to deter other countries from becoming nuclear powers, according to The Washington Post.

Choi resigns as St. Paul city attorney

St. Paul City Attorney John Choi resigned Tuesday, due to his current campaign for Ramsey County attorney.

Choi resigned because he did not want his office's image to become a liability during his campaign. "I don't want even the perception that the advice we give or actions we take to be about me running," Choi said, according to the Pioneer Press.

Choi will still practice law as a civil attorney for the McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb Firm, according to the Star Tribune.

Some people might know Choi as the face of St. Paul, when referring to the arrests that were made after the 2008 Republican National Convention. Choi also changed a state law to allow civil injunctions to be filed by cities against criminal gang members, according to the Pioneer Press.

7 dead in mine explosion

An explosion killed 7 people at a mine in West Virginia on Monday, 19 people are still missing.

This is the second major disaster that the Massey Energy Company has experienced in as many years. In 2009 they received around $900,000 in fines for over 500 safety violations, according to USA Today.

The blast occurred at the Upper Branch Mine in southern West Virginia, according to USA Today.

"Our top priority is the safety of our miners and the well-being of their families," the Massey Energy Company's chairman, Don Blankenship said, according to The New York Times.

At least one miner was evacuated from the blast site, Michael Mayhorn, emergency dispatcher for neighboring Boone County, said, according to The New York Times.


Woods denies using HGH

Tiger Woods told reporters Monday that he never received human growth hormones (HGH) from Dr. Anthony Galea, who is under federal investigation.

Galea is currently under a federal investigation for providing HGH to athletes, according to USA Today.

Woods was treated by Galea in 2008 and 2009 for his knee and achilles tendon. Galea provided blood treatment therapy, which sped up the healing process for Woods, according to USA Today.

"I've never taken any illegal drug in my life," Woods said, according to Espn.

Federal agents have not directly contacted Woods about the investigation. Woods said he would help the investigators out, if he is contacted, according to Espn.


Analysis: Numbers

David Leonard, New York Times, wrote a story about CEO's of various companies and how compensations they receive through their company should have boundaries.

Leonard used numbers to show the reader how much certian CEO's are making annually these days. He also used numbers to explain how some Fortune 100 firms failing at calculating risks, a clawback.

Leonard used numbers in his story very effectively. The reader should not be confused with the the numbers he used. They are presented in a clear and concise way.

He does not confuse the reader with the kinds of numbers he uses.He references Equilar, which is a compensation firm, to back up his facts.

What is the world coming to?

A St. Paul man was charged with assault for beating up a quadruple amputee because she was blocking his view of a t.v.

According to police officials, Jacoby Laquan Smith, 33, was charged with fifth-degree assault and interfering with a 911 call after he got angry with his roommate and beat her up because she blocked his view of the t.v., according to the Pioneer Press.

The victim told police officers that Smith threw her to the floor and punched her in the face more than 10 times. When the she tried to call 911, Smith took her cell phone away from her, according to the Star tribune.

The victim persuaded Smith to take her to a nearby gas station, so that she could put ice on her face. Once Smith overheard that the police might of been called, he fled the scene, according to the Star Tribune.

The woman was "very frightened" of Smith because he had a key to their apartment and her cell phone, according to the Pioneer Press.

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