May 6, 2007

Gunflint Trail fires spread

The Star Tribune reported Sunday on the continued spread of wildfires in northeastern Minnesota. The wildfire, which officials believe started Saturday in the Round Lake Area, on the western end of the Gunflint Trail, caused an evacuation of residents early Sunday.

Strong winds on Sunday were pushing the fire north into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The fire will most likely affect only an area already burned during prescribed burns ordered after a massive 1999 storm that down thousands of acres of trees in the BWCA.

The Duluth News Tribune reported reported Sunday on the fire and the estimated damage thus far.

The Pioneer Press ran an Associated Press report on the fire.

Girl slashed at Mall of America

The Star Tribune reported Saturday on an incident at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Two fourteen year old girls argued in the commons area of the mall. Then one girl slashed the other's stomach with a razor blade before running. She was caught 15 minutes later outside the mall and arrested. The injured girl was taken to HCMC where she is in critical condition.

The Pioneer Press also reported on the incident at the mall between the two teens, who police believe knew each other.

May 2, 2007

Kent State shooting tape released

The New York Times reported Wednesday on the tape that a survivor of the Kent State shooting released to the press. The tape might reveal that the Ohio national guard ordered the shooting of students protesting the Vietnam war.

MSNBC and CNN also carried the story on Wednesday.

First day of MN 36 closure goes smoothly

The Pioneer Press reported Tuesday on the closure early that day of Minnesota Highway 36 through North St. Paul. The highway is a major commuter route from the northeastern suburbs over which about 40,000 cars travel every day.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation decided to completely close the two-mile stretch between White Bear Avenue in Maplewood and Century Avenue in Oakdale until November. Completing the $27.8 million project in one shot rather than stages, will save time and money.

The first day went smoother than officials expected, the article said.

The Star Tribune also reported on the first day of road construction. They also emphasized the surprisingly smooth transition (thus far) to the road construction and accompanying detours.

Minnesota Senate passes medical marijuana bill

Minnesota Public Radio reported Tuesday on the passage of a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota by the state Senate in a preliminary vote.

The Pioneer Press also reported on the measure, which passed narrowly - 33 to 31, and Governor Pawlenty's vow to veto it if the House passes it as well. Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, a co-sponsor of the bill in the House, hopes Pawlenty will change his mind, the article said.

An Associated Press rundown of how each Senator voted on the bill was printed Tuesday in the Star Tribune

May 1, 2007

Hatch resigns post under Attorney General Lori Swanson

The Star Tribune and Pioneer Press carried the same Associated Press story Tuesday that former attorney general Mike Hatch resigned his post working under current Attorney General Lori Swanson. During Hatch's tenure in the office, Swanson worked under him. She surprised the St. Paul political community when she appointed him in January to head a "team looking into complex cases," Brian Bakst of the AP said.

Since then, Swanson has encountered staff problems, including "about three dozen staff departures" since taking over in January, the article said.

The Pioneer Press reported last Friday the 27th on the "shake=up" in the office, and the growing discord between Swanson and AFSCME, the state's largest public employee union. They also reported on the "exodus" of nearly 30 employees.

The Star Tribune reported Friday specifically on the AFSCME issue, noting that the situation is rare, considering Swanson is a Democrat, and AFSCME endorsed her candidacy, a move that union leaders now say they regret. The dispute has prompted state Republicans to take a position in defense of the union.

Minnesota Public radio reported on the problems as well last Friday. Written approximations of the segments can be found online at MPR's Web site

Ruben Rosario of the Pioneer Press went as far Sunday as writing an open letter to Swanson encouraging her to fire Hatch. Many feel Hatch's personality and history in Minnesota politics contributed to the unrest in the attorney general's office.

April 29, 2007

San Francisco overpass collapses

The Associated Press reported Sunday that a San Francisco area freeway overpass collapsed after a gasoline tanker crashed. The heat from the flames melted part of the freeway and caused the collapse.

The New York Times also reported Sunday on the disaster, which will severely affect traffic flow in the bay area, according to California officials.

April 27, 2007

Bin Laden aide held by U.S.

The New York Times reported Friday that the Pentagon said Friday they were holding a man who is Bin Laden's aide and one of Al-Qaida's most senior members.

The Star Tribune carried an Los Angeles Times article that also reported the U.S. military's capture and transport of Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi to Guantanamo Bay.

M.I.T. admissions dean resigns

The Associated Press reported Thursday in a story in the Star Tribune that Marilee Jones, dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, resigned after acknowledging she overstated her academic credentials.

The New York Times reported the story Friday. Jones had worked at M.I.T for 28 years, first in an entry level position in the admissions office and since 1997 as dean. She recently co-wrote a book titled “Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond,? with a pediatrician, Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg. She made her mark in the admissions office by encouraging students with less than perfect applications to apply.

St. Paul Mayor 's car rear-ended

The Pioneer Press reported Friday that St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's car was hit Thursday night. A 22-year-old St. Paul woman, Abbie Raymond, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Her blood alcohol level registered at 0.26 percent, police said. She is a student at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

The Star Tribune also reported on the story.

Minnesota House passes tax bill

The Pioneer Press reported Friday on the spending bill the Minnesota House passed. Republicans declined to argue over amendments to the bill and instead criticized Democrats and assured them that Governor Pawlenty would veto the bill. The new taxes would only apply to the top 1 percent of Minnesotans income-wise. Democrats said they would raise taxes on the richest Minnesotan in order to provide property tax relief to the middle class.

The Star Tribune ran an Associated Press report about the bill passage on Friday.

April 14, 2007

Boy found in St. Paul

The Pioneer Press reported Saturday that a boy had been found abandoned in St. Paul.

Later that day, they reported that the boy's parents had been found. The man who was supposed to be taking care of him got tired of him.

The Star Tribune also picked up the story, reporting it on Friday.

They also updated their coverage when the boy's parents were found, and it was discovered that the police report was a hoax.

April 7, 2007

Officials at Minnesota U.S. Attorney's office resign management positions

The Pioneer Press reported Friday on the self imposed demotion of four high ranking officials in the U.S. attorney's office.

The Star Tribune also ran a story on the shakeup under new U.S. Attorney Rachel Palouse.

April 6, 2007

Report released detailing effects of global warming

The New York Times reported on the findings presented by a the leading scientific panel on climate change Friday.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran an Associated Press article about the findings, which were presented in Brussels.

Three Minnesota football players in custody

On the eve of the 2007 Gopher Football Spring Game, the Pioneer Press is reporting that three University football players have been taken into custody "following a complaint of criminal sexual conduct."

The Minnesota Daily also reported on the arrests with an update on their Web site.

New Gopher Coach Tim Brewster immediately suspended the three players until the investigation is complete.

UPDATE: The Pioneer Press updated the article on their Web site, now with the headline including the words "rape case." The Press reported the names of the players later Friday night. They are Alex Daniels, 20, Keith Massey, 20, and E.J. Jones, 19. The Press also reported that the incident occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE: The Pioneer Press updated their coverage again just after midnight on Saturday, adding Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi's reaction to the arrests, and a short profile of each player. They altered their headline again to read: 3 Gophers football players jailed in rape.

UPDATE: The Star Tribune posted an article on their Web site shortly after midnight Saturday about the case. The article is located in the Sports section, and bears the headline: Gophers football players arrested in assault case.