November 2012 Archives

A man was arrested Thursday in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in Minneapolis Nov. 19 as the victim walked to St. Catherine's University, news sources report.

The 48-year-old man is being held in Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He has not been charged, the Star Tribune reported.

The woman attacked is in her 20s and is a student at St. Kate's. She was near West River Parkway and 27th Avenue South when the attack occurred, Kare11 reported.

The arrest of the man occurred Tuesday, after security officers at Region's Hospital in St. Paul received a complaint from two women. The women said a suspicious man was approaching women near the parking area, the Star Tribune reported.

The man was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant, and Ramsey County deputies noticed that he "bore a striking resemblance" to a composite sketch that was released to the news media Tuesday regarding the sexual assault at St. Kate's, Kare11 reported.

The man has a criminal history in Minnesota for theft and domestic abuse convictions, the Star Tribune reported.

Iran has until March to cooperate with IAEA, U.S. says

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The United States gave Iran a March deadline to start cooperating with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation Thursday, news sources report.

U.S. diplomat Robert Wood made the announcement to the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a 35-nation board, The Daily Star reported.

Iran was first reported to the U.N. Security Council about its nuclear program by the IAEA in 2006 and was then given U.N. sanctions, The Daily Star reported.

Last year, the IAEA published an intelligence report that revealed past - and potentially continuing - research in Iran that could be related to nuclear weapons. Since then, the IAEA has tried to gain access to Iranian sites for inquiry, but to no avail, The Daily Star reported.

Iran denies it is on a quest for atomic bomb capability, but it has refused to curb nuclear work with both civilian and military applications. The US has become increasingly frustrated by the country's refusal to be transparent with the IAEA, Reuters reported.

"If by March Iran has not begun substantive cooperation with the IAEA, the United States will work with other board members to pursue appropriate board action, and would urge the board to consider reporting this lack of progress to the U.N. Security Council," Wood said in a statement, Reuters reported.

A simple majority in the IAEA board would be required to refer an issue to the U.N. Security Council, which has put four sanctions resolutions on Iran in the last six years, Reuters reported.

Romney and Obama have lunch together at White House

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Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama shared an hour-long lunch at the White House Thursday, news sources report.

Romney wished the president well on the next four years and congratulated Obama on a successful campaign, the White House said, as the Washington Post reported.

The two also pledged to explore future opportunities to work together, the Washington Post reported.

An appeal Wednesday from Fox News correspondent Ed Henry asking for the lunch to be open to the media for photos and video was declined by White House Press secretary Jay Carney, USA Today reported.

Each man wanted to have a private conversation," Carney said. "They did not want to turn it into a press event," he said, as USA Today reported.

There are no plans to offer Romney a position in the administration, Carney said, as the Washington Post reported.

Before going to the White House, Romney met Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), his former vice presidential running mate, on Capitol Hill, USA Today reported.

"I remain grateful to Governor Romney for the honor of joining his ticket this fall," Ryan said in a statement. "I'm proud of the principles and ideas we advanced during the campaign and the commitment we share to expanding opportunity and promoting economic security for American families," he said, as USA Today reported.

Act of kindness of NYPD officer goes viral

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A photo captured of an NYPD officer giving a barefoot man a pair of shoes has gone viral on Facebook, news sources report.

Larry DePrimo of the Sixth Precinct saw a shoeless man on the sidewalk on the night of Nov. 14. He found out the man's shoe size and then went into a Skechers store on 42nd Street and purchased a pair of insulated boots and thermal socks, Newsday reported.

He returned to the man and knelt down to put the boots on the man's feet, Newsday reported.

Tourist Jennifer Foster of Florence, Ariz., was watching the whole thing. She took a photo of the interaction and sent it to the NYPD, along with a note, ABC World News reported.

"I have been in law enforcement for 17 years," Foster wrote. "I was never so impressed in my life. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work," she wrote, as ABC World News reported.

Foster did not get the officer's name. NYPD posted her message and photo on its Facebook page, and the officer was identified, ABC World News reported.

DePrimo has since received an incredible amount of attention worldwide, which has been "shocking, he told the New York Times. He joined the NYPD in 2010, Newsday reported. He lives in Long Island with his parents and did not know about the photo or that it was going to be posted online, he told the New York Times.

"It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man's feet," DePrimo told the New York Times.

The NYPD's post of Foster's photo and message has received 347,000 "likes" on Facebook. It has been shared over 94,000 times as of Nov. 29, ABC World News reported.

$1 million Powerball ticket winner in Minnesota

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Seven Powerball tickets sold in Minnesota yielded large winnings for their purchasers, including one for $1 million, news sources report.

One ticket sold in Winona County matched all five numbers in the Nov. 28 drawing, but not the Powerball. Five numbers matched yields a prize of $1 million, the Associated Press reported.

The prize has not yet been claimed. The winner has not yet come forward, and the person's identity and purchase location have not been released, Minnesota Lottery spokesperson Debbie Hoffmann told the La Crosse Tribune Thursday morning.

Local laws give lottery participants up to a year to come forward, but "based on our history they don't generally wait that long," Hoffmann told the La Crosse Tribune.
Six other tickets had four of the five numbers correct and the Powerball. These tickets are each worth $10,000, the Associated Press reported.

Two tickets matching all six numbers and the Powerball for the record-breaking $587.5 million jackpot were sold in Arizona and Missouri. The grand-prize winners have not yet been identified, the La Crosse Tribune reported.

Analysis: Oregon's first lesbian legislative leader

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For this week's analysis, I am looking at "Oregon will have nation's first out lesbian Speaker of House," an article written by Robert Hulshof-Schmidt of The Examiner.

This article is written about Tina Kotek, an out lesbian legislator in the state of Oregon. She has served as leader of the Oregon House Democratic Caucus since 2011 and will be Speaker of the House for the 2013 session -- the first lesbian legislative leader in the nation.

The author of this article does a great job of using neutral language to describe Kotek. He does not use the word homosexual, which has a negative connotation and should generally be avoided. Instead, he refers to Kotek as a lesbian, as openly gay, as out.
I also appreciate the way in which the author makes it very clear that the fact Kotek is a lesbian is just one aspect of her life. The author finds a good way to balance highlighting the accomplishments she has made in her political career -- the milestones she has made as an openly gay legislator -- while still making it clear that sexual orientation is just one part of her (just as being straight is one part of other politicians). In fact, the author blatantly says such: "Kotek will be one of a handful of legislative leaders who are out and proud and the first lesbian to hold such a position. While her sexual orientation is just one facet of her life, she is proud to represent the community."

Beyond accomplishing the history she is making as an openly gay legislator, though, the author does not dwell on Kotek's sexual orientation. Instead, he talks about the same type of things an article about a straight legislator would -- that Kotek recognizes that the Legislature has a lot of hard work to do, what type of opportunities there are for the future, and so on.

The article also talks about Kotek in the same way an article about a straight person would, too, which illustrates that the author does not hold a bias (nor is overcompensating to try to cover up a covert bias). The end of the article talks about how Kotek came to Oregon, how she got involved in politics, and her personal life (it mentions that she lives in Portland with her partner, Aimee Wilson).

I think the author did a great job giving credit where credit was due for Kotek's historical accomplishment as the first open lesbian legislator while clearly illustrating that her sexual orientation is just one part of her. I especially believe that the language the author chose made the article very nonbiased. I believe his only source was Kotek, as she was the only one quoted in the article, but that appeared to be enough for this short article to have its impact.

Edina won its third consecutive Class 2A state swimming championship Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center after Minnetonka was crippled with disqualifications, news sources report.

The Minnetonka Skippers were originally awarded the team title at the end of the meet, winning by 49.5 points. Minnetonka won the 400-yard freestyle relay, the last event, and set a state record by .02 seconds, which sealed the meet victory. But just minutes after the team was bestowed the trophy, it had to hand it over to the Edina Hornets, the Pioneer Press reported.

Meet officials discovered that Minnetonka coach Dan Berve had submitted an incorrect lineup for the race. Such an error is considered an "illegal entry," so the Skippers were disqualified and the state record was voided, the Star Tribune reported.

At this point, Minnetonka would still have been able to win by 2.5 points. But Minnesota State High School League officials said they decided to look at Minnetonka's other relay lineups and discovered they had received incorrect lineups for all the relays, the Pioneer Press reported.

After their points were tallied with taking account for their disqualifications in all three relays of the meet, Minnetonka ended up fourth. Edina became state champion and Wayzata and Eden Prairie took second and third places, respectively, Swimming World Magazine reported.

Berve took the blame for the incorrect submissions and called it an "administrative error" on his part. After swimming several alternates in the prelims in all three relays, the Minnetonka coaches did not formally change their relay entry cards for the finals session. The correct swimmers were not listed on the relay cards, and one swimmer exceeded her maximum allowable events for the evening, the Star Tribune reported.

At least 49 Egyptian schoolchildren injured in crash

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A train crashed into a bus carrying Egyptian children to kindergarten in central Egypt on Saturday, killing at least 49, news sources report.

A security official said over 50 children between four and six years old were on board the bus when it was hit. This crash is Egypt's worst tragedy since the election of its first freely elected president, Mohammed Morsi, took office last summer, the Associated Press reported.

It appeared the railroad crossing was not closed as the train sped toward it, a security official said. A witness said the train pushed the bus along the tracks for nearly a kilometer (half a mile), the Associated Press reported.

The event will likely give ammunition to critics who say Morsi has done little to improve life for Egyptians, the Sunday Times reported.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said many of the remains were unrecognizable, the Associated Press reported.

Two hospital officials said more than a dozen injured were being treated in two different facilities, many with severed limbs. They spoke anonymously, the Associated Press reported.

Transport Minister Rashad al-Metini has resigned in the wake of the tragedy and said he "accepts responsibility" for the accident. Morsi addressed the nation from his office in Cairo and said he has tasked the state prosecutor with investigating the crash, the Sunday Times reported.

"Those responsible for this accident will be held accountable," Morsi said, as the Associated Press reported.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi's main support base, blamed the crash on a culture of negligence created by deposed leader Hosni Mubarak, the Associated Press reported.

Children younger than 16 who are not with an adult 21 or older will not be allowed at the Mall of America on Thanksgiving Night or Black Friday, news sources report.

On the biggest shopping days of the year, the mall has decided to put its parental-escort policy in effect, mall spokeswoman Bridget Jewell said on Saturday, Nov. 17. The same rules will be in effect during the entire week between Christmas and New Year's, the Star Tribune reported.

The parental-escort policy is normally only in effect on Friday and Saturday evenings. After last year's chair-throwing incident on Dec. 27, though, the mall is trying to avoid a repeat, the Pioneer Press reported.

A crowd of more than 200 young people engaged in the chaos of last year, which was captured on smartphones and posted online. At least 10 juveniles and young adults were arrested, the Star Tribune reported.

"Last year we experienced a large influx of youth, more than we had anticipated." Jewell said. "We don't want it to turn into a place for people to come and hang out," Jewell said, as the Pioneer Press reported.

Last year, a record 219,000 people shopped at the Mall of America on Black Friday, which Jewell said was unprecedented, the Pioneer Press reported.

Many stores opened at midnight on Black Friday last year. Even more stores are planning to do the same this year -- at least 180. Every store at the Mall of America will be open by 6 a.m. Friday, Star Tribune reported.

Police search after shots fired call ends in all clear

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Police searched the Target Headquarters in the Retek building in downtown Minneapolis after a report of shots fired late Friday morning and found nothing, news sources report.

A call of shots fired came in from the Retek building, located at 50 South 10th Street, at 11:10 a.m., police spokesman Sergeant Steve McCarty confirmed to Kare11. At no point was there confirmation of an active shooter on the loose. Police report that no shooting occurred, Fox 9 reported.

"There is no evidence of a shooting of any kind," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said to Fox9.

Reports from employees in the building indicated that the incident that launched the 911 calls occurred on the 10th floor. The call came to police secondhand from security personnel who had received the call within the building. Initial callers allegedly heard "popping sounds" investigators now believe may have been from within the ductwork, Kare11 reported.

SWAT teams were on the scene, as were armed officers and K-9 teams. Police went floor to floor and office to office looking for an armed person but found nothing, Kare11 reported.

Employees inside the building received orders to barricade themselves in offices, Kare 11 reported.

The 11-story Retek building overlooks Nicollet Mall and is across the street from Target's main headquarters, Fox 9 reported.

Twinkies maker Hostess going out of business

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Hostess Brands Inc. said Friday it had suspended operations at all of its 33 plants around the United States and is moving to liquidate assets, news sources report.

The brand is bankrupt and said it had requested court permission to go out of business after a strike of its bakery workers. The company had asked for court permission to get wage and benefit cuts for the striking workers, CNN reported.

Hostess said a strike by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union that began last week had made it unable to produce and deliver products at several facilities and that this was the crippling blow to its struggle with bankruptcy, LA Times reported.

Hostess has about $2.5 billion in sales from a long list of iconic consumer brands of snack cakes and breads, CNN reported.

"We'll be selling the brands and as much of the infrastructure as we can," company spokesman Lance Ignon said. "There is value in the brands," Ignon said, as LA Times reported.

Hostess said the liquidation means that most of the 18,500 employees will lose their jobs, CNN reported.

Hostess had told employees that they had to return to work on Thursday, but the union did not give in, saying it had already given far more in concessions than workers could bear, LA Times reported.

Union officials blamed mismanagement for the company's problems. Hostess has 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlet stores, as well as the 33 bakeries. Its brands include Wonder, Nature's Pride, Dolly Madison, Drake's, Butternut, Home Pride and Merita. The company's claim to fame is its cream-filled cake, Twinkies, CNN reported.

"We do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," Chief Executive Officer Gregory Rayburn said in a statement. "Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders," LA Times reported.

For this week's analysis, I'm using the article "Aussie Dollar Rises, Snaps 3-Day Drop, Before Wages Data" from Bloomberg Businessweek.

Because this article was written for Bloomberg Businessweek, the author rightfully assumes particular qualities of his audience and writes accordingly. For that reason, some of the language was a bit unfamiliar to me. However, the parts in which the author used numbers and described the status of the Australian dollar were written at a more basic level.

The author used different types of figures to specifically detail the points that he introduced at the beginning of the article: that the Australian dollar is strengthening. He used percentages, explaining how much the Aussie dollar had risen, as well as decimals when describing specific amounts of money. He also used plain dollar amounts.

I will say that I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of numbers the author used in some of his sentences. One of his paragraphs consisted of three sentences that were all incredibly heavy with numbers:
"The Aussie dollar rose 0.3 percent from last week to $1.0419 as of 3:06 p.m. in Sydney and strengthened 0.3 percent to 82.79 yen. It touched $1.0480 on Nov. 7, the highest since Sept. 21. New Zealand's currency gained 0.3 percent to 81.61 U.S. cents and added 0.2 percent to 64.85 yen."

Even though it is obviously important for all these details to be conveyed to the reader, I wonder if there might have been a way to break up the information here so that the reader does not feel bombarded with numbers. I also felt confused by the last two sentences in this sentence: when exactly did New Zealand's currency gain 0.3 percent? Nov. 7? 3:06 p.m. in Sydney on Sunday? Sept. 21? It was difficult for me to keep this information straight among all the dates, percentages, numbers, and money.

As a non-business-minded person, I was also not clear on the source of all the numbers. The author specified that certain facts came from "the statistics bureau," "National Australia Bank Ltd." and "Interest-rate swaps data compiled by Bloomberg," but for all the information about the Aussie dollar rising, etc., the author just wrote "the data showed." I'm not sure which data he is referring to, but maybe everyone else does.

I'm not sure if the author crunched any math himself here, but he may have done some converting from raw numbers to percentages, etc. I do find it helpful that he includes different forms of numbers to paint a clear picture of the Aussie dollar changes, etc.

Guatemala City hit with second large earthquake

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A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific coastline of Guatemala Sunday, just four days after a major quake killed dozens and left thousands homeless, news sources report.

There have not been any immediate reports of death or major damage. Four aftershocks, with magnitudes ranging from 4.5 to 5.0, further shook the coastline, the Associated Press reported.

Nearly 70 aftershocks have occurred in the aftermath of the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 52 people in Western Guatemala on Wednesday. Seismologists said this was the strongest aftershock yet, the Associated Press reported.

Wednesday's earthquake was the strongest to hit the country in 36 years. Thousands of people were left without homes, water, or electricity. Over 1.2 million Guatemalans were affected, CNN reported.

It was felt as far as Mexico City. It affected as many as 1.2 million Guatemalans and was followed by 70 aftershocks in the first 24 hours, CNN reported.

Olympians sweep Minnesota Grand Prix event

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Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin finished the Minnesota Grand Prix Sunday night with five victories each, news sources report.

This was the first major competition since the London Games for both Lochte, 28, and Franklin, 18. The Minnesota event was the first meet of the six-meet Grand Prix series. The Grand Prix features a mix of competitors: Olympians, post-collegiate swimmers and top age-group swimmers from around the country, The Examiner reported.

Lochte won the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly on Friday, the 100 backstroke on Saturday, and the 200 individual medley and the 200 backstroke on Sunday. Franklin won the 200-yard freestyle on Friday, the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke on Saturday, and the 200-yard backstroke and 100 freestyle on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

"I'm pretty pleased with the outcome of all my races that I had at this meet," Lochte told the Associated Press. "It's just a little stepping stone for how well I want to do at short-course worlds."

Next month, Lochte and Franklin will compete at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, The Examiner reported.

The event was held at the University Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus. It began on Friday and concluded Sunday evening, the Associated Press reported.

Two killed in Indianapolis explosion

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A house explosion and fire in a south Indianapolis Saturday night killed two people and damaged 80 homes, news sources report.

Officials are still investigating why the explosion occurred in the Richmond Hill subdivision. Marc Lotter, spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, told the Los Angeles Times that "most" of the homes in the 126-home subdivision were damaged in some way.

Two homes were flattened, while more than two dozen others were destroyed completely. The entire neighborhood was forced to evacuate, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Two adults were killed, and seven other residents were sent to the hospital. Indianapolis Fire Department officials have not yet ruled out any cause for the blast, CNN reported.

"It was like a war zone," neighborhood resident Whitney Pflanzer told the Indianapolis Star. "It was silent after that. And it was dark and dusty, and I thought it was a nightmare -- it was a nightmare." Pflanzer and her husband were in bed when the explosion blew out their windows and collapsed their ceiling, she said.

Initial property damages estimates exceeded $3.6 million. Lotter told the Los Angeles Times that 30 homes have been deemed uninhabitable and would have to be demolished or extensively repaired.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation to determine if arson was a possible cause, CNN reported.

Organizer of Lumberjack Days charged with theft

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The organizer of the popular Lumberjack Days summer festival in Stillwater has been charged with 10 felonies, news sources report.

David Eckberg of Stillwater, 61, is being charged in Washington County District Court with five counts of theft and five of issuing a dishonored check, The Star Tribune reported. He owes more than $50,000 to distributors and business partners, investigators say, as The Pioneer Press reported.

A criminal complaint was filed in Washington County district court Thursday. It claims Eckberg wrote checks to four companies that provided services or products for the July 2011 Lumberjack Days Festival, but told them that not to cash them because his account had insufficient funds. The total of these checks is $54,859.25, The Star Tribune reported.

Police verified that there were in fact insufficient funds in Eckberg's bank account and various company accounts. However, the complaint states that Eckberg had cashed $41,000 into his company accounts and then moved the money into either his personal account or his wife's personal account, The Pioneer Press reported.

A letter demanding payment on the dishonored checks was issued to Eckberg by Stillwater police in November 2011. The complaint states that no payments were ever made, The Star Tribune reported.

"This has been a careful, painstaking investigation that has required the issuance of multiple search warrants and the review of boxes and boxes of documents," County Attorney Pete Orput told The Star Tribune. "Frankly, the victims deserve more than the criminal justice system can provide them."

The felony counts bring potential fines and a prison sentence, the Star Tribune reported.

U.S. Navy Seals reprimanded for disclosing secrets

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Seven members of an elite U.S. Navy SEAL team have been punished for revealing classified material while helping produce a videogame, news sources report.

The seven special operations forces worked for two days this spring and summer as paid consultants on the videogame "Medal of Honor," released by gamemaker Electronic Arts Inc., a Navy official said, speaking under the condition of anonymity, as The Guardian reports.

Of the seven special operations forces, one participated in the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden earlier this year. All seven are members of the elite SEAL Team Six. Two are senior chief special operators and five are chief special operators, Reuters reports.

The Navy Seals sign non-disclosure agreements upon entry into service and when they leave. For these alleged allegations, each of the seven people received a letter of reprimand and a partial elimination of pay for two months, Reuters reports.

"We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy," Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli said in a statement. These punishments "send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability," he said, The Guardian reports.

The two main charges against the Seals are that they did not get the permission of their command to take part in the videogame project and that they showed the video designers their specially designed combat equipment, which is a design that only their unit uses, a senior military official said, as Reuters reports.

This story was first reported by CBS News, Reuters reports.

First paying customers board Boeing Dreamliner

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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a North American airline took off from Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport Sunday, news sources report.

United Flight 1116 took off at 7:28 a.m., marking the first 787 flight for the carrier. United is the first North American airline that owns the 787, which is partially constructed from lighter carbon fiber composite materials rather than metal, Houston Chronicle reported.

The new type of plane will save airlines roughly 20 percent in fuel compared with similar-sized planes, Boeing claims. The plane is also said to be more comfortable for passengers. Boeing says it is pressurized to 6,000 feet above sea level, rather than 8,000 on typical jets, Houston Chronicle reported.

Chicago-based United's largest hub is at Bush Intercontinental, and it will store its growing Dreamliner fleet there, Los Angeles Times reported.

"This is a very exciting day for United Airlines, a day we've waited a long time for, and we are delighted to have the 787 here," Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United, said during an early celebration at Bush Intercontinental, Houston Chronicle reported.

Smisek said the Dreamliner is one of many planned investments to make United a better airline, Los Angeles Times reported.

"If you want to be the world's leading airline, you need to have the world's leading airplane and we have that today in the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner," Smisek said, as Houston Chronicle reported.

Boy dies after falling off railing at Pittsburgh Zoo

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A 2-year-old boy was killed after he fell 11 feet off a railing at the Pittsburgh Zoo that his mother had put him on to see a pack of African painted dogs, news sources report.

After the boy fell into the pen, the wild dogs pounced and mauled him. Police said they were not sure if the cause of the boy's death was the fall or the dogs' attack, the Associated Press reported.

The names of the child and mother have not been released. She is 34 and lives outside Pittsburgh, NBC News reported.

When the child fell, zookeepers called off the dogs, and seven went into a back building. Three more moved away from the boy eventually, but the last dog would not come into the building, and police had to shoot it, Barbara Baker, chief executive of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium told the Associated Press.

The dogs are the size of medium domestic dogs, 2 to 2 1/2 feet high and 37 to 80 pounds. This type of dog is also considered endangered, NBC News reported.

Lt. Kevin Kraus of the Pittsburgh police described the accident as "horrific," the Associated Press reported.

Police and the Allegheny Council medical examiner's office are investigating the incident. Baker also told the Associated Press that the zoo, which had never had a visitor death, plans an internal investigation.

British soldier killed at Cyprus resort

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Three British tourists have been arrested after a teenage soldier based on the island of Cyprus was stabbed to death in a nightclub, news sources report.

The soldier was 19 years old. Police spokesman Georgios Economou told the BBC that a fight took place in a nightclub in Ayia Napa, a seaside resort town, between four British soldiers and three British tourists. During the fight, one of the tourists allegedly stabbed the 19-year-old soldier, the BBC reported.

While the victim has not been named, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed on Sunday that a soldier from 2nd Batallion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers died in an incident in Cyprus, The Guardian reported.

"An investigation is being conducted by Cyprus police and it would be inappropriate to comment any further," a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said. "The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them," BBC reported.

UK troops have been told to avoid Ayia Napa for many years. The MoD confirmed to The Guardian that the incident took place in a part of Ayia Napa that is officially off limits for British soldiers because of past trouble. British soldiers have been banned from pubs and clubs at the center of the resort since 1994 when a 23-year-old Danish tour guide, Louise Jensen, was abducted, raped and beaten to death by three British soldiers from a local base, The Guardian reported.

In 2008, Ayia Napa's mayor imposed his on ban on British troops visiting the area after a series of violent incidents, the BBC reported.

Analysis: Obituary

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For this week's analysis, I used a Nov. 4 obituary written by Bruce Weber for the New York Times. The headline is: "Richard N. Current, Civil War Historian, Dies at 100."

This obituary starts out in the standard obituary lead: It names him, sums up his greatest life accomplishments ("...whose award-winning scholarship helped demythologize Abraham Lincoln and raise Lincoln studies to a professional level of scholarly inquiry..."), and says he died on Oct. 26. It then has a short sentence to say how old he was.

This obituary certainly differs from a resume in the respect that it goes beyond listing his accomplishments and tracing the timeline of his career. It paints a picture of his life and develops the context of his work without idealizing his character. It relies on the words of people who knew him to develop this timeline, although all of the quotes used are not all as personal as I would have liked.

After reading this, I do feel as though I know a lot about Current's career accomplishments and very little about his character. I actually feel like I know as much about the history of biographies on Lincoln as I do about Current's life. As he was a scholar, it makes sense that the main focus of the article is his work, but I would have liked a bit more information about his life outside of books on Lincoln. This is much more about Current's work than his life; this is confirmed by the quotes the author chose to include -- they are all comments on Current's work. I found it peculiar that even though it was clear that the author talked to his wife because he writes that she said the cause of his death was complications due to Parkinson's disease, there was no quote from her or any other family member about his life outside of work.

The only quote I felt was helpful in developing a picture about who he was is the very last one, in which Professor Neely calls him a "very tough critic" and describes a memory that speaks to that.

All in all, this obituary felt a bit cold; it did not seem very personal or heart-warming. However, this may be the general tone desired by the family or just what the author thought was best given Current's life -- it's hard to know without having done the research myself!

St. Cloud woman rescues man from river

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A St. Cloud woman with multiple sclerosis, a fractured ankle, and limited swimming ability saved a man in the Mississippi River Friday, news sources report.

Connie Burczyk was walking with her friend, Kathy Maloney, and their dogs when they encountered a person in distress. They heard someone struggling in the water, crying for help, Huffington Post reported.

"We thought it might just be somebody joking...It was so dark we could barely see," Maloney told the St. Cloud Times.

Burzcyk left her dog with her friend and waded into the icy water to pull a man to shore, the Huffington Post reported.

"By the time we found him, his hands were already blue," Maloney told the St. Cloud Times. "It was a miracle that it happened the way it did because that man would have froze to death or drowned."

The man would have faced serious hypothermia had it not been for the rescue, the St. Cloud Fire Department told the Huffington Post.

"They are two incredible women who answered the call to help another person," St. Cloud Battalion Chief Greg Newinski said in an email to the Huffington Post.

The man was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital and is recovering, St. Cloud Times reported.

All 1,400 officers of the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments are on "high alert," news sources report.

The Gangster Disciples, based in Chicago, made the threat after Victor Gaddy, a 41-year-old member of the gang, was shot and killed by police last week during a narcotics investigation. Multiple informants gave similar accounts of the alleged hit on any officer, the Star Tribune reported.

Gaddy ran his car into squad cars after St. Paul police tried to question him regarding a drug investigation. The car almost pinned a police officer against a vehicle, and police opened fire. Gaddy died at the scene, Kare11 reported.

Gaddy was a high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples here in the Twin Cities. He had the street name "Gov," which means he is the number three man in the gang in the area, according to gang hierarchy, KAAL TV reported.

St. Paul City Council member Dan Bostrom confirmed to Kare11 that the entire St. Paul Police Department has been put on "high alert." He was told the gang wants revenge for Gaddy's death and they have ordered a hit on any officer in either city's department, Star Tribune reported. Boston said authorities are taking the threat seriously because the multiple informants, who were not connected to each other, had very similar information, Star Tribune reported.

Bostrom, who served on the St. Paul police force for 26 years, also told Kare11 that the Gangster Disciples have killed officers in other cities and would not be afraid to do it again, Kare 11 reported.

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