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Records Analysis

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For my analysis I chose this story from Nicar.org. The author is simply "Extra Extra," and the article looks into chemical safety board investigations.

The main record used by the writer came from the Center for Public Integrity. The article is about how the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is operated sluggishly and how the things that are required to be done, say, annually, are usually put off. According to the article, the number of safety bulletins, accident reports, and case studies has fallen since 2006.

The writer had to actively look for the report because this isn't the kind of thing that press releases are sent out for. The reporter probably had to have the database where this came from in his arsenal or he never would have known about it. This is certainly not the kind of thing that is "common knowledge."

Since the data came from the Center for Public Integrity, the reporter had to probably do a lot of research and use different databases to find that particular report. He found his thing in the world by probably asking around and finding a good website to find the information on.

This article was not accompanied by any visuals.

Russian hospital fire kills 38

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A mental hospital fire took the lives of 38 people Friday, two of whom were medical staff, according to news sources.

The building near Moscow, Russia was 73 years old and had failed a safety inspection in 2012, according to Aljazeera. Violations included lamps without lamp shades, missing exit signs, and a difficult reach fire water supply. Violations which Emergency Ministry member Yuri Deshevi says were corrected in August.

The fire alarm sounded around 2 a.m. on Friday, however the ferry which would have gotten firefighters to the scene faster won't run until summer, causing them to arrive an hour later, according to the New York Times.

A spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee told the New York Times that many of the victims had been burned alive.

Yuri S. Savenko, president of the Independent Psychiatric Association, said that one-third of the country's psychiatric hospitals have been declared unfit and small hospitals especially were neglected.

According to Aljazeera, two fires similar to this one occurred in 2006 and one in 2007.

Uncle of bombing suspect speaks out

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The uncle of the two suspects charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, Ruslan Tsarni spoke to news sources Wednesday about what he thinks drove his nephews to take such extreme action against US citizens.

Tsarni told CNN that he believes that the oldest brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was "brainwashed" by a friend in 2009 in his Cambridge, Maryland home.

"This person just took his brain," said Tsarni.

The Tsarnaev was an aspiring Olympic boxer just years before, according to CNN. His mindset leading up to the bombing remained unknown.

Tsarni kept the name of the person who apparently influenced Tsarnaev to himself; however, he did say that this person was an Armenian who had converted to Islam.

The father of the two boys had initially defended them, saying that they were simply incapable of such things; however, by Saturday their father was on his was from Russia to the US. He sent messages to his son saying "tell them everything."

Their mother continues to defend them, saying that the youngest brother, Dzhokhar, would have told her.

"He wouldn't hide it," she claimed, "nobody talked about terrorism."

HIV becomes more prevalent in Minnesota in the year 2012

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The number of people living with HIV in Minnesota increased by nearly 8% in the year 2012, according to news sources.

The Star Tribune reported that the number of reported HIV cases in Minnesota rose nearly 8 percent from the year 2011 to the year 2012, according to the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reported that despite the year-to-year fluctuations, the trend with HIV in Minnesota is fairly stable.

"We've averaged about 317.5 cases per year for the last 10 years," said Health Department Spokesman, Roy Nelson.

Among men, male-to-male sex was the main risk factor; however, sharing needles also played a large part in the increase, according to the Star Tribune.

State health officials also expressed concern that the rise in other sexually transmitted diseases could raise HIV infection rates. Chlamydia saw a 7 percent rise in the 2012 while gonorrhea jumped by 35 percent, reported the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press stated that more than one third of the cases reported were from 20 to 29-year-olds.

Terror attack on US intercepted by Canadian officials

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A U.S. congressman told news sources that Canadian authorities have arrested two men who were accused of carrying out an Al-Qaeda supported attack on a passenger train going from Canada to the U.S.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced earlier Monday that they had arrested Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, according to CNN.

The two men are charged with receiving support from al-Qaeda to carry out an attack and murder people VIA train in the greater Toronto area. Assistant Police Commissioner James Malizia said that "support," in this case, means receiving direction and guidance, reported CNN.

BBC News reported that the suspects will appear in court on Tuesday.

Chief Spt Jennifer Strachan said that the two men had chosen "a specific route but not necessarily a specific train."

CNN reported that al-Qaeda has studied railway attacks and viewed them as cheap, simple attacks which could potentially cause a lot of harm.

There was no connection between this attempt and the Boston marathon attack, according to BBC News.

It was discovered Monday that the remains of a stillborn baby found in a Red Wing laundry facility belonged to a 14-year-old girl who had had sex with a St. Paul man. The man is now facing charges, according to news sources.

The father of the child is Jose Armando Recinos-Ramirez, 32, is being charged with criminal sexual conduct for having sex with a 14-year-old girl whose name is being withheld to maintain her anonymity. The girl had a baby who was stillborn at 22 weeks on April 4, according to NBC News.

This baby was the same one that was found in the linens of a Red Wing off-site laundry service. Police began to investigate the case because the mother was so young.

The Pioneer Press reported that Recinos-Ramirez and the girl met at the Mall of America in the summer of 2012 and the girl said she loved him. The girl initially said that she did not know his phone number or address, but that he had been deported to El Salvidor.

Recinos-Ramirez told police that the girl had said she was 18 but refused to show him her ID. He also told police that despite the fact that the girl insisted that the baby was his, she had been "messing around" and he could not be sure. Recinos-Ramirez was there when the child was born, according to the Pioneer Press.

Fired for being gay in Mississippi

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The story of Andre Cooley by John D. Sutter, a human rights and social justice columnist at CNN, is a sad one. Cooley was fired from his job in Mississippi, one of 29 states where it is legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation, for being gay.

Sutter's article was an opinion piece, so there was a bias in his reporting. He was leaning toward the opinion that it was wrong for Cooley to have been fired. Cooley's case was especially interesting because he worked at a Sheriff's office and was not fired until he called in a domestic abuse case and his coworker answered. This was how he was discovered to be gay and despite the fact that Cooley was the victim, he was fired and his boss directly told him it was because he was gay.

Sutter goes beyond the stereotype that gay people can be fired or treated differently based on their sexual orientation. It also goes beyond the stereotype that gay people are now being treated equally by talking about the fact that there is a lot of discrimination against gay people out there. Nobody knew that Cooley was gay before the call he made.

Sutter had to find a member of the gay community. Though Cooley was likely eager to declare his experience to the public, he could have been hesitant to further his discrimination by publicly announcing his sexual orientation so it is possible that Sutter had to be careful with how he addressed him and asked him to tell his story. The reporter also had to call the sheriff's office and get Cooley's former employer to talk to him about it.

Twitter feed of Boston marathon bombing suspect found

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The twitter feed of the Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, was found this week and some chilling tweets have since been uncovered, according to news sources.

CNN reported that the twitter account @J_tsar is suspected to be that of Tsarnaev and was confirmed to be so by a former high school classmate of his. Tsarnaev, 19, seems to have tweets of a typical young adult; however, right around the time of the Boston marathon bombing took place, his tweets became suspect.

Tsarnaev retweeted "Attitude can take away your beauty no matter how good looking you are or it could enhance your beauty, making you adorable," from a user who identifies himself as a Muslim Scholar, reported CNN.

Another tweet was a quote from rapper Jay-Z and a 1970s R&B song, "Ain't no love in the heart of the city." The tweet added, "stay safe people," reported CNN.

The last tweet sent out by Tsarnaev himself was on April 16, when Tsarnaev tweeted "I'm a stress free kind of guy," according to Fox News.

North Korea gave a speech Thursday saying that they would resume talks with the US and Seoul pending the withdrawal of sanctions posed by the United Nations, according to news sources.

North Korea's National Defense Commission gave a speech Thursday in which it said that the US and South Korea "should immediately stop all their provocative acts against the DPRK and apologize for all of them," according to CNN. The speech was carried by a state-run media organization.

The statement came four days after North Korean officials rejected Seoul's dialogue offer, regarding it as "insincere," according to the New York Daily News.

New unnerving threats have been coming from Pyongyang after the U.N. Security Council voted to toughen the sanctions placed upon the country. The U.N.'s vote came as the South began to run military drills in preparation for an encounter with the North, according to CNN.

President Obama had warned the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un that his threats had only further isolated the region from those willing to assist them, reported CNN.

Baby's body found in laundry belonged to Regions Hospital Morgue

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The body of an infant was discovered just after 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday has now been identified as being from the Regions Hospital Morgue, according to news sources.

The baby was stillborn on April 4th and was then placed in the Regions Hospital Morgue, according to Kare 11.

The hospital released a statement that said that this was "an unfortunate event involving the handling of remains," reported the Star Tribune.

Chris Boese told the Star Tribune that they are in the process of informing the family of the incident, but has declined to say whether they have done so.

Regions Hospital births about 2,500 babies per year and about 20 to 25 are stillborn, said Boese.

Police told Kare 11 that those working at Crothal Laundry found the baby when it tumbled out of the laundry. The baby had a tag on its ankle and was wearing a diaper, police added.