Community Responds to Weekend Violence

Minneapolis community leaders are concerned about a rash of shootings over the weekend that left a teenager dead, according to the Star Tribune.
17-year-old Alisha Neeley was killed by gunfire outside a north Minneapolis party.
Four young men were wounded in three other separate incidents on Saturday and Sunday.
Renewed gang activity from members released from jail could be the cause of Neeley's death, according to K.G. Wilson, president of Hope Ministries and City Council member Don Samuels.
Minneapolis police said in a Minnesota Public Radio story that the shootings are "unacceptable," but not necessarily related to each other.

Chile Responds to Earthquake

Aftershocks, damaged roads, fallen bridges and downed telephone lines have hampered rescue efforts in Chile, according to the New York Times.
The BBC reports that the Chilean military has been deployed to restore order, quell looting, and distribute aid in the most ravaged areas. 160 people were arrested in Concepcion, one of the hardest hit cities. One man was killed.
"We need food for the population. We are without supplies, and if we don't resolve that we are going to have serious security problems," said Mayor Jacqueline van Rysselberghe.
The New York Times reports the nation-wide death toll at 711, the BBC at 723.
According to both publications, the Chilean government has requested aid from the United Nations.

Obama Plans to Reduce Nuclear Arsenal

President Barack Obama plans to make dramatic reductions to the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal, according to an administration official in this New York Times article.
The United States will develop no new nuclear weapons, and would eliminate "redundant" weapons by removing stored warheads from service.
The number of reductions would be "in the thousands," according to a senior administration official.
The plan will be contained in the Nuclear Posture Review, undertaken by each president to determine nuclear policy.
Mr. Obama outlined his nuclear vision last April, calling for the world to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and to abandon cold war thinking, according to the BBC.

U of M President Appeals To Legislature on State Aid

The University of Minnesota's president appealed to the Minnesota legislature to soften cuts to the university's state aid Thursday, according to an article in the Pioneer Press.
President Robert Bruininks said he'd like to see Gov. Tim Pawlenty's $36 million cutsreduced to $24 million. Cuts to education are a part of Pawlenty's plan to reduce the state's budget deficit.
The university has weathered many significant cuts since 2004, and has reached the limits of its ability to make deep cuts, said Bruininks.
Bruininks said the university would explore energy conservation and administrative reorganizations to lessen the blow, but that serious job cuts and tuition hikes would be necessary.
He also stressed that the university is a valuable resource for the state's future that shouldn't be choked off.
According to the Minnesota Daily, higher education makes up 9% of Minnesota's budget.

Multimedia Analysis

This Star Tribune article about a home explosion features a video of firefighting units working on the blaze, as well as an interview with an eyewitness, the fire-chief, and a Center Point spokeswoman. Text in the video is limited to bold descriptive section titles. The page also features a photo slide show, with single-sentence cutlines that describe what is happening in the photo. These complement the news story by providing visual context to the article.

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Home Explodes in Edina

No one was hurt when a house exploded at West 50th St. and Arden Ave. Tuesday afternoon, according to WCCO.
The explosion happened when a cable company contractor severed an underground gas line nearby, a spokeswoman for Centerpoint Energy said in this Star Tribune article.
Residents were evacuated one block north and one block south until the leak is located.
Homeowner Jeannette Auguston said the house was empty when it exploded. "We are so glad we weren't home, and so grateful for everyone's support."
According to Hennepin County Records, the house was worth an estimated $538,900.

One Shot, Another Injured in Woodbury Domestic Dispute

A man was shot and a woman injured during an apparent domestic dispute in Woodbury Monday morning, police told the Star Tribune.
The man was taken to Regions hospital for an abdominal gunshot wound. The woman suffered a head injury that did not result from gunfire, and was taken to Woodwinds Hospital.
According to the Pioneer Press, children were removed from the home and taken into police custody.
The Star Tribune reports that a handgun was found at the scene, and that there had been no previous police calls to the residence, located on the 2200 block of Kings Drive.

Obama Announces New Healthcare Plan

President Obama has unveiled a new health care reform proposal, aimed at achieving bipartisan support to revive stalled legislation, according to the BBC.
Obama's plan largely resembles the Senate's version of the health care bill, and contains no new major concessions to Republicans, reports the New York Times. The White House said the plan would cost $950 billion over a decade.
Republicans have attacked the proposal. The house minority leader, Rep. John A. Boehner of Ohio, called it "the same massive government takeover of health care."
This is the first time the president has put forth his own proposal on health care, according to the Times article.

Afghan Civilians Killed in NATO Strike

A NATO helicopter attack killed 30 Afghan civilians, along with 69 Taliban fighters, according to an Afghani government official quoted in Al Jazeera.
The New York Times places the number of civilians killed at 27.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai condemned the attack. "The repeated killing of civilians by NATO forces is unjustifiable," he said.
General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, apologized for the attack and promised to redouble efforts to avoid civilian casualties.
NATO officials have not revealed the nationality of forces involved, according to the New York Times.

Texas IRS Building Attacked with Plane

A disgruntled computer engineer crashed a small plane onto an IRS building in Austin, Texas Thursday morning, reports the New York Times.
The BBC reports that the man, identified as Joseph Andrew Stack, left behind writings that criticized the government, big business, and particularly the IRS, saying "violence is the only answer." Web postings by Stack indicate he was having problems with the IRS, says the BBC.
Stack is believed to have died in the crash, while one other person is unaccounted for, reports the Times.
The building was engulfed in flames, but only two men were injured, according to the New York Times.
Austin police and Homeland Security Department officials have emphasized that this was an isolated incident and there is no indication of links to terrorism.