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Jennings signs on as Vikings receiver

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The former Packer's receiver Greg Jennings is yet another Packer in the Viking's history of players to sign on Friday, news sources report.
Greg Jennings follows former Packers Ryan Longwell who filled in as a Viking's kicker in 2006 and Brett Favre who stepped up as a quarterback for the Vikings in 2009, reported the Star Tribune.
Jennings, however, doesn't fit Vikings General Manager Pick Spielman's normal parameters for a free agent because of his age and recent injuries, according to the Star Tribune.
Jennings has missed 11 games in the past two seasons because of knee and core muscle injuries and is about to turn 30 in September, reported CBS.
He is guaranteed $18 million out of the five-year contract with a maximum earning value of $47.5 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

A New York woman holding her baby boy fell 8 stories to her death in an apparent suicide and the baby is OK, news sources report.
The woman, Cynthia Wachenheim, 45, was found on the street with her 10-month-old son Keaston near her arms. The baby was taken to the hospital by a police officer who responded where he was listed in critical, but stable condition, reported the Star Tribune.
A hospital spokeswoman said she had no immediate information on his condition, reported Fox News.
"I heard a scream like a yell," area resident Steven Dominguez, 18 said. "When I got closer, I saw the baby crying." Dominguez was walking to a grocery store when he saw the woman fall. He said the baby bounced off Wachenheim's body, breaking the impact of the fall, and the baby was found face down, according to the Star Tribune.
Police found a seven-page suicide under the bed inside the woman's apartment where she is believed to have jumped from the open window, according to Fox News.

No pope yet

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Black smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney in Vatican City Tuesday signaled to thousands waiting in St. Peter's Square that there's no new pope yet, news sources report.
This was the conclave of cardinal's first voting attempt to select a leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church, reported the Star Tribune.
Few expected the first vote to determine the new pontiff and the next vote by the Catholic cardinals is expected to be held on Wednesday, according to ABC News.
New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote to his priests in New York in a letter confirmed to ABC News by the diocese spokeman: "My guess is that we'd have a new Successor of St. Peter by Thursday evening, with a hoped-for inaugural Mass on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, the patron of the Church Universal, a holiday, and Father's Day here in Italy."
The 115 eligible cardinals gathered to elect a new pope after the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI last month, according to the Star Tribune.

900 dead pigs found in Shanghai river

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China found more than 900 dead pigs floating in the Shanghai river that is a drinking water source for residents Thursday, news sources report.
Officials say they are investigating where the pigs came from, reported the Star Tribune.
They haven't found any evidence that the pigs were dumped in the river or of any animal epidemic said the city's Agriculture Committee's in a statement posted on their website Saturday. The statement also said officials started retrieving the pigs Friday night and by Saturday they had counted and disposed of more than 900, according to the Star Tribune.
According to the China Daily news website, Shanghai residents use the river as a drinking water source, reported BBC.
An inquiry has been launched to find evidence of where the pigs came from. Officials say measures are being taken to monitor the quality of the water, according to BBC.

Analysis: Speech Coverage

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The Los Angeles Times article, "Obama on immigration reform: 'Now's the time,'" covers a speech President Obama gave at a high school in Las Vegas in late January. In the speech, Obama outlined his vision for reforming the nation's immigration policy.
I noticed that the reporter's structure in writing this article followed a similar format to the one encouraged in class, beginning with a lead that outlined the main points of the speech without writing: _____gave a speech here about ____. The second and third paragraphs included supporting quotes of the main points outlined in the lead and further details about the formality of the address (where, when, etc.). Then, subsequent blocks of information were included that gave voice to the speaker's supporting points, the context in which the speech was given, and any reactions noted. Also, neatly embedded within the article's paragraphs were links to photos and a copy of the transcript for readers to explore further as they saw fit.
In crafting this news story, the reporter summarized the main points of the speech objectively while capturing the spirit and tone of the speech with the inclusion of active quotes and detailed reactions of the audience, such as "Obama told a cheering crowd." This quality of reporting helps the reader understand the significance of the event by covering all the different angles and parties involved: the audience, the speaker, the context, and the content of the speech itself.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, 58, died Tuesday from a nearly two-year battle with cancer, news sources report.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time when he announced the death in a national television broadcast, surrounded by other government officials, reported the Huffington Post..
Serving more than 14 years in office, the "fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America" was known for challenging the status quo both at home and internationally. He repeatedly proved himself a political survivor and was known by the people as "El Comandante." Chavez saw himself as a revolutionary and a savior to the poor, according to the Huffington Post.
Maduro did not give details of Chavez's illness, although the government had announced the previous night that a severe new respiratory infection had him severely weakened, reported Fox News.
The vice president called on Chavez's political opposition to respect "the people's pain."
"Those who never supported the comandante Hugo Chavez, respect the pain of the people. This is the moment to think of our families, of our country," he said.
The constitution says that National Assembly chief Diosdado Cabello apparently would take over as interim president. The constitution also says that elections for Chavez's successor should be called in 30 days. The Miranda state gov. Henrique Capriles, the man Chavez defeated when he was re-elected to a new term on Oct. 7, would be expected to represent the opposition, according to Fox News.


Analysis: multimedia of news organizations

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Fox News and the Huffington Post both have unique takes on multimedia features that they offer. The Huffington Post has a live banner on the home page of their website, streaming breaking news from all over the world. The Post's homepage is also unique in the fact that it isolates a single story with a big and bolded headline and picture. In comparison, Fox News's homepage looks cluttered with links to headlined national and world news stories from that day. Both news organizations utilize different multimedia forums such as written and video blogs that are constantly being updated with live streaming options and etc.
These multimedia features compliment news stories by providing the visual and contextual support for the story, without distracting from the content or the quality of the content. This is important for news fans who like to hear or watch their news, instead of read it. It is important to note, however, that all of these multimedia packages are accompanied by a written report for further reference. The kind of writing used in these reports is short and to the point and is really just the spelled out ideas in the blogs or videos.

New Zealand dad killed by shark

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A shark attack turned fatal Wednesday off the Muriwai Beach near Auckland, New Zealand, news sources report.
Police said the victim, Adam Strange, 46, was found dead in the water after he was attacked by what surf lifesavers said was a great white shark that was possibly 14 feet (4 meters) long, reported the Star Tribune.
Strange was an award-winning television and short film director, had a 2-year-old daughter, and was reportedly training for an endurance swim, according to the Star Tribune.
Pio Mose, a local fisherman who saw the attack unfold, told the New Zealand Herald: "All of a sudden there was blood everywhere," reported the Huffington Post.
"Shark expert Clinton Duffy told the Associated Press that although New Zealand is a popular area for great whites, attacks are rare," reported the Huffington Post.
According to the Star Tribune, lifeguards believe the shark is dead after police attempted to save Strange by racing out in inflatable boats and firing shots at the predator. Muriwai Beach will remain closed until Saturday and this attack was only one of about a dozen shark attacks in New Zealand in the last 180 years.

California shooting leaves four dead, including gunman

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News sources report that a 20-year-old part-time college student was responsible for a string of shootings and carjackings across Orange County Tuesday morning that left four people dead, including the gunman, police said.
According to officials, the man, Ali Syed, began shooting at the home where he lived with his parents, killing a young woman and then fleeing in his parents car, reported the New York Times.
The relationship between the man and the victim, who was identified only as a young woman in her 20s, is unknown and the motive of Syed in killing is unclear, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, according to the New York Times.
While fleeing, authorities said Syed killed two commuters during carjackings, shot up vehicles on a Southern California freeway, and committed suicide as police closed in on him, reported the Washington Post.
Tustin Police Chief Scott Jordan said Syed stated to one carjacking victim: "I don't want to hurt you. I killed somebody, Today is my last day," reported the Washington Post.
Jordan assured residents the violence is over and people in Orange County do not need to be worried about their safety, according to the Washington Post.

Snow emergency in St. Paul, but not Minneapolis

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St. Paul and surrounding areas Plymouth and St Louis Park called a snow emergency Friday, but Minneapolis did not, news sources report.
Snow emergencies, warning residents to move their vehicles out of the way of plows, were issued across the metro area Friday as the freeways started to become littered with spinouts and crashes, one of them proving fatal, reported the Star Tribune.
"Only 3 inches of snowfall and relatively warmer temperatures in Minneapolis, the city is not declaring a snow emergency," said the city of Minneapolis notifying its citizens, according to the Star Tribune.
All roads marked as night plow routes will be plowed starting at 9 p.m. Friday and all day plow routes will be plowed at 8 a.m. Saturday, reported the Pioneer Press.
Parking is banned until streets are plowed to the curb, their full width, according to the Pioneer Press.
Still, officials are urging motorists in Minneapolis to keep their vehicles off the road, reported the Star Tribune.