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November 23, 2008

The United States of America Food and Drug Administration opened an office in Beijing on Wednesday

The United States of America Food and Drug Administration opened an office in Beijing on Wednesday
The goal is to ensure safety standards and quality controls in consumer goods at all the point of manufacture said Mike Leavitt, the secretary of Health and Human Services.

The Administration is also hoping to aide the current Chinese milk crisis. Over the last few months there has been many recalls of Chinese made milk products. The tainted milk had traces of melanin that have sickened thousands of babies from the use of baby formula.

Sources: New York Times "Amid tainted food scandal, FDA opens an inspection office in Beijing"

November 17, 2008

Diversity Analysis

Diversity Analysis

“American Muslims get country’s cold shoulder? by Allie Shah truly depicts the Muslim stereotype and its effects on the Obama campaign.

The article depicts American’s views of Muslims and the double standard people set on the culture.

Shah interestingly tied in how an Obama staff moved a Muslim woman to a different person of the stage before he gave a speech in Wisconsin.

“The Obama camp also took action against further association between Obama and Muslims during a Michigan appearance. A female Obama supporter, who happened to be Muslim, attended his speech wearing a head scarf. The woman was standing on the stage behind Obama’s speech podium. An Obama camp staffer saw the woman and decided to move her to a different, less prominent spot.? –my previous blog

More importantly Shah made some very valid points on Obama promoter’s quickly and loudly denouncing Obama’s affiliation with the Muslim community without adding a “so what if he was?.

November 16, 2008

New Gopher Statium

New Gopher Stadium

Beer will be 5 bucks for people who have already spent $1,800 or more on seats, the rest of the fans might not be able to buy alcholol within the statium.

However, the liquid gold will not be offered to students and the rest of the fans. The sales will be limited to specific areas of the stadium.

“NCAA discourages schools from selling alcohol at games and has itself banned the sale of alcohol at championship games.? – Jenna Ross

Sources: New U stadium: Pay big bucks $ buy a beer, too??

November 15, 2008

Metro Transit getaway

Metro Transit getaway

A man robbed a southern Minneapolis bank Wednesday, by passing a note to the teller demanding the money. He then proceeded to flee on foot and got on a Metro Transit bus.

Around 10:30 a.m., a teller at the TCF Bank at 1444 W. Lake St. called the police after the incident. The police found a man matching the description of the robber and was identified as Herbert Ray Kelly, 42, of Minneapolis.

Kelly was charged with bank robbery said FBI.

Sources: Star Tribune “Minneapolis bank robber hops on the bus to make getaway? by Tim Harlow

November 13, 2008

Underlying confusion with Obama being Muslim

Underlying confusion with Obama being Muslim

This year’s presidential election has brought about many interesting quarrels and disputes. One in particular I found interesting was a study that found 10 percent of American’s believed Barack Obama is Muslim.

In “American Muslims get country’s cold shoulder? Allie Shah says, “Obama’s defenders were quick to point out that he was not a Muslim, but they stopped short of adding that even if he were one, who cares??

I personally have witnessed accounts of this and caught myself wondering why would that be a big deal?

With the campaign team clearly aware of the misconceived notion of Obama being Muslim, flyers were sent out broadly stating him as an American Christian who attends church regularly.

This hit at the Muslim community is disappointing and misunderstood. “There is a deep-seated mistrust of Muslims and a belief that Muslims are not Americans,? Allie Shah said.

The Obama camp also took action against further association between Obama and Muslims during a Michigan appearance. A female Obama supporter, who happened to be Muslim, attended his speech wearing a head scarf. The woman was standing on the stage behind Obama’s speech podium. An Obama camp staffer saw the woman and decided to move her to a different, less prominent spot.

It is not known whether Obama was aware of this but he did later apologize.

“Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?? Colin Powell asked on “Meet the Press.?

“The answer is ‘no.’ yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, ‘He’s a Muslim, and he might be associated with terrorists.’ This is not the way we should be doing it in America,? Powell said.

Sources: Star Tribune “American Muslims get country’s cold shoulder? By Allie Shah

2,000-year-old bling found

2,000-year-old bling found

A 2,000-year-old gold, pearl and emerald earring has been found by archaeologists in Israel.
The archaeologists found the earring beneath a parking lot adjacent to the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. Doron Ben-Ami, director of the dig, said he the earring is believed to date back to the Roman period, just after the time of Jesus.

Sources: Star Tribune “2,000-year-old earring found?

African American's are more susceptible to high blood pressure related deaths

African American's are more susceptible to high blood pressure related deaths

New studies by the Annals of Family Medicine show that 8,000 African Americans could be saved every year if doctors could find a way to lower their average blood pressure.

Medical practitioners have known about the increase in blood pressure of black Americans but had no idea the numbers would be as high as 8,000 deaths yearly.

“We expected it to be big, but it was even larger than we anticipated,? said the lead author, Dr. Kevin Fiscella of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Health risks and high blood pressure have always coincided. The results are increased chances of heart disease, stroke, and other serious problems. High blood pressure can usually be regulated through diet, medicine and exercise.

The reasons behind black Americans having higher blood pressure than whites is due to poverty and cultural habits.

Only 30 percent of whites have uncontrolled blood pressure compared to 40 percent of blacks.

Dr. David Satcher said changes need to be made to ensure minority patients get good medical care when they need it.

Sources: Star Tribune “Racial blood-pressure gap to blame for deaths of 8,000 blacks yearly? By Associated Press

November 9, 2008

Pacemakers and headphones do not mix

Pacemakers and headphones do not mix

Magnets within headphones could interfere with heart devices, according to a meeting in New Orleans this week at the American Heart Association.

Different heart devices are made to speed up slow heart rhythms. If exposed to certain magnets, the devices may signal the heart to beat faster.

A study was done where researchers put eight types of headphones to iPods and tested them on 60 different patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. The electronic interfered with 14 patients.

“For defibrillator patients, it is a much bigger concern because the magnet can temporarily deactivate it,? says the study’s senior author, Dr. William H. Maisel, director of the Medical Device Safety Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sources: www.cnn.com “Study: Headphones could interfere with pacemakers? By Patrick Sauer

November 6, 2008

Parents seek prayer for dying child instead of medical help

Parents seek prayer for dying child instead of medical help

Wisconsin parents prayed for their sick 11-year-old daughter rather than seek medical help.

Madeline Neumann died at her home in Weston Wisconsin on Easter from diabetes after becoming to ill to talk, walk or eat. The girl likely had symptoms for weeks or even months that should have prompted medical help.

Parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann have pleaded not guilty to second-degree reckless homicide. The parents have said that they believe in the Bible which says healing comes from God. They considered their daughter’s illness “a test of faith? and never expected her to die.

Madeline’s parents claim that she has not been to a doctor since she was three.

Wisconsin laws state that it is not child abuse to treat illness through prayer alone. However, a second, a homicide law, states that makes no exception for prayer.

The judge is undecided to weather the parents should face trial.

Sources: Star Tribune “Judge torn as he ponders if parents should face trial?

Trick or Meth

Trick or Meth

While trick or treating on Halloween night, a ghoulish skateboarder, age 7, received $85 dollars and 2.2 grams of methamphetamine near Ramsey County.
His parents Lars and Shelly Brosdahl noticed the money and drug looking substance when their son poured out his Halloween candy.
“We are confident that it was an isolated case. We don’t believe somebody was handing it out,? said Capt. Tim Dwyer.
The boy said that a bigger kid asked him if he wanted some candy. The boy replied ‘sure’, and the older boy dropped it in his bag.
Despite the drug scare the boy is excited about the money. “It was like a gold mine to him. He’s already talking about what he can buy at Wal-Mart or Target,? said his dad.

Sources: Star Tribune “For one 7-year-old boy a scary trick amid treats?

November 2, 2008

Obituary Analysis

Obituary Analysis
Ben Cohen of the Star Tribune wrote an obituary on Pastor Paul Monson of Edina.

The sources used are Rev. Craig Johnson, David Anderson and Rev. Tim Thorstenson. The whole obituary follows the standard obituary guidelines.

The lead does a good job of portraying who Paul Monson was while stating the facts of his age, hometown, and circumstances of death.

Sources: Star Tribune “Pastor understood healing power of the great outdoors?

An overdue library book returned after 61 years

An overdue library book returned after 61 years

After 22,275 overdue days, New Word Analysis, was returned to the Holland Hall School Library in Tulsa Oklahoma last week.

The book was mailed to the school with a check for $250 to cover the overdue fines.

Now living in Florida, Martha McCabe Jarrett, found the book and decided to send it back.

“To take the time to return it after all these years, and to write such a gracious note was inspiring,? said Librarian Betty Niver.

Sources: NewsOn6 “Library book returned, 61 years late?

UC Davis squirrels have gone nuts

UC Davis squirrels have gone nuts

Squirrels on the UC Davis campus have gotten very aggressive when people feed them.

Campus officials are trapping squirrels and giving them hormone birth control injections.

“It works just like vaccines for any disease, only it’s a vaccine against being able to produce sperm and eggs,? said Krause.

Sources: News10 “Squirrels gone wild, UC Davis starts Birth Control Program?

Shootings near the University of Minnesota

Shootings near the University of Minnesota

Two shootings occurred near the University of Minnesota early Sunday morning. Three 19-year-olds suffered non-threatening wounds after being shot on 21st. St. E.

The shooting was not a random shooting said Sgt. William Palmer.

The other shooting occurred on 27th Avenue S.E. and Delaware Street, where a woman, 20, suffered non-life-threatening injuries stated a police report.

Sources: Star Tribune “4 hurt in shootings in Minneapolis?

Shootings near the University of Minnesota

Shootings near the University of Minnesota

Two shootings occurred near the University of Minnesota early Sunday morning. Three 19-year-olds suffered non-threatening wounds after being shot on 21st. St. E.

The shooting was not a random shooting said Sgt. William Palmer.

The other shooting occurred on 27th Avenue S.E. and Delaware Street, where a woman, 20, suffered non-life-threatening injuries stated a police report.

Sources: Star Tribune “4 hurt in shootings in Minneapolis?

Beauty sleep helps the heart

Beauty sleep helps the heart

Swedish researchers looked over 20 years of research and found that heart attacks declined the week after turning the clocks back, because people got an extra hour of sleep. The opposite was found of turning the clocks ahead. The hour loss of sleep seemed to cause an increase in heart attacks the following week.

“We spend a third of our lives sleeping and people forget how much effect it has on overall health,? said Dr. Imre Janszky of the Karolinska Institute.

Sources: Star Tribune “Extra sleep helps the heart, researchers say?

Corvette Crash

Corvette crash
Stephen Dooher, new owner of a Corvette T-top, crashed his car Monday night killing three of his friends in the car. Dooher is charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

Alcohol was involved in the crash that happened off a Wright County country road. The victims involved are: Andrea Northern, 23, Michael DeMars, 22, and Derek Krammerer, 22.

There is dispute over whether or not Dooher should serve time in jail.

DeMars family said that “nothing will be gained by sending him to jail.?

Northern’s mother does not agree, “Somebody has to pay. There was no reason for four people to be in that car.?

The four friends were very close and were out celebrating Northern’s birthday.

Sources: Star Tribune “Joy ride’s tragic turn tears at 4 families?