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December 9, 2007

Gunman Kills Two at Colo. Missionary School

According to the Star Tribune, “A gunman opened fire in a training center dormitory for young Christian missionaries in Colorado early Sunday after being told he couldn't spend the night, killing two of the center's staff members and wounding two others.? One of the victims was identified as Tiffany Johnson, 26, who grew up in Chisholm, Minn. No arrests had been made by Sunday afternoon. The shooting occurred at about 12:30 a.m. at the Youth With a Mission center in the Denver suburb. “A man and a woman were killed and two men were wounded, Medina said. All four were staff members, said Paul Filidis, a Colorado Springs-based spokesman with Youth With a Mission.? The gunman came to the door of the dormitory seeking shelter, asking if he could spend the night, but when told he couldn't stay, the man walked inside, opened fire, then left on foot. The other victim was identified as Phillip Crouse, 23.

According to the Pioneer Press, “Two people, including a 26-year-old Minnesota woman, were killed when a lone gunman opened fire at a training center for Christian missionaries in the Denver suburb of Arvada early today.? Two other people were injured. Police say the gunman is still at large. The shooting occurred at about 12:30 a.m. at the Youth With a Mission Center. The two victims were identified as 26-year-old Tiffany Johnson of Minnesota and 24-year-old Philip Crouse of Alaska as well as two men ages 22 and 23 who were wounded, one that is in critical condition.

The Pioneer Press article was more of a brief while the Star Tribune article had multiple quotes from different sources and was much more descriptive. A significant difference is that the Star Tribune said the victim Crouse was 23, while the Pioneer Press said he was 24.

December 3, 2007

2 Minneapolis Murder Victims Identified

According to the Pioneer Press, “The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has released the identities of two men shot to death in Minneapolis as 25-year-old Najib A. Omar of Minneapolis, and 27-year-old Arie Musse Jama of St. Paul. The medical examiner says Omar died of a gunshot wound to the head. His body was found in the hallway of an apartment building in south Minneapolis. Jama died of a gunshot wound to the chest and neck. His body was found in an alley.?

According to the Star Tribune, “The Hennepin County medical examiner's office on Sunday tentatively identified the two men who were fatally shot Saturday in Minneapolis as Najib A. Omar and Arie M. Jama. The men were shot in
a south Minneapolis apartment following an argument, police said. Omar, 25, of Minneapolis died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the medical examiner. Jama, 27, of St. Paul died of a gunshot wound to the chest and neck, the medical examiner's report said.?

The only real difference between these articles was that the Star Tribune was more specific as to when and where the bodies were found.

November 19, 2007

Magic end Celtics' Perfect Start

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “The Boston Celtics are beatable after all as Dwight Howard scored 24 points, Rashard Lewis added 22 and the Orlando Magic dealt the Celtics their first loss of the season, 104-102 on Sunday night. Paul Pierce missed an off-balance jumper with time running out that could have forced overtime. Pierce finished with 28 points. Orlando was up as much as 20, but Boston chipped away in the third and fourth quarters.? Going on several small runs, the Celtics finally got their first lead at 88-87, halfway through the fourth quarter on consecutive 3's by Eddie House and James Posey. “Ray Allen, who struggled from the field all night, drained a 3 with 7.7 seconds left to draw Boston to 103-102. Lewis made a free throw, Pierce's shot bounced off the rim and Howard grabbed the rebound to seal the win.?

This same AP story was posted on the Boston Globe’s sports section. I assumed that each would have their own recaps, however perhaps due to time constraints those won’t be posted until later. From the sports news I usually read, each city favors its team to tell its local readers what they want to know, but in this case both cities’ papers printed a somewhat neutral story.

November 11, 2007

Complete Neil Young Given to Fans at Northrop

According to the Pioneer Press, Neil Young showed both sides of his personality Thursday night playing melancholy folk music and raucous rock ‘n’ roll at Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis. “Both styles filled every song of his set with the kind of disarming forthrightness and passion that have made Young such an endearing performer since he first emerged in the late '60s. Most of the mostly middle-aged and male crowd at the sold-out Northrop (all 4,733 of them) likely admired the acoustic Young remaining so attuned to his heart and the rocker Young maintaining his sense of reckless abandon.? He played both his new and old music “making the Northrop crowd was richer for experiencing both sides of him.?

According to the Star Tribune, Neil Young, known for his quirky concerts unveiled his latest one; one solo acoustic set and one electric set with a four piece band in front of a sold-out crowd at Northrop Auditorium Thursday night. “The formula fit his Hall of Fame career as the melancholy folkie and the rebellious rocker with equal success. The concert was a fanatic’s dream, filled with lots of seldom-performed songs, but it was a casual fan’s disappointment if they were hoping for a lot of hits. Overall, it was a rewarding but unsatisfying evening, short on consistent vocal passion and short on the kind of soaring highs Young has provided in the past. If ragged guitar glory was what the fans craved, they got it on the ferocious finale, "Like a Hurricane" -- with the soon-to-be 62-year-old raging on his old guitar.?

Both papers talked about what happened, but had differing opinions and interpretations. They reported on what songs he played, how many people were there, and the overall performance. It seemed as if the Star Tribune writer had different expectations than the Pioneer Press writer, giving Young a poorer review.

November 5, 2007

Wolves fall to Knicks 93-97

According to the Star Tribune, “Jamal Crawford scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks won their home opener for the first time in six years by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-93 Sunday night.? Zach Randolph had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, while Stephon Marbury added 17 points and seven assists, and David Lee scored 14 points. Ryan Gomes scored 19 points for the Timberwolves, who fell to 0-2 in their first season since trading longtime star Kevin Garnett to Boston over the summer. “The game was tied at 81 with 7 minutes left before Crawford's jumper gave New York the lead for good.? The sellout crowd gave coach Isiah Thomas a loud, mixed reception during pregame introductions. “Thomas and Madison Square Garden were found last month to have sexually harassed a former team executive after a trial that embarrassed the organization, and they've been dealing with the fallout ever since.? The Knicks host Denver Tuesday night for in their first meeting since last year’s brawl that lead to seven suspensions.

According to the New York Times, Zach Randolph and Madison Square Garden were officially acquainted Sunday night, when he sealed the Knicks’ first victory of the season, 97-93 against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a big rebound and a critical free throw in the final seconds. Antoine Walker missed a potentially game tying 3-point shot with 11.1 seconds before Randolph grabbed the rebound. Few fans booed Coach Isiah Thomas when he was introduced. Before the game, Nate Robinson took the microphone and asked the fans to “stick with us? and promised the Knicks would “play harder.? Minnesota is a team without an identity and is expected to be one of the worst teams in the league. The Knicks rallied behind their bench to get the win.

These two articles were written for different audiences, but deliver the same message. Both give more information about the home team and offer some unfavorable information about the opposing teams. The New York Times article told the story a little better.

October 29, 2007

Record Holder Eats 103 Hamburgers in 8 Minutes

According to the Star Tribune, Joey Chestnut, a 23-year-old competitive eater of San Jose, Calif., swallowed 103 small hamburgers in 8 minutes Sunday to take home $10,000. “He surpassed the previous record of 97 Krystal burgers—2 1/2 inches square—held by Japan's Takeru Kobayashi, set at last year's Krystal Square Off. Chestnut beat 12 other contestants. Kobayashi, who won all previous Krystal Hamburger Eating Championships, held in Chattanooga, Tenn., didn't compete this year because of lingering jaw pain from having a wisdom tooth extracted in June.?

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, “Joey Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., set a world record by eating 103 hamburgers in eight minutes on Sunday afternoon to win the Krystal Square Off IV World Hamburger Eating Championship.? Sunday’s win broke the 97-burger record set by three-time champion Takeru Kobayashi, of Nagano, Japan, and solidified Mr. Chestnut’s No.1 ranking with the International Federation of Competitive Eating. “I’m drained,? Mr. Chestnut said after being presented a championship belt, a crystal trophy and a check for $10,000. “All I want to do is take a nap and digest this food.?

Both stories said the most valuable information. The Chattanooga story was more detailed, listing the final results of who ate how many burgers. It also featured a quote that the AP Star Tribune story didn’t include.

October 22, 2007

Jindal Wins Louisiana Governor's Race

According to the USA Today, U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal easily defeated 11 opponents and became the state's first non-white governor since Reconstruction, decades after his parents moved to the state from India to pursue the American dream. Jindal, a 36-year-old Republican, will be the nation's youngest governor. He had 53% of the votes. His nearest competitor had 18% of the vote. Jindal lost the governor’s race four years ago, to Kathleen Blanco. Blanco was widely criticized for the state's response to Hurricane Katrina and she announced months ago that she would not seek re-election.

According to the Star Tribune, Republican U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal, the son of Indian immigrants, won the Louisiana governor's race, carrying more than half the vote against 11 opponents to become the state's first non-white governor since Reconstruction. Jindal received 53 percent of the vote, and will be the nation’s first Indian-American governor.

These two articles have basically the same information with the USA Today story including more quotes and details of the election and campaign. The Star Tribune’s story was really more of a brief that was on the same page as other briefs.

October 14, 2007

Rapper T.I. Arrested before Awards Show

According to the Chicago Tribune, “Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was arrested Saturday -- just hours before he was to perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards -- in a parking lot where federal officials said he planned to pick up machine guns and silencers his bodyguard bought for him.? T.I., born Clifford Harris, is charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers, as well as possession of firearms by a convicted felon. The arrest resulted from an on-going investigation after Harris’s bodyguard had cooperated with government when he had tried to buy the guns from an undercover ATF agent. Harris allegedly had his bodyguard buy the guns because Harris is a convicted felon. After the rapper’s arrest, three firearms were found in his vehicle along with six in his house. T.I. has previously been convicted of drug charges.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta artist T.I. never made it to the BET Hip-Hop Awards, where he won best CD of the year, because he was arrested after trying to buy machine guns. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., could face up to 10 years in federal prison because of a previous cocaine conviction. Some defended T.I. and the rap music scene, saying that gangster culture has been a part of “America mythology? from the beginning, in movies, etc. Harris’s attorney said that three other people were taken into custody as well, but weren’t charged.

These two articles were both interesting. The Chicago Tribune took a straight news angle telling what happened, with some background information. The Atlanta story focused more on reactions from people close to T.I. and the hip-hop community. The Atlanta paper had more resources available, as they were on the scene of where everything took place, and because it is the rapper’s hometown.

October 8, 2007

One Man Dies Running Chicago Marathon in Brutal Conditions

According to the Star Tribune, the conditions for Chicago Marathon were too much for many runners leaving one man dead, at least 49 taken to hospitals and another 250 treated at the site. “The 88-degree heat and sweltering humidity were so draining that organizers shut down the second half of the course four hours after the start.? Chad Schieber of Midland, Mich., 35, collapsed while running on the South Side and was pronounced dead shortly before 1 p.m. at a Veteran's Affairs hospital. There was another running death in Arlington, Virginia, Sunday with an unidentified runner collapsing near the finish at the Pentagon. A large number of runners didn’t complete the race during “a brutally hot day.? Kenya's Patrick Ivuti won the race by .05 seconds with a time in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 11 seconds in the closest finish in the race's history.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “A Michigan man died after collapsing and, for the first time in its history, one of the world's preeminent races was cut short before thousands of runners crossed the finish line in the hottest Chicago Marathon on Record.? The runner who died was identified as Chad Schieber, 35, from Midland, Mich., who collapsed near 15th Street and Ashland Avenue, in the 18th mile of the 26-mile course. Officials say that there were adequate supplies of drinking water on the course. The news of the race's early ending was met with disappointment and relief.

The Star Tribune had more of the necessary information; however they structured it more as a sports story than a story about hospitalized runners. The Chicago Tribune had more personal coverage focusing on the conditions of the race, interviewing runners, giving their reactions to the race being cut short. It was easy to see what kind of audiences each was targeting with the Star Tribune making it a brutal sports story, and the Chicago Tribune making it a disappointment to the community story, not even mentioning who had won and how.

October 1, 2007

Mets End Season with Historic Collapse

According to the New York Times, after being eliminated from playoff contention, the New York Mets finished what was “one of the biggest collapses in baseball history.? The 8-1 loss to the Florida Marlins, coupled with the Philadelphia Phillie’s 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals about five minutes later, completed the “embarrassment.? With 17 games remaining in the season, the Mets had a seven game lead in the division standings. The Mets went 5-12 to finish the season as the Phillies finished 13-4, with faltering pitching and defense to blame. “Sunday, Tom Glavine, the 41-year-old veteran was charged with seven runs, leaving after one-third of an inning, the second shortest outing of his 21-season career. Mets manager Willie Randolph said, “We spit away an opportunity to win the division. It’s going to be a tough winter living with that.? Management must now evaluate personnel to consider what changes should be made for next season. “It hurts. But at the same time, we did it to ourselves. It’s not like it blindsides us. We gradually let this thing slip away,? said Mets third-baseman, David Wright.

According to USA Today, “The collapse is complete for the New York Mets after blowing a big September lead in the NL East, causing the team to miss the playoffs. The Mets completed their “meltdown? Sunday after Tom Glavine was tagged for seven runs during the first inning of an 8-1 loss to the Florida Marlins in the regular-season finale.? New York's loss coupled with Philadelphia's 6-1 win over Washington gave the division title to the Phillies and sent the stunned Mets home for the winter wondering how they squandered a seven-game cushion over the final 18 days of an excruciating season. No major league team had owned a lead of seven games or more with 17 to play, or been up by at least seven on Sept. 12 or later, and failed to finish in first place.? After Luis Castillo struck out to end the game and the Phillies victory was posted on the scoreboard “Mets fans filed for the exits, quietly muttering to themselves.?
These two articles contain the same message, with the New York Times going further in-depth, to provide the local audience with more coverage. The New York Times added more details about the collapse, including an outlook for next season.

September 24, 2007

Bicyclist Shoots Driver after Near-Collision

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “A 28 year-old-man was shot in the right shoulder by a bicyclist after his car nearly collided with the bicycle, police said Saturday.? The near-collision caused the bicyclist to fall on the pavement at about 10:45 p.m. Friday. The driver of the car stopped to check on the bicyclist when he stood up and fired three shots at the driver, hitting him once. “The driver then drove to the house of a friend, who took him to the hospital, where he was treated and released. The bicyclist was being sought by police on Saturday.?
According to the Star Tribune, “A bicyclist shot a motorist after the man's car nearly hit the bike on Friday night, police said.? When the driver stopped to check on the bicyclist, the bicyclist fired three shots and hit the motorist once. The motorist drove to a friend’s house where he was brought to a hospital. “He was treated and released. Police said they were looking for the bicyclist on Saturday. No other details were released.?
Because these two articles were both AP releases, they were almost identical. The only noticeable difference was that the Star Tribune referred the man shot as a “motorist,? whereas the Journal Sentinel referred to him as a “driver.?

September 17, 2007

Gunshot Fired Inside Target Center

According to the Pioneer Press, police are looking for a man who allegedly fired a handgun at another spectator in the Target Center stands Saturday night during a mixed-martial arts competition. “Contrary to eyewitness accounts published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, no one was shot or injured during the incident, which happened about 10:45 p.m. during a break between bouts at the ‘World Fighting Championships - Downtown Throwdown.’? The suspect fired one round at the intended victim, while the two men, who knew each other, were fighting in the seating area. “Police have the name of the suspect, who fled the arena after the shooting, Minneapolis police Sgt. Tammy Dietrich said. Officers interviewed the intended victim - a 27-year-old Minneapolis man - at the scene.? A Target Center spokesperson said she is not aware of any shooting ever happening inside the arena in its 17 year history. Saturday’s security included off-duty police officers and in-house security. Bags were checked before spectators entered, however metal detectors were not used. The gunshot delayed the event one half-hour and it ended shortly before midnight.
According to the Star Tribune, after a man dropped to his knees and fell down head first after a gunshot was fired inside Target Center during the World Fighting Championship Downtown Throwdown Saturday night. “It appeared that the man was fleeing when someone shot at him from the concourse Saturday night, causing him to trip and fall down the stairs, Wichern said. Police said no one was injured by gunfire and the gunman fled the scene after the 10:50 p.m. incident. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Tammy Diedrich said the shooting was the first one inside Target Center. "It's always been a safe place," she said. There have been no arrests, although Diedrich said police have identified a suspect but would not say more about that person. The gunman and his intended target knew each other and got into an altercation before the shooting, Diedrich said. Police identified the target as Yarzue Slowon, 27, of Minneapolis. Wichern said there was blood ‘all over’ in the concourse, apparently from that fight.?
The Star Tribune’s account of the event is somewhat confusing to the reader, especially in the lead. The lead doesn’t come out and tell you what exactly happened and it uses quotes in a way to make you believe that someone was actually shot before later stating that no one was hit by the gunshot. The Star Tribune did offer a little more detail than the Pioneer Press did, describing what happened to the intended victim, his name, and the scene of the crime. There is some discrepancy between how long the delay was; a witness saying it was 20 minutes, while a Target Center spokesperson said it was a half-hour. The Pioneer Press had more information regarding the competition, including an interview from one of the (professional) fighters.