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April 26, 2009

Analysis on records

This story discusses the recent outages that have been occurring to the street lights in Detroit. The records that were used were the number of street lights that are in the city, the lights that were reported being out, and the number of people who are in maintenance team. The computer skills that are needed include knowing how to look up public records, and putting up links.

Story: http://www.ire.org/extraextra/government-federalstatelocal/streetlight-outages-plague-detroit/

Students riot in Dinkytown

Hundreds of University of Minnesota students were met by police Saturday when a party turned into a riot, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Over 500 students crowed the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Seventh Street Southeast in celebration of the university's annual Spring Jam event.

Residents told the Daily that the parties began as early as 9 a.m. Large crowds started to gather around 7 p.m., and police were called to the area about that time.

It was reported that the crowd through bottles at the police, who were all dressed in full riot gear. Anti-riot tactics were used to disperse the crowd. The police did not leave the area until around 1:00 a.m., Sunday.

The Daily reported that seven people were arrested, and no serious injuries were reported.

The Minnesota Daily: http://www.mndaily.com/2009/04/26/students-riot-dinkytown?page=2&US||||||||||=

U.S. to start informal meetings with Cuba

The United States will start having informal meetings with Cuba said White House and State Department officials, reported The New York Times.

Obama visited with Latin American leaders earlier this month, and he mentioned that Raul Castro, leader of Cuba, was interested in starting talks.

The Times reported that the informal meetings between state Department and Cuban diplomats in the United States would determine if formal meetings can be started,

Some of the topics that could be discussed include drug trafficking, security matters, and migration. What also could be discussed is if the 47-year-old trade embargo on Cuba can be lifted.

The article discussed how other Latin American countries look at the situation in Cuba to determine how committed the United States is to that region.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/world/americas/27cuba.html?ref=world

April 22, 2009

Bill Could Cap Tuition Increases at U and MnSCU

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill that would use money from the federal stimulus package to cap tuition at Minnesota schools, the Pioneer Press reports.

The bill was passed 86-46, and it would cap tuition at the University of Minnesota at $300, and 2 percent at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

A few other measures were passed along with the bill. All the schools would have to institute hiring and wage freezes; no human cloning would be allowed at the schools; and TCF Bank Stadium would need a liqueur license for the whole stadium or none at all.

The story also stated that the Senate had passed a different version of the bill, but they had higher caps on the tuition increase.

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_12203665

Emergency Contraceptive now available for 17-year-olds

The morning-after contraceptive pills are now available to 17-year-olds without a doctors prescription, reported The New York Times.

This controversial decision came Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

Plan-B is the name of the drug, and it comes in the form of two pills. If it is taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse it can prevent conception.

The Times stated that the drug has been widely available since 2006 to women aged 18, but it had no real effect on the number of teen pregnancies and abortion rates.

Judge Edward R. Korman of the Federal District Court in New York was the catalysis in the move. He ruled that the past policy enacted by the Bush administration was driven by politics not science. The New York Times said that Korman gave the FDA 30 days to drop the age down one year.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/health/23fda.html?_r=1&hp

April 21, 2009

Teen struck by car in St. Paul

A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured early Sunday morning when he was struck by car, reported the Pioneer Press.

The story said that a passerby found the boy near the intersection of University Avenue and Ardundel Street.

He is currently in critical condition at Regions Hospital, said Peter Panos, a police spokesperson. The story added that boy speaks Karen, and that police had difficulties talking to him.

The Pioneer Press earlier had reported that the boy had been beaten, but police later confirmed that he had been hit by a car.

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_12193001

April 19, 2009

Mauer maybe nearing his return to the Twins

Joe Mauer is expected to play at a intrasquad spring training game Sunday, in his first step to returning to the team, the Pioneer Press reported.

Mauer has not played a game all year after lower back problems forced the Twins to put him on the disabled list.

The Twins plan on giving Mauer about 50 at bats over the next week to test his health, the Pioneer Press said.

It was reported that if Mauer shows that he is healthy, he will be able to return to the team by May 1st.

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/ci_12179253

Fire at Xcel plant in Bayport

A fire broke out at the main conveyor belt that feeds coal to the Xcel plant in Bayport, the Pioneer Press reported.

Tom Hoen, the Xcel spokesman, said that the fire started at 2:35, and 45 firefighters reported to the blaze. Firefighters from Stillwater and Hudson assisted in the fire the Pioneer Press said.

The assistant Bayport fire chief, Matt Bell, said that the fire was contained by 4 p.m.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, and the plant will stay close for at least 24 hours.

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_12175119

Man shot and killed in Hopkins

24-year-old man was shot and killed early Sunday at a White Castle in Hopkins, reported the Pioneer Press.

The story said that police were called to 1111 Cambridge Street at 2 a.m., and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The police said that two suspects were seen fleeing the scene after the shooting. They have not been identified.

The Pioneer Press reported that before the shooting there was a verbal altercation between the victim and the suspects.

It was reported that it was the first homicide in Hopkins in eight years.

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/ci_12178766?source=most_viewed

Bush returns from four day trip in Latin America

President Obama returned from a four day trip in Latin America, and he defended the accusations of him being too cozy with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, reported The New York Times.

Obama said that he was being polite, and was not undercutting the United States' strategic plans.

Republicans including, John Ensign of Nevada, accused Obama of being too soft on Chavez. It was reported that Chavez did agree to send the first ambassador to the United States.

The story reported that the trip included a summit meeting of the leaders in the Western Hemisphere.

Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, reportedly confronted Obama, saying that the United States was trying to assassinate him. The story said that Obama refuted this by saying that the United States will not forcefully remove democratically elected leaders.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/world/americas/20prexy.html?hp

U.S. Journalist Sentenced to 8 years in prison by Iran

Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American Journalist, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for spying on Iran for the United States, reported The New York Times.

That information was given to The Times Saturday by Saberi's lawyer. The story stated that the trial started Monday. and it was conducted behind closed doors.

Several different officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told the times that they are disappointed by Iran's decision.

Saberi's lawyer said that they will appeal the sentence. The Times reported that Saberi was arrested in January for buying alcohol, and she was charged with reporting without press credentials.

With the Obama Administration hinting that they want to negotiate with Iran about their nuclear program, this complicates matters.

According to the story Saberi had been living in Iran for six years.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/world/middleeast/19iran.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=Iran&st=cse

April 11, 2009

Analysis on diversity

A story by The New York Times discussed how strict immigration laws are driving away foreign engineers and entrepreneurs. The main focus was how companies in the Silicon Valley rely heavily on immigrants for their engineering talent and new ideas. There is a lot of substance in the story. It was created by the inclusion of a "main character" in the story to concentrate on.

Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/business/12immig.html?_r=1&hp

Man charged in Adenhart crash

A 22-year-old man was charged with three counts of murder and drunken driving in a traffic that killed a Los Angeles Angels pitcher and two others, reported ESPN.

Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, could face from 55 years to life if convicted, said Tony Rackauckas the Orange County District Attorney.

Nick Adenhart, a 22-year-old Angels pitcher, was traveling in car with three other people when it was struck by a drunken driver. Adenhart died later in the hospital, while Henry Pearson, 25, and Jon Wilhite, 24, died at the scene. Both were of Manhattan Beach. The other passenger, Jon Wilhite, is in critical but stable condition.

ESPN said that Gallo's blood alcohol was more than three times the legal limit. They also reported that Gallo had been charged with drunken driving in the past.

ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4059869

Man charged with DWI after wild ride on lawnmower

A 42-year-old man was charged Friday after he drove his lawnmower to a store drunk and urinated in public, reported the Star Tribune.

Darwin L. Christensen of Hutchinson took a trip to a Super America to buy some beer and weaved his way home. A witness said that Christensen stopped on his way home to urinate on the side of the road.

The man was charged Friday for drunken driving and public urination said the Strib.

Police told the Star Tribune that theyconfronted Christensen after he got home from the ride. There he confessed to the accusations and blew a 0.21 during the breath test.

The Tribune said that Christensen has plead guilty four times to DWI and has a long history with the law.

Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/local/42821062.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUZ

April 8, 2009

Teen arrested in Burnsville double stabbing

An 18-year-old Egan teen was arrested in connection to a double stabbing involving a 35-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, reported the Pioneer Press.

Both victims were stabbed at their Burnsville townhouse late Tuesday night reported the Pioneer Press.

Police Sgt. Dan Carlson said that police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Riverwood Drive at midnight. He added that the man was stabbed in the back while the woman was stabbed in the neck. Carlson said that both victims were bought to the Hennepin County Medical Center, and they both have potentially life threatening injuries.

The Pioneer Press said that the teen was arrested and is currently in custody at the Dakota County Jail and is awaiting charges.

The names of the suspects were not included in the story because they were not released by the sheriff's office.

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/ci_12097304?source=most_viewed

Teaching shortage possible with more retirements

In the coming years an exodus of retiring teachers could create a shortage of teachers, said a report by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, reported The New York Times,

The report said that in the next four years one third of the 3.2 million teachers in the United States could retire. This could create a shortage of teachers and strain the retirement system, that is funded by taxpayers.

Teachers are retiring earlier, trading paychecks for retirement payments, and the slow influx of teachers does not help the situation. The report said that a third of new teachers leave the profession after five years.

Restructuring schools and having older teachers mentor new teachers to help them transition into teaching, is the main fix that is presented in the report,

The Times said that a similar report was issued in 1999 by the Education Department, and the issues never came to fruition. The Times interview Micheal Podgursky , a professor at the University of Missouri, who studies teacher retirement. He said that the parts of the report are exaggerated.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/education/07teacher.html?em

U.S. crew attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia

A cargo ship manned by 20 Americans was taken over by pirates on Wednesday, and there are conflicting reports into whether the crew has taken back the ship, The New York Times reports.

The U.S., Navy told The New York Times that the ship was taken at 7:30 a.m., local time off the coast of Somalia.

Maersk Alabama, the ship, was heading to the port city of Mombasa, Kenya, carrying supplies for the World Food Program, The New York Times reported.

A Pentagon official, who did not give his name, told The Times that they believe that the crew took back the ship from the pirates. Another military official told The Times that the crew may have one of the pirates while the pirates have the ship's captain.

Pirating has become a major problem off the coast of Somalia, with the 50 pirate attacks already this year. The New York Times reported that figure, and they also said that numerous international navies are patrolling the Gulf of Aden. This area is between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

The Times reported that the presence of navies around that area have pushed the pirates farther out into open water.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/world/africa/09pirates.html?_r=1&hp

April 5, 2009

Analysis on number use

In a story reporting Antoine Winfield's recent contract negotiations numbers are used a few times. The numbers are used to describe Winfield's current contract, the Viking's past salary cap numbers, and their current salary cap numbers. The numbers are not overwhelming and they do a good job describing what is going on. In the story there was very little number crunching involved, just straight numbers. The numbers are public information and the sources were not given specifically in the story.

Story: http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_12074121

Winfield and Vikings Set To Talk About New Contract

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield and his agent have negotiations moving along for a new contract but his agent is unsure if Winfield will attend the offseason workout program. (Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported this)

Winfield is in his final year of his six-year 35 million dollar contract. The 32-year-old Pro Bowler is considered one of top corners in the game.

His agent Ashanti Webb told both papers that negotiations are heating up but did not give any further details.

Winfield returns from spring vacation with his family Sunday night, and his agent is unsure if Winfield will be attend the teams offseason workout program that starts Monday.

Cedric Griffin, the Vikings starting right cornerback, recently received a contract extension from the Vikings.

Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/42484232.html?elr=KArksUUUU

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_12074121

Fargo Schools Starting Monday

Fargo students will be returning to classes this Monday, after a record flood forced the majority of the residents to flee the area, the Star Tribune reported.

The record 42.82 crest on March 28 was the climax to the sandbagging people from all over the region did. Schools have been closed for nearly two weeks.

The sandbagging and flooded roads has forced bus routes to change to avoid the trouble spots.

Even with the current flood over the National Weather Service predicted that a second flood could occur in mid-April, and it could be higher then the last flood.

Rick Buresh, superintendent of Fargo public schools told the Star Tribune that the missed school time will not affect final tests and graduation plans.

Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/local/42499032.html?page=1&c=y

University of St. Thomas Student Missing

A University of St. Thomas student went missing early Sunday while walking on the Mississippi River Boulevard, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported.

Daniel Zamlen, 18, was talking to a friend on the phone and the phone went dead around 3 a.m. A friend of Zamlen told the Star Tribune that Zamlen was heading to the University of Minnesota to meet up with some friends. Police believe that he disappeared around St. Clair Avenue.

Police have not yet started a full on search citing that Zamlen is an adult and he may not want to be found yet. Friends and family have been searching the area in which Zamlen disappeared.

Both papers reported that Zamlen has diabetes and wears an insulin pump.

Zamlen is 6 feet tall 175 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans.

Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/42498757.html?page=2&c=y

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_12078105?nclick_check=1

Bankruptcy for G,M, and Chrysler Possible

The Chief Executive Officer of General Motors said that bankruptcy is "more probable" now that the Obama administration rejected their restructuring plans, the New York Times and MSNBC reported.

On Monday Obama gave G.M., 60 days to come up with a better plan, and 30 days for Chrysler to partner with Fiat.

The new C.E.O., of G.M., Frederick A. Henderson, said that if a new plan is not created the company with have to file for bankruptcy protection.

Henderson said that he wants to avoid this, and G.M., will continue closing factories and offering buyouts to employees. With sales down 51 percent in January and February those cost cutting measures have been a way to stay away from total collapse.

To build customer confidence G.M., introduced G.M., Total Confidence. This allows customers who lost their jobs to have their monthly payments covered for up to $500 by G.M. Ford introduced a similar program called the Ford Advantage Plan.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/business/06talk.html?_r=1&dbk

MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29972325/