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December 3, 2007

Playoffs are a possiblity for the Vikings

After beating Detriot thisweekend, the playoffs are now a real possiblity for the Vikings, according to a Star Tribune.

The Vikings have won four of their past five games, getting closer to a .500 record.

"We're going to go for the jugular here, right now. It's lietting us know that we can't be complacent," said Darren Sharper, a veteran safety for the team.

The Vikings have faced obstacles from the NFC tiebreaker system, but now after their third consecutive victory they really have a chance to make the playoffs.

Man found dead in a Charred Fuel Oil Tank

A missing refinery worker was found dead in a charred fuel oil tank Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.

NIcholas Gunter, 29 was found dead a day-and-a-half after the 10,000-barrel tank he was workin on exploded and caught fire.

He was most likely checking gauges on top of the tank when the explosion occured at the Marathon Petroleum Co. site in St. Paul Park, said Robert Calmus, the company spokesman.

The refinrery processes crude oil from Canada adn the United States into gasoline, disel, fuel oil, jet fuel, kerosene, propane and asphalt.

November 19, 2007

UND trying to hold on to its Fighting Sioux nickname

The Sioux Indians may lose their fight to get UND to change their mascot, according to the Star Tribune.

The Indians are caught in a Catch-22 where they'll be made the bad guy if they don't comply with the Universities wishes, according to Clay Jenkinson, the Theodore Roosevelt scholar in residence at Dickinson (N.D.) State University said.

"It [is] outrageous to make North Dakota's Indians bear the burden of settling a controversy they didn't create, about a nickname that appropriates their culture without their consent,"Jenkinson said.

November 11, 2007

Vikings lose to Packers

Packers beat the Vikings in a 34-0 victory Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.

One of the main reasons the Packers have been so successful is due to their starting quarterback Brett Favre, said Ron Wolfe the Green Bay Packers general manager.

Since Favre was traded from the Falcons to the Packers in 1991, the Vikings have been through 14 starting quarterbacks.

"He's just a great football player," Wolf said. "What makes him so great is he loves to play."

November 4, 2007

Gopher's lose homecoming game

The Minnesota Gopher football team lost to Illinois 17-44, according to the Star Tribune.

This year the Gopher football team has not won many games, but their defeat this weekend, homecoming weekend, was incredibly upsetting.

46,604 gopher fan's came to the homecoming game. Coach Tim Brewster said the team's defense had made improvements; however, the events of the game showed differently.

The Gopher's allowed the Illini's, Brewsters alma mater, 655 yards total throughout the game.

By the end of the game the stands were near empty.

October 28, 2007

Pawlenty Plans to See Melting Ice Caps

By Christine O'Donnell

A famed Minnesotan explorer plans to take Governor Pawlenty to see the melting ice caps of the Artic, according to the Star Tribune.

Explorer Will Steger sets off for the northernmost tip of the Canadian Arctic in the spring. His first journey to the North Pole was completed on a dog sled in 1986. This time he plans to take Governor Pawlenty with him.

Steger wants to increase awareness about global warming and hopes bringing the governor will help. If Pawlenty decides to go it could boost his national standing as a candidate for Vice President.

Pawlenty has not confirmed the trip, but Steger plans to leave on the 1,500 mile journey by dog-sled in March.

October 22, 2007

Analysis: Brooklyn Park Residents Stall City Action

By Christine O'Donnell,

"Met Council is requiring the cities to build thousands of units while residents worry about crime, property values," according to the Star Tribune.

Journalist Lora Pabst wrote a story in Fridays paper about the 200 Brooklyn Park residents that held a community meeting this month in response to the cities plan to build a luxury apartment complex.

The complex would include 20 percent affordable housing units. Residents are concerned that this will change the neighborhoods structure. For example the crime rate, the traffic and school system.

City officials decided to slow the process and a study is to be conducted to see how building "high-density residential complexes" will affect their city.

The Metropolitan Council has told Brooklyn Park along with several other cities in their district that they must build thousands of affordable housing units by the year 2020.

Jeff Lunde, a City Council member told me in an interview that he thinks "the cities need to work together," in reference to building thousands of new housing units by 2020. In Pabst's article, he says that he 'wants to make sure other cities are meeting their assigned number of units from the Met Council so one city isn't overburdened. He is also quoted saying " It's a shared burden or opportunity, however you look at it."

Lunde felt that he was correctly quoted in Pabst's article and that overall she did a great job reporting the story.

Hannah Montana in Minneapolis!

By Christine O'Donnell

Miley Cyrus/ Hannah Montana performed in Minneapolis Sunday night.

According to the Star Tribune, 14,000 fans attended the concert.

Destiny Hope "Miley" Cyrus is the Actress/ Singer's full name according to Wikipedia.org. She plays an average 14-year-old girl who has a rockstar alter ego on the Disney Channel.

The concert was sold out seconds after the tickest went on sale, so parents had to resort to buying them off scalpers or a ticket broker website.

Ticket scalping became legal state-wide in August.

the ticket's face value was $64 or less, but some people paid $1000 for them.


October 8, 2007

Analysis: Attorney General sues Sprint.

by Christine O'Donnell,

Pioneer Press, writer Debra O'Connell took a feature-story approach when reporting about the Attorney General suing the Sprint-Nextel Corportation.
"Virtually everytime [customer's] sneeze, they get two years stuck on their Sprint wireless contract."

She's right! According to the civil complaint "when consumers made small changes to their phone service, such as adding extra minutes or purchasing a new phone" their contracts were extended for up to two years. This was done without providing "adequate notice or meaningful consent" to the consumer, buy Sprint/Nextel. O'Connor also includes that adding a family member and changing a battery, would extend the consumer's contract, which she found in the civil complaint.

The price for the early termination of one phone's contract is $200, according to both the complaint and the article.
This and the latter are all the information O'Connor found out from the complaint.


O'Connor used outside sources to fill out the rest of her article.
She writes that other wireless companies have been know to extend contracts, but this one has been singled out because the number of customer complaints was huge.
The violated consumer, David Peterson, who objected to the $800 early termination fee Sprint/Nextel was charging, she quoted is not listed in the complaint.

She then lists some tips about cell phone contracts and the attorney general's phone number. So anyone else who feels like they may have been violated by Sprint/Nextel can contact Attorney General Lori Swanson.
Her office number is: 651-296-3353.

Her story was accurate, and much more clear and comprehensive compared to the civil complaint.

September 26, 2007

Hate Crime in Anoka

A 6 by 10 foot cross was burned into the lawn of a black family's home Tuesday night, according to the Star Tribune.

At 6:45 a.m. a man of the house in the 3900 block of 10th Lane called police after he saw his lawn.

September 24, 2007

12-year-old girl clings to life.

Vernice Hall, 12, was shot in the head after she left a party early Saturday, according to the Pioneer Press.

She is in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. Part of her skull had to be removed because of brain swelling and bleeding.

The Hall's were having a party with just music and dancing. There were about 45 guests. The festivities ended just before midnight on Friday, according to the Star Tribune.

Witnesses told Vernice's Father that they saw four young men get out of a truck and shoot at people from behind a fence. Police confirmed that the shots came from about a block away, but have not arrested anyone.

Vernice was walking down the block with her friend to say goodbye when she got shot. Her 14-year-old brother threw himself on top of her. Now, he won't talk about the experience with anyone, Vernice's older sister said.

Another boy was shot in the foot late Saturday night, and police have not arrested any suspects.

I find it interesting that this story has not received more attention from Minneapolis news sources for a couple reasons. One, it happened, so close to home and two, publicizing that there are young men or women out on the streets with guns shooting at people is important.


COPS ANALYSIS:


The identity of the South Minneapolis man, who was stabbed to death, was released in the Star Tribune Sunday.
Everett D Laye, 28, was arguing with a woman in a vehicle sitting outside the 2600 block of Longfellow Avenue S. Wednesday night when she stabbed him, according to the Star Tribune.
After the incident the woman ran north on Longfellow, authorities said, according to the Star Tribune. Laye was pronounced dead at the scene and no arrests have been made. Which means an ICR is the only public document to be tracked down.

The incident report (ICR) is more specific about where and when the stabbing took place. It occurred on 2611 Longfellow AV S at 11:50 p.m. and lasted until 12:01 p.m..
The report is vague in description of the event saying the victim was stabbed in the chest by an unknown female after a verbal argument. The report recommends further investigation.
The report lists four witnesses, an owner, and two other’s. I’m not sure what the person listed as owner is an owner too. I assume the vehicle, but I’m not sure. I’m also not sure what “other? means. I assume it means other witnesses.
The article is more comprehensive and clear about the incident, but the ICR does offer more about the specifics. The facts written in both documents are in agreement and I assume accurate.

September 17, 2007

Minivan crashes into Light-rail

A minivan crashed into the Hiawatha Light-rail in Minneapolis Sunday.

No one was seriously injured, including the passangers on the train.

The accident happened around 4 p.m.. The train was traveling north on 54th Street between the 50th Street/Minnehaha Park and VA Medical Center rail stationson when a minivan turned onto the track, according to the Pioneer Press.

According to the Star Tribune, Bob GIbbons, spokesperson for Metrotransit didn't think that that intersection was a dangerous place.
The driver, a 77-year-old man, was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center for observation.

The light-rail shut down for about one hour.

This is not the first accident the light rail has had. There have been a number of them over the years. Perhaps the transit should install more gardrails to protect other incidents from occuring.