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February 28, 2009

Press Conference Analysis

Press Release: Gov. Schwarzenegger Takes Action to Address California’s Water Shortage

News Coverage: Sify News, California declares emergency

The reporter from Sify News, crafted the story in order to focus on the fact that California is declaring an emergency because of the drought the state is in. They then took a key quote from the press release and incorporated it into the lead. The article then goes on to say what will happen in March due to the decrease in water and how much it will cost the governor. The author then states the logistics of the water usage decrease, including that rationing may occur. Background on the topic rounds off the article.

The reporter chose to condense the press release into its main points. it appeals to the readers and reads much easier than the actual press release because of its simplicity. It also puts across one main argument for the reader to consume, the fact that there is a sever drought occurring and measures will be taken in order to curb this. There are quite a few basic points that could have been included, but were not necessary for this part of the story to be told.

One thing that I would have included that the Sify article did not include was information about the Department of Water Resources and how they are the ones being directed to take the measures regarding water rationing.

Overall the article gets at the main point, but it could have been written clearer. The lead is not concise, the conclusion is fine because it is fact-based. All in all the article reports main points, but, per usual, the press release contains much more information that could have been included had the reporter wanted to.

Two British tourists die in French Alps

Two British tourists fell down a steep valley to their deaths on a ski resort in the French Alps, police reported Friday.

The two men, 27-year-old Richard Ryan and 28-year-old Christopher Lockwood, went missing after a night out in the Deux Alps resort Wednesday, BBC News reported.

They were reportedly taking a short cut back to their chalet from the bar and fell off of a cliff into the "Black Coombe" ravine near the Deux Alps ski station, BBC News stated.

Fellow skiers told the police that the two men had gone missing on Thursday, but the bodies were not found until Friday, according to French rescuers and reported by Yahoo News.

Settlement offers go to 35W bridge victims

Compensation offers went out to 179 victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse, the StarTribune reported on Saturday.

A total of $36.4 million will be divided between the victims of the bridge which collapsed Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 and injuring 45. They are given until April 16 to decide whether or not to take the state help.

Susan Holden, head of the compensation panel, told StarTribune that if victims sued the state they would be awarded much less because of liability limits.

If victims do accept the settlements, then they waive the right to sue the state, the city of Minneapolis, and the University of Minnesota.

The testimony period ended last month and a three-person panel consisting of Holden, Steve Kirsch and Mike Tewksbury evaluated each victims circumstances, KARE 11 reported.

Holden said that state officials are prepared to cut checks to the victims within a couple weeks if they accept them.

“I don't really see any reasonable alternative but to take it and to take it fast,” attorney Chris Messerly, speaking for a legal coalition representing 117 victims, told StarTribune.

He said that his clients were grateful for the offer.

“A lot of people cried when I called and told them the news,” Messerly told StarTribune. “Something has finally happened that's good for them.”

Media ban on photos of war dead lifted

The Pentagon lifted a long-standing prohibition against the press covering the returning war dead, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday.

The new legislation gives families the choice of allowing or prohibiting news organizations to photograph the caskets of their loved ones when they arrive at Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base, MSNBC reported.

Photographic images have been banned since 1991, and the legislation was strictly enforced through George W. Bush’s administration. This prevented pictures of troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan from appearing in the news.

“My conclusion was, we should not presume to make the decision for the families. We should actually let them make it,” Gates told Los Angeles Times.

Gates has assigned a group of Pentagon officials to work out the details, including the concerns the families have put forth, including what services will be provided for families who want to be present for the return.

“If they are going to open it up to families, do they have the capability of assisting those families?” Joyce Raezer, the executive director of the National Military Family Assn., told Los Angeles Times. “There are lots of unanswered questions.”

This issue had been revisited last year and determined to stay the same. It was revisited only after President Barack Obama said he wanted to revisit it, and Gates launched a new review, MSNBC reported.

“People were all trying to do what was right by the families,” Gates told Los Angeles Times. “It just seemed to me that we ought to let the families make that decision.”

Two teens shot at Southdale Mall

Two teens were shot in what Edina police are calling a gang-related fight at Southdale Mall on Friday.

Two boys, 15 and 18 years old, were shot in the J.C. Penney parking lot outside of the mall just after 6 p.m., Edina Police Chief Mike Siitari told StarTribune.

One was shot in the leg and was not seriously injured while the other was shot in the abdomen and was taken into surgery late Friday night, Siitari told StarTribune. They were both taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

No names or hometowns of the victims were available, and Siitari told StarTribune he was unsure of the condition of the victims.

Four to five shots were fired from a .45 caliber handgun in the clash between rival Hispanic groups, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The shooter ran from the scene, but is believed to be between 15 and 18 years old. Police and mall security officials were reviewing security camera tapes late Friday to gather additional information, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

No arrests have been made and the shooter is still at large. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Tipster in murder case rewarded $18K

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension presented $18,000 Thursday to a woman formerly of Elk River who provided information related to a murder case, StarTribune reported.

In 2000, Angela Hennen provided information about conversations she had with Kent R. Jones to authorities investigating the 1992 murder of Linda Jensen, Star News reported.

This information led to a search warrant of Jones, and concluded that his DNA matched DNA found at the murder scene, StarTribune reported.

The Minnesota State Supreme Court decided to uphold the conviction last summer, which is a life sentence in the state prison in Stillwater, StarTribune reported.

The BCA presented the money after Jones’ appeal to the Supreme Court was concluded and the decision was upheld. Star News

February 22, 2009

Spot and follow Analysis

First story link: Coal-mine explosion in China kills at least 74, StarTribune
Second story link: Rescue efforts ending at northern China coal mine where at least 74 killed in gas explosion, StarTribune

These two stories are concerning the coal-mine explosion in China. The lead in the first story states how rescuers are trying to get the miners to safety, saving as many as possible. It also states the critical information, that it was a coal-mine explosion on Sunday in northern China. The second stories lead states that the rescue efforts have stopped and that the explosion that occurred on Sunday (as it is now Monday in China) has been declared the deadliest in China in over a year. This was a fact that was included in the first story, but not until the very end. It is much more of a wrap-up of what happened instead of the ongoing pursuant that the first stories lead is.

The main news is summarized differently, but it is also structured differently. The first story states what happened, where it happened, how the survivors did not expect it and the straight facts and figures of the people who survived, died and were in the hospital. The second story is much more preoccupied with the aftermath of the event. How the survivors were doing is directly following the lead and right underneath that is a statement about how the explosion occurred is still under investigation. Information about the company that owned the mine was the furthest down in both stories.

The second story advances the news through telling what is currently happening regarding the situation. It speaks of the progress of the people involved and the progress of the investigation. It is not a response to another news corporations coverage, simply an extension of the first story with the newest information included.

Police arrest grandmother in death of 4-year-old

The New York Police Department arrested the grandmother of a 4-year-old on Sunday in connection with the child's death, The New York Times reported.

Police found 4-year-old Kevion Shand unconscious and unresponsive in the apartment of his grandmother, Angela Barksdale. Shand was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Fox News.

Shand died of blunt impact injuries and brain hemorrhaging, according to the Medical Examiner's office and repoted by The New York Times.

Barksdale has been charged with second degree murder, police said and The New York Times reported.

Police received a 911 call from a woman, believed to be Barksdale, at about 6 p.m. Saturday. Once they arrived on scene, they found Shand dead and an 18-month-old boy, believed to be another grandson, unharmed in the apartment.

Barksdale is expected to be arraigned Sunday night or Monday morning. The New York Times

Gas blast kills 74 miners in China

At least 74 people died in a mine explosion in northern China early Sunday, according to Xinhua, a state news agency, The New York Times reported.

The Tunlan Coal Mine in Shanxi Province exploded at 2:17 a.m., when 436 people were reportedly working underground, The New York Times reported.

Rescue workers told Xinhua that 114 miners were hospitalized and six were in critical condition. Dozens were reported to still be trapped within the mine by the StarTribune.

The injured miners suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and death.

The mine, in the city of Gujiao, is run by the Shanxi Coking Coal Group, which is one of China’s largest producers of coking coal, The New York Times reported.

Even though the Shanxi Coking Coal Group had a reputation for safety as no accident had occurred for five years, China’s mining industry is declared the worlds deadliest. About 3,200 miners died in accidents last year, which was 15 percent less than the previous year. StarTribune

Minnesota clerk uses hammer to ward off thief

A Minneapolis store clerk repelled a would-be thief by swinging hammers at him on Thursday, according to a report by KMSP-TV.

Police say a man entered the Bryn Mawr Market at about 8 p.m. wearing a ski mask.

The employee asked the would-be thief to remove the mask and the thief told him that what he was doing was robbing the store, according to police Sgt. Jesse Garcia.

The thief then grabbed for the cash register, but, instead of cooperating, the clerk hit the man once with a hammer. The clerk then threw the hammer at the thief and pulled out a second hammer to chase the man away with.

The would-be thief dropped the cash register and fled by foot.

The clerk only suffered a cut on his arm.

Reported by: St. Paul Pioneer Press and the StarTribune

Montgomery senior living facility catches fire

Residents at a senior living facility were evacuated late Saturday afternoon after the apartments went up in flames in Montgomery, Minn.

The fire forced an evacuation of 43 residents at Park Manor Apartments, Fox Mankato reported. Le Seuer County officials told Fox Mankato that everyone was evacuated.

Three departments of firefighters were called to battle the fire. Witnesses reported that they saw flames and smoke coming from the building, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The residents were taken to the Montgomery City Hall, where assistance by Red Cross was available, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

3 died in central Minnesota crash

Three died in a head-on traffic accident Saturday morning in rural Renville County, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. St. Paul Pioneer Press

A pick-up truck that was following a snowplow went into oncoming traffic and struck a sedan on an icy central Minnesota highway, killing a husband and wife and one of their daughters.

The crash occurred on Hwy. 71 at the boundary of Renville and Kandiyohi counties, just north of Olivia at 11:30 a.m. There were reports of poor visibility because of snow, the StarTribune reported.

Those killed were: Fred Kingstrom, 89, and Ebba Kingstrom, 83, of Sacred Heart, Minn., and daughter Andrea Kingstrom, 44, of Bird Island, Minn., the family told the StarTribune.

Ebba Kingstrom died at the scene, but Fred and Andrea Kingstrom were flown to Hennepin County Medical Center, where they died.

Also in the Kingstroms car was the driver, Mark. F. Kingstrom, 54, of Sacred Heart. He and the pickup driver, Daniel T. Kadlec, 28, of Kandiyohi, Minn., were only slightly hurt, the StarTribune reported.

February 15, 2009

Structure Analysis

News story from the Associated Press:

Plane that crashed near Buffalo was on autopilot
By LARRY NEUMEISTER
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A federal aviation official says the plane that crashed into a house near Buffalo, killing 50 people, was on autopilot when it went down, a violation of airline policy.

Steve Chealander of the National Transportation Safety Board says Colgan Air recommends pilots fly manually in icy conditions. Pilots are required to do so in severe ice.

The pilot of doomed plane reported "significant" ice on his wings and windshield just before crashing Thursday night.

Colgan Air operates a fleet of 51 regional turboprops including Continental Connection, United Express and US Airways Express.

Chealander says the preliminary investigation indicates the autopilot was still on when the plane crashed.


This news story is an example of a spot and follow, but it also has an inverted pyramid structure. The newest and most important information is contained within the lead. A recap of what happened and the new information are all interweaved. Something I may have done differently, though, is to put the fact that “a federal aviation official says? after the newest information, which is that it “was on autopilot when it went down.? This would have brought the readers eye to the most critical information in the beginning; however, it was put within the title so it still flows.

A quick background on when the autopilot feature should be used is next, and the fact that the pilot knew the conditions is vital to the story. The fourth paragraph could be moved to the last paragraph, as it is supportive information but not vital to the story. The last paragraph may be best above the fourth paragraph.

This story does use the inverted pyramid to get the most important and relevant information to the reader quickly and in a short amount of copy, which is the most important.

Man killed by train in St. Paul

A 33-year-old man was killed by a train on St. Paul’s east side Saturday night, police said.

A railroad official notified authorities just after 11 p.m. saying that a mans body was found at the intersection of Bush Avenue and Burr Street, St. Paul police Cmdr. Kevin Casper told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

“They were driving by and saw him lying across the tracks,? Casper told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “They weren't sure if he was injured or dead. When we got there we found him dead and he appeared to have been hit.?

It is not known where the victim was struck and is believed that the victim fell asleep or passed out on the tracks, the StarTribune reported.

The victims name and address have not been released.

February 12, 2009

Earthquakes hit northeastern Indonesia

A powerful series of earthquakes struck near the Talaud Islands north of Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island, officials said on Thursday.

At least 49 people have been injured and the earthquakes damaged about 500 homes and other buildings, Reuters reported.

According to Dr. Arikalang, head of the health ministry in the Talaud region, the damage is concentrated on the islands of Karakelong, Kabaruang, Selebahu and Sangir. This is the northeastern tip of Sulawesi Island, about 1,550 miles from Jakarta, CNN International reported.

The U.S. Geological survey measured the magnitude of the earthquake at 7.2, and said that more than 20 aftershocks with a magnitude of 5.0 or higher followed. Reuters

The full extent of the aftermath is not yet known, but it is estimated that 3,000 people fled the coastal areas to the surrounding hills for safety, Priyadi Kardono, an official with the National Disaster Coordinating Agency, said.

The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency said that no tsunamis were generated, according to CNN International.

Indonesia is situated within the “Ring of Fire? where volcanoes and fault lines make the area privy to earthquakes. Three major tectonic plates collided to form the quakes, Indonesia’s Meteorological and Geophysics Agency said. CNN International

118 cats removed from trailer

St. Anthony police and the humane society removed 118 cats from a St. Anthony mobile home Tuesday.

This is the second animal-hording incident for Stanley and Cheryl Saladis, who housed over 118 cats in their Lowry Grove mobile home. In 2002, 72 cats were taken from their Coon Rapids home, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The St. Anthony police and the humane society were tipped off anonymously, and it took 15 masked workers three hours to clean the home of cats Tuesday.

Three more cats were found Wednesday and up to a dozen more may be hidden within the mounds of dolls and household trash also within the mobile home, the StarTribune reported.

Cheryl Saladis was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center for observation on Tuesday and her husband accompanied her.

The Saladises, who have not been charged, were given 10 days to clean their mobile home, which has been deemed uninhabitable, Police Chief John Ohl told the StarTribune.

The couple had been sleeping among the cats on a mattress in their small kitchen. The Saladises had feces on their clothes and the doors and floors in their 500-square-foot home were rotting from feces and urine.

Two rooms within the house were completely inaccessible, the toilet was not in use and there was no running water, the StarTribune reported.

Experts say it is likely that an incident such as this will happen again.

“If I'm still here in six years, I guarantee I'll be dealing with the Saladises again,? Keith Streff, investigator with the Animal Humane Society, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Streff is compiling a report for the city attorney who may consider misdemeanor animal neglect charges against the Saladises.

Parents lose autism case

A special court ruled Thursday against three families’ case that vaccines may have triggered autism in their children.

The Cedillo, Hazelhurst and Snyder families wanted compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program on the basis that their children did not show autistic symptoms until after they received two vaccines, according to CNN.

A panel of three “special masters? ruled that the parents did not have enough evidence to support their claims.

The case began in 2007 on the basis that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in combination with vaccines with thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury, triggered autism, according to Reuters.

After ruling, Special Master George L. Hastings Jr. wrote that he felt sympathy for the Cedillo family, especially for their daughter, Michelle, but that there was not enough evidence to rule in their favor.

“I must decide this case not on sentiment, but by analyzing the evidence,? Hastings wrote, according to CNN. “In this case the evidence advanced by the petitioners has fallen far short of demonstrating such a link.?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a statement saying it continues to support research to learn more about autistic disorders and that no medical nor scientific community has found anything linking vaccines and autism. CNN

February 10, 2009

$50 million gift for children's hospital

The daughter of a former radiology professor and heart device creator donated $50 million Friday towards the children’s hospital being built at the University of Minnesota.

Caroline Amplatz, daughter of Dr. Kurt Amplatz, pledged the money over 12 years in honor of her father who has over 30 patents for medical devices, Fox 9 reported.

The donation, which is the second largest in the university’s history, will be named the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in recognition of the donation, the StarTribune reported.

The hospitals estimated cost is $275 million, with $175 million secured in bonds and $100 million to be raised through philanthropy. Amplatz’s gift filled half of the remaining gap, the StarTribune reported.

“My hope is that the Amplatz Children’s Hospital will follow in my father's footsteps with steadfast and unrelenting determination to improve and save lives,? Carolin Amplatz said to Fox 9. “I know that by embracing this history, the new pediatric hospital will be the best in the world.?

The hospital began construction last summer and is scheduled to open in mid-2011.

February 8, 2009

Attribution Analysis

There are two sources used within this story. First, the Los Angeles police department and then the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The Los Angeles police department is the most reputable and applicable source of the two. The information from the police department is scattered throughout the story, but is also the main newsworthy part. This information contains the actual facts that compose the story line. The article states the police department as a whole; however, it also says that an “LAPD spokeswoman denied further comment,? showing that the reporter did try to get a statement from an individual person.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences released a statement referring to Chris Brown’s girlfriend, Rihanna. This is only applicable because of the status of the two singers. It is not the main newsworthy information; however, it does make it seem as though Rihanna was the woman who was assaulted. This source is only used in a small way, clustered in the center of the story.

The attribution is effective in the set-up of this story. The reader is notified right away that police were the ones who knew and relayed the information. In this story, it is not confusing because of how many times the LAPD is referred to. One other point is that the reporter did try to notify representatives for the two people within the story. This gives the perception of trying to tell the most accurate story possible because of the attempt at receiving a formal statement.

The story is below and also found online here.

Chris Brown investigated for Grammy-day assault
By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Top-selling R&B singer Chris Brown was under investigation for attacking an unidentified woman after an argument early on Sunday morning, hours before he was scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards, police said.

The 19-year-old R&B star, who was scheduled to perform his hit single "Forever" at the Grammys at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, was accused of attacking the woman after an argument in his car, Los Angeles police said.

Police declined to name the woman who made the domestic violence complaint against Brown. Brown has been romantically linked to pop singer Rihanna.

Rihanna had also been scheduled to perform at the Grammys, but canceled shortly before the show was scheduled to begin, according to a statement released by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

"We have just been informed that Rihanna will not be attending tonight's 51st Annual Grammy Awards. We're sorry she is unable to join us," the academy said in a brief statement that did not offer any further explanation.

Representatives for Brown and Rihanna, 20, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police said Brown and the woman got into an argument while sitting in a parked car in the city's Hancock Park neighborhood at around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.

"After stopping his car, Brown and the woman got out and the argument escalated," the Los Angeles police Department said. "The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."

The LAPD received a 911 call reporting the disturbance and according to the statement, when officers arrived they found the victim, but Brown had already left the scene.

An LAPD spokeswoman declined further comment.

Brown, who released his first album in 2005 at the age of 16, the self-titled "Chris Brown," topped the charts with his hit single "Run it."

Barbados-born Rihanna has already logged four Number 1 singles since breaking onto the charts in 2005.
She won a 2007 Grammy Award for her single "Umbrella," a collaboration with the rapper Jay-Z, and had been scheduled to perform her latest hit, "Disturbia," on Sunday night.

(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Three found dead in murder-suicide

Two men and one woman died in an apparent murder-suicide at an apartment in Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Saturday.

Miguel Ruiz, 55, reported as a jealous lover by New York Daily News, went into Debra Silvers apartment and shot her and her boyfriend, Daniel Tedlie, 57.

Silvers was shot once in the head and once in the torso while Tedlie was shot once in the torso, Fox News reported.

Ruiz was found sitting in a chair with a 9-mm. handgun in his lap and gunshot wound to the side of his head, New York Daily News reported.

Neighbors told the New York Daily News that they heard loud noises inside the eighth floor apartment around 8 p.m. Friday.

Silvers was cooking dinner for Tedlie when Ruiz arrived. Police reported that the oven was still on when they arrived.

Fires in Australia kill 14

Fourteen people died and up to 40 are presumed dead as one of the worst fires in history blazed across southern Australia Saturday. Guardian

Due to a heat wave, tinder-dry leaves and strong winds, more than 40 blazes across the southern state of Victoria and neighboring New South Wales started, according to The New York Times.

Six people were killed in their escape car at Kinglake, while four deaths were reported near Wandong, three at Strathewen and one in Clonbinane.

Meanwhile, firefighters were trying to put out flames on 10 different fronts. Arsonists are believed to be responsible for some of the blazes, the Guardian reported.

"This is an absolute tragedy for the state and we believe the figure may even get worse," Kiernan Walshe, state deputy police commissioner, told The New York Times.

This is the worst fire in Australia since a wildfire on what is called Ash Wednesday in 1983 where 75 died. The New York Times

February 7, 2009

Minnesota-made movie to premiere

A movie made in Minnesota is set to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas in March.

"Four Boxes," written and directed by Wyatt McDill, is the story of three suburban youth who watch a creep named Havoc on the website fourboxes.tv. It is described as "'Rear Window' on the Internet" by the South by Southwest website.

The thriller was shot in Rosemount in November 2007 and stars Justin Kirk of Showtime's "Weeds," Sam Rosen of "Breaking Upwards," and Terryn Westbrook of David Lynch's Inland Empire, the StarTribune reported.

The South by Southwest film festival takes place March 13-21. StarTribune

February 6, 2009

Unemployment rate highest in 17 years

The U.S. economy lost 598,000 jobs in January, making the current unemployment the highest since 1992, the Washington Post reported.

Jobs have been cut at a pace of 500,000 per month for the last three months, and economists do not expect the economy to begin bouncing back until July at the earliest, The New York Times reported.

There has also been a decline in job hunters, which is yet another signal of economic weakness. Currently 11.6 million people are out of work. The Washington Post

President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass the economic stimulus package as this news hit.

“The situation could not be more serious. These numbers demand action,? Obama said. “It is inexcusable and irresponsible for any of us to get bogged down in distraction and delay and politics as usual while millions of Americans are being put out of work. It is time for Congress to act.?

Last month was the largest one month job loss since December of 1974. Washington Post

Tainted peanut products sent to schools

Schools in three states received potentially contaminated peanut products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.

California, Idaho and Minnesota schools were sent roasted peanuts and peanut butter that may have been contaminated with salmonella from the beginning of 2007 to the end of 2008, according to CNN.

The Peanut Corporation of America produced and sent 32 truckloads of peanut products to the schools even after tests results for traces of salmonella bacteria came back positive 12 times, The New York Times reported.

The Agriculture Department, which provides 20 percent of the total amount of food served in schools, bought the products from PCA.

Christine Dufour, spokeswoman for Minnesota, told The New York Times that 197 schools in the state had been sent the peanuts from PCA. Any products still on shelves are being removed, tested and destroyed.

After discovering tainted products from PCA, the U.S. government recalled peanut products dating back to July 1, 2008, and recently expanded that until Jan. 1, 2008. PCA has been suspended for at least one year.

Contaminated peanut products have been linked to 500 illnesses nationwide and eight deaths, CNN reported.

February 1, 2009

Man threatens Obama, Mall of America

A 20-year-old Colorado man surrendered after being indicted of threatening to kill President Obama and blowing up the Mall of America through e-mails, Thursday.

Timothy Ryan Gutierrez of Cortez, Colo. sent an e-mail to the FBI writing “I'm going to assassinate the new president of the United States of America. PS you have 48 hours to stop it from happening,? according to StarTribune.

Another e-mail was sent regarding the Mall of America in which Gutierrez wrote “I have rigged 40 pounds of C4, He and my favorite, TNT, to 7 cars outside the Mall of America,? according to Fox 9.

The FBI investigated the threats immediately and Gutierrez was held without bail at FBI’s office in Durango. (StarTribune)

Gutierrez is charged with one count each of “transmission in interstate commerce of threats? and “transmission of threats in interstate commerce to use explosives,? according to Fox 9.

Google glitch causes error messages

Google Inc.’s internet search service had a glitch in service for an hour Saturday morning due to human error. (The Wall Street Journal)

According to The Official Google Blog, an incorrect function was applied to a list of websites which may install harmful software onto user’s servers.

During a routine update, the incorrect function was applied to indicate that all websites were harmful, causing a box saying “This site may harm your computer? to pop up.

Error messages appeared between 6:27 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and began disappearing between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m., making a service disruption for approximately 40 minutes. The error was reversed by an on-call site reliability team. (The Official Google Blog)

Mr. Gabriel Stricker, a Google spokesperson, told The New York Times, “Our Web search is extremely reliable, and that’s why when an interruption occurs, even if it’s for a matter of minutes, for a Saturday morning, people notice it.?

Lead Analysis

“Record-breaking Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps issued an apology on Sunday after a British newspaper published a photograph purportedly showing him smoking marijuana.? (Reuters)

This Reuters news lead is straightforward and covers the essential information, the who, what, when, where and why in one sentence.

The who is illuminated in this lead because of Michael Phelps’ popularity. Stating that he is a “record-breaking Olympic swimmer? sets him apart from everyone else. The what is that he issued an apology and the when is on Sunday. The where is undefined, yet it is an issued apology and the story first appeared in a British newspaper. However, the where is almost irrelevant because once the apology is issued, then it is for use by media organizations around the world. The why is because a newspaper published a photograph in which Phelps was smoking marijuana.

Similar to the where being undefined, the how is also unclear. It is known that there is photographic evidence of the incident, but the photographer is not named, nor is the exact location of where the marijuana is smoked stated in the lead or in the article itself.

In this lead, the reporter is not stating an opinion to the story. The reporter is simply stating the newsworthy items within the story in order to relay the facts.

St. Paul man shot while defending cousin

A St. Paul man died while trying to help his cousin during a robbery attempt Saturday.

Police responded to an attempted robbery and shooting at the Legion’s Attucks-Brooks Post at 976 Concordia Ave. at 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

Jeffery Lament Logan, 44, had stepped in as his cousin was being robbed at the American Legion in St. Paul’s Summit-University neighborhood. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Witnesses told StarTribune that they saw a vehicle take off and after a brief police chase, a car crashed into a planter at Laurel Ave. and St. Albans. Three men were arrested on suspicion of homicide: Ronald Hill, 20, Elson Marc Williamson, 28, Henry Marcello Reed, 27.

Paramedics took Logan to St. Paul’s Regions Hospital and where he was pronounced dead. Logan was the third homicide victim this year. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

100 dead from explosion in Kenya

Over 100 died in an overturned gasoline tanker explosion Saturday, according to Kenyan officials.

Villagers started stealing fuel into plastic cans once the overturn occurred and Kenyan police were trying to stop the looters when one lit a match and threw it into the spilt gasoline, causing an explosion.

At least 113 people died and another 178 were severely burned, the Kenyan Red Cross told The New York Times.

The burn victims were overcrowding nearby hospitals in a report by StarTribune.

“They were lying there, saying, 'Give me aid, please call someone,'" Joseph Rotich, Molo resident told StarTribune. “I am so sad, so sad. When they heard this lorry had fuel, they came to get the fuel because it was free.?

The tanker overturned around 7 p.m. near the town of Molo in Rift Valley.

Three die in Wisconsin plane crash

Three people died in a single-engine plane crash in western Wisconsin Friday night, according to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

The plane, headed to New Richmond from Sheboygan, went down at 9:45 p.m. near 770 Ave. and Highway 25, about 70 miles east of Minneapolis. (StarTribune)

The private aircraft was registered to Laurence “Larry? Berg of Houlton, Wis., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Berg, along with wife Vicki and family friend Brett Weller were the victims in the accident. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Jim Silliman, Air Safety Investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, expects a preliminary report next week.

“We are doing wreckage documentation and a diagram of the wreckage site," Silliman said to StarTribune. "The impact and going through the ravine and woods did create significant structural damage to the aircraft.?