November 5, 2009

Men & Women Use Social Media Differently

When thinking about the great expansion of social media, I was left with a few questions: Do men and women use social media in the same way? Do men find the same enjoyment in it that women do? Who uses it more?

I discovered that there is a difference in the way that men and women approach social media and the reasons for why they use it. According to the website for the Neiman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, more women than men use many popular social networks. 57 percent of women use Twitter, 57 percent of women use Facebook, and 55 percent of women use Flickr. Also, women now represent nearly two-thirds of MySpace.

I found some of these statistics fascinating because I had no idea that women represent a larger number of the online social network than men. After seeing the numbers, I wondered why this is. According to an article on, entitled "In Social Media, Women Rule," ladies like to chat, share intimate details of their lives and keep in touch with friends they haven't seen in person since grade school. Men don't have time for such social frivolity. The article also states that of the last remaining young people on Facebook, men are the remaining holdouts because they think it is a time suck or a forum for oversharing.

Although I know exactly why I use social media, I have never taken the time to try to understand why men do. It is surprising to find out that all of the reasons why I use social media may be entirely different for men. Although I may use Facebook, for example, to write a funny comment on my roommate's wall or post photos of the previous weekend, I am curious if men use Facebook in the same way. And if so, do they find the same enjoyment in it?

December 7, 2008

Ship carrying 122 passengers is adrift In Antarctica reports Thursday that a cruise ship carrying 122 people is adrift and taking on water after hitting the ground Thursday in the Antarctic but is in no danger of sinking, the Argentine Navy said.
The artlicle says that the ship named Ushuaia, with 89 passengers and 33 Argentine crew members, sent out an alarm around midday after it suffered two cracks and started leaking fuel and taking on water.
A Chilean Navy ship was on its way to help the Ushuaia and rescue its passengers, and was expected to arrive Friday morning.
"The ship is stable for the moment. No one has suffered any injuries and the situation on board is under control," the ship's captain, Jorge Aldegueri, told Todo Noticias. He declined to confirm the cause of the accident pending an investigation.
The ship was stuck near Wilhelmina Bay, on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
According to the article, "it is not the first cruise ship to have trouble recently in the Antarctica, which has seen a surge in tourist visits."

Obama lays out plan to pick up the economy

The Star Tribune reports Saturday that President-elect Barack Obama promised the largest public works construction program since the creation of the interstate highway system.
The article says that he is seeking to put together a plan to resuscitate the reeling economy.
With no end to the recession in sight, Obama began highlighting elements of the economic recovery program he is trying to fashion with congressional leaders. He hopes to get this moving shortly after he is sworn in on Jan. 20.
Obama is looking to expand the definition of traditional work programs for the middle class, such as infrastructure projects to repair roads and bridges.
He also wants to push a federal effort to bring in new-era jobs in technology and so-called green jobs.
"We need action -- and action now," Obama said in the Democrats' weekly address Saturday.
Obama and his team are working with congressional leaders to devise a spending package that some have suggested could total somewhere between $400 billion to $700 billion.
According to the article, "a big part of that will be public works spending, particularly on projects aimed at conserving or expanding energy supplies and cleaning up the environment."

Two groups shot at each other outside the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club

The Star Tribune reports Saturday that a man was shot and killed and a youth injured in an altercation outside a north Minneapolis youth center Friday.
According to inspector Mike Martin of the Minneapolis Police Department, the victim, a man in his late 40s, was outside the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club, 2410 Irving Av. N., when a fight broke out between two groups of young men at 4:20 p.m.
Martin said that shots were fired, striking the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The article goes on to say that a juvenile male who was also shot was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he was in critical but stable condition. His wound was not considered life-threatening.
Martin said it was unclear whether the man was part of the altercation or a bystander who was was trying to break up the fight.
Although the dispute does not appear to be drug-related, ipolice say that t is possible that it is gang-related. They are looking into it.
Marlene Wright, vice president of marketing and communications at the Boys & Girls Club, said club officials were still trying to piece together details of the shooting.
Wright also said there had been no similar incidents of violence.
"Our purpose and the reason we have these clubs in these neighborhoods is so kids have a place to go, a place to get off the streets and a safe place to be productive," she said. "This is exactly what we don't ever want to see happen. It's unfortunate."

November 30, 2008

Two men shot at in Minneapolis drive-by

The Star Tribune reports Sunday that two men were shot at in a drive-by attack early Saturday morning.
This is the second shooting death on the 1400 block of Dowling Avenue within three days.
Broken glass, a nearby homeowner's crushed vehicle and a trail of blood were all that remained of Saturday's shooting by mid-morning.
According to the article, an SUV carrying two men was stopped at the intersection of Fremont and Dowling Avenues about 3 a.m. when another car pulled up and someone fired several shots.
Police spokesperson Sgt. Jesse Garcia said the car with the wounded men continued west for about two blocks before it crashed into a parked car and a house on Dowling Avenue.
One of the people in the car died at the scene, and the other was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and is expected to survive.
Neither of the victim's names have been relieased.

Iowa deploys laser plows for more efficient snow removal

USA Today reports Sunday that Iowa state officials are excited about their recent efforts to plow snow with some laser-guided help.
The article reports that the Iowa Department of Transportation has installed a specially designed laser device on a half-dozen snowplow trucks statewide.
The technology of the snowplows is designed to more precisely remove snow.
According to the article, "State officials said it's an effort to eliminate damage typically caused by traditional wing plows, which can bump into mailboxes, signposts, bridge abutments and other obstructions."
Mark Turkal, a veteran Department of Transportation snowplow driver, has tried the new technology and said it's a big help and allows him to plow right on the edge of a curb without being worried.
"I know that I am not going to tear off my wing or hit a sign or anything," said Turkal.
The technology works by using a laser gear, which is located above the truck cab. The laser shoots a beam about 60 feet ahead of the truck's wing plow, alerting the driver the precise location of the blade as it clears snow on the road.

Pirates fire shots at Oceania cruise ship

USA Today reports Sunday that a cruise ship in the Gulf of Aden was fired at by pirates today, and was packed with hundreds of American vacationers.
According to the article, "the 11-deck-high Oceania Nautica, one of the cruise industry's highest rated vessels, ultimately was able to out run the attackers, who approached on two small skiffs."
No one was injured in the incident.
Tim Rubacky, who is a spokesperson for Oceania, said the Nautica, in the midst of a 32-night cruise from Rome to Singapore, was sailing full with 684 passengers and 400 crew on board at the time of the incident.
"One of the skiffs did manage to close the range to approximately 300 yards and fired eight rifle shots in the direction of the vessel before trailing off," Rubacky says. The ship was undamaged.
The article says that cruise lines try avoid pirate hot spots, and the ones that sail through the region long have relied on the speediness of their ships as a prime defense against pirate attacks.

November 23, 2008

Fallen policde officers honored in Blue Light Holiday Ceremony

The Star Tribune reports Friday that the holiday season was kicked off by the Minnesota Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors with their annual Blue Light Holiday Ceremony on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.
The article says that the ceremony began Friday at 6:30 p.m. and featured blue lights, music and appearances by family members of fallen Lino Lakes officer Shawn Silvera and fallen Minneapolis Park Police officer Mark Bedard. State Sen. Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester, and Gretchen O'Neil and Paul Gertsen, who are representing Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), also attended the event, which promotes Project Blue Light during the holidays.
The Anoka County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard and many law enforcement officers attended the ceremony near the Peace Officers Memorial.
The ceremony is a way for the community to come together and remember the police officers of Minnesota that were killed.
According to the article, "Project Blue Light is held as a visual display of support and gratitude for men and women who serve as peacekeepers in the community."

November 21, 2008

Iraqi troops donate money to U.S. wildfire victims reports Friday that, according to the U.S. military, a group of Iraqi soldiers has donated $500 to help with the victims of the recent California wildfires.
Iraqi Col. Abbas Fadhil at the Besmaya range complex south of Baghdad says his troops want to send a message to the American people with the donation that "we are a family."
A handful of wildfires raged through Southern California earlier this month. The blazes damaged or destroyed about 1,000 homes.
News spread of these fires, and Iraq is showing their support.
This is not the first time the Iraqi soldiers have sent a donation in support of the Americans. The military says it's the fourth donation sent by the Iraqis to Americans hit by tragedy.
According to a statement Thursday, they also raised $1,500 for victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike and donated $500 to the National Sept. 11 Memorial.

Average gasoline price falls below $2, which is the cheapest it's been since 2005 reports Friday that the average price of gasoline in the United States has fallen below $2, which is the lowest it has been since March 2005, the Department of Energy and AAA say.
The article says that the price for regular unleaded gasoline went down for the ninth week in a row, falling to $1.989 a gallon Friday.
Also, according to the article, the AAA travel club says that thirty states have gasoline prices that average under $2 a gallon.
Although consumers all across the nation are content with the falling gas prices, which is putting extra money in their pockets, there is concern some drivers may return to their gas-guzzling vehicles.
The lowered prices of gasoline prove to be a good thing for consumers, but the effects on the environment should also be considered.
Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman said he was aware that many people are arguing that a high "variable tax" should be put on U.S. gasoline to prevent falling pump prices from encouraging Americans to drive more while making alternative fuels less attractive. reports that such a tax hike "would be very tough to pass," Bingaman said. "I don't think something like that has much prospect of being enacted in my honest opinion."
Also, Americans pay an 18.4-cent federal tax on each gallon of gasoline they buy, plus another 29 cents on average in combined state and local taxes.

November 16, 2008

Gaza City in darkness as Israel halts fuel shipments reports Thursday that residents of Gaza City were without power after the Israeli military halted some fuel shipments because of ongoing attacks on Israel, Palestinian sources said.
The article states that, "Palestinians shop by the light of a gas lamp amid electricity shortages in Gaza City on Thursday."
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides assistance to Gaza City's people, said it was forced to suspend deliveries of fuel and humanitarian relief because Israel closed its border crossings with Gaza.
There are escalating hostilities on the Gaza-Israeli border. Earlier in the day, the Israeli military said it would not allow 30 truckloads of fuel and humanitarian supplies to enter the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory because of the ongoing rocket fire and security threats at border crossings, Defense Ministry spokesman Peter Lerner said.
Those truckloads included European Union-funded fuel for Gaza's sole power plant, which Palestinians said would be shut later in the day.
The shipments had been scheduled to cross into Gaza early Thursday, and Lerner said future deliveries will also be postponed because of terrorist threats to the crossings.
Tensions began when Israeli troops entered Gaza last week to blow up an underground tunnel from Gaza to Israel that the military believed was going to be used by militants to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
This incident set off a wave of fighting and attacks that killed 10 Palestinian gunmen.

New U Stadium discussing selling alcohol in luxury seating

The Star Tribune reports that there is talk of the new U stadium selling alchol to those with more expensive seating.
The article states that President Robert Bruininks is recommending that the university apply for a state liquor license to sell alcohol in four areas of luxury seating at the new TCF Bank Stadium.
The rest of the fans would not be allowed to purchase beer, wine or liquor, and this includes the student section.
At the Metrodome, students who are 21 years old can buy beer because football games are held off-campus. According to the article, "the only place the U allows alcohol sales is at Northrop Auditorium, an exemption that passed in 1999 despite some opposition."
The NCAA discourages schools from selling alcohol at games, but other schools, such as the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin, allow alcohol sales in their exclusive seating.
According to the spokesman Daniel Wolter, the policy "provides a good balance by providing adequate controls on alcohol consumption, while also enabling us to make these more attractive venues."
The Board of Regents will review the request today and could take action in December.
The Star Tribune reports that the three other U facilities -- Williams Arena, Mariucci Arena and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum -- will likely be the lesser-known beneficiaries of the vote.

Wildfires are causing Californians to flee reports Sunday that residents of Southern California were urged to leave their homes today due to wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and blanketed the region in smoke, despite calming winds.
The article reports that fires burned in Los Angeles County, Riverside and Orange counties, in Santa Barbara County, and has affected more than 800 homes since Thursday.
According to the article, no deaths have been reported, but police brought in trained dogs Sunday morning to search the rubble of a mobile home park where nearly 500 homes were destroyed.
"This has been a very tough few days for the people of Southern California," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said after touring damage.
Fire officials ordered 1,400 more residents to evacuate Sunday morning. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said 26,500 people remained under evacuation orders for that fire alone.
A 3-square-mile fire began in the upscale Santa Barbara County community of Montecito on Thursday night, and was contained by Sunday morning. County spokesman William Boyer said that 130 homes burned in the city of Santa Barbara and that 80 burned in adjacent Montecito.
At least half of the 5,400 evacuees had been allowed to return home by Saturday night, and at least 25 people were injured in that fire.

November 9, 2008

Fight breaks out between Monks at Christian holy site

USA Today reports Sunday from Jerusalem that Israeli police had to rush into one of Christianity's holiest churches Sunday to arrest two clergyman after an argument between monks erupted into a brawl next to the site of Jesus' tomb.
According to the article, the clash broke out between Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is revered as the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
The fight began as Armenian clergymen marched in an annual procession commemorating the 4th-century discovery of the cross believed to have been used to crucify Jesus.
The article reports that, "It ended with the arrival of dozens of riot policemen who separated the sides, seizing a bearded Armenian monk in a red-and-pink robe and a black-clad Greek Orthodox monk with a bloody gash on his forehead."
Both monks were taken away in handcuffs.
The six Christian sects that divide control of the ancient church regularly fight over turf and influence, and Israeli police are occasionally forced to intervene.
The feud revolves around a demand by the Greek Orthodox to post a monk inside the Edicule — the ancient structure built on what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus — during the Armenian procession. The Armenians refused, and when they tried to march the Greek Orthodox monks blocked their way.
"We were keeping resistance so that the procession could not pass through ... and establish a right that they don't have," said a young Greek Orthodox monk with a cut next to his left eye.
The article states that after the brawl, the church was crowded with Israeli police holding assault rifles and equipped with riot gear.
The feud is only one of a bewildering array of rivalries among churchmen in the Holy Sepulcher, and there is likely to be disputes similar to this in the future.

Dodge Center father called 'person of interest' in killings

The Star Tribune reports Sunday that a 33-year-old Dodge Center man is the person of interest in the killings of a mother and son. The incident that left three other family members hospitalized.
Dodge County Sheriff Gary Thompson identified them Sunday morning as 12-year-old Ismael Nicholas Bugarin and 27-year-old Teresa Bugarin. Authorities say that the boy was stabbed, and the mother's cause of death has not been released.
The article reports that two younger siblings involved in the case were taken to a Rochester hospital by ambulance Saturday night for treatment of knife wounds. Their conditions have not been released.
The man who is the person of interest was not immediately arrested, and he was flown to a Rochester hospital where he remained Sunday.
According to Thompson, the stabbings at the Valley View Mobile Home Park were domestic. He said everyone involved had been accounted for, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension would investigate the case.