December 2011 Archives

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A season meant for giving ends up being the season for doing just the opposite.

Early morning on Thursday Dec. 2, $1,000 worth of gifts was stolen from The Family Partnership located in North Minneapolis, according to Kare 11's Dave Berggren. All gifts were donated by citizens in the area and were intended to be holiday presents for low-income families.

"Obviously they were unwrapping some of them in order to see what was in there -to see if it was worth it," Annie Lewis from non-profit organization, said.

This is simply a balance between the gracious act of donation with the selfish act of theft, similar to the recent issue regarding the thieving of delivered packages from the post office, UPS, Fed-X, etc., that had been placed on a consumer's door-step.

Cyber Safety During Online Purchases

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A recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation revealed results showing that the average person will do 36 percent of his or her shopping via the internet, Kare 11's Diana Pierce reported.

Dan Hendrickson from the Better Business Bureau recommended some tips to avoid fraud and bogus purchases, and general habits consumers should embrace during the holiday season, provided by Kare 11.

Be cautious about sites that display quality graphics and low deals; "If it is too good to be true -it is, and you want to get out of there fast," Hendrickson said.

In addition, avoiding general search terms in search engines, and using common, known retail outlets to search for gifts will ensure safety. Also, check the privacy statements, look for the security lock during the act of a purchase made online, and always take note of the confirmation number that should be provided after a purchase.

On behalf of all consumers during the season of giving, keeping up to date with statements and balances, and avoid fishing : an email that claims to be from the credit card company and requests an account number due to an error during the online purchase.

Know consumers' rights; "After 30 days of an order online, you have the right to cancel and demand a refund," Hendrickson said.

Small Piece of American History Discovered

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World War Two documents that were recently discovered are authentic and honored by one may whose obtained them from the previous garage that they were stored.

Peter Linton Smith reporting for Fox 9 News interviewed John Bolander about the film, photos, and diary that Bolander shared in order to reflect on a significant part of American history.

"Today kids aren't getting the education that maybe I got, or even people a bit older than I did," Bolander said. "So, we can give them ten minutes of education on American history."

The various items from Dec. 7th, 1941 had been documented by Clyde Daughtry. Daughtry was assigned to the U.S.S. Argon along battleship row at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor.

Daughtry wrote about the sound of explosions and the need to document the first time the United States was attacked -through the lens of his camera.

"Bolander has been collecting small pieces of World War Two history for years," Reporter Smith said. "But this discovery may be one of the last first-hand accounts of that day," provided by Fox News.

Maple Grove Teacher's Experiment Disaster

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A methanol experiment conducted by a science teacher went south after four students were injured; three are in satisfactory condition, while one student remains at the Hennepin County Medical Center for further examination, according to CBS News in Minnesota.

This morning at Maple Grove Jr. High Dane Neuberger, 15, was rushed to the HCMC after his ninth-grade science teacher, Mr. Matt Anchor, had to tackle him with a fire blanket to subdue the flames when he caught on fire.

"I started screaming and he was on me fast to put the fire out and my shirt and face were on fire," Neuberger said, according to CBS News.

Though the sprinkler system and fire alarms didn't go off, police and fire units showed in an attempt to vent the classroom in order for the rest of the school to continue for the remainder of the day. The students in the science class were excused from school due to tragic incident.

"Thinking back, I can't even remember what happened," Neuberger said. "It was like I was in a video game or something."

Maple Grove Teacher's Experiment Explodes

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A methanol experiment conducted by a science teacher went south after four students got injured; three are satisfactory condition, while one student remains at the Hennepin County Medical Center for further examination, according to CBS News in Minnesota.

This morning at Maple Grove Jr. High emergency officials rushed Dane Neuberger, 15, to the HCMC after his ninth-grade science teacher, Mr. Matt Anchor, had to tackle him with a fire blanket to subdue the flames.

"I started screaming and he was on me fast to put the fire out and my shirt and face were on fire," Neuberger said, according to CBS News.

Though the sprinkler system and fire alarms didn't go off, police and fire units showed in an attempt to vent the classroom in order for the rest of the school to continue for the remainder of the day. The students in the science class were excused from school due to tragic incident.

"Thinking back, I can't even remember what happened," Dane Neuberger said. "It was like I was in a video game or something."

Abercrombie & Fitch Ad Controversy

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Abercrombie & Fitch have been marketing clothes to children and teenagers through provocative photos for years, but have they gone too far?

Kare 11 reporters asked opinions from citizens and John Marinovich, CEO of AB Group One Brand marketing agency, about Abercrombie & Fitch's most recent provocative ad - This is not the first investigation taken place surrounding Abercrombie & Fitch's marketing tactics.

"You can market clothes and sell clothes without being edgy," one man told Kare 11 reporters; provided by Kare 11.

Abercrombie & Fitch marketing schemes have always contained lots of skin and scandalous poses, but Kare 11 anchor Julie Nelson explains that it is the placement of two individuals that results in the portrayal that the act is actually going to take place.

"It is controversy, John says, that gets people talking, reporters writing, and kids shopping," Karla Hult reported. "This type of buzz -talk value- is huge for this brand," CEO Marinovich said.

Abercrombie and Fitch have always maintained steady sales and have an ever-growing global presence in the international retail market.

"John says that picture wouldn't get a second look in other countries, but we in the United States, he says, tend to be a bit more puritanical" Hult reported, provided by Kare 11.

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