Analysis: Records

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Within the Extra Extra section of www.nicar.org, I found a story titled "Are U.S. Border Agents Crossing the Line?". The story was mainly fueled by two different records sources. The Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute is an investigative reporting focused site that drives excellence in the field. This article was written with the help of that site and the "Need to Know" feature that PBS focused on the same topic.

Using these two sites as reference, the investigative report highlights flaws in the way we monitor border patrol in the United States. The reporter linked both sites to his own article to outsource some of the information he gathered for the report. The reporter also only included the most important message from the story to make it ideal for social media use and fast reading.

Totino-Grace High School evacuated after mercury spill

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Totino-Grace students were evacuated from the Fridley school Friday but told to remain on campus after a thermometer was discovered on the floor of a classroom, the Star Tribune said.

A hazardous materials assessment team and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's emergency response team remained on site more than two hours after the school was evacuated.

Students were told to remain on campus, because there appeared to be no health hazard.

Students were told to stay put in case chemicals were found on shoes or other items.

Parents were alerted by phone and e-mail, and the school's website was posting continuous updates.

A University of Minnesota spokesman says school leaders support a legislative proposal that could bring beer sales to the on-campus football stadium, the Star Tribune said.

It would be up to the Board of Regents to decide how to manage any alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium.

A vote could come as soon as Friday to send a bill allowing liquor sales through half-time of collegiate games and during any Minnesota Vikings games held there.

The measure is part of a larger liquor policy bill.

Liquor cannot currently be purchased at the stadium because state law required sales in either one-third of the stadium or not at all.

Shocking rape video goes viral in South Africa

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A cell phone video from South Africa is said to have gone viral Wednesday after a group of Soweto youths filmed themselves raping a 17-year-old girl, CNN said.

The video spread very quickly among school kids in the township south of Johannesburg, and the term #rapevideo was trending on Twitter in South Africa on Wednesday.

The suspects, aged between 14 and 20, were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with kidnapping and rape.

Media reports suggest the police initially failed to open a missing persons case for the girl, but they have since done so.

Legendary women's college basketball coach Pat Summitt announced that she would step down at Tennessee, the Los Angeles Times said.

Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball history, will take the title of 'head coach emeritus' and be replaced by Holly Warlick.

Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset dementia less than a year ago.

Summitt has coached the Lady Vols for 38 seasons, leading the team to eight national championships and 18 Final Four appearances.

She was the NCAA coach of the year seven times.

Illinois couple claims the final Mega Millions prize

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The last of the Mega Millions lottery winners are a married couple from Red Bud, Ill., and they will claim their share in the biggest jackpot in lottery history today, ABC News said.

The couple will appear at a news conference today to have their identity revealed for the first time. Illinois officials require winners to come forward in order to prove to the public that the money is being rewarded.

The other two Mega Millions lottery winners were from Kansas and Maryland, and those states do not require the winner to go public.

The newly-crowned multimillionaires can decide between receiving 26 yearly payments totaling $218.6 million or a one-time lump sum of $157.8 million.

Heroin deaths on the rise in Twin Cities

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Heroin deaths skyrocketed in the Twin Cities last year as the drug grew more popular, potent and deadly, the Star Tribune said.

Deaths caused by heroin in Hennepin, Ramsey and Anoka counties nearly tripled in 2011 compared to the previous year, rising from 16 to 46.

New test results showed that heroin purchased in the Twin Cities is 93.5 percent pure, the highest potency in the nation.

Hennepin County authorities are already on track to surpass the amount of heroin seized last year.

In Hennepin County alone, heroin related deaths rose from eight in 2010 to 21 in 2011.

Police believe the drug to be coming from Mexico, but the high potency of the drug in Minnesota makes it much easier to accidentally overdose.

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigned Tuesday and the company confirmed it is investigating allegations that he engaged in personal misconduct, the Star Tribune said.

Less than two weeks ago, Dunn said that Best Buy will close 50 stores nationwide and lay off thousands of workers.

For three years, Dunn has faced criticism from investors over the sinking stock price and sales. In recent years, the company has been losing market share to Wal-Mart and online competitors.

The company's struggles have led to speculation that Dunn would lose his job. Best Buy's stock fell 6 percent Tuesday.

Sources said that Dunn's personal behavior, not his company's falling fortune, led to his exit.

North Korea's rocket launch ends in failure

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North Korea's long-range rocket launch ended in apparent failure, South Korean officials said, knocking the prestige of the reclusive state that defied pressure to push ahead with the project, Reuters said.

North Korea said it wanted their new rocket to put a weather satellite into orbit, although critics believed it was designed to deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the continental United States.

A spokesman from South Korea said that the rocket had broken up and crashed into the sea a few minutes after launch.

Officials from Japan confirmed the mission failed, while ABC News cited U.S. officials saying there was no immediate indication that the rocket had failed.

This was North Korea's second consecutive failure to get a satellite into orbit.

NCAA accepts Baylor's self-imposed penalties

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The NCAA has announced it will not assess additional penalties to those self-imposed by Baylor University for the more than 1,200 impermissible phone calls and text messages made over a 29-month span, the USA Today said.

The imposed penalties involved the men's and women's basketball teams mainly, but nine programs overall.

The investigation carried out by the NCAA, took more than three years to complete, but was resolved by the summary disposition process rather than a formal hearing.

There will be no appeal, and the case is now complete.

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