February 2012 Archives

Analyzing Multimedia Options

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In analyzing the Star Tribune and NBA.com, I found both websites with videos as multimedia options. In the Star Tribune, the videos are briefly described with a title and link to full news article. This complements the news stories by adding a visual to the written article when clicking on the link or on to the video. The characteristic of the writing that accompanies the videos on this site are similar those of standard news articles.

On the NBA.com website, the videos are geared more towards viewers who want to see highlights of games and top plays and not read articles. You can click to links under the videos that constantly change that will take you to the article related to the video. The writings that accompany the videos on this website are blog-like and a little less informal than news story writing. If you click on the link to the story, the news articles there resemble more characteristics of news writing.

Kevin Durant wins MVP of the All-Star game

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As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Sunday evening the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 152-149 in the 2012 All-Star game. The Amway Center hosted the star studded game, including MVP Kevin Durant after scoring 36 points and leading the West to a great victory.

Along with Kevin Durant's accomplishments, this game also went into the history record books as Kobe Bryant surpassed a record previously held by Michael Jordan for most points scored in All-Star games, according to the Huffington Post.

Vikings' negotiate to TCF Bank stadium

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CBS News reports vice president Lester Bagley said Tuesday that officials are focusing on putting the new football facility at the current Metrodome site while negotiations take place.

They also report Bagley said the team has reached an "agreement in principle" with the University of Minnesota to use the TCF Bank Stadium during the reconstruction of the Vikings' facility.

According to ESPN, Bagley also said the agreement would add 3,000 temporary seats to the 50,000-seat stadium.

Bridge closing disrupts traffic on Hiawatha

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The bicycle and pedestrian bridge that crosses Hiawatha Ave in Minneapolis was closed for repairs after a cable support broke and caused a set of cables to fail, as reported by the Duluth News Tribune.

The stretch of road was closed Monday and that prompted the suspension of the Hiawatha light rail at three rail stations. Riders are being rerouted to buses to avoid the area around the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge, as reported by the Twin Cities Business Journal.

Settlement talks delay BP civil trials

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the civil trial over the oil spill disaster was delayed and rescheduled for Monday morning in a New Orleans federal court. The delay resumes so BP PLC and lawyers for business and individuals suing BP can continue talks.

Lawyers representing about 120,000 businesses and individuals have been given more time to work out an out-of-court agreement. Business Week reported the lawsuits against BP and its partners include pollution claims by federal and state governments and consolidated cases brought by thousands of commercial fishermen, seafood processors, property owners and tourism-related businesses harmed by the spill.

If a deal isn't reached, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier will determine if companies are responsible for punitive damages to thousands of businesses and fines to the government.

Suicide bomb in Nigerian church kills 3 people

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JOS, Nigeria -- The BBC reported that a suicide bomber smashed his car through gates and into a packed church Sunday. Witnesses say the bomber killed a woman in the process. The detonation of the bomb killed a father and his child.

According to the New York Times, the car bomber killed three and injured 38 people in Jos, Nigeria, where many people have been killed due to ethnic and religious violence.

It is also reported that spokesperson Abul Qada of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Church in Christ morning service.

Analyzing the Spot/Follow

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In this analysis I will compare two articles written by Boston.com on the NYPD monitoring Muslim students closely.

The leads are the same except detail added to the second article about the University of Pennsylvania and attribution was added.

The layout and fact-block like structure in both articles are the same. Two of the paragraphs are exactly the same. However, in the second story additional fact blocks were added in between paragraphs highlighting more detail about the police investigation of the students and how they were followed. The second is noticeably longer as well.

The second day seems to have more attribution from several sources so that shapes the follow making it full of information from everywhere the reporters could pull, to compete with other news sources covering this story.

First story: Boston.com

Second story: Boston.com

Kevin Durant scores career high against Denver Nuggets

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In Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder's small forward, lead their team to a victory by scoring a career high 51 points.

Assisting in the dynamic win over Denver, Durant's 51 points were accompanied by Russell Westbrook scoring 40 points and Serge Ibaka with his first career triple-double, including 11 blocks, reported by the Miami Herald.

According to NBA.com, Durant walked over to his mother and gave her a kiss and a hug at the sound of the final horn.

Minneapolis elects first female bishop

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Pastor Ann Svennungsen was recently elected as the first female bishop in Minnesota to lead the nation's largest Lutheran synod, according to WCCO. Svennungsen is currently an interim college pastor at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

The Pioneer Press reports the election comes as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Lutherans are working to overcome declining membership and attract ethnic minorities to the faith.

It is also reported that the other pastor up for election was Kelly Chatman, a black man.

Minneapolis coach involved in shooting is sentenced

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Paul Hill, 45, was sentenced to six months in the Hennepin County workhouse and probation after pleading guilty to second-degree assault, as reported by the Star Tribune.

The incident happened last September outside of the YWCA on Lake Street in Minneapolis when Hill fired a gun at another player's dad after an argument and shoving match, according to a criminal complaint.

WCCO reports after the confrontation, Hill drove away then returned with a pistol and drove up to Patrick Adams, alleged second party involved in the argument with Hill, in the parking lot and said, I've got something for you." Hill then fired one shot from his vehicle.

3 Skiers died in Washington Avalanche

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STEVENS PASS, Wash. -- The New York Daily News reports three skiers died after an avalanche in Washington Sunday after a popular ski resort received heavy snow in the area.

According to USA Today, the avalanche swept four skiers about a quarter-mile down an out of bounds canyon, and the fourth skier was saved by a safety device, authorities said.

It was reported that the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center issued a warning for high avalanche danger for areas above 5,000 feet because warm weather could loosen surface snow and cause slides.

Riot in Mexican prison leaves 44 dead

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MEXICO CITY - According to the Wall Street Journal, officials say one of the deadliest prison riots due to warring drug cartels killed 44 inmates Sunday.

Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman Jorge Domene told the Atlanta Journal Constitution the riot started at 2:00 a.m., and may have been staged as a cover for a prison break.

Domene told reporters while counting the dead, officials discovered some prisoners missing.

The fight was reportedly between two cell blocks, each containing 750 prisoners. Investigators are now looking into if the two cell blocks housed members of two well-known rival cartels, Gulf and Zeta.

The progression of the story is written as lead/summary in the first paragraph, details about Houston's body and details about the autopsy in the second paragraph, what investigators said about how she was found in the third, information about the family mourning in the fifth, and the story continues with facts about the late singer, her battles with drugs, and lastly, a quote.

This was an effective organization of the facts of the story because the information was grouped in paragraphs of relevance and each paragraph after the main, detail oriented ones, gave another fact and piece to the story as it became important.

It could have been done differently with smaller paragraphs to help the reader digest the information but it may be assumed if you choose to get your news from the New York Times, that you are able to digest large amounts of information like the paragraphs in this story.

Source: New York Times

Whitney Houston, pop icon and superstar, dies at 48

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The music world was shocked to hear the titan of the pop charts, Whitney Houston passed away Saturday in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton.

The LA Times reports Kirsten Foster, a publicist, announced Houston's death Saturday, and police sources later confirmed that she was found unresponsive in her hotel room around 3:30 p.m.

She was reportedly rehearsing for the Pre-Grammy award party hosted by Clive Davis, that evening, at which, she was scheduled to perform.

The New York Times
reported that paramedics spent nearly 20 minutes trying to revive her, said authorities.

There were no signs of foul play, authorities said. The cause of death is still under investigation as they await toxicology tests.

Minneapolis City Council voted to oppose Gay marriage amendment

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A unanimous vote in the city council Friday opposed the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages in Minnesota.

The council passes a resolution voicing the city's opposition to the proposed amendment and urged citizens to vote no on the amendment in November, said The Minnesota Daily according to a release from the city.

WCCO CBS News reported the city of Minneapolis became the first city in the state to approve a domestic partnership registry in 1991 and since then, around 160 same-sex couples register their relationship.

Minneapolis hotel shooting leaves one man dead

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According to the Hennepin County medical examiner, 33-year-old Jeremy Robert Shannon was the victim of multiple gunshot wounds early Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in a room at the Millennium Hotel, downtown on Nicollet Ave, said The Star Tribune.

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty told reporters Shannon was pronounced dead at the scene and there were several witnesses. The suspect was seen shortly after the shooting, fleeing across the street to the Hyatt hotel and was arrested without incident, McCarty said.

The Pioneer Press reports according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's roster, suspect Brian Vincent Griffin, 33, was being held without bail awaiting murder charges.

ABC News online reports, according to the Associated Press, the winning jackpot for a lottery drawn on Saturday was purchased in Rhode Island. The winning jackpot totaled $336.4 million.

The unidentified millionaire has yet to claim his winnings. USA Today reports in order to win, the player had to match all of Saturday's five numbers and the Powerball number.

The jackpot recently doubled from $173.5 million on Feb. 1 due to rising sales.

Image of Nelson Mandela on South African Banknotes

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In celebration of the 22nd anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, his image will appear on the new currency in South Africa.

Mandela, 93, was released from prison in 1990 after spending 27 years for protesting the apartheid.

President Jacob Zuma at the Reserve Bank headquarters was quoted by The Hindu saying, "On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, it is my honor and pleasure to announce that the new South African bank notes will bear the image of President Mandela, the President of a free, democratic South Africa."

The Wall Street Journal reports the South African bank notes are issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 rand, and all will include the image of Nelson Mandela.

Attribution Analysis

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Looking at the story by the New York Times, four sources were used: Newt Gingrich speaking at NBC's "Meet the Press," Ryan Williams, a spokesperson for Romney, Eric Fehrnstrom, a top Romney adviser, and Rick Santorum, speaking on "Fox News Sunday."

Each source is spread out in the story, in order. The information in this story is from people's statements in various interviews. The rest of the information is not attributed because it is common knowledge about the election and caucuses. The reporter sets up the attributions by citing exact quotes. It is effective because it is very clear who said what and how it was attributed. I wasn't confused by this article and its attribution at all. I thought this method was clear for the type of story that was reported.

Don Cornelius, creator of 'Soul Train' Dies at 75

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Don Cornelius, a television host responsible for introducing black music and culture to American television was found dead at his home in Los Angeles.

Creator of one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history, Cornelius introduced the nation to various black musicians and artist back in the 1970s and 80s, reported by the New York Times.

Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner, Ed Winter, told the New York Times that police officers found Cornelius's body in the floor of his house at 4 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the head after responding to a reported shooting.

The Los Angeles Times reports the early evidence suggests he died of a self-inflicting gunshot wound, although authorities stress that the death remains under investigation.

Minneapolis Towing Company license may be revoked

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Cedar Towing recently received a letter from the city of possible license revocation after multiple city code violations, the Star Tribune reports.

The letter reportedly gives Cedar Towing two options: to close its business, allowing city council to if license revocation or refusal to renew should take place, or opt for a hearing with an administrative law judge.

Police spokesman told the newspaper the largest tow operation in Minneapolis was investigated by police last year over allegation of overcharging vehicle owners. The investigation concluded last month and the Hennepin County attorney's office decided against prosecution.

KAALtv.com reports that sources at the Minneapolis Department of Licensing and Departmental Services say the towing company over-charged vehicle owners own the following four main fronts: towing vehicles and charging improper storage fees of 2,645 vehicles for $71,743, charging improper administrative fees on 267 towed vehicles for $6,675, charging improper credit card fees on292 towed vehicles for $4,380, and issuing unauthorized private parking tickets on 75 towed vehicles for $5,626.

Minneapolis City Official planning to retire

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City coordinator Steve Bosacker asked Mayor RT Ryback to not re-appoint his job position he has held since 2006, reports MinnPost.

Bosacker has worked for the city since 2004, and as city coordinator, oversaw the 18 city departments establish businesses and supervised six management departments. Bosacker has received much praise for implementing such programs,

The Star Tribune reports Bosacker, 51, has already sold his condominium in January and plans to take a year long journey abroad. His last day will be in March.

After a leave of absence from pastoring due to a divorce and other issues, Bishop Eddie Long returns to the pulpit of New Birth Missionary Baptist church in Georgia.

Desert News reported in September of 2010, Long was accused of sexual misconduct by former church members. The case was later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Shortly after, his wife filed for divorce.

As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Long returned to preaching during the church's New Year's Eve service and will continue weekly.

19 Americans included in criminal charges filed by Egypt

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CAIRO -- A nongovernmental organization, or NGO, that employed 19 Americans and several other employees, is currently on trial for charges involving receiving foreign funds illegally and involvement in banned activities, reported by the Miami Herald.

All defendants involved in this highly-publicized case could face a travel ban that would prevent them from leaving Egypt

The New York Times reports that the investigation could jeopardize the annual $1.55 billion expected in American aid this year, including $1.3 billion to the military.
It is also reported that U.S. Congress requires the State Department to certify that Egypt is making progress toward democracy before aid is released, which includes respect to civil society groups under investigation.

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