This atricle by the Washington Post takes on a different, and quite unique angle on the scandal that has been talked about vigorously these past two weeks. The angle surrounds the Secret Service director, Mark Sullivan, his personality, and how he's handling the situation.

Toward the beginning of the article, it mentions the disposition of Sullivan, which seems unusual to put in an article at all. But reading more of the article, the small details of Sullivan add to the story, showing that he's a respectable man who has to take care of an extremely messy situation. It seems to evoke a sense of pity for him, that he has to bear a heavy burden though he was in no way involved in the scandal.

The same feeling of pity goes on when the article metions that this scandal is the second one that Sullivan has had to fix. The first came from 2009, when two uninvited guests made their way past security to a White House state dinner, where he essentially had to take the blame and spoke in court to try and smooth out the issue.

The many sources in the story help build a good picture of Sullivan's career and reputation. The article also did a good job of balancing Sullivan's successes and failures.

Many drivers can expect to see extra law enforcement throughout the state of Minnesota starting Thursday. Police will be on the look out for distracted driving, including texting, talking on the phone, reading, or anything else that takes a driver's attention off the road.

Distracted driving attributes to about one-quarter of vehicle crashes in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune, with over 200 deaths and nearly 26,000 injuries from 2008 to 2010.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roseke encourages drivers to shut their cell phones off and even suggested passengers do the same or offer to take phone calls for the driver, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Drivers will recieve a ticket if they are found speeding or weaving in and out of traffic, Roseke said, and a fine for driving without due care can cost between $100 and $125, according to the Pioneer Press.


In an effort to celebrate the 100th anniversary of founder Kim Il-Sung, North Korea is claiming they will launch a rocket with an attached sattelite, according to CNN. But South Korea and other countries are under the suspicion that North Korea is planning a nuclear missle test launch.

According to the Washington Post, the South Korean government released evidence that the rocket-launching is, in fact, a missile test. But these kinds of predictions have been made over the past two years, the Washington Post said, and some believe it's simply a political trick.

It could be "red herring election move by conservatives," said one of South Korea's online newspaper headlines.

CNN reports that North Korea had tested nuclear missiles in 2006 and 2009, and if they go through with this launch, it would violate United Nations Security Council resolutions.


Romney takes heat for 'humerous' story

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Mitt Romney finds himself under fire for telling a story about his father that he called "humerous."The Huffington Post reports that Romney told the story during a tele-town hall meeting in Wisconsin. He told of his father, who was president of American Motors, moving his factory from Michigan into Wisconsin, according to the Huffington post. Romeny said that his father moving the company to Wisconsin made it difficult for him to run for governer in Michigan.

While Romeny saw it as a funny anecdote, others didn't take it as lightly. The Huffington Post reported that the outrage spurred from Romney making a joke about layoffs in tough economic times. David Shepardson, the DC beureau chief of the Detroit news tweeted that George Romney's decision to move the Michigan plant "cos[ted] 4,300 workers their jobs," the Huffington Post said.

Romney's spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom tweeted: "You know what's humerous?
Caterwauling from the Dems about Mitt's recall of a campaign story involving his dad. #fakeoutrage," The Huffington Post reported.

But the story didn't stop Romney from winning Wisconsin. The Washington Post reports that Romney beat Santorum, 39 percent to 31 percent.


Analysis: Sourcing in story about Trayvon Martin

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It's clear that this story pitch (about people coming together in North Minneapolis to rally against gun violence) spurred from the controversy that's been in the news lately about a white Florida man shooting a young black boy, claiming it was self defense. Because it was a local newspaper, however, the story was about how the shooting could be used as a tool to speak against gun violence in Minneapolis.

It seems as if the writer tried to find as many sources as possible. Most of the sources in the story were useful and added to the story. Those sources included family members of shooting victims that made headlines locally in the past year. The amount of sources became overwhelming, however, toward the end of the story. The writer named many new sources, and then mentioned an earlier source in the last new paragraph. While it helped propel the story forward, the amount of names included made the article overwhelming to read and difficult to remember all of the names.

The only thing I would have done differently is to leave out a few sources to make the story less confusing. I would have focused on the sources who were friends and family of the victims, instead of vice presidents of organizations and foundations. I also would have used Trayvon's name in the story, instead of referring to him as a young black teen who was shot by a white Florida man. At this point, the story has been reported so many times that anyone paying attention to the news would know the name Trayvon Martin.