April 2012 Archives

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.

Sources:

http://www.startribune.com/local/147591155.html

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20408137/law-enforcement-crack-down-driving-while-texting-and

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.

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/09/world/asia/north-korea-walsh-analysis/index.html?hpt=wo_c1

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/s-korean-government-says-north-preparing-for-third-nuclear-test/2012/04/09/gIQAbucd5S_story.html

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