October 2012 Archives


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I compared the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. They are both well-known newspapers.

It looks like the New York Times publishes different stories almost every minute. Sometimes the news they publish is still in progress and the writer only writes one paragraph about it, which in my opinion leaves the reader without enough information about what is happening.

On the other hand, Los Angeles Times also publishes stories very often, but they wait until they have more information than just a paragraph or a lead. Although the New York Times might have more stories I think Los Angeles Times does a better job in publishing what they have.

Finally, I didn't notice much difference in the way the reporters write in each newspaper. Actually both newspapers have a very similar type of writing that they all write exactly the same. They use the martini glass technique I have been taught in class.

Minnesota vs. Perdue

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Freshmen Philip Nelson safe the Gophers from being beaten by the Perdue Boilermakers, reported the StarTribune.

Nelson had an amazing first-half passing statistics, he completed 15 of 17 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. This Minnesotan, finished 15-for-22, reported the StarTribune.

The Gophers, who lost their first three Big Ten games. Showed this Saturday that they are capable of beating some of the top teams in the conference, reported Minnesota Daily.

Nelson said to the Minnesota Daily "We noticed that Purdue, their corners would like to bite on some short-game stuff" "We put in some double-routes and we caught them jumping early."

Nelson also credited his teammates after the victory, reported the StarTribune. "It's a team game, and everybody did their job today and that makes me look good, but all credit to them. The offensive line did a tremendous job again. The receivers executed their routes perfectly."

The Minnesota Daily reported the Gophers next game will be against University of Michigan. The Gophers haven't beat the Michigan since 2005.

Hurricane Sandy

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Sandy is the storm that has already taken nearly two- dozen lives in the Caribbean. But now meteorologists said it could impact the east of the United Sates, reported CNN.

Sandy is getting a lot of power and it could double threat into a "superstorm" that could sit over New England for days, reported CNN.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been assisting the East Coast, with supplies such as water food, and blankets reported Boston News.

Boston Police William Evans reported to Boston News, "The city of Boston has been gearing up for this for several days," "Based on past storms, our main concerns are power wires coming down and trees blocking roads."

James Franklin of the National Hurricane Center, reported to CNN, "The large size of the system and its slow motion will mean a long-lasting event with two to three days of impacts."

Lil Wayne

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Lil Waye was release from the hospital after suffering what at first was thought as a seizure-like incident, reported the usmagazine.

The rapper also thanked his fans that were praying fro him while he was in the hospital with a severe migraine and dehydration, reported the StarTribune.

According to the usmagazine, 30- year-old rapper was hospitalized Oct. 25 in Texas.

The StarTribune reported that Wayne tweeted he was feeling "good," said Wayne and "thankx for all the prayers!"

The rapper is currently working on a follow-up to his last album, "Tha Carter IV," call I Am Not a Human Being II, reported the StarTribune and the usmagazine.

Silvio Berlusconi

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 76, was sentence to four years in prison because of tax fraud, reported Latimes.

According to Latimes, Berlusconi will certainly appeal. Sarah Delaney and Henry Chu reported that he is not expected to go to prison any time soon.

The Guardian Newspaper reported that Berlusconi was also excluded from public office for five years, he also ordered to pay €10m (£8.3m) to the Italian tax office. These measures will surely have some effect in his conviction that is advocated by two appeals.

This is not the first time that this type of thing happens to Berlusconi. He has gone over three convictions for financial crimes, and has faced 33 trials, reported the Guardian Newspaper.

Former Primer Minister doesn't look very happy with the decision the judges have made. He said there was "a lot of proof of my innocence" however the judges haven't taken it into a count because they "use the judicial system for political purposes," Berlusconi told the Latimes.

The trial is expected to end this year. However Berlusconi's lawyer Niccolò Ghedini described the process as "absolutely incredible, " reported the Guardian Newspaper.

Northwood in charge of Smith´s case

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Gopher's athletics director Norwood Teague will take the lead on Smith´s case, reported the Minnesota daily.

Gophers Basketball Coach Tubby Smith said he accepted Teague to be in charge on the punishment because he was to close to the situation, reported the StarTribune.

A day before Coach Smith son, Saul Smith's was arrested, Gophers basketball player Trevor Mbakwe was condemned to two more years of probation after the police caught him DWI in September, reported the Minnesota Daily.

The Minnesota Daily reported that Teague said, "Tubby and I talked a lot about it," "But in the end, it's my call. ... He's deferring to me right now."

The StarTribune reported that Teague said he was not sure if the assistant coach would stay suspended until Dec. 3 the court date.

Teague also said the university is keeps evaluating the situation and wants to make the best decision for the team, reported the StarTribune.


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Something I found common in all the news stories that I blogged during this week, is that they all start with the most important things. Then they start to break down into the not very important facts.

For example, in the new about basketball player, Trevor Mbakwe, the reporter starts talking right away about how Mbakwe is not going to jail any more. Then they start to give some other details like the support the U of M gave him.

On the other hand, in all of the stories, the reporter gives a little bit of background about the news, or the person. In Mbakwe's story for example, the reporter says who is he, what year is he on, and what he have done for the gophers basketball team.

Finally, the stories are not always done in chronological order. Sometimes I feel I make the mistake of reporting in chronological order, instead of giving the facts first.

Fidel Castro

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Fidel Castro made his first public appearance in months, reported the nydailynews. With this appearance, his oppose couldn't confirm the rumor that said that Castro was dead. Cuban ex-president met with former Venezuelan vice president Elias Jaua, reported the nydailynews.

Jaua confirmed that Castro who is currently 86-years-old, attended him to the Hotel Nacional after their meeting Saturday, in which they talked about different topics like politics, history, culture and tourism, reported the Guardian.

Venezuelan Vice-President said to the Guardian newspaper, "[Castro] had the courtesy of bringing me to the hotel."

Castros health has been a constant speculation for years. Catsro has not appeared in public since March, when he was shown greeting visiting Pope Benedict XVI, reported the Guardian.

The nydailynews reported that the Commercial Director of the Hotel Nacional in Cuba said," Fidel Castro was here yesterday, he brought a guest and spoke to workers and hotel leaders for 30 minutes," "They told me he looked very good."

Trevor Mbakwe

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Gopher's basketball player Trevor Mbakwe is going to serve two years of probation for an arrest this summer reported the Minnesota Daily.

However, Amelia Rayno reported for the StarTribune that Judge Jose Fernandez, told Mbakwe "You're not a cat; you don't have nine lives. You're going to do something and it's going to be the end of any chances you have. This may be it; this may be your last chance."

According to the Minnesota Daily, in response to this Mbakwe said in a team statement "I can't say it enough, but I am extremely grateful that I have been given another chance."
The basketball player also thanked his family, coach staff and the University of Minnesota for all the support they having been giving him, reported the Minnesota Daily.

The Startribune reported that, Fernandez ruled the gopher player with two years of probation, 20 hours of community service per month. As part of the ruling, Mbakwe has also to attend AA meetings three times a week.

Mbakwe apologize to with his fans and thanked them for the support by his Twitter account, reported the Minnesota Daily.

Now Mbakwe is ready to start another season with tone of the deepest teams Minnesota Coach Tubby Smith have had since he started coaching the Gophers, reported the Minnesota Daily.

Gophers Football

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Starting quarterback MarQueis Gray was wearing a boot on his left leg at Tuesday practice, reported the SarTribune. Coach Kill told the StarTribune that, "[Marquis] is about like where he was in the off week." In other words he is injured to play.

The Gophers are worried about three other players besides Grey: Devin Crawford-Tufts, Isaac Fruechte and Marcus Jones, all of whom have varying degrees of leg injuries, reported the StarTibune.

Although, offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover seems somehow more positive about the situation, reported the StarTribune.

Matt Limegrover said to the StarTribune: "That's the beautiful thing about this being Tuesday -- there's a lot of time. They're banged up a little bit, but I don't anticipate it's anything that will prohibit [them] on Saturday from playing."

On the other hand, it hasn't been the best season for the Gophers so far, reported Minnesota Daily. The Gophers have allowed more than 180 yards in each of the past two games.

Minnesota linebacker Mike Rallis said to the Minnesota Daily "poor execution is the root of the run defense's problems."

Finally while the injuries and games are the main concern for the Gophers. The StarTribune reported that coach kills health

Detroit Vs Yankees

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According to Fox News the Detroit Tigers' dominated the New York Yankees' and finished off a four-game sweep with an 8-1 victory this Thursday at Comerica Park.

The tigers are going to the World Series for the first time since 2006, reported Fox News.

The Tigers have five days off before the World Series starts this coming Wednesday, reported CBS News. They will play the defending champion St. Louis or 2010 winner San Francisco.

On the other hand, after scoring in just three of 39 innings during the series, New York heads home to figure out what their future is going to be, reported CBS News.
According to CBS News the $275 million third baseman, Alex Rodriguez was out of the starting lineup for the third time in the playoffs.

During the game, the Yankees could only score runs while batting a weak .157 (22-for-140) over the four games, reported Fox News. The Yankees had also had a 36 straight series in the playoffs without being swept.

The Tigers had a good start after a rainout Wednesday, reported CBS News. Under a sunny sky, Detroit immediately took the lead on Delmon Young's RBI single. STATS reported to CBS News that Young became the first player with four game-winning RBIs in one postseason.

Detroit, hasn't win a World Series title since 1984, reported Fox News. They lost to Texas in last year's ALCS. However, according to Fox News their post season has been amazing.

Flavor Flav

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Fox News reported that the police in Las Vegas said that the rapper Flavor Flav is jailed.

The 53-year-old former rapper and reality television star, is being held on $23,000 payment at the Clark County jail, reported CBS News.

Flav is accused from a domestic argument with his fiancée. He also tried to attack her teenage son with a knife, reported CBS News.

Flav was arrested around 3 a.m., reported Fox News.

It is not also clear if Flav has his own lawer for this case or the government will provide him one, reported CBS News.

First Week Analysis

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The article that Gina Kolata wrote for the The New York Times titled Three Drugs to Be Tested to Stave Off Alzheimer's has 5 sources.

- Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic,

- Maria C. Carrillo, vice president of medical and scientific relations at the Alzheimer's Association

- Dr. Randall Bateman of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

- Dr. Paul Aisen, an Alzheimer's researcher at the University of California, San Diego.

- Dr. Rachelle S. Doody, director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center.

In my opinion the author distributes the sources through the paper. Kolata is always attributing the sources she uses for her article. She always explains who the person is and gives their respective title. I think this is really effective because it gives a little bit of background of the person to the reader and it makes the article more credible.

Women was found dead in St. Paul

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A woman was shot dead in St. Paul's East Side on Sunday, Oct. 14, said to the Pioneer Press, St. Paul police spokesman Howie Padilla.

The woman, who was about 20, was found death in a car parked in an alley behind Reaney Avenue, reported the StarTribune.

After a full autopsy the women was preliminarily identified by they Ramsey County medical examiner.

The shooting occurred between, the Inglesia de Dios Rios de Agua Viva, Minnehaha Avenue, Beech Street, North Forest and North Cypress streets, reported the Pioneer Press.

According to the StartTribune the women body was found after police responded to a report of shots fired in the area after 2:45 p.m.

Police are still looking for suspects, reported the Pioneer Press

Hugo Chavez Vice- President

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Recently re-elected president from Venezuela Hugo Chavez, select as his Vice President a former bus driver Nicolas Maduro, reported BBC News

However, it was not a surprise for Venezuela since Chavez has been giving Maduro his loyalty and experience since he became his foreign minister in 2006, reported The Guardian.

Chavez joked with The Guardian by saying "I don't recommend anyone for the vice-president's job." "Putting up with me is not easy!"

Maduro who has a working-class background gives him more appeal than other officials among Chávez's supporters. He was elected to parliament in 2000, and his combative defense of Chávez's socialism made him a favored protege, reported BBC News

This is an important decision for Venezuela's´ future since if the president is unable to continue in office during the first four years of his mandate, Maduro will be assuming the post until the new elections are held within 30 days; also If the president is incapacitated in the final two years in office, the vice-president serves out the remainder of the term, reported the BBC News.

Jeremy Lin

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After becoming the new sensation superstar of the New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin is now a member of the Houston Rockets, reported Bleacher Report.

According Bleacher Report, the Associated Press (via ESPN), Lin spoke about going to Houston expects to take charge: "It kind of reminds me of college. Just coming in, trying to lead, trying to work hard, trying to build a culture of playing a blue-collar brand of basketball."

Some of the basketball experts are not sure how Lin is going to lead the Rockets. However, in Houston they are sure that Lin is going to be able to guide the team and get good results, reported Bleacher Report.

Although Lin is still recovering from his knee surgery, he has felt some pressure by the fans to start working and practicing with the team, reported nydailynews.

This is one of the reasons why the rockets will start the season with different line-ups, but they clarify to the Bleacher Report that Lin is not alone.

Coach Kills´ Health

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Minnesota Golden Gophers football Coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure after loosing against Northwestern Wild Cats, reported the Minnesota Daily.

Kill started suffering some headaches in the coaches' locker room after finishing a round of postgame interviews; the university announced the StartTribune that he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

However, this is not the first time Coach Kill also suffers a seizure after a Gophers football game, reported the StarTribune. Kill collapsed on the sidelines during the fourth quarter when the Gophers played New Mexico State in September 2011. Kill was hospitalized for a couple of days.

Specialists are currently attending kill, the team said in a statement to the Minnesota Daily. The statement also said Minnesota will not receive any more information about kills´ health Saturday, they will talk with the press again Sunday morning.


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Alzheimer is a mental disease that has affected millions of people in the entire world. However, three different types of drugs are going to be tested and try to prevent the disease in people who are unlucky to get it, reporlzheimers-prevention-studies-to-test-three-drugs.html?ref=us">The New York Times reported.

This test is planned to begin next year, and the goal is to be able to intervene early enough so people who have this disease might be prevented.

The study will include 160 patients who are more susceptible to develop Alzheimer at an early age, CBS NEWS reported.

Even though the majority of people who develop the disease are older than 65, 5 percent of patients will have early symptoms of the disease that will begin during their 40s or 50s, CBS NEWS reported.

There is a big rush on trying to find the cure for Alzheimer since not drugs have been developed in nine years. Last type of drug did not show any improvement or delay any cognitive decline or functional performance in patients with mild-to-moderate forms of the disease.

The New York Times reported, the announcement comes at a time of transition for Alzheimer's research. Lately there has been a lot of research about this disease and investors have discovered some ways to track the progression of Alzheimer before clinical symptoms appear by using brain scans and spinal taps. They have led to what many think is the start of a new era in which drugs can be assessed without waiting for effects on profound symptoms.

According to Ginka Kolata from The New York Times, Dr. Paul Aisen, an Alzheimer's researcher at the University of California, San Diego, said, "This is the best news we've had in a decade."

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