July 2012 Archives

Cheney: Palin as VP a mistake

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Dick Cheney said Romney should not pick another Palin as his running mate , ABC News reported.

Former vice president said John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate was "a mistake," The Washington Post.

"I don't think was well handled," said Cheney in an interview with ABC News, The Washington Post reported.

"Is this person capable of being president of the United States?" said Cheney about narrowing down a list to pick a running mate, ABC News reported.

UN chief urges countries to work on arms treaty

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Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has urged countries to work on global arms treaty ahead of Friday's deadline, Al Jazeera reported.

Countries should "work in good faith towards bridging their differences," said Ban, the BBC reported.

The United States, China, and Russia opposed the treaty. The U.S. has opposed reporting ammunition exports. Both China and Russia have tried to restrict humanitarian reference, the BBC reported.

The BBC reported an estimate of 750,000 people killed by illicit weapons each year.

"We owe it to all the innocent civilians who have fallen victim to armed conflict and violence," said the Secretary General, Al Jazeera reported.

Crackdown on synthetic drugs in Duluth

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Federal and local law enforcement officers raided a head shop Wednesday, the Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Duluth police said they have 2.8 million was seized from Jim Carlson's bank account, the store owner. They also seized two vehicles after a search warrant executed Wednesday at Last Place On Earth, Duluth Tribune News reported.

The police took 16 boxes of suspected synthetic marijuana in more than 20, 000 packages. The shop was raided back in September and $83,510 thousand in cash and 28 guns were seized, Duluth News Tribune reported.

The raid was part of the Drug Enforcement Administration to ban or control synthetic drugs.
The DEA seized more than $36 million in cash and arrested 91 people in the country, Duluth News Tribune reported.

The state lawmakers made the sale of drugs a felony on Thursday. President Obama signed a bill that bans sale of synthetic drugs, MPR reported.

Selling synthetic drugs felony in MN

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The lawmakers have passed a bill Thursday that will make the sales of drugs a felony, Associate Press reported.

The bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton will take effect on August 1, WCCO reported.

"Today sends a clear message that these substances are not safe and that with this new law in effect they are not legal in Minnesota," Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said, Associate Press reported.

Two of 20 deaths due to synthetic drugs have occurred in Minnesota, WCCO reported.

Carol Falkowski, a drug abuse expert, said the bill is "in the right direction," but "very rigorous online sales of these things and that's really the wild card in all of this," WCCO reported.

The bill also allow the state Pharmacy Board to make new rules to fight against the formula changes by drug dealers to avoid existing laws, Associated Press reported.

"Audit the Fed " bill passes the House

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Rep. Ron Paul's bill to audit the Federal Reserve was passed in the House on Wednesday, the Washington Time reported.

The bill was passed by 327-98 vote. Paul's victory came as his retirement from the Congress near in 2012, Reuters reported.

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said it would be a "nightmare scenario," if politicians influenced the monetary policy, the Washington Times.

The bill will direct the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed including its monetary policy and other decisions, Reuters reported.

"I don't know how anybody could be against transparency," said Paul about the lack of transparency in the system during the debate on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The bill will not pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland along with 95 democrats and one Republican voted against the bill, the Washington Times reported.

Colorado suspect appears in court

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James Holmes, 24, arrested on charge of killing 12 people appeared in the court on Monday, Reuters reported.

Holmes for the first time appeared in the court after killing 12 and injuring 58 people. About 40 family members of the vicitms appeared in the Arapahoe County courthouse, Al Jazeera reported.

Holmes' lawyers answered Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester's questions. He remained silent at the hearing, Reuters reported.

The shooter may face death penalty for premeditation, multiple victims, and the killing of a child, said Craig Silverman, a former Denver prosecutor.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said she will consult with the wounded and the victims' families, Reuters reported.

"If James Holmes isn't executed, Colorado may as well throw away its death penalty law," Silverman said, Reuters reported.

Obama visits Aurora

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President Barack Obama visited the families of the deadly shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 people, the BBC reported.

Obama will met with the families and victims. The shooting occurred in Aurora, Colo., near the Columbine High School, where students and teachers were killed by a student in 1999, Reuters reported.

James Holmes, 24, was arrested on charge of 12 counts of first-degree murders,Reuters reported.

The shooting happened at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises " that was packed with people. Holmes allegedly started fire at people and arrested by the police near the theate, the BBC reported.

Bacuman says Ellison connected to the Brotherhood

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Rep. Michele Bachmann said on Thursday that Rep. Keith Ellison has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, St. Cloud Times reported.

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, "has a long record of being associated... with the Muslim Brotherhood," said Bachmann, in an interview with Glen Beck, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

"I don't have any Muslim Brotherhood connections as she's talking about," said Ellison to CNN, MPR reported.

Bachmann and four other members of the Congress said that there are ties between the federal officials and the Muslim Brotherhood.They accused Huma Abedin, a deputy chief of staff to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, of having ties with the Brotherhood, St. Cloud Times reported.

"I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous," said the House Speaker John Boehner, MPR reported.

Analysis of numbers in a survey

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Numbers in news stories help the audience to think the bigger picture. Journalists need to know basic Math to report stories such as budget or survey.

USA Today reported that "nearly one in five Americans" don't have any religious affiliation. The was study conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The reporter attributes the organization that conducted the survey.

Cathy Lynn Grossman uses different numbers to tell the trend. Grossman shows 19,377 people were surveyed, which tells the readers the size of the sample for the study. Grossman uses Math to tell that "nearly one in five Americans" without any religious connection. The reporter compares numbers between two studies and cites the sources.

The reporter tells a simple story effectively with numbers.

Blue Cross searches for a new CEO

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota said its president and CEO was forced out of his job on Thursday, Star Tribune reported.

The board, for the nonprofit healthcare provider, said Kenneth Burdick's lack of disclosure was "not in alignment with Blue Cross policies and management expectations," Star Tribune reported.

The board of trustees "became aware of concerns related to whether there had been adequate disclosure of some anticipated business activities and immediately initiated a Board review and internal investigation of the matter," in a statement, Pioneer Press reported.

The internal investigation didn't find any "financial impropriety or unlawful actions, " the company said. It said, "The lack of disclosure was not in alignment with Blue Cross policies and management expectations," Pioneer Press reported.

"But we thought that the leadership team should have been more in tune to the possibility of the conflict," said Vance Opperman, Blue Cross' board chairman, in an interview, Pioneer Press reported.

Star Tribune reported Scott Lynch, chief legal officer, was appointed as interim CEO.

Blue Cross will find a new CEO in 60 to 90 days, Pioneer Press reported.

Ron Paul questions Bernanke for the last time

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Rep. Ron Paul questioned the Federal Reserve chairmen at the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

CNN Money reported Paul, R-Texas, has been working for years to pass a bill that will allow the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent and nonpartisan congressional agency, to audit the Fed.

Ben Bernanke said it will be a "nightmare scenario" if politicians tries to influence the monetary policy, CNN Money reported.

"There's a lot of evidence that an independent central bank that makes decisions based strictly on economic considerations and not based on political pressure will deliver lower inflation and better economic results in the longer term," Bernanke said in the congressional hearing at the Capitol Hill, Reuters reported.

Paul, the author of "End the Fed," said the secrecy in the central bank helps to create financial crisis, Reuters reported.

He advocated to abolish or reform the Fed in his 24 years as a congressmen, CNN Money reported.

"When we've had the Federal Reserve chairman up here before us, have certainly made the hearings more interesting and provided several memorable YouTube moments," Rep. Spencer Bachus said, CNN Money reported.

Ron Paul says Romney should release tax returns

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Rep.Ron Paul said Mitt Romney should release his tax returns to the public on Tuesday. CBS News reported Paul added to other Republicans call to release Romney's return.

"Politically, I think that would help him," said Paul about the demand for releasing returns. "In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want," Politico reported.

Politico reported the Obama camp has been attacking Romney for not releasing more returns.

"Romney admits that over the last two years, he's paid less than 15 percent in taxes on $43 million in income. Makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all," said a narrator in a new Obama ad, Politico reported.

A DNC ad released on Tuesday claimed John McCain in 2008 had access to Romney's tax returns that he won't release to the public. McCain refuted the claim about Romney's tax returns disqualified his vice president choice, CBS News reported.

CBS News reported McCain said, "I don't know what depths these people won't reach. Obviously, it's just outrageous," in an interview with Politico.

"The important issue is [what] the two candidates seem to agree on. They don't really disagree with militarism overseas, " said Paul, Politico reported.

Gaza families vistit relatives in prison

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Palestinian families have been allowed to visit their families in Israel prison on Monday, the BBC reported. A group of 40 families have visited their relatives for the first time in five years.

The families visited their jailed relatives in Ramun prison, southern Israel.Al Jazeera reported.

Sivan Weizman, Israeli prison services spokeswoman, said the regular visit will resume and next visit will be in two weeks, Al Jazeera reported.

The BBC reported 24 prisoners met their relatives. The International Committee of Red Cross has arranged this visit.

"We have repeatedly called for the resumption of family visits, which are a lifeline for detainees and their families ," said Juan Pedro Schaerer, head of the ICRC in Israel and the Palestinian territories spokeswomen, Al Jazeera reported.

This visit was part of a deal that ended a mass hunger strike in May. The regular visits were stopped in 2007 after Hamas came into power in Gaza, the BBC reported.

Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, said, "Hamas calls for international action... to pressure the occupation to respect the rights of prisoners and end their suffering," in the statement, Al Jazeera reported.

" You can't imagine my joy at being able to meet my son Mohammed soon, to be able to see his face again after all these years,"the mother of prisoner Mohammed Hamdiya said to AFP news agency, Al Jazeera reported.

Man arrested after threatening to blow up motel

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Minneapolis police arrested a man who said he will blow up a motel on Sunday, police said. A man locked hiself in the room and called 911, Pioneer Press reported.

No explosives were found at the Aqua City Motel at 5739 Lyndale Av. S., a police spokemen Sgt. William Palmer, said, Star tribune reported.

Pioneer Press reported Palmer said "This is a mental health issue," in a Twitter post. He said the man could face criminal charges.

Some people were evacuated from the area. The man turned himself, after negotiating with the police for an hour by phone, Star Tribune reported.

He was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, Palmer said, Pioneer Press reported.

USA Team uniforms "Made in China"

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The U.S. Olympians at the London Olympics will wear uniforms that were made by China, ABC News reported.

ABC News found "made in China" labels in the uniforms. American athletes will wear the patriotic color uniforms at the opening ceremony.

The report by ABC News on Wednesday sparked outrage against the U.S. Olympics Committee from both Democratic and Republican legislatures, CNN reported.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner said "You'd think they'd know better," the BBC reported.

"I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, CNN reported.

The committee said, "The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors. We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company," ABC News reported.

CNN reported Ralph Lauren has designed uniforms in 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, which were manufactured in China.

"Why shouldn't we have pride not only in the American athletes, but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?" asked Nanett Lepore, one of the top designers in the country, ABC News reported.

Analysis of an obituary

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Obituaries are not paid death notices. Newspapers publish obituaries for prominent people's death.

Dorii Gbolo's news obituray appears on Star Tribune. Jim Adams starts with a alternative lead that includes her name, a description about her, short claim to fame section, the reason for Gbolo's death, and her age.

Adams writes the obituary that is different from the New York Times.

He includes the standard obituary lead. He adds a long identifier for Gbolo and a short claim to fame section. The obituary helps the reader to understand the significance of Gbolo to the community.

"Dorii Gbolo dedicated her life to improving the physical and spiritual health of the poor in St. Paul and Liberia,"Star Tribune reported. This lead show her prominence in the community.

Adams uses multiple sources in this story. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., praised her work for the people. Gbolo's sister, Bettye Granger, gives personal details that add color to the piece. Other sources are an interview with Star Tribune in 2006 and Gbolo's husband Bill Gbolo. These multiple sources provides a good narrative of Gbolo's life.

Ron Paul fights for a slot in Tampa convention

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Rep. Ron Paul expects to win delegates in Nebraska on Saturday that will ensure him a slot in the GOP national convention in Tampa, MSNBC reported.

The Guardian reported if Paul, R-Texas, secures the majority of delegates in Nebraska, then he will have the five states that will allow him to be nominated as a Republican presidential candidate and 15 minutes slot in Tampa.

"We have got a fair number and there are probably a few more that are friendly to Ron Paul. Our goal is a coalition and win that way," said Laura Ebke, chairwoman of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nebraska. She is potential delegate for Paul, The Guardian reported.

The RNC rule 40 states a candidate must win plurality in five states to be nominated in the convention.Paul has won the majority of delegations in Iowa, Maine, Lousiana, and Minnesota, MSNBC reported.

"I welcome the Tea Party and Ron Paul supporters,"Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska said. "But it's time to be good sports and get behind Governor Romney," MSNBC reported.

Paul supporters will convey in Florida for several events. Liberty Unplugged, an event that will have speeches and, is being planned by his supporters on August 24 and 26.Paul will be in a rally at the University of South Florida on August 26, the day before the RNC convention begins, The Guardian reported.

The Guardian reported Professor Tim Hagle, an expert on Republican politics at the University of Iowa, said "They are very well organised. They are very impressive."

Regents allow Alcohol sales at TCF stadium

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The University of Minnesota will allow beer, wine sales in selected areas at the TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday, The Minnesota Daily reported.

The U's Board of Regents approved a resolution that will allow "beer or beer and wine sales" in the premium section and in a single "beer garden" during Gopher games. The Regents voted 11-1 to allow beer, wine sales in the stadium, Star Tribune reported.

Star Tribune reported the approval came after the state Legislature legalized alcohol sales at the stadium during college sports events. This will allow beer to be sold to fans in general seating and the beverages must be sold at confined area. Fans will be able to bring beers to games.

"I think it's worth a try as we move forward, but it's an experiment and it's caused some consternation to at least one board member," Regent Dean Johnson, The Minnesota Daily reported.

The alcoholic beverages will be sold at designated areas at TCF Bank Stadium, Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena, The Minnesota Daily reported.

Several regents was against the Legislature's actions, Star Tribune reported.

"A number of our peer... institutions have regularly sold beverages in their suites, but not to the general public," Johnson said. "We are now being forced to make a compromise," Star Tribune reported.

Holder will challenge voter ID laws

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Attorney General Eric Holder assured the Justice Department will aggressively challenge voter ID laws on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported.

Holder said "we will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious rights,"in the NAACP convention in Houston,Texas, The Washington Post reported.

Politico reported that Holder said he will challenge voter laws that restrict minorities rights in states like Texas. He compared voter ID laws to poll taxes in the South during the Jim Crow era.

"Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them -- and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them," Holder said to the attendees of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Politico reported.

Texas voter law requires voters to show a photo ID before voting. The Justice Department blocked the law and said it violated 1965 Voting Rights Act. The department said it will harm the ability of Hispanics to vote in elections, The Washington Post.

Gov. Rick Perry signed the law in May 2011. "The attorney general is making political speeches more than a thousand miles way," said Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Perry, The Washington Post reported.

Egypt's top court ruled the military rulers' decision to disband the parliament was valid and final on Monday, The New York Times reported.

Al Jazeera reported President Mohammed Morsi has issued a decree to reconvening the Parliament after the court dissolved it in June.The Muslim Brotherhood won the majority in the parliamentary election.

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court said "All the rulings and decisions of the Supreme Constitutional Court are final and not subject to appeal ... and are binding for all state institutions," Al Jazeera reported.

The president and the military rulers have a fragile relationship since hours after the presidential election was held. The military issued a decree that seized legislative power and limited the powers of the presidency, The New York Times reported.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said the decree "came as a result of the political, legal and constitutional circumstances that the country was facing," Al Jazeera reported.

The New York Times reported Mubarak's loyalist in the government have taken actions to limit the Brotherhood's power.

The military council dissolved the parliament after the court ruled the legislature's election was partly unconstitutional.The court said it was invalid since the participation of political parties in reserved seats for individuals has violated the election laws, Al Jazeera reported.

The council said it has disbanded the parliament and its action was "represented the implementation" of the court's order in a statement, Al Jazeera reported.

The Brotherhood argued that the court and the military had no legal right to dissolve the parliament. Yussuf Auf, a judge in the Giza governorate, said "The SCAF did not hand over power totally to the new president ... and this is the point," and the judiciary's ruling on political cases since the 2011 revolution has "huge negative effect" among Egyptians, Al Jazeera reported.

The New York Times reported the crowd that showed support to Morsi's decree , which was gathered at Tahrir square in Cairo, chanted "The people and the president are one hand."

Analysis of speech coverage

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Covering speeches could be overwhelming for journalists. They need to find a single topic to cover a speech.

Obama gave a speech in the swing state Pennsylvania on Friday, The Morning Call reported. The newspaper's Colby Itkowitz wrote a story about the speech.

Itkowitz narrows the speech into growth of middle-class jobs. She finds a good quote that supports this idea. Obama said "a direction that is true to our traditions by building not from the top down, but from the middle class out," The Morning Call reported.

The reporter writes that 6, 500 people attended the event at Carnegie Mellon University. This tells the readers when and where about the speech. The readers will know the size of the crowd and the place it was held.

This story contains the listeners' opinions that is provided with context and background. She uses Scott Woodmancy, 48, as an example to show the manufacturing job less that Obama tries to address in his speech. The writer provides background information on Woodmancy's job history and losing his job that becomes an context for the speech story.

Overall, every speech story must focus on a specific topic.

Federal disaster aid for 16 areas in Minnesota

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Federal government issued a federal disaster declaration to 16 areas that were affected by June's flooding and storm, Duluth News Tribune reported.

Th storm and flooding left $110 million damages in Northland. The Federal Emergency Management will cover 75 percent of the aid and, the state and local government will cover the rest, Duluth News Tribune reported.

Gov. Mark Dayton requested the declaration in a letter to President Obama last week. Bob Hume, a spokesman for Dayton, said the governor "was grateful with the quick turnaround," Star Tribune reported.

The Lake Superior port city of Duluth was damaged heavily with 10 inches of water between June 19 and 20. Thirteen animals died at the Lake Superior zoo and some escaped the zoo, Star Tribune reported.

The aid will cover emergency services related to the flooding, and repair or replacement of public properties such as roads, bridges, and buildings. The hazard mitigation grants will also help to reduce long-term risks to life and property from natural hazards.All counties in Minnesota are eligible for the aid, Duluth News Tribune reported.

The state Legislature expected to hold a special session to the match for the federal aid. The lawmakers will return to the State Capitol after the full assessment of the disaster, Star Tribune reported.

St.Paul teen killed outside of her school

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A SUV driver lost control of his vehicle and killed a high school student on Thursday, Pioneer Press reported.

A 16-year-old girl was killed by a speeding maroon SUV near Harding High School in St. Paul. Clarisse Grime died at the scene, Star Tribune reported. Her classmate Eduardo Vazquez-Torres was injured and taken to Regions Hospital, the police said.

The SUV's driver, Carlos Viveros-Colorado, was arrested on suspicious of criminal vehicle operation. His out-of-control car hit a fire hydrogen and a "No Parking" sign. Then, he ran over Grime, who died on the spot, Pioneer Press reported.

Anthony Williams,16, a student at the high school and witnessed the incident said his friend Grime and Grime's boyfriend Vazquez-Torres always wait outside the school, Star Tribune reported.

Williams said the driver was shocked when he saw the body of Grime. Williams said, "he stood by his car and was holding his head in shock," Star Tribune reported.

Viveros-Colorado was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2001, according to court documents, Pioneer Press reported.

Pioneer Press reported De'Janea Johnson, who witnessed the accident, said the boy was hysterical and told Grime "Just follow my voice and breathe."

Howie Padilla, a St. Paul police spokesman, said two other accidents have occurred in the past. Padilla said one involved two-vehicle in 2010 and another one resulted in minor injuries, Star Tribune reported.

Judge sets $1 million bail for George Zimmerman

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A judge set bail at $1 million for the neighborhood watch volunteer on Thursday, USA Today reported.

Judge Kenneth Lester said George Zimmerman has mislead the court about his finance. Lester said that the "court's concern that the defendant intended to flee the jurisdiction and a lesser amount would not ensure his presence in court," USA Today reported.

Lester revoked Zimmerman's bond on June after state prosecutors claimed Zimmerman and his wife of lying about the financial assett to obtain a lower bond, USA reported.

The BBC reported Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of Zimmerman, was charged with perjury and has left jail on a $1,000 bond.

He instructed his wife to transfer his money to her and her sister's bank accounts in jail, according to recordings of jail calls, USA Today reported.

Under the new conditions, Zimmerman must remain in Seminole County and needs permission to leave, must wear an electronic device and stay away from the Orlando Sanford International Airport, if he was out on $1 million bond, USA Today reported.

Zimmerman was arrested on charge of killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, in Florida on Feb. 26, the BBC reported. He said he shot Martin in self-defense on Florida's stand on your ground law.

The shooting incident sparked a national debate about the Florida's law and the law enforcement, the BBC reported.

Palestinian officials have called for an international inquiry into Yasser Arafat's death in November 2004, the BBC reported.

Al Jazeera reported in a documentary that Arafat was poisoned.The Swiss scientists examined Arafat's belongings contained high levels of polonium, highly radioactive element.

The Tunisian government has called for an international inquiry into the issue and an emergency meeting of the Arab League. Riyad al-Mansouri, the Palestinian foreign minister, said his government backed Tunisian call on the Voice of Palestine radio, Al Jazeera reported.

He said, the Palestine "people are all anxious to know all the details surrounding Arafat's death, so we can close this file," Al Jazeera reported.

The Institut de Radiophysique's scientist in Lausanne, Switzerland, said the examination of Arafat's bones would provide conclusive evidence for poisoning.Scientist examined his clothes, toothbrush and kaffiyeh to cnculde that he may be poisoned, Al Jazeera, which conducted nine months investigation, reported.

Suha Arafat, the late Palestine leader's wife, has requested Arafat's body to be exhumed to reveal the reason behind the death of her husband. She objected post-mortem on his body in 2004.

The BBC reported that many Palestinians believe Arafat was poisoned by Israel, which placed him under house arrest and considered him as an obstacle in the peace process. Israel denied the allegation.

Arafat led the Palestine Liberation Organization for 35 years and became the first president of the Palestine Authority in 1996, the BBC reported.

The BBC reported that he fell ill in October 2004. After two weeks, he was flown into a French military hospital in Paris, where he died at the age of 75 on Nov. 11, 2004.

"At least I've done something to explain to the Palestinian people, to the Arab and Muslim generation all over the world, that it was not a natural death, it was a crime," Suha Arafat told Al Jazeera.

Partial recount ordered in Mexico's election

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Election officials have ordered recount in more than half polling stations for allegation of frauds in the Sunday's presidential election, Reuters reported.

Al Jazeera reported Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute has ordered recount in 78,012 of 143,000 ballot boxes on Wednesday.

The ruling party's candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has accused Enrique Pena Nieto of vote buying. Pena Nieto denied the allegations of vote buying, the BBC reported.

Mexico's electoral law requires recount, if there is inconsistencies in final vote tally, if there is a one point percentage or less between first and second place candidates or if all votes are in favor of one candidate, the BBC reported.

Lopez Obrador said the Institutional Revolutionary Party was involved with vote buying and condemned the biased media coverage. He said "Where these things happen, there needs to be a recount of the votes," the BBC reported.

Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party has secured 38 percent of the vote in the preliminary count, Reuters reported.

Pena Nieto said Lopez Obrador should accept the election result, Al Jazeera reported.

He said in a interview with Al Jazeera that " we don't hear the same complaints from this same person when he was elected head of government of Mexico City."

Reuters reported that Lopez Obrador demanded recount in 2006, when he was defeated narrowly to the president. He blocked Mexico City's street with his protesters because his request for recount was denied.

Mexico elects new president

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The opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party's candidate has been elected as Mexico''s president.Enrique Pena Nieto led his party to the victory, after 12 years out of power, the BBC reported.

Enrique Pena Nieto, whose party has ruled Mexico for 71 years until 2001, won about 38 percent of the Sunday's vote. He said, "We're a new generation. There is no return to the past," in his victory speech, Al Jazeera reported.

Pena Nieto, 45, defeated the main opposition candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, who received 30 percent of the vote, with 6.4 percentage of points ahead of the ruling party's candidate. Lopez Obrador refused to concede and challenged to threaten the vote, Al Jazeera reported.

The BBC reported that the National Action Party's Vazquez Mota, the ruling party's candidate, gained 25 percent of the vote and conceded .

Al Jazeera reported Lopez Obrador, 58, accused the Institutional Revolutionary Party of buying votes. He blocked the streets of Mexico City with his hundred of supporters, when he lost narrowly to President Felipe Calderon in 2006.

"We have information that indicates something different from what they're saying officially," Lopez Obrador said, Al Jazeera reported.

One of the main issues of the election was the economy with 4.5 percent of unemployment rate and nearly half of the population living under poverty, the BBC reported.

"It's time to move on from the country we are to the Mexico we deserve and that we can be ... where every Mexican writes his own success story," said President-elect Pena Nieto.

Analysis of multimedia in news sites

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Media companies want to make profit from the internet. Online users sees the web as a unique platform to engage. Multimedia components are included in the news stories.

For example, the BBC and Al Jazeera covers the election in Mexico with multimedia features to enhance the users' experience.

The BBC's election coverage includes a video about the Mexicans' opinions and a slideshow with facts about the election. The video ties back to the article about the voters' opinions. The slideshow shows the candidates and the voters to give a more visual element to the story.

The BBC's slideshow is written like a news article. The captions are the facts of the election.It is written like a story with emphasis on the images.

Al Jazeera like the BBC includes a slideshow and two videos in its story about Mexico's presidential election. The video covers many details like the issues and the candidates.The slideshow is similar to the BBC with a detailed explanation about the election.

Al Jazeera's slideshow is written similar to the news article with an explanation and quotes that are related to the election.

Overall, media likes to include multimedia contents to attract users and to generate revenues.

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