October 2010 Archives

Former state trooper dies in crash

A former state trooper was killed Friday evening when he hit a tree in a single vehicle accident, authorities said.

Timothy J. Murphy, 52, was not wearing his seatbelt when he lost control of his pickup truck in Cass County.

According to the Star Tribune the accident happened just after 8 p.m. near Longville along Hwy. 84.

Murphy spent time as a accident reconstructionist in his 26 years in the patrol before retiring in 2008, the Pioneer Press reported.

Blaine girl dies crossing a street

A girl from Blaine was killed Wednesday after trying to cross a street outside a crosswalk.

Sara Hendrickson, 15, was on her way to school when a vehicle struck her near the intersection of Washington Street, the Star Tribune reported. The accident happened around 6:20 a.m.

According to the Pioneer Press Hendrickson was a sophomore at Spring Lake Park High School.

The driver of the car pulled over and called 911. Hendrickson was taken to Mercy Hospital where she later died.

Weak signal found believe to be from missing plane

An emergency locator transmitter located in a mountainous Wyoming area Thursday is believed to be from a missing Minneapolis man's plane.

Luke Bucklin, 40, along with his three sons, were in the plane that authorities said went down Monday in a remote Wyoming area. The signal was found near where authorities believe the plane disappeared.

According to the Star Tribune there are no other aircrafts reported missing in the area, so the likelihood of the signal coming from Bucklin's plane is very high.

The plane's location is very hard to pinpoint because the signal is is weak and the frequency bounces off the high mountains, the Pioneer Press reported.

North Korea fires into South Korea, officials say

Gunfire was exchanged on the North Korean and South Korean border Friday, South Korean officials said.

North Korea troops fired two rounds near the town Chorwon, before South Korea returned with three "warning shots" and a message to desist by loudspeaker.

According to CNN there were no causalities. Also, it is unclear if the initial shots were deliberate, officials said.

The Korean borders are the most reinforced in the world, the BBC reported. They have thousands of troops stationed on both sides.

"Paranormal Activity 2" tops box office

The new horror flick "Paranormal Activity 2" ended the weekend with $41.5 million in ticket sales, which earned the top spot at the box office.

"Paranormal Activity 2" is about a household haunted by a menacing spirit, which does not stray too far from the original movie that was a surprise blockbuster a year ago.

Most of the movie's profit came from its first day. According to Yahoo.com, "Paranormal Activity 2" pulled in half its weekend earnings on Friday with $20.1 million.

MTV reported that even if the second installment of "Paranormal Activity" does not surpass the original a third movie is not out of the question.

DADT court filing analysis

A 48-page court filing was using to help write the article in the New York Times about why the military policy "don't ask, don't tell" is still in affect even after being ruled unconstitutional last month.

Clifford L. Stanley, the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, wrote the court filing explaining the government's decision.

The author of the article, Charlie Savage, used direct quotes from the document. He took words that best described why the policy is still in place. The reporter chose to summarize elaboration in the filing, while quoting Stanley directing when he described the state of the military and the aspect of time that will have to play into it.

Refs may be punished for using pink whistles

High school football referees in Washington may be banned from a few games after using pink whistles for breast cancer awareness at this week's games.

The referees, who are apart of the Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association, decided to give one of their game pay checks to the Susan G. Koman Foundation and play with pink whistles last week, possibly costing them state playoff games.

According to Yahoo.com, the pink whistles go against the dress code, which calls for only black whistles to be used.

Todd Stordahl, chair of the Washington Official's Association, said it would send the wrong message to student athletes to not punish the referees, the NY Daily News reported. "They chose not to ask for permission," Stordahl said.

Teen driver death toll drops

Fatal accidents involving teen drivers fell in Minnesota, but experts give the credit to safer cars and tougher laws.

Fatal crashes dropped 53 percent among the ages of 16 and 17 between 2004 and 2008 in Minnesota, while the national number fell only 34 percent, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention said.

According to the Pioneer Press, states have different laws for teen drivers, which fluctuates the numbers. For example, New York has a curfew at 9 p.m. for drivers age 16 or 17 while Wyoming's curfew is at 11 p.m.

The fall in deaths is not credited to teens, but to safer cars and tougher laws, including curfews and the number of passengers allowed in the vehicle if its a teen driver, the Star Tribune reported.

Discharge rules on DADT limited

Only secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force can now discharge gay service members, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Defense secretary Robert M. Gates sent out a directive limiting who can send gay service members home because of the recent confusion about "don't ask, don't tell."

Even after being ruled unconstitutional, the DADT policy, which bans service members to serve openly in the military, is still in place after a federal appeals court said the law could still be enforce temporarily, the New York Times reported.

According to the LA Times, the Pentagon intends to repeal the law, but will not have a report issued until Dec. The report will outline how to implement the policy change, and how benefits, housing, and other matters will be handled.

Saudi Prince sentenced to life

A Saudi Prince was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday by a British court for killing his servant.

Prince Saud Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Saud, 34, has to spend at least 20 years in jail, an official said. It will be served in a British prison for now.

According to the BBC, the servant, Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, suffered many attacks before his murder by Al Saud in their master-servant relationship.

Abdaulaziz was found dead, beaten and strangled in a hotel elevator on Feb. 15, 2010. CNN reported that the prosecutors said the attack had a "sexual element" to it.

St. Paul rapper found dead

Local rapper Michael Larsen died early Sunday from unknown causes.

Larsen, 28, also known as Eyedea, was found in his St. Paul home by his mother. She believes he died in his sleep Saturday night.

According to the Pioneer Press, Larsen's mother has set up a facebook group to raise money for a memorial.

Larsen became popular in his teens. He, along with his friend Max Keltgen, recorded three albums for Minnesota Label Rhymesayers Entertainment as Eyedea & Abilities, the Star Tribune reported.

Multimedia options analysis

In comparing the multimedia sections of the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune just from the initial pull-down list the Star Tribune seems to have more options to play with.

The Pioneer Press only has four options for multimedia and two of them are titled as "coming soon". They have photo galleries and video that visitors to the site can browse.

The Star Tribune on the other hand is more interactive with the community because they have the option for readers to post their own photos and video. They also have podcasts, news graphics that include charts and surveys, and slideshows.

The multimedia complements the news stories by showing videos of interviews featured in a story and photos to go along with it. Some stats that are used in stories are shown in the news graphics section and short writings accompany each video, photo, etc., describing what is going on in the piece.

Gov. fights to preserve DADT

The Obama administration trys to preserve the military policy "don't ask, don't tell" after a judge ruled it unconstitutional last month.

Judge Virginia A. Phillips of Federal District Court sent an injunction Thursday requiring the military to stop enforcing the policy, but efforts were repealed, the New York Times reported.

"This policy will end and it will end on my watch," President Obama said. "I can't simply ignore laws that are out there." Government court filing's stated it would be dangerous for service members and disruptive to military rules if the policy was revoked during wartime.

According to the LA Times, The Pentagon is in talks about how to implement the policy change if Congress decides to repeal.

Chemical spill closes two schools

Classes were canceled Friday at two Edina schools after a small chemical leak was found.

Edina High School and the attached Valley View Middle School were closed after a janitor found the leak on the first floor of the high school around 7:20 a.m. Firefighters from Edina and Hopkins arrived at the scene at 7:50 a.m., the Star Tribune reported.

As students were arriving for classes that began at 8:30 a.m. they were told to go home, leaving many personal belongings behind.

According to the Pioneer Press no one was injured.

Body found in Mississippi River

A body was found in the Mississippi River Thursday in St. Paul near the High Bridge.

Details about the body has not yet been released, the Star Tribune reported. The Ramsey County medical examiner's office is investigating what happened.

According to the Pioneer Press, the body was found in a pile of branches and debris by an employee of the St. Paul Yacht Club.

Officials retrieved the body around 2:19 p.m.

Chile miners raised to surface

Sixteen out of the 33 miners trapped in a Chile mine half a mile underground were rescued Wednesday.

About half of the miners stuck underground for 2 months were pulled to the surface as rescue efforts continue to go as planned. The rest of the workers are said to be rescued by Thursday morning.

According to the Star Tribune, the miners were met by family members, before having their health checked at a triage center.

Chile President Sebastian Pinera thanked the technical experts for making the rescue possible with the 'Phoenix', the capsule that pulled each miner to the surfaces, the BBC reported.

British aid worker killed during rescue

A British aid worker may have been killed by a U.S. grenade Friday during a rescue attempt.

An investigation is under way to understand how Linda Norgrove, who was kidnapped two weeks ago in Kunar, was killed.

According to the New York Times NATO first reported that Norgrove was killed by her captors Friday night, but on Monday British prime minister David Cameron told reporters that a grenade from her rescuers may have been the culprit.

Cameron announced a British coroner will examine Norgrove's body, but said that the investigation should be a joint effort between the U.S. and the U.K., the BBC reported.

Randy Moss spot follow analysis

The article in the Star Tribune changed since it was first published on Wednesday morning. The lead in the first version said that the Randy Moss will return to Minnesota, but the deal wasn't set in stone. In the updated version the lead had more details explaining how the Vikings acquired Moss from a third round draft pick.

In an even more updated version, the lead was a simple, "It's official."

The second story differs from the first because it gives more details about the trade, why it happened, and what is expected to happen because of trade.

The story started out will the possible deal, moved on to the what happened during deal making, then explained what happened after the trade was made.

Wild loose season opener

The Minnesota Wild lost to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday in Helsinki, Finland.

The Wild had a solid start in the first period scoring one, but let three goals in in the second to put them behind for the rest of the game, the Star Tribune reports.

"There were some areas in our game that were just disappointing," coach Todd Richards said. The start resembles last season when the Wild had trouble putting three full periods of hockey together.

According to the Pioneer Press, Brent Burns scored for Minnesota with about three minutes left in the game, but still left the them one goal short of a tie. The Wild lost 4-3.

Randy Moss returns to Vikings

The deal to return Randy Moss to the Vikings was completed Wednesday morning, NFL sources said.

Randy Moss, who was traded after the 2004 season, will return to his former team maybe as soon as Thursday, the Star Tribune reported, to be able to play on Monday night against the New York Jets.

After playing at Oakland for two years, then with the New England Patriots from 2007 on, Moss was upset with his current contract, which will put him back in purple and gold.

The Vikings and coach Brad Childress have not confirmed the trade.

According to the Pioneer Press, bringing Moss back will put the Vikings back in the running for the Superbowl.

Communion denied to students during college mass

Many students from St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict were refused communion because they were wearing rainbow buttons.

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt ordered students back to their seat at a student mass on Sept. 26, according to the Pioneer Press, because they signaled that they were apart of a gay and lesbian student group.

The student group, PRiSM (People Representing the Sexual Minority), did this in light of the hundred of thousands of DVDs that were sent out to Minnesota Catholics from the state's bishop supporting the gay marriage ban, the Star Tribune reported.

A spokesperson for the archdiocese said the church has a policy from the Vatican to refuse communion to anyone who is publicly opposed to church teachings.

Attempted bomber sentenced to life in prison

A Pakistani immigrant, who attempted to set off a bomb in Times Square last May, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday morning.

Faisal Shahzad, who plead guilty with no deals on June 21, remained defiant as the judge, Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, put him away for life. According to LA Times, Shahzad continued to press his viewpoint with interruptions talking about the Koran and how the U.S. will be defeated.

On May 1 Shahzad's vehicle, loaded with powerful explosives, failed to go off in Times Square, and he was arrested two days later on a plane before it left for Dubai, the New York Times reported.

He cooperated with officials immediately.

IVF pioneer wins nobel prize for medicine

The Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded Monday to the "father of the test tube baby."

Robert G. Edwards, a British professor based at Cambridge University in England, won the Nobel Prize for his contribution to in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

According to CNN, about four million babies have been born following IVF since the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, now 32, was born on July 25, 1978.

Edwards' research has made it possible to treat infertility, which affect about 10 percent of the world's population, despite originally facing opposition from churches, governments, and other scientific colleagues, the BBC reported.

The probability of conceiving with IVF today is one in five, the same as couples trying to conceive naturally.

Suicide structure analysis

In the LA Times the reporter summarized the important elements by explain what happened first, the suicide, then discussed how the debate around two people linked to his suicide will be handled, how they will be charged, and what New Jersey law states.

The summary is quick before going into what the two alleged students did right before the suicide.

The order of the article is very effective because it goes through what is happening now with figuring out how the students are being charged then relates it back to the actual incident.

There are probably a few different ways it could have been done, but the original serves its purpose. without knowing more about the suicide the article would make no sense, so the background information was necessary.

Suicide case being reviewed

The case of a Rutgers University student jumping off the George Washington Bridge last week is being reviewed by the New Jersey's attorney general's office.

The body of freshman Tyler Clementi, 18, was found Thursday in the Hudson River after he jumped off of the George Washington Bridge, authorities said. Clementi committed suicide after his roommate broadcast him having an intimate relationship with another man on the internet.

Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, and Ravi's friend, Molly Wei, who set up a webcam and streamed the video live, were charged with two counts of invasion of privacy, the LA Times reported.

The Middlesex County prosecutor, Bruce J. Kaplan, said his office was considering whether to press hate-crime charges or not, based on Clementi's alleged sexual orientation.

According to the New York Times, New Jersey has one of the toughest state laws on hate crimes. The crime doesn't even have to be violent.

No additional charges have been made and a court date has not been set.

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