September 2011 Archives

Teen boy playing with rifle kills friend in Chisago County

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By Lauren Regnier

A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot at his home Thursday night by his 16-year-old friend who was playing with a rifle.

According to the Chisago County Sheriff's Department, William Showers was shot in the neck with a .22 caliber bullet, reported KSTP.

The 16-year-old called 911 and stayed at the house until police arrived. Showers was pronounced dead at the scene, reported KSTP.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the 16-year-old was questioned by authorities and released to his parents, reported by the Star Tribune.

The incident is still under investigation and the victim's name is expected to be released sometime on Friday.

By Lauren Regnier

Two commuter trains collided in a tunnel outside Caracus Thursday, killing one of the conductors and injuring about 30 passengers, officials said.

Transportation Minister Francisco Garces confirmed the death of Wilfredo Macero Manzano, 27, one of the train's conductors, reported the Channel 6 News.

Garces said the first train braked due to a malfunction and the second train ran into it from behind causing the first one to derail, reported the Star Tribune.

A third train holding 1,000 passengers and coming from the opposite direction was able to stop before crashing into the others, reported the Star Tribune.

Officials said there were nearly 3,000 people evacuated from the collision, including about 2,000 who were riding other trains not directly affected in the accident, reported the Star Tribune.

Garces said the railroad system was expected to run again during the weekend, reported the Channel 6 News.


By Lauren Regnier

A murder-suicide took place Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Patriot High School in Southern California involving a school volunteer and her husband.

Maria Aguirre, 61, died at a local hospital after the shooting and her husband, Donaciano Aguirre, 64, died in the parking lot, reported the Star Tribune.

The shooting took place a little after 10:30 a.m. and the school was immediately placed on lockdown, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

All students were accounted for and they were released in phases throughout the day, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

Zachary Wisdom, 18, was one of the witnesses of the incident. He said he saw the man shoot the women twice in the car and then proceed to shoot her again when she fell out of the car, before shooting himself, reported the Star Tribune.

St. Paul man shot to death in east St. Paul

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By Lauren Regnier

A 24-year-old St. Paul man was shot to death Wednesday night in east St. Paul.

Police were called to E. 3rd St. and Bates Avenue about gunshots around 6:30 p.m., reported the Star Tribune.

When officers arrived, they discovered that the victim was taken to Regions Hospital and pronounced dead, reported the Pioneer Press.

No one has been arrested as of Wednesday night, reported the Pioneer Press.

Analysis: Typhoon headed to stricken Japanese nuclear plant

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By Lauren Regnier

Only three sources can be found in the story in the New York Times about the typhoon that recently hit Japan.

The reporter scatters them evenly throughout the story with one near the beginning, middle, and end.

The first attribution is from Japan's National Broadcaster, NHK and it's more effective than the other two. It's at the end of the sentence and it says "...according to, Japan's National Broadcaster, NHK," similar to the method we learned in class.

The other two attributions come in the middle of the paragraph, which are a little more confusing. The story contains really long paragraphs and breaking them up where he put the attributions it could make the story more clean cut and less wordy.

The reported mostly attributes corporations with statistics of damages or the number of people affected. He only attributed one person, Japan's electric company's spokesman. However, when the reported couldn't get ahold of the spokesman again, he noted that in the story, which I think was good.

A lot of information about the typhoon's damages and location weren't attributed, which makes me wonder where he got the information.

One reduced-calories meal per day can lead to weight loss

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By Lauren Regnier

Contrary to some dieters beliefs, eating one calorie-reduced meal a day, and whatever else you want for the rest of the day could be an effective way to lose weight, according to a study by the October issue of the journal Appetite.

For two weeks researched had 17 people eat as much as they wanted at a buffet, where they weighed the amount of food consumed and recorded the calorie intake, reported the Modest Bee. For two weeks after that they ate a 200-calorie lunch, such as a Kashi bar or a Lean pocket, and ate whatever they wanted from the buffet for the rest of the day.

Overall, they consumed 245 fewer calories on the days where they ate a 200-calorie lunch, which resulted in an average weight loss of 1.1 pounds per participant in the two week period, reported the New York Times.

"'The prevailing notion is that if you create a deficit, you're going to make up for it later," said David Levitsky, a nutrition professor at Cornell University, "In this study, we found no evidence of any compensation,'" reported the New York Times.

Former Indy 500 race injured in car crash

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By Lauren Regnier

Former Indy 500 racer Herm Johnson was critically injured in a two-way car crash on Saturday west of Brainerd, authorities said.

According to the State Patrol, Johnson, 58, crossed paths with another car as he was turning left at an intersection in Baxter, reported the Star Tribune.

He was in critical condition and taken to North Memorial Hospital, but is in good condition as of Friday, reported the Star Tribune.

Johnson had been drinking prior to the accident, reported the Star Tribune.

NewsTalk WAYY reported that Johnson will be charged with failure to yield and driving under the influence, according to the Minnesota State Patrol crash report.

The other driver, Sharalynn M. Christenson, 21, was treated and released, reported the Star Tribune.

Johnson drove for the Menards race team in the Indy 500 during the 1980s.

By Lauren Regnier

An ex-middle school teacher from Fla. was released from probation Thursday, after pleading guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old student in 2005.

The case never went to trial because the student's mother wanted to avoid publicity, reported Fox News.

According to the Miami Herald, Debra Lafave, 31, has served two years of house arrest and was given probation until November 2015.

Lafave is now a mother of twins and is living with her fiancee, reported the Miami Herald.

According to Fox News, the mother, whose name is not to be disclosed, isn't happy with the judge's decision.

"'Just because she had twins is a ridiculous excuse,'" the woman said, "'Her actions have forever impacted our family," reported Fox News.

According to the Miami Herald the victim, now 21, is still getting psychiatric care.


Typhoon Roke strikes Central Japan

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By Lauren Regnier

Typhoon Roke struck Central Japan Wednesday, causing flooding toward the nuclear plant in Fukushima.

The New York Times reported that as of Wednesday evening, six people died and seven were missing.

The strong winds and rain temporarily shut down Tokyo's commercial and political center and stopped commuter trains and subways, stranding thousands of commuters in Tokyo, reported the New York Times. Despite this, most of Japan continued to have power.

The storm moved northeast at 50 kph, reported Bloomberg.

It was expected to strike the same nuclear plant that was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March, raising concerns that contaminated water from the reactor buildings would leak into the Pacific Ocean, reported the New York Times.

However, before the storm hit, Takeo Iwamoto, the plant's operator, said that the plant could survive without further damage or leakage concerns, reported the New York Times.

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Unbuckled 25 -year-old dies in rollover crash on I-35

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By Lauren Regnier

An unbuckled motorists died in a rollover accident in Lakevill early Sunday morning, authorities said.

The State Patrol said Burnsville woman Wendi Liverseed, 25, was driving north on Interstate 35, just north of County Road 70, when she was killed in the crash just after 3:35 a.m. reported the Star Tribune.

According to the patrol. a witness said she was driving at high speeds when her car veered off the left side of the road where her vehicle rolled over several times, reported the Star Tribune.

The roads were wet at the time, but investigators don't know if this played a role in the accident, reported Fox News.

Liverseed was dead at the scene.

By Lauren Regnier

The story about the death of a nine year-old boy in the Star Tribune is a perfect depiction of what a hard-news lead should look like.

It answers the questions who, what, where, when, and why without being too specific. In other words, the reader can get the full gist of the story just by reading the first sentence.

It generates proximity because it was the death of a boy from St. Paul and timeliness because it happened just this morning.

The most detailed information given in the lead is who it's about. This is most likely because it pertains to the death of a child that lives in the community.

The lead describes what happened in a general way and leaves more specific details for both why and how it happened in the second and later paragraphs.

It's the same situation with when it happened. The lead gives the reader a general idea when it happened, early Saturday morning, but the second paragraph takes it step further, stating the actual time the accident took place.

New food joint near TCF Stadium

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By Lauren Regnier

A new restaurant near the TCF Bank stadium offers students, staff and Gopher fans a notable dining experience.

The Green Spoon appears similar to most diners, with pancakes, waffles, and omelets in the morning, followed by sandwiches, wraps, and salads later in the day. However, chef John Robinson sets himself apart by cooking conscientiously with fresh ingredients reported the Star Tribune.

Owner Jinsoo Park fused Korean flavors into some of the dishes, such as the Philly-style sandwich made with a layer of tangy kimchi and a bulgogi-style beef reported the Star Tribune.

They also have a selection of pastries, as well as a limited selection of beer and wine.

Prices are kept low to accommodate the student Crowd.

City Pages reported that the Green Spoon is open from early morning to late at night and is located near 26th St. and University Ave. SE.

Blenders sold at Target recalled due to malfunctions

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By Lauren Regnier

The Minneapolis-based Target is recalling hundreds of thousands of blenders after they received complaints of severe cuts to the hand and fingers caused by the product.

The U.S. Consumer Product Commission made this announcement Thursday, which is recalling over 300,000,000 Chefmate six-speed blenders, model BL-10, reported the Star Tribune.

According to the CPCS the plastic pitcher can detach from the blade assembly while in operation, leaving the rotating blades expose.

Nearly a dozen people contacted Target about the malfunction, seven of which complained about serious injuries to the hand and fingers reported the Star Tribune.

These blenders were sold exclusively at Target and were made in China for Select Brands of Lenaxa, Kansas. They were sold for around $14 from September 2007 to February 2011, reported TribLive News.

Consumers are urged to stop using the blenders and return them to target for a full refund, reported TrivLive News.

Small earthquake vibrates along Northwest Vancouver Island

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By Lauren Regnier

A mild earthquake vibrated the Northwest side of Vancouver Island early Thursday morning.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck at 4:02 a.m. PST, reported The Globe and Mail.

The USGS said that the quake is a probable aftershock of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck on Friday, reported CTV Montreal.

This was just one of six quakes that shook the Pacific Coast, from Baja, Mexico up to Alaska, between midnight and a little after 4 a.m. reported CTV Montreal.

According to The Globe and Mail, the strongest of these occurred in Alaska but none exceeded a magnitude of 4.5.

290-pound man sues White Castle

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By Lauren Regnier

A man from New York filed a federal lawsuit against White Castle last week, after he failed to fit into one of the restaurant's booths.

In the lawsuit, Martin Kessman, a 6-foot, 290-pound man, says that he was embarrassed in 2009 when he attempted to slide into a seat at a White Castle in Nanuet, N.Y., reported the Star Tribune. He was also in pain after banging his knee against a post under the table.

The lawsuit claims that the restaurant violates the American With Disabilities Act because its seating fails to accommodate someone of Kessman's size, the Star Tribune reported.

USA Today reported that the seating at the Nanuet White Castle is typical of most fast food chains, with single units that have a set distance between the table and the seat.

Jamie Richardson, White Castle spokesman, said that Kessman could have asked for a folding chair, reported USA Today.

Richardson said that the White Castle will be replaced and larger seats will be put in.

I-35W Bridge Remembrance Garden reborn

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By Lauren Regnier

The letters stolen from the message on the Interstate 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden were reinstalled Monday.

The monument honoring victims of the 2007 bridge collapse was defaced on Aug. 3, just two days after its dedication, the Star Tribune reported.

Twenty-two letters were torn off, leaving the message illegible, reported City Pages.

Tadd Kreun, the project's landscape architect, told the Star Tribune that the letters were reinstalled with stronger adhesives that thicker studs. A surveillance camera was also installed across the street.

The Star Tribune reported that the repairs cost $14,500, which came out of the maintenance money for the memorial.

The memorial was designed by Minneapolis landscape architect Tom Oslund.

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