October 2011 Archives

By Lauren Regnier

Five gold necklaces were taken from children Tuesday at the Hmong Market in St. Paul, police said.

A woman allegedly befriended families with children and introduced them to her children through friendly conversations, reported ABC KSTP.

St. Paul Police say that the parents let their children walk away with the woman, where she then stole their necklaces, reported ABC KSTP.

Howie Padilla, St. Paul police spokesman, said that parents should teach their children to be aware of their surrounding and should also know where their children are, reported the Pioneer Press.

The suspect was described as a seemingly pregnant, Asian women in her twenties, reported ABC KSTP. She was seen driving a Toyota minivan with Wisconsin license plates.

By Lauren Regnier

A 5-year-old trying to track down her mother backed a car out of the driveway Monday, then called 911 for help, authorities said.

When Ameleah Kegly came home from school, she couldn't find her mother, reported FOX KSAZ. Worried that she could find her,Ameleah started up her mother's 1999 Lincoln Navigator and back out of the driveway, but stopped on the grass across the street, reported MSNBC.

She then called 911 to report the incident, reported MSNBC.

Amaleah's mother had been taken to the hospital earlier that day and said she called her father to pick her up, but he said he never recieved the call, reported FOX KSAZ.

By Lauren Regnier

A 13-year-old boy was pulled from rubble of a collapsed building Friday, five days after an earthquake struck eastern Turkey.

He was taken to the hospital, reported The Nation.

The boy was identified as Ferhat Tokay and his uncle Sahin Tokay said he survived by drinking rainwater that trickled through the rubble, reported the Los Angeles Times.

As of Friday the death toll from the 7.2 magnitude quake was around 573, reported the Los Angeles Times. According to Turkish authorities over 2,500 were injured and thousands were left without a home.

McRib returns nationwide for the second year in a row

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By Lauren Regnier

McDonald's beloved boneless barbecue pork sandwich is back yet again.

McDonald's Corp. announced Monday that the McRib will be returning, this time nationwide through Nov. 14, reported the Star Tribune.

This is the second year in a row that the McRib has returned in all U.S. restaurants at the same time, reported the Orange County Register. They usually show up at randomly at restaurants at all different times of the year.

Sales usually spike when the McRib returns because of it's popular demand, reported the Orange County Register.

The sandwich came about in 1982, reported the Star Tribune. It's dressed with pickled, onions, and barbecue sauce.

One McRib lover created a website solely dedicated to finding McRib locations across the country, reported the Orange County Register.

So, why not offer it all the time?

"Bringing it back every so often adds to the excitement," said Marta Fearon, McDonald's U.S. marketing director, reported the Star Tribune.

Minnesota State Trooper assaulted during DWI arrest

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By Lauren Regnier

A Minnesota State Trooper is expected to fully recover after being assaulted Saturday during a DWI arrest.

State Trooper Darcy Gagnon pulled over Elijah Lee Knowles, 26, at about 1:30 a.m. near Park Rapids, reported Valley News.

According to KARE 11, as Gagnon tried to handcuff Knowles, he resisted arrest and hit Gagnon in the head with her taser several times, Lt. Eric Roeske with the State Patrol said in a release.

Gagnon needed staples to close the wound to her head caused by the gun, reported Valley News.

When Hubbard County police arrived, Knowles led a high speed chase fleeing south on County Road 33 driving faster than 100 mph, but eventually crashed his car, reported Valley News.

According to KARE 11, Knowles was charged with nine counts including first degree assault. He is currently being held on $250,000 bail in Hubbard County.

Knowles' breathalyzer test showed a B.A.C. level of .143, reported KARE 11.

Analysis: News Conference

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By Lauren Regnier

In a news conference for Lansing Economic Development Corp., president and CEO Bob Trezise announced he was to become the new leader for Lansing Economic Area Partnership Inc.

This is the main point the reported focused on in her story. She didn't get into much detail about Trezise and the work that he has done or will be doing. However, the press release went on and on about his accomplishment and the great work that he had contributed to the company.

The reported basically just gave the facts, whereas the press release said what they could to promote a good image for Trezise and the company.

At the end of the story the reported reference someone else to go if the reader wants more information.

By Lauren Regnier

A shark killed an American man Saturday off the coast of Western Australia.

According to police, a witness saw a "large amount of bubbles" before the man's body floated to the surface with fatal injuries, reported Sky News.

The 32-year-old man, whose identity has not yet been released, was diving alone, reported Sky News. He was living in Australia on a work visa.

Witnesses spotted the shark and said that it appeared to be a 10-foot great white, reported ABC News.

This is the second shark attack in Western Australia within 12 days.

Baby conceived during "sleep sex"

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By Lauren Regnier

A couple conceived their 16-month old son, while one of the partners was asleep, reported the Huffington Post.

Ryan Harris, 28, has a rare medical condition called sexsomnia, in which you perform sexual acts in your sleep, but cannot remember them later, reported the Sun.

Dee Harris, 25, said that Ryan wakes her up for sex regularly, but doesn't fully gain consciousness himself, reported the Sun.

Dee said it was clear that she conceived Lincoln, their son, on a night when they had "sleep sex."

According to the Sun, the couple has been together for nine years.

By Lauren Regnier

The Senate blocked the Obama administration's attempt to limit the potato intake in school lunches Wednesday.

The Agricultural Department proposed limiting potatoes and other starchy vegetables to two servings a week in an attempt to reduce the amount of french fries served in schools, reported the Seattle Times.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who grew up harvesting potatoes objected, reported USA Today.

"The fact is that french fries are a problem, but potatoes are not," Collins said. They are a nutritious and cheap way to to feed the student when school budgets are tight, said Collins.

Her colleagues accepted her amendment preventing the USDA from putting limitations on these starchy vegetables, report USA Today.


By Lauren Regnier

A light rail construction worker was rushed into surgery Tuesday morning after his equipment tipped over, trapping him

The accident happened around 11 a.m. near 15th Ave. S and 4th St. S in Minneapolis, reported Kare 11.

project spokeswoman Laura Baenen said that other constructions workers used a front-end loader to move equipment off the trapped worker's right leg, reported the Star Tribune.

The man's right hand and right foot were amputated during surgery at the Hennepin County Medical Center, reported the Star Tribune.

The worker is employed at Ames Construction, reported Kare 11. His identity has yet to be released.

This is one of two "time-loss" injuries that have happened since work on the Central Corridor project began in Sept. 2009, reported the Star Tribune. The first happened in June when a worker injured here hand while operating a drill on the Washington Ave. bridge, Baenen.

Minnesota State Trooper collides with deer

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By Lauren Regnier

A Minnesota State Trooper collided with a deer Sunday night on Highway 15 south of Hutchinson.

The collision was recorded on the camera mounted in the officer's squad car, reported the Hutchinson Leader.

The deer's head and antlers broke through the driver's side windshield as he jumped out from the left side of the road, reported the Star Tribune.

The officer had only minor injuries, reported the Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety advised that bringing your vehicle to a controlled stop is safer than swerving to avoid deer, reported the Hutchinson Leader.

Deer related vehicle accidents tend to increase in October and November and Minnesota is ranked as one of the highest-risk states , reported the Star Tribune.

Analysis: Multimedia

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By Lauren Regnier

The Star Tribune posts photos, videos, audio, and podcasts. Sometimes these things stand alone. There is usually a sentence or two next to the video, photo, etc. describing that it's about. A lot of their stories on the homepage are paired with a photo and a short excerpt of the story under it. This helps to draw the reader in. It gives them a visual, which is more appealing than text.

Next to the videos they right a short paragraph describing what the video is about. This writing differs from the excerpts that are matched with the photo in that it doesn't have actual reporting. It basically just describes what will be shown in the video, and then leaves the video to tell the story.

The New York Times has a lot more multimedia options. They have slideshows which tell a story through pictures that are matched with a sentence or two. The writing is very clear and concise. It usually describes what is happening in the photo or information about what the event was.

This approach is nice for visual people because it can tell a whole story basically through pictures. It also gives you a better sense of what's going on because it's almost as if you were there.

Overall, I feel that video clips, photos, and other forms of multimedia give the reader more information to have a better understand of what is going on.

Plane crash in New Guinea killed 28, 4 survived

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By Lauren Regnier

A plane crashed in a forest in Papua New Guinea Thursday, killing 28 people and leaving four survivors.

Two pilots were among the four survivors, reported the Huffington Post.

The Airlines PNG Dash 8 aircraft was flying from Lae to the resort hub of Madang when it crashed, reported the Huffington Post.

According to the Daily Telegraph, "'Initial indications are that there are no Australians amongst those killed,'" a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.

According to the Australian Associated Press, most of the passengers were parents traveling to Madang for children's graduation ceremony, reported the Huffington Post.

By Lauren Regnier

A New Mexico woman is facing charges after she put an ad on craiglist looking to buy drugs, police said.

Anamicka Dave, 29, was arrested by police after they posed as sellers and arranged to meet up with her via text messages, reported the Miami Herald.

Roswell Police Sgt. Ty Sharpe said he was shocked that someone would put up an ad for marijuana online and thought it was a police sting, reported FOX DC.

Police met with Dave in a parking lot and arrested her, reported the Miami Herald.

It was unclear it she had an attorney, reported FOX DC.

Minnesota state trooper charged with two counts of DWI

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By Lauren Regnier

An off-duty Minnesota Trooper was charged with two counts of DWI after being pulled over and arrested in Shorewood Saturday night.

Brian Bammert, 30, was taken to the Hennepin County Jail and posted a $3000 bond, reported KARE 11 News. His first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 22.

According to police, Bammert was pulled over at 11:38 p.m. on Hwy. 7 after police had received complaint of a hit-and-run in Bonifacius, reported the Star Tribune. He admitted he had been drinking and his vehicle appeared the be damaged, according to a news release.

In April, Bammert was in the news after being hit by vehicles twice in a two month period, reported KARE 11 News.

He was not injured in any of the accidents.

By Lauren

A popular special education teacher was shot and killed Saturday by and 81-year-old man and his son in rural Paynesville.

WCCO-TV reported that Timothy Larson, 43, taught at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West for three years, reported the Star Tribune.

The gunman, Delbert Huber, called 811 at 7:22 p.m. and admitted to killing a man on the 28000 block of 44th St. NE in Burbank earlier that day, reported FOX 9 News.

According to investigators, Huber allegedly traveled about 20 miles to Larson's home where some kind of confrontation took place before he killed Larson, reported FOX 9 News.

When police arrived at the scene they found Huber's son, Timothy Huber, and both were arrested and are now being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail, reported FOX 9 News.

The Larson family told FOX 9 News that they are devastated by the loss.

In a report by the Star Tribune, Superintendent Jim Behle called Larson "a teacher that you would want your child to have."

By Lauren Regnier

An Illinois women ran the Chicago marathon while she was nearly 39 weeks pregnant on Sunday, just hours before giving birth to a healthy baby girl.

Amber Miller, 27, delivered her 7-pound, 13-ounce baby girl, June Audra Miller, approximately 7 hours after finishing the 26.2 mile race, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Miller ran all throughout her pregnancy without any implications, but played it safe on Sunday by walking and running in two-mile intervals, reported the Chicago Sun-Times. She finished in 6 hours and 25 minutes.

Miller has participated in eight marathons and this is the third time she has been pregnant, reported the Washington Post.

Medical experts don't advise women to start marathon training while pregnant, but they say that if a woman was a healthy runner before she got pregnant that running during pregnancy is fine, reported the Washington Post.

Miller is looking forward to returning home with her new daughter on Tuesday, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Analysis: Two-day story

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By Lauren Regnier

When comparing the two-day Star Tribune story about the OccupyMN demonstration, they were structured similarly, but the information in them were very different. There wasn't a lot of information in day one's story that showed up again in the day two's story.

Both of the stories have a one-sentence introduction line right below the headline and above a video clip that briefs what the story will be about. These somewhat act like a shortened lead. However, day one's story has an actual lead describing what the protest is about, where and when it took place, and who was involved. Day two's story places day one's lead further down in the story and starts out the story with new information regarding one of the protestors.

Both of the stories advance through the events of the demonstration in a somewhat chronological order of what happened as each day progressed. They both use lots of quotes from the protestors to tie together each idea. Because of this, there isn't really any information in day two's story from day one's Instead, day two's story advances the news by reporting on how many people are still participating and what their thoughts are about the situation.

I don't believe that day two's story was a response to a competing news organization. It doesn't mention any other organizations in the story. Rather, it's an addition to information in its original covering of the demonstration.

By Lauren Regnier

A grocery store working pleaded guilty Thursday to handing out semen-tainted yogurt samples at an Albuquerque market.

Anthony Garcia, 32, pleaded guilty to charges of adulterating food and making false statements in a criminal investigation, reported the Chicago Sun Times.

Under terms of his plea agreement, Garcia admitted to tainted samples of yogurt with semen that he was handing out in January at Sunflower Market, reported MSNBC News.

Police said he was linked to the yogurt through DNA tests, reported the Chicago Sun Times.

Garcia faces up to three years of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, reported MSNBC News.

Maplewood teenager arrested for fake bomb threat

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By Lauren Regnier

A 15-year-old was arrested Tuesday night in connection with a fake bomb threat called in to the Roseville Area High School.

According to police, the teenager allegedly called the school Tuesday afternoon and left an anonymous voicemail saying he would "blow up" the school at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, reported the Star Tribune.

Police and school officials searched the building at 240 W. County Road B2, but didn't find anything suspicious, reported the Pioneer Press.

During questioning the teenager admitted to the prank and was arrested and taken to the Ramsey County juvenile detention facility, reported the Pioneer Press.

Police are investigating if others were involved in the prank, reported the Star Tribune.

No other information can be disclosed because the case involves a minor.

Denmark imposed world's first "fat tax"

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By Lauren Regnier

Denmark is imposing what is believe to be the world's first "fat tax" on fatty food in an attempt to get its citizens to eat healthier.

Rates will correspond with the percentage of fat contained in the food, reported CBS News. The value is about $3 for every 2.2 pounds of saturated fat.

Danes emptied the shelves of grocery stores in order to stock up on their favorite foods before the tax went into effect on Saturday, reported ABC News.

Increased fees on things like sugar, fat and tobacco is important in paving the way to a higher life expectancy, said health minister Jakob Axel Nielson in a report by CBS News.

However, some Danes are skeptical that the tax will create change.

The tax should complement more affordable healthy foods said Monika Kosinska, the secretary general of the European Public Health Alliance, in a report from ABC News.

Couple arrested after locking 7-year-old in coffin

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By Lauren Regnier

Police arrested a northeastern Pennsylvania couple after a 7-year-old boy was found crying in a filthy basement where he claimed he was forced to sleep in a coffin.

The boy's mother Lori Gardner, 26, and his stepfather Brian Sleboda, 31, were arraigned on endangerment and unlawful restraint charges, reported the Star Tribune.

The boy told officers that he was sometimes tied up with duct tape and told that ghosts lived in the basement, reported WBFF FOX45.

Last week neighbors heard the boy crying and called police, reported WBFF FOX45. Upon their arrival the boy asked, "Are you here to help me?"

According to the Star Tribune, the bug-iridden home has been condemned, authorities said.

By Lauren Regnier

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for parts of Minnesota Wednesday in response to dry the dry weather conditions.

The areas under warning include the Twin Cities, west central and south central Minnesota, reported the Star Tribune.

The warning has been extended from noon Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday, reported the Shakopee Valley News.

Winds will be coming from the south at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, reported the Star Tribune. Gusty winds and low humidity can be dangerous because it causes the fire to spread quickly.

It was the Twin Cities' driest September on record since 1940, with only 0.36'' of rainfall, compared to its usual 3.08'', reported the Star Tribune.

Fire has potential to spread quickly with the dry grass, brush and crops that extend across the region, reported the Shakopee Valley News.


By Lauren Regnier

The AP reporter for the Star Tribune's story about the murder-suicide that occurred in a Souther California school's parking lot, structures his story with the martini glass method.

They start out with a lead summarizing the important information and then get into more detail about who died where in the second, refresh paragraph. They throw a quote from one of the victims family members right under this paragraph, but it just seems out of place to me.

Next they told the chronology of events that took place through the point of view of a witness. I thought this worked really well. It was more interesting getting the story from someone who watched the shooting happen opposed to the police recounting the facts.

To tie it all together, they end the story with a kicker that plays off of that, a quote of how the witness felt while he was watching the incident happen. This, too, was successful. You could really feel his sense of shock and aw from his statement and it was a great way to end the story.

Truck driver killed in rollover on !-494

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By Lauren Regnier

A truck driver was killed Saturday morning after rolling his truck and hitting several parked cars on Interstate 494 in Dakota County.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that David Peterson, 45, was going east on Interstate 494 near Seventh Avenue in south St. Paul around 5 a.m., reported the Star Tribune.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver lost control of his dump truck, hit four parked car, and flipped onto its side, reported ABC News.

No one else was injured and the cause is still under investigation, reported ABC News.

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