October 26, 2008

Man is Arrested in Case of Hudson's Mother and Brother's Deaths

A suspect in the deaths of singer Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother was arrested but not charged Friday, according to The NY Times.
Hudson is offering a $100,000 reward for the return of her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, who went missing the same day as her mother and brother were killed in their family home in Chicago, according to WCCO.
William Belfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister and father of Julian, was arrested Friday in the case. Since his arrest there has still been no leads on Julian's whereabouts.

Fundraiser Sunday for 2-year-old Girl with Brain Cancer

The friends and family of a little girl who suffers from a rare brain and spinal cord cancer gathered in Chanhassen Sunday to benefit her, according to Fox9.
2-year-old Kirra O'Connor was diagnosed with a cancer called PNET July 23, according to WCCO.
Friends and family held a silent auction at the Chanhassen American Legion to raise money for Kirra's medical costs.
Kirra was able to get a day pass from her doctors to attend the event, but had to wear a mask because she has a very weak immune system. She is currently in her fourth round of chemotherapy.

Akansas News Anchor Dies Days after Being Brutally Beaten

A 26-year-old Arkansas news anchor died Saturday from her injuries sustained from a beating just days earlier.
Anne Presley worked as a morning Anchor for KATV in Little Rock. She was found brutally beaten in her home Monday morning, according to CNN.
She died at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center from injuries that were mostly around the face, head and neck, according to Arkansas AP.
The police have no suspects and KATV established a $30,000 reward for anyone with information on Presley's attacker.
The police believe it may have been a buglary because Presley's purse was missing, but her family believes their was a more personal motive because of the severity of her injuries.
In the days leaading up to her death she was in intensive care and unable to communicate because of the injuries, according to CNN.

Endagered Gorillas Caught in Congo Crossfire

Congolese rebels took hold of a military camp and a gorilla park Sunday that is home to endangered mountain gorillas, according to the United Nations. The "heavy fighting" also sent thousands of people fleeing, the CNN news story said.
The fighting between rebels and government officials broke a week-old cease-fire amid the groups.
According the the International Herald Tribune it was the rebel groups who defied the UN Security Council Sunday by starting a new offensive.
They seized Virunga National Park headquarters, home to 200 of 700 endangered gorillas. Park rangers fled fearing their own safety and now the gorillas are in danger of being caught in the cross-fire of this ongoing battle.

October 12, 2008

Minneapolis Man Shot

An 18-year-old senior from Roosevelt High School was shot and killed in Minneapolis Saturday night, according to police.
The victim was shot around 7 p.m. while leaving a birthday party. He was standing in an alley with others when the shooters drove by, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
There are no suspects and the police are investigating if the shooting was gang-related, but the victim's family said he was not in a gang himself.
Fox News reported the victim as Jesse Mickelson and WCCO had not yet reported the victim's name.

World Bank Agrees to Help Countries in Need

The World Bank agreed on Sunday to help developing countries financially and economically. According to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, this move will have a positive effect on the struggling markets. He also urged that developed companies continue to help aid the poor countries throughout the hard financial times that are affecting the globe.
According to both CNN and Fox news coverage countries such as the United States and Europe were initially angry about the committment. However the United States is not "pursuing policies that would limit the flow of goods, services or capital," Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said.

September 22, 2008

Motorcycle Accident May Have Been a Murder

The boyfriend of an Anoka woman found dead near her motorcycle Friday morning is now under arrest.
Natasha Waalen, either 28 or 29, was believed to have been involved in a motorcycle accident, but now the police may be investigating a homicide. WCCO reported Waalen to be 28 years old and Fox reported her to be 29 years old.
"The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says Waalen's autopsy showed injuries that were not consistent with a crash," Fox News reports.
Waalen's live-in boyfriend and father of her 4-year-old daughter is now under arrest on supicion of murder.
"Boland could be charged with murder early next week," WCCO said.

Helicopter Crash Kills Two People in Wisconsin Home

A helicopter crashed into a Wisconsin home and killed two people early Sunday morning. There were five others that made it out of the house uninjured.
The two people that died were a man and woman that were in the aircraft, according to WISN News.
Around 5:30 a.m. the helicopter crashed into the roof of a home in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
"We don't know why or if it had clearance to be up at the time," Kenosha police Lt. Ron Bartholomew said to WISN News.
Fog was reported at that time, according to a Fox News source. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Fire at Chinese Nightclub Kills 43 People

At least 43 people died in a nightclub fire in China that occurred on Saturday night. Another 88 people were injured.
The nightclub, located in Shenzen City, put on a show that included a fireworks display. The fireworks were the apparent cause of the fire, according to CNN.
The incident is still under investigation and the cause of the blaze is unknown, according to The New York Times, on the other hand.

September 21, 2008

Analysis Entry on Attribution: "Woman Found Dead Near Motorcycle, Cops Suspicious"

This was a local news story from the WCCO site.

I thought that this story was a good example for looking at attribution because the writer uses a few different types of attribution. The story begins by attributing authorities in a short paraphrase. In the third paragraph these authorities are described more specifically.
It is obvious that the author has taken time to interview several different sources. Neighbors, authorities and the victim's father are all used in this story.
A direct quote is only used once and it has a lot of impact because it is a quote from the victim's father regarding the arrest of the victim's boyfriend. This is not something the author would want to paraphrase:

"I didn't want to believe it. I've known him a long time," said the victim's father Jeff Waalen, who's known Boland for about 10 years. -WCCO

The punction is also used correctly in this example of a direct quote.
I would consider revising this attribution based on what we learned in class:

Neighbors said officers spent about 12 hours going through the house Friday. -WCCO

I would have written it "Officers spent about 12 hours going through the house Friday said neighbors." I do not think it is import to introduce the neighbors first in this sentence. It is more important that the police spent 12 hours going through the house.
One more note: This story and a similar one produced by Fox News give two different ages of the victim. It would be interesting to find out where each news agency got their information on the victim.

Woman Finds Stranger Sleeping in Her Son's Bed

A woman awoke Monday morning to the sound of snoring coming from her 2-year-old son's bedroom. Her son had slept with her and her husband though.
She discovered a 42-year-old man sleeping in her son's bed. Sunday night the man had allegedly broken in, ate some cheese, dirtied up the bathroom and fell asleep in the child's bedroom.
Upon discovering the man, the woman woke her husband up and called the police. The woman's husband detained the burglar with an unloaded shotgun until police arrived.
"Tracy Mullins, 47, of Billings, was arraigned in District Court on Thursday by video from the county jail," according to the Fox9 report.