November 2010 Archives

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Online poll started by Twin Cities couple begins frenzy

By Justin Reis

A Twin Cities couple started an online poll on asking whether the woman, who is 17 weeks pregnant, should have an abortion, Thursday.

"Birth or not" owners said, "Give people a chance to voice their opinions in a real situation", according to the Star Tribune.

Alisha Arnold, 30, of Apple Valley and her husband, Peter Arnold, started the website because of their frustration with their recent three miscarriages. The Star Tribune said they weren't sure they were ready to have a baby.

They received hateful e-mails saying, "we were idiots and don't deserve to be parents and were irresponsible," Arnold said.

Driver charged with UW student death

By Justin Reis

A Menomonie man was charged with three felonies after being the suspected killer of a college student while driving drunk, according to the Pioneer Press.

Isaac W. Storandt, 24, was charged Friday in Dunn County. Charges included two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the March death of Michael J. Dixon, 24, a University of Wisconsin-Stout student.

Police officers were called to an accident at early March 12. Dixon had been struck while crossing a street north of campus.

Storandt admitted to being the driver of the car that hit him, according to the Pioneer Press.

Dixon died from respiratory failure.

Irish finane minister seeks bailout

By Justin Reis

Irish finance minister said today he seeks support from his country's cabinet fort a financial bailout from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.

According to the Guardian, the Irish government has agreed to fund a "contingency loan" to pat the country's multibillion-euro bank rescue program.

Brian Lenihan, the minister of finance, said, "I will be recommending to the government that we should apply for a program and start formal applications."

The cabinet is meeting in Dublin to finalize is four-year bailout plan.

Life is grim for local access TV

By Justin Reis

MADISON, Wis.--At WYOU Community Television, "the future is bleak", Barbra Bolan, the WYOU executive director, said.

The state did not grant the station the anticipated $140,000 that helped supply the station with musical, cooking, and other community programming, Bolan said. According to USA Today, Bolan has laid off staff and the station moved to a smaller office.

The problems at WYOU occur at other stations across the nation. Public support and new technology are main contributors to the downfall of many newsrooms, reported USA Today.

Within the last five years, around 600 community access stations have shut down, Sue Buske, a telecommunications consultant, said. Buske said roughly 5,000 stations similar to WYOU remain.

Community TV problems originated when changes made in 21 states.

Obama hopes for progress after conflict with house leader

By Justin Reis

WASHINGTON--In August House Republican leader John Boehner encouraged President Obama to terminate his entire economic team for not pulling the nation out of a recession.

In addition, the team was given the responsibility to create more jobs. Obama and Boehner must now get along after the president attacked the republican leader eight times in one speech, according to USA Today.

Many questions must be resolved surrounding tax cuts for the wealthy, republicans reducing spending and who will be challenging Obama in 2012. USA Today reported, Democrats and Republicans in the White House and Congress can resolve the issues "in a bipartisan fashion".

"I do believe there is hope for civility," Obama said when republicans gained 60 seats for a house majority.

USA Today reported, Obama believes there is hope for progress.

Somali priates free couple after being held for over a year

By Justin Reis

A British couple was released Sunday after being held captive for over a year by Somali Pirates, their family said in a statement.

Paul and Rachel Chandler were forced off their yacht on October 23, 2009 after they sailed from Seychelles Islands for Tanzania, according to CNN.

The Chadler's family confirmed the couples arrival in Kenya Sunday afternoon. "The two retired people on a sailing trip on a small private yacht and not part of a major commercial enterprise involving tens of millions of pounds of assets," the family of the Chandler's said.

A ransom of roughly $750,000 was paid to the pirates, however the family did not comment or confirm this number released by local elders in Somalia.

According to CNN, the Chandler's relatives said, ""would like to thank those in the Somali community especially, both locally and in the UK, who did so much to help secure their release."

Paul Chandler said after they were captured, the pirates said they would be killed if they were not paid $7 million in ransom, reported CNN.

Analysis: Numbers

By Justin Reis

The death toll in Port-au-Prince, Haiti continues to rise due to the cholera outbreak, reported CNN.

While the numbers in the story primarily are tailored to the death toll and the number of hospitalizations, the numbers offer accurate news and supply credible information. The story of course is not about the numbers themselves, they tell the story of the large disease outbreak.

The rule of a max of two numbers per graph is prove where there is not confusion of too many numbers or making the information weighted down by numbers.

The numbers tell the reader about the importance of the outbreak and the overall scale.

Dayton and Emmer wait for recount results

By Justin Reis

The recount battle continues for Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer for their race to be governor, according to the Star Tribune.

Dayton is in the lead by one half of a percent. A large investment is necessary to complete the recount, but republicans are ready to pay what is needed to see their man on top.

"I don't think there's any downside to keeping this recount going on as long as possible," said a high-level Republican operative who wished to remain anonymous.

For Dayton, an estimated $2 million dollars may be needed to complete the recount.

Don Shelby retires from WCCO after 32 years

By Justin Reis

Don Shelby plans to deliver his last newscast Nov. 22 and plans to say good bye to WCCO after 32 years, according to the Pioneer Press.

The 63 year old anchorman said, "When I have effectively told stories, the reaction is how I would want it to be." Shelby arrived to WCCO from Houston in 1978.

In April of 1980 he was close to loosing his job as he was intoxicated. The former news director Ron Handberg gave Shelby an ultimatum to go to rehab or loose his job.

In an unusual moment of lucidity and sanity, I chose the option of going to treatment," Shelby said.

The Broadcasting Hall of Fame member's last newscast on WCCO will be at 10 p.m.


Pastor comes out after recent student's suicide

By Justin Reis

A Georgia megachurch founder and pastor decides to come out of the closet after the September suicide of a Rutgers University student, according to CNN.

Bishop Jim Swilley, 52, said "There comes a point in your life where you say,'how much time do we have left in our lives? Are we going to be authentic or not?'" He also said this was the tipping point for him.

Tyler Clementi, 18, was a Rutgers student that jumped off a bridge after a secretly-taped sexual encounter between him and another man was posted on the internet, reported CNN.

Swilley said he has always known he is gay since he was a child. He never thought he would live openly, reported CNN.

He wife of 20 years still works at their megachurch. Swilley is a father of four from two marriages.

Swilley said "you are who are" in a recent interview.

Reported by CNN, "What I told my church is that I was given two things in my life that I didn't ask for... one is the call of God in my life and the other is my orientation. I didn't ever think that those two things could be compatible," Swilley said.

According to the Huffington Post, he told CNN his wife encouraged him to come out years ago, but he told her, "These words will never come out of my mouth."

Pastor comes out after recent student's suicide

Muslim cleric arrested

By Justin Reis

A Muslim cleric was arrested in Lebanon at his home days after his sentencing to life in prison by military court in a terrorism trial, authorities said.

According to the Huffington Post, Omar Bakri Mohammed was in the city of Tripoli and taken into custody, officials said. They spoke on a condition of anonymity.

Mohammed headed the Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, which was considered to be radical and is now dis-abandoned, officials said. He lived in Brittan for 20 years until he was barred from the country because his presence was "conducive to public good," according to the Guardian.

Mohammed was joined by 53 other people sentences Friday in trials of militants who fought in 2007 with the Lebanese army, the Huffington Post reported.

According to the Guardian, judicial officials said he was sentenced to life because he did not attend his trial. Cleric said he never received a summons.

Mohammed said the charges were "lies and fabrications", in an interview with the Associated Press.

His lawyer informed him to turn himself in within 15 days of the sentencing, officials said.

According to the Huffington Post, Mohammed became a focus of British attention after he said he would not inform the police if he knew Islamists were planning attacks such as the 7 July London bombings.

Analysis: Obit

By Justin Reis

Artie Wilson died.

The source used was his wife, Dorothy. The type of lead is standard NYTimes style. I see the age is listed last, as we learned in class, with a briefing on his career in baseball. The lead is effective as it educates readers who he was, what he did, and when and where he died. The information is detailed enough to educate a reader such as myself who he was as I am not familiar with his past.

The lead and overall obit is sympathetic to the emotions of readers and play tribute to his accomplishments. This leads into how the obit differs from a resume.

There is chronology which lists his accomplishments. All of these facts I am confident could be researched online, however the small message of personality and passion for the man she lost and adding to the man he was are not facts that could be researched.

Got an iPhone? Don't be late on Monday

By Justin Reis

Sunday morning's time change due to daylight savings time resulted in a glitch that will effect iPhone 4 users for the rest of the week.

This news comes from iPhone users in Australia and Europe experienced a delay in their cell phone alarms to sound an hour later then intended.

A glitch in the phones alarms will cause all other alarms not to ring until an hour after needed. Users need to go into the phone and manually create new alarms to bypass the error.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison told CNN that users create "nonrepeating alarms" and reset after November 7. Harrison assures customers this will resolve the issue.

"Later this month, Apple will release an updated version of its mobile software, iOS 4.2, which will permanently fix the problem," Harrison said.

Hunting accident hurts Bloomington teen

By Justin Reis

A Bloomington teen was hurt in hunting accident in western Minnesota Saturday, according to the Pioneer Press.

Jesse Gess, 16, was struck by a slug while in his father's truck. The father of the teen told investigators he was loading the shotgun when it accidentally discharged.

Gess was taken to Ortonville Hospital. Information of his injuries hive not yet been released.

The accident happened near the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Big Stone county.


The Emmer vs. Dayton recount

By Justin Reis

A state-funded hand recount of the election votes will happen as Democrat nominee Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by around 9,000 votes.

Dayton's lead by 0.42 percentage points is a difference that requires a recount, the Pioneer Press said. Some Republicans are doubting the win after the recount, but a lawsuit may what they need to get ahead.

According to the Pioneer Press, and GOP Chairman Tony Sutton, the lawsuit would encompass machine jams or possible irregularities.

The recount process is familiar because of the 2008 recount between senator nominees Norm Coleman and Al Franken. In their case, Coleman had legitimate legal grounds, it is not clear if the same would be for Emmer, the Star Tribune reported.

"There would need to be problems in the voting process that are violations of the law that could make a difference in the outcome," Edward Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University, said.

If a recount happens, Dec. 14 is the day to Dec. 14 to certify the results.


Chilean miner runs New York Marathon

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By Justin Reis

NEW YORK-- One of the 33 miners trapped in Chile for 69 days ran the New York Marathon today on his first trip outside of his native country.

Edison Pena, 34, ran the 26 mile challenge and finished under 6 hours.

While in New York, Pena appeared on the David Letterman Show, gave interviews for local newspapers, and living up to his new celebrity title, according to the Guardian. During his interviews, he "giggled" while interviewed by reporters that tried their hand at speaking Spanish.

When trapped underground with the other miners, Pena reportedly entertained the men by singing Elvis Presley songs. He also kept himself sane by running the tunnels of the underground mine, CNN reported.

Lady Gaga wins big at the European MTV Music Awards

By Justin Reis

Lady Gaga won best pop act, best female artist and best song at the 2010 MTV European Music Awards in Madrid.

Bad Romance won her the best song title and the three wins made her the artist to win the most awards at the show, according to the Guardian. The provocative star was in Budapest performing on her Monster Ball tour, but accepted her awards via satellite link, the Guardian said.

Justin Bieber was the other big winner of the night as he won Best Push and best male artist.

The event was hosted by Eva Longoria, the Desperate Housewives star, and included performances from Rihanna, Kings of Leon, and Miley Cirus.

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