Analysis: Data Sets

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For this blog, I found a two-part story called "Glamour Beasts: The dark side of elephant captivity" by the Seattle Times reporter Michael J. Berens.
I located this story using www.nicar.org's Extra Extra section.
The reporter used many documents from zoo records and from animal advocacy groups. Many of the documents were zookeeper logs about attempts to inseminate elephants in zoos.
There was a compelling interactive graphic that mapped out where and how many elephants had died at zoos across the United States. The was a table below the map that listed the elephants' name, age, sex and cause of death.
There is another interactive graphic that follows the timeline of a famous elephant family in captivity.
The reporter must have had to do extensive digging in zoo records to find this information about the elephants, especially since some of it is incriminating in the health of the animals.

Itlay PM to quit as party support wanes

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Italy Prime Minister Mario Monti said Saturday he will resign as soon as an important budget law is passed amid waning support from Silvio Berlusconi's party.
Silvio Berlusconi had announced a few hours earlier that he would run for the office of prime minister again, according to a report by The New York Times.
The Guardian reported that although Monti's time in office is supposed to end in April, elections could happen as early as February.
Monti took office last spring after Berlusconi left surrounded by scandal and turmoil.
Monti is credited with improving Italy's market standing, according to The New York Times.
But Monti has relied on support from Berlusconi's party in Parliament throughout his time in office, and that support has since dried up, according to The Guardian.
Berlusconi claims that Italy is worse off now than when he left office, according to The New York Times.

St. Paul pays $20,000 in lawsuit settlement

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The St. Paul City Council settled a federal lawsuit for excessive force by police for $20,000 with a vote last week.
The suit came from an incident in 2007 with three minors who were throwing snowballs, according to a report by the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that on March 12, 2007, Patrick Hedican IV, then 17, and two other minors ran after seeing a police car while throwing snowballs.
Hedican stopped running, and police kicked him and hit him with a flashlight, according to the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that Hedican needed medical attention for several of his injuries.
The city said that the settlement is not an "admission of liability," according to the Star Tribune.

Hoaxed Middleton nurse found dead

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The nurse who took a prank call about Kate Middleton's hospital condition was found dead Friday morning.
The BBC reported that the death of the nurse, Jacintha Saldana, is being treated as unexplained and are not looking for suspects.
According to a report by Al-Jazeera, this explanation means the death is a suspected suicide.
The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge immediately caused a media obsession around the world.
The Duchess was hospitalized Monday for acute morning sickness and released on Thursday, according to the BBC.
Saldana was a victim of a prank call from two Australian radio DJs who were trying to get information about the Duchess.
Al-Jazeera reported that both the hospital and the Duke and Duchess released statements expressing their condolences.

Man arrested in NYC subway death

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Police arrested a homeless man Wednesday for pushing a rider on to the tracks, where he was killed by a train moments later.
Naeem Davis, 30, was charged with murder for pushing Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Queens, to his death at the 50th Street and Seventh Avenue station Monday, according to a report by The Washington Post.
The New York Times reported that the police rounded up witnesses to identify who was responsible for Han's death. A cellphone video showed the two men in some sort of confrontation.
A controversy arose around a photograph taken by a freelance photographer working for The New York Post of Han stuck on the tracks just moments before he was struck by the train.
According to The Washington Post, many have criticized R. Umar Abassi and the Post for taking and publishing the photographs instead of trying to help the victim.
Abassi defended himself, saying he was too far away to help and was trying to signal to the train to stop, according to The New York Times.
Davis remains in custody.

4-year-old kills 2-year-old in Minneapolis

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A 4-year-old boy shot and killed a 2-year-old boy Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis.
The shooting occurred in a duplex in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, only blocks away from Augsburg College, according to a report by the Pioneer Press.
The 2-year-old was shot in the leg, according to the Pioneer Press.
Minneapolis Police Sgt. Steve McCarty said emergency personnel from Hennepin County Medical Center were not able to revive the injured boy, according to the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that the child's name would not be released.
According to the Star Tribune, police are investigating if any adults were home at the time of the shooting and how the child got the gun.

Analysis: Reporting on a public meeting

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This report by the Star Tribune covered a Mendota Heights City Council vote to approve an ordinance on maintenance of commercial properties.
This was a very short report on the council meeting, and the reporter did not choose to go in to any real depth about what the new ordinance means for Mendota Heights.
This report was a basic summary about what the ordinance is and what it requires from commercial property owners.
To go more in depth with this story, I would want to talk to commercial property owners and residents in the area to get their take on the new ordinance. It would bring more humanity and relevance to the story.
It would also be interesting to know the consequences if the new ordinance is violated.

Two killed when bus crashes in to Miami airport overpass

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Two people were killed when their tall tour bus tried to go through an overpass at the Miami International Airport early Saturday.
Three others are in critical conditions, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The 11-foot-bus carrying about 30 Jehovah's Witnesses was being driven by Ramon Ferreiro, 47. According to a report by the Miami Herald, Ferreiro made a wrong turn and missed several warning signs for the 8-foot-6-inch overpass.
Riders near the front of the bus were crushed by the wreckage. The driver's seat was lower than the rest of the bus and he was uninjured, according to the Miami Herald.
Ferreiro was being interviewed by investigators, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Carbon emissions at all time high in 2011

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Researchers with the Global Carbon Project reported that time is running out to limit global warming, noted by record high carbon dioxide emissions in 2011.
Global emissions are only expected to increase in 2012, according to a report by The New York Times.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the scientists fear the international goal of limiting global warming to only about three degrees may soon be impossible.
China was the country with the biggest increase in carbon dioxide emissions, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Germany and the United States were the only 10 biggest polluters whose carbon dioxide emissions had decreased.
The New York Times reported that the effects of these high emissions levels on the climate could include more weather catastrophes and rising sea levels, among others.

Police are still trying to figure out what led up to the killing of a Cold Spring police officer last Thursday.
Officer Tom Decker, 31, was shot and killed behind Winners Sports Bar on Cold Spring's Main Street while responding to a call about a suicidal man, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio.
Authorities are calling the incident an ambush.
The Star Tribune reported that police arrested Ryan Michael Larson, 34, in his apartment above the bar an hour after Decker was killed.
Larson remains in custody in Stearns County jail.
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office believes that Officer Decker was shot by a 20-gauge shotgun.
Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the weapon, according to the Star Tribune.