February 19, 2008

Funeral for boy who was beaten draws hundreds

Hundreds of people, many strangers, attended the funeral of a 4-year-old-boy who was beaten to death by his cousin. The funeral drew support from community members and politicians alike. Another service will be held in Reed's hometown, Chicago, reported KARE.
Carla Poole, the 37-year-old cousin is in jail and has been charged for the beating, reported the Associated Press.

February 17, 2008

Structure Analysis: Psychologist's Stabbing

"Man is Sought in New York Psychologist's Stabbing" is an update to a stabbing First Reported early Wednesday morning.
The reporter, Al Baker, summarizes the crime and adds new information available. Baker summarizes the event in the lede, then adds an update before explaining what is known about the crime. The following is an outline of how the story is structured:

¶ 1 Lede: What happened, when, where
¶ 2 Update: What police know and are doing
¶ 3 Why suspect was at crime scene
¶ 4 What happened when he arrived at crime scene
¶ 5 Description of the crime
¶ 6 Description of the crime scene
¶ 7 Additional description by a witness
¶ 8 What police know about the suspect
¶ 9 How police are investigating it
¶ 10 Quote from Police
¶ 11 Physical description of suspect
¶ 12 Information about how the suspect got to and from the crime scene
¶ 13 Details about the exit from the crime scene
¶ 14 Details about evidence
¶ 15 Details about an eyewitness

This ordering is effective, because if you are familiar with the story, you know what's new by the 2nd graf. If you don't' know what happened, you get filled in in 5-7 before getting the other details. The information at the end is not as important, but gives you a good picture of how the crime happened.

Drive-by shooting on I-35W injures one

A drive-by shooting Sunday closed off part of 35W and put one man in the hospital. Traffic was blocked for hours according to Fox 9 News.
The shooting took place on the northbound lanes of 35W by the Lake Street exit. A man with a shotgun fired into a car with four occupants. The driver was hit and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, reported the Pioneer Press.

iPhones smuggled abroad

After iPhones are produced, but before they come to the U.S. thousands are smuggled to all corners of the globe. This may account for the discrepancy between the 2.3 million iPhones registered on American or European networks, and the 3.7 million that were sold last year. Apple's restricted business model and out-of-control demand abroad could cost the company over $1 billion in the next three years according to the New York Times.
CNET News reported that as many as 400,000 people are using iPhones in China. It costs as much as $200 more to purchase an iPhone there, so many are asking friends in America to pick one up for them.

Yahoo and News Corp. meet

Yahoo began discussions with News Corp. Wednesday to discuss alternatives to a Microsoft takeover. Yahoo, the online giant, declined Microsoft's $42.1 billion offer.
The New York Times described the talks as a "long shot" as both parties have nothing to lose. News Corp. investigated merging with Yahoo last year also.
In the deal, News Corp. would trade ownership of MySpace for a 20% stake in the Yahoo Operation. It is more likely that these negotiations will cement a higher price in the Microsoft takeover, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Man dies with plastic bag of drugs in throat

After being arrested for driving while intoxicated Wednesday, a man died before paramedics could remove a plastic bag full of drugs from his throat. Marcus Burrell, 38, was pronounced dead at North Memorial Medical Center. the Star Tribune reports the incident happening at 2:30 a.m.
Police suspect the bag contained crack cocaine.
Homicide and internal affairs will investigate the situation, as is standard procedure, according to WCCO.

February 11, 2008

Police discover suburban pot-growing operation

Police seized 1,000 marijuana plants from the basement of a White Bear Lake home. A firefighter alerted police to unusual patterns of frost and two weeks later the pot was discovered.
The house was uninhabited, but tended to by its 27-year-old homeowner and his toddler son, according to the Star Tribune. The Pioneer Press reported that the infant was turned over to Children's Hospital.

February 10, 2008

Attribution analysis

A story about charges filed in the death of a four-year-old boy in the Star Tribune uses the following sources:
Police Lt. Amelia Huffman
An unnamed witness
The suspect, Tony Reed
The boy's paternal grandmother, Charmon Brown
A neighbor, Rehalle Barksdale
The suspect's uncle, Kenneth Poole

All but one of seven sources are named.The sources are clustered throughout the story. Since the police did not provide very much data the reporter relied on her own contacts to build the story. The information is mostly from people. The story focuses on the impact this event has on the family and the community. The reporter attributes using "he said" and effectively sets up attribution so the reader knows who is speaking. The method is effective.

55 Dead following a series of intense storms in the south

A system of tornadoes swept through the south and killed dozens despite repeated warnings. Wednesday's storm was America's deadliest barrage of tornadoes since 1985, according to the Star Tribune.
Arkansas and Tennessee were the hardest hit by the tornado. In Tennessee at least 1,000 homes were destroyed, reported the New York Times.

Clinton speaks to Minneapolis crown

Hillary Clinton visited Minneapolis Sunday and delivered a speech at Augsburg University. Her speech focused on environmental and health care components of her campaign.
Clinton spoke a day after her rival, Barack Obama, spoke to 20,000 in the Target Center. On super-bowl Sunday, Clinton spoke to a crowd of 4,000 according to the Star Tribune. The Pioneer Press counted 3,800 in their article but 4,200 in a cutline.

February 3, 2008

Star Tribune: For Sale

The Star Tribune's headquarters will be available for purchase. In a memo to employees Friday, Chris Harte, the publisher, informed employees of the plan to put the 425 Portland building on the market. The Pioneer Press reported that Harte thinks the entire building should be sold to make it more desirable to any potential buyers.
The story in the Star Tribune explained last year's near sale of part of the property to the Minnesota Vikings for $45 million. Neither story included the value of the property.

February 1, 2008

Second Kenyan lawmaker is killed

Amidst riots and increasing instability, a second Kenyan lawmaker was killed this week. David Kimultai Too, a former teacher and member of the Orange Democratic Movement, was gunned down by Police on Thursday. The death interrupted political negotiations and worsened riots, according to the New York Times.
Amidst this latest killing, two top U.S envoys labeled the situation in Kenya ethnic cleansing. They added that action should be taken to stop the flow of aid, reported the Huffington Post.

January 31, 2008

Edwards drops out

John Edwards dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday. The 12 minute speech in New Orleans marked the end of a year-long campaign. Though Edwards did not commit to another candidate he did reiterate the importance of alleviating poverty in America and that he believes either candidate will work toward that goal. Edwards had been mulling the decision over for weeks prior to the announcement reported the Washington Post.
While the Washington Post focused on the perspective from Edwards' campaign, the New York Times wrote of the opinion from other candidates. Senator Barack Obama commented that “At a time when our politics is too focused on who’s up and who’s down, he has consistently made us focus on who matters.? Both papers wrote a brief retrospective of the Edwards campaign.

January 30, 2008

Former University hockey player arrested in connection with drug possesion

Nate Hagemo, a former gopher hockey player was arrested Saturday the 26th after police discovered syringes with what appeared to be the remains of heroin in his vehicle. Hagemo, 21, was a famed hockey player for the University of Minnesota before a shoulder injury that prevented him from going on in the sport. Hagemo was with a 39-year-old St. Paul man when he was arrested according to the Star Tribune
While the Star Tribune specifically referred to what the police found as a "syringes and a drug kit" the Minnesota Daily reported that police found "possible drug substances."
Hagemo was held for three days in county jail. Charges for possession of a controlled substance are pending the results of a drug test on the evidence.

January 29, 2008

First steel installed for TCF Bank Stadium

The first steel for the TCF Bank Stadium was installed Monday. The stadium will recieve 10 - 15 daily shipments of steel until late July according to a story in the Star Tribune.
The Minnesota Daily reported those details and added that the construction firm, M.A Mortenson Company, said the project is on schedule.
The stadium is set to open September 12, 2009.

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