August 2, 2007

Rubort Murdoch shells out $5 billion

In the New York Times and U.S.A. Today I found a article on the Rupert Murdoch's purchase of Dow Jones. Murdoch will have control of business properties such as the Wall Street Journal, WSJ.com, Barron's, MarketWatch.com and SmartMoney. Murdoch already has control of FOX News.

Dow Jones was founded in 1882 to provide information on stocks and bond trades and it has been owned by the Bancroft family for 105 years. The selling of the company wasnt received happly by all of the Bancroft family members. Leslie Hill, who is a member of the family, resigned from her Dow Jones board position after the company was sold to Murdoch.

The Bancroft family and others are afraid that Murdoch will use the Dow Jones purchase for advancing his business and political interests. The Bancroft family stayed very private with there business dealings and have let the Wall Street Journal run itself independently over the years. As a result the paper has become one of the most prominent and trusted source for news.

Sources still dont understand how Murdoch was able to seal the deal and why the family decided to sell.

August 1, 2007

Minneapolis bridge gives way

In the Startribune and the Pioneer Press (also national media outlets) covered the breaking news on there websites of a local bridge collapsing into the Mississippi. The bridge, which located on I-35W and the dinkytown neighborhood, collapsed around 6:05 Wednesday evening during heavy rush hour. There are said to be around 30-50 cars in the water, 7 people have been proclaimed dead, 35 people are injured and 20 people are missing.

Governor Tim Pawlenty released a statement to the press saying that "This is a catastrophe of historic proportions for Minnesota.". R.T. Rybak and Amy Klobuchar are returning from Washington to asses the damage of the collapse.

The roads were already busy because of rush hour but the traffic was heavier then normal because of a Twins baseball game. Tomorrows Twin game has been canceled and postponed for another day.

A lot of the coverage is based on eye-witness accounts from motorist that were on the bridge as it collapsed. St. Paul Patrol believe that 30 to 50 people were injured and taken to hospitals around the Twin Cities. They also told the press that up to 20 people are missing. Construction workers that were working on the surface of the highway, all went into the water and one of the construction workers is still missing.

The bridge was 40-years- old and the cause of the collapse is still unknown. Rescue workers will continue searching for survivers tomorrow when they have day light.

July 26, 2007

Gonzales's testimony is being questioned

In the U.S.A Today and the New York Times ran a story that talked about the investigation that is taking place involving Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testimony that he gave to Congress. Four Senate Democrats raised there suspicions and asked that a special independent committee be put together to investigate Gonzales's testimony to see if he is guilty of perjury.

The Democrats believe that Gonzales's inability to answer simple questions was stunning to them and raised red flags and made them question if he was telling the truth. They believe that while Gonzales was under oath he told the partial truth and not the whole truth. The four Senators involved are Charles Schumer NY, Dianne Feinstein of Cali, Russ Feingold of Wisc. and Sheldon Whitehouse of RI.

The allegations brought against Gonzales by Democrats say that they have accumulated evidence that shows that the firings were backed by political influence. Two other White House figures, who are chief of staff Joshua Bolton and former counsel Harriet Miers, have been fingered as being in contempt of Congress for not testifying after they were subpoenaed.

Republicans aren't seeing eye to eye with the allegations that have been brought forth by Democrats, but Republican Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania (Ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee) advised Gonzales to resign.

Woman leaves her baby in car

In the Startribune and the Pioneer Press had coverage on a story that acquired in Andover on Wednesday when a 25-year-old mother left her baby in the car while she did some shopping at a Andover Target. Both sources don't have the age of the child and the Startibune discloses that they weren't able to get that information. The baby had been left in the car with the windows rolled and doors locked for 30 minutes.

A Target shopper noticed the mini van and the child in the back seat. The shopper notified store officials who called the Anoke County Sheriff's office at around 2 p.m. When the sheriff's arrived the temperature was 90 degrees with a heat index of 92 degrees.

When the sheriff's approached the vehicle they saw that the child was sweating and the windows were closed and the doors were locked. They took the child out of the car and took it to the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids for evaluation. The baby was in stable condition. Another sheriff entered the store and found the babies mother (Bamu Gul Khalil), she was taken to the Anoke County jail but was released. The Pioneer Press gives the full name of the woman but the Startribune doesn't. I believe that Trib left the name out because the woman hasn't been charged yet, I can respect that. The sheriff's viewed the store camera footage and found that the woman had been in the store for over 30 minutes.

The woman hasn't been charged but the case has been forwarded to the Anoka County attorney's office.


July 18, 2007

Vick and Dog Fight Club

In the USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Times I was able to read up on Atlanta Falcons Micheal Vick, who was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges linking him to illegal dog fighting at his Virginia home. Vick and three of his friends are facing charges of competitive dogfighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines. Because they crosed state lines they are facing federal charges.

The court document states that Vick and his friends started a dog fight club called "Bad News Kennel" in 2001. The dogs would fight each other and it the fight continued until one of the dogs was dead. The men are said to have been involved in gambling on the fights and buying, transporting and receiving dogs so that they could train them to fight. The men face a 5-year prison sentence and a $350,000 fine. The media hasnt been able to gain any information from the Vick family or Vick's attorney. The case that has been brought against Vick is very embarsing and has been a big blow to the Atlanta Falcons and NFL said Brian McCarthy, NFL spokesmen.

Vick's cousin was picked up by police and they found drugs on him. The cousin then gave police Vick's Virginia home adress as his place of residence. Police obtained a search warrent and they conducted the search they found evidence of a illegal dog fighting ring. Vick denied any knowledge of the dog fighting and blamed it on family members.

Gophers Get the Boot

In the Startribune and the Pioneer Press ran a story on the four Gopher football players that were kicked of the team for being involved with a sexual misconduct investigation. Dominic Jones is the only one that has been official charged by the State for engaging in a sex act with a woman that wasnt responsive or able to move. The other three players involved were arrested last April for questioning but were released.

Tim Brewster dissmissed the players because he believed that they violated team and school code of conduct rules. The players dismissed were Dominic Jones, E.J. Jones, Alex Daniels and Keith Massey. The four men still ahve there scholarship and can still attand classes at the U of M, but school officials say that there statues with the school can also change. School officials had a meeting and decided that it would be in the best interest of the school to dismess the men from the team. After the court complaint of Jones was made public it caused the school to move quickly to make a decision on the future of the four players with the University.

E.J, Jones's attorney (Jeff Degree) believes that when the three other players were labeled as suspects, by Mike Freemen of the Hennepin County Attorney Office, they were going to be dismissed from the team. Degree also thinks that the players are witnesses and not suspects.

July 12, 2007

Bush continues to reject troop pull-out in Iraq

In the New York Times as well as the Chicago Sun-Times report that even though the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a with drawl, President Bush doesn't want to withdraw until he receives a more in dept report about progress in Iraq (in September). The house voted that U.S. troops will begin withdrawing from Iraq in 120 days from today's vote.

The entire process should be completed by April 1, 2008. The president had threatened the house with a veto if they were to pass the with drawl. The president has received a statues report on Iraq, which states that the "security situation in Iraq remains complex and extremely challenging". The report also state that Iraq officials have made postive strides by making 8 if there 18 goals that were set by congress. The president believes that with time will come success, he also said that the house shouldnt be worried about running the war but about funding the troops. Representatives voted in favor of a with drawl of troops, with a limited residual force to trian Iraqs and to protect U.S. assest.

Some representatives are afraid that the Iraq government doesnt have a capable pole of leadership and as a result is headed into a dangerouis direction.

3M Wins in Court

In the Startribune as well as the Pioneer Press I found more coverage on the 3M saga. The first entire I had on 3M, focused on the chemicals that officials found around the 3M factories. The documents that were disclosed to the media and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency were given to them by mistake.

The entry that I wrote about 3M focused on studies that were done by 3M scientists in the 1980s. The scientists found that the water and soil around the 3M factories could possible be contaminated with chemicals that were found in 3M products such as Scotchgard and Teflon. The scientists weren't sure if the chemicals would be harmful to the environment but knew that with more research they would be able to find out.

The documents that had this information were obtained by the plaintiffs attorney's that are suing 3M over being exposed to these chemicals. The documents were given to the attorneys by a judge under a confidentaility order as part of a Washington Coutny District Court lawsuit. The documents were mistakenly given to the Startribune and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The attorney's asked for the return of these documents from both parties.

The documents werent given to the Pioneer Press, but they did state in this article that the plaintifs legal team whited out the word confidentiality before the made copies and distibuted them. The court ruled that the attornies pay 3M $86,894.


July 5, 2007

Pool Accident

In the Startribune I found a strange story of a 6-year-old girl having her intestine sucked out by a swimming pool suction drain. Abigail Taylor was swimming in a pool at the Minneapolis Golf Club in St. Louis Park when she had several feet of her intestine pulled out.

Abigail's parents, Scott and Kathryn Taylor sought legal advice from their attorney Robert Bennett immediately. Bennett gave a statement to the media about Abigail's condition, she was taken to the Children's hospital in Minneapolis. Lawmakers Klobuchar and Ramstad are demanding that laws are placved that require pools to have improved drains.

The Pioneer Press stated in its article that Abigail had to have the portion of her intestinal tract that was pulled out removed. The damage to her intestians will more then likelly be life changing for the young girl, who will probably have to be feed through a tub for the rest of her life.

This isnt the first time that an accident like this has taken place, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision has listerd a number of different cases.

Free Libby!!!

On the yahoo web page I found an article on Libby and President Bush having his sentence commuted. Having a sentence commuted just means that Libby wont have to serve any prison time but will be a convicted felon. Democrats believe that if Bush wouldn't of commuted Libby he would have possibly fingered others on the Bush administration. Libby was on trial for leaking a CIA agents name to the public and lied about it to the FBI agents. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years by a judge after being found guilty by a jury of his peers.

Bush is defending his decision by saying that the 2 1/2 year sentence was to harsh of a punishment for leaking a CIA agents name and lying about it. Bush was also receiving phone calls from Libby supporters who wanted him pardoned by the president. Bush was avoiding people and never gave a definite answer on what he was going to do. But hours after Libby's appeal was denied by a federal appeals panel, Bush jumped in and commuted Libby of his sentence.

Politicians have their on views on why Bush decided on the commutation. Some democrats believe that Libby would have had to report to prison immediately, which could have possible sawed Libby to give up other White House officials names. Republicans say that these assumptions are far stretched.

A smilar article ran the New York Times.

June 28, 2007

Illegal Residence

The Associated Press ran a article on the Senate defeat of the immigration bill. President Bush wanted the bill to pass but it feel 14 votes short of being vetoed by the president. I has been said that there are around 14 million illegal residence in the United States.

The bill that Bush wanted to pass in the Senate, would have made it easier for illegal aliens to gain citizenship. The illegal immigrant would have to go back to there home country and would receive a visa shortly after so that they would be able to return to the State's legally.

The bill would have changed everything when it came to individuals immigrating to the State's. It would have bettered the border security and helped with the process of finding illegal immigrants. The president has made it a personal issue to get the bill passed, but his persional push feel short. Bush had tried pushing the bill last year but it was pushed to the side. Bush stated that he was very disapointed that the bill didnt go through and beliefs that it is a set back for the country.

June 27, 2007

Dirty Water

The Startribune ran a story today on the 3M chemicals found in the water in Cottage Groove. The Minnesota Department of Health has ruled that 3M caused the contaminated water in Cottage Groove and few other neighboring suburbs.

The health department found perfluorooctanoic acid in Cottage Groove's local water well. This chemical is manufactoried by the 3M company. The chemical was also found in 2004 in Oakdale and Lake Elmo, officials thought they had contained it to that area.

Perfluorobutanoic acid have been found in human bodies, at a low level the chemicals are harmless. 3M has been int the hot seat since 2002 when officials conducted tests around the Cottage Groove site, Oakdale site, and Woodbury site. They concluded on May 11th, 2007 that 3M would pay millions of dollars to get these areas cleaned and save for the residence that live there.

Even though the chemical was detected, it has been at such a low level that it hasn't caused any server harm over the 50-years that it has been in production by 3M. But finding it at a new site gives officials concern on the well being or residence and they have decided to distribute bottled water. The acids can cause cancer to people that are exposed to it.

June 21, 2007

The Killing Fields of Iraq

Within a time span of 48 hours, 14 U.S. soldiers have lost their lifes in Iraq. Three of the five deadly attacks were caused by road side bombs (Bowely, Ny Times). The fighting spread to an area near Kiruk, which is north of Baghdad. Five soldiers were killed today by a powerful roadside bomb. A Iraq interpreter and three civilians were also killed.

During combat in a province named named Anbar, two marines were killed. Another soldier was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his military vehicle. Four soldiers were killed in Western Baghdad by a roadside bomb. so far 3,500U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the strart of the war 2003. President Bush has sent over 20,000 more troops, which has said to have been the cause of the increase in voilence (Rubin, NY TImes).

The troops have been hard at work finding burried exploses and booby trapped houses. So far they have found 25 explosives and five houses that were booby-trapped with explosives. The soldiers have been equiped with satilite guided missles that strick the areas that have burried bombs. It has made a difference, but not all burried bombs have been found. There have been three explosions, which have taken the life of one American soldier and has wounded 12 others. With Bush putting the issue of a Iraq on a future president, a full U.S. pull out seems fare away.

June 19, 2007

Pot

A major drug bust took place Tuesday in the suburb of Apple Valley, the police seized $1.8 million worth of marijuana. A neighbor called police informing them that he was suspicious about the suspect. On the DEA government website, it states that most of the minnesota marijuana supply is from Mexico and homegrown plants.

The Minnesota County Attorneys Association Policy Positions on Drug Control and Enforcement states that marijuana is one of Minnesota's major drug problems. It also shows that Americans spend close to $106 million a year on the drug.

The Dakota County Drug Task Force removed 1,264 marijuana from the suspects house and also discovered that the suspect had tapped into the electric line before it reached the metter.

As a first offense the suspect is facing a felony with a fine of up to $1 million or a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

June 17, 2007

WARNING!

Los Angeles California is home to a hospital that has been named "King Killer" by it's past patient that survived their terrifying visit to. Martin Luther King Jr.- Harbor Hospital which has been labeled as a troubled inner city hospital with an incompetent staff.

A woman named Edith Isabel Rodriguez was one of the patients that visited the hospital and stayed. Rodriguez was having unexplainable pains and went to hospital to see what was wrong with her and possible receive treatment. After checking in at the emergency room desk, she waited for help for over 45 minutes. She began to vomit blood and was suffering from bodily pain. Still the receptionist refused to give her immediate medical attention.

Rodriquez's boyfriend Jose Prado asked hospital employees and police officers to help his girlfriend, both refused. The police officers ended up arresting her after finding out that she had a warrant out for violation of parole. When the police officers took into custody she was still vomiting blood and ion dyer need of medical attention. Rodriquez ended up dying in the hospital lobby, she was only a few feet away from doctors help. Rodriquez died of perforated bowel, which could have been treat with a simle opperation.

The King/Harbor hospital has been in the news since its opening after the aftermath of the Watts Riots. The hospital was meant to be a helping factor of the survival of the neighborhood it was build in. The hospital has had a history of medical malpractice lawsuits and unexplainable deaths.

In recent news, hospital officials have been removed from there positions after the death of Rodriguez.