May 6, 2007

Clemens a Yankee Once Again

Roger Clemens, the flame-throwing pitcher who has been in retirement since the end of last season, announced Sunday that he will play for the New York Yankees, a team he played for from 1998 to 2003. Clemens will likely join the roster in three to four weeks and will be paid $28 million dollars for a one-year contract, the AP reported.

The Yankees have struggled so far this season, starting 14-15, 5 1/2 games behind the rival Boston Red Sox. One of the main reasons that the Yankees have struggled is their pitching. They have used 10 starters so far, a record for the first 30 games. Injuries have played a role, taking out key starters Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, and Chien Ming Wang.

"The Rocket" will join the team with the eighth most wins all time, 348, and the second most strikeouts, 4,604. Clemens made his announcement at Yankee Stadium during their game against Seattle as the crowd chanted his name.

"It feels like coming back home," Clemens said. "You feel like you're welcomed and you know what it's all about."

As for the Yankees rivals, the first-place Red Sox did not seem overly concerned.

When asked by CBS Sportsline about the Yankees signing Clemens, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had this to say:


Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said he liked the roster his team had and that changes weren't needed.

"It would have been nice to have him, but we didn't need him. We DON'T need him," Schilling said.

May 5, 2007

No High-Profile Names Released as Clients of D.C. Prostitution Ring

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a 51-year-old Washington, D.C. woman accused of running a prostitution ring, did not reveal any big name clients during a Friday TV interview. Palfrey appeared on ABC's "20/20" and claimed she was running a legal escort service.

No links could be made between records that Palfrey provided and any members of Congress or The White House, the AP reported. However, some of the records did link to prominent businessmen, NASA officials, and millitary officers, although these names were not released.

ABC decided to take what they called a "conservative" approach, according to a New York Times report.

“Our decision at the end was not to name any names,? said Brian Ross, the news correspondent who presented the segment. “Based on our reporting it turned out not to be as newsworthy as we thought in terms of the names.?

April 29, 2007

Does Hip-Hop Hate Women?

A summit held at the University of Chicago Saturday addressed the implications of hip-hop music and women--apparently as a reaction to the Don Imus backlash. More than 400 people attended the presentation, according to the AP.

Don Imus, who lost his radio job for deflammatory remarks made about the Rutgers women's basketball team, said that rappers often said worse things then he did. This lead to some discussion in the music-industry, but too little action, according to some panelists at the convention.

Since Imus' firing, this topic has recieved much more public awareness and debate, according to the AP.

"Sexism is too convenient within the black community for black men," said David Ikard, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee.

An editorial in the New York Daily News applauded the rap industry for finally realizing that they had to "elevate the cultural tone and messages of their music". The author said that this was the "right track" for the music industry.

California Convention Attracts Democratic Front-Runners

Top Democratic presidential candiates visited California Saturday and Sunday to attend the annual state party convention. With their primary moved up to next February 5, candiates like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, and John Edwards wanted to make a good impression right away in the state with the most electoral votes.

The AP reported that Obama and Clinton took the stage on Saturday. Obama took the time to criticize Clinton for voting in favor of the Iraqi invasion, according to Newsday. Clinton saved her criticism for the Bush administration, repeatedly saying how poorly they have done since 2000.

Richardson and Edwards were the big names to speek on Sunday, according to the AP. Edwards talked to the press about the significance of California.

"California will now play a huge role in who the Democratic nominee for president is," Edwards said. "It's clear in the last two days ... that Democratic candidates are going to take it very seriously."

Richardson is trying to become the first Hispanic president. He addressed the crowd with a line made famous by Cesar Chavez, legendary founder of the state's farmworkers union.

"Si se puede!" — Yes, it can be done!

April 22, 2007

Baldwin Erupts on Voicemail to Daughter

An angry voicemail left by actor Alec Baldwin, 49, on his 11-year-old daughter's phone was released by on Thursday. In the message, Baldwin cussed several times and ranted to his daughter about how mad he was that she didn't answer a scheduled phone call. He also repeatedly called her a "rude, thoughtless little pig".

On Friday, the actor apologized for his comments and expressed remorse that this was released by the media.

"Although I have been told by numerous people not to worry too much, as all parents lose their patience with their kids, I am most saddened that this was released to the media," Baldwin said on his Web site. "I'm sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child."

Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger have been involved in a custody dispute over daughter Ireland since 2002. According to the AP, Baldwin's attorney filed a motion to deterrmine how the tape leaked. If Basinger's side had anything to do with the leak, then Basinger would have violated court orders to keep the proceedings closed.

Mike Cassidy, a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, was highly critical of Baldwin in a Friday article, calling him the "thoughtless pig." Cassidy said that although pre-teen daughers (of which he has one) can be frustrating, they still must be treated with patience and love.

"Here's the thing, Alec: My daughter is 12 and I'm not. It's her job to at times be self-centered, irrepressible, relentless, stubborn, opinionated, independent. Same with your daughter. And it's your job to be her dad."

Navy Investigates Blue Angel Crash

Investigators began to look through wreckage Sunday to determine what caused Blue Angel pilot to crash a day earlier. Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, 32, died when his plane crashed into a wooded area in Beufort, South Carolina, home of a Marine Corps Air Station.

The crash occured during the last of a series of manuvers on Saturday afternoon. Davis and the other pilots were to creat a delta-shaped formation, but Davis' jet did join the formation. The crash sent fiery debris through the air, injuring eight people on the ground and damaging several homes, according to the AP.

The AP also reported that, due to the pilots' extensive and elite training, crashes like this are rare: The last such one occured in 1999. Navy officials said that it could be at least three weeks until the cause of the crash is known.

The Boston Globe, with help from the AP, wrote a small obituary for Davis. Davis grew up in Pittsfield, Mass., and was fascinated by flight at a young age.

"He was fascinated with airplanes from the time he was little," said Betty Sweeney, a former neighbor.

Davis joined the Blue Angles in 2005, though this was his first year as a demonstration pilot. Davis graduated with honors in 1996 from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla and then entered officer candidate school at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.

"Kevin was a highly motivated young man. He loved planes. He was a good student and a very conscientious young man," said Tom McGill, a friend of Davis' father.

April 15, 2007

'Robinson Day' Honors Legendary #42

Sixty years ago today, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player to break into Major League Baseball when he played second base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Today, MLB honored Robinson by having some players, and even some entire teams, wear Robinson's jersey number, 42. The number was retired by all of MLB by President Bill Clinton and Comissioner Bud Selig in 1997.

Ken Griffey, Jr., an African-American outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, first presented the idea to Selig. After the comissioner approved the idea, other players decided to wear the number. The entire rosters of some teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, decided to wear the number as well.

"I've often said that baseball's most powerful moment in its really terrific history was Jackie Robinson's coming into baseball," Selig said at Dodger Stadium, according to a CBS Sportline report."It's an incredible story -- not just for baseball, but for society. Jackie was an American hero and the ultimate barrier-breaker. Threats to his life were commonplace. Yet Jackie took everything hate-mongers had to offer him. Not only is he a baseball Hall of Famer, he's a Hall of Famer for all-time."

One of the goals of Jackie Robinson day was to raise awreness about the lack of African-American players in baseball. According to a Detroit Free Press article, blacks make up only 8 percent of the league, down from 27 percent 20 years ago. Faster-paced sports like basketball have become more popular with black youth, and, according to some, MLB has neglected to focus marketing attention on inner-city areas.

New Jersey Governor in Critical Condition After Crash

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine remains in critical condition Sunday due to injuries sustained in a Thursday car crash. Corzine's SUV was hit by another vehicle on the Garden State Parkway and then crashed into a guard rail. The AP reported that the 60-year-old governor has broken ribs, a severely fractured leg, a broken collarbone and breastbone, and a cut on his head.

The governor is being cared for at Cooper University Hospital.Corzine had surgery on his leg Saturday and will undergo another on Monday, according to CNN. Doctors have said that there are no signs of brain damage.

CNN also reported that the driver who apparently caused the accident has been found. A 20-year-old man, who's name has been withheld until charges are filed, was driving a red pickup that sverved in front of Corzine's car before it crashed.

However, the driver of the red pickup has said that he was not aware that he had been part of the Corzine crash. After avoiding an accident with a truck and sliding off the road, the man returned to the highway and continued to drive. The truck that he sverved to avoid was the one that hit Corzine's SUV.

April 13, 2007

NY Times Correction

A NY Times correction mentioned that an editing mistake caused an error in the reporting of a carbon dioxide story. The article originally stated that carbon monoxide emissions were dropping in New York. However, these emissions are in fact on the rise.

This error is startling because it so profoundly changes the meaning of the story. If carbon dioxide emissions were declining, this would be a positive article about the reduction of a greenhouse gas. This is what was actually reported. However, a rise in carbon dioxide emissions should be more concerning to citizens.Luckily, this large error was caught and published.

April 7, 2007

Immigrants Protest Bush's Newest Plan

Thousands marched through downtown Los Angeles Saturday, angered by President Bush's plan for dealing with the over 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Bush's plan would grant work visas to the immigrants but require them to return home and pay thousand of dollars to become legal citizens.

The protesters marched through the streets and carried "Amnesty Now" signs, according to an AP report. They also danced to Mexican music and carried American flags above their heads.

"If they kick me out, who is going to take care of my daughters? The government? I don't think so," said Alfredo Gonzalez, a 33-year-old illegal immigrant. "We need full legalization and need it now."

Asian-American also protested the Bush plan. The LA Daily News reported that immigrant-rights groups have been mobilizing in an effort to prevent the new legislation from passing.

"If the White House proposal becomes reality, it will be nearly the same as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882," said Michael Lin, executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans.

April 1, 2007

Apple/EMI Deal Near

Apple Inc., which runs the highly succesful iTunes service, and EMI Group Plc, the thrid-largrest music label in the world, are expected to reach a substanial deal on Monday. The deal should remove copyright protection laws from songs in EMI's catalog, which will make them usable on devices other than the iPod, the device associated with iTunes.

Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive officer, has been calling for removal of copyright protection from the world's three largest labels, Universal, Sony BMG, and EMI. EMI officials told Bloomberg that copyright protection was frustrating consumers and that they have been considering altering their preocedure.

Currently, these labels put digital-rights management (DRM) software on their songs. These force a catologing service like iTunes to make these songs available for use on only specific devices, like the iPod.

EMI also happens to be the label for The Beatles, who recently settled a dispute with Apple Inc. The Beatles' business interests are represented by Apple Corps Ltd., which had been at odds with Apple Inc. over the use of the name. The two sides came to an agreement on Feb.5. However, even with this settlement, The Beatles do not figure to be topic of discussion on Monday.

. "There is no Beatles' announcement," a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Clinton Raises Record Amount

Hillary Clinton has raised $26 million so far in her campaign for the presidency in 2008, nearly three times more than the record for fundraising at this point. John Edwards, another Democratic hopeful, has raised $14 million so far. Barack Obama, who figures to be Clinton's main rival for the nomination, did not disclose his fundraising numbers. Rebublican figures also were not disclosed.

The previous record for fundraising at this point was held by Al Gore, who raised $8.9 million in 1999, according to Forbes. The New York Times reported that 80 percent of the 50,000 Clinton donors gave less than $100 dollars each, so much of Clinton's total was built up by small donations.

"We are completely overwhelmed and gratified by the historic support that we've gotten this quarter," Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle told Forbes

Clinton was even able to raise $4.2 million through the Internet, which is typically not a source of large donations. When all is said and done, the top candidates could all raise over $100 million before 2008 even comes around. Many expect Obama's fundraising to be quite large, maybe even larger then Clinton's. For now, however, Obama is not releasing his figures, although he did talk about fundraising in an interview with the AP

"I think we'll do well," Obama said. "I think that we should meet people's expectations. More importantly, I think we will have raised enough money to make sure we can compete for the next quarter and beyond. I think we'll do pretty well."

March 25, 2007

Remember When He Was Young? Sir Elton Turns 60

Sir Elton John has crocodile-rocked his way to the big 6-0. The gay singer-songwriter celebrated in style by holding a sold-out concert at historic Madison Square Garden, according to Australian news. Suprise attendee Bill Clinton introduce Elton to the crowd of over 20,000.

The concert was recorded and is scheduled to be broadcast on April 5, according to the AP. The performance marked Elton's 60th performance in the Garden, which is a record; 8 more then The Grateful Dead.

Elton promised to the crowd that he would resurrect many of his old hits. He also acknowledged how special this occasion was.

"I knew I had done 59 shows at Madison Square Garden and I said the only place I want to be is New York City on my 60th birthday."

Sir Elton is known for hits like "Rocketman" and "Your Song", as well for his zany onstage antics.

March 24, 2007

YouTube Ad Brings Controvery to Democratic Race

Barack Obama has denied affiliation with an advertisement that portrayed Hilary Clinton as a "1984" type villian and that was attributed to

The ad, which was posted on and has received over a million hits, is a parody of George Orwell's "1984". In the ad, mindless drones sit and watch a Clinton speech, until a female athlete runs in and shatters the screen. This is followed by a line that announces the upcoming democratic primary and is similar to the famous Apple/Macintosh parody of the same scene.

``We had no idea who did it, and that's what we said originally,'' Barack Obama told AP writers. ``It's not an ad that we would have produced in our campaign.''

Hilary Clinton told the Chicago Sun-Times that the internet and sites like YouTube put campaigns in "new territory for everybody.''

Obama told the Sun-Times that his campaign would not be damaged by this ad, even though it's creator has connections to the Obama campaign. The ad was created by Philip de Vellis, who used to work for Blue State Digital, which is the company hired to produce Obama's web material. De Vellis has been called a "renegade" employee.

Winslett and DiCaprio Reunite

Apparently, there hearts can go on. Kate Winslett and Leanardo DiCaprio, who played romantic leads in the 1997 hit movie "Titantic", will be reuniting for an upcoming film.

"Revolutionary Road" will be directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, who also happens to be Winslett's husband. The movie is based on a critically acclaimed novel by Richard Yates, according to E!Online. The novel is about a family living in post-war suburbia that is not as happy with suburban life as they show. The Daily Record UK said that the movie will be about "thwated passion and the search for fufilment."

DiCaprio and Winslet are most famous for thier roles as star-crossed lovers in "Titantic". DiCaprio played Jack, a poor city man who snuck onto the boat. Winslett played Rose, a young womenfrom a very wealthy family. Despite her mother's protests, Rose began to fall for Jack. Jack dies in the water at the end after Rose promises she will always love him.

Work on "Revolutionary Road" is due to start this summer.

March 19, 2007

Eat Fruits and Veggies? You May Be Alone

Too few Americans are eating their fruits and veggies, CDC health officials said Thursday. A normal diet should consist of three servings of vegetables as well as two servings of fruits daily. However, many Americans are falling woefully short of this mark.

According to an AP report, younger adults, between the ages of 18 and 24, are the main purpretrators. Nearly 80 percent of people in this age group did not eat adequate amounts of these two essential food groups. Senior citizens, on the other hand, were most likely to follow the food pyramid's advice. About a third of this group meets satisfactory requirements.

A Science Daily report tied this alarming trend into the well publicisized trend of obesity. With nearly two-thirds of the U.S. adult population obese, a trend away from fruits and veggies is quite serious. For the obesity trend to reverse, more people need to embrace fruits and veggies daily.

While I enjoy veggies with my dinner and an occasional fruit in the morning, I admit that I may fit into the majority from my age group. I can understand why this trend is so prevelant. People are raised with a such a heavy emphasis on processed and packaged foods, and getting away from this can be hard. A good first step would be to begin drinking more juice and finding meals stocked with veggies. Slowly adopting healthier practices is much easier than doing it overnight.

March 2, 2007

Bush Reaffirms No Child Left Behind

President Bush lobbied Congress Friday to reauthorize his No Child Left Behind legislation. Bush is hoping to leave behind a solid legacy in public education when his term is over.

"My claim is it's working," Bush said.

According to an AP report, Bush is standing strong by his legislation, which establishes national standards all 3-12 students must meet. Bush warned Congress to not alter the core of the legislation. He said that if No Child Left Behind became too flexible and watered down it would be a disservice to students.

Indianapolis based WISH-TV focused on Bush's visit to New Albany, Indiana, where he made his comments about the legislation. Instead of focusing on what Bush said, this report got comments from local educators. One superintendent complained that the No Child Left Behind law did not come with the necessary funds to make the program effective. The legislation is being reviewed and may be revised before it is reauthorized.

February 25, 2007

Pop Priness Checks Into Rehab

Britney Spears, the pop singing star, checked into a rehab center Thursday that could be confused as a lush resort. Spears, who has been battling alcohol addiction, will stay at Promises Residential Treatment Center in Malibu, Calif. A 30-day stay at Promises costs $48,000. The center has gourmet chefs, masseuses, private rooms, and two pools among other ammenities.

An AP report published in The Houston Chronicle went into detail about the Promises center. They detailed the fancy meals patients receive, as well as the serene view of the countryside. Richard Rogg, Promises' founder, said that his center was still very serious about recovery despite its perceived relaxed attitude. Other rehab clicics are know for their much more drab atmosphere and much more demanding requests on patients.

Another AP report, this one in The Sydney Morning Herald, focused on the more dramatic side of the Spears story. This report focused on Spears' wild behavior before checking into rehab, which included shaving her head bald and lashing out at a photographer's car. A website where pictures of her wild behavior can be found was also mentioned. These events tied into her ongoing custody battle with ex-husband Keven Federline.

Whether reporting on the soft or wild side of this story, it is still a bizarre episode. To see a once hugely succesful singer seemingly spiral out of control is quite the spectacle. For whatever reasons, our celebrities captivate us and we just can't get enough of them--particularily when it involves juicy, personal details.

Senate Democrats Draft Anti-War Legislation

Democratic Senators drafted new legislation Friday which calls for troop removal within 120 days and also calls for political action in resolving the Iraqi conflict. This legislation is a far cry from 2002, when both houses of Congress granted President Bush the power to invade Iraq. The new proposal will likely be voted upon in two weeks, though its chances of passing into law are slim, due to the number of Senate republicans and Bush's veto power.

The AP reported that the proposal calls for complete troop removal by March 31, 2008. Democrats have called President Bush out on the issue, saying that he is ignoring the majority of Congress and the public.

A more more fiery article was written by columnist Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post. Krauthammer criticized both houses of Congress, saying that current plans to end the war were flawed. He said the House's plan to defund the war sends the wrong message to the troops. He also criticized the Senate's plan to challenge the legalities of the 2002 authorization of force. This sounds to Krauthammer as if the Senate would authorize the use of force, except for combat. Such an idea is very illogical to him.

Of course, Krauthammer was granted more freedom than the AP writer. Krauthammer's piece dug deeper into the news and delivered stinging analysis, whereas the AP did its typical job of dutifuly reporting the facts. Its hard to disagree with an AP report; Charles Krauthammer offers much more room for just that.

February 18, 2007

U.S. Marine Sentenced for Killing Iraqi Civilian

A U.S. Marine was sentenced to 8 years in military prison Friday for his role in the kidnapping and subsequent killing of an Iraqi civilian last April. Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington, 22, will serve 8 years for assisting in the killing of Hashim Ibrahim Awad, 52, in the Iraqi town of Hamdania. Pennington said that he did not fire any shots during the kidnapping.

The Associated Press reported that Pennington offered up his confession as a plea bargain to avoid other charges. Pennigton's mother also described how trying the whole event has been. Reuters reported that Pennigton's sentence was reached after five days of testimony. Pennington was the sixth person to plead guilty to involvement in the killing, according to the AP.

This last bit of information is the one thing the Reuters report lacked. It is important to know that Pennington was not the first person to plead guilty in this case. The large focus here is not Pennington himself but the whole case. Having multiple Marines involved in an awful case like this is the overall topic. Pennington is just part of a larger story.

February 11, 2007

Havard Chooses First Female President

Drew Gilpin Faust, 59, became Harvard's first women presient on Sunday when she was chosen to replace Lawrence Summers. After Faust's appointment, half of the eight Ivy League schools will have women presidents. Faust is a scholar of Southern history and was the dean of Harvard's Radcliffe Institue for Advanced Study before her promotion.

For many, this is seen as a huge step in gender equality. Only 20 percent of U.S. colleges and universities are run by women. Having a woman appointed president at one of the best universities in the country is a big step in leveling the playing field. A report by the Christian Science Monitor explores Faust's journey and discusses the struggles women encounter when they try to get jobs such as university president. The discussion centers around how Faust's appointment could effect other women who are looking for positions at the university. An AP report also gives a biographical account of Faust's life and describes the circumstances around the hiring. The AP gets less involved with the impact on gender equality, though they do touch on these issues some. The focus here is on the historical significance and the personal details. The Christian Science Monitor has a bigger-picture focus on how this hiring will impact women professors and professionals everywhere.,,-6409561,00.html

February 10, 2007

Obama Officially Announces 2008 Candidacy

Barack Obama, the young Democratic senator from Illinois, officially announced his plans to run for president in 2008 on Saturday. Obama has only been in the Senate since 2004 and has considerably less political experience than his top rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton. Obama is the only black senator currently and could become the first black president ever.

An online article from National Public Radio explores the personal details of Obama and presents the strengths and weaknesses of his candidacy. The story focuses initially on whether Obama is here to stay or a product of hype. This sets up a question for the reader: Is Obama for real? What comes later in the articles is the substance on which one would determine the answer to this question.

The substance here is an examination of Obama's roots (his white mom and Kenyan dad), his seemingly genuine nature, and his strong anti-war stance. Each of these points further paints the picture of who Obama is. The structure of this story allows the reader to gradually learn more about Obama and, possibly, answer the burning question raised earlier.

February 4, 2007

Senate Set for Showdown

The United States Senate will be a battleground for debate on Monday when a nonbinding resolution for Iraq will undergo a test vote. Republican John Warner of Virgina is the leader of a resolution that opposes any further troop buildup. Republican presidential hopeful Chuck Hagel will support Warner. Another Republican presidential hopeful, John McCain of Arizona, will lead a rival resolution which will support President Bush's call for an increase in troops.

Both the Associated Press and the New York Times went to the participants to get their contrasting points-of-view. McCain and Hagel, who will remain in the news as presidential candidates, had their first true war of words. Each Senator expressed his beliefs through direct quotes and paraphrased statements. They are the obvious focal points of the impending debate.

The only notable difference in coverage was he Times style of dramatizing the lead. Instead of a staright-forward approach, the Times called the debates "bitter and personal exchanges" and compared the debate to sparring. The New York Times went for a lead that draws attention and captivates the audience. The AP followed their traditional mold of using a more standard, simple approach. Since each paper accurately used the main sources of news, neither style of coverage was wrong.

Giuliani May Run in 2008

Rudolph Guiliani, former New York City mayor, has announced "there's a real good chance" he will run for president in 2008. He made that comment to an AP reporter Friday in South Carolina. Giuliani is most famous for how he handled the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and will challenge John McCain of Arizona and Mitt Rommey of Massachusetts, among others, for the Republican nomination.

The Associated Press and the New York Times both went straight to Giuliani for information. Giuliani's response was limited to him saying that he probably would run and that he would appeal to different people in a uniform way. Beyond that, the reports are only speculative at this point as Giuliani has not officially announced his candidacy.

The New York Times also got comments from Patrick Dorinson, spokesman for the California Republican Party. Dorinson provided insight on the Republican party's excitement over the possibility of Giulaini running. He also said that if Giuliani were to make his announcement at the Sacramento convention that it would be a wise decision, since the convention should be well attended.

Each article has enough sources. Since Giuliani is from New York, the Times wants to provide more insight on his chances. The AP article is more just a report of the news. As a hard news story, it gives enough detail into what occured on Friday. The Times article is simply more of an in-depth type report.

January 27, 2007

Anti-War Protest Staged in D.C.

A crowd estimated in the tens of thousands marched on the National Mall Saturday in protest of the Iraqi war, according to an AP report. The crowd consisted of celebrities, lawmakers, and "ordinary people" from around the country. Among the celebrity protesters was Jane Fonda, who received attention for protesting the Vietnam War in the past. The protest was mostly peaceful, although 300 people attempted to rush the Capitol. Police pushed them back and barricaded entrances.

The L.A. Times previewed the protest in a Friday article. Predictions of a massive D.C. protest were made and a list of those scheduled to appear was printed. However, The L.A. Times also previewed scheduled protests in L.A., San Diego, and San Francisco. The California protests were called "some of the largest expected." No mention of these protests was made by the AP. Obviously, the D.C. protest was the most prominent one, so it deserved more national news attention. The celebrity involvement also increased the news value of the D.C. protest. The California protests were important locally because interested residents may have wanted to know where to particiapte. It was also important for commuters, since protests could block traffic. As a national story, the California protests took a back-seat to the D.C. protest.

The lead of each article focused on the D.C. protest. The Times article simply went on to mention the local protests, while the AP report described the main protest in detail. Both articles worked fine, due to the nature of each. Since The L.A. Times article was a preview, information on local protests is necessary. As a summary, the AP report accurately and completely summarized the prominent protest in D.C.,0,6921544.story?coll=la-home-headlines

January 24, 2007

John Kerry To Sit Out in 2008

Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the losing candidate in the 2004 presidential election, announced today that he would not run for president again in 2008. This story is being reported by various sources.

USA Today is reporting
that the 64-year old Kerry will instead seek another 6-year term in the U.S. Senate and focus on ending the Iraqi conflict.

The Boston Globe is confirming this report locally,
while also examining how this news affects the Massachusetts race for Senate.

The USA Today lead is typical of hard news, since it focuses on today's event while setting up context by mentioning Kerry's 2004 presidential defeat. This lead is intended for a mass audience. The Boston Globe lead leans closer to being a feature, since it describes Kerry as emotional. This article is intended to be somewhat of a biographical feature of someone who local citizens of Boston would be familiar with.

In my opinion, both articles successfully communicate with their intended audiences. USA Today is read by a national audience, so it needs a broad appeal, with more hard news and less commentary. The Boston Globe has a more localized audience and is thus able to have more commentary on a prominent local figure.