October 2012 Archives

Subways remain closed in New York City

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By Libby Ryan

The New York City subway system remained closed Wednesday, due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the majority of the subway system could stay down for four or five days, according to the New York Times.

The subway was shut down on Saturday in preparation for the storm and when officials checked the conditions on Wednesday, they found flooded tunnels, damaged stations, signs and signals.

Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the New New York subway system "has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night."

New Yorkers, during the time while the city works to reopen the subways, will depend on buses for public transportation, a less than dependable mode, according to the Washington Post.

Seven killed, 100 injured in Nigerian suicide bombing

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Seven people were killed and more than 100 were injured in a suicide bombing in Nigerian church.

An SUV filled with explosives was driven into St. Rita's Catholic church at 9 a.m. during mass, killing at least seven people and injuring many more, said the BBC.

The bombing sparked retaliation from youth in the area and young people armed with machetes killed two people, according to USA Today.

The church is located in Northern Nigeria and Nigeria is predominantly Christian in the south and Muslim in the north.

Woman shot in road rage incident

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A woman was injured in a shooting connected to road rage early Sunday.

The 26-year-old woman was one of eight passengers in a car driving northbound on Interstate 35E around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, said the Star Tribune.

The driver of the car allegedly made an obscene gesture at the driver a SUV as he entered the interstate from the Cliff Road entrance ramp and the driver of the SUV fired multiple shots at the car, said the Star Tribune.

The woman in the front passenger seat was shot in the shoulder and was taken to Regions Hospital. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to the Pioneer Press.

Four shot at Minneapolis bar

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Four people were shot at a Minneapolis bar early Saturday morning near the University of Minnesota.

Two men and two women were shot as the left the Red Sea Restaurant and Bar around 2 a.m Saturday. None of the victims' injuries were believed to be life threatening, said the Pioneer Press.

Minneapolis police said that a bouncer was trying to remove a group of people from the bar using a chemical spray and someone opened fire, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

No arrests have been made and the shooting is under investigation.

Hurricane Sandy on course to hit East Coast

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Hurricane Sandy is on course to hit much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast, said authorities Friday.
The hurricane is a Category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds, according to the Washington Post.
The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will move towards the Delaware Bay with the possibility of hitting areas from Cape Hatteras to eastern Long Island.
There is a possibility of Metropolitan Transportation Authority shutting down public transportation in New York City,the New York Times said Friday afternoon.
Hurricane Sandy has killed 21 people in Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba as well as caused severe mudslides and flooding.

Minnesota drought continues

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Over a third of Minnesota is in extreme drought state, as the fall weather stays consistently dry.

Almost all of Minnesota is in same state of drought, according to the Pioneer Press. The total rainfall for the autumn so far is close to half of the rainfall for the rainfall in autumn 2011.

The rain on Friday was the most Minnesota has gotten in the past two months.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Locked Out

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St. Paul Chamber Orchestra management has locked out musicians and cancelled performances due to union contract disputes.

The SPCO management had named Sunday as the deadline for musicians to vote on its latest contract offer but the musicians did not vote. According to the Pioneer Press, the SPCO president said the musicians were no where near a settlement.

Musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra were also locked out as of early October, according to the Star Tribune.

CIA drone program expansion possible

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The CIA requested approval for the expansion of the agency's fleet of armed drones on Thursday.

The request for more drones came from CIA Director David H. Petraeus, said Business Week. The expansion would allow the CIA to form lethal strikes in the areas where al-Qaeda poses a threat to American interests.

If the plan is approved, the CIA would add 10 new drones to the program, according to the Washington Post.

Analysis: Speeches

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New England Cable Network's story on the Dalai Lama's speech in Boston is brief and to the point.

The writer chose to focus on only on one quote directly from the Dalai Lama and use the rest of the article for information on the atmosphere and turnout of the audience who listened to him speak.

The author also used a quote from a local who attended the speech closer to the beginning of the article than the direct quote from the speech. This both added context to the article and made it seem like the words the Dalai Lama said in the speech were not as important.

Ex-Pennsylvania Senator dies at 82

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82-year-old former senator died Sunday from cancer.

Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania, known especially for his knowledge of constitutional law, served in the Senate for more than three decades, said the Washington Post.

The cause of Stephen's death was complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Stephen's previously survived Hodgkin's disease, a brain tumor and heart bypass surgery, said the New York Times.

Spector lost his Senate seat in 2010 when he switched from running as a republican to a democrat.

14-year-old feminist blogger shot in Pakistan

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Taliban gunmen shot 14-year-old Pakistani feminist blogger Tuesday for her campaign for children's rights.

Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck by masked Taliban gunmen on her way home from school in response to her campaign for education rights in Pakistan, said the New York Times.

Two other girls were injured in the attack and doctors said Yousafzai was in critical condition after surgery.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, a Taliban spokesperson called the shooting an example for others in the future who speak out against the Taliban, said the BBC.

The militant group said they targeted Yousafzai because she "promoted secularism" and it is an "obscenity".

Chavez wins Venezuelan presidential election

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was reelected Sunday for another six-year term.

Chavez won with a 54 percent majority, defeating Henrique Capriles in the election and continuing his time in office with a fourth term.

Chavez won more than 7.4 million votes while Capriles won 6.1 million, according to the Washington Post. The president of the Venezuelan electoral college, Tibisay Lucena, said 80 percent of registered voters in the country voted in the election.

The socialist leader said he would focus on lowering crime and fixing government bureaucracy, while continuing his work on housing, education and health initiatives, said CNN.

Analysis: Meningitis Cases in Minnesota

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The continuing story about the steroids inducing meningitis is a developing story that has continued throughout the weekend.

The story written yesterday included the bare basics and the information available up to that point. It said that two cases had been confirmed in Minnesota.

The second story has one main difference. The second story has updated information that progresses the story to include the most accurate and timely facts.

In both articles, the same information is stated but the less concrete information that was written in the first article is now confirmed.

2 Meningitis cases confirmed in Minnesota

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Three women in Minnesota have been confirmed to have meningitis after receiving steroids manufactured in Massachusetts, according to health officials.

There have been seven deaths across the country from meningitis and more than 900 cases have been confirmed, said the Star Tribune.

Steroid products produced by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., have been linked to all the cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Minnesota Public Radio reported 950 patients in Minnesota have been treated with drugs that came from the Framingham compounding center.

Federal funding to go to Great Lakes research

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Federal grants will support new in-depth research to prevent invasive species from disrupting eco-systems in the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will distribute $8 million between 21 universities and nonprofit organizations to fund research focusing on techniques to detect the DNA of invasive species in water, officials said Tuesday.

The funding comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program working to solve the lake's most pressing environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, wildlife habitat loss and harmful algae blooms.

Scientists estimate there are currently 180 invasive species in the Great Lakes areas, according to the Star Tribune.

Turkey fires at Syria after shells hit border town

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By Libby Ryan

Turkey fired across Syrian border Wednesday in response to shelling from Syria struck a Turkish border town.

Turkish artillery fired on Syria in retaliation to the death of five civilians in a Turkish border town. The conflict increased tension between the two countries and Turkey called for an emergency NATO meeting.

NATO's National Council met in Brussels Wednesday to discuss the incident. The council strongly condemned Syria's actions, calling the cross border firing a violation of international law, according to the Washington Post.

The artillery that was fired is the first time Turkey has fired into Syria during the turmoil in the past 18 months, said the BBC.

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