March 2010 Archives

Obituary Analysis

The obituary I am looking at is of Chet Simmons, former television sports executive and the first president of ESPN. He died on Thursday,
The sources used in this obituary are family, Simmons is quoted in the obituary from former interviews, James Andrew Willer, an author who is writing about Simmons, and George Grande, former Sportscenter anchor. Mostly, the sources are from friends and colleagues.
This was the New York Times obituary so it did follow the standard obituary lead besides mentioning that he had homes in Atlanta and Savannah in the sentence concerning his age. It does not have the final paragraph where the family is presented either.
The obituary differs from a resume by presenting the accomplishments that the person attained in their lives in a non-boasting manner. It is very reflective and presented politely. It is not about the accomplishments, but the person who accomplished them.

Motorcyclist arrested after high-speed chase

A 22-year-old Rochester man was arrested Saturday after a high-speed police chase on his motorcycle.
The Wisconsin State Patrol was notified of a motorcyclist speeding and passing other vehicles on Interstate 94 reported WCCO.
The police clocked Christian Peterson at 98 mph and attempted to stop him reported WCCO, but he fled at the speed of 130 mph.
The state trooper chased the motorcyclist for a short while, but ended the pursuit reported the Star Tribune.
The police were told that Peterson was at the "29 Pines" travel center in Chippewa County reported the Star Tribune.
Peterson fled by foot when police arrived to the travel center, but police caught him and arrested him reported the Star Tribune.

Man in custody after woman killed

A man has been taken into custody after a woman was shot to death in a park in Mankato on Sunday.
The woman was found dead in a car in the parking lot of the Rasmussen Woods Nature Area reported the Star Tribune.
The suspect was arrested after a police chase ended south of Blue Earth County Road 90 reported WKBT.
The names of the suspect and victim have not been released yet reported WKBT.
Jill Oliveira, a spokeswoman for the BCA, said the police are investigating the crime reported the Star Tribune.

Obama visits Afghanistan

President Obama secretly traveled to Afghanistan on Sunday to visit the U.S. troops and to meet with the Afghan president.
CNN reported that President Obama met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidentail Palace to discuss the parternship between the U.S. and Afghanistan.
This was Obama's first trip to Afghanistan since becoming president reported the Star Tribune.
The president addressed 2,500 troops and civilians at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, reported the Star Tribune. He encouraged the troops of their progress and reminded them of their purpose.

11 killed in crash in Kentucky

11 killed Friday morning in Kentucky after a tractor-trailer crossed a median and hit a van head on.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was killed reported CNN.
The ten others were Mennonite passengers in a 15 person van traveling to Iowa for a wedding reported CNN.
John Esche, a minister, and his wife, Sadie, were killed. As well as four of their 12 children, their daughter-in-law, baby grandson, and daugther's fiance reported CNN. The tenth passenger killed was a family friend.
The two lone survivors are Josiah Esche, 5, and his brother Johnny, 3, reported the Star Tribune. Officials credit their survival to child safety seats.

Man charged in fatal shooting

A 20-year-old gang member fatally shot another 20-year-old in the chest and back on St. Patrick's Day on East Lake Street.
Brandon J. Lewis has been charged with second degree murder for the death of James E. King Jr. on March 17 reported the Star Tribune.
Lewis was arrested earlier this week and is in custody in Hennepin County Jail reported WCCO.
King's death is the 11th homicide this year reported the Star Tribune.

Breck state hockey; back-to-back championships

Breck wins the Class 1A state hockey championship again this year, making Breck the first team to win consecutive titles in the class.
The Mustangs have been ranked number one throughout the season, but seemed to fall to the Hermantown Hawks as the score remained deadlocked at 1-1 for the majority of the game reported the Star Tribune.
After their opponent had been pressuring them all game, Breck forward Mike Morin scored with 1:40 left in the game, reported the Pioneer Press.
Breck was overshot by Hermantown 31-20 reported the Star Tribune.
The Hawks spent the last 17 minutes in the Mustang's zone, but could not rally that last point hitting the goal post twice, reported the Pioneer Press.
This is the fourth state title for Breck reported the Pioneer Press.

Minneapolis schools lockdown lifted

Minneapolis School District lifted the lockdown on Thursday after authorities decided the online threat was not credible.
The district locked down all 60 buildings after the suspect involved with the threat said there would be a shooting in a Minneapolis school and then he would kill himself, reported WCCO.
The vague threat was linked to Australia reported the Pioneer Press.
Authorities found that the suspect of the threat has not been in the U.S. for seven years and that it was a prank, but are continuing to investigate reported WCCO.

Flooding of the Red River affects Fargo

The flooding of the Red River in Fargo has reached the minor flood stage, officials said Saturday morning.
The National Weather Service has predicted the river to rise to 38 feet by the week's end which would be 20 feet about flood stage, but three feet shy of last year's record reported WCCO.
Sandbags began to be filled on Saturday as Mayor Dennis Walaker urged citizens to not procratinate when responding to the flood reported the Pioneer Press.
Flooding is a result of unprecedented mild temperatures and excess rainfall this spring reported WCCO.
Officials are comparing the flood predictions to last years flooding, but are more prepared and organized this year reported WCCO.

3 people tied to the U.S. consulate killed in Mexico

Three people associted with the American consolate were killed in a drive-by shooting in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez Saturday afternoon.
A U.S. official stated that two American citizens and a spouse of a Mexican employee were killed in the shooting, the Star Tribune reported. The official did not release the victims' names.
The details of the killings were not immediately available reported CNN, but the White House soon learned of them and released a statement.
The State Department told U.S. government employees at the six conoslates in nothern Mexico to have their family members leave the area because of the rise of drug-related iincidents, reported the Star Tribune.
The U.S. Embassy has advised that American citizens to delay travel to the Mexican states of Durango, Coahuila, and Chihuahua reported the Star Tribune.

California police find remains of missing girl

California police have found the remains of a 14-year-old girl who went missing over a year ago.
The skeletal remains of Amber DuBois were found Saturday at the Pala Indian Reservation reported CNN.
Amber was last seen walking to school on February 13, 2009 reported CNN.
The search for Amber has few leads until the recent disappearance and murder of 17-year-old Chelsea King reported CBS.
John Albert Gardner III pleaded not guilty to murdering and raping Chelsea reported CBS.
Gardner is a registered sex offender and served time in jail for molesting a 13-year-old in 2000 reported CBS.
Police believe these two cases may be linked, reported CBS.

Giant wave hits cruise ship killing two

Two passengers on a cruise ship were killed and 14 injured on Wednesday after a giant 26-foot wave crashed into the ship off the northeast coast of Spain.
The Greece-based Louis Cruise Lines ship was hit by three large waves resulting in five windows located in public areas to be smashed reported CNN.
The two passengers, a German man and an Italian man, were killed by flying glass and moving furniture caused by the massives waves reported the New York Times.
The fourteen others were treated for light injuries but were hospitalized as a precaution when the ship returned to Barcelona Wednesday night, CNN reported.
All the passengers aboard the ship were flown home Thursday at the expense of the cruise line reported CNN.

Plane crash in Florida, 2 killed

A small plane crashed Saturday near Miramar Beach, Florida, killing the male pilot and a female passenger.
The pilot was identified as Dr. Evan Zeiger Jr. reported the Herald Tribune.
The Birmingham neurosurgeon was flying his AT6-Texan World War II-era plane when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
The woman who was killed as well had not been positively identified and her body has been sent to Walton County to a medical examiners office reported the Herald Tribune.
CNN reported that the Federal Aviation Administration is still investigating the cause of the accident.

Man fatally shot, brother arrested

A St. Paul man was arrested Saturday night for allegedly shooting his brother in the head.
The victim, Brain S. Orloske, 40, of Houlton, Wisc. was dead when the police found him reported the Star Tribune. His brother, Eric J. Orloske, 38, was then arrested for his murder.
The victim and his brother were the only residents of the house and were reportedly arguing earlier in the day reported WCCO.
The police continue to search for a motive reported the Star Tribune.
This is the 6th homicide in St. Paul this year and the second in two weeks invloving brothers reported WCCO.

Ex-cop kills one and injures two

A former police officer shot and killed one man and injured two others on Saturday night at a restaurant in Chisholm.
Edward Walberg, 40, died Saturday night from his injuries, reported WCCO. Larry Elj, 38, and Cale Nelson, 29, were both injured and hospitalized.
The 47-year-old suspect snuck in the back entrance of Jim's Sports Club Bar and Grill and opened fire at a table of patrons including his ex-wife the Star Tribune reported.
The suspect and his ex-wife had a confrontation that became violent reported WCCO.
The shooting is still being investigated reported WCCO.

Ex-cop kills one and injures two

A former police officer shot and killed one man and injured two others on Saturday night at a restaurant in Chisholm.
Edward Walberg, 40, died Saturday night from his injuries, reported WCCO. Larry Elj, 38, and Cale Nelson, 29, were both injured and hospitalized.
The 47-year-old suspect snuck in the back entrance of Jim's Sports Club Bar and Grill and opened fire at a table of patrons including his ex-wife the Star Tribune reported.
The suspect and his ex-wife had a confrontation that became violent reported WCCO.
The shooting is still being investigated reported WCCO.

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