April 2013 Archives

New King of Netherlands: International News

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Holland got its first king in over 100 years on Tuesday.

King Willem Alexander, 46, is the first Dutch king since Willem III in 1890, USA Today said.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated the throne in favor of her son, Willem-Alexander, USA Today said.

Queen Beatrix, 75, who spent 33 years as queen, stood down from the throne at a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on Tuesday, USA Today said.

In his first speech as king, Alexander promised to continue his mother's course of action for the Netherlands. He stressed the need to respect diversity, and ensured everyone, despite his or her backgrounds, be granted an equal voice, the New York TImes said.

In his speech, Alexander also acknowledged the economic strife the country has faced, as citizens struggle with the third recession since 2009, the New York Times said.

As Willem-Alexander was formally sworn in, cheers erupted from the audience. Most for the new king, and some for his new queen, Argentine born, Maxima, who is said to have brought glamour and romance to the otherwise frumpy royal family, the New York Times said.

Opinion polls show support for the monarchy in the Netherlands, the New York Times said.

"Some moments ago I abdicated from the throne," Queen Beatrix said while nearing the end of the swearing in ceremony. "I am happy and thankful to present to you your new king."

Monster Sues City of San Francisco: National News

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Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney because of the city's demands that the company reduce the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors, Huffington Post said.

Monster believes it's being unfairly singled out by City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Last year, Herrera asked Monster to produce document showing its energy drinks are safe, CBS said.

Herrera said in his letter that three cans of Monster amount to 480 mg of caffeine, or about five times the recommended maximum for adolescents. It is also 400 mg more per day than the FDA has said is safe for adults, the Huffington Post said.

Some brands of coffee contain more caffeine than Monster's energy drinks. Herrera said that coffee is typically served hot and therefore consumed slowly. Herrera also said energy drinks companies market to youth and encourage them to drink energy drinks in large quantities, the Huffington Post said.

The suit was filed in the Central District of California with the U.S. District Court, CBS said.

Energy drink companies are currently under fire due to the FDA investigation reports of deaths linked to them. The FDA discovered the reports do not directly prove the drinks caused the deaths, Huffington Post said.

Energy drinks have surged in popularity and in 2011, sales for energy drinks rose by nearly 17 percent according to Beverage Digest, CBS said.

George W. Bush Library: Analysis

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After the opening of George W. Bush's library, many people wrote about it, but in my opinion, few did it as well as the Los Angeles Times.

There were five presidents at the gathering; almost all of them had something to say about the opening of the library. The reason why I chose to write on this for my speech analysis was because so many people spoke at one time.

The reporter used a few quotes from the different president's speeches, but the quotes were not the bulk of her story.

She used quotes from almost everyone who spoke and it really added to the story. In the first two paragraphs she prefaced the scene and used a quote from President George W. Bush.

She then wrote about how Obama spoke about supporting President Bush and his new library.

The author then talked about the minor speeches given. George H.W. Bush just gave a brief thank you and a God Bless America. While President Clinton spoke about how even though democrats and republicans may have their disagreements it makes this country great.

The last few paragraphs of the story were quotes from President Bush, with many descriptions of what him and the others looked like at the ceremony. It uses words like "smiled," "joked," and "wiping away a tear," which really made the story come to life.

It ended with a quotation from one of the few "average Joes" who attended the ceremony, which I thought was a good way to wrap up the story, since there were so many different aspects of it.

All in all the article was informative and interesting to read but I think a little bit of chronology would have added to this story. It got a bit confusing because at one point President Obama was giving a speech then it was President Clinton, then it was President Bush, then it was President George H.W. Bush, and then back to President Obama and President Bush again. Since there were so many speakers there needed to be a little more order.

Associated Press Twitter Hacked: Notable

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The Associated Press's Twitter was hacked on Tuesday, sending the stock market into a tailspin.

The tweet that sent the market into a downward spiral read, "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured via @AP," NPR said.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped about 130 points seconds after the tweet, but bounced back quickly after the rumors were debunked, NPR said.

A group of hackers claimed responsibility for the hoax. The hackers were allegedly loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. They sent out a tweet saying:
"Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama," USA Today said.

This tweet came at a delicate time for America, just eight days after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Associated Press suspended their Twitter account and is currently working to correct the issue, USA Today said.

The wire service also said its mobile Twitter account was hacked, and all of its account has been shut down, USA Today said.

Bangladesh Building Collapses: International News

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A commercial building collapsed in Bangladesh on Wednesday, and the death tolls continue to rise.

It was Wednesday morning, and most garment workers had come in for their shift already, the building was packed with workers, CBS News said.

The building housed five different garment factories, a bank and shops, CNN said.

On Tuesday, cracks in the building structure were noticed, and the bank called its employees off of work, and the shops were closed due to a strike. Garment workers were told to come in, even though the owners knew of the problems in the building's structure, CNN said.

This was the worst tragedy to hit the garment industry in Bangladesh, and shined a spotlight on the poor working conditions for the employees. Most employees were working for about $38 a month and were producing brand name clothing CBS News said.

Massive blocks of concrete crushed most of the victims after the 8-story structure crumbled to the ground, CBS News said.

The Bangladesh army brought in heavy machinery to tear through to concrete in an attempt to save the living. Many people including troops and volunteers are using bare hands and rusty saws to find the survivors, CNN said.
As of Saturday the death toll stands at 378. ***To be updated

George W. Bush Library: National News

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The George W. Bush presidential library opened on the Southern Methodist University Campus in Dallas on Thursday.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the opening. The library cost about $250 million dollars. It houses 43,000 artifacts, 70 million pages of paper records and 200 million emails. It has the largest digital archive of any president library, the Los Angeles Times said.

There are 14 presidential libraries and museums. The construction and opening were paid for by private funds. About $500 million was raised for Bushes new library. U.S. taxpayers will pay for upkeep, CBS News said.

All of the living ex-presidents attended the opening, including Obama, who openly campaigned against Bush's moves in his presidency, the Los Angeles Times said.

Admission will be $16 when the library opens to the public on May 1, the Los Angeles Times said.

Some 72,000 ladybugs were released--on purpose--inside the Mall of America in an attempt to save the mall's natural greenery.

The Mall of America has more than 30,000 live plants, and about 400 trees. The plants act as natural air purifiers, Discovery Newssaid.

The ladybugs were released to attack aphids, which feed on the mall's plants. The aphids thrive inside the landscaped areas in the mall. The ladybugs were released as an alternative to pesticides, Discovery news said.

Some Mall of America visitors complained about the bugs infesting the food court, but according to a mall spokesperson, the bugs only live on plants, and live for about two weeks, the International Business Times said.

The mall has been releasing the ladybugs for years, and there has yet to be a takeover, the International Business Times said.

The Mall of America is green. It converts the mall's restaurants fryer fat into biodiesel fuel for the mall's security vehicles. It also doesn't have a heating system. It uses solar heat from 1.2 miles of skylights, Discovery News said.

Manhunt for Faribault Man Ends: Local News

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An allegedly armed and dangerous Faribault man stabbed his girlfriend on Saturday, and was on the loose until Sunday night.

On Saturday afternoon an abandoned car was found on the west side of the Faribault police station. It belonged to 27-year-old Shane Wilson, CBSsaid.

Inside Wilson's car the police found an unresponsive woman and two children. The children were not hurt but the woman had been stabbed multiple times. She is currently hospitalized at District One Hospital in Faribault, and she underwent surgery upon arrival, the Star Tribune said

The woman and a witness confirmed with the police that she was stabbed during a domestic argument, CBS said. Her identity has not been released.

The Star Tribune said Wilson ran from the police for a little under 24 hours. A citizen detected Wilson in a field. When the police captured him he had hypothermia and was covered in mud, the Faribault Police Chief said. Wilson was taken to the hospital.

Investigators believed Wilson stole a car to flee the crime scene. About a half an hour after the incident police received a call about a stolen Chevrolet Impala, CBS said.

The Impala was engulfed in flames in Steel County about an hour later. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the vehicle was empty when the police and fire department arrived, CBS said.

This story done by the Chicago Tribune is about two men from Russia, who unfortunately follow the stereotype for terrorists.

Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are from Russia and have the same look as middle-eastern terrorists.

Dzokhar and Tamerlan were both born in Russia and have lived in the United States for a number of years. Dzohkar had become a naturalized citizen last year. Tamerlan was working toward citizenship. He was unable to gain citizenship because of a suspicious trip to Russia a little over a year ago.

This article began by depicting the injuries the surviving suspect, Dzokhar is currently sustaining.

It moved into what Dzokhar's criminal charges will be. It also discussed how Dzokhar will be defended in trial by a federal public defender.

It then went into how the suspects were located. Older brother, Tamerlan, was shot in a police shootout on Friday, and Dzokhar was found a few hours later "cowering in a boat in a backyard in Watertown."

The article then talked about the Tamerlans suspicious trip to Russia and why it was significant. It went into family history and their family's emigration to the United States ten years ago.

The article went in depth on each part that was significant about the bombings. It talked about the criminal trial; it gave detailed information, and allowed the reader to see that even naturalized citizens of the United States can commit heinous crimes.

The article did a good job shading stereotypes of the culture. Although the two men went with the stereotypical grain of terrorists, it showed that not all people from that region are interested in hurting America. It showed the Tsarnaeva family supported America and they were open and willing to talk to the media and the government about their suspicions with the boys, and why they think the two brothers planted the bombs.

Boston Bombing Suspects Located: Notable

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One suspect is dead, and the other in critical condition on Saturday after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is 19-years-old. He was shot in the throat on Friday, and is now unable to speak. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and other authorities said they might never be able to interview him, the Chicago Tribune said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev is the older brother of Dzhokhar. Tamerlan died after a shootout with police on Friday in Watertown, Mass., the New York Times said.

Tamerlan made a trip to Northern Russia. He visited Chechnya and Dagestan, which are Muslim republics, and both of the regions have active militant separatist movements. The trips made by Tamerlan signified to the FBI that he might be linked to extremist groups in the region, the New York Times said.

After Tamerlan returned from Russia, the FBI interviewed him because the Russian security services believed he followed radical Islam. At that time the FBI did not find any signs of terroristic activity. The FBI is now also in question, the Chicago Tribune said.

Tamerlan's mother said that he had been under FBI surveillance for years, and his uncle said he had noticed a change in Tamerlan's religious beliefs in 2009, the Chicago Tribune said.

Dzhokhar became a naturalized American citizen last year, and Tamerlan was still working toward citizenship. The two men's father said Tamerlan visited Russia last year to renew his passport, the New York Times said.

Dzhokar was at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Sunday, and his announcement on charged could come late Sunday, U.S Attorney Carmen Ortiz said.

The University of Minnesota is hosting their annual Spring Jam. It is a week filled with competitions, different artists, battle of the bands and many other different activities.

Some University of Minnesota students are not so happy about it though. The headliner for this Spring Jam is an artist named Mat Kearney, who had most students asking "who is that?" The Minnesota Daily said.

The other two artists coming to perform are rapper Theophilus London and country singer Greg Bates. The three artists, including Kearney, cost about $64,000, the Minnesota Daily said.

Spring Jam in total cost about $116,000, or about $3 per UMN student, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Cost is not the only worry for Spring Jam this year the Star Tribune said. Campus police are also worried about safety and security after the bombings in Boston on Monday.

Campus Police Chief Greg Hestness said the university is "not a logical target." He added the campus police would be in communication with the FBI about any threats that may come, the Star Tribune said.

Hestness said extra officers would be on duty for Spring Jam, the Star Tribune said.

The U.S., its allies, and citizens of Venezuela are demanding a recount after the elections granted Chavez' prodigy, Nicolas Maduro presidency.

CNN said the candidates were Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles Radonski. Maduro won by a margin of less than 2 percent.

On the voting day in Venezuela, which was last Sunday, 79 percent of registered voters went to the polls. Maduro won by over 260,000 votes, or about 1.6 percent of the votes, the Huffington Post said.

In Venezuela a manual recount is impossible. In 1999, Veneuzelan Chief Justice Luisa Estella Morales eliminated manual recounts in favorite of a "system audit," CNN said.

The system audit is a completely automated counting device used in Venezuelan polls, CNN said.

The late President Hugo Chavez chose Maduro to be his successor before his death in March. This election divided Venezuela even further, because of the tight election results and the inability to do a recount, CNN said.

According to Venezuela's state-run news agency, eight people have been killed in violence due to the election results. The news agency also reported that 135 had been arrested because of the political violence, CNN said.

The Huffington Post said the U.S. isn't giving into the election results without a recount. They will not recognize the elections until the recount is done.

Boston Marathon Bombing: National News

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Pressure cooker bombs, made of battery packs and circuit boards caused the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The two bombs set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people, and injured 176 others, some of who lost limbs. Of the victims, 17 were in critical condition, Chicago Tribune said.

The bombs consisted of explosive black powder or smokeless powder, shrapnel, BBs and pieces of nails, packed inside of a pressure cooker, NBC said.

Law enforcement officials said the contents inside do not create a 'blast wave' effect. The 'blast wave' effect often causes fatal injuries and serious blast damage, such as broken windows. Although the devices used were of a lower power, they still have the power to propel shrapnel great distances, and can still injure and kill many people, NBC said.

The bombs were allegedly transported to the Boston marathon placed inside of black nylon backpacks or sacks, NBC said.

The Chicago Tribune said, President Obama deemed the twin bombings an "act of terror" on Tuesday, and security has been heightened throughout the rest of the nation.

There are no suspects in custody, and no one had claimed responsibility for the acts yet. The U.S. Homeland Security Secretary said the bombs blasts were not likely to be part of a broader terrorist act, the Chicago Tribune said.

An abortion doctor based out of Philadelphia, accused of killing newborn babies, was on trial Friday.

Kermit Gosnell is accused of killing many fetuses while performing illegal late-term abortions at his clinic Women's Medical Society. He allegedly cut the spinal cords of seven newborn babies, Business Insider said.

Gosnell would allegedly drug the mothers with the painkiller Demerol. He and his untrained staff killed at least one patient with a lethal dose. The clinic was allegedly filthy and disgusting, Business Insider reported.

Gosnell and eight of his unlicensed former employees are on trial. Three of whom pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, the Washington Post said.

Unlicensed front desk workers handed out drugs at the front desk to induce labor in the patients, the Washington Post said.

The grand jury estimated Gosnell made $1.8 million a year, charging $3,000 for each late-term abortion. Gosnell also wrote illegal prescriptions and, according to a law enforcement agent, he was one of the top three prescribers of the painkiller, Oxycontin, Business Insider said.

Tainted Meth Sends 14 to Hospital: Local News

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Over a dozen people have been taken to the hospital due to a bad batch of meth, the Ramsey County Sherriff's Department said on Friday.

The Sheriff's Department spokesman, Randy Gustafson, said hospitals typically see one overdose per day, CBS said.

The symptoms of the tainted meth are high fevers, high anxiety, and extreme hallucination, CBS said.

TheStar Tribune reported, the temperatures reported by the victims have been as high as 105 degrees; these conditions are not typically seen in regular meth users, Gustafson said.

The victims have all come from the east metro area, including St. Paul, Roseville, Maplewood, and Cottage Grove. They have been treated either at Regions or United Hospital in St. Paul, the Star Tribune said.

The Star Tribune said, the increase in hospital visits has not happened in Hennepin County, Gustafson said. He also said there are probably many more people who have smoked the tainted meth, and there are probably a lot of unreported cases.

One St. Paul citizen who was under the influence of the drug jumped off a second-story building because he believed he could fly, Gustafson said in the Star Tribune.

CBS said the Ramsey County sheriff's office said they did not want to arrest anyone; they just wanted to ensure the users' safety.

CBS said deputies were provided a sample of he meth, and the meth will be tested.

This article on tainted meth by the Star Tribune caught my eye, because I thought to myself "isn't all meth tainted?"

Star Tribune started the article without any sort of lead. The article jumped right into "more than a dozen people to the hospital in less than 24 hours," and also added what the side effects of the tainted meth were.

The story goes on to quote the Sheriffs Department spokesperson Randy Gustafson. Gustafson talked about what part of the metro area the victims were coming from and gave some statistics about the number of people who, on a typical day, enter the hospital on drug-related cases such as these ones.

The article also addressed my counter to the idea of "tainted meth," stating meth is already a highly addictive and extremely dangerous drug, and tainting it made it much more dangerous.

The article also talks about location, and the victims of the tainted meth have only been found in the east metro, no victims have been reported elsewhere.

This article is a mix between a breaking news story and it is a time-sensitive piece, but it also used quotes from the spokesperson, and added his standpoint to the article. Most of the article used what Gustafson had said, so although it also wasn't a profile piece, it allowed a response to the situation from a professional standpoint.

Kobe Bryant Injured: National News

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Kobe Bryant will be out for months after tearing his Achilles tendon in a game against the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

Bryant has already had surgery to repair the torn Achilles tendon in his left foot, CNNsaid.

Kobe is out for the rest of the basketball season but is planning on returning for next season. He has played 16 seasons and is 34-years-old, CNN said.

Bryant is one of the Los Angeles Lakers' leading scorers. He scored 34 points, despite tearing his Achilles early in the second half of the game. He is the No. 3 scorer in the NBA this season, CBS said.

This is not Bryant's first injury. Last year, Bryant played in all but two games for the Lakers, despite a sprained ankle and many minor injuries, CBS said.

CBS said, the Los Angles Lakers count on Bryant's health. Next year, he will make more than $30 million in the final year of his contract.

CNN said despite Bryant's injury on Friday during the game, the Lakers went on to win the game 118-116. The Lakers will now play the Utah Jazz for the final Spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

Bryant averages 27.3 points a game, 5.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.36 steals, and an average play time of 38.6 minutes in 78 games, CNN said.

The new men's basketball coach, Richard Pitino, hired two new assistants from Florida International University on Wednesday.

Pitino, the former head coach of Florida International University hired the same assistant coaches who worked under him at FIU. Mike Balado and Kimani Young were announced as the assistant coaches five days after Pitino was announced as head coach, the Minnesota Daily said.

Kimani Young has spent time in a federal prison. In 1999 Young was convicted for possessing 96 pounds of Marijuana, the Star Tribune reported.

"Coach Young's mistake, more than 14 years ago, was an aberration in an otherwise positive and stable life," athletic director Norwood Teague said. "He has been an upstanding leader in every university community he has work and lived since that time" the Star Tribune said.

Mike Balado has been an assistant coach for six different schools. Minnesota is his second coaching job in a major conference. Balado was an assistant at the University of Miami for one year, the Minneota Daily said.

Kimani Young has been an assistant coach for one year. He served as a coach for Big Apple Basketball, Inc. from 2001-2006 the Minnesota Daily said. Big Apple Basketball, Inc., is a non-profit that assists young people in education, basketball, and in attaining professional goal, according to their website.

The Star Tribune said the young team of coaches will begin immediately.

Margaret Thatcher Dies: International News

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Margaret Thatcher, known as the "Iron Lady" because of her firm hand in British Politics, died on Monday in London. She was 87.

Thatcher was the first woman prime minister of Britain. She also was the first to lead a major Western power in modern times. As a member of the Conservative Party, she won three straight elections and held office for 11 years from May 1979 to November 1990, the New York Times said.

In her government, she made several state-owned industries private. She also had a year-long stand-off with unions during the Miners' strike which lasted form 1984-1985. Her power expanded to the war that followed Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982, BBC said.

Thatcher survived an assassination attempt in 1984, where the IRA bombed the Brighton Grand Hotel, where she had been staying for an annual conference for the Conservative Party, BBC reported.

Thatcher was born Margaret Roberts in 1925. She studied chemistry at Oxford University and married Denis Thatcher, a businessman, in 1951. She had two children, twins, Mark and Carol born in 1953.

The New York Times said she died of a stroke at the Ritz Hotel, where she had been staying after she had been discharged from the hospital. She had been in poor health for several months, and suffered from dementia.

Brittney Griner to NBA?:Notable

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It had been rumored that the 6'8", All-American center for the Baylor women's basketball team will join the NBA, thanks to an offer by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Sports Illustrated said the offer came about after some comments made by Cuban last Wednesday. Cuban tweeted at Griner about joining the Mavericks and she tweeted him back, "When is tryouts?"

Griner will play for the WNBA this year. She is the No. 1 draft pick for the Women's National Basketball Association, and is expected to be picked by the Phoenix Mercury on April 15, the Los Angeles Times said.

Being a woman in the NBA doesn't come without stipulations though. "They are strong, definitely bigger than me," Griner said when talking about NBA players, the Los Angles Times reported.

Sports Illustrated said, women's basketball coaches questioned Cubans offer. Duke coach Joanne McAllie said "There is simply no way on earth that will happen. It's a silly thing." Connecticult coach Geno Auriemma said, "The fact that a woman could actually play right now in the NBA and compete successfully against the level of play that they have is absolutely ludicrous."

Griner is ready and willing to take on the NBA. "I can hold my own," she said, "I'll try too. I'm not going to back down from a challenge," Sports Illustrated reported.

Lilly Pulitzer Dies: National News

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Lilly Pulitzer who was known for designing bold floral prints, and tropical dresses, died at her home in Florida on Sunday April 7. She was 81.

In 1959, Pulitzer opened a juice stand in Palm Beach and needed a dress that would hide the stains of orange and grapefruit juice, and with that the designs of Lilly Pulitzer began, the New York Times said.

In 1952 Lilly met her husband, Herbert Pulitzer Jr., and eloped that same year. They had three children, Liza, Minnie, and Peter. After five years Pulitzer returned to New York after what she said was a nervous collapse and a marriage that drove her crazy, the New York Times said.

After she returned to Florida she started selling the fruit and juice from her family's citrus groves, the New York Times said.

The New York Times reported Pulitzer divorced her first husband, Peter, and married Enrique Rousseau who had worked for her first husband.

Jackie Kennedy, while on a vacation, was photographed wearing Pulitzer's designs, and her career as a fashion designer then took off, CNN said.

Pulitzer's second husband, Enrique, died in 1993, and Lilly lived quietly in Palm Beach until her death, the New York Times said.

Her death was reported on the company's Facebook Page, CNN said.

New York Times said, "Lilly the lady as so much more than Lilly the label," Steven Stolman, a consultant of Pulitzer's designs said. "In reality, her persona was far more colorful than the clothes."

Schaffhausen Stories: Analysis

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There were two stories about the trial against Aaron Schaffhausen. Each took a different part of the trial and made it the most important aspect.

One story was by CBS and the other was by the Pioneer Press

The Pioneer Press piece was about the testimony of Aaron Schaffhausen's cousin, Liz Daleiden. It began with background about the case, and then featured quotations from Daleiden during the trial.

This story also covered testimonies by some of Schaffhausen's co-workers, who told of his inability to control his temper, his hostility toward his wife and her boyfriend, and his homicidal ideations toward his daughters. We also learned about his daughters and their personalities, ages, and interests, and how Schaffhausen disengaged from them and his wife through alcohol and video games over the last few years of the marriage.

The story then went on to more background of Schaffhausen, and his depression, medication, and the many things that may have led him to commit murder.

The CBS story was about the testimony from Schaffhausen's ex-wife, Jessica.

The CBS story highlighted the high emotions involved during Jessica's testimony. The journalist used phrases like "crying softly" and "she was emotional as she described the 9-1-1 phone call."

This story was a close up on Jessica's relationship with Schaffhausen and a recall of the day of the events where Shaffhausen killed his three daughters. The story seemed to be in chronological order of the events in the trial.

The story started with strangeness in Shaffhausen's behavior before he murdered his daughters, the order of events of the day he did murder them, and what Jessica did after Shaffhausen called Jessica and said "You can come home now, I killed the kids." She then said she immediately called the police and her thoughts on each event.

After slitting his three daughters' throats last July, Aaron Schaffhausen plead guilty, but insane at the time of the slaying on Thursday.

Two of people who knew Schaffhausen well testified against him during the trial, Schaffhausen's ex-wife, Jessica, and cousin Liz, CBS said.

Liz testified that she called Schaffhausen in March 2012, four months before he killed his daughters, to check on his well being after he posted inappropriate comments on Facebook. She also said she called to check up on his depression, Pioneer Press said.

Pioneer Press said, Liz testified that while on the phone that fateful evening, she asked if Shaffhausen was feeling suicidal. She told the court his response to her question was, "No, I don't feel suicidal; I feel homicidal."

Schaffhausen's ex-wife also testified. She told the court about life after their divorce, telling the court Shaffhausen would call her 30 times a day, CBS said.

After the call with Liz, in March of 2012, Aaron called Jessica. She testified, "He wanted to drive down there [River Falls, Wis.], tie me up, and make me choose which child to kill as I watched while he killed them. He wanted to hurt me as much as I hurt him," CBS said.

CBS said, Jessica testified that Shaffhausen's behavior and depression seemed to have improved throughout July. Jessica said she wouldn't see him, but that he could see his daughters. She said Shaffhausen called her later that on July 10, and said, "you can come home now, I killed the kids."

Shaffhausen showed no emotion throughout the trial, CBS said.

Princess Cristina of Spain was subpoenaed on Wednesday, after her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin was found embezzling millions of euros.

Princess Cristina is the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos, and she is the first person in Spain's royal family to be called before court in modern-day Spain, the New York Times said.

Princess Cristina is suspected to be an accomplice in her husbands embezzling, Wall Street Journal said

Her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, had a not-for-profit sports events consultancy, he diverted millions of euros into public funds that were supposed to go towards the not for profit to for-profit companies and offshore accounts controlled by him and his associates, Wall Street Journal said.

Urdangarin maintains that he is innocent, the New York Times said.

Princess Cristina will appear in court of April 27. Spanish law states that only the king is granted complete immunity from prosecution, the New York Times said.

Spain has faced many other accusations in recent months.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose treasurer, Luis Bárcenas, was accused of hiding millions in secret bank accounts in Switzerland. Prosecutors are also investigations allegations about Bárcenas. The allegations claim that he ran a secret fund, and made illegal payments from it to Rajoy and other conservation Spaniards, New York Times said.

New York Times also reported, the king has lost popular majority in Spain, and 45 percent of respondents to a Conservative newspaper said they wanted King Juan Carlos to pass the crown to his son, Prince Felipe.

Richard Pitino was hired as the University of Minnesota men's basketball coach on Wednesday.

Richard Pitino, is the son of Rick Pitino. Rick is the coach of one of the current final four teams, the Louisville Cardinals. Richard (the son) worked as an assistant for the Louisville team and also an assistant at Florida and Providence, ESPN said.

Richard Pitino worked one season at Florida International, the Los Angeles Times said.

Pitino will replace Tubby Smith. Minnesota Athletic Director, Norwood Teague, fired Smith last week. Smith was fired after the team's loss to the University of Florida in the NCAA tournament, ESPN said.

Pitino was not the University's first choice. Minnesota considered Shaka Smart, and was looking to hire Gopher alumni. The U tried to get Flip Saunders, a former NBA coach and now an ESPN NBA analyst, as well as Mick Cronin, Cincinnati's coach, but all of these choices turned down the offer, ESPN said.

Richard Pitino is expected to be announced as Minnesota's head coach on Friday, after final contract negotiations, the Los Angeles Times said.

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