December 2009 Archives

USA Today wrote a story about how the Swine flu was almost even with the dealth toll from the seasonal flu.  This story is full of numbers ranging from ages, dealth tolls, hospitalizations, years and people infected with the flu.

To obtain all these numbers, the reporter would have to know how to access hosipital records and maybe find different studies about the death toll for the Swine and seasonal flu.  He would have had to contact health officials, medical journals, health organizations and perhaps various researchers.  There is a percent that either could have came from an analysis or one he had to calculae on his own.


Pope 'disturbed' from abuse scandal in Ireland

Pope Benedict XVI is "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a sexual-abuse scandal in Ireland, according to CNN.

He plans on writing a letter to Catholics in Ireland expressing actions that may include resignations of bishops, according to the New York Times.

CNN reported a report, published last month by the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation, explained said there was "no doubt" that sexual abuse of children by clergy was covered up from January 1975 to May 2004,

The New York Times reported that the Vatican was taking this issue very seriously, including the governance of local Church leaders.

"The Holy Father shares the outrage, betrayal and shame felt by so many of the faithful in Ireland, and he is united with them in prayer at this difficult time in the life of the church," the Vatican said.

Clergy members has focused on covering up the scandals rather than caring for the children's well-being, according to CNN.

The outraged Pope publicly apologized in 2008 expressed his sorrow towards the victims and their families.


Tiger Woods taking a break from golf

Tiger Woods posted a statement on his Web site saying he is taking "an indefinite break" from professional golf.

"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children," Woods said in his statement.

Reuters reported this was the first time Woods admitted infidelity since his early morning car accident on Nov. 27.

In the week following the crash, Woods apologized for "transgressions" that let his family down, according to CNN.

The PGA Tour said it supported Woods' decision to focus on his family, according to Reuters.

"His priorities are where they need to be," the tour said in a written statement.

CNN reported that Woods', who is top on the sport's world rankings, sponsers are backing him up and still want him as their spokesman.


Kendra Wilkinson welcomes baby boy

Kendra Wilkinson and husband, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hank Baskett, are now the parents of a baby boy, according to E! News.

They welcomed Hank Randall Baskett IV at 12:37 a.m. Friday in Indianapolis.  He weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. and measured 22 inches, according to People.

"We're happy and healthy and enjoying every second with little Hank," they told E! News.

People reported that Wilkinson, 24, announced her pregnancy weeks before her wedding on June 27, at a ceremony at the Playboy Mansion.

"Hank's dad and his grandfather were both named Hank, so it was very important to us to carry on the family tradition," Wilkinson told People.

Wilkinson and Baskett currently live in Indianapolis but are looking for a house in L.A. for the off-season, according to E! News.

E! News reported that her former Girls Next Door co-stars are very excited for Wilkinson and Baskett and couldn't think of a better Christmas gift.

St. Cloud teen arrested in day care sexual assault

A St. Cloud teen was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old at his mother's day care, according to KSTP News.

KSTP reported that Jeremy Schwartz, 18, was charged with three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.

The sexual abuse took place several times over the the past year and a half inside the home, according to the criminal complaint.

Sgt. Lori Ellering said day care's license has been suspended by the Stearns County Human Services Department.

Schwartz's father James believes his son is innocent and told KSTP, "The charges are bogus trumped up by a small little child that needs attention."

WCCO (AP) reported that Schwartz is being held in the Stearns County Jail. 


Minneapolis man charged in attempted robbery

A Minneapolis man was charged for allegedly holding a Roseville insurance agent at gunpoint Thursday, according to the Pioneer Press.

Michael Kevin Jones, 40, was charged in the Ramsey County District Court with attempted first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of stolen property, according to the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reported, Cheri Steinman was approached by Jones around 1 p.m. at her Allstate Insurance office building on West County Road B.

Jones pointed the gun at her asking for money, claiming he needed it and didn't know what else to do, according the Star Tribune.

The police locked down the area for three hours, looking for accomplices and the gun, which was found behind the office building, the Pioneer Press said.

The Star Tribune reported that Jones, who has an extensive criminal record, is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.


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