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Lead Analysis

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In this Kare 11 news report, the lead gives the reader all the main elements of the story (Who, What, Where, When, How, Why) in two concise sentences.
The lead first off gives the location, Seattle, before it even starts. After, the "what" or action of the story is given- that a guard was strangled at a prison in Washington. The lead also gives a little background information, like the fact that he was concerned about being the only officer there. It also tells the "who" (the officer and the inmate who is the suspect), and that it was on Sunday. Since it was a hard-news story, all of these elements contribute to making it easy to read without being too wordy.

Facebook Founder Meets Star Of "Social Network" On SNL

Jesse Eisenberg, the man who parodied Mark Zuckerberg (the founder of Facebook) in the movie "The Social Network" last year, drew laughs when he met his character in the opening of Saturday Night Live this past week.

Eisenberg started off the skit joined by Andy Samberg, dressed like the well known image of Mark Zuckerberg in a greenish sweatshirt with short, curly hair. After some banter, Zuckerberg himself came on stage, at which Samberg proclaimed "Awkward!" and left, as seen on the Huffington Post.

Eisenberg asked Zuckerberg, who according to the Washington Post has described the movie as inaccurate, what he thought of the film. Zuckerberg replied he thought "it was interesting".

Judging by Zuckerberg's smiley, poorly acted persona, he should probably stick to his job as the founder of Facebook. The resemblance between the three was even more unnerving.

Synthetic Drugs Marketed As Bath Salts A Growing Problem

Bath salts, many sold under the names Ivory Wave, Red Dove, and White Lightning, are quickly becoming the latest controversial drug problem in Minnesota, Kare 11 reported. The Drug Enforcement Administration said that synthetic stimulants mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone are being sold as bath salts across the country, raising concerns about the health risks that come along with them.

The most common way of getting them is online, Kirk Hughes from the Minnesota Poison Control System told the Star Tribune. They aren't found in typical chain stores like Target.

State poison control centers have received five calls from medical professionals treating users since November. The users either smoke, inject, eat or inhale the salts, causing adverse effects such as higher blood pressure and heart rate, nausea, vomiting, and hallucinations. One woman overdosed and another man shot himself supposedly under the influence of the bath salts.

Sartell Man Killed In Snowmobile Collision

A 31-year-old man from Sartell was killed in northwest Minnesota when two snowmobiles collided, the Pioneer Press reported Sunday.

According to the Mahnomen County Sheriff's office, Christopher Eibensteiner was leading a group of snowmobiles across South Twin Lake when he hit a snow ridge. He was trying to warn oncoming riders about it, but one of the other snowmobilers struck him and his engine.

According to KSTP, Eibensteiner was pronounced dead at the scene, and the sheriff's offices say alcohol was not a factor. The other rider, 30-year-old Gregory Else from West Fargo, North Dakota, was taken to the hospital with injuries that were non-life threatening.

Calif. Cilantro Recalled After Salmonella Detection

Cilantro from Calif. under the names Nature's Reward, Ocean Mist, Queen Victoria and Tanimura and Antle has been recalled after a sample tested positive for salmonella in a Salinas facility, MSNBC reported Sunday. Sabor Farms issued the recall.

Bunches with white ties and blue lettering that says "Produce of USA, Cilantro A%u201A4889" and packages with UPC code of 33383 80104 next to the company logo are covered in the recall, according to the Examiner.

No illnesses have been reported yet. Salmonella can be especially harmful for infants and elderly, or those who have weak immune systems. Symptoms of nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting can last up to 72 hours.

Prominent Gay Rights Activist Slain In Uganda

A prominent spokesman for gay rights was killed in Uganda on Thursday, where Last year a tabloid published the names, photos, and locations of homosexual activists the Huffington Post said.

Local authorities quickly announced David Kato's death as the result of a "robbery", but due to the growing homophobia in the region, evidence indicates otherwise. Val Kalende, the chairwoman of one of Uganda's gay rights groups, attributed his death to the "hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals in 2009," according to the New York Times.

While the Evangelicals visited Uganda they held workshops and rallies focusing on the "evil institution" that was the gay movement. An antigay bill was drafted shortly after their visit, but after many European countries threatened to cut off their monetary aid, the bill was withdrawn.

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