Analysis on Diversity

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By Gyusung Sim

I used two articles about the anti-gay marriage marchers protest in France this week. The news story dealt with an issue about the cultural difference which I am not used to. However, there was no stereotype or discrimination about the different culture, and the reporter wrote down the article with the objective voice. The reporter used photos of marchers and described situations in detail not to be subjective with the topic.

6 Light-rail Stations are Closed for the Weekend

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By Gyusung Sim

Those hoping to use the train to get in and out of downtown Minneapolis should change their plans to plan B.
Metro Transit announced there would be a shutdown, from stations at Target Field to Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, started Friday evening and will continue until 3:30 a.m. Monday, reported by the CBS Local.
Service along the rest of the 12-mile Hiawatha rail line will operate normally, reported by the Star Tribune.
Metro Transit will supply bus service to the affected stops. Service south of Franklin Avenue should continue as usual.

Body Found near Burned Gulf Oil Platform

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By Gyusung Sim

As crews searched Sunday for a Filipino worker still missing after an oil platform explosion and fire, doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition.
The victims were employees of Grand Isle Shipyard Inc., which provides workers to Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, a Houston-based independent oil and gas company, reported by the USA Today.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which enforces offshore drilling regulations, is investigating.
The incident occurred a day after oil giant BP agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties the 2010 Gulf oil spill that killed 11 workers and spewed 4.9 million barrels of oil, reported by the Reuters.

Anti-gay marriage marchers protest all over France

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By Gyusung Sim

Groups opposing President Francois Hollande's plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption took to the streets across Paris Saturday.
The controversial Ukrainian group, topless members have taunted a march, and the Catholic group Civitas organized Sunday's march by several thousand people carrying pro-family banners, reported by the Fox News.
Their final destination was the Invalids monument, the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French leader who invented the country's prized civil code, reported by the USA Today.
It states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, a point the gay marriage bill seeks to overturn.
A recent survey found that most French favor gay marriage, while support for adoption by gay couples hovers at around 50 percent.

Gophers, Badgers skate to tie

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By Gyusung Sim

The opening round of the "Border Battle" with the Wisconsin Badgers belongs to Minnesota Friday.
The Badgers were called for two major penalties that helped the Gophers build a big edge in shots on goal in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play in front of a full house of more than 10,079 on Friday night, Nov.16, at Mariucci Arena, reported by the Star Tribune.
The two teams entered the third period tied at 2-2, but Peterson held his ground the rest of the way and finished with 41 saves, reported by the Minnesota Daily.
The Gophers and Badgers will conclude their weekend series Saturday at Mariucci Arena.

Mall of America to Bar Unaccompanied teens on Black Friday

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By Gyusung Sim

Mall of America is tightening its Black Friday policies and will bar unaccompanied minors from the megamall all day Friday, Nov.23.
Despite retailers seeking to persuade more people to spend merrily, children younger than 16 who are not with an adult 21 or older will not be welcomed at the Mall of America on Thanksgiving night or Black Friday. It is also same during the week between Christmas and New Year's reported by the Pioneer Press.
The mall's normal policy is to restrict unaccompanied teenagers on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Unaccompanied teens must provide proof of their age with government-issued identification, reported by the Star Tribune.

Analysis on Number Use

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By Gyusung Sim

In the story, "No. 16 Lady Vols defeat No. 20 Georgia Tech 71 - 54," numbers were used in various ways. Firstly, numbers were used to identify players. They were commented as their back numbers. Secondly, numbers were used to provide scores of games. They were usually said winner's score first, and loser's score was following. Thirdly, numbers were used as statistics. Sometimes, reports used numbers to express how many years players have played, or how many audiences were there in the game. Numbers made the story much easier to be read. The reporter used math to crunch numbers and tell the story effectively to explain to readers.

By Gyusung Sim

The United Nations reported that 11,000 Syrians fled to neighboring countries on Friday, the vast majority clambering for safety over the Turkish border, in one of the largest single-day torrents of refugees since the Syrian conflict began.
United Nations refugee agency officials said 9,000 of the fleeing Syrians, many of them drenched from a cold rain, went to Turkey, reported by the Washington Post.
The civil war in Syria has killed more than 36,000 people since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March 2011.
The United Nations is warning that the number of people inside Syria needing humanitarian aid could rise sharply, from 2.5 million now to 4 million by early next year, if the civil war grinds on at its deadly pace, reported by the USA Today.

Sex Abuse Case against Syracuse's Find Dropped

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By Gyusung Sim

Federal prosecutors have ended their criminal investigation of former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine Friday without charging him.
Fine was accused of molesting a child in 2002, but U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Friday that there was not enough evidence to pursue the case.
Last November, former Syracuse ball-boys Bobby Davis and Michael Lang accused Fine of fondling them, starting as teenagers. The statue of limitations on prosecuting those charges had run out, but then several days later Zach Tomaselli accused Fine of attempting to molest him in 2002 while Syracuse was playing in Pittsburgh, reported by the Fox News.
Fine had denied the charges against him but was fired from his job as coach Jim Boeheim's longtime assistant at Syracuse and moved out of the area, reported by the USA Today.
Fine was not immediately available for comment.

Chesney coming back to Target Field for show next summer

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By Gyusung Sim

Country music star Kenny Chesney is on the bill for another show at the home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field, next summer, the ball team announced Thursday.
Chesney is bringing his "No Shoes Nation" Tour to the downtown Minneapolis ballpark on July 12, 2012, while the Twins are on an extended road trip, reported by the Seattle Post.
The Zac Brown Band also will perform as part of Chesney's Target Field stop.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., and a pre-sale for all new and renewed Twins season ticket holders is scheduled for Dec. 4., reported by the Star Tribune.

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