October 2012 Archives

By Gyusung Sim

Eagan police said a nonfatal freeway shooting early Sunday appears prompted by road rage, and most of the seven other people in the compact car were too intoxicated.
The incident began at the Cliff Road ramp to Interstate 35E. As a Volkswagen Jetta carrying the woman and seven other people entered the freeway, a dark-colored SUV began tailgating the car, reported by the Pioneer Press.
Both vehicles entered the interstate, and the SUV pulled along the right side of the Volkswagen. They were traveling side by side when someone in the SUV fired at least two shots toward the passenger compartment of the Volkswagen, police said.
One bullet hit near the passenger door, and another drilled into the victim's right shoulder, reported by the Star Tribune.
The Volkswagen's driver, a 28-year-old West St. Paul man, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Tsunami Threat in Hawaii Downgraded to Advisory

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By Gyusung Sim

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said early Sunday that the Aloha State was lucky to avoid more severe surges after the powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada.
The weather service also canceled a tsunami advisory for Oregon, leaving northern California as the only spot in North America still under a tsunami advisory, reported by the USA Today.
Kevin Richards, earthquake and tsunami manager for Hawaii State Civil Defense, said water, gas and power lines were not damaged by the smaller-than-expected waves. "Everything is normal," Richards said. "We're in good shape with this one," reported by the NBC News.
NBC News' Wilson Rothman, who was staying on the island of Kauai, said that while there had been no noticeable rise in water levels, local officials and hotel staff had taken precautions.

Delonte West Denies Old Rumor about LeBron James' mom

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By Gyusung Sim

"Unfortunately, my sources in the NBA tell me that it's absolutely true. Mu sources, and they're legit, tell me that the only people that didn't know it was happening was LeBron and me." Calvin Murphy, Basketball Hall of Famer took to the airwaves with the rumors two years ago.
Delonte West, LeBron James' Cleveland Cavalier teammate stood his point through a long feature on West by The Dallas Morning News Sunday. "What are we teaching our kids if we try to make humor and fun out of stuff like that?" West said of the rumor. "Number one, something like that never happened. I don't know where they got that from," reported by the USA Today.
The rumor never was proven true, and the rumor has no clear origin. However, according to the Huffington Post, this rumor first started to explain the Cleveland Cavaliers' poor play and unexpected collapse in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Obama Faces Pressure of Carrying out Presidential Duties

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By Gyusung Sim

President Barack Obama has been trying to balance his re-election bid with running the government, with little more than a week before the election.
As a campaigner and fundraiser, he has held 24 campaign events last month, from Colorado to New Hampshire, from rallying auto workers to raising millions of dollars with pop diva Beyonce, reported by the Washington Times.
In the tight race, the candidates have few opportunities left to blitz through the most competitive states, trying to build momentum and make a final pitch to undecided voters, reported by the Star Tribune.
Competitive campaigning from both candidates have increased, and spokesman showed their concerns of the safety.

By Gyusung Sim

A St. Paul man was shot by St. Paul Police after gunfire was exchanged, Tuesday night near the Eastern District police office.
Chue Xiong, 22 years old, stole his mother's Toyota Camry on Oct. 5. Three days later it was found in a wooded lot in Ranier, Minn., but he was not there. He had been missing a week before the day, reported by the Star Tribune.
Hours before the fatal shootout, Xiong shaved his hair to the scalp, surprising family members accustomed to his usual shaggy look. He died at the scene.
Also, there was another man killed in shootout by the police in northwestern Louisiana.
Donnie Ray Plater, 42 years old, yanked a woman inside a vehicle and threatened her with a shotgun was killed Wednesday in a shootout with Louisiana Police after a high-speed chase.
During the chase, police reported shots coming from the car, and the woman was found dead inside the car, reported by the Associated Press.

Analysis entry on Speeches/meeting

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by Gyusung Sim

The news report what I chose is a speech from President Obama Friday in Virginia. The news story of the speech looks to be objective, but the reporter, David Jackson reported on the Obama side. Writing title as, 'Obama diagnoses his rival with Romnesia' the reporter tried to tell what the strong points were during Obama's speech. He reported that Virginia could be the decisive state in the Obama-Romney race. However, he shows he is on the side of Obama. The reporter used a lot of quotes from Obama, "If you say you're for equal pay for equal work but you refuse to say whether you'd sign a bill that protects it, you might have Romnesia." For example.

Decision to come Monday for Lance Armstrong

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By Gyusung Sim

The international Cycling Union says their position will be announced Monday on the Lance Armstrong doping case.
The cycling federation (UCI) can accept and appeal the sanctions imposed against Armstrong in August by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, reported by the USA Today. If UCI appeals, it would be fighting a case on behalf of Armstrong, if UCI does not appeal, the Tour de France has indicated it would honor the decision and vacate Armstrong's even victories technically.
"I am not sure what UCI will do, but, one way or another, all this happened on their watch, no matter what they say or try to do," says Dick Pound, a former World Anti-Doping Agency president.
Armstrong was dropped from the Nike because of "morals clause" which he lost, reported by the Detroit Free Press.

Missing 85-year-old Mpls. man has Alzheimer's disease

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By Gyusung Sim

Robert Dennis Olson, 85 years old, with Alzhemier's disease has been missing since early Wednesday, and Minneapolis Police are asking for the public's help in locating him.
According the police, he left his home in the 5200 block of S. 35th Avenue on his way to the area of E. 47th Street and Hiawatha Avenue S., but did not return, reported by the CBS Minnesota.
He was seen last driving a 2003 tan Mercury Sable sedan with Minnesota plates 580DPR. He is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, reported by the Star Tribune.
Anyone who knows or might know the whereabouts of Olson is urged to contact the Minneapolis Police Department by calling 911.

Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas now listed as Endangered

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By Gyusung Sim

Blue iguanas on Grand Cayman island are no longer considered a critically endangered species.
An adult Grand Cayman Blue iguana nicknamed 'Biter' is shown shedding its dead skin at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on the island of Grand Cayman two months ago, and they were listed as critically endangered. However, now that the wild population has risen from 10 to 750, the international Union for Conservation of Nature has downlisted the species from critically endangered to endangered, reported by the Seattle Times.
"The Program is confident that it can achieve its long-term goal of restoring 1,000 blue iguanas to Grand Cayman's shrublands," said Fred Burton, the director of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program, reported by the Star Tribune about his Friday statement.

Pregnant Woman Found Slain the Day before her wedding

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By Gyusung Sim

A pregnant woman was killed in her New York Coty apartment Saturday, the day before her wedding, authorities said.
Vindalee Smith, 38 years old, was found on her apartment in the East Flatbush of Borrklyn with a wound in her neck. Her unborn child did not survive.
New York Police Department said there was no sign of forced entry, and no weapon was recovered. Investigators were looking for a possible suspect and spoke to Smith's fiancé as well as friends and family, reported by the USA Today.
Smith had four children in their teens and 20s, friends said. Friends told reporters that Smith had met her fiancé about a year ago.
A crowd of mourners gathered outside Smith's home, praying and weeping, and singing hymns, reported by the Star Tribune.

Body found in northern Minnesota ID'd as missing man's

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By Gyusung Sim

Human remains discovered last Sunday in a swampy area northwest of Duluth have been identified Friday as those of a man missing for two years.
The St. Louis County medical examiner's office says hunters on Sunday discovered the remains near a wildlife trail. Rescue Squad cadaver dogs found additional clothing and remains, reported by the Star Tribune.
According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Andrew Michael Owca, then 44, was reported missing Oct. 5, 2010, from a group home in Canosia Township. Dental records were used to positively identify the body.
Owca, who suffered from schizophrenia, had been known to leave the group home for short periods of time, but officials thought he would be unlikely to enter nearby forests, according to news reports at the time.

Analysis entry on multimedia

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I compared the USA Today and the Star Tribune. In the Star Tribune, there were many kinds of multimedia such as photos, videos, and graphs. However, the USA Today was much more convenient and developed. In this website, there were all different categories for video clips and today's photos, and I could find out the market changes also. These kinds of multimedia make news more colorful. Readers can get what reporters wanted to say, in a second. Also, it makes readers more interested in these news.
The news which go along with photos or videos are a little different from the others. It can be much simpler and shorter. In most of cases, different kinds of multimedia explain many facts of the news, so it is convenient for both reporters and readers.

By Gyusung Sim

Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed gracefully on Earth after a 24-mile jump Sunday from the stratosphere in a dramtic, record-breaking feat that may also have marked the world's first supersonic skydive.
The jump was postponed on Monday and Tuesday because of unexpected winds. Baumgartner has been working his way up to this world record jump from the edge of space for the past few years, twice running into speed bumps, reported by the USA Today.
Baumgartner came down safely in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above the Earth, reported by the Star Tribune.
Baumgartner has said he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the United States and Austria.

By Gyusung Sim

Tens of thousands rallied in Pakistan's largest city Sunday in the biggest show of support yet for a 14-year-old girl who was shot and seriously wounded by the Taliban for promoting girl's education and criticizing the militant group.
Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and neck, was airlifted Thursday to a military hospital for her own protection after the attack, reported by the USA Today.
Right-wing Islamic parties and organizations in Pakistan that regularly pull thousands of supporters into the streets to protest against the United States have less of an incentive to speak out against the Taliban, reported by the Star Tribune.
Analysts said that they believed that the attack on Malala was the Taliban trying to show it still wields control in the area. Regardless of the revulsion over the attack, it will not lessen Taliban support in the short run.

Central Corridor light-rail Train Car Debuts

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By Gyusung Sim

The first light-rail vehicle built for the new Central Corridor line between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul was unveiled Wednesday at the Target Field Station in Minneapolis.
The cars are 6,000 pounds lighter than those running on the Hiawatha line between Minneapolis Bloomington. The 11-mile Central Corridor will operate as the Green Line when it begins service in 2014, reported by the Pioneer Press.
47 cars will be built for the Central Corridor, which along with a future Southwest Corridor route will be dubbed the Green Line, reported by the Star Tribune.

At 0-32, Gay-marriage Forces Seek 1st Win at Polls

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By Gyusung Sim

Irene Huskens, a 43-year-old police captain, has the wedding venue picked out Saturday: a charming bed-and-breakfast in southern Maryland.
The plans made by Huskens and her partner, Leia Burks, hinge on whether Marylanders make history on Nov. 6 by voting to legalize same-sex marriage, reported by the Seattle Times.
In Maryland, Maine and Washington, it is an up-or-down vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. In Minnesota, there is a measure to place a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution, as 30 other states have done previously.
According to the Huffington Post, a large collage displays a list of the high-powered sponsors backing the ballot-measure campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the state in the headquarters of Washington United for Marriage.

Two men killed when car rolls into Lake Mille Lacs

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By Gyusung Sim

Two men were killed and a third injured early Sunday that their car went off a north-central Minnesota road and rolled into Lake Mille Lacs.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported that a 1995 Chevrolet Corsica heading northbound on Timber Trail Road, about 15 miles north of Onamia, just after midnight. The car crossed over Highway 169, rolled into a ditch and ended up in the lake, reported by the Star Tribune.
The driver, Andrew Nickaboine, 37, of Minneapolis, and a front-seat passenger, Ronald Dorr, 42, of Colimbia, Minn., were taken to a hospital in Onamia, where they died from their injuries. A back-seat passenger, Keegan Morrison, 32, of Minneapolis, was taken to the Onamia hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, reported by the Duluth News Tribune.
The Patrol reported that alcohol was detected in all three man, and the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Analysis entry on spot and follows

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A news story covering crime can be an example which has a first-day story and a follow story. They can be different in diverse ways. When you see the story, 'A sexual assault near the University of Minnesota Campus,' there are distinct differences. For the first story, the suspect was just called as a Minneapolis man. However, for the second story, the suspect is called as a 23-year-old with details. In the main news stories, there is a summarized story with no details because of the lack of information. However, for the second story, there is a specific location sited, because the Police Department could get more information after arresting the suspect. As we can see these stories, spot and follow news show how the event has been going so far. People can get new information as it is being updated, and they can feel the reality.

By Gyusung Sim

A 49-year-old architect who had grown up in central Iowa, Mark Williams rooted passionately for his Minnesota Twins and Vikings.
As a principal with HKS Inc., the Dallas-based architectural firm hired to design the $975 million multipurpose stadium that will replace the Metrodome, home of Vikings.
While the design is yet to be determined, the project will certainly be inspired by HKS's recent work on Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, reported by the Star Tribune.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has promised to sign the bill, a $975 million plan to build on the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis with just over half the cost paid with public money, reported by the ESPN.

Three Women Found Dead in Submerged Car in Rhode Island

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By Gyusung Sim

Three women who worked on some of the world's finest yachts found dead in a submerged car at a Rhode Island shipyard.
The car was found at about 6:30 a.m. Friday sticking out of about four feet of water in Newport Harbor at the privately owned Newport Shipyard. The car had been in the water for at least several hours before it was discovered, reported by the ABC News.
Police have not disclosed who was driving the car and it is not clear why the women were at the shipyard. It is open 24 hours and has a security guard posted at the entrance at all times.
Authorities said there was no evidence of foul play and the investigation is continuing, reported by the USA Today.

Man Beaten, Robbed near 13th Ave. SE

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By Gyusung Sim

A man asking for a cigarette was beaten and robbed near 13th Avenue Southeast early Sunday morning, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
The 21-year-old victim approached three men and they began kicking and punching him. The suspects then took the victim's wallet and fled the scene in a black SUV.
According to Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty, criminals will often use 'stall tactics,' such as asking for the time or offering a cigarette, to distract victims before attacking them. These distractions often put potential victims at ease and take them off their guard before an attack, reported by the Minnesota Daily.
Two months ago in Wisconsin, a homeless man was punched and knocked to the ground by four men approached him and asked him for a cigarette, reported by the Kenoshanews.
There have been a number of street robberies with the similar pattern.

Divided Positions with the Marriage Amendment

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By Gyusung Sim

The lead group in Minnesota backing the marriage amendment has released its first television advertisements of the campaign Tuesday.
Advertisements from Minnesota for Marriage both stress the importance of fighting to preserve marriage as only the union of a man and a woman, and everybody has the right to love who they choose, reported by the Star Tribune.
Not only large corporations spoke against the upcoming marriage amendment, but also small businesses in Minneapolis are following suit.
A local café and bakery, Cupcake, near the University of Minnesota have "Vote No" bumper stickers on all of their vehicles and use Facebook to spread their message against the amendment, reported by the Minnesota Daily. FirstTech, an Apple computer store in Uptown, supports campaigns by financially sponsoring events. Also, the Big Gay Race, a five-kilometer race that raised funds for Minnesotans United, held last weekend.
"No one wants to be told it's illegal to marry the person you love," said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families.

Still Have Troubles between South Korea and North Korea

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By Gyusung Sim

A North Korean soldier shot his platoon and company commanders Saturday and defected to South Korea crossing the western side of the Demilitarized Zone.
According to the USA Today, more than 24,000 North Koreans have arrived in the South since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. The official said the motive behind the defection was unclear, because border security has been tighter than usual along the border in the past few years as military and political tensions between North and South Koreans.
In the same vein, the United States has agreed to allow South Korea to possess longer range missiles that could strike all of North Korea Sunday. The restriction has made South Korea's missile capability inferior to that of North Korea, and some military installations in the North have been out of South Korea's missile range.
Under the new agreement, South Korea will also be able to use heavier payloads for missiles with shorter ranges, reported by the Star Tribune.
North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, but some experts do not believe it has yet mastered.

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