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February 28, 2007

Two Picasso Paintings Stolen in Paris

Two Picasso paintings estimated to be worth $66 million were stolen from the Paris home of Picasso's granddaughter Diana Widmaier-Picasso. The two oils, “Maya With Doll� from 1938 and “Portrait of Jacqueline� from 1961, were taken sometime overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

Ms. Widmaier-Picasso's lawyer, Céline Astolfe, said that “They heard a noise, went downstairs and saw nothing ... They went to bed and the following morning they saw that two paintings were missing.�

The work is thought to be done by professional art thieves, who neutralized the home alarms and left no signs of a break-in.

This is not the first time that Picasso's work has been stolen from various museums and family members, but it will be virtually impossible for the work to be sold on the open market, according to the BBC's article.

The New York Times also covered the event.

This would have been more of a challenge for the NY Times to cover rather than the BBC, since Paris is further away.

Both the NY Times and the BBC did a nice job of covering the known details of the break-in as well as the history of other thefts of Picasso's work. Both websites also had numerous links to view pictures of the paintings in question, as well as more information on Picasso himself.

Chaska 18-Year-Old Dies After a Night in the Cold

The 18-year-old man that was found partially frozen to the pavement on a sidewalk in Chaska died on Sunday afternoon shortly after his parents had claimed the then identified man. It was his 19th birthday when he died. Sean Patrick Humphrey died at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The circumstances of his death are still unknown. Alcohol was smelled on the teen's breath, but blood alcohol levels are still pending. He was at a party with friends on Friday night when, on his way home, he fell and cut his head on the sidewalk before he was found at 4:45 a.m. Saturday by a snow plow driver. His internal body temperature at the time that he was transported to the hospital was 77 degrees.

At that time, Humphrey had not yet been identified, but his parents heard the description of their son on the five o'clock news and only saw him for a few more hours before he was pronounced dead. His parents are donating Sean's organs.

The Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press both covered this event, but the Strib had quite a bit more information about the investigation into the circumstances of the death and also provided general information about hypothermia, which was interesting and good for the public to know.

It would have been challenging in a story like this to talk to the parents of the teen, considering the weight of the circumstances. Such a touchy subject like that is always hard to confront, so to do an interview would have been difficult for both parties.

I felt that the Star Tribune did a better job of reporting the event, providing more background information, but the Pioneer Press was also concise and got the point across. The only thing that I did not like about the Star Tribune article was the headline and lead. The fact that Humphrey died should have been the primary thing in the headline and the lead, but the article didn't mention his death until the third paragraph. The angle was more focused on the parents reaction to the whole ordeal, but I felt that the death should have been the forefront fact.

February 25, 2007

Nonfiction Book Authors are Opting for Comedy Central Publicity

(This article merely an interesting piece printed in the Sunday edition of the New York Times. I couldn't find anything similar to compare it with.)

"Since when did microlending, global poverty, constitutional law and civil wars in Africa become topics for frank discussion on fake-news comedy shows?"

Since Jon Stewart, of the Daily Show, and Stephen Colbert, of the Colbert Report, began interviewing serious book authors on their Comedy Central programs.

Many publicists for authors are taking notice. These days, they would rather have a spot on one of these shows than on Charlie Rose, long known for its interviews of serious book authors.

"After a “Daily Show� appearance, several publishers said, the author’s Amazon ranking rises and the daily sales figures “pop,� in industry parlance. It is not at all unusual, one book publicist said, for a title to go from a 300,000 rank to a spot in the Top 300 — not often the case after shows like “Charlie Rose.�"

"Part of the surprise, publishers said, is that the Comedy Central audience is more serious than its reputation allows. The public may still think of the “Daily Show� and “Colbert Report� audience as a group of sardonic slackers, Gen-Y college students who prefer YouTube to print. But publishers say it’s a much more diverse demographic — and more important, a book-buying audience."

“It’s the television equivalent of NPR,� Ms. Levin, of Free Press, said. “You have a very savvy, interested audience who are book buyers, people who do go into bookstores, people who are actually interested in books.�

All reported the New York Times.

Not only was this article interesting and insightful, the online version featured videos of the interviews done by Colbert and Stewart, which allows the reader to see the issue in action.

The Claim-Support model was also seen in this article. The reporter clearly did her research. When looking closely, a formula is seen, but it is not perceived when casually reading, which is important. Just about every statement was supported with a quote from a notable source or statistics from publishing companies. This added substantial credibility.

Overall, this article was very intriguing and the reporter did an excellent job.

Man Found Partially Frozen to Pavement in Chaska

Police found a man partially frozen to the ground early Saturday morning in Chaska. Initially, his identity was not known, but he was rushed to St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, where he was admitted in critical condition. His internal core body temperature was reported at 77 degrees, well below hypothermic conditions.

When the Pioneer Press reported this in their Saturday publication, the man's identity was still unknown. A detailed description of his clothing and body type was released, along with a possible cause for the occurance. Police at that time suspected that he was "walking and fell, striking his head on the curb, possibly after visiting area “liquor establishments,� according to the news release."

They were still looking for help identifying the man at press time.

On Sunday, the Star Tribune had reported that his parents came forward to identify the 18-year-old man, but would not release his name at this time. Police assume that he was out there for a few hours, but don't know where he was coming from or who he was with. So far, there are no indications of foul play.

This was an interesting story to see, going from little information, to much more information and slightly different speculations within the course of 24 hours. It would be challenging to write this story because there is very limited information.

I can't say which article I preferred, because they both had different amounts of information at different times. Both did well with the amount of information that was at their disposal.

Seven Weather Related Deaths in Wisconsin

Three died after a minivan struck a snowplow at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Kenosha County. A 38-year-old woman and her teenage daughter, who were sitting in the front seats, were killed immediately. The 8-year-old boy that was riding in the back seat died later at a hospital.

Two died when a van left Interstate 94, just two miles out of the Minnesota border in St. Croix County. One person was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, while the other died later at a hospital.

One person died Friday night in Dane County where a vehicle slid off the road and struck an embankment.

A Racine man died after his car left a street in Mount Pleasant and struck a tree Friday night, police said.

Both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press printed articles about these seven snow-related deaths over the weekend, and also spent a bulk of the articles recapping what was predicted and what had been received thus far in the area in regards to total snowfalls.

The Strib concentrated much of their article on the three deaths in the minivan and then wrote the other three accidents in brief format at the bottom of the article.

The Press covered each accident relatively evenly.

Many of the names of the victims had not been released at press-time, so it probably was a challenge to get information from police.

Both papers had their strengths. It was nice to get a longer, fuller report on one of the accidents by the Strib, but the other accidents were then not very well known or understood. The Press' shorter lengths on all three was appreciated, but not much detail was reached in any of them.

New Airport Scanner in Phoenix Creates Controversy

A new airport scanner is being tested out in Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport, starting Friday, February 23. It does such a precise job that an AP wire story printed by the Star Tribune said it "can see through people's clothes and show the body's contours with blush-inducing clarity." While some see this as overly invasive, officials say that its only purpose is to find concealed explosives and other weapons.

Not every passenger will have to use the scanner, however. Those passengers who do not pass the first metal detector inspection will have a choice of using this new scanner or being traditionally patted-down. While some passengers are opting for the new method, saying it's easier and more convenient, others feel that it is an invasion of privacy and would rather have the pat-down.

The Transportation Security Administration hopes to have more trial machines in place for further testing in the Los Angeles airport and New York's Kennedy Airport by the end of the year.

While the New York Times and the Star Tribune both ran AP wire stories in print, they were surprisingly different. The Times' was significantly longer and included a few useful pictures, and was more in-depth, with more interviews and seemingly more research on the reporter's part. The Star Tribune's article was almost as informative, just a little shorter and with less specifics.

There wasn't really much of a challenge in reporting this event, other than making sure that enough interviews were made on different sides of the controversy in order to fully inform the audience. Both articles did this well.

Overall, I felt the specifics and extended research in the NY Times article made their article better than the Strib's. The pictures were great, too. Visualizations are great for readers like me who are across the country and have no idea what a thing like this would look like. Kudos to NY.

February 22, 2007

Prince Harry Is A Fighter

Britain's Prince Harry's Blues and Royals regiment will be deployed to Iraq in either May or June, according to the Ministry of Defense. Harry is a second lieutenant and will serve a troop commander's role. After graduating from Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he insisted on getting the opportunity to serve his country, saying that he wanted to be out there with "[his] boys." This seems to be one thing that Harry is serious about. He has long had a spot in British tabloid newspapers for his partying ways. He could become the first royal to see combat since his uncle Prince Andrew served in the Falklands war against Argentina in 1982. Harry is following royal tradition in joining the military. His father, Prince Charles, was a pilot with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and a ship commander, and Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during World War II.

This article from the Associated Press was in the New York Times, as well as more local newspapers as the Star Tribune. The NY Times, however, included more of the article. The Strib's version was shortened quite a bit.

The most interesting article came from BBC news, probably because the organization is closer to the action and is more equipped to gather information on the subject. BBC included more information regarding the recent military numbers of Britain as expressed by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Overall, the BBC provided a little bit fuller coverage than the AP article, but both got the point across.

February 16, 2007

Italy Indicts Americans for Kidnapping

26 Americans and 7 Italians (2 on smaller charges as accessories to the crime) were indicted Wednesday on charges of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric from Milan. Most of the Americans work for the CIA. A trial in Italy has been set for June 8th.

"Prosecutors allege that five Italian intelligence officials worked with the Americans to seize Muslim cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr on Feb. 17, 2003," says an AP story that ran in the New York Times, and the Star Tribune, as well as other national newspapers.

Nasr claims that he was beaten and tortured during his time in prison in Cairo. The CIA has been quiet about the situation.

The BBC also reported on this event, although their article was significantly shorter and less in detail about the chronology about the apparent crime that occured four years ago. Their article focuses mostly on the Americans that were indicted and the claims that Nasr has made against them.

This case is challenging to report because there are many high-profile individuals and organizations in the spotlight and it would be difficult to find someone willing to talk about the situation. It is still a new and developing story, and the CIA, as well as the individuals being indicted are likely still planning their strategy for dealing with such an accusation.

Both the AP story and the BBC covered the story well with what information they had, but again, the AP article was a bit more in depth.

Another Contamination Story ... This Time It's In Your Peanut Butter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working on pinpointing the cause of a salmonella outbreak in select brands of peanut butter.

"Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August," stated an AP article that ran in the New York Times as well as the L.A. Times.

Peanut butter brand Peter Pan, the third largest peanut butter distributor in the nation, and certain batches of Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand are under investigation.

Why it took officials so long to track down the cause of the sickness? ''It's just not one of the first things you'd suspect,'' Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of food safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said.

Because the AP wire covered this outbreak, it was difficult to find another nationally circulating newspaper that had a different story, but the Star Tribune did have a more localized version of the story, since there have been five outbreaks of salmonella poisoning due to peanut butter in Minnesota. The Strib provided local readers more in depth information on where to get their peanut butter recalled and quoted local authorities on the issue.

This is a very serious issue, since peanut butter is very popular, especially among school age children, so the only challenge would have been to get a large amount of information out to the public as soon as possible.

I think both the AP and the Star Tribune did a good job of reporting the event and making it relevant and compelling for their readers.

February 15, 2007

Franken Announces Senate Bid

Known primarily for his career as a comedian, Al Franken announced Wednesday at the end of his radio show that he plans on running for the Minnesota Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, challenging Republican Norm Coleman. He heavily admitted that it will be a challenge and that he will likely make mistakes, but he also wanted the Minnesota people that he is taking this decision very seriously.

Stories on this event were widely available, from the Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, a short AP story out of the New York Times, and a good-sized article from BBC News. All said basically the same things, contained the same quotes, etc. The more local papers (the Press and the Strib) contained the most information, with more direct information from Franken himself, whereas the NY Times AP story was more in the style of a brief. I was impressed with the BBC article, as it was longer and more detailed than I expected it to be.

I couldn't see any real challenge posed by this story. The event was expected to occur, and people to interview on the issue were likely widely available and ready for comment. The BBC reporters probably had the hardest time, since they were across the pond.

Maplewood Man Wins Lottery Twice

In short articles by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune, a Maplewood man, Raymond Snouffer Jr., won $25,000 in the Minnesota State Lottery on both February 10th and 11th. This kind of feat has never happened before in Minnesota, and officials say that the odds of something this happening is "virtually incalculable." He was playing the Northstar Cash game, and matched five numbers correctly each time he won. The normal odds for winning one game is about 170,000 to 1.

Both newspapers did a good job on reporting on the facts, considering that the winner was not available for comment. The Star Tribune had slightly more detail in the information on the numbers the man picked, and the process he went through for the tickets. They also managed to get a short interview from his father, who gave them the quote for their headline. The headline, in this case, was catchy, and was what made me read the story, so I think that puts them slightly ahead of the Press in this case.

February 12, 2007

Joe Mauer Stays Loyal

Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Twins superstar catcher Joe Mauer signed a four-year $33 million contract to stay with the team. Mauer, who is a Minnesota native, said he is happy to be staying, especially after the warm reception he received at the TwinsFest a few weeks ago. Mauer made $400,000 last year, and will make $3.75 million in 2007, $6.25 million in 2008, $10.5 million in 2009 and $12.5 million in 2010. The Twins, who are planning on opening a new stadium in 2010, have also been working on signing fellow players Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Johan Santana, and Joe Nathan.

Both the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune covered the event, although it seems that the Strib printed the story a day ahead of the Press. The Press also included in their report more detail about Mauer's celebration with his parents and friends after the signing of the contract, and the Strib did a bit more comparison of contracts with other young superstars in the league.

February 11, 2007

Man Dies in St. Paul House Fire

A St. Paul man died on Saturday night after a grease fire engulfed his kitchen. Firefighters were called to the scene around 9 p.m. Saturday night and extinguished the fire fairly quickly, as the man, still unidentified, was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was pronounced dead.

This incident was covered completely different by the two local newspapers. There were many information discrepancies between the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune. The Strib had quite a bit more information and was more specific, while the Press was much more brief, and missed a few key points in the story. While the Press reported that he was a 30-year-old man, the Star Tribune confirmed that he was 29. The most important point however, was that the Press only reported that the man was injured and was being cared for at Regions Hospital, while the Strib reported that the man had died later that night.

Although both articles were fairly brief, the structure of them was similar, and followed the classic Inverted Pyramid structure. The Pioneer Press mainly relied on fact blocks, with a slight bit of chronology, but the Strib, with their longer article, was more obvious in their structure. After the lead and second graph of specific facts of the event, the reporter turned to chronology of the incident, playing out that the victim's mother came home to find the man unconscious and quotes by firefighters to play out how the grease fire could have occurred.

Minneapolis Named Nation's 4th Most Fit City by Men's Fitness Magazine

In an informal survey conducted by Men's Fitness Magazine, Minneapolis ranked number four of America's most fit big cities behind Albuquerque (no.1), Seattle (no.2), and Colorado Springs (no.3). The fattest cities are marked as Las Vegas, San Antonio and Miami. Criteria was based on lifestyles of the cities, including fast-food restaurants per capita and availability of gyms or bike paths.

Both the Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press spent only a brief space on this hail to Minneapolis. Both publications used the Associated Press as their source, but picked slightly different parts of the report to include in their article. The Star Tribune seemed to be slightly more general in their article, which is odd considering that the Strib is a more "Minneapolis" based newspaper than the Pioneer Press, who gave more detail and used a quote from the editor of Men's Fitness magazine.

Vladimir Putin Unhappy with United States

Russian President Vladimir Putin caused a stir on Saturday at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy when he criticized the U.S. for their sloppy foreign policy and said that they have "overstepped it's national borders in every way." The remarks have been compared to those of the Cold War in their hostility. Putin, however, also had a few good things to say about U.S. President Bush saying he "is a decent man, and one can do business with him."

The New York Times went greatly into depth on this subject, citing specific arguments in the room, what other international officials had to say, including other U.S. Senators, and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. The article was quite a bit longer than our local source, but it was appreciated to get that kind of detail on a subject that would otherwise be covered up slightly.

The Star Tribune, got their information, once again, from the Los Angeles Times, but the article was still informative in a more general sense. It was substantially shorter than that of the New York Times, but editors at the Strib could have easily edited sections out to fit in their publication.

Barack Obama Makes Presidential Bid Official

On Saturday, at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Senator Barack Obama gave an inspiring speech announcing his candidacy for the 2008 U.S. Presidency. More about hope, pride, and social change than specific policies and details, Obama's speech channeled Abraham Lincoln, and his charisma is being compared to that of the Kennedy brothers. His competition in the race is, of course, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and many are analyzing the different things that each would bring to the presidency. If elected, Clinton would be the first female president, and Obama would be the first black president.

The New York Times had a very long article on the event, but it was very well written, and very informative for someone like me who hasn't been following the specifics of the 2008 Presidential race very closely. The article provided key phrases from Obama's speech, why it's important, and alot of comparison to his competition, Clinton, and where they both stand on a couple of key issues, also bringing in the opinions of Sen. John Edwards. It also painted a picture of the event for those of us who weren't available to watch it, providing details on the wardrobe choice of Obama, who was accompanying him, and how the stage was set.

A more local source, the Star Tribune, gave similar details like the Times, but the article was significantly shorter, and also provided interesting tid-bits from high-profile Minnesotans, such as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Although his insight is important to constituents of a more local area, it struck me as slightly odd considering that the article was written by someone from the Los Angeles Times. I wonder, did they put the bit from Rybak in, or did an editor at the Star Tribune add it at the last minute?

Overall, the event is a big one in current politics, and both news sources did an accurate job of covering it.

February 6, 2007

High School Wrestlers Resume Competition After Bout with Skin Herpes

The Minnesota State High School League suspended competition of all wrestlers in the state last week after numerous reports of herpes gladiatorum virus outbreaks among many young men. At the beginning of the suspension, 24 wrestlers on 10 different teams were confirmed with having the virus, and before the suspension ends Wednesday, the total has come to 40 wrestlers from 16 teams. All but one of the infected wrestlers are from the top three weight classes. Through the suspension, participants were allowed to continue to strength train and condition, but could have no skin-to-skin contact. Most coaches, although now scrambling to reschedule meets before the last tournaments of the season, see this as a very proactive stance taken by the MSHSL, and are glad that it was contained before it grew out of hand.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press spent more time reporting that the number of infected wrestlers has grown, and included a quote from Craig Perry, the associate director of the MSHSL, and only briefly mentioned that the teams can resume practices and matches on Wednesday.

The Star Tribune, on the other hand, spent more time discussing the fact that teams are struggling to reschedule big invitationals, etc. before the section and state tournaments, now that they can resume competition. They only briefly mentioned the event that occured last week and the numbers to go along with it.

Neither local newspaper fully covered the story to its completeness. They both focused on different aspects of the story, and it would have been better if they had been combined into one. However, it was a small story which was only given a small amount of print space, and each respective reporter had to decide which aspect of the story was most important, which was a toss-up.

February 4, 2007

Flu Claims Life of Ramsey County 8-Year-Old

Ramsey County 8-year-old Lucio Satar died on Wednesday morning from complications of the flu and pneumonia. This is the first influenza related death this season, and Minnesota hasn't seen one since the 2004-2005 season.

The Twin Cities newspapers covered this event very differently.

The Pioneer Press's article was substantially shorter in length and dealt more with the personal story and tragic death of the little boy, detailing the circumstances of the sickness and the actions that his elementary school took in lieu of his death.

The Star Tribune's article, while longer, hardly gave the boy's name or any information about the specifics of the event, and focused more on the community's need and availability of flu vaccines this season. They also provided information and statistics about who is more likely to be vulnerable to the flu, and who should be concerned.

Attribution was done well in the Star Tribune, mostly using quotes from officials and statistics as support in the article. I found a couple spots that were not attributed in the Pioneer Press' piece, but it was written as more of a human-interest piece, and the reporter may not have found it necessary, or appropriate given the weight of the situation.

Controversial Billboards to Show Amber Alerts

Digital billboards around the city have come under fire for being unsafe to drivers, and the company behind them has just announced a partnership with the Amber Alert group to post missing-child alerts on the billboards. While no one seems to be against the posting of Amber Alerts, the controversy with the safety of the billboards themselves is overshadowing the good service that is being provided. Since the Amber Alert program was put into effect in 2002, 14 children have been lost and found using the program.

Both of the Twin Cities papers covered the announcement of the partnership rather similarly. The Star Tribune's article was significantly shorter, but got the point across about the issue, whereas the Pioneer Press provided a brief background on the billboards themselves, in case the audience had not seen one. All attribution was accurately done.

February 3, 2007

Delaware Senator in Line for President, Makes Remarks About Obama

Shortly after announcing his Democratic candidacy for the 2008 presidential election, Delaware Senator Joseph Biden made a comment regarding fellow frontrunner Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.). He is quoted in both articles as saying that Obama is "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." Many were offended by the remarks, but Obama himself was not, saying that he did not take it personally and has spoken with Senator Biden about it. Biden's remarks were only "historically inaccurate" according to Obama. Senator Biden plans on focusing much of his campaigning on his strong foreign policy expertise.

This would have been a challenge, not necessarily to cover, but to write and find out the more important aspect of the story. Both Biden's announcement for Presidential candidacy and his remarks about Obama occured very closely with eachother, and it is hard to say which one is more newsworthy. This is clearly seen in the different angles taken between the two Twin Cities newspapers.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press focused mostly on the announcement itself, making it the headline of the article, and briefly mentioned the remark later in the piece, making it sound substantially less important.

The Star Tribune, however, made the remarks the main event and provided more interviews and insight in the aftermath of the potentially offensive remarks.

I thought that the remarks about Obama were slightly more newsworthy, as they were quite controversial, so I appreciated the Star Tribune's coverage of it more. Attribution was also done very well. Throughout reading both articles, I didn't find anything that made me ask where the information came from.

DNA Shows that St. Paul Rapist is Actually Two Attackers

After receiving full DNA evidence from the rapes of a 13-year-old girl and a 57-year-old woman early in January, police have confirmed that the rapes were from two different attackers. Many circumstances from the rapes were very similar, which led police to have 90 percent certainty that the rapes were connected to eachother, but now it has become certain that they were not. It was all just coincidental.

This issue is a very touchy subject, which may have been a challenge for reporters, but it is also important for the public to know about, as it affects many lives.

The Star Tribune's article focused more on the police record and the actual circumstances of the event. They also covered in depth the process that the police will continue to go through in attempting to find the alleged attackers.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press's piece was quite a bit shorter, and placed the focus of the article on the public reaction to the new findings. They also had some information on the ongoing police investigation, but took into account how the ordeal will affect residential community.

Attribution was performed very well in both articles. There were many quotes from police, and even if information was a part of public record, the respecive reporters made sure that the readers knew that it was all fact.

First Suicide Bomb in Nine Months Hits Israel

On Monday, a Palestinian man bombed a bakery in Eilas, Israel, killing himself and three others. It was the first suicide bombing in Israel in nine months. Two Palestinian militant groups, Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, admitted responsibility for the attack.

The incident was hard to cover because it took place in Israel. Both Twin Cities papers received their information via wire services. Attribution was well done in both articles. They quoted a few people, witnesses, and officials, and made sure the public knew where all of the information had come from.

The Star Tribune's article on the event was quite a bit longer then the Pioneer Press', and covered more of a historical background on the political issues that have taken place in Israel recently.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press article was quite a bit shorter, but was more focused on the issue that had taken place.

Both articles were strong, but the Star Tribune provided information that the average reader might not have known, which was appreciated.