April 20, 2009

Final Analysis

Because I don't exactly know how to identify a "computer-assisted" report, I chose a story from Extra! Extra! section of the nicar.org website.

The record in this story comes from a Los Angeles Daily News article. The analysis was also done by the Daily News. The reporter for the Daily News article certainly had to be good with numbers. The article is all about overtime pay for firefighters and a lot of numbers are thrown out there.

As for the nicar.org reporter, the computer skills necessary for his post, if I understand the definition of computer skills correctly, would be the ability to link to a story, as we do all the time for this class. He also had to summarize the story, which he did pretty well. I don't know if he put that "share on Facebook" link in, but if he did, that might require some computer skills as well.

Suspect arrested after Minneapolis shooting

A man opened fire Sunday, aiming at a man who police had just finished questioning, reported the Star Tribune.

The suspect fled after firing the shots. Police chased him down two-blocks, shooting in attempts to stop the suspect, Minneapolis police Sgt. William Palmer said.

Neither the suspect nor the officers were hit.

The initial shooting occurred near the Village Market Mall in south Minneapolis, reported WCCO.

Sunday night's shooting left residents nearby shaken. One family's home had a half-dozen bullet holes in it, some near doors and windows.

An investigation of the case by the Minneapolis Police Homicide and Internal Affairs Units has begun. Two Minneapolis Police officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure for a case like this. (WCCO)

The shooting victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. He suffered non-critical injuries. (Star Tribune)

Omar Jamal, a Somali-American community activist, said he believes this shooting is related to the shooting that occurred early Sunday morning in Hopkins. That shooting killed one 24-year-old man. (Star Tribune)

Police have no information indicating a relationship between the two shootings.

The names of suspects and victims in both cases have not yet been released.

Minneapolis father goes missing, search is on

A 24-year-old Minneapolis man, who was last seen in Anoka, has been missing since Friday night, reported the Star Tribune.

Jelani Brinson is the father of a 9-month-old baby, a church-goer, and an employee at an Edina Sprint store where he failed to show up for work on Saturday.

Brinson abruptly left an Anoka party on Friday evening around 10p.m., Anoka police said, according to KSTP News.

His shoes were found near the friend's home located near Highway 10 and St. Francis Boulevard. His car was also left behind at the party. (KSTP)

Brinson is five foot nine inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, and was last seen wearing jeans, a black shirt and black hooded sweatshirt. (KSTP)

A search party of about 70 people began looking for Brinson in Anoka Sunday, Brinson's girlfriend Dena Anderson said. (Star Tribune)

9/11 mastermind waterboarded 183 times

The CIA waterboarded 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed 183 times, and another al Qaeda suspect 83 times, reported The New York Times, according to Reuters.

Abu Zubaydah, the first prisoner questioned in the CIA's overseas detention program, was waterboarded 83 times, according to a 2005 Justice Department memo.

This new information comes after a CIA official reported that Zubaydah was subjected to only 35 seconds of the technique before he talked.

President Obama plans to visit the CIA Monday to make public remarks to CIA employees, reported AFP.

The visit comes a week after Obama granted immunity to CIA interrogators involved in the interrogations that utilized the Bush era techniques.

Obama has banned the use of the waterboarding technique, a technique that was not constituted as torture under former President George W. Bush. (Reuters)

Other techniques that Obama has prohibited (but Bush supported) include facial slapping and the use of insects. (AFP)

Over a dozen militants dead in Pakistani military attacj

Pakistani officials said Monday that their military has killed 20 militants in a raid of camps known to be controlled by a Taliban commander near the Afghan border, reported Voice of America.

Helicopter gunships were used to destroy the militant bases. The attacks began on Sunday and continued into Monday.

This attack comes a week after a U.S. drone targeted the same area and killed 10 militants, reported the BBC.

The attack was in response to a suicide bombing in the nearby town of Hangu. That attack killed 25 people, mostly Afghan soldiers and police. (VOA)

Hakimullah Mesud claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Voice of America.

The BBC reported that Zulfiqar Mehsud took responsibility for the attack.

The BBC also reported that Mehsud has been behind the disruption of supplies trying to get to NATO in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani government is under pressure from the United States to fight militants that continue to plague Afghanistan and Pakistan. (VOA)

Cleoparta's tomb unearthed?

Archaeologists in Egypt believe that the body of former Egyptian queen Cleopatra may be lying in a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, reported Reuters.

Egypt's premiere archeologist, Zahi Hawass, showed the Associated Press 22 coins, 10 mummies, and a fragment of a mask. He believes these things are evidence that the bodies of Cleopatra and her lover Marc Antony are near.

Hawass' past discoveries have been met with skepticism by Egyptians. (AP)

Dominican archaeologist Kathleen Martinez, after three years of excavating the site, has unearthed coins bearing the queen's face and carvings that depict both her and Marc Antony, who is believed to be buried with her. (AP)

Egyptian and Dominican archaeologists plan to begin digging to unearth the tomb this year. Radar scans show three tombs roughly 20 meters below the ground. (Reuters)

The Associated Press reported that the radar scan shows the tombs to be 12 meters underground.

Digging may not begin until the fall due to security reasons. (Reuters)

The Associated Press reported that excavation will begin Tuesday, with a second radar scan set for April 22.

April 14, 2009

Teen enters guilty plea in sexual assault case

A former student of Patrick Henry High School pleaded guilty Monday for sexually assaulting a female student at the school last summer, reported the Star Tribune.

Raevon Conner, 18, of Brooklyn Park will be sentenced on June 9, reported KSTP TV.

He pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct. (Star Tribune)

KSTP reported that he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct and theft charges for several incidents in June 2008 at the school.

Conner and another male student coerced a 15-year-old girl into following them to the basement of the school where Conner forced the girl to perform a sex act on him. (Star Tribune)

Conner was an honor student at the school. He was also a football player and a member of the school's championship poetry slam team.

There could be more victims who haven't come forward yet out of fear, Sgt. Melissa Banham of the Minneapolis Police Department said, according to KSTP TV.

Obamas host Easter egg roll

Over 30,000 participants came out to the White House Monday to take part in the White House Easter Egg Roll, reported Voice of America.

First Lady Michelle Obama told participants that the goal of the event "was to have fun", according to United Press International.

The tradition began in 1878 when children would come to the White House lawn and pushed Easter eggs with big spoons. (VOA)

Other activities at the event included soccer and basketball. Pop singer Fergie sang the national anthem at the event as well. (UPI)

After two microphones died, President Obama attempted to adjust the Easter Bunny's ears to get better reception. Obama's daughter Malia eventually got a mic to work.

The president and first lady also took turns reading from Maurice Sendak's book "Where the Wild Things Are". The first lady also read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff. (VOA)

The Obama's new puppy Bo was not present at the event. (VOA)

April 13, 2009

Street-sweeping coming for Minneapolis

Public work crews will begin sweeping roads Tuesday, reported the Star Tribune. Sweeping will last for four weeks.

No parking signs will be posted 24 hours prior to sweeping, reported the Minnesota Daily.

Vehicles on the street during sweeping will be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot. (MN Daily)

The city will also be making automated phone calls warning residents about sweeping. The number of calls will reach 3,500.

Residents who want to know when their street will be swept can check the city street sweep home page.

Parking on streets being swept is banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The no parking signs will be removed after sweeping.

1,100 miles of Minneapolis streets are swept every spring and fall in Minneapolis.

It is against the law to push leaves, grass clippings or other debris into the streets due to its potential contamination of local bodies of water. (Star Tribune)

Passenger lands plane after pilot dies

After their pilot died, a passenger on board a two-engine plane successfully landed the aircraft at Southwest Florida International Airport Monday, reported USA Today.

The passenger saved the lives of four other people on board.

The plane was bound for Jackson, Miss. from Naples, reported CBS4 News.

The plane was on autopilot when the pilot died. The passenger who took over has been licensed for single-engine planes for 20 years.

The passenger got in contact with the airport tower to obtain instructions on how to land the plane. The air traffic controller then called a friend who was familiar with the aircraft to assist. (USA Today)

It took the passenger roughly 15 to 20 minutes to land the plane. The plane was a large luxury King Air model.

The names of the passenger and pilot have not yet been released.

Polar bear attacks woman in German zoo

A woman was attacked at a Berlin zoo after jumping into the polar bear habitat, reported CNN.

An adult polar bear hit the woman several times while she was in the moat of the habitat, police said, according to CNN.

Zoo workers attempted to distract the bear while they tossed rescue rings at the woman, Goerg Gebhard, a Berlin police officer said. (CNN)

The workers eventually were able to hoist the woman up halfway up the habitat wall before she fell back down and was attacked again, reported ABC News.

Police do not know what prompted the woman to jump the fence and enter the enclosure.

The woman could have been easily killed, Jack Hanna, director emeritus at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, told "Good Morning America."

This type of incident is not unknown to the zoo world. In October 2007 a 15-year-old boy was attacked by a panda after entering its habitat at the Beijing Zoo.

April 7, 2009

Analysis 9 - Diversity

I chose this Star Tribune story about Somali autism.

I don't think the story is very stereotyped at all. This story feels like it could be about anyone, it just happens to focus on Somali's and their unique position within this debate. It contains a lot of diversity elements but at its core its just a feature story like any other.

I didn't really know to what extent autism was effecting children. And I'm certainly not well versed in what is happening in the Somali community currently. But its these types of stories that help people who may need a bit more diversity in their lives become more knowledgeable about a different race or ethnicity.

This story accomplishes this by putting a very human face on a big problem. The feature story is a great way to encourage reader empathy with its subject. This story helps you get to know the people involved and teaches you more about the issue at hand through good storytelling and personal quotes.

Pilot of stolen plane was on suicide run

The man who stole a small Cessna aircraft in Canada wanted to be shot down by the U.S. Airforce, the Times Online reported.

The Associated Press reported that Adam Dylan Leon, 31, landed the plane on a small rural road in Missouri and was arrested at a convenience store shortly after. His flight lasted six hours.

Leon was arrested in the convenience store while sitting and drinking a bottle of Gatorade, Missouri state trooper Justin Watson said, according to Times Online.

Times Online reported that Leon is a native of Turkey, and that the plane was never seen by the FBI as a terrorist threat due to its avoidance of build-up areas.

Leon was in a Poplar Bluff, Mo., jail Tuesday. (AP)

The plane was stolen from Confederation College Flight School at Thunder Bay International Airport in Ontario Monday. It was intercepted by F-16 fighter jets as it crossed the Michigan border.

The plane caused the state capitol of Wisconsin to be evacuated as a safety precaution. (AP)

April 6, 2009

Search still on for missing St. Thomas student

Students and police are still searching for a missing St. Thomas student, the Pioneer Press reported.

Daniel Zamlen, 18, a freshman at St. Thomas University in St. Paul and native of Eveleth, Minn., went missing Sunday after leaving a party.

Police are searching the area around St. Clair Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard, where Zamlen was last heard from.

The Star Tribune reported that Zamlen was spoken to on Sunday morning around 2:30a.m. by friends via cell phone.

Zamlen was drinking at a party prior to his disappearance. He has Type I diabetes and was not supposed to be drinking. (Star Tribune)

Police have not yet searched the Mississippi River due to the water's height and fast current. They say they will go in if they pinpoint a spot to search. (Pioneer Press)

Zamlen apparently left the party on St. Clair Avenue after becoming upset. Friends have not revealed why he was upset yet.

People searching on foot and a helicopter carrying a heat-seeking device have not produced any clues to Zamlen's whereabouts. (Star Tribune)

Student dies in pool accident

A western Minnesota boy was found unresponsive in a Granite Falls swimming pool Friday, reported KSTP TV News.

KARE 11 News reported that Eddie Ojer, a fourth-grader at Maria L. Sanford Elementary School in Montevideo Minn., died at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Eddie and the other students were at the Kilowatt Center in Granite Falls on a reward day. (KARE)

Two lifeguards and several chaperones were present at the pool at the time of the incident, the director of the aquatic center said, according to KSTP.

Classes at the school are in session Monday, school Superintendent David Baukol said. Counselors and social workers are available to help students, parents and staff. (KARE)