October 2010 Archives


The sources used in the Obituary for Theodore C. Sorensen used sources: John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, Time Magazine, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, Sorensen himself, Sorensen's son, Associated Press. The article has an alternative obituary lead. This obituary barely mentions any family members, does not have any information about the funeral, has quotes from news sources and famous people. Not only that it is a full length news story discussing his life and many achievement, not just a short paragraph.

Theodore Sorensen, JFK's top aide, dies at 82

Theodore C. Sorensen, assistant to President John F. Kennedey, died at the age of 82 on Sunday due to complications from a recent stroke. "Wife Gillian Sorensen says he died at noon at a New York hospital from complications of a stroke," said MSNBC. "He was best known for working with Kennedy on passages of soaring rhetoric, including the 1961 inaugural-address proclaiming that "the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans" and challenging citizens: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." He drew on the Bible, the Gettysburg Address and the words of Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill as he helped hone and polish the speech," the Seattle Times said.

Pontiac, creator of the muscle car, is going out of business

Pontiac, who invented the muscle car and defined a generation, is going out of business on Sunday. "The 84-year-old brand, moribund since General Motors decided to kill it last year as it collapsed into bankruptcy, had been in decline for years. It was undone by a combination of poor corporate strategy and changing driver tastes. On Oct. 31, GM's agreements with Pontiac dealers expire," MSNBC said. "At Pontiac's pinnacle, models like the GTO, Trans Am and Catalina 2+2 were packed with horsepower and sported colors like "Tiger Gold." Burt Reynolds and Sally Field fled the law in a Firebird Trans Am which raced through the 1970s hit movie "Smokey and the Bandit."," CBS said. Prior to GM's bankruptcy, Pontiac's sales had fallen from their peak in 1968 of nearly one million cars.

Brazil elects first women president

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Dilma Rousseff was elected as the nation's first female president on Sunday. "Rousseff, 62, defeated José Serra, the former governor of São Paulo, with 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent, official numbers showed," the NY Times said. ". Rousseff will provide a role model that will empower women in Brazil and help bring more females to senior executive positions, said Maria Eugenia Lopez, who runs Banco Santander Brasil SA's private banking unit," Bloomberg news said.

Terrorist explosives discovered on cargo plane bound for the US

WASHINGTON-- Authorites from three continents stopped multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen on Friday. Two explosive packages aimed at Chicago-area and packed abroad cargo jets were seized. "President Barack Obama called the coordinated attacks a "credible terrorist threat," and U.S. officials said they were increasingly confident that al-Qaida's Yemen branch, the group responsible for the failed Detroit airliner bombing last Christmas, was responsible," The LA Times said. "One of the packages was found aboard a cargo plane in Dubai, the other in England. Preliminary tests indicated the packages contained the powerful industrial explosive PETN, the same chemical used in the Christmas attack, U.S. officials said. The tests had not been confirmed," the Star Tribune said.

Blaine teen hit by car dies

A Blaine teenager died after being hit by a car as she was trying to cross a busy highway on Wednesday morning. "Police say 15-year-old Sara Hendrickson was walking across Highway 10 near Northtown Mall around 6:30 a.m.Thursday to get to a friend's house when she was hit," ABC Eyewitness News said. "Hendrickson was taken to Mercy Hospital, where she later died," the Star Tribune said.


Althought the reporter did mention the statistics that the Republicans are leading the Democrats in the generic poll which he got from the press release he focused more on President Barack Obama's campaigning across the country. He listed off all of the states President Obama visited, and all of the cadidates he is supporting. He left out more of the in depth statistics and focused on the actual senate race naming how many seats are up for election. Also, instead of mentioning what percentage of people are planning of voting and what parties they are supporting as well as those who switched parties, which was mentioned in the press release he discussed what the Democratic and Republican parties need to do to take control of the Senate.

Dead dog comes back to life

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Michigan -- A Rottweiler survived a botched euthanasia and the dog's owner said that he does not have the heart or money to try that procedure again. "Olivarez said he took Mia to the Westcott Veterinary Care Center in Detroit on Saturday to alleviate her suffering. He said Westcott officials speculated afterward that the drug dosage wasn't strong enough or had been watered down," MSNBC said. The LA Times reports that Matt Olivarez, 27, said " he returned to his garage Sunday morning and noticed Mia missing from where he'd placed her on a pile of hay the day before. He'd planned to bury her in his grandfather's backyard. Instead, he turned to find her standing on all fours, staring at him."

Hurrican Richard hit Belize

Hurricane Richard hit Belize's Caribbean coast late Sunday, an estimated 10,000 people have taken refuge. "The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Richard's top winds were 90 mph (150 kph) -- making it a Category 1 hurricane -- when it made landfall about 20 miles (35 kms) south-southwest of Belize City, whose neighborhoods are full of wooden, tin-roof homes that are very vulnerable to winds," said the Star Tribune. "A hurricane warning remains in effect for Belize, while a hurricane watch and tropical storm warnings are still in effect for the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula from Punta Gruesa to Chetumal" said the Chicago Tribune.

Idaho Governor becomes a wedding crasher

JEROME, Idaho -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, of Idaho, accidentaly became a wedding crasher during a campaign stop on Wedensday. According to the Star Tribune, "The state's chief executive entered a room in the Jerome Public Library in southern Idaho with other GOP candidates on Wednesday evening." "The Times-News reports that Otter was responding to a difficult question about wolves when wedding guests started arriving from the nuptials in a nearby park and Linda Helms lobbed an even tougher question by wanting to know why the governor had taken over a room reserved for the bride and groom," KTVB said. Gov. Otter broke off the meeting and all of the candidates left.

Simpsons writer to visit Minnesota

A writer and producer for "The Simpsons" will speak in Columbia Heights on Saturday. "Mike Reiss will speak at 11 a.m. at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights about his career working on "The Simpsons" as well as his work as a children's book author" the Star Tribune said. " Mike Reiss was the head writer and producer for "The Simpsons" for more than 20 years. Winner of four Emmys, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus, and a Peabody Award for his work, Reiss is also an award-winning novelist, children's author and screenplay writer" the MN Sun said. The event is free and is sponsored by Club Book.

2 men killed in dirt-bike accident in Northern Minnesota

Two men died after their dirt-bikes collided on late Saturday in St. Louis County. "The accident happened about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near 12967 Graff Road in Prairie Lake Township in St. Louis County," the Star Tribune said. "The sheriff's office says 28-year-old Kevin Allen McElwee, of Cedar, was traveling west on Graff Road when he collided with 20-year-old Jonathan Nickolas Clough, of Mora, who was eastbound," the Pioneer Press said.



CNN.com has videos, pictures, news categories with links to news stories listed by title, and Facebook features. StarTribune.com has pictures, videos, links to top news stories, slideshow, a chart, and a widget. The pictures and videos help readers visualize the written story and the links make it easier for readers to find top news stories that may interest them. Next to some pictures and videos there is a title and lead. Next to pictures and videos of less "important" news there is just a title. The writing is very condensed and only features the most importnat details.

Freed miners return for Mass

Approximately a dozen of the 33 freed Chilean miners returned to the mouth of the mine on Sunday to offer thanks during a private Mass. "For many of the miners, it was the first time back since their dramatic Wednesday rescue that was watched by the world," CNN said. "Chile freed the last of 33 miners from imprisonment nearly half a mile underground late Wednesday," the LA TImes said. The 33 men have made a pact not to publicly talk about their underground ordeal.

Minneapolis police horse retires after 10 years

A police horse is retiring from the Minneapolis Police Department after 10 years of service. "Duke will retire Saturday night after his last shift with the mounted patrol unit. Police say the 15-year-old Percheron and quarter horse mix is beginning to show signs of arthritis in his back legs and it's time for him to hang up the saddle," KARE 11 said. "Police say Duke has been one of the unit's lead horses, and was so experienced that any officer could ride him. Police say Duke was willing to go through any obstacle, and could get other horses to follow," The Star Tribune said.

Runners complete an uphill marthon with a 6,000 foot elevation

Runners completed the first ever Mt. Lemmon Marathon on Sunday, the 26.2 mile marathon has a new element, an uphill route. "In what was billed as the world's toughest road marathon, 26.2 miles at high altitude that went up and up and then up some more, hundreds of runners huffed and puffed up one of Tucson's highest peaks," said The New York Times "That's what the first ever Mt. Lemmon Marathon is all about. Early Sunday morning, runners covered a 26.2-mile route that goes up 6,000 feet in elevation -- all the way up the mountain to the finish line at Summerhaven," said KOLD news. The winner of the race is James Miles who ran the marathon 3 hours, 13 minutes.

Mexico watching California vote to legalize marijuana

Mexican officials are wondering what the effects of the California ballot to legalize marijuana on Nov. 2 will be on their country and the current drug war. "In California, supporters of Proposition 19, which would allow anyone over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and permit municipalities to tax and regulate it, have pushed the notion that it could raise $1.4 billion in taxes while diverting law enforcement and prison resources to more serious crimes," The New York Times said. According to USA Today, " President Felipe Calderon said Thursday that a California ballot measure to legalize marijuana represents hypocrisy in U.S. drug policy for encouraging consumption while at the same time demanding that Mexico and other countries crack down on drug trafficking." As the vote in California is approaching, skepticism is begininning to emerge.

Catholic Church to close 21 parishes

The Catholic Church Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis anounced on Saturday that it plans on closing 21 and cluster 33 more parishes. " Nearly 25 percent of the archdiocese's 213 parishes already share a pastor," the Star Tribune said. "The Archdiocese sites the following as the reasons for this consolidation: changing demographics, the concentration of too many parish churches and school buildings in close proximity in certain neighborhoods, the age and condition of buildings and the number of clergy available to meeting existing and future parish needs," FOX 9 said. According to archdiocesan officials structural changes will not begin untill Jan. 2011 and will be put into action over several years.

Spot and Follows

The lead in the second story is longer and includes the information about Randy Moss being traded to the Vikings from the first lead but focuses on the newer information. The main news is summarized in an inverted pyramid style first anouncing that his improbable trade has become a reality and then going on to explaining the details about the trade. The second news story mentioned the fact that Randy Moss was traded earlier this week and then proceeded to providing new statements from Moss about the trade, new information about the details of the trade and his contract situation as well as background information about him. This second-day story is a follow up done by the same reporter for the same news organization.

North Korea's next leader chosen

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il orchestrated a military parade Sunday to introduce his youngest son and chosen heir to the nation. "Kim Jong Un, believed to be 27, stood near his ailing father on a long rostrum overlooking tens of thousands of civilian performers and goose-stepping troops in a special celebration broadcast on state television" said the Star Tribune. "Kim Jon Un, who will someday succeed his father which will manifest the first third generation dynastic success in a communist country" said CBS news. The normally reclusive nation invited foreign press to cover the event.

Michael Jackson memorobilia sold for over $1 million

An auction of Michael Jackson memorabilia has earned over $1 million in Macau, China on Saturday. "A basketball autographed by the late singer and former player Michael Jordan netted $245,000 (£153,000) at the Hollywood Legends sale" said the BBC. "Of the 435 total items up for sale, other non-Jackson items sold included a costume worn by Bruce Lee during the filming of "Game of Death" and a costume Madonna donned during her Girlie Show world tour." said the Star Tribune. The auction which was publicized as being the largest celebrity memorabilia auction in Asia attracted bidders from around the world.

8 gang suspects brought to court for NYC anti-gay attack

NEW YORK, Eight gang suspects arrested under charges in the torture of two teenage boys and a man in an anti-gay attack were brought before court on Sunday. "The charges against the defendants include robbery, assault, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment as hate crimes" said St. Louis Today. "The nine members of the Latin King Goonies gang had heard a rumor one of their teenage recruits was gay and then found the teen, stripped him, beat him and sodomized him with a plunger handle until he confessed to having had sex with a man" said the Star Tribune. The police are looking for a ninth suspect, who had been expected to turn himself in but did not show up to the court hearing.

Randy Moss trade to Vikings has been finalized

It is official the Patriots have traded Randy Moss to the Vikings and has been confirmed by a press release on Wednesday. According to ESPN "Moss entered this season in the final year of a three-year, $27 million contract and made no secret of his desire for a new deal." FOX reported that the "terms of the trade were not officially disclosed, but the Vikings will send a 2011 third-round draft pick to New England." Moss has returned to the Vikings with whom he spent his first seven seasons in the NFL, and will be back in purple on Monday against the Jets.

Story Structure

In the "Israeli soldiers used boy as shield" article from the Star Tribune the reporter summarized the important elements using the inverted pyramid structure. In his first paragraph he listed the most important facts which were: two Israeli soldier were convicted of using a Palestinian boy as a human shield. Then he gave background information about the soldiers and then about then information about the incident in which the boy was used as a human shield. The reason that the reporter did this is because the inverted pyramid is the proven method for news writing it lists the most important facts in a descending order. This method is very effective because the most important facts which are in the lead catch the readers eye right away. This story could have been summarized differently using the martini glass method which would have listed the lead and key facts in the beggining and then chronologically listed the events of the boy being used as a human shield all the way to the trial of the soldiers.

9-year-old boy used as human shield by Israeli soldiers

JERUSALEM, Two Israeli soldiers have been convicted on Sunday of using a 9-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during the 2009 gaza war. An Israeli court convicted the two soldiers both infantry sergeants, because they used civilians, including the boy, to check bags for explosives, said The Star Tribune. The two sergeants have been found guilty of reckless endangerment and unbecoming conduct, it is the first conviction of its kind in Israel, said ABC News. Sentencing of the two soldiers is expected to occur within the next few weeks.

Las Vegas on losing streak

LAS VEGAS, The nation's gambling capitol is in its deepest economic rut since the 1940's, as a result of the recession. Even as the city's leaders hope that gamblinf revenues will rebound with the economy, experts predict that it will not be enough to make up for the collapse of the construction industry, said The New York Times. According to the Seattle Times the Unemployment rate is 14.4 percent, which is the highest in the nation. Gambling revenues are continuing to decrease, but public officials are expecting the gambling industry to improve once the U.S. economy rebounds.

Facebook founder's story no longer a secret

The story of Facebook's founder is no longer his own now that the movie "The Social Network" was released in theaters across the country on Friday. The founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, 26, whose story has escaped the public despite the widespread popularity of his website, is now being forced out into the open beyond his control, said MSNBC. Zuckerberg created Facebook in a Harvard dormitory when he was 19, and dropped out of Harvard at the end of his sophmore year to further develop the site, said The Washington Post. Currently Facebook has over 500 million users and is the world's largest social networking site.

Wally the Beer Man gets a new job for the playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS, It has been reported on Sunday that Wally the Beer Man will be selling beer during the Twins playoff series after all, but not at Target Field. According to WCCO Wally has been suspended for being one of eight beer vendors cited for selling alcohol to underage fans on Thursday during the Twins game home game versus Toronto. Wally McNeil, 76, will be selling beer at Sneaky Pete's, a bar several blocks down 5th Street from Target Field, said the Star Tribune. This was the first time that Wally was cited during his 40 years of work as a vendor.

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