November 2010 Archives

Diversity

The article I chose is about a new indoor marketplace called Hmong Village. The person I discussed this article with is Jmuag, who requested not having his last name used, he is a photographer who lives in Minneapolis. Jmuag believes that this article did not use any stereotypes and was actually substantive. The article did use any stereotypes or general statements about Hmong people. Instead it was an article, which described the Hmong Village and gave some backgroung information about it. The article did feature some quotes from Hmong people but did non of them were used out of context, they were all about the marketplace. Also the story stated that despite the name "Hmong Village," Mexican, Somali, Thai and Vietnamese merchants own shops there and that people of all backgrounds are welcome there.

Colorado invents underwear, which protects privacy at airport

Denver -- A Colorado man has invented a special kind of underwear, with a strategically placed fig leaf, the man says will get you through airport screenings with your dignity intact. "Jeff Buske says his invention uses a powdered metal that protects people's privacy when undergoing medical or security screenings," the Star Tribune said. "Buske of Las Vegas, Nev.-Rocky Flats Gear says the underwear's inserts are thin and conform to the body's contours, making it difficult to hide anything beneath them. The mix of tungsten and other metals do not set off metal detectors," CBS said.

Ireland requests billions in loans from EU

Ireland requests billions of dollars in financial assistance loans from the European Union on Sunday. "EU European Union officials, who had been pushing Ireland to accept help, quickly agreed to the request, committing a staggering amount of funds to an ailing member for the second time in six months," the NY times said. "'Ministers concur with the (European) Commission and the European Central Bank that providing assistance to Ireland is warranted to safeguard financial ability in the EU and in the euro area,' the EU statement said," CNN said.

Ex-Playboy bunny convicted of murder dies

Former Playboy Club bunny and Milwaukee police officer Laurie "Bambi" Bembenek convicted of murder, died Saturday of liver failure at a hospice care center in Portland, Oregon, her longtime attorney, Mary Woehrer said. "The prison escape of former Playboy Club bunny and Milwaukee police officer Laurie "Bambi" Bembenek popularized the phrase "Run Bambi Run" and seemed tailor-made for the TV movie it inspired," the MSNBC said. "But despite the fame garnered by her flight, Bembenek died having spent more than two decades insisting on her innocence but never fully clearing her name," the Star Tribune said.

Card draw determines winner of Nevada race

MINDEN, Nev. -- A county board election, which resulted in a tie was decided by a draw of the cards on Friday. "The Record-Courier of Gardnerville reports that Natalie Yanish drew the ace of clubs Friday to win a seat on the Kingsbury Grade General Improvement District board over Robert McDowell, who drew the eight of diamonds," the Star Tribune said. "The two tied for third place in the Nov. 2 election. They finished with 373 votes each in an 11-way race for three seats," FOX 5 news said. Nevada state law allows candidates to settle ties by either flipping a coin or drawing cards.

Freezing rain hits Minn., causes hundreds of accidents

Minneapolis -- Freezing rain has caused hundreds of accidents across the metro area Saturday night and Sunday morning, the State Patrol said. "About 75 of the 438 reported crashes in Minnesota involved injuries, the State Patrol reported at noon Sunday," the Star Tribune said. "And though it may not look like it, the State Patrol says the roads are as dangerous as they were during last week's snowstorm," MPR news said.

Numbers

The whole story is based on the analysis of federal tax forms by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The reporter used the numbers to tell the story, he listed a set of numbers from the analysis and gave more details and background information about them in almost each paragraph. In the paragraphs that do not include numbers and info pertaining to them, he explains the analysis done by The Chronical of Higher Education. The numbers in this story are not overwhelming because they are used in about half of the paragraphs, and there are never more than three numbers in the paragraphs that do feature them. The reporter did use math to figure out the median salaries of private college presidents, to tell the story more effectively. Besides numbers that are in the millions, which were rounded, the rest of the numbers are listed completely.

Mexico hotel explosion kills 7

PLAYA DE CARMEN, Mexico -- Seven people, including five Canadian tourists, were killed Sunday by a powerful explosion at a large resort hotel south of Cancun, authorities said. "Twelve other people, including two Canadians and Two Americans, were injured in the blast at the sprawling 676-room Grand Riviera Princess hotel In Playa del Carmen, on Mexico's Carribbean coast, said Francisco Alor, attorney general of Quintana Roo State, where the resort is located," the NY TImes said. "The blast occurred on the ground floor of one of a dozen or so buildings that make up the sprawling hotel, and left a crater a yard (meter) deep," MSNBC said.

Somali Pirates free British couple after 388 days

NAIROBI, Kenya -- A British couple who had been captured by Somali pirates, and held in captivity for 388 days, were released on Sunday after a ransom was paid. 'The couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, were hijacked in October 2009 while sailing in a small yacht in the Indian Ocean in what they had described to friends as "the trip of a lifetim,"' the NY Times said. "The Chandlers were welcomed by the Somali community close to where they had been held, and later met with the Somali prime minister in Mogadishu," the Star Tribune said. The couple was then flown by a private jet to Nairobi's military airport, where they were taken away in a British Embassy vehicle.

Ranks of millionaire college presidents increase

The number of millionaire private college and university presidents has been increasing in recent years. "A record 23 presidents received more than $1 million in total compensation in fiscal 2008, according to an analysis of the most recently available data published Monday by the Chronicle of Higher Education," MSNBC said. "More than 1 in 5 chief executives at the 448 institutions surveyed topped $600,000," Buffalo news said.

A Louisiana family's house trashed by deer

HOUMA, La. -- A full-grown deer trashed a house after smashing through a glass door, a Louisiana family said. "The rampaging buck created chaos for close to a half hour Friday while trying to get out of the house in Houma, about 50 miles southwest of new Orleans," the Washington Post said. " It smashed belongings, upended furniture and chased the women and child inside before it was shot and killed by a deputy," the Star Tribune said.

Roseville police dog stabbed

A Roseville police dog, Major, was stabbed four times as police responded to a break in at a Maplewood business on Friday. "Maplewood police requested assistance from Roseville Officer John Jorgensen and Major as they searched for theft suspects inside the business's fenced property," the Oakdale Lake Elmo Review said. "Major was taken to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and spent most of Friday afternoon in surgery for a cut to his neck and spinal injuries, Rosand said," the Star Tribune said. Three suspects were arrested, charges against them are pending.

Diversity

The article I found is about immigration reform and Latinos. According to my friend Luis, who is a 22-year-old Mexican-American with a full-time job, that lives in Andover, MN, and wished not to have his last name used, the report did move beyond stereotype into something more substantive. The article which is mainly about immigration reform and also about Latino voters and politicians, did partially use the stereotype that immigration has to do with mainly Latinos. But it did not say that and moved onto the actual report about immigration reform and how the Latino vote and Latino politicians play a crucial in the immigration reform. Also there was a statement in the article saying that " not only Latinos care about immigration." The story uses data about Latino voters, and about what both the Democrats and Republicans are doing to try to gain their votes. The story also used observation to talk about why immigration refrom will be difficult to achieve because of political party differences.

Afghan women seek fiery death

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The number of Afghan women who are committing suicide by setting themselves on fire to escape their difficult lives has been increasing. Non-governmental organizations "say women forced into marriage or suffering chronic abuse are killing themselves out of desperation," the BBC said. "'If you run away from home, you may be raped or put in jail and then sent home and then what will happen to you?' asked Rachel Reid, a researcher for Human Rights Watch who tracks violence against women," the New York Times said.

Gebre Gebremariam wins NYC marathon in debut

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NEW YORK - Ethiopinan professional runner, Gebre Gebremariam, won the New York City Marathon, which is his first marathon. Gebremaria, 26, ran alone effortlessly alone in the final two miles in Central Park, capturing the New York City Marathon in 2 hours 8 minutes 14 seconds," the New York Times said. "Haile Gebrselassie, the marathon world-record holder, announced his retirement after dropping out of the race on a day that signaled the rise of a new Ethiopian standout," the Seattle Times said.

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man shot at an alligator to save his dog, which had been dragged underwater in the alligator's jaws. "Tom Martino said he and his Jack Russell terrier were taking their afternoon walk along the Hillsborough River in Tampa on Thursday when he heard splashing -- the alligator had snatched the 15-pound dog off riverside rocks and pulled her into the water," MSNBC said. "Martino started shooting into the water around the alligator to scare it into releasing the 9-year-old dog. He performed CPR on the dog until it coughed up water and started breathing again," the Star Tribune said.

Alaska bank robber who crashed get-away bike sentenced

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage man has been sentenced prison for robbing a bank and then fleeing the scene on a bicycle, which he crashed into a police car. "Christopher Todd Mayer of Anchorage was sentenced Friday to 6 1/2 years in federal prison," said WTOP. "Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle French says the 47-year-old man robbed a Wells Fargo branch bank in Anchorage on May 27 and took $1,731," the Star Tribune said.

MnSCU criticized for bonuses

Despite protests, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system paid $415,875 in performance pay in performance pay bonuses to 35 of its top administrators. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has critized the MnSCU's bonuses during a time of many budget crunches. "MnSCU's vice chancellors and college and university presidents are eligible for as much as $15,000 for meeting various goals, including keeping more students in school and increasing enrollment in online courses," the Star Tribune said. "In June, the system's trustees awarded Chancellor James McCormick a $40,000 bonus. Details of other bonuses become available Friday. Eight presidents or vice chancellors received the maximum payout of $15,000," WCCO said.

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