July 2012 Archives

Reigning world champion Jordan Wieber was eliminated from the women's all-around gymnastics competition Sunday, the Washington Post reported.

Wieber, 17, missed the cut for the women's all-around final after finishing in third-place in the qualifying stage, the Washington Post said. Her teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas finished ahead of her to quality for the final.

The loss was only the third time Wieber has lost an all-around competition since 2008, the Washington Post reported.

Wieber left the arena in tears and could not even talk to reporters, the Washington Post said. Her coach John Geddert, issued a statement following Wieber's elimination expressing the young gymnast's disappointment.

According to the USA Today, the United States team is currently in first-place after the qualifying stage, just ahead of Russia and defending Olympic champion China. The team finished with three of the top four overall qualifiers as well.

A Kent State student has been arrested and charged for on suspicion of posting a tweet threatening to "shoot up" the school's campus, the Washington Post reported.

William Koberna, 19, was arrested Sunday afternoon at his parent's home in Brunswick, Ohio, the Washington Post reported. Koberna is charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing.

According to the New York Daily News, the tweet was posted on July 25.

Koberna is set to be arraigned Monday morning, the Washington Post said. He also faces suspension or possible dismissal from the school.

Twins complete sweep of Indians

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The Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians to complete a three-game sweep of their division rivals, the Associated Press reported.

The Twins finished the sweep with a 5-1 victory Sunday, giving left-hander Bryan Duensing his second win of the season.

Duensing pitched six innings, giving up only five hits and one earned run before turning the game over to the bullpen, the Associated Press said.

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning that gave the Twins a 2-1 lead that they would not surrender.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The win elevated the Twins above the Kansas City Royal for last place in the AL Central division for the first time since April 29. The Twins improved to 43-58 with the win.

The loss dropped the Indians into third-place in the AL Central, six games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. The Twins outscored the Indians 34-12 for the series.

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the seventh inning for Cleveland, but took a loss to fall to 8-10 on the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said.

Ryan Lochte wins 400 IM, Phelps finishes fourth

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Ryan Lochte won the first gold medal for the United States in the 2012 London Olympics Saturday, the USA Today reported.

Lochte, 27, won the mens 400-meter individual medley in dominating fashion with a margin of victory of 3.86 seconds, the USA Today said. Brazil's Thiago Pereira finished second and Japan's Kosuke Hagino took third.

16-time medalist Michael Phelps finished fourth, the first time he has failed to win a medal in any Olympic event since 2000, the Washington Post reported.

According to the Washington Post, both Phelps and his coach Bob Bowden called his performance "horrible".

Lochte will compete in the 200-meter freestyle on Sunday and Monday, an event that Phelps dropped before the Olympics began, the Washington Post said.

Liriano traded to White Sox for prospects

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The Minnesota Twins traded left-hander Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox late Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The Twins traded Lirianoo to Chicago for infielder Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez, who are both 23, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

Liriano, 28, is 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched. The last game he pitched for the Twins was against Chicago on Monday, a game in which he allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.

According to the Chicago Tribune, White Sox General Manager Kenny Smith said the team needed a starting pitcher due to
left-hander John Danks's shoulder injury, which may require season-ending surgery.

The Twins received two of Chicago's highest rated prospects in for Liriano, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. Escobar is batting .195 in 35 games for the White Sox this season. Hernandez is 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 15 games at Double A-Birmingham and Triple A-Charlotte this season.

Egypt's president appoints new prime minister

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Egypt's president appointed a new prime minister Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.

President Mohamed Morsi appointed Hesham Kandil, who currently serves as a water and irrigation minister, as prime minister in the midst of forming a new government, the Washington Post said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Kandil's appointment was consistent with Morsi's earlier statements that he would not appoint someone from the Muslim Brotherhood political party. Morsi was under pressure from secularists and Christians to avoid creating an government controlled entirely by Muslims.

Kandil's appointment surprised many in Egypt because most citizens expected someone with a stronger economic background to be appointed in the wake of a budget crisis, the Washington Post said.

Kandil was educated in he United States, where he received a master's degree from Utah State University in 1988 and a doctorate in irrigation from North Carolina State University in 1993, the Washington Post said.

Kandil, who was born in 1962, is the youngest prime minister in Egypt's history, the Los Angeles Times said.

Analysis: Numbers in Alzheimer's article

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In an article from CNN discussing a recent conference in Vancouver about Alzheimer's disease, the reporter uses numbers in various ways to tell the story.

The numbers in the article are actually quite easy to understand, they are primarily numbers accumulated via surveys by researchers, so the reporter did not have to work very hard to make the statistics easier to grasp. She mainly used umbers when describing the findings about alcohol and its relation to dementia and Alzheimer's.

The reporter did not use any math to get her numbers. She basically copied the statistical data from the Alzheimer's Association as well as data compiled by other researchers from the conference.

The reporter appears to have found most of her information from the Alzheimer's Association as well as other studies mentioned in the article. She always attributed the statistical data to the source.

Ernie Els wins British Open

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Ernie Els won the 2012 British Open for the second time of his career Sunday, http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/adam-scott-and-his-long-putter-on-verge-of-ending-long-wait-for-1st-major-at-british-open/2012/07/21/gJQAEq6H1W_story.html?hpid=z3.

Els, 42, won his fourth career major and second British Open with a final round score of 68, finishing at seven-under for the tournament, the Washington Post said,

Els's victory came at the expense of 31-year-old Adam Scott, who bogeyed the final four holes Sunday and blew his four-shot lead over Els, http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/ernie-els-wins-british-open-adam-scott-bogeys-holes-erase-four-stroke-lead-article-1.1119640.

Scott seemed in control of the tournament until he bogeyed the 15th hole to cut his lead over Els down to three, the Washington Post said. Scott then bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes after Els birdied at the 18th to tie the tournament. Yet another bogey on the 18th hole gave Els the victory.

As Scott bogeyed the final hole, he fell to his knees and mouthed "Wow," the Washington Post said. Scott had heard the thunderous cheers after Els sunk a birdie on the 18th and knew he had to at least par the final hole in order to force a playoff.

According to the New York Daily News, Els said he would have rather defeated Scott in a playoff because he knows the pain of blowing a big tournament lead.

The victory ended a two-year title championship drought for Els, the Washington Post said.

Joe Paterno statue removed

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The statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was removed Sunday in the wake of allegations that the iconic coach covered up sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, the Washington Post said.

A construction crew used jackhammers and a forklift to remove the nearly 1,000 pound bronze statue from outside Lane Stadium, where it had stood for over a decade, the Daily Collegian reported. Over 100 people chanted "We are Penn State," as the statue was carried away by the forklift.

The university announced it was removing the statue because of recent allegations that Paterno and three other Penn State administrators failed to report sex abuse claims against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the Washington Post said.

The NCAA announced that it would impose further sanctions on the Penn State football program on Monday, the Washington Post said.

According to the Daily Collegian, Penn State President Rodney Erickson said the statue had to be removed and placed into storage because it would cause division on campus and remind people at the university of the sex abuse scandal.

The Paterno family issued a statement that said the removal of the statue "does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky or help heal the Penn State community," the Washington Post reported.

St. Paul men accussed of prostituting two teen girls

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Two St. Paul men were have been charged with prostituting two teen girls at an Eagan, Minn., hotel, the Star Tribune said.

Giorgio J. Baymon, 25, and Brandon D. Barnes, 24, were both arrested and charged in Ramsey County District Court Thursday with sex trafficking of minors, the Star Tribune said.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, photos of the two girls in erotic poses were posted in a want ad on Backpage.com on April 29. The girls began receiving calls from men and one of the girls, 17, said she had sex with at least three men.

Police found some of the erotic pictures posted on the website stored on Baymon's cellphone and the account used his email address, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

A 16-year-old girl also said the men threatened them with handguns when he girls were taken to the hotel room, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

Both Barnes and Baymon are ineligible to possess guns due to prior convictions, including a 2008 shooting outside a Maplewood, Minn., nightclub, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

Police have also arrested an Elko man, Mickey Cupkie, 36, for engaging in prostitution with the two girls, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

12 dead, 58 wounded in theater shooting

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12 people were killed and 58 others were wounded when a man began a shooting rampage in an Aurora, Col., movie theater, the Denver Post reported.

The shooter, 24-year-old James Holmes, threw two tear gas grenades and opened fire into a sold out theater during a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, the Denver Post said. Police arrested Holmes outside the theater only minutes later.

According to the New York Post, Holmes entered the theater through the emergency exit, carrying weapons and wearing black ballistic armor.

Holmes used an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun in the shooting that allowed him to shoot over 60 rounds per minute, the Denver Post said. He also bought ammunition and magazines for the weapons over the internet.

Holmes is being held at Arapahoe County Jail until a court date set for Monday, the New York Post said. He told police that he was the Joker, the arch-nemesis of Batman.

Police began an investigation of Holmes's house, but have stopped due to reports of booby traps explosives, the Denver Post said.

The St. Paul City Council approved a new financing proposal Wednesday for a new ballpark in Lowertown, the Star Tribune reported.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a financing plan for a new $54 million ballpark for the St. Paul Saints.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the city will contributed $17 million to the plan while the Saints will give $10 million. The city applied for a $27 million loan from the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development to cover the remaining $54 million.

The city's $17 million contribution will come from bonds, relocation funds from other projects and Sales and Tax Revitalization Grants, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. The bonds will be paid in $625,000 increments each year for 25 years.

City council members said they wanted for time to look over the proposal, but said the ballpark had been talked about for years and discussed on many occasions, the St,. Paul Pioneer Press said.

Violence escalated in Damascus Wednesday as government loyalists sought revenge for a rebel bombing that killed three top Syrian military officials, the Washington Post said.

Residents of several neighborhoods in Damascus reported seeing pro-government militias known as shabiha were attacking civilians with guns and knives, the Washington Post said. There were also reports of firefight between the shabiha and rebel forces in the streets.

According to the Washington Post, 36 people were killed in Damascus along with 32 killed in the city's suburbs.

The attacks were in response to a bombing that killed three of President Bahar al-Assad's security chiefs Wednesday morning, the Chicago Tribune reported. Defense Minister Dawoud Rajha, Hassan Turkmani, a former minster of defense, and Assef Shawkat, the deputy chief of staff of the Syrian military and Assad's brother-in-law.

According to the Washington Post, the three security chiefs were meeting at the National Security Building when the attack occurred.

Initial reports from the pro-government Al-Dunia TV said the attack was a suicide-bombing, but commanders of the Free Syrian Army said the bomb was placed inside the meeting room and detonated remotely, the Washington Post said.

There were initial rumors that Assad had been killed in the attack as well, but reported indicated that he escaped the city in a helicopter, the Chicago Tribune said. Assad has yet to make a public appearance or statement since the bombing.

Analysis: Obit of Celeste Holm

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The obituary from the Star Tribune for Broadway star Celeste Holm was a very standard, formulaic obituary in my opinion. The lead follows the exact same formula that the New York Times uses in its leads, and the structure of the rest of the article is very standard as well. Since the lead is simple and straightforward, it works very well within the piece and there really was no need for the reporter to deviate from a standard obit lead.

The article uses sources from Holm's family early on, then proceeds to use many quotes from interviews Holm gave throughout her life. I think the reporter made the right choice by quoting Holm mostly because it gives the audience the best idea of what she was like as a person and as a professional.

This obit was particularly different from a resume because it not only focused on Holm's accomplishments, but also the negative aspects of her life. The obit discusses a nasty divorce settlement with her fifth husband and her estranged relationship with her sons. The fact that the article talked about Holm's family and her relationships differentiates the obit from a simple resume.

Jason Kidd arrested on suspicion of DUI

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Jason Kidd, the newly acquired point guard for the New York Knicks, was arrested in New York Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving, the USA Today said.

Kidd, 39, struck a telephone pole with his 2012 Cadillac Escalade and went into the woods near his home in the Hamptons, the USA Today said. The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. and Kidd was the only passenger in the car.

Kidd was taken to Southhampton Hospital and was treated for minor injuries, the USA Today said. After his release, he was arraigned on a misdemeanor DUI charge.

According to the New York Daily News, Kidd was photographed leaving and East Hampton nightclub being held up by friends.

Kidd attended the "Fostering a Legacy" benefit at the East Hampton estate of William Nuti, CEO of NCR and Chairman of Sprint, earlier in the evening, the New York Daily News said.

Kidd had just signed a three-year, $9.5 million dollar deal with the Knicks on Thursday.

U.N. obsevers investigate Syrian massacre

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U.N. observers investigated a reported massacre Sunday in a Syrian village where dozens of people were killed, the USA Today reported.

An 11-vehicle team of U.N. observers entered the Syrian village of Tremseh, located in Western Syria, to investigate reports made by activists of the Syrian government killing approximately 150 opposition supporters and civilians, the USA Today said. The Syrian government said that only 50 people were killed in the attack.

According to the Washington Post, the team found evidence of heavy artillery, mortar shells and small arms use in the attack on the village. The team reported that over 50 houses in the village were destroyed.

The Syrian government has denied the use of heavy weapons in the attack, the Washington Post said. The Official Syrian Arab News Agency blamed terrorists for the attack on Tremseh.

However, activists who reported the attack said that soldiers from the Syrian army shelled the village before entering it with a group of pro-government militiamen, the USA Today said. The activists provided videos that showed tanks entering the village and dozens of dead bodies on the streets.

World leaders have criticized Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime for the attack on Tremseh, the USA Today said, The attack is the latest in a series of reported government attacks in recent months.

17,000 people have been killed since uprisings against Assad's regime began in March, 2011, the USA Today said.

A man and woman were killed Saturday in an apparent-murder suicide in Apple Valley, Minn., the Star Tribune reported.

According to witnesses, the man chased the woman through a parking lot early Saturday morning at an Apple Valley apartment complex and shot her several times with a shotgun before turning the gun on himself, the Star Tribune said.

The names of the victims have not been released, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. They had a previous relationship and had two children together.

The woman lived in the apartment complex with her two children and the man lived in Eagan, Minn., the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. The children were placed in protective custody.

Police searched the man's home in Eagan and his BMW found at the scene of the shooting for evidence, the Star Tribune said.

A report from a former FBI director showed that Joe Paterno and Pennsylvania State University officials conspired to cover up sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, the New York Daily News said.

According to the report by Louis Freeh, Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz failed to report sex-abuse allegations against Sandusky, enabling the recently convicted former coach to continue to groom young boys for years.

The report included emails, interviews and hand-written notes that showed repeated efforts by the three university leaders to conceal facts about the accusations against Sandusky, the Philadelphia Inquirer said.

The report also specifically referenced an incident in 1998, when the mother of one of the victims complained that Sandusky had forced her son to shower with him, said the New York Daily News. According to the report, officials did nothing to limit Sandusky's access to campus facilities.

Only after another incident in 2001, when graduate assistant Mike McQueary said he saw Sandusky engaging in sexual activity with a 10-year-old boy, did Paterno, Curley and Schultz ban Sandusky from campus, the Philadelphia Inquirer said. However, none of the three men reported the incident to authorities or other university officials.

Both Curley and Schultz await trial on charges of failing to report allegations against Sandusky and lying to a grand jury, the Philadelphia Inquirer said.

Paterno died from lung cancer in January. His family said that they do not think the former coach participated in a cover-up conspiracy, the New York Daily News said.

House votes to repeal health care for 33rd time

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The House of Representatives voted to repeal President Obama's health care law for the 33rd time on Wednesday, the Washington Post said.

The Republican-led House voted 244-185 to overturn the Affordable Care Act, just two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the law is constitutional, the Washington Post said.

"Hope springs eternal," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said to the New York Daily News in reference to why the House once again voted to repeal the health care law

According to the Washington Post, five Democrats broke broke ranks for the vote, Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Kike McIntyre (N.C.),Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike Ross (Ark.). Boren and Ross are not seeking reelection, and Kissell McIntyre and Matheson will face tough reelection battles in the fall.

The GOP said the repeal effort is meant to rally opposition to the law, the New York Daily News said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the vote "legislation to nowhere," in a statement to the Washington Post. The Democratic-led Senate will not support the repeal.

Ex-Viking's wife sentenced to 41 months in prison

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The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser was sentenced to 41 months in prison Monday for killing a chef in a hit-and-run accident in Minneapolis last August, the New York Daily News said.

Amy Senser, 45, apologized the the family of Anousone Phanthavong, whom Senser killed in a hit-and-run crash on Aug. 23., on Monday, shortly before a judge rejected her request for probation and sentenced her to a 3 1/2 year prison sentence, the Star Tribune reported.

Hennepin County Judge Daniel Mabley said Senser did not take responsibility for the crash that killed Phanthavong, the Star Tribune said. Mabley said, however, that Senser showed remorse during the trial and gave her the shortest sentence possible.

Senser was convicted in May on charges of two felony counts of vehicular homicide.

According to the New York Daily News, Senser said she never saw Phanthavong before she hit him while he was on the side of the road, filling his car with gas. Senser never reported the accident and did not talk to police until an investigation of the accident led to her.

Joe Senser did not attend the sentencing, the Star Tribune said.

Amy Senser was taken into custody at the Woman's Correctional Facility in Shakopee, Minn., where she will serve the majority of her sentence, the New York Daily News said.

Analysis: Obama Speech in Ohio

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The New York Times covered a speech given by President Barack Obama in the Rust Belt of the United States. The speech was given as part of a two-day campaign bus in Ohio and Pennsylvania that aims to promote the president as a defender of manufacturing jobs in the United States.

The reporter uses hard-hitting quotes that summarize Obama's speech and drive home the main points. The reporter also chose quotes in which Obama criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, probably because he knew it would stir some conflict and increase the news value of the story. The reporter even included a quote from the response from Romney's camp which criticized the president.

The reporter also included a great deal of contextual information. He described the crowd and the venue at several points in the article, which helped draw me into the article because I had such a clear picture of the audience and the location. He described crowd reactions, mentioned the number of people and even described how the heat in the region affected the crowd.

The reporter also included ample background information about the president's campaign bus tour and the issues he would be covering. The reporter specifically focused on the unemployment rates for manufacturing jobs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as outsourcing in China and other countries. He narrowed his focus on the aspects of the speech that covered these topcis.

The Lake Superior Zoo will finally reopen on Friday after it was damaged by heavy flooding three weeks ago, the Star Tribune reported.

The zoo sustained heavy damage last month after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in the zoo, damaging several exhibits and killing 11 animals in the process, the Star Tribune said.

The flooding also damaged the enclosures for two harbor seals and a polar bear, allowing the animals to escape temporarily before being recaptured and sent to Como Zoo in St. Paul, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

According to the Star Tribune, the flood did not damage the zoo's main building, primate center or Australia exhibit. The barnyard exhibit, which housed the 11 animals killed in the flood, will reopen and plans to get more animals later in July.

Cleanup operations have been underway since the flood waters receded, with over 300 volunteers working on weekends to restore the zoo, the Star Tribune said. Zoo officials originally hoped to reopen the zoo by the Fourth of July, but those estimates were made before they realized the extent of the damage.

Adrian Peterson arrested in Houston

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Adrian Peterson was arrested Friday night after police said he pushed a police officer and resisted arrest at a nightclub in Houston, the Star Tribune said.

Peterson, a running back for the Minnesota Vikings, was charged with resisting arrest Saturday morning after he allegedly shoved and yelled at an off-duty police officer at Live! at Bayou Place in Houston, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

According to the Star Tribune, Peterson and a group of people were sitting at the bar of the nightclub at 2 a.m. when the off-duty police officer, who was working security, asked them to leave because the bar had closed. Peterson allegedly pushed the officer, and was immediately handcuffed and arrested by two other officers at the scene.

Peterson spent the night in a Houston jail before being released on $1,000 bond a few hours later, the Star Tribune said.

US files trade complaint against China

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The United States filed a complaint against China with the World Trade Organization over tariffs imposed on American-made cars and trucks, the New York Times said.

According to the Washington Post, the complaint said that China had failed to provide evidence that its domestic auto industry had been damaged by federal bailouts given to Chrysler and General Motors last year, and violated WTO rules by imposing excessive tariffs.

The complaint came as President Barack Obama vowed to get tougher on China's trade policies, the Washington Post said. The president also just launched a campaign bus tour through the manufacturing heartland of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The complaint is the seventh the administration has brought against China, the New York Times said. Previous cases include challenges to China's policies on rare-earth minerals, steel, chicken parts and zinc.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has recently criticized Obama for his record with dealing with China in the past, the Washington Post said. Romney has called for tougher actions against China on its trade policies.

George Zimmerman freed on $1 million bond

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George Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail on Friday on a $1 million bond as he awaits trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the Associated Press said.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in a gated community on Sanford, Fla., in February, the Associated Press said.

Zimmerman is required to stay in Seminole County, Fla., as a condition of his release, said the Associated Press. Also, Zimmerman cannot open a bank account, obtain a passport or enter an airport.

Zimmerman had been released on bail of $150,000 in April, but that bail was revoked on June 1 after the judge, Kenneth R. Lester, found that Zimmerman had lied about his finances, the New York Times said.

According to the Associated Press, Zimmerman and his legal defense had raised $135,000 in online donations at the time of his first release in April. On Thursday, that number had risen to $211,000.

Egypt's new president appointed a committee to investigate the killing of protesters after last year's uprising, the Associated Press said.

President Mohammed Morsi issued a decree Thursday night that created a 16-member committee to investigate the killing of protesters from Jan. 25, 2011, until June 30, 2012, the Associated Press said.

The committee consists of judges, a state prosecutor, a general and a top police commander, the Associated Press reported. Six representatives of victims' families will be included as observers.

According to the New York , Morsi promised during his campaign to investigate the killing of over 800 protesters during and after the revolt that ousted President Hosni Mubarek in February 2011.

The decree appears to be a challenge to the group of generals who took control of Egypt after Mubarek stepped down last year, the New York Times said.

Some, however, question whether Morsi and the newly appointed committee will have the right to investigate the military, the Associated Press said. Heba Morayef, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, said only the military itself can prosecute officers in Egypt.

The committee is expected to report its findings to Morsi in two months, the Associated Press said.

Steve Nash traded to Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers acquired point guard Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade deal Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times said

According to the Los Angeles Times, Nash signed a three-year deal worth $27 million with the Suns before the trade. The Lakers sent first-round picks in 2013 and 2015, and second-round picks in 2013 and 14 to the Suns in exchange for Nash.

Nash,38, was sought after by several teams after becoming a free agent earlier this summer, said the New York Times. The New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors were reported to be in talks with Nash earlier this week.

According to the New York Times, Nash chose to go to Los Angeles because he wanted to be closer to his children, who live in Phoenix.

The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times both feature multiple multimedia options on their websites, including video, slide show and social media options.

Both websites feature to slide show news reports. These reports have videos and photos related to a news story the organization is reporting about. Written text appears either next to or below the photos and basically describe what is happening in the photo and the news story. The writing is highly descriptive and reads like a hard-news story.

The websites feature links to video news reports as well. These video news reports do not often have writing accompanying the video, but they leave space available at he bottom of the webpage viewers to comment.

At the top of both websites' pages is a link to `like' them on Facebook. If one chooses to `like' the organization, the website will send out news reports to his or her news feed on Facebook. The subscriber then has access to all of the organization's top stories on Facebook.

Shakopee teenager dies in swimming accident

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A 17-year-old boy who was pulled from a lake in Shakopee on Friday died early Saturday morning, the Star Tribune said.

According to the Star Tribune, Jason Daquon Lewis was fishing and swimming with his friends at O'Dowd Lake on Friday afternoon when he went underwater and never resurfaced. He spent aproximately 30 minutes underwater until rescue teams pulled him from the lake.

Lewis was taken to St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, where he was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m., said the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Lewis was in about 8 feet of water when he drowned, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. Police said that the weedy bottom of the lake may have caused the drowning.

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