March 2010 Archives

Suicide Bombers Kill 12 More in Russia

Two suicide bombers killed at least 12 people in Russia's North Caucasus region on Wednesday, the New York Times reported.
The attacks, which came in two waves, were aimed at police officers in the region, the Star Tribune reported.
The first bomb went off in a parked car, the New York Times reported. The second bomb went off when one of the suicide bombers, who was dressed up as a police officer, went to the scene of the first bomb pretending to help.
The attacks came just two days after two suicide bombers killed at least 38 people on the subways in Moscow, the Star Tribune reported.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the attacks could have been organized by the same group that organized the previous attacks, the New York Times reported.

Man Shot to Death in North Minneapolis

A man was shot and killed in North Minneapolis Tuesday night, according to police.
Police found the man, who has not been identified, lying in the street at the 4200 block of Irving Avenue North with a gunshot wound shortly after 9 p.m., WCCO reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have not caught any suspects yet, Kare11 reported.
Authorities are investigating the homicide, though, and say they have some leads, Kare 11 reported.

Hormel Open New Plant in Iowa

Hormel Foods Corp. will hold a grand opening for its new plant in Iowa on Tuesday.
The plant in Dubuque has been operating for a couple of months, but will have its official grand opening on Tuesday, WCCO reported.
The plant is already producing microwave meals and plans to add a canning line by this fall, Kare11 reported. This will lead to around 90 to 200 new jobs.
The new plant is one of the few new Hormel plants opening in the U.S., WCCO reported.

Suicide Bombs kill 38 on Moscow Subways

Two women blew themselves up and killed at least 38 people on Moscow's subway system Monday morning, CNN reported.
The two women, who are believed to be part of a Chechen rebel group, blew themselves up 40 minutes apart from each other; one blew up at 8 a.m., and one at 8:40 a.m., MSNBC reported. The Chechen rebel group has been fighting the Russians for the past 15 years.
The attack came during rush hour, so the subway cars were packed with people, MSNBC reported. This was the worst attack on the Russian capital in six years.
"I heard a bang, turned my head and smoke was everywhere. People ran for the exits screaming," 24-year-old Alexander Vakulov, who was waiting for a subway at the time of the blast, said to MSNBC.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed the "terrorists will be destroyed," MSNBC reported.

Analysis for Obits

I will be analyzing an obituary form the New York Times about Blanche Thebom.
For sources, the writer used a close friend and multiple local newspapers.
The article has a standard New York Times obituary lead. The lead works very well; it tells the reader who she was, why she was important, and when and where she died.
The obit differs from a resume because the obit is long and detailed, whereas resumes are generally shorter and concise. Also, the obit is more touching than a resume would be.

December Massacre Kills Over 300 in Congo

A rebel army brutally killed at least 321 people and abducted 250 others in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December, the Human Rights Watch said.
The Lord's Resistance Army attacked 10 villages in northeastern Congo from December 14 to 17 and killed and abducted hundreds of civilians, including women and children, CNN reported. Nobody has reported the massacre until now.
The LRA used weapons such as machetes, axes, and heavy wooden sticks, CNN reported. The group even burned some victims to death.
The LRA also sent some victims back to their villages with chopped off lips and ears to serve as a warning to stay quiet about the massacre, MSNBC reported.
The massacre is the deadliest killing spree the LRA has carried out since it went on a killing spree around Christmas in 2008, CNN reported.

Baby Slings Recalled after Infant Deaths Reported

More than one million baby slings were recalled on Wednesday after the slings allegedly caused three infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission told CNN.
Infantino LLC had to recall the baby slings after reports of infants suffocating due to the slings, the New York Times reported.
The baby slings, known as "SlingRiders" and "Wendy Bellissimos," are carriers that strap around the parent's shoulder and house the infants.
The slings have been sold in the U.S. in stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Babies "R" Us for between $25 and $30 since 2003, CNN reported.
Customers are able to get a free replacement product if they contact Infantino, CNN reported.

Flooding Closes Stillwater Bridge

Authorities closed the Stillwater lift bridge Tuesday morning because of flooding and ice on the St. Croix River, WCCO reported.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed the bridge to all vehicle traffic at 10 a.m., Kare11 reported.
The bridge is a popular travel route that connects western Wisconsin and Minnesota. Vehicles will now have to detour north to Osceola, Wis., or south to Hudson, Wis., in order to cross the river, WCCO reported.
The river has already risen to over 85 feet and is expected to rise to 87 feet by Friday, the National Weather Service told WCCO.
There is no word on when the bridge will reopen.

Man Rescued After Stuck in Laundry Chute

Authorities had to rescue a man who got stuck in a laundry chute on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., WCCO reported.
The 20-year-old man, who has not been identified, took a dare from some children to slide down a laundry chute, the Wausau Daily Herold reported. He got to the bottom of the chute only to find himself stuck with his legs dangling out the bottom.
The man was having trouble breathing because his chest was wedged in the chute, the Wausau Daily Herold reported.
Authorities had to use a saw to cut a hole in the wall to pull him to safety, WCCO reported. They tried pulling him out by his arms, but it did not work.

Twins Keep Beloved Mauer

All-star catcher Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins agreed to a contract extension on Sunday.
Mauer and the Twins agreed to an eight-year, $184 million deal, meaning the beloved Mauer will be a Twin until at least 2018, WCCO reported.
The deal also includes a no-trade clause, the Star Tribune reported. Mauer cannot be traded while under his new contract.
Mauer became the second catcher in 33 years to win the American League MVP award in 2009. He has also won three batting titles and two Gold Glove awards, WCCO reported.
This deal makes Mauer the highest paid catcher in MLB history, the Star Tribune reported. Mauer will make three times as mush money as the previous highest paid catcher.
Mauer and the Twins plan to officially announce the deal on Monday at a news conference in Fort Meyers, Fla., the Star Tribune reported.

Blackout Darkens Chile

A power blackout left 90 percent of Chile without power on Sunday.
Chile's capital, Santiago, along with most of the country were left without electricity due to a failure in the country's largest electric company, CNN Chile reported.
The blackout came only two weeks after an earthquake with an 8.8 magnitude rattled the country and killed 500 people.
The earthquake left power grids in Chile fragile, the New York Times reported.
The Chilean government advised its citizens to reduce energy consumption, Energy Minister Ricardo Rainieri told the New York Times.

Drunk Bus Driver Crashes School Bus

A school bus driver crashed his student-boarded bus while allegedly driving drunk on Monday in Eagan, Kare11 reported.
Herby Paulson, 61, ran over a snow bank and hit a motor home just after 2:30 p.m. at the corner of Curry Trail and Daniel Drive, police told WCCO.
Police took Paulson into custody for a DWI after he failed a field sobriety test, Kare11 reported.
There were seven students on board the bus, but they are all fine, Kare11 reported. A different school bus pick them up and took them home.
Charges have been filed against Paulson, Kare11 reported.

Twins Blast Yankees

The Minnesota Twins blasted the New York Yankees 11-0 at a spring training game in Fort Meyers, Fla., on Sunday.
Jason Kubel homered for the Twins and Scott Baker pitched two shutout innings, Kare11 reported.
Other Twins players also went deep. Juan Portes hit a grand slam and and a two-run homer; and Brock Peterson went deep as well, WCCO reported.
The Twins' win, however, was tempered by all-star closer Joe Nathan's discomfort in his throwing elbow, WCCO reported.
Nathan felt discomfort in his elbow after the Twins played the Red Sox on Saturday, WCCO reported. Nathan, however, remains optimistic about his elbow.
The Twins' next game is at Baltimore on Monday at 12:05 p.m.

Oldest Person in America Dies at 114

A New Hapshire Woman who was believed to be the oldest person in America died on Monday.
Mary Josephine Ray, who was 114 years and 294 days old, died in a nursing home in Westmoreland, N.H., the Star Tribune reported.
Ray remained happy and lively until two weeks before her death, her granddaughter, Katherine Ray, said to the New York Times. "She just enjoyed life. She never thought of dying at all. ''She was planning for her birthday party."
Ray was born in Bloomfield, Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1895. She moved to the U.S. when she was three-years-old, the Star Tribune reported.
Her husband died in 1967, but her memories live on in her two sons, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren, the New York Times reported.

Jaguars Boost D-Line With Kampman Signing

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Kampman on Sunday to a four-year, $26 million deal.
The Jaguars signed 30-year-old Kampman to help improve their pass rush, which recorded a franchise-low 14 sacks in 2009, reported. That total is the fifth lowest in NFL history.
Kampman has recorded at least 9.5 sacks in his past three seasons with the Green Bay Packers, ESPN reported.
Jaguars' owner Wayne Weaver, general manager Gene Smith, and head coach Jack Del Rio promised to improve their defensive line, knowing they could not make the playoffs with a performance similar to the 2009 season, reported.
Kampman should help the Jaguars' defensive line, ESPN reported, but he is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Analysis of Speeches/Meetings

I will be analyzing a press release and a news report about Governor Pawlenty and the health care plan proposed in the Minnesota state legislature.
In general, the news report was much less biased than the press release. The press release has many quotes from Pawlenty that express his point of view, but their are no quotes from the opposing side. In contrast, in the news report, there were quotes from both Democrats and Republicans; the News report was more objective than the press release.
Also, the news report quoted a variety of sources, such as economists and government officials. On the other hand, the press release only quotes Pawlenty.

Man Dies in St. Cloud Fire

A St. Cloud man died and others were injured in a house fire early Saturday morning.
Firefighters entered a house up in flames on the 400 block of 7th Avenue in St. Cloud at 5:53 a.m., WCCO reported. They found six adults inside, one of whom they pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim who was pronounced dead has been identified as 42-year-old Timothy Orin Haukis, Kare11 reported.
Two others were taken to St. Cloud Hospital, WCCO reported. They were treated for smoke inhalation and were released.
The three other people living in the home were unhurt, WCCO reported.
Officials do not believe Haukis's death is suspicious, but they are still investigating the fire, WCCO reported.

Stampede Kills 60 at Indian Temple

As many as 63 people were killed in northern India on Thursday when a stampede broke out at a local temple, CNN reported.
The stampede broke out when worshipers rushed to get free food and utensils at a local Hindu temple, MSNBC reported.
Most of the victims were women and children, MSNBC reported.
The stampede was large enough to the point where it knocked down a gate to the temple, MSNBC reported.
The temple was handing out donations to mark the death anniversary of a local religious leader's wife when the stampede broke out, MSNBC reported.
At least 60 others were injured in the stampede, CNN reported.

Man Opens Fire outside Pentagon

Gunfire broke out at the Pentagon on Thursday as a man approached an entrance to the building and opened fire, CNN reported.
The man, who has been identified as 36-year-old John Patrick Bedell, approached a screening area outside the Pentagon's subway entrance and fired shots at two police officers, pentagon Police Chief Richard S. Keevill told MSNBC.
Bedell approached the officers with no emotion on his face and he calmly drew his weapon, Keevill told CNN.
The officers immediately fired back, critically wounding Bedell, CNN reported.
The officers did not sustain life-threatening injuries, MSNBC reported, but they were still taken to a hospital along with Bedell.
All Pentagon entrances were shut down immediately following the shooting, but they have all been reopened with the exception of the subway entrance, MSNBC reported.

Wolves' Jefferson Arrested for DWI

Minnesota Timberwolves star Al Jefferson was arrested for allegedly driving while impaired on Interstate 394 early Sunday morning, WCCO reported.
A state trooper pulled Jefferson over at 1 a.m. after catching him going 56 mph in a 40 mph zone and noticing he was drifting while driving, Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said.
David Kahn, the Timberwolves' president of basketball operations, suspended Jefferson for two games without pay, WCCO reported.
Jefferson apologized to the team and fans after his arrest, Kare11 reported.
"I made a very poor decision and I am truly sorry for that. As a leader on this team, I know that more is expected of me, and I am disappointed in myself," Jefferson said in a statement released on Sunday.

Marshall Teen Deported

A Marshall High School student was deported back to his home country of El Salvador on Friday.
Jairo Yanes, 17, was deported after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents discovered he and his family had been living in the U.S. illegally, WCCO reported.
Yanes's friends and community members wrote letters and set up a Facebook page on his behalf to try to keep him in the U.S., but they were unsuccessful, Kare11 reported.
Yanes's family had been working with I.C.E. officials to try to become citizens, Kare11 reported.
However, when Yanes got home from a choir concert on Wednesday, his mother and brother were gone, Kare 11 reported. All he found was a note from his mother and brother saying they love him.
Although Yanes was deported, his mother and brother have not been deported and are not in custody, Kare11 reported.

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