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November 26, 2007

Body found near Dayton, Minn.

An unidentified body was found Saturday night in a wooded area near Dayton, Minn.
Police had responded to a 911 call at the Sundance Golf Course in Dayton and the unidentified body was found close by.
Kare11 reports that the body may be that of a hunter who fell from his tree stand near the golf course.
The body was apparently found by friends of the hunter that went looking for him after he did not return home Saturday night.
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the Dayton Police Department are investigating.

Faribault crash site investigated

National Transportation Safety Board Officials along with the Federal Aviation Administration willl arrive in Faribault, Minn. later today to begin investigation on the crash site of a plane that killed four people Sunday at the Faribault municipal airport.
Faribault Interim Police Chief Daniel Collins said that no one on the plane survived the crash that happened around 3 p.m. Sunday on one of the runways at the airport.
The names of the four victims have not yet been released.
As officials begin to investigate the crash site, the cause of the crash is still unclear.
On Monday, FAA spokesperson Elizabeth Isham Cory reported that the plane was making a second attempt to land before flipping over and bursting into flames.
Collins said that maybe wind gusts reaching 20 miles per hour contributed to the crash.

November 25, 2007

California wildfire destroys 30 homes

Santa Ana winds raced through Malibu, forcing 14,000 residents to evacuate their homes Saturday.
The fire expanded early in the morning on Saturday when the Santa Ana winds finally returned. The fire quickly grew before the winds subsided.
Forty-nine homes were destroyed and 27 were damaged according the Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman.
As soon as midafternoon, the fire had grown to nearly 7 square miles with only 25 percent contained.
By Saturday evening approximately half of those who had evacuated were allowed to return to their homes.
Nearly 1,700 firefighters, 15 helicopters and 15 airplanes battled the fire.

Passengers on ship flown home to Chile

After 154 abandoned their sinking cruise ship near Antarctica, the passengers were flown to Chile Saturday to begin their travels back home.
As they waited for their flights in Punta Arenas, a southern Chilean city, some of the crew and passengers from the ship were able to call home using satellite telephones.
A family member of one of the passengers aboard the Explorer reported that her husband, Bob Flood, was exhaused and cold because the rescue boats had taken a long time to reach the passengers.
The Explorer began to take on water around 11:30 p.m. on the 12th day or a 19-day cruise. Around 3 a.m. crew members informed passengers to board life-boats and rafts.
The passengers reacted without panic and some apparently cracked jokes about the Titanic.
It was only after spending hours in life-rafts and boats that passengers began to complain of the cold.
Officials said six passengers were treated for hypothemia.
A spokesperson for the company that owns the Explorer, G.A.P. Adventures said that passengers were able to choose whether they wanted to join another cruise or fly home on Saturday.

November 17, 2007

Hybrid buses on Nicollet Mall

Metro Transit introduced 17 new hybrid buses Thursday on Nicollet Mall. Along with these, 150 more have been ordered and will be delivered over the next five years.
Each hybrid costs $557,000 and average 4.71 miles to the gallon. This is nearly a mile per gallon more than the standard Metro Transit buses.
Because of this improvement in fuel economy, Metro Transit is expecting to save 1,965 gallons of fuel per bus every year. This will be combined with less pollutants dispersed into the air and up to 90 percent fewer soot emissions.
The buses are a quieter ride inside and out and will be handicapped accessible.

Iran honors weapons ban

Iran is apparently honoring an informal pledge to stop smuggling explosives and other weapons into Iraq.
This has contributed to more than a 50 percent decrease in bombings since March, according to a U.S. senior general.
Bomb attacks have decreased from 3,239 in March to 1,560 in October. This is the lowest it has been since September of 2005.
Since the creation of the Baghdad security plan there has been an overall decrease in violence in Iraq.
The U.S. is hoping to recreate this drop in violence in Anbar Province, where the U.S. has signed more than $5.2 million in contracts in attempt to protect roads and other infrastructure in the area.

Recent hurricanes cause largest tree die-off in U.S.

New satellite images have shown that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused the largest single forestry disaster ever recorded in the United States.
The hurricanes killed or severely damaged approximately 320 million trees located in Mississippi and Louisiana.
This tree die-off was caused by wind initially and then by flooding around the bases of the trees.
Researchers are saying that the die-off will significantly contribute to the green-house gas buildup. It will put as much carbon into the air as the rest of the U.S. forests will take out in a year of photosynthesis.
Efforts to control the damage have been stalled by a $504 million federal program for Gulf Coast land owners to replant and fight invasive species. Officials in the emergency conservation program say they have only seen about $70 million be processed or dispensed thus far.
The assessment of trees that were damage or killed will be released in a study in the journal Science Friday.

Family of girl hurt in a wading pool sues

Abigail Taylor, a 6-year-old Edina girl had part of her intestines torn out when she sat on a drain in a wading pool last June 29. Now her family has filed suit Thursday against the Minneapolis Golf Club and the pool manufacturer, Sta-Rite.
The suit places blame on the golf club and the pool equipment manufacturer for the accident which sucked out 21 feet of Taylor's small intestines when she sat on an uncovered suction outlet. It specifically accuses the golf club of not properly installing the cover and frame, failure to inspect it and failure to close the pool when the cover came off. The suit also accuses the manufacturer of not coming up with a safer product when they knew it was hazardous.
The attorney for the family, Robert Bennett, said that the child's medical expenses could total $30 million over the course of her life. This far exceeds the $6 million in liability insurance that the golf club possesses.
Taylor will undergo a small intestine transplant which will keep her hospitalized for six months according to her attorney.
Taylor has been hospitalized two times for approximately one month each time since the accident.

November 11, 2007

Two Charged in Missouri Girl's Death

Two men were charged with the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl in Cassville, MO Saturday.
The young girl's stepfather, David Spears and his friend, Chris Collings were each charged with one count of first degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape.
The girl's body was found in a cave 10 mi south of her home in Stella, MO. She lived with her mother and Spears.
She went missing last weekend which prompted an extensive search that included officers from surrounding counties and 50 FBI agents and specialists.
Collings confessed to authorities on Friday that he and Spears had both raped the girl before one of them strangled her with a cord.
The affidavit reports that the two men took the girl from her home to a camping trailer where Collings lives.
It was not certain whether the two men had lawyers yet.

Student Kills 8 in School Shooting in FInland

An 18-year-old student killed 8 in a rare school shooting in Finland on Wednesday.
The student opened fire in a Finnish high school in Tuusula, Finland, killing five boys, two girls and the female principal.
The shooting took place at Jokela High School, which is approximately 30 mi north of Helsinki, the capitol of Finland.
He killed the 8 before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Approximately 12 others were wounded while trying to escape from the school.
The gunman had no previous criminal record. He got the license for the .22-caliber pistol on Oct. 19.
Finnish media report that he revealed his plans on YouTube before the shooting.
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen a national day of mourning Thursday.

November 10, 2007

Experts say more needs to be done to eliminate homelessness in Minneapolis

A panel of experts told civic leaders on Wednesday that there needs to be a stronger effort to help eliminate homelessness in Minnesota.
More than 300 attended a luncheon entitled "Ending Homelessness" sponsored by the Minneapolis Foundation at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Approximately 3000 people are homeless in Hennepin County and more than 9,200 are homeless in Minnesota according to a study by the Wilder Research Group. One-third of which are children. The study found that approximately half of all homeless people in Minnesota are black. Approximately 625 veterans are homeless in the state.
More than half of the homeless population in the state say that they have been homeless more than once in the past three years.
Approximately 28 percent of homeless adults have a job and 40 percent said the primary reason that they're homeless is because they could not afford rent.
Nearly 625 veterans are homeless in Minnesota according to the study.
Sandy Vargas, the president of the Minneapolis Foundation said their organization created a fund to help put an end to homelessness in the state.

This article used numbers effectively to support the lead. All the examples were easy to understand and gave specific evidence that homelessness is a problem in Minnesota.

Bus Routes to Change on Nicollet Mall

Plans to revitalize the downtown area in Minneapolis aim to decrease the use of sky ways and move traffic onto the street level.
Head of the Downtown Council, Sam Grabarski says downtown will be a very different place in 5 years because of the plans.
The Downtown Council's plan known as "Access Minneapolis" is a 10-year plan to reshape transportation and transit in the Metro area.
Under this plan, by the end of 2009 only bicycles and hybrid buses will be allowed on Nicollet Mall. All other traffic will be moved onto Marquette Avenue and 2nd Street.
Currently, many national chains located downtown are making a lot less sales than their stores in the suburbs.
CEO of Macy's North thinks it would prove beneficial to get all buses off the streets of Nicollet Mall. He also thinks it would help to add more parking in the area.
He compared downtown Minneapolis to Michigan Avenue in Chicago, concluding that more cars will bring more traffic and people to the street level shops.
This is the first time the plan has been presented inn detail to a wide variety of members of the business community.

November 2, 2007

Tropical Storm Noel Hits Dominican Republic

Tropical Storm Noel caused mudslides and floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti as the death toll reached 81 Wednesday.
56 were killed in the Domincan Republic, 24 in Haiti and one death in Jamaica.
Tropical Storm Noel is moving towards southeast Florida. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a tropical-storm watch for parts of southeast Florida.

Both articles on the storm in the Pioneer Press and on cnn.com briefly covered the damage that the tropical-storm already caused, but the main focus of both stories was specifically defining the storm. Both had information on characteristics of tropical storms, maximum sustained wind speeds and how fast the storm was moving. Since the tropical storm is still a safety concern to the public, it was crucial that the article included such pieces of information.

Padres Center Fielder Suspended

San Diego Padres cented fielder, Mike Cameron was suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for taking a banned stimulant.
This was the second time that Cameron had tested positive for the stimulant.
Cameron believes he was given tainted supplements which resulted in the positive test results.
He filed for free agency after the suspension was announced.

In the Thursday edition of the Pioneer Press, their article only included the facts of the suspension and what Cameron's plans are for next season. The same day, espn.com had an article on the suspension. This article included a lot more background information on Cameron's career and personal life. The article was aimed more towards sports fans with quotes from the Padres CEO and general manager. It also included specific stats from his career. Overall, much more aimed towards baseball enthusiasts.

November 1, 2007

HIgh-speed Chase Ends in Suicide

After a high-speed chase through Hudson, Wis. and into Stillwater, Minn., a suspected bank robber ended his life Wednesday morning.
At around 10 a.m., the suspect had allegedly robbed the Associated Bank in Hudson and fled with an "undisclosed" amount of money.
A high-speed chase commenced through Hudson and into Minnesota when police cornered the suspect in Lakeview Hospital's east parking lot. Police heard one gunshot and found the man dead in his Ford Mustang from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Police believe that the man ay be linked to the robbery of Citizen's Bank in Hudson las Friday.
The man's body was taken to Ramsey County medical examiners office.

Funeral for Katherine Ann Olson Draws 1600

1600 people gathered at Christ Presbyterian Church for the funeral of Katherine Ann Olson, Wednesday in Edina.
Olson was laid to rest on the anniversary of her confirmation. Her family urged others to pray for her murderer and his family during the difficult time.
Olson was killed last Thursday after she responded to a babysitting ad on craigslist.com. Police said she was killed by Michael Anderson, 19, of Savage, Minn.

Both the Pioneer Press and the StarTribune felt this follow-up story was front page news. Similar headlines were printed on the cover of each newspaper. Both had large photographs, but were very different images. Both covered the story in a similar manner, focusing on specific quotes from the pastor of Olson's church and her overall remembrance.