Analysis: Records/CAR

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By Brett Stolpestad

The New York Times article published December 3 provides an interactive method of engaging in the story about athlete brain injuries. The article outlines the effects of traumatic brain injuries and the types of complications that arise including degenerative and incurable diseases.

The article is supplemented with brain scans from seven athletes that died after being diagnosed with various cognitive diseases such as Dementia, Depression, Parkinson's Disease and other conditions. The article allows the reader to click on different pictures/brain scans next to a brief bio of the athlete that includes their struggle with mental disorders.

The reported uses a large set of data regarding the athletes' professional history and medical diagnoses. The article organizes the information in a way the makes it easy for the reader to understand the correlation between repeated head traumas and long-term mental complications.

The article is an effective way of organizing the history and conditions that the athletes were under. The article organizes the reports of each athlete with interactive pictures of their brains, showing the effects of repeated trauma has on the brain and what disorders can arise as a result.

Egyptian President Preparing Martial Law Decree

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By Brett Stolpestad

The Egyptian government has reportedly approved legislation reinstating martial law in an effort to control the violent street protests, according to Egypt's media, the New York Times reported.

The state-run newspaper, al-Ahram, reported Saturday that President Mohamed Morsi's cabinet approved the decree that would reinstate martial law in order to control the growing protests. The decree grants military powers to arrest individuals deemed as "state security threats," the Washington Post reported.

President Morsi has not yet issued the decree reinstating martial law, the al-Ahram reported. The legislation may be a sign that the conflict between Egypt's new Islamist government and their secular opponents is escalating, the New York Times reported.

The protests in Egypt are being fueled by concerns over a new constitution for the Egyptian government. The secular opposition of the Islamist leaders contend that Morsi's religious leaders have too much influence on the drafted constitution, Nation Public Radio reported.

The conflict has escalated considerably between Egypt's Islamist government and the secular opposition, comprised of liberals, Christians, and leftists, National Public Radio reported. Violent protests have erupted leaving 211 people wounded during a protest outside the presidential palace Wednesday.

County Attorney Ordered to Stay Away from Teen

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By Brett Stolpestad

A Cook County prosecutor has been issued a restraining order filed by the parents of a 17-year-old girl, alleging that he engaged in an improper relationship with their daughter, the Star Tribune reported.

Attorney Tim Scannell, 46, was ordered by a judge Tuesday to stay away from the 17-year-old girl and her parents, the Pioneer Press reported.

The restraining order was signed by a judge after the girl's parents alleged that Scannell had confessed he was in love with their daughter and that he had kissed her. Scannell is married with two children, the Star Tribune reported.

The parents reported that Scannell was a longtime family friend and had promised to stop contacting their daughter. But Scannell continued to call, text, and send emails, the Pioneer Press reported.

Scannell's attorney released a statement assuring that his client had not committed any crimes or any act of sexual harassment, the Star Tribune reported.

The two-year restraining order was handed down to Scannell almost a year after he was shot by a man he was prosecuting for having sex with a minor, the Star Trbune reported.

By Brett Stolpestad

A man committed suicide Wednesday during a standoff with police after shooting his ex-wife just outside of Pine City, the Star Tribune reported.

The man shot his ex-wife in the chest before shooting himself during a standoff with sheriff's deputies, the Pioneer Press reported. The woman had barricaded herself in the bathroom before police could arrive.

Police cornered the man in the house and tried to talk him down for almost two hours before he shot himself, the Pioneer Press reported.

A SWAT team had been called to the Brook Park home to get the woman out of the house. The standoff began after the SWAT team threw flashbang grenades inside the house in order to apprehend the attacker, the Pioneer Press reported.

The woman was admitted to a Duluth hospital and was in serious condition, the Star Tribune reported.

Identities of those involved have not been released.

Man Arrested In NYC Subway Murder Case

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By Brett Stolpestad

New York City police arrested a man Wednesday for the murder of Ki-Suck Han, the man who was pushed onto the tracks of a New York City subway and hit by an oncoming train, the New York Times reported.

Police charged Naeem Davis, 30, with murder Wednesday after pushing 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han infront of a oncoming subway train, the New York Times reported. Davis had been taken into custody Tuesday and was sentenced after being identified by witnesses.

A freelance photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, reported that he had seen Han being pushed onto the tracks. Abbasi said that he was running toward the oncoming train with his camera, trying to get the train to stop. But the train could not stop in time and Han was crushed to death before he could climb back onto the platform, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Abbasi, on NBC's the "Today" show, said he was shocked that other people closer to the victim did not attempt to help him back onto the platform, the Washington Post reported.

Abbasi managed to take a photograph of Han moments before his death, showing him with his head toward the train and his arms reaching for the platform, the Washington Post reported.

The chilling photograph was later published in the New York Post and has prompted much discussion and controversy.

By Brett Stolpestad

President Obama issued a warning to the Syrian government Monday about the possible deployment of chemical weapons, the New York Times reported.

President Obama's warning issued at the National Defense University came in response to intelligence reports from U.S. officials that described preparations of Damascus government to deploy chemical munitions, the Washington Post reported.

"Today I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching," President Obama said.

Obama warned President Bashar al-Assad that "there will be consequences" if any of the stock-piled chemical munitions were used against the Syrian people, the Washington Post reported.

Obama's administration said it would take action against the Assad government if chemical weapons are used, including the possibility of using military force, the New York Times reported.

Rebel forces have made serious advancements in Syria, which has prompted questions of Assad's desperation and his consideration of using chemical weapons, the Washington Post reported.

U.S. officials are concerned with the preparations at chemical munitions sites but say it is still unclear wether the Assad government will move to the stage of deploying the weapons, the Washington Post reported.

By Brett Stolpestad

Viking's quarterback Christian Ponder struggled in Sunday's game against the Packers. Despite Adrian Peterson's impressive performance, Ponder threw two interceptions and only completed 12 of 25 attempted passes for 119 yards, according to the NFL report.

Ponder threw two interceptions to the Packer's free safety Morgan Brunett while throwing into double and triple coverage. But not all of the blame can be placed on Ponder. The Viking's wide receivers struggled to break free of the Packer's pass-coverage, making it difficult for Ponder to find an open man. Ponder was able to find Viking's tight-end Kevin Rudolph on six completions for 51 yards and one touchdown, according to the NFL report.

Peterson had another big day, rushing for 210 yards including an 82-yard touchdown run. Sunday's game marks the most rushing yards Peterson has had since tearing his ACL and MCL last season, the Star Tribune reported.

The Packers were able to capitalize on both interceptions by turning them into field goals. Packers running back James Starks rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown, Green Bay's first rushing touchdown in almost two months, the Star Tribune reported.

Packers wide receiver James Jones caught a 32 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers for the other Packer's touchdown. Rodgers was 27 for 35 in passing attempts for almost 386 yards, according to the NFL report.

Two Winners of Record Powerball Jackpot

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By Brett Stolpestad

Two lucky ticket holders from Arizona and Missouri won the record Powerball jackpot of almost $579.9 million Thursday, the Washington Post reported.

The lucky numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 15,16,22,23,29 and the Powerball 6. In addition the the two winners who had all six matching numbers, 8,924,123 other players also won smaller prizes, the Washington Post reported.

According to Powerball officials, Wednesday's ticket holders won almost $587.5 million, the second-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, the Star Tribune reported.

The convenience store outside of Kansas City will be awarded $50,000 for selling the winning ticket, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Chuck Strutt, Powerball players across the country bought their tickets at a rate of almost 7.8 million tickets an hour. That's almost $15.6 million an hour, the Washington Post reported.

There had not been a Powerball winner since Oct. 6 and the jackpot had been rolled over 16 consecutive times, pushing the jackpot even higher, the Star Tribune reported.

The $656 million jackpot for a Mega Millions drawing in March maintains the record for largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, the Star Tribune reported.


Slain Little Falls Teens Linked to Additional Break-ins

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By Brett Stolpestad

The two teenage cousins killed in during Thanksgiving Day break-in have been linked to another break-in, the Star Tribune reported.

Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady, who were killed on Thanksgiving Day when they broke into a Little Falls residence, have been linked to a burglary that took place hours before their deaths and only a few miles away, the Star Tribune reported.

The Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel released a statement Wednesday that said investigators had found prescription drugs and other items in the teenagers' red Mitsubishi Eclipse, the Pioneer Press reported.

The drugs and other items were reported stolen from another Little Falls residence a few miles away from where the teens were killed, the Pioneer Press reported.

Sheriff's deputies reported that they had approached Brady the night before he was killed after his car was reported by a homeowner on Hilton Road. The homeowner, Richard Johnson, reported that the car was "parked suspiciously," the Pioneer Press reported.

Brady told police that he and Kifer were driving around and had run out of gas, the Star Tribune reported.

When deputies searched the car after the shootings, they found several bottles of prescription medication with Johnson's name on them, the Star Tribune reported.

Little Falls Man Charged

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By Brett Stolpestad

A Little Falls man was charged with second degree-murder Monday for shooting and killing two teenagers in his home on Thanksgiving Day, the New York Times reported.

Byron Davis Smith, 64, was charged Monday after he shot and killed Nicholas Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, during a Thanksgiving Day break-in, the New York Times reported.

The two teenagers, Kifer and Brady, were unarmed when they reportedly broke into Smith's home, the Pioneer Press reported. Smith shot both of the teenagers multiple times with is revolver and a rifle, the New York Times reported.

Smith acknowledged in court that he fired "more shots than I needed to," the New York Times reported.

The Morrison County sheriff, Michel Wetzel, said that Smith had waited until Friday to report the deaths of the two teenagers. Authorities agree that Smith used excessive and unnecessary force in protecting his home, the Pioneer Press reported.

Friends of Smith reported that Smith experienced multiple break-ins in his former residence near the Mississippi River. Smith had feared that the two teenagers were carrying weapons, the Pioneer Press reported.