October 2012 Archives

By Brett Stolpestad

Mankato Football Coach Todd Hoffner spoke in court in Mankato Wednesday saying the the cell phone video of his naked children in the bathtub was innocent, the Star Tribune reported.

Hoffner, 46, denied the accusations against him of recording a pornographic video of his children in the bathtub saying that he was merely recording a skit that his children had come up with, the Pioneer Press reported.

Hoffner spoke publicly for the first time since his arrest in August on felony charges of child pornography, the Star Tribune reported.

Hoffner, of Eagle Lake, testified in a Blue County District Court asking the judge to dismiss the charges against him, saying that there was no inappropriate content in the video, the Pioneer Press reported. Hoffner's wife, Melodee, has defended her husband, saying that the videos were misinterpreted by authorities.

Social workers have not found any evidence of the children being abused and there has been no evidence of child pornography on Hoffner's home computer, the Pioneer Press reported.

By Brett Stolpestad

More than 100 University of Minnesota Athlete gathered at Bierman Athletic Complex Monday to shave their heads as a part of a fundraiser for cancer research, the Star Tribune reported.

The fundraiser was organized by a University student and member of the Gopher football team, Connor Cosgrove, who has been battling leukemia since he was diagnosed in 2010, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Cosgrove is on the final stages of his treatment after a long battle with the disease. His cancer has been in remission since the first 29 days of his treatment, the Minnesota Daily reported.

The University of Minnesota football team is partnering with St. Baldrick's foundation to raise money for pediatric cancer research, the Star Tribune reported.

Hurricane Sandy Slams Into East Coast

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By Brett Stolpestad

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the mid-Atlantic region Monday, causing immense flooding and wide-spread power outages, the New York Times reported.

Hurricane sandy hit the east coast hard Monday with winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour, ripping down trees and power lines, and flooding communities up and down the coast, the New York Times reported.

Atlantic City felt the brunt of the storm as the core of Hurricane Sandy hit the city, the Washington Post reported.

The storm caused flooding in communities on the east coast including major cities. Streets and rivers were flooded in New York and Washington with an unprecedented 9-foot storm surge hitting New York, the Washington Post reported.

Large scale evacuations took place in coastal cities before the storm unexpectedly picked up speed and made landfall, the New York Times reported.

Subways from Boston to Washington were shut down with some of them under four feet of water, the Washington Post reported.

Hurricane Sandy Nearing East Cost

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By Brett Stolpestad

Hurricane Sandy is making its way toward the East Coast spanning from North Carolina to Maine, the Washington Post reported.

Hurricane Sandy has considerable force with wind speeds close to 75 mph, threatening the the lives and homes of millions of people up and down the east coast, the Washington Post reported.

The Hurricane has prompted the evacuation of many densely populated U.S. cities, including a widespread evacuation in New York, the New York Times reported.

So far the city of New York has ordered the evacuation of more than 370,000 people and has set up shelters at 76 public schools, the New York Times reported.

Officials and forecasters have warned the public of the dangerous and potentially fatal force of the storm, which is reported to swing inland on Monday evening, the New York Times reported.

Minnesota Court Rejects Attempts to Block 2012 Wolf Hunt

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By Brett Stolpestad

The latest attempt to block the wolf hunt in Minnesota scheduled to open Nov. 3 was rejected by the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Star Tribune reported.

The efforts of the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves to stop the wolf hunt were shot down by the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Pioneer Press reported.

The two organizations argued that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources did not give the public ample opportunity to weigh in on the opening of the wolf hunting and trapping season, the Star Tribune reported.

The wolf hunting and trapping season set to open Nov. 3 will be Minnesota's first wolf hunting season since the animals were taken off of the endangered species list last January, the Pioneer Press reported.

With less than a month to go before the season opener, the DNR has yet to sell 614 of its 3,600 available hunting and trapping permits, the Star Tribune reported.

Gunman Killed, Officer Wounded in St. Paul Shootout

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By Brett Stolpestad

A shooting in St. Paul leaves 11-year veteran police officer Daniel King hospitalized and the shooter dead, the Star Tribune reported.

Daniel king and his partner were investigating a robbery before encountering St. Paul man Chue Xiong, 22, who opened fire on the officers with a shotgun that he had stolen from his home, the Star Tribune reported.

The officers fired back, killing Xiong. King was sent to the hospital after being shot while in his squad car. Police say King is in stable condition, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Star Tribune reported that police had received a report around 11 p.m. from Xiong's older brother saying that Xiong had stolen a gun from his family home.

Almost 30 minutes later, police found Xiong in the parking lot of Hope Community Academy charter school where he opened fire on the officers. Police fired back, killing Xiong, the Star Tribune reported.

Doubts remain about cease-fire In Syria

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By Brett Stolpestad

Lakhdar Brahimi, envoy to Syria, announced a cease-fire Wednesday for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, but doubts remain whether the cease-fire will hold, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The United Nations Security Council fully endorsed Brahimi's effort to push for a four day cease-fire but there are still many doubts that the cease-fire will hold, the New York Times reported.

The United Nations Security Council also hoped that that four day cease fire will be maintained as a long lasting and stable cease-fire, the New York Times reported.

Questions remain about which of the warring parties will honor the cease fire as well as how the cease-fire will be enforced, the New York Times reported.

C.I.A. Intelligence Officer Pleads Guilty in Leaks Case

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By Brett Stolpestad

A former U.S. intelligence officer pleaded guilty to disclosing the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency Officer covert agent in federal court Tuesday, the L.A. Times reported.

A former C.I.A. intelligence officer, John Kiriakou, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. to one charge of leaking the identity of former colleagues to journalists, the N.Y. Times reported.

Kiriakou faced charges of disclosing the identity of two covert agents who were involved in a C.I.A. program aimed at detention and interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects, the N.Y. Times reported.

Kiriakou faces a 30-month sentence to prison and a $250,000 fine under the plea agreement, the L.A. Times reported.

The case marks another victory for the Obama administration in its effort to crack down on leaks and disclosure of classified government information, the Washington Post reported.

Analysis: Speech Coverage

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By Brett Stolpestad

The Washington Post article takes a focused approach to the issues discussed in the second presidential debate. For this story, the reported decided to focus on the issue of China and international trade.

Instead of covering and summarizing the debate topics and discussions as a whole, the reported decided to write about one key issue that the candidates discussed. The reporter tells the reader what the two candidates had to say about the trade policies of China and then provided background information about the past actions of the candidates related to the issue. The reported analyzes the candidates' arguments point by point, adding outside information about the candidates' history and stances on the issue.

The reporter summarizes the responses from each candidate about the Chinese trade issue but then goes beyond the debate by citing the analysis o Zachary A. Goldfarb, including direct quotes and background information.

The reporter does not provide many specifics or explanations on the activities of China in international trade. The candidates were reportedly debating on the unfair trade practices of China but there isn't much background information that would help the reader understand why this is such an important issue in the debate or what the implications of new policies might mean.

Protests Erupt in Beirut After Funeral Ceremony

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By Brett Stolpestad

Tensions from the waging war in Syria spilled over to neighboring Lebanon as angry protestors and Lebanese troops brawl in the streets after the funeral of a slain police official, the L.A. Times reported.

The violent protests erupted in Beirut when Sunni mourners attempted to storm the office of the prime minister in response to the assassination of Brig. General Wissam al-Hassan, the Washington Post reported.

The protest was sparked when speakers urged Sunnis to take revenge against the Hezbollah-led government for al-Hassan's death, the Washington Post reported.

Lebanese attempted to disperse the crowd of hundreds by using tear gas and firing into the air, the L.A. Times reported.

The protest ended after about and hour and there were no casualties, the L.A. Times reported.

Wisconsin Take the Axe with a Victory Over the Minnesota

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By Brett Stolpestad

The Minnesota Gophers were denied the axe by Wisconsin Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.

The Wisconsin Badgers seized Paul Bunyan's Axe Saturday in the annual battle against the Gophers, outscoring them 38-13. Wisconsin offensive performances by Montee Ball and James White had a lot to do with the victory with a combined 341 rushing yards, the Minnesota Daily reported.

The Gophers struggled to stop the Wisconsin offense but did see some promising sings from their rookie quarterback Philip Nelson, the Star Tribune reported.

Philip Nelson, 19, threw for two touchdowns in Saturday's game with 149 yards, completing 13 of 24 pass attempts, the Minnesota Daily reported.

With their third consecutive loss, the Gophers move to a record of 4-3 with no wins in the Big Ten conference.

Minnesota College Grad Debt High Among Highest in the U.S.

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By Brett Stolpestad

Student debt in Minnesota rose to a new high in 2011 with an average of $29,800, making Minnesota graduates some of the most indebted graduates in the nation, the Star Tribune reported.

The average for Minnesota grad debt has increased to $26,600 this year, an increase of five percent from the previous year, the Star Tribune reported.

The findings came from a report from The Institute for College Access and Success released Thursday, Oct. 8th. The reports revealed that Minnesota trails only Pennsylvania and New Hampshire in states with the highest amounts of graduate student debt, the Pioneer Press reported.

About 71 percent of college graduates took out loans from the state's private and public four-year universities and ended up with an average debt more than $3,000 dollars higher than the national average, the Star Tribune reported.

By Brett Stolpestad

Lance Armstrong, caught in the middle of a massive doping scandal that he and his teammates are accused of taking part in, is stepping down as chairman from his cancer foundation, Livestrong, the New York Times reported.

Armstrong announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down as the chairman of the Livestrong Foundation after the United States Anti-Doping Agency publicly revealed evidence against him and his teammates in a widespread doping scandal, the New York Times reported.

Armstrong's deal with Nike will also be terminated after the USADA's evidence was released. However, Nike will continue to support the Livestrong Foundation, the Washington Post reported.

Nike, a company that has stood by several defamed athletes before and that had defended Armstrong through years of accusations, decided to terminate their contract with Armstrong saying that they had been misled for over a decade, the Washington Post reported.

Armstrong said that he stepped down as chairman in order "to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career." the New York Times reported.

Cuba Dropping Travel Abroad Restrictions

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By Brett Stolpestad

The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it is planning to drop the exit visa requirement that traps many Cubans who want to travel abroad, the New York Times reported.

The termination of the exit visa will allow Cubans to travel abroad with only a passport and visa from the country they are leaving to. The Cuban government announced that it will be ending the exit visa requirement as of Jan. 13, the New York Times reported.

The Washington Post reported that the Cuban government will also allow Cubans to stay abroad for 24 months before running the risk of loosing certain state-provided benefits.

The exit visa was a widely unpopular requirement that forced Cubans to undergo a long application process and included hundreds of dollars in fees, the Washington Post reported.

Analysis: New York Times and L.A. Multimedia

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By Brett Stolpestad

Bothe the New York Times and the L.A. Times websites have several other ways to connect to the news organizations and stories though multimedia platforms. Both of the organizations have links to Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The two organizations also have easy ways of accessing pictures, slideshows and videos. The New York Times website also features easy ways to see graphics, charts, polls and surveys that accompany certain stories or represent a story it its own.

The Facebook and Twitter accounts for the news organizations provides a fast and easy way to see the top stories that the two organizations feature. The stories posts on the New York Times Facebook page mainly consist of short summaries with links to the NY Times website. There are also polls, surveys and questions posted on the Facebook page, allowing the reader to interact with the stories and information. Both the L.A. Times and the New York Times use Facebook to post videos and pictures as well.

The writing in the Twitter and Facebook posts is more informal and more concise to convey the main focus of the story. The posts on Facebook and Twitter are short but will also have links to the organizations' websites where a more in-depth story can be found. Also, many of the posts on the Facebook pages will ask for a response by the viewer and are meant to engage the reader in an interactive way.

Woman Killed in St. Paul

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By Brett Stolpestad

A St. Paul woman, 20, was found shot to death Sunday afternoon in a car in St. Paul, the Star Tribune reported.

Police found the woman's body in a car parked in an alley on the 900 block of Reaney Avenue after receiving reports of gunshots around 2:45pm, the Pioneer Press reported.

Police do not have any suspects in custody and the victim's identity has not yet been released, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Pioneer Press reported that the shooting took place outside a church, Iglesia de Dos Rios de Agua Viva.

Police spokesperson Howie Padilla said that it is believed that there have been 14 homicides in St. Paul this year, the Pioneer Press reported.

Coach Jerry Kill Suffers a Seizure after Gopher Loss

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By Brett Stolpestad

The Minnesota Gophers head football coach, Jerry Kill, suffered another seizure after Saturday's loss against Northwestern, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Kill was rushed to a local hospital after suffering a minor seizure in the coaches' locker room after the game, the Minnesota Daily reported. Kill was attended to me medical personell and was driven to the hospital in an ambulance is a precaution, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Kill was released from the hospital Sunday morning and plans to return to work on Monday, the Star Tribune reported.

The seizure that Kill suffered Saturday was far less severe than the one he suffered on the sidelines of a home game last year, the Star Tribune reported.

Meningitis Outbreak linked to Steroid Injections

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By Brett Stolpestad

The recent outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 14 people and infected almost 156 other is now being linked to an increased risk of infection due to spinal injection, the New York Times reported.

The steroid spinal injections, targeted for pain relief and used across 75 clinics in the U.S., have been discovered to be contaminated by a fungus, the L.A. Times reported.

The steroids, that have not been approved for epidural injections by the Food and Drug Administration, have also been linked to other complications including nerve damage, paralysis and stroke, The New York Times reported.

The F.D.A is currently working on ways to reduce the risk of infection due the the steroid injections, the New York Times reported.

By Brett Stolpestad

North Korea said that it now has missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland on Tuesday after the U.S. and South Korea came to an agreement on an extended range for South Korean ballistic missiles just days before, CNN reported.

North Korea also said that the recent agreement between the U.S. and South Korea is increasing the risk of war on the Korean Peninsula, the New York Times reported.

North Korea claims that the strike zone of its rocket forces includes the U.S. and South Korean bases in Korea but also Japan, Guam and the U.S. mainland, CNN reported.

In the past, North Korea has launched missiles that it claims to be satellite launches but both South Korean and American officials believe those launches to be covers for ballistic missile tests, the New York Times reported.

Skydiver Plans a 22-mile Free Fall

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By Brett Stolpestad

Professional daredevil, Felix Baumgartner, plans to jumo from a balloon 22 miles above the surface of the Earth Tuesday, the New York Times reported.

Baumgartner will perform a series of barrel rolls in the upper atmosphere before plunging headfirst at more than 700 miles per hour, the New York Times reported. The free fall will last for almost five and a half minutes until Baumgartner's open his chute a mile above the New Mexico desert.

If the jump is successful, Baumgartner will be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier, the New York Times reported.

More than two dozen high-definition and high-resolution cameras will capture the jump, some will stream live on Tuesday morning a 20 second delay, the Washington Post reported.

Cameras will capture the event from the capsule from which Baumgartner is jumping, his pressure suit, helicopters and ground-based tracking systems, the Washington Post reported.

Analysis: Attacks On U.S. Embassy in Libya

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By Brett Stolpestad

The New York Times reported on the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Libya on Sept. 12th and continued to follow the story the next day, giving more details as the story unfolded. The lead in the first story focuses on what happened and who was involved. The main focus of the first story was to report on the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and several other U.S. officials.

The second story added to the first by revising and adding detail, noting that the attacks were actually carried out in two separate waves, the first being spontaneous and the second being strategically planned. The lead in the second story focuses more on how the attacks happened and how they were carried out.

The second story advances the news by giving the reader a more detailed account of how the attacks were carried out and illustrating the nature of the attacks. The second story tells the reader that the initial spontaneous attack was followed by a second strategic wave of attacks, using heavy weaponry.

The main difference between the two leads in the stories is that the first lead focuses on the what (What happened?) and the who (Who was involved?). The second lead focuses more on the how (How was the attack carried out? How did the events unfold?)

Vikings Get Another Win at Home Against the Titans

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By Brett Stolpestad

The Vikings got another win at Mall of America Field Sunday defeating the Tennessee Titans with a final score of 30-7.

The Vikings have not yet been defeated at home and improved their record to 4-1, tied for the top of the NFC North division along with the Chicago Bears.

The combination of the Vikings defensive success and a stellar performance from Percy Harvin made the win possible, with the defense only allowing 267 total yards and Harvin catching eight passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, the Star Tribune reported.

The Vikings did have some misfortune in the game with safety Harrison Smith being ejected after shoving a referee aside during an altercation following an interception by Antoine Winfield, the Star Tribune reported.

The Vikings' next game will be against the Redskins in Washington next Sunday.

by Brett Stolpestad

Garaad Sahal will become the first Somali-born police officer of St. Paul when he graduates from the academy and hits the streets on Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.

As St. Paul's first Somali-American police officer, Sahal hopes to bridge the gap between the Somali community and the police, the Pioneer Press reported.

Sahal said that one of his motivations for becoming a police officer is to help people and let his friends, family and community know that they can trust the law enforcement and not feel helpless like they did in Somalia, the Pioneer Press reported.

Sahal's goal in coming to America was to get an education and make money to send back to a war-torn Somalia. Sahal came to Minnesota and was inspired by the relationship between the police and the community and decided to pursue a career in law enforcement, the Star Tribune reported.

Sahal thinks that he can make a difference in the community a bridge a gap.

"It will be a great thing for the community to have a Somali officer, to have someone to talk to," Sahal said. "I want to be part of some career where I can help the community." the Star Tribune reported.

St. Paul Driver Rejects Plea Deal in Fatal Car Accident

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By Brett Stolpestad

A St. Paul man accused of hitting and killing a 16-year-old girl outside of Harding Highschool rejected a plea offer Wednesday at a pretrial hearing, the Star Tribune reported.

Carlos Viveros-Colorado will be tried in front of a jury on Nov. 5 as he also waved his right to a trial by jury, the Star Tribune reported.

The plea deal offered by prosecutors would have resulted in a 29-month prison sentence for Viveros-Colorado. The accused crime is vehicular homicide of Clarisse Grime, a student of Harding High School, the Pioneer Press reported.

The 29-month plea offer is considered lighter than the typical sentence for vehicular homicide which usually calls for 41 months in prison, the Star Tribune reported.

Viveros-Colorado faces deportation if convicted, the Pioneer Press reported.

Border Patrol Agent Killed On Patrol in Arizona

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by Brett Stolpestad

A boarder patrol agent was shot and killed Tuesday in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico boarder, the New York Times reported.

A second agent was also injured in the shooting when the two agents were on patrol near Naco, Ariz., CNN reported. The second agent sustained injuries that were not life threatening, according to a boarder patrol spokesman.

A third agent, who was not harmed, was also on the horse-mounted patrol when the shooting occurred, the New York Times reported.

The death of the agent is the 14th death among boarder patrol agents since 2008 and the third death this year according to the agency, CNN reported.

Authorities have not identified any suspects and it is not clear wether the agents returned fire, the New York Times reported.

At least 25 People Dead in Hong Kong Ferry Collision

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By Brett Stolpestad

At least 25 people died Monday when a ferry carrying more than 120 people sank near Lamma island, just south of Hong Kong, after a collision with another ferry, the New York Times reported.

The Chinese government reports to have recovered 36 bodies as of Tuesday morning with more than 100 people rescued and sent to hospitals, the Washington Post reported.

The ferry was carrying utility company worker and their families to Victoria Harbour to watch fireworks when it collided with the other vessel, the Washington Post reported.

The other ferry, operated by Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry Holdings, made it safely to Lamma island with a badly damaged bow. Several of the passengers were taken to the hospital for injuries, the New York Times reported.

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