November 2010 Archives

All 29 miners rescued safely in China

The 29 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in China were rescued Monday.
The small Batian mine in southwest China's Sichuan province suddenly flooded Sunday morning, trapping the miners for more than 24 hours, the Associated Press said.
The miners were lifted out of the mine, wrapped in blankets, and loaded on gurneys to a cheering crowd, CNN reported.
The miners were barefoot and naked, their clothes soaked in the flood, and had blindfolds on to protect their eyes from sunlight, the AP said.
In China, mine accidents are common, killing 2,631 people in 2009, CNN said.

Ice storms kill 2, cause pileups and injuries

Ice-covered roads and sidewalks caused mayhem across central and southern Minnesota late Saturday and on Sunday, and caused hundreds of crashes, two of them fatal.
Over 75 crashes involved injuries, 57 occurring in the metro area, the Pioneer Press said. The State Patrol reported 438 crashes in Minnesota, with 376 in the metro area.
A 12-year-old girl died after being thrown from a pickup truck when it slid into a ditch at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday on Stearns County Road 35 in Millwood Township. The girl was not wearing a seat belt. The driver, Frank Luna, of Long Prairie, and four other passengers were not injured, the Star Tribune reported.
Kimberly Mead, 44, of Willmar, was also killed when she was thrown from a vehicle driven by Ronda Malvin, 43, of Raymond, at about 11 p.m. Saturday, in Meeker County, west of the Twin Cities. Their car was driving southbound on Hwy. 22 when it slid sideways into the northbound lane and was hit by another car. Two other passengers in Malvin's car were hospitalized in critical condition, the Star Tribune said.
More than 100 people went to the emergency room at St. Paul's Regions Hospital with injuries related to the ice, the Pioneer Press said.
Four State Patrol cars were involved in accidents, but no troopers were injured. St. Paul and Minneapolis police were also involved in accidents, some with injuries to the officers, the Star Tribune said.
Runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport were closed from midnight until 5 a.m. Sunday because of the ice, the Pioneer Press said.

2 injured, 10 displaced in Wayzata fire

Two people were injured and 10 displaced in a townhouse fire early Saturday morning.
Two adults were treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for smoke inhalation. One lived in the home where the fire originated, the Star Tribune reported.
Everyone made it out of the townhouses safely, KARE 11 said.
The fire was reported at 12:40 a.m. Saturday in the townhouses, which are located on Hampton Street near the intersection with LaSalle Street, east of Wayzata's downtown area, the Star Tribune said. They are connected side by side.
Wayzata Fire Chief Kevin Klapprich said he thinks the complex will have to be torn down, due to the extensive damage.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Wayzata police Lt. Mike Murphy said there was nothing to indicate a suspicious origin, the Star Tribune reported.
About 80 firefighters from multiple departments responded to the blaze, KARE 11 said.

Gunmen kill young Iraqi journalist

Gunmen shot and killed a young Iraqi news reporter in front of his family Sunday, police said.
Mazen Marden, who was in his mid-20's, covered hard news and conducted interviews for Al-Mosuliyah satellite television channel, the Agence France-Presse said. He was killed at his home in east Mosul, police said.
Gunmen in civilian clothes arrived at Marsden's home around 6 p.m. and identified themselves to his father as intelligence officers. When Marsden left his house to talk to them, they shot him, CNN reported.
CNN said his family was watching when he was killed.
Reporters Without Borders said in September over 230 journalists and media workers have been killed in Iraq since 2003, CNN reported.
They ranked Iraq 145th for media freedom out of 175 countries, the AFP said.
The International Press Institute said more journalists have been killed in Iraq this year than in all of 2009, the AFP reported.

Jet lands safely after engine malfunction

A jet carrying passengers to Russia made an emergency landing Sunday evening after experiencing engine trouble shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Moscow-bound Delta Air Lines Flight 30 returned to New York safely at about 6 p.m., CNN said. The flight had been in the air for about 50 minutes.
The Boeing 767 reported that the left engine failed shortly after takeoff, and was forced to turn back, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said. It was carrying 193 passengers and 11 crew members, the Associated Press reported.
FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said the engine automatically shut down, CNN reported. She said reports of a fire on one of the wings were incorrect, the AP reported.
The incident happened about a mile from the airport at an altitude of about 1,500 feet. The plane dumped fuel in the Atlantic Ocean before returning to the airport, CNN said.
Another jet carrying the passengers was scheduled to leave for Moscow later Sunday, the AP reported.

Analysis: Numbers

I looked at CNN's article "Indonesia volcano toll rises to 242."
The reporter used numbers to explain how many people had been killed or displaced by the volcano, the size of the "danger zone," the size of the volcano, and to explain the volcano's deadly history. The numbers are very helpful in crafting the story; without them, it would be impossible to know the impact of the volcano on residents of the area. They also help to convey how much the volcano has affected life in the area, both currently and in history.
The reporter uses math to convert distances and differentiate larger numbers. The distances are converted from metric units, so people who do not use metric units on a daily basis can understand sizes and distances without outside help. The reporter also breaks large numbers down and explains how many people of those that died died of burns.
Numbers that need to be attributed, such as death counts, are attributed to the necessary authorities. Numbers that are of public knowledge, and do not need to be attributed, are not.

"Barefoot Bandit" indicted

"Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Seattle in connection with a series of airplane and boat thefts.
Harris-Moore, 19, was charged with interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman's certificate, interstate transportation of a stolen vessel and interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, the Vancouver Sun said.
The last charge is based on his alleged theft and transport of a .32 caliber pistol, from Canada to Idaho, and then to Washington on a stolen plane, the Vancouver Sun reported.
Nicknamed the "Barefoot Bandit," Harris-Moore was known for stealing and piloting planes and boats, although he did not have a pilot's certificate or formal training. He was on the run after leaving a halfway house in Renton, Washington, in 2008, and sometimes did not wear shoes, CNN said.
He was caught July 11 in the Bahamas after he flew there from Indiana in a stolen plane, CNN reported.
Four of the counts in the indictment are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and piloting an aircraft without an airman's certificate is punishable by up to three years in prison, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Maplewood man arrested in St. Paul church arson

A Maplewood man has been arrested on suspicion of setting a St. Paul church on fire Friday night, almost trapping a youth group.
Tou Chai Lee, 18, was arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage to property, the Pioneer Press said.
Lee is accused of setting the fire and slashing the tires of four vehicles in the church parking lot. Witnesses told police they saw him at the church and watched him drive away, the Star Tribune reported.
18 members of a youth group were inside Faith Alliance Church, at 520 Howard Ave. They tried to leave the building when they heard the fire alarm about 8:30 p.m., but were forced to escape out a side door when the entryway was blocked by flames, the Pioneer Press said.
A passing officer called fire crews. No one was injured, the Pioneer Press reported.
The suspect's motives are not known, but he knew people in the building, including an ex-girlfriend, the Star Tribune said.

Federal officer's gun and body armor stolen in Stillwater

A federal officer's gun and body armor were stolen out of his unmarked car in Stillwater late Friday or early Saturday.
About $4,000 of equipment was taken from the car, parked in the driveway of a single-family home in the 1900 block of Oak Glen Lane. Several vehicles at the home were broken into and other items taken. The thieves unsuccessfully tried to steal a stereo, the Pioneer Press said.
The .223 caliber rifle was locked to a ceiling gun rack, which was ripped out of the car. Stillwater police Sgt. Jeff Stender said ammunition, binoculars, a camera, GPS units, and a recorder were also taken, the Star Tribune reported.
The thieves may be area teenagers who did not understand what they could be charged with for taking the rifle, Stender said.
"We are very concerned that it is on the street," Stender said, the Pioneer Press reported.
"It's kind of ironic that they then couldn't remove a stereo," Stender said, the Star Tribune reported.
Stender said there were no signs of forced entry, "but the agent is positive he locked his vehicle," the Pioneer Press reported.

Legally dead man arrested in kidnapping

A man declared legally dead in 1994 was arrested Sunday in Mississippi on kidnapping charges.
Thomas Steven Sanders, 53, was arrested in the early morning at a Flying J Truck Stop in Gulfport, Mississippi, on suspicion of kidnapping Lexis Roberts, 12, of Las Vegas, Nevada, CNN said.
Roberts' remains were found by hunters in Catahoula Parish Oct. 8. Sanders was seen buying bullets on Sept. 3 in Las Vegas that were consistent with the weapon used in Roberts' homicide, the Associated Press said.
Roberts was last seen with her mother, Suellen Roberts, and Sanders, CNN said. Suellen Roberts, 31, is missing, but not a suspect in Lexis Roberts' death, the AP reported.
Sanders was legally declared dead by family members in Mississippi in 1994, CNN said. Since then, he moved around the country, living in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Nevada, the AP said.
He was also arrested numerous times. He was arrested several times in Tennessee and sentenced to two years in Georgia for simple battery, the AP reported.
Some of the charges involved minors, authorities said.

Seven people killed in Mexican resort explosion

Seven people were killed Sunday in a suspected natural gas explosion at a Mexican resort, officials reported.
Five Canadian tourists and two Mexican staff members were killed in the blast at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen that also injured 17 other people, Agence France-Presse said.
One of the Canadians killed was a minor, CNN reported.
The 17 injured included seven Canadians, two in serious condition, two Americans, and eight Mexican hotel workers, Quintana Roo state attorney general Francisco Alor Quezada said, AFP reported.
The explosion occurred in the hotel lobby around 9 a.m. A buildup of natural gas under the building was likely the cause, although the attorney general's office said the official cause is still under investigation, CNN reported.
A 120-square-meter pocket of decomposing organic waste was thought to have caused the gas buildup, AFP said.
Quezada said the explosion was not a premeditated attack, AFP reported.

Analysis: Obituaries

I looked at John Stuart Ingle's obituary in the Star Tribune.
Ingle's obituary follows the obituary format we learned in class. It has a standard lead, and combines the lead and cause paragraphs into one opening paragraph. The lead works well, because it tells the reader who Ingle is, why he is notable, how he died, and how old he was. It contains no sourcing for the cause of death.
The article includes quotes from Ingle, in a description of his work, and quotes from an author who wrote about him, Ingle's son, and staff who worked with Ingle at the University of Minnesota Morris. The quotes differentiate the obituary from a resume, as does the extent of the content of the article. It contains facts on Ingle's life, but also reflects on the meaning of his work, and incorporates quotes and information not directly relevant to his professional life. Information about his family, interests, and personal accomplishments are included to help make the article meaningful to those remembering him.

Rappers arrested in Iran

Tehran police arrested several members of underground Iranian rap groups Saturday, CNN said.
Tehran District Police Chief Hussain Sajedinia called the groups' music "shameless," Israel News said. He said several young boys and girls were discovered recording and videotaping illegal rap music in vacant homes for online publication.
Police arrested the musicians and confiscated "western style musical instruments" and alcohol when they raided the homes, CNN reported.
The police report, released Sunday, did not include how many rappers were arrested or how old they were.
"These groups use the most trashy, juvenile and street-like words and phrases that have no place in proper grammar," Sajedinia said. "More importantly, they have no regard for the law, principles, proper behavior and language."
Police were searching for a girl and other people in connection with material found in the raid, CNN said.
Rap and rock music are not serious crimes in Iran but are considered un-Islamic and can lead to accusations of Satan worship and floggings or jail time, CNN said.
Sajedinia called the groups "subversive and inappropriate" and said the groups encourage inappropriate and lawless conduct, Israel News reported.

Indonesia volcano eruptions continue, death toll now 156

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano continued to discharge hot gas and Sunday, as officials reported the death toll at least 156.
At least two large pyroclastic flows were seen on the southern side of Merapi Sunday afternoon. A pyroclastic flow is a fast-moving burst of extremely hot gas and rock fragments and can be deadly, CNN said.
Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency expanded the volcano's danger zone to 12 miles when villages thought safe were hit by Friday's deadly explosion, United Press International said.
A spokeswoman for Sardjito Hospital in Yogyakarta said some of the victims lived 10 to 20 kilometers, or about 6.2 to 12.4 miles, away from the volcano, CNN reported.
Relief agencies estimate 200,000 people have been displaced, UPI reported.
Gas and dust in the sky has forced flight cancellations in and out of Yogyakarta, where explosions were heard from over 12 miles away, CNN said.

US may reconsider Sudan's Terror List status in political deal

The United States may remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as early as next July if the country meets set benchmarks, administration officials said Sunday.
The move is largely contingent on a Jan. 9 referendum in which southern Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the north. The south is expected to vote for independence, the Associated Press said.
A new outbreak of violence is feared if the north does not honor the referendum, created in a peace agreement that ended years of civil war. Oil fields, located mostly in the south, are one of many issues that have complicated the division of Sudan, the New York Times said.
The offer from Obama's administration was presented to Sudanese leaders over the weekend by Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is the latest in a range of incentives first offered in September, the AP said.
The State Department list also includes Iran, Cuba, and Syria, and included North Korea until the Bush administration removed it in 2008 in a largely unmet goal to encourage more flexible nuclear program talks. Sudan has long petitioned to be removed and has recently cooperated in counterterrorism efforts, the New York Times reported.

Chanhassen priest cited in sex sting resigns

A priest cited Thursday in an undercover police sting has resigned as pastor of a Chanhassen church.
The Rev. Michael John Krenik, 53, "exposed himself to a police officer in the park area" near Eustis Street and Mississippi River Boulevard at 1:20 p.m., police said.
He was taken into custody and cited for "indecent exposure - lewd conduct" and released, according to a police incident report. He was then released, the Star Tribune said.
Krenik "voluntarily resigned" as pastor, according to a written statement by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Friday. It said he would be restricted from all public ministries until the case was resolved, the Star Tribune said.
Krenik was the pastor at St. Hubert Catholic Community. The archdiocese said it was unaware of any previous instances of misconduct, the Pioneer Press reported.
Three other people were cited at Crosby Farm Regional Park and Meeker Island Thursday. Police said the operations were in response to complaints of lewd acts in public, the Pioneer Press reported.

St. Paul Police investigating attempted child luring

St. Paul police are investigating 6 attempts by strange men to lure young girls into cars.
A St. Paul police department spokesman, Officer John Keating, said there has not been a clear relationship established between the cases, which have occurred across the city over the past two weeks, the Pioneer Press reported.
"We are aggressively working to identify who is involved," Keating said. "At this point, we don't know the men's intents."
He said there are "notable differences" among the cases, the Star Tribune reported.
The most recent attempt occurred on Syndicate Street, between Portland and Summit avenues, at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. A white man in his 30's in a "boxy" white van or station wagon asked a 12-year-old girl who was riding a bike if she'd like to "make some money," police said. He then followed her until she reached a nearby grocery store, the Pioneer Press said.
Residents in and around the Frogtown neighborhood, especially families with children, have said they no longer feel safe, the Star Tribune reported.
"We always felt a lot safer, and now we're scared," Teri Breton said.

Crosstown project finished

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The three and-a-half year Crosstown project that has created problems for motorists and nearby residents has been completed, KARE 11 reported.
At 7 a.m. Sunday morning commuters were allowed to drive on the new roads, FOX 9 said.
The Crosstown project, slated to be done November 19th, was finished ahead of schedule, FOX 9 said.
The reconstruction of the Highway 62 and Interstate 35 interchange cost $288 million, and was completed on budget, KARE 11 said.
A few exit and entrance ramps are still closed and Minn Pass lanes are not running yet, FOX 9 said.

2 stabbed in Cambridge restaurant

Two people were stabbed at a Cambridge restaurant Sunday morning, the Star Tribune said.
A 49-year-old suspect was arrested at 3:45 p.m. The stabbings occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at the Q Mandarin at 100 Main St. S, the Star Tribune said.
Authorities did not provide a motive for the stabbings, but a kitchen worker said it was the result of horseplay, WCCO reported.
Nick Sandford, who works in the kitchen, said employees were "joking around" when one man was stabbed in the throat with a meat cleaver, WCCO reported. A manager who tried to intervene was wounded in the hand, he said.
The man police believed to be responsible, Qing-Hai Jiang, was discovered hiding in a shed following the incident, the Star Tribune reported.

Search continues for Minneapolis family

A sixth day of searching for a Minneapolis father and his three sons, whose airplane disappeared in Wyoming last week, was unsuccessful.
Rescuers in northwestern Wyoming continued in their attempt to find the source of an emergency locator signal that may be from the family's small plane, which has been missing since Monday, the Associated Press reported.
The signal is only designed to last three to five days, Ernie Over, public officer for the rescue operation, said. Two ground search teams and a Civil Air Patrol aircraft were involved in Sunday's search, the Star Tribune reported.
A U.S. Air Force helicopter dropped ground searchers into the Wild River Range to look for the plane Saturday. Crews to mountaineers, many assisted with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyo., have been shuttled by helicopter to search on the ground, the AP said.
Crews have been searching in deep snow and cold, in an area of steep canyons east of Gannett Peak, the highest peak in Wyoming. The elevation in the canyons is 11,000 to 12,000 feet, the AP reported.
Luke Bucklin, 40, and his sons, twins Nate and Nick, 14, and Noah, 12, were on their way back to Minneapolis after a family vacation in Jackson when their plane disappeared after taking off in a snowstorm, the Star Tribune said.
Bucklin's wife, Ginger Bucklin, and the couple's youngest son flew home on a commercial flight with a family friend, Bonnie Harris, the Star Tribune said.

Nine people shot at Oakland Halloween party

Nine people were shot early Sunday at an Oakland Halloween party, the Oakland Tribune reported.
The shooting occurred at 12:01 a.m. at a party called the annual Fright Fest, billed as "the biggest college party in the Bay Area." The party was held inside Sweet's Ballroom, at 1933 Broadway, the Oakland Tribune said.
Most of the victims were hit in the arms and legs. One man who is believed to have been the target was wounded in the back, the Associated Press reported. None of the injuries were life threatening, Oakland police said.
Oakland police Lt. Rick Hassna said most of the victims were 18- to 29-year old women and were hit by stray bullets, the AP reported.
The party cost $15 to attend and included DJs and music and was advertised to local colleges and university students, the AP said.

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