October 2010 Archives

Two Men Charged in Minneapolis Coffee Shop Robbery

Two men were charged Friday in connection with robbing the Uptown Minneapolis Dunn Bros Coffee.

Carlos M. Harris, 38, and Ronald H. Moore, 47, were each charged with one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping, according to the Star Tribune.

Harris and Moore robbed the coffee shop located on West Lake Street in Uptown on Wednesday, Oct. 27 just before 10 p.m., according to WCCO.

Two female employees identified Moore as the man who came into the store, ordered coffee and then pulled out a handgun while demanding money, according to WCCO.

Both men, who have previous convictions for first-degree assault, were caught by police after fleeing the scene, according to the Star Tribune.

Spring Lake Park Student Killed After Being Hit by Car

A Spring Lake Park High School student was killed Wednesday morning on her way to school after being hit by a car while crossing County Road 10 in Blaine.

Sara Hendrickson, 15, tried to cross the county road around 6:20 a.m. outside of crosswalks at the intersection of Washington Street, according to the Star Tribune.

Hendrickson was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids after the driver called 911, according to the Pioneer Press.

Hendrickson, who was a sophomore, died later at the hospital, according to the Star Tribune.

Police Called to Charlie Sheen's New York Hotel Room

Police were called to the Plaza Hotel Tuesday, where Charlie Sheen was found drunk and naked after trashing his hotel room.

Sheen, 45, was voluntarily taken to New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and was treated for minor cuts on his feet, according to USA Today. An unidentified woman was also in Sheen's room, and her connection to him is unknown.

Sheen's rep released said, "What we are able to determine is that Charlie had an adverse allergic reaction to some medication and was taken to the hospital, where he is expected to be released tomorrow," according to People magazine.

Hotel security said that Sheen was disorderly and broke furniture in the room, but no criminal charges have been filed against him, according to USA Today.

Shooter May Have Grievance with Marine Corps

Federal officials announced Friday that a shooter who has targeted three U.S. Military sites may be a marine or have an issue with the Marine Corps.

The FBI said that the shooter, who has shot at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Pentagon and a Marine Corps recruiting center, does not want to hurt anyone because the events were carried out overnight while the facilities were empty, according to the Washington Post.

The FBI also believes the shooter may be targeting the Marine Corps as an institution because of a "personal crisis," but the shooter could also be a Marine, according to USA Today.

The shooter's identity is still unknown, but the FBI is trying to coax the person to contact them to resolve whatever is causing him or her to target these buildings, according to the Washington Post.

John Perren, acting assistant director for the FBI's Washington Field Office said the shooter may feel he or she has been wronged by the Marine Corps either professionally or personally, according to the Washington Post.

US Looks for More Terrorist Explosives Abroad

Authorities discovered two packages containing explosives Friday in Britain and Dubai, which were terrorist attacks aimed at the United States.

Preliminary tests indicated that the packages, which were found on cargo planes in Britain and Dubai, contained PETN, according to the Star Tribune. PETN is an industrial explosive that was also used on Dec. 25 when a Nigerian man attempted to blow up an airliner in Detroit.

President Obama said, "The events of the past 24 hours underscores the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism," according to the New York Times.

Cargo planes were being searched along the East Coast, according to the Star Tribune. However, no other packages have been discovered.

Government officials do not want to assume that all plots were discovered and disrupted, according to the Star Tribune.

A press conference given by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Oct. 19 will be analyzed, and the press release can be found here.

The press release by Gibbs is a press briefing on questions from journalists regarding the president's upcoming schedule and his message, among many other things.

I will be focusing on what Gibb's said in regards to the president's message when rallying across the country and whether it will change or stay the same.

The article it is being compared to is: "Democrats Try to Revive Female Voters' Enthusiasm" that appeared in the New York Times on Oct. 21, and was written by Helene Cooper and Monica Davey.

Robert Gibbs was asked about the president's message during the last two weeks of the campaign. His response was that the message would remain the same as in previous weeks. In the article, Cooper and Davey included the message that the economic stimulus and health care bills have pushed the country forward. However, the message was targeted specifically to women and how these policies have helped them. This message has been consistent throughout because Obama has had to defend the success of both policies.

Gibbs was also asked about the president's interest in the races of Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and of Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. Cooper and Davey choose to include quotes from a recent rally on behalf of Sen. Murray where they paraphrased Obama's discussion of his wife, daughters, and other women who are making progress and pushing the country in the right direction. This is also consistent with the president's tone throughout the campaign season.

When asked about the connection between a report being released last week about women in the economy and Obama's campaigning for Murray and Boxer, Gibbs denied any connection between the two. However, in the New York Times framed the article around how women turned out for the president in the 2008 election. Also, how women have typically favored the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party. Gibbs said in the article "that the report on women had nothing to do with politics."

Cooper and Davey discussed how commercials aimed at young women have been placed on Hulu before "Glee," in hopes to reach young, single women. Also, the article notes that First Lady Michelle Obama has been campaigning in hope of rallying women.

Therefore, the article is framed around why female voters are important in the upcoming election to democrats, despite Gibbs' denial of the connection between the president's message and the report on women in the economy.

Minneapolis Cab Driver Shot in Head

A cab driver was shot in the head early Saturday in Minneapolis while waiting at a stop light.

The 24-year-old driver, who is expected to live, was shot in the head around 3 a.m.at the intersection of 2nd Avenue South and 3rd Street North, according to WCCO.

Minneapolis Police Department Sgt. Jesse Garcia said that the driver was struck in the back of the head by the bullet after it came through a window, according to the Star Tribune.

Police do not know if the driver was the target, or where the bullet even came from, according to WCCO. However, area cameras are being reviewed to see if the incident was caught on film.

Gunmen Killed 13 People at a Party in Mexico

Gunmen stormed a birthday party in Mexico, and killed thirteen people.

The gunmen killed people at a 14-year-old's birthday party who ranged in age from 13 to 32 and a dozen were wounded, according to the Washington Post.

State Attorney General Carlos Salas said that the attackers escaped the scene where 70 bullet casings were found, according to the Washington Post. Salas did not comment about the motive of the killings.

Ciudad Juárez is one of the most violent cities in the world, even after the Mexican government started cracking down on drug cartels four years ago, according to the New York Times.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón said via a Twitter message, "With sadness and profound indignation, the federal government expresses its most energetic repudiation of the murder of various young people in Ciudad Juárez," according to the New York Times.

Lindsay Lohan Ordered to Rehab and Not Jail

Lindsay Lohan was ordered back to rehab and not jail by a judge Friday in Los Angeles.

Lohan, 24, was ordered to remain in rehab until Jan. 3 after failing a drug test in September, according to People magazine.

A prosecutor pushed for 6-month stay in jail for Lohan, but the judge chose rehab after reviewing letter from Lohan, according to USA Today.

Lohan voluntarily checked herself into rehab after she failed a drug test last month, according to USA Today.

The actress is due back in court on Feb. 25, according to People magazine.

Obama Rallied Democrats at the U of MN

President Barack Obama rallied democrats at the University of Minnesota on behalf of gubernatorial hopeful Mark Dayton.

Obama spoke to a crowd of 7,000 people in the University's Field House, and to about 4,000 more people who watched from the Sports Pavilion, according to WCCO.

Obama rallied the crowd against the return to Bush-era economic policies just ten days before the election, according to the Washington Post.

The president said,"It's up to you to show them that this election is a choice. It's a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and the policies that are leading us out of this mess," according to the Washington Post.

Obama's visit was the fourth to the University by a sitting president, according to WCCO.

California College Student Killed by a Shark

A University of California - Santa Barbara student was killed Friday by a shark while boogie boarding at Surf Beach in California.

Lucas Ransom, 19, was boogie boarding Friday when a shark bit his leg around 8:50 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Times, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Matthew Garcia, Ransom's friend, was feet away from him when he was attacked, and he saw the water turn red, according to the Pioneer Press.

Garcia headed to shore to get help, after looking for Ransom in the surf, according to the Pioneer Press.

Ransom lost his leg in the attack and authorities are patrolling the coast for the body part, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, Ransom's boogie board was found with a segment bitten off.

Analysis: Multimedia


The first news organization is the New York Times.

The New York Times offers slideshows, interactive features, videos and audio with photos.

This interactive feature conveys information with audio that explains the plans for the World Trade Center. It also includes a map with pictures, and the areas of the map being discussed are highlighted with photos that can be enlarged. This feature complements the news by explaining the context of the new architectural plans, while explaining the old structure of the towers. The photos include one sentence putting the shot in context, and the writing is concise.

The slideshow contains typically one sentence with each photo that describes the context. Hyperlinks to relevant material are also included. The slideshow allows the article to briefly describe and put the photos in context, but then the article transitions into the bigger picture, which is the German fear of repeating past mistakes, especially between Muslims and Germans.

The second organization is the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune offers video, audio, slideshows, photo galleries, news graphics and a place for readers to submit their photos and videos.

The videos contain a sentence about the context of the photo and related content. The videos are also divided into different sections, such as most recent, news, sports, lifestyle and entertainment, which the New York Times did not do. They also offer different news shows on their website.

The audio contains music from different artists, podcasts, and excerpts that complement the news, such as the excerpts from the near collision of two airplanes over the Twin Cities.

The slideshows contained photos with one sentences that explain the photo, which is similar to the New York Times.

The news graphics include charts, tables and maps. For example, these maps show different locations along the Mississippi River to view the fall leaves, which include directions and driving times.

Both organizations' multimedia include clear, concise writing that complements the news story. The multimedia also adds more dimension to the news story, and it allows readers to understand the subject matter more easily and in depth.

Russia Will Build Nuclear Power Plant in Venezuela

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced Friday that Russia plans to build a nuclear power plant in Venezuela, which is the first of its kind.

Medvedev and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez signed an agreement for the nuclear power plant and for Russia to invest $1.6 billion in Venezuela's oil industry, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Venezuela has a lot of energy from oil and natural gas, which raises concerns amongst other countries, including the United States, according to the New York Times.

"The president said there will countries in which this will provoke different emotions, but I want to say specially that our intentions are absolutely pure and open," Medvedev said in the New York Times.

Federal Government Will Enforce Marijuana Laws in California

The federal government will enforce marijuana laws in California even if the state becomes the first to legalize marijuana.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal government will enforce the federal Controlled Substance Act even if California's Proposition 19 is legalized, according to the Pioneer Press.

Holder said the legalization of marijuana would impede the government's efforts with state and local law enforcement, because drug traffickers usually distribute marijuana, as well as cocaine and other drugs, according to the Pioneer Press.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said in the Los Angeles Times, "You can't make a law in contradiction to federal law as a state."

The United States would violate international drug treaties if Californians approve the proposition, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, called on the Obama administration last week to campaign against the initiative.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette Announce Separation

Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced Monday that they have been separated for some time, E! News confirmed.

Cox, 46, and Arquette, 39, who have a 6-year-old daughter, Coco, released a joint statement announcing their trial separation after 11 years of marriage, according to USA Today.

The statement said, "The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage, according the People magazine.

The couple also said in the statement that they plan to remain "best friends," who love each other deeply, and remain responsible parents of their daughter, according to USA Today.

The couple is currently working together on "Scream 4," according to E! News.

Local Teen Deaths are Ruled Homicide-Suicide

A preliminary ruling from the Ramsey County medical examiner ruled the deaths of two Lakeland area teens a homicide and a suicide.

Jacob Z. Campbell, 14, and Lisa M. Grijalva, 15, were found Tuesday evening in Humphries Park in Lakeland, according to the Star Tribune.

The Ramsey County medical examiner concluded Thursday that Grijalva was shot by Campbell before he turned the gun on himself, according to the Pioneer Press.

A shotgun was found at the scene, and both died from gunshot wounds, according to the Star Tribune.

Grijalva and Campbell were ninth-graders at Oak-Land Junior High School.

President Obama to Rally at the U of MN

President Obama will rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton at the University of Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The rally, which will include other Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party representatives, will be held at Northrop Mall at 1 p.m., according to the Pioneer Press, and it will kickoff the DFL's get-out-the-vote event.

University of Minnesota spokesman Dan Wolter wrote in an e-mail to the Minnesota Daily, "Anytime the University can host the President of the United States is a welcomed opportunity," because it increases excitement on campus and interest in the political system.

Obama rallied in September 2009 at Target Center for health care reform, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The University issued a news release about the president's visit that can be read here.

The article being analyzed for the spot and follow was written by Kathryn Elliott of the Pioneer Press, and the article can be found here.

The lead from the initial story was vague and general, because the details of the incident had not been confirmed yet. Also, the names were not released because law enforcement officials needed to contact the family members of the dead. The news lead now is more specific by including details. For example, two students were cheerleaders at the University of Minnesota.

Initially, it was reported that only three people were killed, and did not mention the fourth U student that was injured in the accident.

The updated article focuses on who the people were. Whereas, the accident was the major focus in the first article written on Thursday. The accident is not summarized until the seventh fact block in the second article.

The second story advances the news by confirming that the people killed were U students, and then it discusses the impact their deaths are having on U students, specifically the impact on the U's Spirit Squad.

I do not believe this article is the result of a competing news organization. However, Elliott does use information from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The information is not attributed throughout the article, but it is attributed as the last fact block.

Three U of MN Students Killed in Car Crash

Three University of Minnesota students were killed Thursday in Wisconsin after an alleged drunk driver crashed into their car along a Wisconsin highway.

The three students were sitting in their stalled car on Interstate 39/90 near Madison, according to the Star Tribune, when an alleged drunk driver slammed into the car.

The names of the students will be released once family members have been notified, according to the Pioneer Press. Ryan Maus, a university spokesman, told the Pioneer Press that two of the students were members of the Spirit Squad.

Wisconsin State Patrol arrested a Madison man Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Star Tribune. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Hungarian Toxic Sludge Reaches Danube River

The toxic Hungarian sludge entered the Danube River Thursday as a result of bursting through a metal plant retaining wall on Monday.

Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, said to the BBC that this event is an ecological tragedy.

The toxic sludge burst through the wall of a metal plant in Western Hungary on Monday, which killed four people and injured over 150 people, according to Reuters.

Fears are growing that the sludge could poison the river, according to the BBC.

The alkalinity levels of the sludge entering the Danube are low, according to the BBC, but that does not mean the battle has been won.

The Danube River is the second largest European river.

Minneapolis Police Won't File Charges in U Sexual Assault

Minneapolis police announced Wednesday that charges will not be filed in the second sexual assault case that occurred at a University of Minnesota fraternity.

Sgt. William Palmer of the Minneapolis Police Department said there is not enough evidence in this incident at the Psi Chi Fraternity to proceed with charges, according to the Star Tribune.

According to the Minnesota Daily, Palmer spoke with the man and woman involved, as well as people inside and outside of the fraternity. Palmer also said the case has been thoroughly investigated, and it is now closed.

The Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Minnesota is investigating possible violations associated with alcohol, according to the Star Tribune.

Two separate incidents of sexual assault have occurred at the Delta Kappa Epsilon house and the Phi Gamma Delta house, according to the Minnesota Daily.

3 University of Wisconsin Students Fined Over $86,000 for a Party

Three University of Wisconsin - Madison students were fined over $86,000 for a party on Sept. 11 where alcohol was distributed to minors.

Travis Ludy, 21, Kevin Tracy, 20, and Mitchell Klatt, 20, were charged with 135 violations including procuring alcohol for underage people, dispensing alcohol without a permit and encouraging underage alcohol consumption, according to the Star Tribune.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the men may also face disciplinary actions from the University of Wisconsin.

The doors were locked and the music was shut off when Police arrived at the party, according to the Chicago Tribune, which police said contributed to the severity of their punishment.

They are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 25, according to the Star Tribune, and they hope to have their fines reduced.

Madison police said in the Star Tribune that they are worried more about the connection between parties and other crimes, such as rapes and theft, according to the Star Tribune. Especially following the recent sexual assaults at University of Minnesota fraternity houses.

Man Sentenced to Life for Failed Times Square Bomb Plot

The man who attempted to bomb Times Square was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

Faisal Shahzad, 31, was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to ten bombing-related counts in June, according to the Washington Post.

Shahzad placed an SUV with 3 homemade bombs in Times Square, which he attempted to detonate, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, the bombs were not properly wired, and they did not detonate.

Shahzad was arrested on May 3 at John F. Kennedy International Airport when he boarded a plane to Dubai, according to the New York Times.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum said that it was necessary for Shahzad to be sentenced to life, according to the Washington Post, because it will protect the public from people that want to follow Shahzad.

The article was written by David Hanners of the Pioneer Press, and can be found here.

The lead shares the most recent news in a case against two men. The news is that they were charged in court Friday for the Sept. 17 killing of a Minneapolis man.

The second paragraph adds more description to the lead by giving the names of the two men charged and the name of the man that died. This paragraph refreshes the details of the news, and sets the reader up for the fact blocks that follow.

The third paragraph allows the following paragraphs to chronicle the events of murder because it says that no one witnessed the crime, but Minneapolis' ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System caught the killing on camera. This paragraph also allows for a smooth transition to the details of the fourth paragraph, which is about the getaway car the men were in.

The fifth paragraph is the end of the inverted pyramid in this article, because the next 4 paragraphs are a chronology of the killing that occurred on Sept. 17. All relevant information to the charges of the two men has been discussed.

This article could have been structured differently. The article could have discussed what was caught on camera, and use this information to transition into the bigger picture. The bigger picture is how the gunshot detection system has impacted Minneapolis. Also, the article could discuss other cities that have installed this technology, and whether or not they it has influenced the amount of illegal activities.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic shared their struggles to conceive on "The View" Friday in hope of helping others that are also struggling with conception.

The "E! News" co-host, Giuliana Rancic, and the first winner of "The Apprentice," Bill Rancic, had their struggles with conceiving chronicled on their reality show "Giuliana and Bill," according to US Weekly Magazine.

In the third season of "Giuliana and Bill" the audience will see the couple conceive a child by in vitro fertilization, according to the New York Daily News. However, a miscarriage halts the pregnancy 9 weeks in.

"Hopefully we can help people understand that there's nothing to be ashamed of," Giuliana told the New York Daily News, "It's such a taboo subject, but it's a very common problem."

The couple hopes to eventually become parents by either another round of in vitro fertilization or other options, according to USA Today.

You can watch the ups and downs of this couple when the third season of "Giuliana and Bill" premieres on the Style Network on Oct. 11.

Two Men Charged for Shooting a Minneapolis Man

Two men were charged Friday in connection with the shooting of a Minneapolis man that was caught on camera by the city's gunshot detection system.

Christopher James Hayes, 23, was charged with one count of second-degree murder, and Michael James Funches, 22, was charged with one felony count for being an accomplice, according to the Star Tribune.

Minneapolis' ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System caught Hayes on camera shooting Christopher DeRonde, 21, in the back of a Dodge Intrepid, according to the Pioneer Press.

DeRonde exited the car and ran across the street after being shot. DeRonde was found dead on the sidewalk near 30th Avenue North and Colfax Avenue in Minneapolis, according to the Pioneer Press.

There were no witnesses to the shooting. However, the video cameras picked up the sound of the gunshot, and they turned in that direction, according to the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reported that Hayes and Funches are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Obama Administration May Issue Travel Alert For Europe

A travel alert may be issued by the Obama administration for American citizens traveling in Europe because of the recent terror plot by al-Qaida.

A travel alert may be issued Sunday by the State Department for American citizens traveling to Europe because of the recent terror plots planned by top al-Qaida leaders, according to the Star Tribune.

The travel alert would be for citizens to exercise caution while traveling in Europe, according to the Telegraph. However, the alert is not intended for citizens to cancel their plans abroad.

The alert would not mention specific locations in Europe, according to the Guardian.

U.S. and European officials have said that the threat by al-Qaida is not specific, according to the Star Tribune, but it is credible.

United States counterterrorism officials announced Friday that Osama bin Laden might have helped plan the most recent terror plot against European cities.

Counterterrorism officials believe that bin Laden and other top al-Qaida officials were involved in the planning of terrorism plots against cities in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, according to the Star Tribune.

The BBC said that the role that top al-Qaida leaders played in the terror plot is still unknown.

Top al-Qaida leaders are the only ones allowed to see bin Laden, which has led counterterrorism officials to believe that bin Laden's plan was delivered by one of his top commanders, according to the Star Tribune.

The BBC reported that the plot was to seize and murder hostages in major European cities.

For more information on the al-Qaida terror plot, please read the BBC's article here.

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