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December 10, 2007

Special Education Programs

There was a public hearing on December 3rd about a new change to Minnesota's special educations programs because "changes are necessary to satisfy new federal legislation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" according to Minnesota Public Radio. The Star Tribune featured a story about a new charter school that is going to be opening the fall of 2008 for autistic student from sixth to tenth grade. It was interesting that the two different news outlets had information about two slightly different things but both were about special education programs and how there is a need for reform. Many autistic students are placed in the special education program with other students with different needs. Autistic kids need a quiet place to learn with less stimulation.

Migrants drown off of Turkish Coast

At least 48 people died when a the boat they were traveling in sank. BBC and CNN have very different information about the deaths and the reason for the sinking ship. BBC said it was because the ship was over crowded and CCN said it was because of bad weather. Each of their figures were different for how many people were on the ship at the time and how many died. Both sites did say that there were six survivors that are being treated.

Police Seek Link Between Two Colorado Shootings

Colorado police are investigating two deadly shootings at Christian religious facilities about 65 miles apart and 12 hours. The Star Tribune featured a story from the Associated Press which provided the most important details. Including quotes from the police chief and the governor. |

University Prof is Awarded Noble Prize

University of Minnesota Prof. Emeritus Leonid Hurwicz receives his Nobel Prize in Economics. The Star Tribune briefly covered the story as well as Minnesota Public Radio. Both stories were brief but MPR included the specific title for the work that he did to get the award which is called the mechanism design theory. The Star Tribune just explained what it did instead.

December 2, 2007

Putin's Party has the Majority

With about 80 percent of the votes counted, Russian president, Putin's United Russia party leads with 63 percent of the votes. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov thinks controversially about the outcome, saying that they question the results and will count themselves as well. With this landslide Putin, even after his presidency could have a very powerful role in the government such as becoming prime minister. CNN and BBC covered the story in very similar ways. Giving both sides of the story in detail. The articles were very detailed and gave a good idea of what Russian government will be looking like in the future. However, for those looking for instant news, I thought the articles were a little lengthy. However, with a story like this one, it would be somewhat confusing to be more brief. The type of people reading this story also would like a complete one.

Senators Sex Scams

Sen. Craig of Idaho was 4 or is it 5 new allegations from men saying that they had sex or that the Senator made inappropriate movements to them. USA Today reported 5 men (one not releasing his name) and CNN reported four men. Both stories brought up sen. Craig's arrest last June due to a sex "sting" at the Minneapolis airport. The senator proclaims that he is not gay or bisexual.

Let It Snow!

The Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune covered detailed stories about the snow storm on Saturday. They both covered information on snow fall, airplane delays, and the Grand Meander event. Both stories were very similar however, I thought that the Pioneer Press's article was easier to read because it looked smaller. It may be smaller or it could be the layout. The layout made it easier to get through because of the single spaced lines. The Star Tribune's article would be easier to read for those with poor eyesight. However, overall the stories were almost identical except for some fact differences. (7.5 inches of snow rather than 8)

Hastings worker killed in an explosion

Nicholas Gunter, 29 was found dead Sunday at the Marathon Petroleum Co. site in St. Paul Park where he worked. An explosion went off at about 8:30 a.m. and was put out at 9:30. Gunter was unaccounted for, so a search went out for him. He was found dead at the 10,000-barrel tank, which had caught fire. The Star Tribune covered the story and I it had a lot more details than the Pioneer Press. They included his name and how long he had been working for the company. I was surprised that the Star Tribune had so much extra information because the articles both came out on Sunday. However, the Star Tribune's version was last updated 9 hours later.

November 26, 2007

French Suburbs are in Chaos

Sunday night in the French suburb of VILLIERS-LE-BEL, two teenagers were killed in a bike accident with a police vehicle which started a riot between the youth of the area. Twenty-one police officers were injured, 15 cars were torched and several fires started due to the chaos. The riot unveiled many parrallels to the 2005 riot. CNN covered the story in an informative yet brief way. However, BBC covered the story as well and had much more information inlcuding a riot also in a neighboring suburb of Arnouville. They also had more information about the accident and how the police are being accused of not helping the boys in the accident and leaving them to die. Relations between police and young people on French suburbs historically has never been good but since the 2005 riot it has been even worse. I thought that the information that BBC had was very important to the story and I found it odd that CNN didn't include the inforamation. Also, the teenage boys were driving a motorcylce and not a bike, which I thought CNN had said. It could have been a problem of translation.

Redskins' Player, Taylor was Shot in His Own Home

Redskins' football player, Taylor was shot early Monday morning. Police received a call shortly after 1:45 a.m. when Taylor's girlfriend called. She said he had been shot in the lower part of his body. It is still unknown if he was shot more than once and his current condition. USA Today did a story about the event. I thought it was interesting because the first part of the story was all information about the shooting. The two other parts of the story was less important information like how the team is doing this season and how Taylor has a knee injury. Therefore if the reader was not interested they could have stopped reading and still had the most important information. But those intested in sports could read on for information they found interesting.
CNN had information about the story as well, but it linked the reader to a Sports Illustrated story, which ended up being the Associated Press's story. The story in inverted pyramid style was similar to the USA Today story. Both articles told of Taylor's violent record. Although the story from CNN had information from his teammates support and how Taylor is now more mature because he just became a father for the first time. Personally, I liked how USA Today did the story. Although it had plenty of personal information, I thought CNN went a little too far with personal information.

November 25, 2007

St. Paul Fire Displaces 60 residents

A fire broke our in a St. Paul apartement complex shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday. No one was at the start of the fire in the building but the fire displaced 15 families, 60 people total. The Star Tribune covered the story with a detailed story while the Pioneer Press had a short story from the Associated Press. Today's articles from the Pioneer Press have not impressed me because the ones I read were all taken from the Associated Press.

Plane crashes in Faribault

A plane that seats four, crashed into Faribault, Minn., Municipal Airport just after 3 p.m. Sunday according to the Pioneer Press whose article was from the Associates Press. Two people died but the other two peoples fates are unknown and no hospitals in the area had any information of possible victims. The Star Tribune had a much more detailed article written by their own staff which I thought was better than just featuring a short story that did not give a lot of infomation like the pioneer press.

November 19, 2007

France struggles with huge strikes

BBC recently covered the sixth day of the French strike on pension plans and retirement ages for government jobs. BBC did a nice job covering the story and did not make it confusing. There is a lot of information detailed in the article but they layed out the information in an understandable way. CNN briefly covered the story last week at the beginning of the strike. The article was short and understandable but they used a lot of figures to explain what typed of transportation vehicles are going to be run and which are not. Overall, some may find it confusing. The CNN article was from November fourteenth which I thought was a little dated and much more information (as shown in the BBC article) was available to further the story. They may do a short update story soon which I think would be a good idea.

Hate Crimes increased by nearly 8 percent in 2006

There were 7,722 recorded hate crimes in the United States this year up from 7,163 recorded incidents in 2005.
CNN covered the story from the Associated Press. The article used numbers but also talked a lot about how certain instances were not included which could sway the results. They also focused on some hate crimes that occured in a Louissiana highschool and past lynchings. I thought that the article was well supported and interesting.
USA Today covered a similar story but used a lot of numbers. Just about every sentence contained percentages in the beginning of the article which made it hard to follow. But having so many percentages for different groups of people or types of crimes made it confusing. Towards the end of the article I though it cleared some things up, but I believe many people would have lost interest by that time.
Overall, I thought that the CNN article used numbers in a better way.