December 2009 Archives

Analysis: Army mentoring deals bypass ethics law

By Taryn Thomas

This article in USA Today uses a lot of information from records. The reporter would have to know how to access federal records and how to access salary information. The reporter would have to analyze the federal ethics laws and have all the information as evidence to prove his claim.

The reporter would have to have the ability to search online and use different search engines and know how to access public records. 

Gunmen Holds hostages at Philippines school

By Taryn Thomas


The New York Times reported that gunmen took 75 people hostage on Thursday in a elementary school  in the southern Philippines, officials said.

The Gunmen later releases 27 of the hostages including all of the children. The situation occurred after one of the assailants leaders was served an arrest warrant by the police.

The leader, Ondo Perez, was served a warrant for being suspected to be running a criminal organization called the Perez Group.

The New York Daily News reported that 10 more hostages have been released. The conditions and identities of the remaining hostages has not been released. 

Car overturns into creek, woman dies

By Taryn Thomas


Star Tribune reported that a woman died Tuesday night after her car rolled over into an icy creek in Maple Grove, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The woman's name was Carrie A. Lorman, 22. She was driving west on Interstate 94 near Dunkirk Lane and she hit the brakes to avoid another vehicle.

She then swerved on the icy road and her car went into the water.

FOX 9 reported that icy road conditions and blowing snow contributed to the crash and her car broke through a chain link fence. 

St. Paul shooting

By: Taryn Thomas

KARE 11 reported that a man that is an alleged gang member has been charged in the fatal shooting in the parking lot of a St. Paul apartment building.

Rashad Lamont Burch, 25, was charged with intentional  second-degree murder with killing Dwight Raymond Tate, 24.

KSTP reported that the shooting occurred during a confrontation between two groups on women. It is also said that Burch had a grudge against Tate. Later in the same apartment complex a second man was killed by police after he allegedly shot a police officer in the leg. 

Diane Sawyer leaves Good Morning America

By: Taryn Thomas

CNN reported that Diana Sawyer left "Good Morning America." Her last episode was Friday morning. 

Sawyer has worked on "Good Morning America" for the past ten years. Her final episode was full of laughter tears and memories. Sawyer will now be anchoring "World News Tonight."

USA Today reported that George Stephanopoulos will be replacing Sawyer on "Good Morning America." He will anchor with Robin Roberts. His first day will be Dec. 21. 

Chicago high-rise fire kills one, injures 12

By: Taryn Thomas


USA Today reported that a huge fire broke out after 1 a.m. Thursday in a high-rise in Chicago. There were hundreds of firefighters trying to put the fire out.

One woman that lived on the 36th floor died in the fire. Twelve others were injured including five firefighters. None of the injuries are life-threatening, according to authorities.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the woman who died was named Beata Bihl and she was an 84-year-old German immigrant. She called 911, but she never made it out of the apartment building. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

Gopher basketball player pleads guilty

By Taryn Thomas

The Minnesota Daily reported that Royce White, a freshman Gopher basketball player, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning of charges of theft and disorderly conduct.

The disorderly conduct charge was lowered from fifth-degree assault. White said that he stole 100 million dollars worth of merchandise and had an argument with a security guard. 

White was fined $600 but the charges will be removed for is record after one year if he stays out of trouble. He is also banned from the Mall of America. 

It is unclear if White will be re-instateed to the basketball team, KARE 11 said.

Petters found guilty

By Taryn Thomas

The Star Tribune reported that Tom Petters was found guilty of fraud and money laundering on all 20 federal counts. The jury's deliberations lasted five days. 

These charges were involving his 3.5 billion dollar ponzi scheme. The assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Dixon said that this is the most significant financial fraud to occur in Minnesota. When the decision was read Petter was somber, KARE 11 reported.

The judge did not set a sentencing date but it is expected to be in a couple of months. 

Iran freed five sailors

By Taryn Thomas

The New York Times reported that Iran released the five British sailors that they captured. The sailors were detained on Nov. 25 after their racing yacht went into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf when they were on the way to a race.

A spokesman in London said that the men were being returned and their yacht, Kingdom of Bahrain, is being towed back.

CNN reported that the men's names are Oliver Young, 21, Luke Porter, 21, Olly Smith, 31, Sam Usher, 26, and Dave Bloomer, in his 60s. 

The Iranians released the men after they determined that their yacht accidentally wandered into their waters. 

Cadaver dogs search house of mass murder suspect

By Taryn Thomas

CNN reported, that the FBI, with the help of cadaver dogs, searched the house where a suspected serial killer once lived.

Anthony Sowell, 50, has been charged with 11 counts of aggravated murder after the remains of ten women and a skull were found at his home and buried in the yard, AP said. He faces arraignment Thursday on an 85-count indictment returned Tuesday by a Cuyahoa County grand jury, according to AP.

His previous home is now being searched to see if he buried additional bodies there. So far nothing has been found at his previous home. The current owners of the home cooperated with the FBI and continue to allow them to search. 

Susan Boyle tops the charts

By Taryn Thomas

BBC News reported that Susan Boyle, 48, set the record for the highest selling debut by a female artist. The record sales tracker Neilsen SoundScan told BBC News that Boyle's record "I Dreamed A Dream" sold 701,000 copies in the first week in the US.

Boyle was a finalist in the television show "Britain's Got Talent" and beat "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert in sales. Lambert's record debuted at number three.

Boyle even beat Eminem in record sales, CNN said. He held the year's highest record sales title until the release of Boyle's record. 

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from December 2009 listed from newest to oldest.

November 2009 is the previous archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.