Analysis: records/CAR

Student journalists at Kent State University interviewed Mid-American Conference schools asking for an athletic department budget and breakdown of tuition and fees, according to Kent University. They posed the question, "Why aren't universities providing line-item charges so students and parents can see where the money is going?"

After collaborative research, the students across MAC schools are paying millions of dollars to fund athletics and chances are they're not aware of such charges to their tuition bill. Based on the athletic budgets from schools that were willing to comply, they could total the percent of the budget from student fees. They also took the budgets and recorded the amount paid by students to the athletic department per credit. Of all the MAC schools interviewed, only the University of Buffalo displays athletic fees as a line-item on tuition bills.

Colorful pie charts and graphics are used strategically to attract the readers eyes and educate students with a visual image. Computer programs are used to create a visual picture in the confusing lists of numbers. A video produced by the students highlighted the procedure and conflicts with the investigation. The students also used the Internet to search contact information for the schools involved.

Kazakh man tries to hijack plan; divert to Libya

Cabin crew on an Alitalia flight overpowered a 48-year-old man who attempted to hijack the plane, according to Herald Sun.

Valeriy Tolmashev, from Kazakhstan, held a nail file to an air hostess' neck demanding the plane be diverted to Tripoli, Libya, USA Today said.

All 131 passengers aboard the flight were safe upon arrival into Rome on Sunday evening, Alitalia said in USA Today.

Tolmashev's motives are not known, according to Italian investigators. He had no known links with international terrorism, Herald Sun said, and a lack of a police record.

Idaho miner presumed dead

A miner is most likely dead after a collapse occurred in Idaho nine days ago, mining company officials said Sunday in The New York Times.

Larry Marek and his brother, Mike, had just finished a project in the mine when the tunnel ceiling collapsed. Mike Marek escaped, according to The New York Times. After a week of rescue missions, the family was informed of the change to a recovery operation.

No cause has been established since Hecla Mining Company shut down production to focus search efforts. Rescue workers are blasting rock to reach Marek's last known location, the Associated Press said.

The last death at the mine occurred in 1986 and no contact has been made with Larry Marek since the day of the collapse, The New York Times said.

High-fat diet may help reverse kidney damage

A "ketogenic diet" could reverse the kidney damage caused by diabetes, a study published online Wednesday by the journal PloS One, reported The Bellingham Herald.

At the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City a neuroscientist, Charles Mobbs, first did a study using mice. He found that dietary intervention alone is enough over an eight week span, BBC News said.

This diet of 87 percent fat is brutal and recommended only for those who are desperate, The Bellingham Herald said.

It is questionable whether the diet used would be sustainable for humans until clinical trials are performed, BBC News said.

Woman jogger sexually assaulted in Woodbury

A lone male sexually assaulted a 33-year-old female jogger in Wodbury at a park early Saturday morning, Woodbury police said.

The unknown male attacker assaulted the victim at about 5:30 a.m. on a walking path on the northeast side of Markgrafs Lake Park, according to police and Pioneer Press. (*note: spell check for Markgrafs in Star Tribune)

Sgt. Neil Bauer of the Woodbury Police Deptartment said the woman could not identify her attacker. They are asking the public for leads to the isolated incident, according to Star Tribune.

The woman suffered some physical injuries and was treated at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, then later released said Bauer in the Pioneer Press.

Collision with dump truck kills student bicyclist

A University of Minnesota undergraduate student was killed in a collision with a semi-truck in the Dinkytown neighborhood on Thursday morning, Pioneer Press said.

Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull, 25, was traveling to campus as she entered the intersection of Fourth Street and 15th Avenue Southeast, according to police. The truck driver hit her while taking a right onto Fourth Street, The Minnesota Daily said.

Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty told The Minnesota Daily that traffic accident investigators are doing preliminary work to determine the speed of the semi-truck.

Within the last week in Minneapolis, this is the third deadly crash involving pedestrians or bicyclists, according to Pioneer Press.

Hull is remembered by friends for her spunk, upbeat personality and passion for filmmaking. She was planning to graduate in two weeks, The Minnesota Daily said.

New plan affects air controllers off hours

Federal officials announced a plan to guarantee a minimum of nine hours off between tightly scheduled shifts to air traffic controllers on Sunday morning, according to The Washington Post.

It took a seventh air traffic controller to fall asleep on Wednesday for the Federal Aviation Administration to understand that the current schedules were failing in their design, NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman told USA Today.

Within the nation's air-traffic system fatigue has become a major issue, but U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told The Washington Post that he has no tolerance for sleeping on the job.

There are currently 15, 475 controllers nationwide and it may take till the end of the week before the new rules take full effect, according to The Washington Post.

Legislators seek environmental study on trash burner downtown

Fourteen Minneapolis legislators are not convinced that Hennepin County has explored environmental alternatives in their letter sent Friday, according to MinnPost.

The garbage burner has supplied not enough information in the past, and legislators understand that an EIS will detail the consequences of large projects, County Commissioner told Star Tribune.

An EIS is the most expensive environmental study that can be done, but would finally allow the public and concerned people to have a long conversation on the issue, Star Tribune said.

The plant has requested to operate at capacity, which would add as much as 200 tons daily to the total garbage burner downtown, Star Tribune said.

Three students injured in Dinkytown hit-and-run

A car hit and injured three University of Minnesota students near Dinkytown early Friday morning, according to The Minnesota Daily.

Near the intersection of Fifth Street and 12th Avenue Southeast, Joe Bailin, his girlfriend Katelynn Hanson and their friend Sarah Bagley were heading west before the wrong-way driver knocked all three to the ground, Minneapolis Sgt. Stephen McCarthy said.

The car continued to travel on the sidewalk and hit Benjamin Van Handel, leaving him in critical condition. He is being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, according to Pioneer Press.

The students were out celebrating their acceptance into graduate architecture school over drinks at the Kitty Cat Klub, The Minnesota Daily said.

Yemen women protest against degrading comments by Saleh

In a brief speech to followers on Friday in Yemen, President Saleh requested men and women to stop mingling with those of no direct relation, in order to keep with cultural norms, Voice Of America News said.

Originally advised to stay at home, women continue to go against Islamic law after the verbal attack and degrading by their ruler, according to CNN International.

Saleh met with women leaders to explain the misunderstanding of the "encouragement, care, and support provided by the president to women in the country," CNN International said.

Mohammad Sabri commented on the lack of respect by the regime for the rights of expression. It appears that they want women to be lead by men at all times, according to CNN International.