February 2011 Archives

Analysis: Multimedia

The multimedia sections of the New York Times and Star Tribune are different according to the content of their main coverage.

Both venues offer slideshows, videos, audio, podcasts, etc. These features provide the reader and common audience with a visual and oral experience into the news. The ability to tell a story through something other than written words or print helps the newspaper to reach its technology-driven audience.

News stories are broken down and visualized by readers to create a more realistic image in their minds. Understanding is usually clearer about the subject when more outlets are offered on the topic addressed.

These writings include short segments of a news article that sum up what is happening in the pictures of a slideshow and then a lead sentence on the bigger picture and the images to follow. The facts are limited and concise, including only enough information to tell the story. Most background information is left for the newspaper articles.

Two Harbors man pleads guilty to hoarding 100 cats

Edward Todd Stoehr, 70, was accused of hoarding more than 100 cats and pleaded guilty on Friday to animal neglect and maltreatment, according to Duluth News Tribune.

Two years of positive probation and a $1,500 fine was ordered as part of a plea deal, as well as the reduction of felony charges to a misdemeanor, reported Star Tribune.

Stoehr has not been formally sentenced yet, reported Duluth News Tribune, but the conditions of the cats was enough to know that neglect was happening under this man's provision.

Duluth Township Police Chief Shawn Padden said that the smell of the scene was "the worst I've ever been in," according to Duluth News Tribune.

Copper stolen from Firefighters Museum

The Firefighters Hall and Museum of Minneapolis was stolen from sometime in the last three weeks which means large financial hits to a nonprofit facility, reported Star Tribune.

Copper contained in the condensers on the roof was cut out, adding to the uncommon copper theft trend, according to Star Tribune.

A new pair of HVAC units will cost $13,000 and insurance is expected to rise, but only cover some of the replacement costs, reported KARE 11.

James Sanberg, chairman of the museum's board, said the remnants of the units was discovered when a worker went on the roof to check for possible ice damage, reported Star Tribune.

Three arrested for stealing meth ingredient

Three people were arrested Friday night after investigators watched them steal anhydrous ammonia, an extremely dangerous ingredient in the manufacturing of meth, reported the Winona Daily News.

Twin Valley Ag has been the recent target of burglaries caught on video surveillance in St. Charles, Minn., reported Star Tribune.

The three all face five felonies but do not admit to stealing, although their car and suspect descriptions match past reports, reported Winona Daily News.

This extremely dangerous chemical cannot be obtained without a license and can be deadly or possibly explosive.

Oman protests hit new level

Demonstrators where shot dead when police opened fire with rubber bullets, said an official in Oman. Five others were also wounded when they tried to storm a police station, reported Vancouver Sun.

Tension raised by these pro-democracy protestors the the command of various monarchs and sheiks in the Gulf, reported Star Tribune.

In Sohar, protestors demanding a greater voice in the country's affairs were also tear gassed by local officers, reported Star Tribune.

Although the tone seemed different in Bahrain, one of the most politically volatile nations in the gulf, Omanis are seeking to only be heard and provoke change.

Wisconsin protesters fail to leave by deadline

Protesters have filled the Wisconsin Capitol since Feb. 15 and few have failed to leave the building by a 4 p.m. Sunday deadline, reported Star Tribune.

Washington Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said that officers are trying to persuade protestors to leave voluntarily son that no arrests have to be made, according to the Associated Press.

The possibility of stripping the unions rights to collectively bargain has promoted this fight against Scott Walker, Wisconsin's new republican governor.

Karen Tuerk, one of the volunteers, told USA Today that they do not want to get in the way of those that want to demonstrate "civil disobedience in a peaceful manner."

Spot and follows: Twin Cities snow emergency

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Most recently, the Twin Cities metro is experiencing a winter storm that is estimated to bring 10 to 17 inches of snow to Minnesotans.
Today's lead includes many of the storm's extremities such as grounded flights and closed businesses. This is different from yesterday's article that explained what the Minnesota was expecting before the snow actually began to fall. The lead from Saturday, was written to advise those traveling to reconsider with the weather that was on its way.
Today, the article mentions what the metro area is doing to currently remove the snow and what citizens should expect for the next 24 hours.
The advancement of the article basically follows the progress of the storm, but definitely changed after the "blizzard" had arrived. The Star Tribune is the major newspaper covering this storm, although other places are affected by the storm as well.

Amtrak evacuated in Montana

A drunken Burnsville man said he left a bomb aboard the Amtrak on Tuesday during a Montana blizzard, reported Star Tribune.

Hussein Abdi Hassan pleaded not guilty to two charges of felony criminal endangerment and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, according to The Great Falls tribune.

Passengers were evacuated and forced to wait 11 hours until the train was declared bomb-free, according to an Amtrak official.

The search by local officials totaled more than eight hours, also forcing to bring in a new crew because the individuals worked the maximum amount of hours allowed to work ,reported Missoulian.

Wisconsin boy dies at Spirit Mountain

A 12-year-old Wisconsin boy died on Friday in Duluth at Spirit Mountain in an accident on the slopes while skiing with his church group, reported Star Tribune.

He was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center, reported Star Tribune, after Ski Patrol officers attempted to resuscitate him halfway down a slope.

The boy was found unconscious with traumatic injuries, reported Duluth News Tribune, but was not breathing.

The patient's name was not released, but he is from Grantsburg, Wisconsin.


Ousted Madagascar president promises return

Marc Ravalomanana, Madagascar's ousted president attempted to return home on Friday from his exile in South America, reported Star Tribune.

He was ousted in a 2009 military-backed takeover led by Andy Rajoelina, a disc jockey supported by the government, according to the Star Tribune.

Ravalomanana is avoiding arrest after a Madagascar court convicted him last year of conspiracy to commit murder, reported The Washington Post.

If he is to return, as he has promised, he will be sentenced to life with hard labor, reported The Washington Post.

Twin Cities man hits cow on Harley in Florida

A Cottage Grove man died after he crashed his motorcycle into a cow in the Tampa Bay area, reported the Miami Herald.

The impact sent the man flying and was pronounced dead on the scene according to authorities.

Maurice Anthony Fugere was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on U.S. Highway 41, reported Star Tribune.

The cow was standing in the road about 7:30 p.m. when he entered the curve in the road, reported St. Petersburg Times.

Shakopee woman sentenced to 51 months in prison

A Scott County judge sentenced former Shakopee High School secretary Deanna Stanius on Friday to 4 years and three months in prison, according to Shakopee Valley News.

Restitution to the school district totaling $184,492 was also ordered by Judge William Macklin, reported Star Triune, after pleading guilty to six counts of felony theft in November.

She used a school-issued credit card for $8,000 at Mystic Lake Casino and took money by forging and cashing checks from the school's student activity account over three years, reported Star Tribune.

One year in jail and a 40-year probation period, paying $150 per month, was the alternative sentence, reported Shakopee Valley News.


Structure: progression of Denny Hecker's case

The article containing Denny Hecker's sentencing is full of numbers and potential to become quite confusing to even the the most avid reader.

Dee DePass and David Phelps did a clean effort in portraying the information.

The meat of the article was in the beginning, followed by quotes from Hecker, his family and friends, and his attorney.

Besides the evil that this case involves, the writers made an effort to include opinions of Hecker in a positive light as well.

The reporters also ordered the information in time relevant order. Hecker may have pleaded guilty in September, but the actual sentencing is what the story is highlighting.

Information was presented in the most efficient way when referencing to the possible structures of a news story.

Denny Hecker gets 10 years

Denny Hecker was sentenced on Friday by a federal judge to the maximum 10-year prison term for scamming auto lenders and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

He must also pay restitution to the victims, totaling $31.36 million, reported Star Tribune, and that is far from the $250 million in defaulted loans owed to Chrysler Financial.

The 58-year-old apologized for his crimes after months in jail, and admitting that his ego got too big resulting in desperate efforts to cover up his crimes, reported Pioneer Press.

Family members and friends believe that many people have forgotten Hecker as the upstanding businessman up until the last two years of his 30-year career, when his businesses started failing, reported Pioneer Press.

New roof for the Metrodome

The stadium commission voted unanimously Thursday to install a new 10-acre cover at the Metrodome.

The teflon-coated fiberglass cover is estimated to cost $18.3 million, reported the Star Tribune, but the Vikings do not see it as a long-term stadium solution.

The NFL preseason starts in August and Ted Mondale, head of the Metropolitan Sports Facility Commision, said a full replacement could take 5 to 6 months to complete, reported Fox News.

The Star Tribune reported that this may end up being the fastest public construction job since the rebuilding of the Interstate 35W bridge.


Baby monitor recall prompted by 2 deaths.

About 1.7 million monitors were recalled by Summer Infant, based in Woonsocket, R.I., on Friday after being linked to the strangulation of two infants.

The company is offering new on-product warning labels and instructions about monitor placement, reported the Star Tribune, but no replacement of the product is being made.

The monitors were sold between 2003 and 2011, reported the Star Tribune, but the Epoch Times added that it took the two deaths in the last year and near strangulations to prompt the recall.

Parents and caregivers are warned never to place monitors or cameras with cords within 3 feet of babies cribs, reported the Epoch Times.

Thousands protest in Algeria

Thousands of Algerians defied an official ban on demonstrations in their capital Sunday, the day after weeks of mass protests in Egypt toppled the autocratic ruler.

The Star Tribune reports that 400 people were briefly detained, but no violence was mentioned at this marking point of bold defiance.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been in power since 1999, reported Taipei Times, and has failed to use its available resources to support the bulk of Algerians 35 million people.

For 10 years, Algerians have not been able to march in Algiers but that fear of a psychological barrier is finally gone, reported Star Tribune.

Mailed puppy not returned to owner

An administrative officer ruled Monday that a Minneapolis woman's puppy will not be returned to her after attempting to send it through the U.S. mail system.
The 4-month-old Schnauser-poodle mix was nearly sent in a cardboard box last month by Stacey Champion, 39, attempting to send it to her son in Atlanta reported Star Tribune.
Minneapolis postal workers became suspicious when the box fell off the counter, without any forced outside motions acting on the box reported CBS News.
Police Sgt. William Palmer said the airplane's unheated and non-pressurized cargo hold would certainly be conditions to kill the puppy reported CBS News.

AT&T tower creates talk

A cell phone tower on the St. Croix is upsetting opponents with its height and visibility.
At&T reassured the public that concerns about the 150-foot tower have been taken into account, reported the Star Tribune.
The Chisago County Board voted 3-2 recently to approve construction despite objections from conversationalists and residents in the valley, reported the Chisago County Press.
Board member, Lora Walker, offered a revised approval action requiring the height of the tower to be lowered, reported the Chisago County Press.

Effective Ohio attributions

Looking deeper at the Ohio fraternity house shooting by MSNBC, there are numerous attributions used by the reported in the Sunday article.
The names of the men arrested were not listed, but important figures in the community such as the University president, the police chief, and fraternity representatives.
Most new information is listed in the first half of the article, but other points are elaborated upon with new sources later in the reading.
Eyewitnesses and people involved commented on the loss, instead of records being searched for past information.
The attributions used are necessary and reveal the impact that it has had on the surrounding community and its residents. No confusion was detected in the facts that were released to the public.

Green Bay comes out on top

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 31-25 victory Sunday before one of the largest crowds in NFL history--103,985--at Cowboy's Stadium.
Packers quarterback, Aaron Rogers, was named Super Bowl XLV MVP, creating three touchdowns and no interception passes, USA Today reported.
The Packers won after nobody thought they could hang on with the loss of key starters injured, the Star Tribune reported.
USA Today reported that the Packers never trailed and will be known as the second sixth seat to win a Super Bowl.

Judge rejects SweeTango suit

Arguments that an illegal monopoly was created by the University of Minnesota and a single orchard by a judge on Friday.
The Star Tribune reported that the exclusive agreement between the university and Pepin Heights Orchard hurt other orchards by limiting the number of trees they could grow.
Restriction to sell SweeTango to wholesalers will result in an increase of revenue for orchards, reported Star Tribune.
Growers are worried due to the expected popularity of the apple creation--a combination of Honey Crisp and Zestar--reported The Minnesota Daily.

Student killed at Ohio shooting

A Youngstown State University student died Sunday morning from a bullet to the head at an Ohio fraternity house party.
Youngstown police Chief Jimmy Hughes told reporters that two men were arrested and charged later Sunday with aggravated murder, shooting into a house and 11 accounts of felonious assault, reports Star Tribune.
Some type of altercation occurred between the two men before bullets sprayed into the crowd, reports USA Today.
Capt. Rod Foley said the dead student, Jamail E. Johnson, was apparently trying to separate two groups when he was shot, Star Tribune reported.

Iranian-Americans accused of spying

Three Americans accused of spying entered not guilty pleas during the Iranian court session Sunday in Tehran, Iran.
The trial began after an 18-month detention of U.S. Academic, Haleh Esfandiari, and two others, the Star Tribune reported.
Spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi told reporters from MSNBC that Esfandiari has been informed of charges against her for endangering national security through propaganda and espionage for foreigners.
The Star Tribune reports that Iran's judiciary rejected apparent appeals by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to show them leniency.

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