December 8, 2008

Decemeber 8th in History

This information is from the Assciated Press.

Dec. 8, 1941- The U.S. entered World War II, a day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor

Dec 8, 1776- George Washington and his men retreated across the Delaware River.

Dec. 8, 1863- President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.

Dec. 8, 1980- John Lennon was shot to death by a deranged fan outside of this New York City apartment.

November 16, 2008

Gophers Fall to Badgers

The Gophers started Saturday’s game against the Badgers up by 14 points only to lose in the end by three.

The offensive line held up for the first half, protecting Adam Weber, but let the Badgers score off of two safeties, the Star Tribune reported.

The Gophers will host Iowa in their last home game of the year on Saturday. Saturday’s game is the last one the Gophers will ever play in the Metrodome until the new TCF stadium opens in the fall of 2009.

October 26, 2008

Gopher Football Prepared for Homecoming

After an 1-11 season in 2007, the Minnesota Gophers have made the ultimate comeback and are now 7-1 in the 2008 season.

Homecoming has been the motivating factor for the Gophers in their last two games on the road. Both Illinois and Purdue selected the Gophers to be their homecoming "chumps" in the hopes of an easy win, Brewster and the Gophers had another agenda.

"Coach Tim Brewster made it clear to his football team that the Gophers were being treated with sizable disrespect by being designated as Homecoming opponents," reported the Star Tribune.

The Gophers beat Illinois in an upset 27-20 and held Purdue to under 10 points with a 17-6 victory.

The Gophers will host Northwestern Saturday at the Metrodome for homecoming, hoping to keep their winning streak alive.

October 19, 2008

Sarah Palin, Saturday Night Live

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’ to critique as well as make light of Tina Fey’s comedic portrayal of her on the show.

Palin was also accompanied by actor Alec Baldwin who mistook the Gov. for Fey’s character in the opening of the show.

"Forgive me, I feel I must say this: You are way hotter in person,? Baldwin said to end the skit.

The Gov. also appeared in the ‘Weekend Update’ skit where she swayed along to a rap about John McCain, reported the Los Angeles Times.

October 10, 2008

Tropical Species on the Run From the Heat

Not only are the polar regions in danger due to global warming, but the tropical regions may face an even greater problem.

“Many lowland tropical species could be in trouble,? A team of researchers in Friday’s edition of Science warn.

The increase in heat may cause lowland animals to escape to cooler climates. In the tropics this means moving up mountainsides, and to those already at the highest peaks, nowhere to go but to survive the climate change or die.

“Some species will thrive, but they are likely to be those already adapted to stressful conditions,? Robert K. Colwell, research team leader at the University of Connecticut said.

“A separate paper in Science reported that warming climate has already scrambled the ranges of small mammals in Yosemite National Park,? reported the LA Times.

October 5, 2008

Spot and Follows

I chose the story about the O.J. Simpson case and the results. The leads differ in their wording, but in terms of their meaning they are the same. The second story elaborates on a part in the O.J. Simpson trial, on the reaction from the jurors and why they chose the decision that they did.

The second story was not written as a response to a report, it just opened up another aspect of the first story.

Salmonella Found in Frozen Chicken Dinners

Thirty-two people in twelve states have become ill after not fully cooking their frozen chicken dinners.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a warning to consumers about meals that have breaded chicken, or the brown appearance of already being cooked. They said meals with chicken need to be cooked properly and not in a microwave.

Depending on the severity of the bacteria, Salmonella can cause abdominal muscle cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and the chance of dehydration,

“The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the warning Friday after Minnesota health officials found a link between the chicken dinners with salmonella illnesses reported in Minnesota and 11 other states,? USA Today reported.

September 28, 2008

Twins Become Tigers Fans For A Day

The Minnesota Twins shut out the Kansas City Royals in Sunday’s game in Minn. with a 6-0 win, inching them ever nearer to the American League Central title.

If the Detroit Tigers can steal a win away from the White Sox in Monday’s game, the Twins will be celebrating their fifth ALC title in seven years.

The Twins are currently half a game ahead of the White Sox in the title race and would like to clinch that title tomorrow, even if that means becoming Tigers fans for a day.

"I'll tell you what, if they [Chicago] lose, it won't be subdued. We'll have a little bit of fun here. These guys have earned it,? Gardenhire said, The Star Tribune Reported.

The White Sox play the Tigers in Chicago at 2:05 p.m. ET Monday.

September 21, 2008

Car Accident leaves One Dead and Four Injured

A car crash in Minneapolis on Sunday left one man dead and four others injured.

At about 1:30 Sunday afternoon a northbound vehicle on Park Avenue S. ran a red light and struck an eastbound vehicle.

Three victims are in critical condition and one in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. The passenger in the eastbound vehicle died.

Minneapolis police Sgt. Jesse Garcia said it's unclear exactly which cars the injured parties were riding in. One victim is a juvenile and the others are adults, reported the Star Tribune.

September 14, 2008

$100 Million For Checked Baggage

Continental Airlines will average about $100 million a year in fees and savings by charging passengers to check their luggage, reported USA Today.

An increase in fuel prices has caused airlines around the country to raise their fares and lower available seating. According to USA Today, an SEC filing Thursday said Continental’s percentage of seats filled will drop 1 to 2 percent but the company will see “substantially higher? mainline domestic yields.

“More bookings on significantly less capacity is simply a drawn-out way of expressing 'pricing power,"' JP Morgan analyst Jamie Baker wrote. "While we are often dismissive of bookings commentary, Continental's language appears (to us) an effort to assuage largely misplaced investor fears that demand is poised to crater."

Starting Oct. 7, Continental, the nation’s fourth-largest airline will begin charging $15 for passenger’s first checked bag. The New York Times reported that bags exceeding weight and size restrictions could be subject to additional fees, the airline said.