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December 6, 2007

Bush's first direct communication with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 6 — President Bush sent a letter to Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader, the North’s official news agency and South Korean officials said today. It was Bush’s first direct communication with the North Korean dictator.

Christopher R. Hill, the top envoy to six-nation talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear programs, delivered the letter through the North Korean foreign minister, Pak Ui-chun, during his three-day trip to Pyongyang earlier this week, the Korean Central News Agency said. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/07/world/asia/07korea.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

A White House spokesman, Gordon D. Johndroe, responded to questions about the contents of the letter this morning by saying: “President Bush wrote letters to all the leaders involved in the six-party talks last Saturday, Dec. 1. In these letters, the President reiterated our commitment to the six-party talks and stressed the need for North Korea to come forward with a full and complete declaration of their nuclear programs, as called for in the September 2005 six-party agreement.? http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/07/world/asia/07korea.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin


Mr. Kim and President Bill Clinton exchanged letters, but this was the first time Mr. Kim received one from Mr. Bush, who has classified North Korea as an "axis of evil" country.


Washington is trying to persuade North Korea to disable their main nuclear complex and to declare their nuclear activities by the end of the year, but the negotiations on the revealing of nuclear programs were stalling by the North Koreans.

According to foxnews.com, North Korea conducted their first nuclear test explosion in October 2006, prompting international condemnation and sanctions. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,315473,00.html

In return to the revealing of nuclear programs agreement, the United States will “begin the process of removing? North Korea from a United States terrorism list “in parallel? with the North’s actions.


Bombing in Paris

PARIS - A parcel bomb in central Paris, exploded at a lawyer’s office on Thursday, killing one person and seriously injuring another, officials said. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22128344/

“Someone came to the office and left a package. The secretary who opened it in fact opened a parcel bomb. The parcel bomb killed her,? said Christian Charriere-Bournazel, the incoming president of the Paris bar association.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22128344/

Charriere-Bournazel said the injured person was a lawyer and his secretary was the person killed.

Another official, Francoise de Panafieu, said the secretary who died opened the package in the presence of the lawyer, who was injured. Most of the other people injured had minor injuries and shock, she said. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22128344/

According to Startribune.com, officials stressed that the motive for the attack was unclear.

Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said the bombed lawyer’s office was on the same floor, fourth floor, as the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah. They were created in 2000 with an endowment from recovered funds that were confiscated from French Jews during World War II. They support research and education about the Holocaust and Jewish culture. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22128344/

Police officers arrested 31 suspected Islamic militants today and offered a "substantial reward" for any information regarding the bombing attack.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE7DE133CF933A2575AC0A963958260


Holiday shopping trip gone bad - Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. - Robert Hawkins had a rough couple of events happen: he had been kicked out of his family's house, fired from McDonald's and had broken up with his girlfriend, leaving him to write a suicide note Wednesday at his home. http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_7646027

It said he wouldn't be a burden on his family anymore and "now I'll be famous," according to Debora Maruca-Kovac, who owns the home. http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_7646027

Hawkins went to the Westroads Mall, armed with a rifle and black back pack and camouflage vest. Witnesses said Hawkins fired down at shoppers from the third-floor balcony of the Von Maur store.

Police responded to a call of shots fired within six minutes, but they said by then it was all over. http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_7646027

The gunman was found dead on the third floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and his victims were discovered on the second and third floors of the Mall, police Sgt. Teresa Negron said. http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_7646027

Eight people, not including Hawkins, were killed, five wounded, and two critically injured.

When gunshots rang out in the mall, it took a moment for many to realize what was going on. Shawn Vidlak thought it sounded like a nail gun on a construction job. http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_7646027

"My knees rocked. I didn't know what to do, so I just ran with everybody else," said Kevin Kleine, 29, who was shopping with her 4-year-old daughter who hid in a dressing room with other shoppers and employees.http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_7646027


Hawkins lived with a friend's family in a house in a middle-class Bellevue neighborhood for a little over a year after his family kicked him out, Maruca-Kovac said.http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_7646027

"When he first came in the house, he was introverted, a troubled young man who was like a lost pound puppy that nobody wanted," Maruca-Kovac said.
http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_7646027

"I had a feeling it could be him," said Maruca-Kovac, who had read the note before turning it over to his mother.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/12/05/national/main3579871.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_3579871

Holiday feast for North Korea

South Korean will be sending 50,000 tons of corn to North Korea in hopes to help fight food shortages, an official said Thursday.
http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

The 18 billion corn aid will be shipped to the malnurished country at the beginning of this month, officials said.
http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

"I hope President Roh Mu-hyun will help our people with food aid," said an 18-year-old girl from Kaechon. "But I also hope he will send people to make sure that poor North Koreans receive the aid. Otherwise, no matter how much he sends, it won't make much difference to ordinary people." http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/09/27/news/edseouk.php

South Korea delivered 400,000 tons of rice aid to the North on Wednesday and has sent 2.6 million tons of rice to feed 23 million people since the 19990s. http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

However, North Korean defectors in South Korea are urging Seoul government to stop delivery the rice aid to the North, because the food is being diverted to the military instead of the intended beneficiaries.

According to Startribne.com, Former North Korean military officer Park Myung Ho said over 90 percent of South Korean rice aid goes to the military. http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html
"In the end, the South Korean humanitarian rice aid is being used to get (North Korean) military forces to be ready for war," said Sohn Jung Hoon, secretary of a North Korean defectors' group.http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

The two Koreas remain technically at war, since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a cease-fire that has never been replaced by a peace treaty, and showing continuing efforts that one will not be placed anytime soon. http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

Holiday feast for North Korea

South Korean will be sending 50,000 tons of corn to North Korea in hopes to help fight food shortages, an official said Thursday.
http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

The 18 billion corn aid will be shipped to the malnurished country at the beginning of this month, officials said.
http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

South Korea delivered 400,000 tons of rice aid to the North on Wednesday and has sent 2.6 million tons of rice to feed 23 million people since the 19990s. http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

However, North Korean defectors in South Korea are urging Seoul government to stop delivery the rice aid to the North, because the food is being diverted to the military instead of the intended beneficiaries.

According to Startribne.com, Former North Korean military officer Park Myung Ho said over 90 percent of South Korean rice aid goes to the military. http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html
"In the end, the South Korean humanitarian rice aid is being used to get (North Korean) military forces to be ready for war," said Sohn Jung Hoon, secretary of a North Korean defectors' group.http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

The two Koreas remain technically at war, since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a cease-fire that has never been replaced by a peace treaty, and showing continuing efforts that one will not be placed anytime soon. http://www.startribune.com/world/12198386.html

December 2, 2007

Analysis Blog on Records

http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=7344565&nav=menu40_3_1

In this paragraph: Hidden in Mississippi's real estate law book is language about illegal drug activity that affects the "physical or environmental condition of the property." But not even on the disclosure form that sellers and buyers use, does the law say meth or any other drug activity 'must' be disclosed.

I found the reporting interesting. They really dug deep to find out what the Mississippi real estate law book says about meth and housing. It's interesting that they don't have to say if there was meth in the house before. The reporter found a lot of information to make this story possible and researchable.

The reporter did a lot of good outside reporting by visiting the houses and talking to people about their houses and the history of their house and whether they knew or not if it there was a meth lab used in their house.

The reporter needed to know how to find the research and know where to find this information. I think he did a good job with his research and analyzing all of his information to make a good story.