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March 30, 2009

Four people shot at a house party

Four people are injured after a shooting at a house party in Ardmore Mobile Home Park in Lakeville sunday morning said KARE 11.

After a man was asked to leave the house, he walked away and then turned around and shot at the house said police. KARE 11

The victims' injuries were not fatal.

Officers were advised that the suspects had fled northbound in a vehicle on Cedar Avenue said Fox 9 News.

The suspects were pulled over and he handgun believed to be used in the shootings was recovered by officers nearby the scene of the traffic stop said Fox 9 News.

The suspects were taken into custody and await charges in Dakota County Jail.

Nursing home killing

Seven elderly patients and a nurse were killed by a gunmen at a nursing home in Carthage, N.C., Sunday morning.

The shooting occurred at Pinelake Health and Rehab, a one-story brick building with white rocking chairs out front said New York Times.

The patients were identified by The Associated Press as Louise Decker, 98; Lillian Dunn, 89; Tessie Garner, 88; John Goldston, 78; Bessie Hendrick, 78; Margaret Johnson, 89; and Jessie Musser, 88. All were residents. The nurse was identified as Jerry Avant Jr., 39.

Robert Stewart, 45,has been identified as the gunmen and has been wounded and apprehended at the scene, said Maureen Krueger, the Moore County district attorney.

Stewart was armed with a rifle, a shotgun and other weapons said a witness. CNN

Authorities have not yet released any information about the motives and connection that Stewart may have had with the nursing home said New York Times.

Stewart was not an employee of the nursing home -- the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center -- and he did not appear to have been related to any of the patients, said Carthage Police Chief Chris McKenzie. CNN

Natasha Richardson dies during a skiing trip

This article is not written in a standard obituary format. The lead does not mention when or where the death occured and it does not mention her age. It focused on notable identifying facts such as being the wife of Liam Neeson.

The article does not mention anything about how, where and when Richardson died. It may have been writen this way because there were already so much news coverage when her death occured and that it may have seemed redundant to restate how she died.

The first few paragraphs of this article seemed to have followed a different format of obituary writing. but the rest of the article was a chronological and resume like writing. There were to much information about movies and stage shows that she had appeared in. It seemed like most of the movies mentioned did not make a great impact on her life and that there were very affect impact on her career.

AThe article did source Richardson herself, but it almost seemed like the cut and pasted all the information from wikipedia.

March 16, 2009

A post card finally arrives after 47 years

A postcard sent from Montana arrives to its destination in Ohio after 47 years AOL news.

The postcard was sent to Marion White, 75, the previous renter of the box, who had died in 1988. The postcard was signed “Fran” and said “had a marvelous time in Montana," said ChinaDaily news.

Dave Conn the current owner of the mailing address found the mailing sent from Helena, Mont., in 1962.

Conn has done investigation of the post card and is determined that the card must have come from White's well-traveled friend Frances Murphey, a longtime reporter at the Akron Beacon Journal. She died in 1998 at age 75 said AOL news.

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Victor Dubina says the postcard may have been stuck in equipment or lost behind a mail chute.

Jury selection begins for Craiglist Killer

Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of 20-year-old man accused of killing a woman who answered a Craigslist ad for a babysitter said FOX9 news.

Michael John Anderson is charged with first-degree premeditated murder. Anderson is accused of killing 24-year-old Katherine Olson on Oct. 25, 2007 when she responded to Anderson’s false ad for a babysitter said KARE11 news.

Anderson allegedly shot Olson in the back and put her in the back of her car when she went to Anderson’s home to babysit. The car was found five blocks from Anderson’s home said FOX 9 news.

Anderson has pleaded not guilty. His defense attorneys have argued that Anderson's possible mild autism played a role in the shooting and was accidental said Kare 11 news.

Jogger attacked and robbed at Phalen Lake

A jogger is attacked and robbed at Phalen Lake Wednesday evening said KARE 11news.

Two masked men knocked a female jogger in the head, pushed her to the ground and kicked her while she was still on the ground. They also stole her ipod said KARE 11 news.

The victim sustained bruises, but does not appear to have any serious injuries.

The two men have not been identified, but police are looking for any connections with previous attacks at Phalen Lake said WCCO news.

Police urge people who go to Phalen Lake to bring a friend.

One-year-old killed killed on her birthday

A one-year-old died after being hit by an ice cream truck on her birthday in San Bernardino, CA on Wednesday said KTLA news and AHN news.

Diana Morales died 30 minutes after being struck at around 5 p.m. Wednesday at a hospitol, according to the local newspaper, The Press-Enterprise.

Morales’s brother was buying candy from the ice cream truck when she walked over and was ran over said KTLA news.

The girl's mother was inside the home with family members at the time.

The 47-year-old driver of the ice cream did not know she had run over the girl until she was pulled over by authorities said KTLA news.

She has not been cited and authorities are still investigating AHN news.

Brazilian man steals a plane and kidnapped his daughter

A Brazilian man kidnapped his daughter, steals a small plane and crashes it into a shopping center in Goiania city killing him and his daughter in the incident said Thaindian News.
Kleber Barbosa da Silva pushed his wife out of the moving vehicle and kidnapped his five-year-old daughter in Luziania, before stealing a single-engine plane from a local airport said Thaindian News. Name of the man was sourced from CNN news.
Kleber Barbosa da Silva pushed the pilot out the plane just before takeoff and crashed it into a shopping center said CNN news.
A helicopter pursuing the plane crashed into a parking lot after performing dangerous maneuvers to try and stop the plane said Thaindian News.
There have not been any announcements if there are other deaths or injuries about the people within the area of both crashes.
The mother sustained severe injury from being thrown out of the moving vehicle and in the hospital.
Authorities have not yet determined the reasons why the man kidnapped his daughter.

March 9, 2009

Polar Bear Plunge for charity

Although the article is short it about the annual polar bear plunge to help raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Minnesota.

The source is not really stated, but it would seem like the Minnesota law enforcement would be a good source because it is a fund raising for them to help support the Special Olympics.

The angle that the reporter takes on is doing something cool for a great cause. Instead of just listing the time and place of the polar bear plunge, the reporter talks about the reason for the event, the recording breaking plunges they had the year before raising a total of $612,000 for charity and that fact that it is something fun to do over the weekend.

The reporter does not only list what and when the event is going to happen, but also past events, why and how.
With the knowledge of why this event is happening is a great angle for an event such as this.

Not everyone is willing to plunge in to ice cold water, but if it is for a great cause then maybe it can change people’s minds.

World's heaviest man and his new car

World’s heaviest man of 2006 will be able to leave his home in a specially remolded vehicle that will be able to sustain his weight.

Manuel Uribe, weighing in at a little under half a ton, is receiving a 1989 Chevrolet Astrovan improvised to support his weight. The minivan is an open-air convertible said Celebgalz news.

Manuel will put a bed on the back of the van to drive around town, with his new wife as the driver.

Manuel also has a remodeled garage that includes a forklift to help raise his regular bed up to the level of his car bed, allowing him to switch locations from time to time said AOL news.

This will vehicle will help Manuel get away from his home, which he has mostly been confined to in the last six years.

New discovered evidence of a more advanced ancient civilization in Malasyia

Researchers with a Malaysian university uncovered evidence of a more advanced ancient civilization than thought to be in Southeast Asia.

Archaeologists found remains of an iron smelting site and tools to pump oxygen into the iron, rooftops of buildings, beads, and pots said CNN news.

The discovery was made in Lembah Bujang, a historical site in Malaysia.

The remains of the findings prove that the technology and the people were more advanced than scholars first estimated.

Pieces of the finding were sent to a Florida testing facility, where carbon testing revealed the age of the findings. Samples revealed that there were at least 1,700-years-old, give or take 40 years dating back to the third of fourth century said Softpedia news.

Center for Archaeological Research Malaysia director Mokhtar Saidin said “This result (...) really shows that the Bujang Valley people during that time were very high-tech.”

Fax letter leads cops to a dead body

An anonymous fax sent to a television station gives detailed information on the whereabouts of a dead woman in California.

Denise Figueroa, 22, was found Saturday afternoon by authorities when they followed the tip off from the fax letter.

Figueroa was reported missing by family members on Feb. 28, said police officials. Fox 9 news.

The fax said that the woman was killed on Feb. 28 and that her body was in a black trash bag in the back of her trunk said KARE 11 news. The fax also included the location of the car, the woman’s name and the names of two men. The fax letter claims that one of the men is the killer and the other cleaned up the mess in the victim’s car.

According to Figueroa's uncle Daniel Sanchez, the person that was last seen with Figueroa called her father saying "I didn't mean to hurt her. I'm sorry, I'm sorry." Fox 9 news.

One of the named men was arrested on unrelated charges on March 3 and is jail.

County coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said an autopsy likely be performed on Monday to determine how Figueroa died. Fox 9 news.

Investigators are trying to track down the person who sent the fax and the other man mentioned in the letter.

Body found frozen in a golf course pond

A body was found Friday afternoon, encased in ice in pond at the Majestic Oak Golf Course by a groundskeeper according to KARE 11 news.

According to authorities the body appears to be that of a man, based on its clothing. They have cut a chunk of ice with the body still in to do further investigation and will check to see if the body fits any description of a missing persons report. Kare 11 news.

They also believe that the body was there before the water had frozen.

Authorities believe that the ice has frozen any evidence to the death and believe that foul play was involved said FOX 9 news.

Deaf Apple Valley women left in a comma after a hit-and-run

A deaf Apple Valley woman is left in a coma after a hit-and-run accident Friday night said KARE11 news.

Joan LeVasseur, 25, was crossing the street at Cedar Avenue at 153rd Street in Apple Valley when a large light colored vehicle hit LeVasseur and left the scene said KARE11 news.

LeVasseur’s family said that she was trying to lose weight and had decided to walk to Cub Foods, three miles away from her home to buy cat food.

Police said that the vehicle should have fresh front-end damage from the hit-and-run accindent. WCCO news
There were several witnesses at the incident, but no one could identify the license plate of the vehicle said WCCO news.

"There are a lot of broken hearts asking for someone to come forward and tell us what they know," said Joan's stepfather, Robert Boever.

March 2, 2009

Man braggs to polices that he can not be caught

After bragging to police that he could not be caught for stealing a car, a Duluth man is behind bars.

The 23-year-old stole a car, pumped gas and the fled without paying. He was later spotted by police and was chased but got away said KSTP.

He then proceeded to call 911 and brag about how he could not be caught.

The man abandoned the car but was caught when another man called 911 that there was a prowler in a shed.

Women hides drugs in her bra

After a tip off to Winona police of a car suspected of a drug deal, police pulled over the suspected vehicle and searched the women in the car said KARE 11.

The 20-year-old woman Cochrane, Wisconsin hid 100 grams of marijuana and 4.25 grams of cocaine in her bra and was also carrying $600 in cash said Winona Deputy Chief Tom Williams.

The women is in custod said Leadertelegram news.

U.S. Journalist arrested in Iran

Roxane Saberi , 31, a free lance journalist has not been heard from since Feb. 10. She was arrested in Iran and was detained after buying a bottle of wine said her father who last talked to her on Feb. 10 said AP.

Buying and selling alcohol is illegal in the Islamic republic.

Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized Iran for arresting journalists and suppressing freedom of speech said AP.

Saberi has lived in Iran for the last six years and was writing a book about the culture and the people of Iran.

Iranian officials have not publically confirmed the arrest. An U.S. State Department duty officer said that they were looking into an AP request for more information.

Bangladesh Mutiny

Mutiny broke out on Wednesday inside the headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) where more than 160 officers were located.
More than 2,000 BDR guards opened fired in the headquarters of where the officers were located at said Guardian news.
Eighty eight bodies have been recovered from mass graves in the outskirts of Dhaka. At least 22 bodies have also been recovered from the Buriganga River.
The mutiny occurred when BDR members took dozens of their superiors hostage because their superiors dismissed their appeals for more pay, subsidized food and opportunities to participate in U.N. peacekeeping operations said CNN.
Security forces have set up highway check points and are searching the area for the guards who were involves in the rebel and mutiny.