Analysis: CAR

In an four part investigation of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., America's second largest railroad, by the Star Tribune, the reporter used computer assisted reporting.

The reporters pooled many court documents to pull this article series together. The provide the documents they refer to in PDF links alongside the article. They write an article about the whole controversy with the BNSF Corp., but also provide a different type of media each day for four days.

The first day they use an interactive map to show readers the BNSF Corp.'s past history with the courts in seven states, including Minn. The court documents are again provided.

The second day the reporters a side story about one particular case involving two dead workers. It gives a specific example of how the main article is relevant to others. This means the reporters went through court documents and after analyzing certain cases, furthered reported on specific people.

The reporter's go on to give the readers different pieces of the puzzle and let them put it all together.

Heisman winner under controversy

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was awarded the Heisman Trophy Saturday night, but his father remained absent from the ceremony.

Newton's father, Cecil Newton, is currently under investigation by the NCAA for trying to sell his son to Mississippi State, according to the New York Times. The NCAA cleared Newton for eligibility, but his father decided to avoid the ceremony so he wouldn't "rob" his son of his deserved spotlight.

Even in light of the investigation, Newton enjoyed a landslide victory, becoming the third Auburn player to win the highest honor in college football according to the Associated Press.

17 South Korean sailors missing

A South Korean fishing vessel sank Monday off the coast of Antarctica leaving 5 dead and 17 missing.

20 sailors were rescued from the wreck. South Korean and New Zealand ships aided in the search for 17 still missing sailors.

The fishing boat, the In Sung, carried 42 sailors when it sank around 4:30 a.m. South Korean time about 1,000 miles north of a Unites States research center, which received no distress signal, the New York Times reported.

The five dead include two Indonesians, two South Koreans and one Vietnamese according to the Associated Press. The ship's crew included sailors from South Korea, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Russia.

Metrodome roof collapses after storm

The roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow Sunday, the result of storm that piled snow as high as two feet in some areas.

According to KARE 11, crews in charge of clearing snow were pulled off the roof of the Metrodome early Sunday as weather worsened and safety became a concern.

The storm is being recorded as one of the five worst storms in Twin Cities history, leaving 17 inches of snow in it's wake by Saturday night the Associated Press reported.

The Teflon roof collapsed around 5 a.m., after three panels tore under the weight of the snow that had accumulated overnight.

Mark Madoff commits suicide

The son of Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff committed suicide Saturday in his Manhattan apartment.

According to the Associated Press, Mark Madoff, 46, hanged himself with a dog leash from a metal ceiling beam in his apartment. His death was ruled a suicide by the New York City medical examiner's officer on Sunday.

CNN reported that Madoff committed suicide on the two year anniversary of his father's arrest, while his wife was out of town and his 2-year-old son was asleep in the other room. His body was discovered by his father-in-law.

His immediate family have not commented on his death.

St. Thomas student dies in house fire

A University of St. Thomas student died early Saturday in a house fire in St. Paul.

The Pioneer Press reported that Michael Adam Larson, 20, of Woodbury, was asleep in his home on the 1700 block of Selby Avenue in St. Paul, when a fire started around 3 a.m., police said.

Larson's three other roommates, who were asleep upstairs when the fire started, were able to escape the blaze by jumping from a second story window. They suffered smoke inhalation and minor injuries and were taken to Regions Hospital, according to the Star Tribune.

Firefighters have determined that the fire started on the enclosed porch, but no cause has been found, and authorities don't think it is suspicious.

WikiLeaks under fire

Supporters of WikiLeaks have been posting mirror sites Sunday, while the founder faces heavy pressure from the United States and allied countries.

CNN reported that WikiLeaks, a site that has been posting numerous confidential U.S. government documents online, has posted instructions on creating a mirror sites to keep the information available.

The New York Times reported that WikiLeaks posted the instructions after many Internet providers cut off services to WikiLeaks. Mirror sites are websites that host exact copies of another site's content. This makes censorship next to impossible.

Iran nuclear program self-sufficient

Iran has announced that it is now capable of harvesting uranium, making its nuclear program independent from foreign sources.

Iran made the announcement a day before Iran is to continue stalled nuclear talks with Germany and the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council: the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom CNN reported.

The Associated Press reported that Western officials downplayed the announcement, stating that Iran wouldn't have enough ore to maintain a nuclear program.

Emmer withdrawls almost 2,600 challenges

Emmer's attorneys have dropped almost 2,600 "frivolous" ballot challenges in Hennepin County.

The Pioneer Press reported that after officials deemed them frivolous, almost all challenges were dropped, and only 24, less than one percent, remained.

The Star Tribune reported that former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, one of Emmer's attorneys, admitted that Emmer will probably lose in the recount.

Mother and two sons killed in Minneapolis collision

A mother and her two sons were killed Sunday after a man being chased by police crashed into their car in Minneapolis.

Amanda Jean Thomas, 29, of Fridley, and her two sons, ages 12 and three months, whose names have not been released according to the State Patrol, were killed in northern Minneapolis around 12:45 a.m. the Star Tribune reported.

The suspect was arrested after attempting to flee the scene on foot State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said.

According to the Pioneer Press, at about 12:30 a.m. a trooper spotted the suspect driving erratically on Interstate 94 heading west, and attempted to pull them over. The suspect took the Dowling Avenue exit and proceeded to speed and run several red lights before hitting Thomas' car.