October 2010 Archives

First woman elected president in Brazil

Dilma Rousseff was elected as the first female president in Brazil on Sunday.

The New York Times reported that Rousseff was elected by Brazilians in favor of continuing the current economic and social policies. Rousseff was former President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva's chief of staff and energy minister, and promised to follow his policies.

NPR reported the Rousseff was a former Marxist guerrilla who was tortured and imprisoned during Brazil's democracy. She has never held an elected position before.

Terror plot thwarted, but U.S. remains vigilant

Explosive packages addressed to two Chicago synagogues were intercepted Friday, thwarting a terrorist attack aimed at the United States.

The packages were sent from Yemen, home to the most active al-Queda branch, according to Obama's counterterror chief, John Brennan.

The Associated Press reported that one of the packages was found on a cargo plane in Dubai, while the other was found in England. Tests showed that the packages contained a powerful industrial explosive.

In the U.S., cargo planes were diverted and searched.

CNN reported that synagogues in Illinois are on alert, and are being extra careful about accepting unexpected packages, especially from over seas.

Steven Bob, a rabbi at a western Chicago synagogue, said he doesn't expect that news of the event will deter worshipers from attending.

Blaine teenager hit by car

A 15-year-old girl died after being hit by a car in Blaine on Wednesday.

The Star Tribune said Sarah Hendrickson was crossing County Road 10 near the intersection of Washington Street, when she was hit by a car at around 6:20 a.m.

It was still dark and she was not in the crosswalks, police said.

The Associated Press reported that the driver pulled over and called 911. Hendrickson was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, where she later died.

Minneapolis family missing in Wyoming mountains

Another search for four members of a Minneapolis family in the Wyoming mountains ended without success Sunday.

The Associated Press reported that Luke Bucklin, 40, was the pilot of a small plane carrying himself and his three sons, which went missing about an hour after it took off from Jackson.

The family was headed for Riverton, Wyo., and then Minneapolis, and took off during a snowstorm. Bucklin's wife and youngest son took a commercial flight home.

The Star Tribune reported that searchers are trying to pinpoint the source of an emergency signal, believed to be coming from the family's plane, and searchers have been delayed due to bad weather.

135 people found after tsunami in Indonesia

135 missing people were found by rescue crews after a tsunami hit Indonesia, authorities said Saturday.

CNN reported that the tsunami killed at least 413 people, and over a hundred people are still missing.

MSNBC reported that military officials moved more villagers off the side off the volcano that erupted Tuesday, after it exploded again Saturday.

A woman died during the evacuation bringing the death toll to 36 from the volcanic eruption.

Analysis: Speeches/Meetings

The Star Tribune ran a story on the speech given by President Obama at a rally for DFL candidate Mark Dayton.

The speech was covered by multiple staff reporters, and gives a first-hand account of the rally, including the energy in the crowd and the way the president conducted himself.

The writers included some full quotes, adding to it with their own observations. This particular coverage is more about the speech and the response to the rally by students and the other Minnesotan gubernatorial candidates.

WikiLeaks publishes Iraq documents

The website WikiLeaks published classified military documents from the Iraq war Friday.

According to the Associate Press, this was the second major release of classified U.S. war documents by the website in the past four months. In July, WikiLeaks posted almost 77,000 documents from the Afghan conflict.

Officials believe the release will emphasize the failings of the Iraqi government.

CNN reported the release provides a new picture on how many Iraqi citizens have been killed and Iran's involvement in supporting Iraqi militants, according to the New York Times, just one of the many news organizations the information was released to before it was published on the site.

The Pentagon is not happy with the release, and is worried about the people named in the documents.

"There are 300 names of Iraqis in here that we think would be particularly endangered by their exposure," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said. "We have passed that information on to U.S. Forces Iraq. They are in the process right now of contacting those Iraqis to try to safeguard them."

NPR news analyst fired. Signs on with Fox News

Former NPR news analyst signs on with Fox news, after being fired for comments made to Fox News' Bill O' Reilly.


CNN reported
that Juan Williams said he gets nervous when he sees people in "Muslim garb" on his plane while a guest on the O' Reilly Factor.

NPR executives fired him for the comment, and have since backed up the decision, stating that this was not the first time Williams has crossed the line while working for NPR.


The Associated Press reported
that Williams has received a lot of support in the aftermath, and NPR has reported that people have called in to complain about the way the situation was handled.

AP has also reported that some Republican leaders have asked congress to cut off federal funding for NPR.

NPR is in the middle of pledge season, and executives said it has not been affected by the termination of Williams. Many stations have been meeting or surpassing their fundraising goals.

Hunter accidentally shot by brother

A man was injured Saturday while hunting grouse near Orr in northeastern Minnesota.

The Associated Press reported that Daniel Paul Liska, 48, and his brother David Richard Liska, 49, both of Forest Lake, were hunting near Elephant Lake early Saturday morning, police said.

The Mesabi Daily News reported the brothers were about 30 yards apart when a grouse was flushed and David Liska shot at it, accidentally hitting his brother in the face and hand.

Daniel Liska was taken to Cook Hospital, and was treated and released.

Man hit while chasing dog

A Minnesota man was in critical condition Sunday after being struck on Interstate 94 while trying to catch his dog.

The Star Tribune reported that Joshua James Davis, of St. Micheal, walked onto the eastbound lanes of I-94 in Hudson, Wis. after his pit bull got loose and ran into traffic Saturday, and was hit by a car.

Davis was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The Pioneer Press reported that the driver of the car, Samantha Russell, 18, of Lindstrom Minn., and her passenger,Brandon Mueller, 20, were not injured in the accident.

It was reported that the dog was killed by a car. Another pit bull was found at the scene unharmed. It is not clear how the dog became loose, and Davis' car was found on the side of the road near the accident scene.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating.

Obama stumps for Dayton

President Barack Obama visited the University of Minnesota to show support for DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton Saturday and to encourage supporters to get out and vote.

The Associated Press reported that Obama also defended the policies and changes put forward by the current administration, including health care and a financial overhaul meant to stop Wall Street abuse.

The president said Dayton would keep Minnesota moving forward and said he has "spent his life fighting for Minnesota. And now I need all of you to fight for Mark Dayton."

The Star Tribune reported that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer also held a rally Saturday in Woodbury where he discussed his plans as governor of Minnesota, which included smaller government.

Emmer said that Obama is "coming in supporting a candidate who, frankly, would follow his policies."

Analysis: Multimedia

The Star Tribune's multimedia section has a full range of options including video, podcasts, and slide shows and photo galleries. The videos complement the news in different ways. Some videos are connected to a story, letting the reader go deeper after reading what is printed, but others are stand alone shows like the one called "newsbreaks". These videos are short stories that resemble broadcast news. The writing that accompanies the pictures in the photo galleries is simple, but effective.

CNN mainly offers video on their sites aside from the pictures that accompany some of the stories. The captions for the pictures are usually only two sentences, or less, and simply describe the picture and ties it into the story. They compliment what is written in the body of the story. CNN's videos act as a deeper or more emotional look into many of the topics it also writes about. One video on the miners rescued in Chile showed the scene before and after the rescue, and made it more personal for the reader.

2 miners missing in Ecuador

Two miners died, and two miners are missing, after a tunnel collapsed in Ecuador Saturday.

According to CNN the four miners were trapped after the cave-in on Friday. The bodies of two miners were found on Saturday, but two more are still missing.

The Star Tribune reported that workers are working to clear rocks to get to the area where the workers were thought to be working. They are only 26 feet from the suspected site.

They hope to rescue the other two miners.

21 churches to close

21 Catholic churches in the Twin Cities area are closing as part of a plan of reorganization to that will merge into 14 parishes.

The Star Tribune reported that the archdiocese began in 2009 to put together a plan that would take care of priest shortages and tighter budgets that were plaguing the Catholic church.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, many of the 213 parishes in the archdiocese won't see a change. The closing of the 21 parishes will be the largest reorganization in the 160 years.

3-year-old missing in Pasadena

An Amber Alert was issued by police in Pasadena after a 3-year-old boy went missing Sunday.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Dylan Kurihara was last seen with his father Saturday night and was reported missing after police arrested his father for public intoxication later that night with the boy nowhere to be found.

CNN quoted the police saying, "The father, identified as Joe Kurihara, does not recall being with the child due to his level of intoxication. He was on foot at the time of his arrest and officers did not know that he was in charge of the child."

Dylan is about 32 inches tall and weighs about 35 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue and brown checked shirt and dark blue pants.

Man killed as he crossed Highway 36

A 19-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car and killed as he tried to cross Hwy. 36, Saturday, police said.

According to the Pioneer Press, Anthony J. Mailloux, of Oakdale, was crossing the highway from north to south at Century Avenue around midnight when he was hit.

The Star Tribune reported that the 45-year-old driver was eastbound in the right lane of the highway and had a green light when she struck Mailloux.

Rutgers athlete paralyzed

A Rutgers football player was paralyzed from the neck down after making a tackle Saturday in a game against Army.

According to the Star Ledger, defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, a junior, was motionless for 7 minutes on the field after suffering a spinal cord injury before being rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center for emergency surgery.

The Associated Press reported that Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano said LeGrand is in intensive care after the surgery to stabilize his spine, and the team hopes that one day he will walk back onto the field. Schiano congratulated the medical team for the efficient response.

University of Minnesota and Mayo Team Up To Fight Diabetes

The University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic have released a research plan to cure diabetes Tuesday.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, researchers chose to focus on diabetes because the state of Minnesota spends $2.7 billion a year treating it, through Medicaid and MinnesotaCare.

The Pioneer Press reported that the organizations are hoping to raise $270 million over the next 10 years to fund the project.

8 Arraigned in Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Eight gang members were arraigned Sunday in connection with an anti-gay hate crime in New York City.

Two 17-year-old boys and a 30-year-old man were tortured and sodomized in an abandoned apartment for being gay.

Eight members of the gang Latin King Goonies were arrested in connection to the tortures, five of which are 17, but are being charged as adults according to CNN.

According to USA Today, a ninth member was expected to turn himself in, but didn't show up. The members didn't enter pleas.


2 Injured in Rice County Plane Crash

Two people were injured Sunday after a small plane crashed into a soybean field south of Lonsdale in Rice County.

According to the Associated Press, the Rice County Sheriff's Department reported the plane hit a power line, a combine working in the field, and then crashed.

The passengers of the plane were identified as Martin Curtis, 66, and Roxanne Rossini, 58, and were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The Star Tribune reported that the driver of the combine was Mark Kruse, a neighbor of Curtis, and was not injured.

Federal aviation officials are examining the crash on Monday, police said.

Trapped Chilean Miners FInally Have A Way Out

A rescue plan was offered Saturday to rescue 33 trapped miners in Chile, with rescues planned to start Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported that 66 days after the mine collapsed, a drill was finally able to reach the cavity where the miners were trapped.


USA Today
reported that miners started preparing Sunday for the rescue by taking aspirin to preventing blood clotting during the ascent, and they started a special liquid diet to prevent nausea that may occur from the twisting motions of the rescue capsule.

Biden Supports Dayton

Vice President Joe Biden appeared at a rally Tuesday at Macalester College in St. Paul to support gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

Minnesota Public Radio reported Biden gave a 40-minute speech to about 1,000 supporters, which mostly focused on the success of President Obama.

According to the Star Tribune, Biden "lacerated" the Bush administration and Republicans for their bad money habits.

Biden warned voters that a Republican controlled congress would only bring about the same woes as before.

Analysis: Structure

In a story posted by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, a GOP related group in Minnesota is accused of avoiding campaign finance laws.

The story is structured using the inverted pyramid. The writer summarizes the story in a general way for the reader in the lead, followed by a paragraph that refreshes the lead with the names of the groups and a few more specific details.

The important event is that the charges have been made, so that is placed in the lead. The actual charges are explained in a later paragraph. In this way, the reader can read on to learn the specifics of the story, but can choose to stop after a couple of paragraphs, or even the lead, and still know the basics of the story.

It is effective in getting the pertinent information to the reader. The writer could use a different style of writing, but as it's a story about law and finance, and not actual people, it would be difficult to use a feature story style. Sticking to a hard news format is the best for this story. It is also nice because updates can be made easily to the story as people are interviewed and information comes in.

Vigil Held For Rutgers Student

A silent vigil was held for at Rutgers University in New Jersey on Saturday, for a student who killed himself after his sexual relationship with a man was posted online.

Freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide after his roommate and another student used a web cam to stream live footage of Clementi's sexual encounter with a man in his dorm room.

USA Today reported that the vigil drew a crowd of almost 1000 students, who hope that Clementi's death will bring about a much needed change.

The Star Tribune reported Rutgers President, Richard McCormick, said the vigil was a way for students to come together and "reaffirm our commitment to the values of civility, dignity, compassion and respect."

Campaign Finance Watchdog Blows Horn on Minnesota GOP

A watch dog group accused a Republican group of a campaign finance violation Thursday, stating they conspired to hide important finance information.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet said Common Cause Minnesota accused a group called Minnesota's Future, and independent expenditure committee, of attempting to circumvent state election laws, a move that may cost the Republican-leaning group $5.1 million in fines.

The Pioneer Press reported that Minnesota's Future denies the claim, stating that Common Cause Minnesota has targeted them before.

Flood Water Finally Receding

The Mississippi River crested Saturday, bringing an end to the floods that plagued Southern Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reported that it crested lower than predicted, and serious flooding hasn't been predicted by the National Weather Service.

The Pioneer Press reported that the original cresting level was 17 feet for St.Paul. Parts of the Minnesota, Redwood, Mississippi and Crow rivers were under a flood watch Saturday because of runoff from heavy rains.

Banks Admit to Flawed Foreclosure Paperwork

Foreclosure proceedings have been stopped by many lenders after faulty paperwork has been found.

The Associated Press reported that an executive from Wells Fargo admitted that he only checked the dates on up to 150 foreclosure cases, explaining that he assumed others would check the information.

The New York Times reported that other banks involved in faulty procedures include GMAC Mortgage, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. They may have to look into past evictions as well as those that are being under investigation now.

European Travel Alert Issued for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. State Department released a travel alert on Sunday for American travelers in Europe stating that there is a concern of terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda or related groups.

"U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling," the statement from the U.S. State Department said, according to CNN.

The New York Times reported that the attacks are possibly aimed at Britain, France and Germany and that travelers should not cancel travel plans, but should be vigilant, especially on public transportation and at tourist attractions.

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