November 2011 Archives

Two die while competing in the Philly Marathon

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By: Angela Wendler

Two runners died Sunday in the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon, reports Reuters.

Race organizers confirmed that a 21-year-old male collapsed at the finish line. Another runner, a 40-year-old male, collapsed a quarter-mile before the finish line, reports CBS News.

Both runners were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where they were later pronounced dead. The runners both died of a heart attack, reports CBS News.

Their identities have not been released, pending the notification of their relatives, reports Reuters.

"We are deeply saddened and our thoughts are with their families and friends," Melanie Johnson, Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend Executive Director, said, as reported by CBS News.

Teenager charged in connection with Craigslist shooting

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By: Angela Wendler

A South Carolina man was shot while responding to a craigslist ad for farm work in southeastern Ohio, reports the Associated Press.

The wounded man waited in the woods for seven hours after the attack before seeking help from a nearby homeowner, reports the Associated Press.

The man responded to an ad on Craigslist requesting the help of a farm hand on a 688-acre farm, reports Reuters.

During the investigation another man's body was found, and was later connected to the case, reports Reuters.

The body was identified as a missing person from Florida. The twin sister of the first victim called the police, she said her brother had also responded to a work ad on Craigslist, reports Reuters.

The police have two people in custody in connection with the murder and attempted murder of the two men. One of the suspects is a 16-year-old boy, reports the Associated Press.

By: Angela Wendler

The Russian Government reacted negatively to the lenient sentence given to the Pennsylvania couple who were originally charged with murder for the the death of their 7-year-old son adopted from Russia, reports the Associated Press.

Michael and Nanette Craver were sentenced Friday to 16 months to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter by Judge John S. Kennedy of the Court of Common Pleas in York, Pa, reports the New York Times.

The couple had already served 19 months in prison prior to the trial, and therefore, will not be serving any more jail time, reports the New York Times.

The Cravers claim that their son's fatal head injury was self-inflicted when the child ran into a wooden stove the night before they found him unconscious, reports the Associated Press.

Judge Kennedy did not sentence the couple to any more jail time because he felt there was little to be gained from it. He said that given their ages, 56 and 47, the couple was unlikely to become parents again, as reported by the New York Times.

The Sleep Out King ends his career

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By: Angela Wendler

Wayzata High School senior, Peter Larson, is wrapping up his Sleep Out career after 12 consecutive years. Larson has raised nearly $400,000 in an effort to prevent homelessness, reports NBC.

Larson has been working with Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) every holiday season since he was 6-years-old to raise awareness of homelessness, reports NBC.

"One thing I've noticed with Peter is that his commitment has never wavered. Other kids get distracted, but every year he's right there for us," said Lenore Franzen, IOCP marketing communications manager, reports the Star Tribune.

This is the last year that Larson will be participating in the annual Sleep Out fundraiser due to his plans to attend college next year in California, reports the Star Tribune.

"It wouldn't be the same, since it's sunny there," he said. "But maybe when I'm home over Christmas, I'll do it again one night. There will be an empty space in my life next year," reports the Star Tribune.

By: Angela Wendler

A 60-year-old man died this weekend, one week after he had been hit by a vehicle in South Minneapolis, reports the Pioneer Press.

Daniel L. Patterson, of Minneapolis, died Friday from his injuries after being hit by a car at the intersection of East Franklin and Stevens Avenue South on Nov. 4, reports the Star Tribune.

Patterson lived less than two miles from the accident location, reports the Star Tribune.

Patterson had been living in a foster home for the disabled for nearly six years in the 3100 block of Oakland Avenue. The staff and volunteers said, he will be greatly missed, reports the Star Tribune.

Analysis: Numbers and Dunkin' Donuts

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By: Angela Wendler

The reporter used numbers to give the reader an idea of the scope of the topic. The numbers were well placed and presented in a clear and interesting manner.

The numbers enhanced the story's message by providing concrete evidence to mark the changes that the recession is responsible for.

The reporter did not use any calculations to make his point.

The sources used were embedded into the text with links. The reporter did provide a link to the study from which he pulled the data for the report.

Dunkin' Donuts story

Man found dead in the street in South Minneapolis

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By: Angela Wendler

A normally quiet South Minneapolis neighborhood was shaken by a fatal shooting Saturday night, reports the Star Tribune.

The victim was found by police at 10:15 p.m. at the intersection of 44th Street E. and 33rd Avenue S. The neighbors told police that they heard a fight and then five gunshots, reports ABC.

The victim's identity has not been released and no suspects have been arrested, reports the Star Tribune.

The victim had three gunshot wounds on his chest and another on his face, reports the Star Tribune.

One of the neighbors ran outside to help. He and his girlfriend attempted to help the victim, but he was dead before the paramedics arrived, reports the Star Tribune.

Driver turns himself after a fatal Minneapolis hit-and-run

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By: Angela Wendler

A North Minnepolis man fled after fatally hitting a 61-year-old bicyclist Saturday morning and turned himself in by evening, reports the Star Tribune.

The bicyclist was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries, reports the Star Tribune.

The hit-and-run happened at intersection of E. Franklin Avenue and West River Parkway at 11 a.m. The bicyclist was attempting to cross to the nearby bike path, reports the Star Tribune.

The police issued a description of the suspect vehicle after the incident. The truck was found in North Minneapolis, reports the Pioneer Press.

The Russian "cemetery collector" was arrested

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By: Angela Wendler

Russian police have arrested the man who has been titled the "cemetery collector" for digging up the bodies of 29 women and displaying them in his home, reports Reuters.

The man has been identified as Anatoly Moskvin, 45, a historian noted for his expertise on the cemeteries in Nizhny Novgorod, reports the Associated Press.

Moskvin dressed the corpses in women's clothing that he recovered from the graves of buried people, reports the Associated Press.

He dressed and displayed the corpses in his flat as if they were life-size dolls, reports Reuters.

By: Angela Wendler

A 13-year-old boy was arrested for the rape of a 5-year-old girl in a McDonald's Playland in Southern Ohio, reports NBC.

The assault occurred on October 29 in Anderson, a township near Cincinnati. The 5-year-old was at the McDonald's with her grandmother, reports Reuters.

The police investigated the complaint and later released photo of the unknown suspect to the public, reports Reuters.

The boy was brought into the police station for an interview by his parents. The details of the interview have not been release, but the boy is now in custody, reports Reuters.

The boy has been charged with one count of rape, a first degree felony, reports NBC.

He will be held at Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center to await further proceedings on the charge, reports NBC.

Analysis: Obituary

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By: Angela Wendler

The lead was written in the traditional obituary form.

The lead is simple and effective.

There were no direct sources used. There were also no direct quotes.

Obituaries are different because they do not require direct sourcing and they are designed to be both, informative and commemorative.

Bob Forsch Obituary

Hunter catches fire and dies in St. Louis Park

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By: Angela Wendler

A Maple Grove hunter died Saturday after attempting to light a propane heater in his deer stand, reports the Star Tribune.

The 84-year-old man's clothing caught fire while attempting to light the heater, and he fell from the tree stand, reports the Star Tribune.

Arthur Joseph Knafla, was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. in Lavell Township, near Hibbing, reports the Star Tribune.

Saturday was the opening day for Minnesota's deer firearm season, reports the Star Tribune.

Later Saturday, a Clear Lake man was accidentally shot in the arm by a fellow hunter, reports CBS.

Kurt Goenner, 45, was shot near the intersection of River Road and 95th Avenue in Clear Lake Township, reports CBS.

The shot was fired by Dana Hartung, 40, also of Clear Lake, reports the Star Tribune.

No criminal charges are expected, reports CBS.

Goenner was taken to St. Cloud Hospital. His condition is currently unavailable, but the gunshot wound was not fatal, reports the Star Tribune.

A Madison man sentenced for the death of three students

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By: Angela Wendler

A Wisconsin man was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison for a drunken crash that killed three students, reports Associated Press.

Bradley Erickson, 32, of Madison, tearfully told the Dane County Court judge that he was "incredibly sorry" for the deaths. He will serve his prison sentence in addition to 15 years of extended supervision, reports the Minnesota Daily.

Marcus Johnson, 19, of Milwaukee and Wilfredo Ugarte, 23, of Puerto Rico, two University of Minnesota cheerleading recruits, were killed in the crash, reports the Associated Press.

Johnson's fiancee, Elysia Rapp, 20, of Racine, Wis., a student at Century College, was also killed in the crash, reports the Minnesota Daily.

Ashley Wilson, a University of Minnesota student, was also injured in the accident, reports the Associated Press.

The accident happened at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, 2010, in Burke, a suburb of Madison, reports the Associated Press.

One-month-old baby receives a salary in Nigeria

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By: Angela Wendler

One-month-old baby, said to hold a diploma, was found on the NIgerian government payroll, reports News Core.

The name of the infant was found on the payroll during an investigation designed to weed out "ghost employees from the Nigerian workforce, reports AFP.

"In the on-going verification exercise of the payrolls ... in the state we discovered that a month-old baby was among the employees of one local government who is paid a salary," said Garba Gajam, justice commissioner for Zamfara State, as reported by News Core.

The payroll shows that the infant was recorded to hold a national diploma. This is a "widespread trend in the local government service where senior officials stuff payrolls with the names of their wives and children," Giam said, reports AFP.

The guilty parties will have to repay the stolen money and go to court for misappropriating public funds, reports AFP.

Brooklyn Center father accidentally kills his son

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By: Angela Wendler

A Brooklyn Center man was charged with second degree manslaughter for the death of his 23-year-old son, reports the Star Tribune.

Howard G. Bascomb and his son, Alexander A. Bascomb, were drinking in their home before "messing around" with a handgun that accidentally went off, reports NBC.

The incident happened Tuesday, around 3:20 a.m. on the 6800 block of York Place, reports the Star Tribune.

Howard Bascomb admitted that the 9 millimeter handgun was his, and the shooting was his fault, reports NBC.

The victim's mother and girlfriend were asleep in the home at the time of the incident, reports the Star Tribune.

Man avoids jail by faking illegal immigrant status

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By: Angela Wendler

A Utah man who claimed to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico to avoid prison is now wanted by police for returning to the US and admitting his true identity in court, reports the Associated Press.

Jamie Alvarez, 27, of Salt Lake City, was arrested on Feb. 24, 2010, for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Alvarez told police that his name was Saul Quiroz, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

During his hearing before a District Court judge, Alvarez pleaded guilty to being an illegal immigrant. He was then allowed to report to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was deported to Mexico, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

Alvarez was arrested on a warrant in February 2011 in relation to with his 2010 conviction. He told the judge that he had previously lied about his identity and that he was a US citizen, reports the Associated Press.

Alvarez was released to the ICE several months later. He admitted to creating a false identity to avoid a lengthy prison sentence and to re-entering the country with his US passport in April 2010, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

Alvarez was released from the ICE after his identity was verified. He was charged with one count of false or inconsistent material statements and one count of false personal information to an peace officer in 3rd District Court on Wednesday, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

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