November 2010 Archives

Analysis in Chinese miner story

My analysis is on a story in which 29 Chinese miners died, according to the CNN.

The person more familiar with the cultural heritage is my roommate from last year, Yang.

The report did not get into any stereotypes because it was concise and very fact-based. The writing was very tight and strongly attributed.

There were no quotes, no observations, the report was based strictly on releases from the state, and the journalist made that clear. Yang had no positive or negative reaction and said the story was absent of stereotypes.

Yang is a student at the U of M studying sociology and living at Dinnaken apartments in Minneapolis.

Iraqi journalist killed in home

A young Iraqi journalist was shot and killed in his home by gunmen, according to CNN.

The journalist worked for al-Mousiliyya TV and was killed while at home Sunday. Iraq is statistically one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists.

The suspects arrived at the victims house and claimed to be intelligence workers. When the journalist walked outside, the men allegedly shot him, according to AK News.

Johnson wins unheard of fifth straight cup

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson won his fifth straight Sprint Cup on Sunday, according to the AP.

Johnson became the first driver in NASCAR history to overcome a points deficit on the final day of the circuit and take down the cup, when he finished second Sunday.

Johnson overcame points deficits to former leader Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick in the Ford 400, which is the final race of the season, according to USA Today.

Open houses to review fast train to Chicago

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host two open houses to take public comment on the environmental impact of proposed fast trains that would link the Twin Cities and Chicago, according to the Star Tribune.

The portion in doubt is in Wisconsin where the Gov. -elect has stated his opposition to building the line. The tracks would be a part of the larger Midwest Regional Rail Initiative, according to the Milwaukee Courier.

Chaska school district set for recount

The Chaska-area school district will have a recount Monday for one of its chair positions, according to the Star Tribune.

It's the first recount "that officials can recall" in school history, and is the result of a candidate's narrow victory after not campaigning.

Tim Klein wasn't expecting to win and didn't campaign, which is why Bryan Litsey is asking for a recount. The race was within one half of one percent of the total votes, so Litsey is entitled to demand a recount, according to the Chaska Herald.

Vikings drop 100th ever game to Packers

Green Bay's 31-3 dismantling of Minnesota effectively ended realistic hopes of a Vikings playoff run Sunday, according to the AP. With it, went the probable chances of a 41-year-old quarterback returning to the playoffs in what will almost undoubtedly be his final season.

Brett Favre, the man who quarterbacked the Packers for most of his 20-year career, could do nothing to stop the steamrolling by his former team in the 100th match between the bitter rivals.

The first two paragraphs of the AP story speak volumes:

"If this were indeed Brett Favre's final Packers-Vikings game, Aaron Rodgers sure made it clear who's in charge of this rivalry right now.

Rodgers threw for 301 yards, with three of his four touchdown passes going to Greg Jennings. He beat Favre for the second time this season and sent Green Bay to a 31-3 victory over melting-down Minnesota on Sunday."

The result should surprise few, as Sunday's game was a microcosm of Minnesota's season, according to the Pioneer Press.

Many fans clad in purple and gold at the Metrodome were silent for most of the afternoon; possibly at a loss for words that the Vikings season is effectively over at the hands of their most vaunted rivals.

Numbers in Pavano story

Joe Christiansen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune used numbers in his recent story on possible free-agent-to-be Carl Pavano.

At its core, baseball is a numbers game. Christiansen analyzed pitchers of similar age across the league to try to find a comparable possible contract for Pavano.

He analyzed Pavano's ERA, innings pitched, and win-loss record over the last six years to provide a realistic gauge of Pavano's worth.

Finally he told provided the numbers for complete games across the league for the 2010 season -- Pavano was second -- and relayed it's importance because those seven complete games and 221 innings pitched came on an otherwise-young pitching staff with injuries and slumps throughout the season.

Man once thought dead arrested in kidnapping

A man who was declared legally dead 16 years ago was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a slain Las Vegas girl, according to the AP.

The man was declared dead in Mississippi, and the Las Vegas girl was found in a wooded area in central Louisiana.

The suspect is 53-year-old Thomas Stevens, and the kidnapping case was re-opened after hunters stumbled upon the girl's skeleton remains, according to WLBT news.

Medical marijuana approved in Arizona

A medical marijuana bill was passed in Arizona by 4,300 votes, according to CNN.

With all precincts reporting, proposition 203 had a 50.1% backing according to unofficial poll results.

14 other states and the District of Columbia have approved medical marijuana use.

Minnesota will likely propose its own version of a medical marijuana bill next session, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Over 1.6 million people voted, according to the Associated Press.

Minneapolis to impose $200 fine for unlicensed pets

The city of Minneapolis intends to impose a $200 fine to pet owners with unlicensed dogs or cats, according to the Star Tribune.

This after the city implemented incentives to have owners license their pets, but the intended effect has not "paid off the way Minneapolis had hoped."

The proposal for the fee won unanimous proposal from a City Council committee on Wednesday.

One reason behind the incentives and now penalties is because licensed pets are three times more likely to be returned to their owners than non-licensed pets, according to Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Target Field upgraded

Twins Sports Inc. has spent $6 million to upgrade newly-built Target Field, according to the Star Tribune.

The chic new stadium already won ESPN The Magazine's "best stadium" award, topping the likes of Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Lambeau Field.

Among the improvements are a second scoreboard in right field, free wi-fi throughout the ballpark, and additional heating options, Twins President Dave St. Peter said.

The new scoreboard will be built by Brookings-based Daktronics, and measure 28 feet high by 50 feet wide, according to Argus Leader. Those dimensions would make the smaller, "secondary" scoreboard, larger than the main screen at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Japanese pitcher escapes Twins

The Minnesota Twins bid on Japanese starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, ultimately losing the bid to the Oakland Athletics, according to Joe Christiansen of the Star Tribune.

The Oakland Athletics won the bid, according to MLB Trade Rumors. The final bid was $17 million dollars, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.

Iwakuma is widely considered the best U.S.-bound Japanese pitcher, and is currently under contract of the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Yu Darvish, the top Japanese pitching prospect has made is intentions of avoiding Major League Baseball quite clear. Darvish, of Persian descent, said he fears anti-Persian sentiment is too prevalent in the United States.

Obama celebrates Diwali in India

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U.S. President Barrack Obama began his second day in India to dance and celebrate Diwali with some students in India, according to CNN.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, went to a local New Dehli school Sunday morning, and school children taught her several cultural dances.

Obama called the relationship between the United States and India -- the world's largest democracy -- a "defining partnership" for the 21st century, according to the AP.

Obituary in New York Times

The New York Times did an obituary on quiet legend Artie Wilson, a former shortstop from the Negro League.

They sourced his wife, Dorothy, and used a standard New York Times lead. The lead is successful because it explains the relevance to this man's death even to those who do not avidly follow the game of baseball.

A resume would simply have a list of accomplishments, so in that sense, this obituary differs because it adds feeling and emotion along with a lifetime of accomplishments.

Two jockeys brawl after Breeder's cup

Two jockeys got in a shoving and shouting match after Friday's Breeder's Cup after a near collision, according to CNN.

World famous and noted closer Zenyatta fell just short of finishing her career with a perfect 20-0 mark, according to USA Today. As is typical, she started the race in the back of the pack and made a mad dash to the finish, ultimately falling just short.

During the race, one jockey cut another off as his horse nudged for position. Afterwards, the two exchanged heated words and sparred briefly before officials broke the two up.

Man killed in in rollover

A man was killed in a one-car rollover in Maplewood near Carver Ave. on Interstate 494 Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.

The 24-year-old man was heading South on I-494 when his vehicle veered and then over corrected, according to the Pioneer Press.

Cop shoots, kills knife-wielding man

A police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man in a Lyndale Ave. apartment in Bloomington Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

Police responded to a reported disturbance at the apartment where a victim was apparently stabbed. The suspect died at the scene and the stab victim was taken to a hospital.

The officer has been given paid leave of absence, according to KARE 11 news.

Canada to accept Guantanamo detainee

The Canadien government has agreed to accept Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr after he serves one year in U.S. custody, according to CNN.

Khadr originally agreed to plead guilty in exchange for an eight-year sentence, which was far fewer than the 40 year sentence that the military commission decided on Saturday.

After the Canadien-born Khadr's first year is served, he can apply for the transfer. The House of Commons said it will accept that transfer, according to the Toronto Sun.

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