April 27, 2007

Torii Hunter Takes One...or Two for the Team

By Diane White

Twins center fielder, Torri Hunter, was in his first at-bat of Thursday’s game when he took a 2-2 pitch from Royals' right-hander, Zack Greinke, square in the mouth.
Hunter was seen at Abbott Northwestern Hospital as a precaution and ended up with a swollen upper lip and three stitches as a result of a laceration that occurred when a tooth penetrated through his lip, according to the MLB.
This is the second hit Hunter has taken to the head, the other incident occurred early in spring training this year. Many fans have compared this incident to other frightening moments at the Metrodome, specifically when Kirby Puckett got hit in what turned out to be his final at bat in September of '95, according to WCCO.
The Twins broke their four-game losing streak, beating the Royals 1-0. Hunter plans on playing Friday night in Detroit, according to the AP.

April 20, 2007

So Long Sanjaya

By Diane White

The 17-year-old American Idol contestant, Sanjaya Malakar, who drew so much attention, was ousted from the competition Wednesday.
Not everyone was mourning his departure according to the AP, where headlines in India read, "Finally, Sanjaya sings his way out of 'Idol," and "Sanjaya is voted off American Idol — he's the only one weeping." The lapse of connection between Indian viewers and Malakar was attributed to many factors including: a language barrier, unfamiliarity of the songs on "Idol," and the broadcast schedule in India.
Malakar may be best remembered for his endless parade of hairstyles: flat ironed, permed, and the now-infamous, never-to-be-bettered pony hawk, according to MSNBC contributor, Marc Hirsh.
He went out with a bang however and altered the words of Bonnie Raitt's song "Let's give them something to talk about, how about love?" to "Let's give them something to talk about, other than hair," according to Fox News.

April 13, 2007

New Home for the Twins is Underway

By Diane White

Architects unveiled the design of the new ballpark stadium for the Minn. Twins Thursday, which will be located in Downtown Minneapolis.
Adding to its Minn. feel are features such as a limestone exterior, pine trees beyond the centerfield fence and views of the IDS Center, according to the Pioneer Press.
Another huge consideration in the plans were Twins fans who contributed more than 5,000 e-mails, phone calls and comment cards to the planning process, according to Kare 11. Some ideas were: a homerun porch, naming gate locations with retired numbers and using trees and water to include Minnesota's great outdoors.
Twins fans can expect: a larger concourse, wider seats, more leg room and fewer seats per row, in the new 40,000-seat ballpark according to the StarTribune.

April 7, 2007

Lethal Biscuits

By Diane White

Twenty-two types of dog biscuits were added Thursday to the list of pet food tainted with melamine, a chemical used to make plastic products.
The 80 percent of the biscuits are sold by Walmart under the brand, Ol’ Roy. They are made by Sunshine Mills Inc., and contain wheat gluten imported from China that contained melamine, Stephen F. Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the F.D.A., said, according to the New York Times.
The FDA has received 12,000 complaints about contaminated pet food in the last three weeks according to ABC, resulting in many packed animal hospitals.
Last month Menu Foods, recalled more than 90 brands of its “cuts and gravy? pet food, which extended last week to include dry and moist pet foods alike.

March 30, 2007

A New Minnesota State Symbol

By Diane White

State Rep. Patti Fritz, DFL-Faribault, has introduced a bill Thursday to the state of Minn., wanting to officially recognize the Tilt-A-Whirl as the state ride, according to the Owatonna People's Press.
Fritz says she is acting on behalf of 52 kindergarten students in her district who are proud of their hometown success. According to the StarTribune/AP, the Tilt-A-Whirl was created in 1926, by Herbert Sellner in his Faribault home and debuted at the Minn. State Fair in '27.
The Tilt-A-Whirl is a platform-type ride consisting of seven freely spinning cars which hold up to four riders apiece, according to the Pioneer Press. The first models were made of wood.
Sellner Manufacturing in Faribault continues to produce the ride today.

March 22, 2007

Edwards don't give up on the 2008 Presidency

By Diane White

Potential presidential candidate John Edwards announced Thursday at a news conference in North Carolina that his wife's breast cancer has returned and spread.
He also said that he will continue his campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Edwards stated that both he and his wife were "very optimistic about this," according to the BBC.
A biopsy done on Elizabeth Edwards showed bone cancer, on a rib, on her right-hand side, according to the AP. The bone is one of the most common places where breast cancer spreads, and once it does so, it is no longer considered curable, according to CBS.

March 16, 2007

Actress Angelina Jolie Adopts Again

By Diane White

Angelina Jolie comforted the 3-year-old boy she is adopting from Vietnam Friday, hugging and speaking a few words in Vietnamese to him.
The boy renamed Pax Thien Jolie, cried the first time he saw his adoptive mother at the Ho Chi Minh City orphanage, where he has lived since infancy, according to Reuters News Service. After reaching the U.S., Jolie plans to stay home with the boy to help him settle into his new life, according to the BBC.
Jolie took her child from the orphanage Thurs., after she signed the adoption papers, the two will leave Vietnam once the adoption is final. U.S. embassy officials in Hanoi need to approve the paperwork for the child to leave, according to Vietnamese officials.
Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, have three other children: 5-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia; 2-year-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia; and another daughter, Shiloh, their own child born in May, according to the AP.

March 2, 2007

An Astronaut is Charged

By Diane White

Florida prosecutors charged astronaut Lisa Nowak Friday with attempted kidnapping and burglary for an assault using a weapon and battery.
The fact that she was not charged with attempted murder came as a surprise since it had been proposed a month earlier, after her arrest in Orlando, Fla., according to the BBC. Police said that Nowak raced 900 miles in her car from Texas to Orlando on Feb. 5 to confront the woman that she thought to be a romantic rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections, according to the AP.
NASA relieved Nowak of her duties after her arrest and placed her on a 30-day leave which is up this Thurs., officials have not relinquished what her status will be after that. According to CBS, since making bond, she has been in Houston, Texas.

February 22, 2007

A Small Baby Heads Home

By Diane White

One of the world's smallest premature babies got to go home Wednesday, from a hospital in Miami.
Amillia Sonja Taylor was scheduled to come home on Tuesday but doctors held her an extra day to monitor a low white blood cell count, according to the AP. According to officials Wednesday at Baptist Children's Hospital, the baby is "healthy and thriving."
Parents Eddie and Sonja were more than ready to take their baby home after she had spent four months in the hospital. She weighted 280 grams at birth or 10 ounces, according to the BBC. She was born under 22 weeks in the womb.
An infection suffered by the mother caused her to go into premature labor, doctors said.

February 16, 2007

Olympic Gold Medalist Asks for Arbitration in Doping Case

By Diane White

Sprinter Justin Gatlin asked for an arbitration hearing Friday, on doping charges against him, after testing positive for testosterone in April 2006 at the Kansas Relays.
He's hoping to get his potential eight-year ban from track and field reduced according to the Star Tribune. He shares the 100-meter world record of 9.77 seconds, which would be erased if the doping charges become official.
This is the second time he has tested positive, which normally would result in a lifetime ban, however, through an agreement with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the ban was set at eight-years. The agreement included that Gatlin acknowledged the test was accurate; in exchange the agency accepted that Gatlin's first positive test resulted from a medication he had been taking for Attention Deficit Disorder, according to the BBC.
No trial date has been set yet, although the hearing will take place with in the next three months. The agency has said that while Gatlin can challenge the ban, he can not challenge the test results, according to the New York Times.

February 9, 2007

Anna Nichole Smith Dies

By Diane White

Anna Nichole Smith died Thursday after collapsing at a hotel in Florida. She was 39.
Smith was staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino, when her nurse found her collapsed body. Her bodyguard administered CPR at 1:45 p.m., according to CBS. However, after being rushed to the Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., she passed away at approximately 2:49 p.m.
An autopsy is scheduled and if the cause of death is natural, the public should known quickly, although definite results may take weeks, according to the AP.
There has been speculation about potential factors influencing Smith's unexpected death. According to Kare11, it was just five months ago when Smith's 20-year-old son died suddenly in the Bahamas and more recently Smith had been fighting a paternity battle of her 5-month-old daughter.
Later Thursday, two sheriff's deputies allegedly carried out at least eight brown paper bags sealed with red evidence tape from Smith's hotel room, according to the AP

February 2, 2007

Hometown Act Scheduled for the Halftime Show

By Diane White

Prince is already drawing attention for his upcoming act in Super Bow XLl, Sunday night in Miami.
Prince's attitude compliments his music, according to the AP, and this Minneapolis rock star is expected to put on quite a show during halftime.
Prince will share the spotlight with Billy Joel, who will be performing the national anthem. At a press conference held Thursday night, Joel said he planned to stick to the basics, according the Star Tribune.
Prince is also releasing a new song titled "Guitar," Friday online at, according to the Pioneer Press. His non-traditional fashion and unique expression, is likely to have caused the pre-Super Bowl stir up.