Computer assisted reporting analysis

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In a nine-month investigation by NewsChannel 5 (Nashville, Tenn.), Phil Williams shows that the wiring used on many planes "should not be used for airborne application."

From reading the article I discovered that Williams found test videos revealing issues with these types of wire came from the Federal Aviation Administration's own files. He also used a scientific report from the FAA's own experts calling the wires unfit for use on aircraft. There is also a listing of which aircraft have "Kapton" and PVC/Nylon wiring on the station's website.

Williams would have had to be very familiar with the FAA website and navigating the files. He would have needed to know how to access the databases as well as understand what they said. He also uses several sources to discuss the issues so he is very well connected or knew how to find these people in the databases.

Social site created to connect athletes and fans

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The International Olympic Committee has launched The Olympic Athletes' Hub, a site designed as a platform to unite athletes with fans, USA Today reported.

The Hub aggregates the Facebook and Twitter feeds of over 1,000 current and former Olympians and tracks user use -- rewarding fans who interact daily on the site with exclusive video and prizes.

During the Olympic Games, which start July 27, fans will be able to interact with the athletes, get live updates, watch videos and get training tips from the likes of Nadia Comaneci, Edwin Moses, Mark Spitz and others. Cooler still, fans will be able to engage in text chats with athletes live from the Olympic Village during the games, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to USA Today, during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, there was no official integration of the Olympics with Facebook and Twitter, which then had 100 million and 6 million users, respectively.

Man dies after jumping from 10th Avenue Bridge

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A man died after jumping from the 10th Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis around 9 a.m. Thursday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Police don't believe the man, whose identity has not been released, was a University of Minnesota student, said University of Minnesota police Lt. Dave Wilske.

At least three witnesses on the bridge said they saw the man sitting on the edge of the railing, push his body off the ledge and fall just before 9 a.m., the Minnesota Daily reported.

The man, 54, landed on hard dirt about 100 feet from the water on the east side of the Mississippi River. The man's briefcase found on the bridge indicated he worked at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Soldiers return home to Minnesota

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More than 200 soldiers from the National Guard will be returning to Minnesota on Wednesday, the Pioneer Press reported.

The Guard's First Brigade Combat Team 34th Infantry Division - or better known as the Red Bulls - are arriving home after a year's deployment. They will be the second group to come back to Minnesota after a year in Kuwait.

The group of 219 soldiers is among nearly 3,000 Red Bulls who will be returning to Minnesota over the next few weeks. They represent the state's largest single deployment since World War II, according to the Pioneer Press. The thousands of soldiers were deployed to either Kuwait or Afghanistan, the Minnesota Daily reported.

They will arrive throughout the day in Pine City, Cloquet, Duluth, Hibbing, Anoka, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Bloomington and elsewhere throughout the state.

George Zimmerman's bail set at $150,000

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A Florida judge on Friday set George Zimmerman's bail at $150,000 and imposed restrictions on his release from jail, in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the New York Times reported.

In setting the bail, the judge, Kenneth R. Lester Jr., said that Zimmerman could have no contact with Martin's family and no access to alcohol or firearms and that his movements would be monitored electronically.

Judge Lester also set a curfew that would require Zimmerman to remain at home from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and require him to check in with authorities every three days.

Zimmerman offered an apology to the victim's parents, who were in the courtroom.

"I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was," Zimmerman said in his first public remarks since the Feb. 26 shooting. "I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not."

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Martin family, dismissed Zimmerman's apology as self-serving. Crump said that on a website Zimmerman established to help raise legal and living expenses, Zimmerman "never once said 'I'm sorry,'" Crump said at a news conference. "Why today?" the Los Angeles Times reported.

Dick Clark dies at 82

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Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer, died today at the age of 82, ABC News reported.

Clark's agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a "massive heart attack." Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful, Shefrin said.

Famed for his hosting duties on American Bandstand and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve, Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 that forced him largely into retirement, although he continued to make appearances on the New Year's Eve special alongside Ryan Seacrest. His stroke came a year after he announced that he had Type 2 diabetes, Los Angeles Independent reported.

His company, Dick Clark Productions, produces shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and awards broadcasts including the Golden Globes, American Music Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards.

Clark also hosted the Pyramid game series and TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes. He has also hosted pageants such as Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.

Clark is survived by his wife, Kari Wigton, and three children from previous marriages.

Mayor Rybak plans for north Minneapolis

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A shooting this week in north Minneapolis is part of a citywide uptick in violent crime. Police say young gang members are driving some of the violence, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Minneapolis police are investigating the shooting death of Jody Patzner Jr., 22, who was killed earlier this week on the city's north side.

Mayor R.T. Rybak made it a point to mention the jump in violent crime in his State of the City address Wednesday. He called the shooting of Patzner a "horrible incident," and said the city cannot become complacent when it comes to fighting crime.

Using the Capri Theater in north Minneapolis as his backdrop, Rybak called for improvements in public safety, housing, jobs, transit and opportunities for young people in the north Minneapolis neighborhoods, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Rybak said that if north Minneapolis grows, the entire region will benefit.

"This city of compassion is what it is today because we believe we are all in this together," Rybak said. "And if one neighbor, or one neighborhood, is challenged, we all step up to level the playing field."

Weekend storms tear through the country

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A father and two children in a trailer, plus two other people who were in a car in the same Oklahoma town, were killed when a string of tornadoes tore through parts of the Midwest on Saturday and early Sunday, CNN reported.

Those fatalities in Woodward are the only ones known to have resulted from this weekend's storms. But millions of people were bracing for even more severe weather late Sunday afternoon and night.

The agency has received 126 reports of possible tornado touchdowns Saturday and early Sunday in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

Local media reported that Spirit Aerosystems Inc., a Boeing airplane manufacturer, had also been hit, with reports of structural damage and that hazardous chemicals had leaked out. One picture circulating on Twitter showed a picture of a broken airplane fuselage, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Titanic disaster remembered 100 years later

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Exactly a century after the ship went down, passengers lined the decks of MS Balmoral, which has been retracing the route of the doomed voyage, USA Today reported.

The Titanic, the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner, was traveling from England to New York when it struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912. It sank less than three hours later, with the loss of all but 700 of the 2,208 passengers and crew.

In Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the Titanic was built, a memorial monument was unveiled Sunday at a ceremony attended by local dignitaries, relatives of the dead and explorer Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic on the ocean floor in 1985.

David Haisman, 74, a retired seaman from the English port town of Southampton, mourned the loss of his grandfather who had been on his way to Seattle to start a new life in the United States with his wife and daughter.

"I've been brought up with the story but now I could feel it," he told Reuters. "My mother used to tell me how she got into lifeboat 14 and her feet became soaked with the 3 to 4 inches of water that remained in the bottom despite bailing."

The last time she saw her father was when he cupped his hands and shouted "I'll see you in New York".

The FBI's famed "Most Wanted" list on Tuesday added a 30-year-old suspected child pornographer who authorities say has eluded capture in Minnesota, Wisconsin and other Midwestern states, the Star Tribune Reported.

Eric Justin Toth, a former third-grade teacher at the prestigious Beauvoir-National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., is the newest addition to the list, joining people the FBI call the worst of the worst fugitives, ABC News reported.

Toth has been sought by the FBI's Washington Field Office for almost four years since he was indicted in December 2008 after pornographic images were found months before on a school camera that Toth had used for some time. It is unclear how many children he has allegedly abused and possibly molested. Details of an indictment against him in Washington are under seal at the federal court, according to FBI officials.

Toth was last seen in Arizona in 2009 after he was believed to have been on the run through Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota, according to the FBI. Officials suspect that Toth works as a tutor and possibly as a male nanny seeking access to children.

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