April 2011 Archives

Rep. Giffords to attend husband's shuttle launch

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been cleared to attend her husband's shuttle launch in Florida on Friday.

According to the Associated Press, this is the first time traveling for Giffords since she was transferred from Arizona to Houston for rehab. Giffords' spokesperson and chief of staff are planning to hold a news conference after the launch to express Giffords' reaction, but she will not attend.

As reported on CNN.com, trauma chief at University Medical Center, Dr. Peter Rhee, told CNN's Sanjay Gupta, that Giffords won't exactly be 100 percent back. Rhee said that the scars on the outside is a reflection of what is happening inside. There will be permanent damage that won't come back as well as changes, emotions and memories that will affect her.

An 11-year-old girl is in a medically induced coma after being accidentally shot in the head when her father's gun discharged on Thursday.

According to the Pioneer Press, other family members were present when the gun accidentally discharged. Jesse Montanye was fixing his gun inside the house after the gun jammed during target practice.

As reported in the Star Tribune, Maddy Montanye is in critical condition after doctors removed fragments of her skull and the bullet to relieve pressure on Friday.

33-year-old woman assaulted in a Woodbury park

A 33-year-old woman was sexually assaulted when jogging in a Woodbury park around 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to thePioneer Press, because it was dark at the time the woman was attacked, she could only identify the attacker as a man she did not know.

As reported in the Star Tribune, the woman was treated and released at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury for physical injuries.

According to authorities, the attack seems to be an isolated incident and have not had suspicious behavior reported in the area.

New and changed rules for air traffic controllers

New and changed rules are in affect for air traffic controllers as there have been recent incidents where controllers are falling asleep on the job.

According to the Associated Press, the new rules will be applying to truck drivers, firefighters and other jobs where there is extensive need of changing sleep habits and working night shifts.

According to CNN.com, the new rules came about when there was a seventh incident when an air traffic controller was suspended after being found sleeping on the job.

"Controllers will now have a minimum of nine hours off between shifts, instead of the current eight-hour minimum." Most controllers are given shifts of a week of midnight flights and then a week of morning flights following right after. "Controllers can no longer be put on an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off."

Cuba's President makes new rules

After falling very ill, Fidel Castro passed over his role as president onto his younger brother, Raul Castro, who made new political decisions and rules on Saturday.

According CNN.com, President Castro made changes to the terms of political and state officials to two consecutive terms of 5 years.

In a report from AP, President Castro also emphasized the importance of getting rid of ration books and other subsidies and focusing on supply and demand in some areas of the country.

President Casto's new proposed changes to the politics of the country is a plan to "rejuvenate the country's politics." There has not been success of finding younger leaders that are "adequately prepared." After taking over for Fidel Castro, Raul will be around 86 at the end of his 2nd term.

Search continues for Idaho miner

The search goes on for an Idaho miner who is still trapped after the tunnel collapsed on Friday evening.

According to CNN.com, the tunnel collapsed when 53-year-old Larry Marek and another co-worker were working in the Lucky Friday mine when a wall of mainly rock fell down. The other co-worker was able to escape.

According to the AP report, the co-worker was Marek's brother. The only statement released by the family was that Marek was trapped after the roof of the tunnel collapsed and that family members were at the site.

Rescuers were able to dig 32 feet of about 75 feet of the dirt and rocks that caved in. A machine from the East Coast will be shipped to help dig the rest of the rocks while rescuers watch from a safe distance.

Driver in critical condition after van collides with cow

A driver sustained serious injuries after her van collided with a cow on Saturday night on Interstate 90.

According to the Star Tribune, 36-year-old Svetlana Y. Schmitz was taken to St. Marys Hospital.

In the Pioneer Press article, Schmitz's one passenger, 62-year-old Tatyana Grigorieskaya, only had minor injuries. Grigorieskaya was also taken to St. Marys Hospital to be treated.

Traffic going westbound on I-90 was closed for an hour as the crash site was being cleared as well a medical helicopter came to take Schmitz to the hospital.

Fourteen year olds found dead in a house

Two 14-year-old girls were found dead in a home in Island Lake Township in Marshall, Minn. on Saturday.

According to the Pioneer Press, authorities are still investigating the cause of death.

However, in a Star Tribune article, it appears the two girls committed suicide but there were no signs of foul play according to authorities.

The two girls, Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, both from Lynd, Minn., attended a middle school in Marshall, Minn., where grief counselors will be present for students and parents on Monday.

Two men were arrested after they confessed to helping sell a gun to the shooter of the Brazil school shooting on Saturday.

Charleston Souza de Lucena, 38, and Isaias de Souza, 48, did not know that Wellington de Oliveira, 23, would use the gun.

According to the Associated Press, Oliveira was a former student of the school where he killed 12 students and injuring about another 12.

Four people killed by sniper shots in Syria

Four people were killed and 17 were injured by sniper shots from pro-government gunmen on Sunday.

That same day, TV reporters had reported that nine soldiers were killed on an ambush on armed forces.

The people killed and injured occurred when protesters gathered in Banias.

According to CNN.com, worshippers leaving a mosque in a Sunni area city were attacked by security forces early Sunday. Residents were also able to chase out seven of the forces' vehicles.

Reported in the Star Tribune, those injured preferred to be treated at a small clinic rather than the main hospital, where the security forces were in control over of.

Interstate 94 reopens after two semis crash

Interstate 94 reopened 4 a.m. Sunday after two semi trucks crashed around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the Star Tribune, the two semis crashed 4 miles south of Eau Claire, killing one driver.

The driver was 48-year-old Jeffery D. Moore of Mooresville, Ind.

The other driver was identified as 42-year-old Andrey Sasin, of New York. Sasin was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Alcohol does not seem a factor but Wisconsin State Patrol say that Sasin was facing an enforcement action.

As reported in the Pioneer Press, one of the trucks burst into flames.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Jesus statue damaged from fire

A 7-foot-tall Jesus statue outside of a St. Paul home was damaged by fire on a Saturday night.

The statue was specially made in Vietnam for Tuan Pham was in the middle of a dispute between Pham's family and the St. Paul City Council, being cited to being too close to the Mississippi River bluffline. The required distance is 40-feet.

According to the Pioneer Press, Pham's wife woke up at 6 a.m. Sunday to find piles of small wood at the base of the statue and an aerosol can and matches nearby. A smaller statue next to the 7-foot statue was damaged.

As reported in the Star Tribune, the family set up "Do not touch" signs by the woodpile and the aerosol can so as not to disturb the evidence. The family sees this as a sign, where Pham believes that he should never give up like God and that he should "follow him."

The statue's base was discolored and covered in gray soot.

This is the second time the statue has been damaged. The first time somebody fired a paintball at the Jesus statue about a year ago.

Suicide bomber kills 42 people at Pakistani Shrine

Two suicide bombers went to a shrine in central Pakistan killing 42 people and injuring 100 on Sunday.

According to the Star Tribune, the second bomber was arrested when he was wounded from when his vest of explosives partially went off.

As reported on CNN.com, police chief, Ahmed Mubarak, said that 10 people of the injured were in critical condition.

"Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan called The Associated Press to claim responsibility for the assault."

Relatives of 9/11 victims are opposing the idea of keeping the remains of the victims seven feet underground and behind a wall as part of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the site of the World Trade Centers.

According to CNN.com, the museum, about to open in the fall, will house the 2,789 victims' remains.

The protesters say they were unaware of the plans to house the remains underground, while officials say that they have been in contact with the relatives.

As reported on the Star Tribune, families and relatives are proposing to have a different memorial instead that is separate from the museum just like the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Christy Ferer, "who lost her husband in the terror attacks and worked as a liaison for Mayor Michael Bloomberg with 9/11 families," said that the location and idea of the memorial was done in thought for the families.

Ferer said that they wanted the remains to be as close to the site as possible.

Analysis of Numbers

In the Star Tribune article from New York Times, they report about 5 genes that are linked to Alzheimer's.

There really aren't a lot of numbers being used. There are a few percentages, population number and just a few numbers that show certain rates.

Although there aren't a lot of numbers to help bring out the story, it is still very interesting and the numbers that they do use do bring a certain light to the story.

Motorcyclist dies after fall by Highway 169

A Mankato man fell from his bike and died Saturday afternoon by Highway 169.

According to Star Tribune, the 52-year-old was wearing a helmet at the time of the fall.

As reported in the Pioneer Press, State Patrol say that it might have been a medical condition that made him fall off his bike.

Information is being withheld about his name and relatives, as well as what might have actually happened to him.

Franken taking some time to consider Stillwater bridge

Sen. Al Franken took some time Saturday to consider the construction proposal of the Stillwater bridge over the St. Croix river.

Franken toured the bridge with Nancy Daubenberger, the State Bridge Engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki looking at the current two lanes and structure of the bridge.

According to the Star Tribune, environmental groups are opposing the idea of the construction of the new Stillwater bridge and would prefer one close to the old bridge. But officials say that the preferred site would "detract from the attractiveness of the historic downtown district."

As reported in the Pioneer Press, the environmental groups who are opposing the idea say that construction would "conflict with the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act."

So far, Gov. Mark Dayton, and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Ron Kind and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker approve the construction of a new bridge.

Rep. Betty McCollum and former Vice President Walter Mondale, however, oppose it. Franken is listening to both sides and will consider the idea for a few days, or weeks, he said.

If the plan is put forward, the cost would be $574 million to $690 million, and splitting it between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Walker's office expressed that Wisconsin might not be able to help pay for this cost and would have to make sure that Minnesota is willing to help out.

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