March 2010 Archives

Analysis: obituary of Jim Marshall

When looking at the obituary of Jim Marshall, a rock 'n' roll photographer, the New York Times obituary style is used.
The lead states who he is, an identifying characteristic, when and where he died, and how old he was at the time of his death. In continuing with the New York Times style, the second paragraph outlines the cause of death, and more details surrounding the death.
His claim to fame section outlines his accomplishments and why he is well-known, and the chronology details his early life.
Finally, his is not survived by any family members, and this is stated in the article.
The obituary uses quotes from Marshall himself, specifically from his autobiography. The quotes by Marshall explain his photography style and what he looks for when taking a picture. Besides Marshall, quotes by John Coltrane are used, though these are from past interviews. It seems the only source the writer actually spoke with was Gail Buckland, who was the curator of a show of Marshall's photography.

NY archbishop defends pope against sex abuse scandal

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan defended Pope Benedict XVI during Palm Sunday Mass against reports he helped cover up reports of child abuse, the Associated Press reported.
Archbishop Dolan's comments were received with long applause by the crowd at St. Patrick's Cathedral after he called the pope a "leader in purification, reform, and renewal."
Archbishop Dolan admitted that the reports of abuse of minors by priests in Ireland and Germany created a more somber mood for Holy Week, and urged the congregation to pray for the pope, according to NBC New York.
He expressed his disgust at many of the allegations of abuse, and said it caused ""the vast majority of faithful priests to bow their heads in shame."
Archbishop Dolan is the leader of the nation's second-largest diocese, and oversees New York's 2.5 million Catholics.

123 trapped in coal mine in Northern China

At least 123 people were trapped underground in a coal mine Sunday in northern China, the Associated Press reported.
The Wangjialing coal mine was flooded by underground water as over 200 miners were working. The State Administration of Work Safety said 138 of the miners were rescued and lifted safely to the ground, but the others remained trapped.
Rescue work was under way, and the cause of the flood was being investigated. Calls made to the mine were not answered.
The mine covers an area of 70 square miles, and is located by the city of Heijn in Xiangning county.
China's mines are among the deadliest in the world, even with significant improvements in safety made in recent years. It was reported 2,631 people died in coal mine accidents in 2009 in China, Reuters reported.

White House crashers to star on reality show

The Washington couple who crashed a state dinner at the White House last November will star in the newest addition to Bravo's "Real Housewives" reality TV franchise, "The Real Housewives of DC".
According to their representatives, Michaele and Tareq Salahi have landed roles on the series after causing a media frenzy for attending the White House dinner without invitations and being photographed shaking hands with President Obama.
The couple were auditioning for the roles at the time of the dinner, and cameras followed them in the day leading up to the event, the Washington Post reports.
Bravo would not comment on the casting of the show, but according to the website The Daily Beast, the show will premiere in July.
"The Real Housewives of DC" follows in the footsteps of several other "Real Housewives" franchises, following the lives of wealthy women in Orange County, New York, Atlanta and New Jersey.

Mistrial declared in death of baby

A mistrial was declared Saturday night in the trial of a North St. Paul man accused of killing his girlfriend's 9-week-old baby after the jury was unable to come to a verdict, the Pioneer Press reported.
The trial of Louis D. Jones, 26, was ended by Ramsey County District Judge M. Michael Monahan after the jury could not reach a verdict after 15 hours.
Jones was on trial for the death of Rhania Jones, his girlfriend's baby who he considered his own. Rhania died on March 4, after suffering bleeding in her brain, retinal hemorrhaging, and brain swelling in an incident on Feb. 27.
Prosecutors said Rhania was a healthy baby before the incident, and the cause of death was from complications from nonaccidental abusive head trauma, which is considered a homicide.
The defense said assumptions had been made to quickly that Rhania was abused, and argued there was no evidence of a crime.
The jurors began deliberating at 11:30 a.m. Friday, and deliberated until 9 p.m., picking up again at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Defense attorneys and prosecutors are scheduled to meet with the judge on Monday to discuss proceedings.

Stillwater lift bridge reopens to traffic

The Stilllwater Lift Bridge reopened to traffic Friday night, after closing earlier in the week due to fears of flooding, the Star Tribune reported.
The bridge was closed Tuesday due to high water and ice from the St. Croix River that rose to the girders of the bridge.
It was expected the bridge would be closed for more than a week, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation declared the water had reached safe levels again. The barricades were removed, and the electrical components have been reconnected, the Pioneer Press said.
The bridge shuttles over 16,000 vehicles a day between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and has not been closed since 2001, when the river rose to 692.35 feet above sea level.

'Alice' continues to dominate at box office

Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" continued to dominate the weekend box office, coming in first place for the second weekend in a row, the Hollywood Reporter said.
The film, directed by Tim Burton, surpassed all newcomers, bringing in an estimated $17.4 million in domestic coin. The film is expected to have a total earning of $200 million by the end of the weekend.
The weekend also marked the first major flop of the year, Universal's "Green Zone", which brought in only $14.5 million in ticket sales, despite opening in over 3,000 theaters.
The expensive Iraq thriller starring Matt Damon has encountered numerous problems, included repeated release date changes and an overinflated budget. The movie follows the track record of Iraq-themed movies performing poorly at the box office, the New York Times reported.
Robert Pattinson's star vehicle "Remember Me" debuted in third place, and the romantic comedy "She's Out of My League" came in fourth.

American consulate staff killed by gunmen in Mexico

Three people linked to the American consulate were killed in a drive-by shooting in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, a U.S. official said Sunday.
An American woman working at the consulate and her American husband were shot by a suspected drug gang hitmen while leaving a consulate social event Saturday afternoon. In another part of the city, the Mexican spouse of a consulate employee was killed around the same time after he and his wife left the event, the Associated Press reported.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City has advised American citizens not to travel to parts of Mexico, including Durango, Coahuila and Chihuahua, unless necessary.
The State Department also authorized government employees at six U.S. consulates in northern Mexico to send family members out of the area due to drug-related violence. Family members were allowed to leave border cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros.
President Obama expressed sadness and outrage over the deaths. At least 18,000 people have been killed since an offensive against drug traffickers began in 2006.

Obama outlines major changes in education plan

President Obama called for a massive overhaul of former president George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind law, unveiling his new plan on Sunday.
The changes would dismantle the current system and move away from punishing schools that do not meet the standards, and instead reward schools for progress, especially with poor students. A focus on preparing students for colleges, rather than grade proficiency is also emphasized.
The blueprint, which Obama said he would send to Congress on Monday, also allows states to use subjects other than reading and mathematics to meet their federal goals. This has been the goal for many education groups, who argue that No Child Left Behind created a lack of focus on the arts, science, and history.
The White House is also proposing a $4 billion increase in federal education spending, which would be used to increase competition among states for grant money, the Associated Press reported.
Administration officials said their plan would urge the states to achieve the college-ready goal by 2020.

Andover man in Ponzi scheme pleads guilty

A former Andover printer pleaded guilty to 36 counts of securities fraud in a $53 million Ponzi scheme Friday, the Star Tribune reported.
Gerard Frank Cellette Jr., 44, plead guilty to each of the charges, and is expected to be sentenced to six to 10years in prison. The sentencing is set for June 7, allowing investors to make civil claims against Cellette and to recover more stolen money.
Cellette turned himself in to prosecutors in September, and began serving jail time in December at his own request. His lawyer stated that Cellette expressed remorse.
Nearly $5 million has been recovered thus far, and another $5 million is expected to be recovered, said Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Tom Fabel.
Cellette admitted that he borrowed money from his family and friends to pay bills for his business, Minnesota Print Services, and offered them 10 to 12 percent interest within a few months. Cellette did not invest this money in his business, and instead used the money to pay off old investors and kept $14 million for himself, KARE 11 reported.
The 36 counts of securities fraud represent one count for each month he defrauded investors, from 2006 to 2008.

Man fired shots after crash at gas station

A 29-year-old man was arrested after shooting a car that crashed into his car at a gas station Saturday, police said.
Marcus Alexander Rollins was arrested on charges of second-degree assault and reckless discharge of a firearm after the incident in Burnsville.
The incident took place at a Super America Gas Station at 2:45 a.m. A Dodge Durango carrying two 15-year-old girls and a man crashed into Rollins' car at the gas station. Rollins then grabbed a gun and fired at least three rounds, police said.
One of the 15-year-old girls sustained a minor injury in her back, but it was unkown if it was caused by a bullet, glass, or other flying debris. She was brought to a local hospital.
Rollins was taken to Dakota County jail and will be charged formally on Tuesday.
The man who was driving the Durango fled on foot, and police are still looking for him.

Analysis: Speeches/Meeting

When looking at a press release concerning Gov. Tim Pawlenty's health care plan for low income individuals, and a news report covering the same topic, many key differences emerge.
In the press release, released by the state, there is little background given, and only the plans for the health care plan is revealed. It also focuses solely on the good, and does not acknowledge any difficulties or problems that may arise from the new plan.
In the news report, the story is more fleshed out. Background is given, and different points of view are discussed. For example, the decisions reached came after months of arguments, and after two vetoes by Gov. Pawlenty. This was not discussed at all in the press release.
Furthermore, protests surrounding the agreement by hospital executives, poverty advocates and Roman Catholic bishops were also discussed.
Pawlenty has been very critical of the General Assistance Medical Care program in the past, and the news report focused heavily on this as well. It presented the agreement as controversial, and the settling of a huge dispute, unlike the press release.
Overall, the press release merely stated the basic facts, while the news report found the story behind the facts.

Dozens killed in Nigeria after religious clash

Over 100 people were killed after suspected religious clashes near the central Nigerian city of Jos Sunday, the BBC reported.
Corpses were piled up in the village of Dogo-Nahawa after a conflict between Islamic pastoralists and Christian villagers erupted. Victims were said to have been cut by machetes and burnt, Reuters reported.
The clash comes after hundreds of people were killed in riots in the city of Jos. The city sits in the middle of the country, between the Muslim north and the Christian south.
Villagers said Hausa-Fulani's from the surrounding area attacked at 3 a.m., shooting in the air to lure people out of their houses before cutting them with machetes.
"The shooting was just meant to bring people from their houses and then when people came out they started cutting them with machetes," said Dogo Nahawa resident Peter Jang.
The attack comes at a difficult time in Nigeria, as acting President Goodluck Jonathan attempts to settle into power after leader Umaru Yar'Adua grew too ill to govern.

Girl, 6, hit and killed on 35W in Burnsville

A 6-year-old girl was killed after she wandered onto Interstate 35 in Burnsville and was struck by a sports-utility vehicle on Friday night, the Star Tribune reported.
Kallie N. Palmer, 6, was playing with other children when she climbed a chain-link fence that separated the house from the interstate.
She was playing at a friend's house whose backyard borders the freeway when she and several of the other children climbed over the fence and onto the freeway.
Minnesota State Patrol said Palmer was not chasing anything, and are still investigating why she darted into the south-bound lane before being hit by the vehicle at 7:15 p.m.
"We don't know what led her to go onto the freeway," Lt. Eric Roeske, a State Patrol spokesperson, said. "We're still trying to piece together the circumstances."
Palmer lived within a few hundred yards of 35W, the Pioneer Press said.
The State Patrol closed two lanes of southbound 35W after the accident to investigate, but the lanes were reopened by 9:15 p.m.

Wayzata student arrested after gun found in his backpack

A 15-year-old Wayzata High School student was arrested after school officials found a gun and bullets in his unattended backpack in the school on Saturday, the Star Tribune reported.
While police and school officials said it did not appear he wanted to hurt anyone, they are still trying to figure out why the gun was in his backpack.
The student was attending a school play, and left his backpack in the hallway, as play patrons are not allowed to bring bags or backpacks into the theater.
A staff member saw the unattended backpack and checked it to determine who it belonged to, and found the gun and bullets. The police were notified immediately thereafter.
The student was identified, and taken to Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center, where he was arrested for having a gun on school property, which is a felony.
The school was not evacuated, and students and parents were alerted of the incident in a letter sent home, WCCO TV said.

Duluth restaurant finds new owner

The Pickwick Restaurant, a long-time Duluth establishment, could have a new owner soon, the Duluth News Tribune reported.
Tim Wright, of Duluth, confirmed Tuesday that he had signed an agreement to purchase the restaurant, although several contingencies in the agreement still needed to be addressed.
The news came after Chris Wisocki, the current owner, announced in January he planned to sell the restaurant, which had been run by his family for four generations and over 90 years, the Pioneer Press reported.
Over the last year, the Pickwick was consumed by labor disputes and picketing, after Wisocki attempted to impose a new contract on unionized workers. The dispute eventually ended after The National Labor Relations Board intervened.
The Pickwick will not be the first restaurant Wright has owned. He previously ran the Aberdeen Lodge in Wisconsin and his family operates the Egg Harbor Cafe in the Chicago area.

U.S. Postal Service seeks 5-day delivery option

In an effort to recover losses, the U.S. Postal Service is looking to stop Saturday delivery, the Star Tribune reported.
Postage rates will also likely be increased in the new proposal, said Postmaster General John Potter. The Postal Service was already more than $295 million in debt from the October through December period, usually their busiest.
The Postal Service has tried to reduce the number of delivery days to five before, but Congress did not support the idea, USA Today reported.
The agency has seen a steep drop in the number of items delivered- 177 billion items in 2009, down from 213 billion in 2006. The recession, as well as the move to electronic bill-paying, has caused a decrease in the number of items mailed.
Potter said a formal request to the Postal Regulatory Commission will be submitted by the end of this month, which must announce an opinion on any changes in mail service.

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