In the report, David Barboza needs to have the computer skills in gathering and analyzing data. For example, he needs to be albe to work with database programs or spreadsheets and statistical tools in computers to analyze budgets, reports, surveys and polls.

The Times use online tools such as Wen Jiabao's family picture and pictures of Wen Jiabao at disaster scenes in China to engage the reader. Also, the site includes related articles such as Wen's family's disputes for the article.

Barboza used various corporate and regulatory records to show how Wen's relatives have accumulated extreme wealth after Wen Jiaobao elevated to China's ruling elite and ultimately became China's prime minister. He looked for links between statistics in many cases and found that the names of the relatives have been hidden behind layers of their partnerships involving friends, work colleagues and business partners. The reporter didn't make editorial judgment, instead, he let the numbers speak for themselves. Statistics showed that Mr. Wen's relatives accumulated shares in banks, jewelers, tourist resorts, telecommunications companies and state-owned companies. The author also verified the accuracy of statistical information and presented it in a concise and understandable way.

Beginning fall 2013, the average grade students earn in each academic program at University of Minnesota can be poster online recommended by a faculty committee at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota Daily reported.

After two years of University-wide discussions about grade inflation and the value of putting grade in context in 2011, the Faculty Consultative Committee recommended the move. FCC Chairwoman Sally Kohlstedt says students will be able to show potential employers if their have a better grade compared to other students in their major. Associate Press reported.

The recommendation will move forward pending approval from Bob McMaster, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. Minnesota Daily reported.


First there were 20,000 dead pigs floating down the Huangpu River, a main source of water for Shanghai. That was followed by thousands of dead ducks in the Nanhe River in the southwest province of Sichuan. Now the Ministry of Public Safety says Friday online that it has apprehended meat traders in eastern China who sold rat as lamb. Chinese police have broken up a criminal ring accused of taking meat from rats and foxes and selling it as lamb. USA Today reported.

The police took in 63 suspects accused in selling more than $1.6 million of rat as lamb. The product had not undergone inspection, which they drenched in gelatin, red pigment, and nitrates, and sold as mutton in Shanghai and adjacent Jiangsu Province for about $1.6 million, according to the ministry's statement. The account did not explain how exactly the traders obtained the rats and other creatures. The New York Times reported.

Outrage on microblog Weibo questioned how such big business could be done without raising alarm bells."How many rats does it take to put together a sheep?" said one typically angry user of Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like service that often acts as a forum for public opinion outlet. "Is it cheaper to raise rats than sheep? Or does it just not feel right unless you're making fakes?" New York Times reported.

Meat smuggling and food adulteration is growing unchecked in a fast speed in China. As Mao Shaolong, a professor at Remnin University in Beijing, told The New York Times, Chinese food production has become larger scale and more technological, but the problems emerging also involve using more sophisticated technology to beat regulators and cheat consumers," he said. "The government's efforts need to catch up with the scale and complexity of the problems." The New York Times reported.

undocumented students move closer to state aid

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The Minnesota Senate approved on Wednesday a plan that would allow bring illegal immigrants' more closer to their college dreams by making tuition more affordable to them, some measures including in-state tuition, state financial aid and private scholarships. Star Tribune reported.

Currently, undocumented Minnesota students aren't qualified for in-state tuition nor state financial aid nor private aid, including scholarships, in many colleges, including the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus. The Minnesota Prosperity, or DREAM Act would end that. Minnesota Daily reported.

It would make Minnesota one of 16 states to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. 50 percent of more than 660 undocumented undergraduate students are expected to take advantage of the program each year.The Pew Research Center estimated in 2010 that about 85,000 undocumented immigrants were living in Minnesota. Minnesota Daily reported.

If passed, proponents said it would not have a large influence on Minnesota undocumented students, but it has far significant symbolic impact. "This is really important for a small number of students, but it's very symbolic for a lot of immigrant students who dare to dream that they, too, can get a college education," said Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul. Star Tribune reported.

The Walt Disney company has stopped any production of branded merchandise in Bangladesh, responding to a devastating garment factory building collaps there last week that kill more than 400 people. The New York Times reported.

The Disney had sent a letter in March to thousands of licensees and vendors arranging new rules for overseas production at the "highest-risk countries," like Bangladesh, in order to bolster safety standards in its supply chain. CNNMoney reported.

Disney and other western apparel companies who have production ties to Bangladesh response swiftly to address public concerns about working conditions there. The company's efforts had elevated because of the November fire at a Tazreen Fashion Factory in Bangladesh that left 112 people died. The Disney's banning decision also extends to other countries, including Pakistan, where a fire killed 262 garment workers last September. "After much thought and discussion we felt this was the most responsible way to manage the challenges associated with our supply chain," said Bob Chapek, president of Disney Consumer Products. CNNMoney reported.

F.D.A. lower age morning-after birth control

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The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it would make the Plan B One-Step pill available without a prescription to girls and women ages 15 and older, and also make the pill as full over-the-counters. The New York Times reported.

Before that order, the emergence contraception was available without a prescription only for ages 17 and older. That order is decided by a White House cabinet member, Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services. In 2011, she determined that the pill would be available without prescription only to those 17 and older, even though the F.D.A.'s finding that it was safe and effective and should be available without any age restrictions. The New York Times reported.

The administration's actions this week on emergency contraception have left many women's health advocates irritating. The reason behind is such governmental moves are in direct contrast to rhetorics Obama made in just the past week. In a speech last Friday, Obama became the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood's national conference.He defended women's reproductive rights in the following statement: "We shouldn't have to remind people that when it comes to a woman's health, no politician should get to decide what's best for you." NPR reported.


analysis a public meeting

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The article talks about Minneapolis City Council's passed a new ordinance on imposing mandatory conditions on an uncooperative business.I think the reporter did a good job on collecting sources and reported the issue with different sides.

The reporter chose to craft the story from straight facts like what the ordinance does and then dig into deep issues like how such regulations impact not only local businesses, but also the communities around them.

The reporter listed the major content of the bill and discussed its influence on businesses operating near the University of Minnesota. The reflection were mostly negative, worrying that the city over-empowering itself. The reporter then goes on response to the concerns by using the city's response of the ordinance--"using it sparingly", citing a city's licensing and consumer services manager. So the reader understand the importance of the ordinance because it will do good to the city's safety and our communities. The reporter also used examples to back up the ordinance' importance. One example that the reporter used is it would decrease selling alcohol to underaged drinkers in Dinkytown.

Bill seeks to improve safety of child care

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Alarmed by an increase in deaths among children in day care, a bill that will improve child-care safety is expected to pass the state Senate this week, but legislation lacks some important recommendations from state infant mortality panel issued last year. Star Tribune reported.

The panel, which examined more than 80 day-care deaths, recommended more frequent examinations of day-care homes and lower ratios of children-to-provider -- metrics that some legislators said would cost too much for the state. Star Tribune reported.

The legislation focusing on stricter safe sleep guidelines and broader annual training requirements for in-home providers was proposed by the Dayton administration this year, following a Star Tribune investigation that addresses a sharp rise in day-care deaths and violations of some safe-sleep rules by some day-care providers. Star Tribune reported.

The bill would require a doctor to sign off before a caregiver could place an infant to sleep in some position other than on its back. Regulators also proposed tougher penalties for providers who violate state safety standards. Training in safe sleep practices for infants would be required annually, instead of every five years. Providers would also be required to get additional training on health and safe supervision and check on sleeping infants every 30 minutes. According to another Star Tribune reported.

A bill that includes an additional $150 million for higher education programs and a two-year tuition freeze at public colleges and universities passed the Minnesota House Thursday in a bipartisan vote of 86-44. Star Tribune reported.

The bill will impose accountability measures, including require submitting detailed budget reports with funding sources and spending per students, to hold down tuition, restrict the use of state funding for bonuses at the two public systems: University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona authored the bill. Star Tribune reported.

The increase in spending would push the state's higher education spending above $2.7 billion in an effort to prevent Minnesotans from being priced out of colleges. The bill now goes to the conference committee to be reconciled with the Senate's version of the bill. Senate passed the $2.8 billion higher education budget and like the House bill, it provides a tuition freeze for the University of Minnesota, but does not freeze MnSCU tuition.Both bill attempted to assert tightened scrutiny over higher education costs. Associated Press reported.

Guantanamo prison hunger revolt involves 94 detainees

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The number of Guantanamo Bay detainees involving in hunger strike rise to 94 on Thursday, according to a spokesman on Thursday. Three of the detainees are in hospital with non life-threatening conditions, the spokesman said. Yahoo!News reported.

Lt. Col. Sam House also said that no suicide was committed since April 14, the day after guards raided Guantanamo's Camp Six and forced detainees from communal environment area into their individual cells in an apparent effort to stop the prolonged hunger strike. There were two suicide attempts earlier this month. Huffingtonpost reported.

The hunger strike is in its third month now, with more than half of its inmates participating. The cause of the strike is still in dispute. The lawyers of the detainees say the guards searched Koran disrespectfully gave rise to the turmoil, while the military officials disagree with that cause. But both prison officials and lawyers for the detainees admit the underlying cause of the revolt: a growing sense among many prisoners that they will be locked here for the rest of their lives without a trial. Guantanamo currently holds 166 detainees, only few of whom have ever been charged. The New York Times reported.