October 2010 Archives

Man arrested in connection with Cambridge stabbing

A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a stabbing at a Cambridge restaurant, according to WCCO.

Two men were stabbed at Q Mandarin on Main Street in Cambridge Sunday morning, according to the Star Tribune. A man who lives above the restaurant said he heard a frantic scream from below.

Qing-Hai Jiang, 49, was found by police in a shed he had broken into a half mile from the restaurant, and placed in custody in connection with the stabbing, according to WCCO.

Stewart, Colbert rally in D.C. with a gaggle of celebs

A crowd stretching several blocks rallied with Comedy Central funnymen Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert Saturday in Washington D.C., as the two comics put on a laugh-packed show with celebrity guests and an ambiguous political message at "The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear", according to the New York Times.

While no candidate or party was overtly endorsed, Stewart and Colbert took jabs at journalists and fear-monger politicians, according to CNN.

The rally was structured around characters played by Stewart and Colert, one calling for peace and sanity, and the other perpetuating fear, according to the New York Times.

The rally also featured celebrities like singers John Legend and Sheryl Crow and actor Sam Waterson, according to CNN.

The rally was viewed by many as a satire on Fox News correspondent Glenn Beck's rally "Restoring Honor," held two months ago, according to the New York Times.

Brazil elects the country's first woman president

Dilma Rousseff became Brazil's first female president Sunday, according to the New York Times.

Rousseff said in her victory speech that her goal is to eliminate poverty in Brazil, according to CNN. Rousseff beat her opponent, Jose Serra, with 56 percent of the vote versus his 44 percent.

Rousseff served as the former president's chief of staff and energy minister, and she vowed to continue the economic and social policies of her popular predecessor, according to the New York Times.

Rousseff was a left-wing dissident during Brazil's 1960's dictatorship. The president-elect has said she was tortured after she was charged with subversion, according to CNN.

Millions of Brazilians voted in the runoff election, according to CNN.

Minn. family and plane still missing in Wyoming

Rescuers were unsuccessful in their effort to pinpoint the source of an emergency signal Sunday in the 6th day of searching for a small plane carrying a Minneapolis family in northeast Wyoming, according to the Star Tribune.

The search was primarily focused on rugged terrain, just east of the highest peak in Wyoming, according to the Pioneer Press.

Luke Bucklin, 40, and three of his sons were on board the plane, in Wyoming for a wedding and a family vacation. Bucklin got his pilot license in 2002, according to the Pioneer Press.

Bachmann, Clark spar over abortion

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and her DFL opponent Tarryl Clark sparred over topics like abortion and the economy in a heated television debate Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.

Bachmann and Clark joined Independence Part candidate Bob Anderson for the final of three debates in the Sixth District congressional race, which took place live on KSTP-TV, according to the Star Tribune.

"She is pro-abortion. She's supported by Emily's List and supports partial-birth abortion," Bachmann said of Clarke, after Clarke drew on her background as a counselor to pregnant teens to illustrate her effort to reduce abortion, according to WCCO.

Clarke said she does not support the late term abortion procedure Bachmann mentioned, according to WCCO.

Until Sunday, the candidates had stayed away from social issues in previous debates.

Clarke accused Bachmann of lying with a political ad that misrepresented one of Clarke's actions as a state senator, according to WCCO. Clarke said Bachmann's ad criticized her support of the the Legacy Amendment in 2008, which allowed Minnesotans to vote for a rise in the sales tax, was misleading. Clarke said Bachmann actually supported the amendment, but Bachmann denied it.

Analysis: Speeches/Meeting

The Oct. 23 press conference of Wikileaks, a website specializing in "leaked" information, receieved a lot of attention from the media, in which the website detailed instances of death and torture found in classified documents.

Wikileaks released what the organization calls "the largest classified military leak in history," thousands of classified documents detailing the Iraq war, including instances of torture. Wikileaks detailed its information and plan for the press conference in a press release on their website.

CNN covered the reaction to the press conference.

Whereas the press release merely details the information found in the documents that Wikileaks planned on releasing, the news story places that information and the press conference itself in context. It presents varying opinions on the website's decision, reactions to the press conference, and, specifically, reactions to the information presented at the press conference. In other words, in the news story, the press conference becomes not just about the information it presents, but about how the information fits into a larger picture. The news story steps outside the world of the press release and fits it into context.

14 Dead in Mexican Border Town Shooting

The death toll from a shooting at a party in the Mexican border reached of Juarez climbed to 14 Sunday, according to CNN.

Men armed with assault rifles invaded a party that was being held by two adjacent house in Juarez Friday, opening fire on the guests, according to the Los Angeles Times. Another 14 were injured in the shooting.

The ages of the victims are between 14 and 30, according to according to CNN. A child as young as 7 was injured.

Cartel gunmen carried out a similar shooting in Juarez in January, killing 15 guests gathered at another teen party, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Iraq's Parliament to get back to work per high court order

Iraq's high court ordered Parliament to resume sessions Sunday, deeming the delay in proceedings unconstitutional, according to the New York Times.

Abdul Sattar Beeraqdar, the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq, ordered the Parliament to fill key positions so the government body can begin a new session, according to CNN. The court found that the withholding from proceedings has exeeded the constitutional 3 week time span.

The Parliament, which was elected in March, only met for 18 minutes at the time of its instatement, according to the New York Times.

Boxer leads in California, according to new poll

Incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer signifigantly leads her Republican opponent Carly Fiorina among California voters, according to a new poll released Sunday, according to the New York Times.

Boxer leads with a margin of 50 percent to 42 percent against Fiorina, according to a poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California, according to the New York Times. 922 likely voters were surveyed, and the poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Boxer was shown to have a slight lead over Fiorina before President Obama appeared at a luncheon and rally Friday for the Democratic incumbent, according to CNN. The president's appearance is one of a handful he has made in recent days, stumping for Democratic candidates in other states like Nevada and Minnesota.

2 friends die in dirt bike accident near Duluth

Two men died Saturday night after one man hit another on his dirt bike near Duluth, according to the Pioneer Press.

Kevin McElwee, 28, hit Jon Clough, 20, with his bike in an accident that took both of their lives at about 11:30 p.m. The two were on a dirt bike ride on a gravel road in St. Louis County, near the cabin they were staying at for the weekend, according to the Star Tribune.

The two men's bikes did not have headlights. They were discovered by Clough's 15-year-old brother, according to the Star Tribune.

Obama appears at the U for Dayton

President Barack Obama made a flashy appearance at a rally Saturday at the University of Minnesota in support of DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton, urging Minnesotans to stick with Democrats on a road to change, according to the Star Tribune.

"Mark Dayton has spent his life fighting for Minnesota, and now I need all of you to fight for Mark Dayton," Obama said, according to the Pioneer Press.

Obama alluded to the growing hostility toward his administration and the Democrats in Congress, saying the previous adminstration is to blame for the financial crisis.

"Now Republicans are saying,'we want the car back,'" Obama said. "You can't have the keys back. You don't know how to drive," he said, according to the Pioneer Press.

Obama praised Dayton for his service toward Minnesota.

Analysis: Multimedia

The Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune have comprehensive multimedia sections that are created and maintained by journalists as well as containing a lot of user input.

The Pioneer Press' "Media Cafe" contains photographs, videos, podcasts, and interactive multimedia features. The photograph section is basically comprised of various slideshows that aid the telling of the story, like tours of different facilities and series of profiles. The video section is separated into "local" and "national," but also has a user submitted portion. Writing accompanies almost every piece of multimedia, whether it be in the captions to the photographs or the descriptions to the videos.

The Star Tribune has many of the same features as The Pioneer Press in its multimedia section, as well as a special area called "NewsBreak," a news web series. All of the wriitng that accompanies the multimedia features is very concise and general, providing just enough information for the piece of media to be effective.

Brewster Fired

Minnesota Gopher Football Coach Tim Brewster was fired Sunday, the University of Minnesota Athletic Directory announced, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Gophers lost their sixth straight game this season Saturday to Purdue, the straw that broke the camel's back in Brewster's career as coach, according to the Star Tribune.

Brewster had been the Gophers' coach since 2007, and will be bought out of his contract with a sum of $600,00, according to the Pioneer Press.

Brewster was fired mid-season so that a search for a replacement can begin immediately, according to the Star Tribune.

Rutgers football player paralyzed from the neck down

Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was left paralyzed Saturday after colliding with an Army player during a tackle at New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, according to the Star Tribune.

LeGrand underwent emergency surgery Saturday night to stabilize his spine at a New Jersey intensive care unit. It was announced Sunday that the Rutgers student was paralyzed from the neck down, according to the Star-Ledger.

LeGrand's spinal cord was injured during the fourth quarter of the game against the Army when he made a tackle on a kickoff return, according to the Star Tribune.

LeGrand's coach, Greg Schiano, said that his team believes LeGrand will once again play for Rutgers. He called the junior player "a fighter," according to the Star-Ledger.

A Virginia, Minn., city councilman accidentally shot another city official while hunting Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.

Councilman Charles Baribeau and city operations director John Tourville, both of Virginia, were grouse hunting when the northern area of their city when Baribeau fired a round, striking Tourville in the face, neck, chest, arm, and hand with eight pellets, according to the Pioneer Press.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff's office, Baribeau, 64, took Tourville, 56, to Fairview University Medical Center-Messabi in Hibbing for non-life threatening injuries, according to the Star Tribune.

"Leave it to Beaver" actress dies

Barbara Billingsley, who played June Cleaver on the popular TV series "Leave it to Beaver," died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif, according to the New York Times.

Billingsley died at her home after a long illness at the age of 94, a spokesperson said, according to CNN.

Tony Dow and Jerry Matthews, who played Billingsley's sons on "Leave it to Beaver," described the actress as a lifetime mentor and "happy as a lark being recognized as America's mom," according to CNN.

"Leave it to Beaver" was a popular series throughout the 50's, cancelled in 1963 on the eve of John F. Kennedy's assassination, according to CNN.

al-Qaida targets France

Saudi Arabia warned that al-Qaida is threatening Europe, especially France, French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said Sunday, according to CNN.

Hortefeux said in a radio interview that France had been warned by Saudi Arabia intelligence that there was a threat to the country stemming from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, according to MSNBC.

The intelligence also said that al-Qaida was active or about to become active in France, according to CNN.

France's terror alert has been raised to its second highest level. In the past year, 61 people were jailed in France with links to terrorism, according to CNN.

Analysis: Spot and Follow

The New York Times' coverage of Liu Xiaobo's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize and the arrest of his wife is an example of major developments in an event driving the release of multiple news stories on the same topic.

The New York Times first published an article focusing on the Nobel Committee's announcement that Xiaobo, an imprisoned Chinese dissident, had won the prize. The article starts with that news bit as the lead and provides context to Liu's situation and the Chinese government's reaction.

Toward the end of the story, the article mentions that Liu's wife was led away by authorities on Saturday.

Two days later, the New York Times has a follow up story, this time with the wife at the forefront. Liu's wife has become the news, therefore it is her detainment that becomes the lead. The article still goes on to describe Liu and put his Nobel win in context of the political climate in China, but the main focus is on what has developed in the story. In other words, a major event drove a major restructuring of this story.

Wife of Nobel Peace Prize winnner under house arrest in China

The wife of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, was placed under house arrest Sunday after visiting her husband in prison in northeastern China, according to the New York Times.

Liu Xiaobo is serving an 11-year prison sentence for inciting subversion of state power after publically calling for human rights in China, according to CNN. Liu is the co-author of Charter 08, which pleads for democratization and human rights.

Liu's wife's Internet connection and telephone have been cut off, and she is not allowed to leave her house, according to the New York Times.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Xiaobo was the winner of the Nobel Prize on Friday, a decision that has incited criticism from the Chinese government, according to CNN.

Gubernatorial candidates debate at Hamline

Minnesota's governor hopefuls, Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer, and the Independence Party's nominee, Tom Horner, debated Saturday night at Hamline University in St. Paul, according to the Star Tribune.

The candidates fielded questions from Hamline students and reporters. Among them were questions involving the candidate's personal lives, including topics like Dayton's past with depression and alcoholism, and Horner's refusal to release a list of previous clients of his public relations firm, and Emmer's DWI convictions, according to the Star Tribune.

The candidates also squared off over bullying laws. Dayton and Horner support anti-bullying legislation, whereas Emmer opposes it, according to the Pioneer Press.

"I don't think we need more laws; I think we need more understanding," Emmer said.

The candidates were asked about their positions on laws dealing with school bullies in the wake of several suicides attributed to bullying against gay youth in the Anoka-Hennepin school district this year, according to the Pioneer Press.

Obama to visit Twin Cities for Dayton

President Barack Obama will appear in the Twin Cities on Oct. 23 in a campaign rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton, according to the Star Tribune.

The rally will be "the kick-off of the DFL's Get Out the Vote campaign," said Dayton's campaign, according to the Star Tribune.

Dayton was publically backed by Vice President Joe Biden in a rally last week in St. Paul, according to the Pioneer Press.

Dayton requested help with his campaign from the president after he secured the Democratic party's nomination. Obama frequently visited Minnesota during his run for president in 2008, according to the Star Tribune.

New York gubernatorial candidate makes anti-gay statements

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladrino criticized gays Sunday while speaking to Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn, according to the Associated Press.

Paladrino criticized his Democratic opponent for marching in a gay pride parade, according to the Associated Press.

Paladrino said he didn't want children "to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option," according to CNN

The candidate's statements came one day after an eighth suspect was arrested in connection with a violent anti-gay hate crime in New York, according to CNN.

Chilean mine rescue under way

Steel tubing was placed Sunday along the underground path that 33 miners in Chile will travel through after being trapped for more than 2 months, according to CNN.

A powerful drill broke through to the area where the miners are trapped on Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.

The steel tubing is a part of the path that a rescue vehicle named "The Phoneix" will travel through to reach the miners. One by one, the miners will be extracted from the caved in mine, according to the Star Tribune.

The gold and copper mine caved in on August 5th, and the miners report being in good health considering the circumstances, according to Health Minister Jaime Manalich, reports CNN.

Analysis: Star Tribune's Coverage of Wally the Beer Man

While the Star Tribune's story about Wally the Beer Man's new "gig" has a quick witted tone about it, its structure still allows the article to tell a complete news story.

The lead has a more upbeat and creative language than a hard news lead, yet it gives the reader a complete picture of what is new: Wally's new job at Sneaky Pete's.

Bringing in a quote from the bar's manager is an effective way of putting the story in context while providing the reader with an idea of the politics behind this event: the manager's quote speaks to Sneaky Pete's excitement as well as the incident which led to Wally's new job in the first place.

The quote gives the article a nice starting off point to place the news in a broader context: Wally's permanent suspension from his longtime job as a beer hawker at Minnesota Twins games.

The reporter brings in this backstory AFTER the NEWS has been fully reported.

The article ends by bringing the story back to Wally's current situation, providing a quote by Wally that looks forward to his new job, the original subject of the news piece.

Liberal groups take on Tea Party in D.C. rally

Liberal groups including unions and peace activists rallied Saturday in Washington in support of immigration and education reform, job creation, and other issues in connection with the upcoming elections, according to CNN.

300 groups marched in the "One Nation Working Together" rally, held at Lincoln Memorial. The rally's sponsors were progressive groups, taking aim at the conservative Tea Party movement which has looked to create a strong showing in the upcoming election, according to the New York Times.

Tens of thousands of demonstraters from all over the country traveled to the rally, held five weeks after the Tea Party met in Washington, according to the New York Times.

Ben Jealous, the president of the NAACP, a group which sponsored the rally, said the "One Nation Moving Together" movement is the "antidote to the Tea Party," reports CNN.

Deba makes history winning Twin Cities marathon

Buzunesh Deba made history Sunday by becoming the first woman to win the Twin Cities marathon and the Grandma's Marathon in the same year, according to the Pioneer Press.

Deba, 23, came in with a personal best time of 2:27:24 to win the women's title of the 26.2 mile race in the Twin Cities Sunday, according to the Star Tribune. Her nearest competitor finished almost eight minutes behind her.

Sergio Reyes, 28, won the men's race Sunday, with a time of 2:14:02, according to the Pioneer Press. When Reyes ran the Twin Cities marathon five years ago, he got his career worst time.

Reyes also won the Cincinnati Flying Pig marathon in 2009, according to the Pioneer Press.

Wally the Beer Man to work at downtown bar

Sneaky Pete's invited Minnesota sports staple Wally "the Beer Man" Sunday to sell beer at the downtown bar, according to the Star Tribune.

The bar hired the beer legend after he was suspended indefinitely from his job as a Twins beer vendor, a position he's held for 40 seasons, for selling beer to a minor, according to the Pioneer Press.

Sneaky Pete's manager, Leslie Hafiz, said the bar is happy to have Wally the Beer Man for the Twins playoff series, according to the Star Tribune.

"He is a beer institution in Minnesota sports for more than 30 years. We are lucky to have him," Hafiz told the Star Tribune.

Wally, 76, was one of eight Target Field beer vendors who will receive summons for serving alcohol to minors, according to the Pioneer Press.

Ecuador's Police Chief resigns after police officer uprising

Ecuador's Police Chief submitted his resignation Friday after the country's president was held captive in a Quito hospital by a disgruntled police force, the New York Times reports.

Freddy Martinez resigned Friday after Ecuador's President Rafael Correa promised to overhaul the country's police force, according to the New York Times.

Correa was held captive by police officers for more than ten hours while he was in a Quito hospital. Correa was receiving treatment after being assaulted by officers at a meeting Thursday, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune. Army and police special forces rescued Correa Thursday night from the hostage situation.

The attack and subsequent hostage situation was in reaction to a new law that would affect the salaries and benefits of the police force, according to the New York Times. Striking soldiers were all around the hospital when the president was rescued, according to the New York Times.

Martinez said he suspects that rebels who were not police officers snuck into the protest, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune.

Emanuel steps down as chief of staff

President Obama announced Friday that Rahm Emanuel, his White House chief of staff, has stepped down from his position, according to CNN.

The announcement comes as little surprise, as Emanuel is expected to run for mayor of Chicago, according to the New York Times.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff will take Emanuel's vacant position while Obama searches for a full time replacement. CNN reports the list of contenders for the position include White House aides Tom Donilon, Phil Schiliro and Ron Klain.

Emanuel is expected to make an official announcement that he is running for mayor of Chicago this weekend, according to CNN.

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