Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Practice News Story 11: Accident

USU Van Carrying Students Wrecks on I-84

Posted: Nov 28, 2007 10:05 a.m.

TREMONTON, UT- Early today on Interstate 84 just west of Tremonton, a Utah State University van spun out of control and wrecked. The van was carrying 10 students and one professor back from a field trip when it apparently lost control.

Kyle Holden was with the students in a separate vehicle and had just passed the van when he saw black smoke coming from the back of the van. Moments later the van jerked and rolled off the shoulder of the road. Kyle reported that his cruise control was set for 79 miles per hour, but was going downhill when it happened.

Lt. Jason Jensen of the Utah Highway Patrol was first on the scene and was just a little behind the van when the accident occurred. He said there where “bodies everywhere” and that seven were dead at the scene and four were taken to hospitals. When asked about early indications about the accident Lt. Jensen said that “speed was a factor” and that “early indicators point towards no seat belts.

Noelle Cockett the Dean of the College of Agriculture, said that this was a serious accident and that they'll have more information about the 10 students and their Instructor Evan Parker when they know more.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Practice News Story 10: Investigative

Ted Turner and the Gates Foundation look to invest in Africa

Posted: November 14, 2007 10:10 p.m.

LOGAN, UTAH- Today in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, three prominent members of United States society got off a private jet to meet with local officials. This kind of information normally wouldn’t be news worthy but when the people are Bill Gates, his wife Melinda Gates, and philanthropist Ted Turner, it tends to raise eyebrows. Local mayor of Abuja, Malik Ok said that his country and the three philanthropists have had “some meetings, first by phone and representative, then in person.” He replied that the American’s were “very generous” and that all three were interested in “education interests in Africa.” Nobody is talking yet about anything too specific but we do know it will effect at least 5 different African nations. Basic plans call for brick education buildings to be erected and then workshops to be given about health topics to better people’s lives. The specifics of what will happen won’t be public knowledge for quite some time, but when we talked to Bill Gates he said you can expect to hear “something specific in 2-3 months about education.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helps reduce inequality in the US and the world. And with last year’s enormous contribution of $30 billion by Warren Buffet, the boundaries seem endless. Combine that with Ted Turner’s generous contributions to the world in health and education, and you have an enormous amount of money to be used to better the lives of people throughout the world.

Nobody from Ted Turner’s office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would comment publicly.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Practice News Story 9: Sports

Utah Jazz Take Down King James and the Cavaliers

Posted: 10:56 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY- The Utah Jazz pounced back from last weeks lost to the Lakers, and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-99 at the Energy Solutions Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Andrei "AK-47" Kirilenko had a huge night with 21 blocks, 21 points, and four rebounds. Many of those blocks came off of LeBron James.
After the game, Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan replied that "Our guys can do better on defense" and that it was a "close game." The Jazz were never behind in the entire game, but the Cavs tied the game eight different times.
After having his shot blocked last week by Kobe Bryant, Kirilenko's goal was to come out and prove that he could block shots too. In response to his 21 blocks, Kirilenko said the gives credit to "lots of energy and film."
James answered that overall the Cavs "were in it (the game) the entire time." And that it was in fact "the crowd who took us out of the game." The Utah Jazz have always had a very good home record which many people relate to the excitement and support of the crowd.
A couple last minute 3-pointers gave the Jazz the edge. Paul Milsap made a quick 3-pointer and then C.J. Miles got a steal and then made a last minute 3-pointer to put the Jazz up.
Carlos Boozer had the game high of 29 points, followed by James with 28.
The Jazz's next game will be Saturday November 9th at the Seattle SuperSonics.