Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquake scare at the beach!

Earthquake scare at the beach!

Earthquake scare at the beach!

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:50 PM PDT

I was at Ortley Beach, right next to Joey Harrison's Surf Club, NJ with my mom, aunt and my brother's girlfriend. We were all relaxing in our beach chairs when it felt like someone was yanking on the back of our chairs. Everyone jumped out of their chairs on a crowded beach all at once and the ground was shaking for what felt like 30 seconds. Lifeguards yelled (along with concerned family members and parents) for people to get out of the water and most of the beach evacuated. It was VERY scary to be at the Atlantic Ocean during the first earthquake we have had in this area in my lifetime (i am 32). I tried to reach other family members and close friends and cell service was disrupted for about 30-45 minutes after the earthquake. Simply a terrifying experience I hope we never get to experience again!

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Wolf Blitzer talks to crowds after quake

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:45 PM PDT

CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviews Washington D.C. crowds after the earthquake.

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CNN Brian Todd reporting right after the quake

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:44 PM PDT

I am a cnn producer w/wolf (Vaughn Sterling)

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CNN Brian Todd reporting right after the quake

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:40 PM PDT

I am a cnn producer w/wolf (Vaughn Sterling)

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Outside CNN's Washington bureau following quake

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:40 PM PDT

Shot by CNN's Kevin Liptak

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Dc quake

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:39 PM PDT

Aftermath outside dc CNN bureau

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Broken Glass at VCU Business in Richmond, VA

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:31 PM PDT

Significant building shaking at the VCU School of Business in Richmond, VA.  Several framed items came off the wall shattering glass.

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Office workers in Arlington walking out of their buildings and flocking in a park near Key Bridge.

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:29 PM PDT

I was sitting in my office and the desk started trembling, followed by a pretty strong shake of the floor. Then, 2 minutes later, there was another pretty strong tremor, which shook me as I stood up by the windows to see what is going on. Initially, we thought there was something wrong only with our building as the people outside were walking by unaware of what was going on, but then we were told we would need to evacuate the building. The photo above depicts the crowds coming out of the office buildings in Rosslyn, Virginia as they flock to the little park next to Key Bridge.

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Partial Building Collapse S. Highland and Gough St. Baltimore

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:25 PM PDT

Partial Building Collapse S. Highland and Gough St. Baltimore.


Old brick building in Highlandtown baltimore appears partially collapsed from damage.


Credits to Dwerk for the scoop.

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Federal building evac

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:24 PM PDT

House office buildings after the quake

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Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:16 PM PDT

felt building of juniper vellege in North Huntingdon shake

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Disturbed Items

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:15 PM PDT

Picture of disturbed items around the sink.

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Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:12 PM PDT

I live in Charlottesviile, VA which is not too far from Mineral, VA.  I was sitting in my living room when the shake happened.  I think that it lasted about 2 minutes more or less.  I ran outside to the front of my place and felt the ground shaking.  No real damage here although I have heard firetrucks and such since then.  What I find that interesting is that my mother was here and I was sitting, talking to her and we both heard a very loud bang which sounded like an expolsion and that was at 12:30, an hour and a half before the quake.  In the 30 some odd years that I have been alive I have never felt an earthquake in VA. 

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Charro Style Tacos

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:02 PM PDT

Charro style tacos are the best of American and Mexican food. It's a Mexican-seasoned beef patty (instead of loose ground beef) grilled in a tortilla, and served with a fresh cabbage salad, rice and beans. Outstanding flavors abound!

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I felt the earth move under my feet!

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:00 PM PDT

Tremors from Virgina's Earthquake were felt here in Northampton, Massachusetts causing buildings to shake heavily.

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i felt it!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:56 AM PDT

i am in eastern ky and i felt it!! what worries me is my husband is 1500ft underground and 2 miles back i pray he is save. my dog has not stopped barking!!!

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Felt Earthquake in Fairmont WV

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:56 AM PDT

Felt my Whole Apt. Building Shake. I went ouside to see if there was a car accident or if someone had hit the building. the woman upstaires from me asked me if i felt a shaking? she too had thought that someone had ran into the building. We live in a area with alot of minines. i wonder if a large earthquake could cause them to collapse?

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Evacuated dc

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:54 AM PDT

Sent from my iPhone

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Breaking news -eathquake

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:20 AM PDT

At 1:53 p.m. in Wheeling, WV our entire building shook.  I work for NASA and a colleague was on a confernce call with Langley.  They saw the room shake and the person said quickly I have to go.  We had no idea what was going on.

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Earthquake in Greensboro

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:18 AM PDT

Crazy aftershocks

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Earthquake felt in Dunellen, NJ

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:17 AM PDT

We thought it was a huge truck that caused the vibrations but the road was clear.  When we looked at a door with a mirror attached, it was shaking on its own.  We went outside as a precaution then noticed that the water in the pool next door was clearly agitated.  It lasted about 5 seconds.

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Earthquake from New Jersey

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:17 AM PDT

I took this video as the earthquake was occurring at 2pm.


Not much to see, except the disco ball is shaking back and forth.


Felt for about 30 seconds.


Taken from Belmar, NJ August 23, 2011 around 2pm Eastern Time.

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Earthquake felt as far as Westchester County NY

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:13 AM PDT

A reported earthquake that struck the Washington, DC area was felt as far north as White Plains NY.  Here at the Westchester Independent Living Center, located in the White Plains Mall, employees reported feeling the building shake significantly moments before reports of an earthquake were broadcast on the radio.  No significant damage or injuries were reported, however, we are standing by to see what happens next.

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People on streets of dc after quake

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:12 AM PDT

14th and K - winvale offices

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DC Earthquake

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:08 AM PDT

Crack in building from today's earthquake in DC.

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Earthquake in South Jersey?

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:08 AM PDT

As I was sitting at my computer I started to feel dizzy and shaky... but then I realized it wasn't me because anything hanging, like the chandelier in front of me, was also moving... at that moment I realized I was experiencing my first tremor, or earthquake if you would.  I proceeded to run outside where I felt more safe.  Needless to say, people started posting on their Facebook's(tm) the same occurrence all over South Jersey.

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Posted: 23 Aug 2011 11:00 AM PDT

woodbridge va

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Posted: 23 Aug 2011 10:56 AM PDT

Small tremor felt in Merrick minutes ago Regards, Jeff

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New WTC Soars Above Lower Manhattan

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 04:37 AM PDT

With steel construction reaching the 78th floor, the new 1 World Trade Center "Freedom Tower" is now the tallest building in Lower Manhattan, re-shaping the city's skyline.

What will eventually become the tallest building in New York City, is also starting to get the glass curtain walls that will define it, reflecting the sky and city around it.

The structure is now visible from most parts of the city, including the West Side Highway, were once the two twin towers of the old World Trade Center were a spectacular sight.

Also well under way is the construction of the second skyscraper at the site. (10)

Photos taken on Monday, August 22, 2011/


For an earlier view of the new WTC, go to

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opBART 2 results in arrests and station closings.

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 12:26 AM PDT

On Monday August 22, 2011, activists and protesters once again shutdown BART stations. opBART 2 resulted in many arrests, and there were a few scuffles. This time the police escorted the protesters through downtown SF.

I even got caught up in an arrest circle.

I used Twitter to track the protesters and seek updates on their locales. Popular hash tags are #sfbart #bart protest #anonymous #bartandyourthere #opBART

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Dear Hurricane Irene, Please Send Rain and Put Out Our Wildfire

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 11:35 PM PDT

Hikers leave messages and news of wildlife sightings in The "Kindred Mailbox," in the Great Dismal Swamp, seen above.  It's mounted along the trail, a popular hiking and tourist destination that runs by the Great Dismal Swamp Canal in coastal North Carolina.

On Monday. Rudy Evenson announced the "Southern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team," made up of officials from federal, local and state agencies took control of operations to fight the stubborn fire, now relentlessly burning through the peat.

The GDS State Park is still closed because of the dangerous wildfire there and cloudy green algae now masks the sparkling canal water caused by drought conditions in the burning swamp.

The now deserted canal on the eastern side of the swamp is normally a popular part of the Intracoastal for boats, canoes, and kayaks but is now reserved for emergency boats only.

This photo of the mailbox was taken Saturday, as Hurricane Irene was gaining momentum in the southern Atlantic.

Several projections have predicted Irene will travel up the eastern seaboard and slam into North Carolina as she toys with The Bahamas this morning.

This historic ecosystem has had it's fill of lightening- strike fires, and wind driven flare ups have been a particular concern recently, but experts say the only thing that can help them put out this relentless peat fire now is lots and lots of rain.

They've been pumping water from Lake Drummond to flood the ditches which will then overflow to extinguish the peat fires in the swamp.  And Irene could prove very helpful if she'll drop enough rain, but withhold the wind and lightening.

Hampton Roads residents and beyond endure smoke from the largest fire the Great Dismal Swamp has endured. Only 15% of the fire is contained as of Monday, Evenson reported.

The operation's grown to 436 fire fighting personnel who work late into the evening with helicopters trying to maneuver smoke-filled skies over Suffolk, dropping water. Others doze the dead trees which suddenly began fueling the fire smoldering in the peat, and remove the silent killers from exits.

Saturday, the helicopter above was still flying at sunset, as trees continued to fall silently around firefighters who were battling and sinking into the burning peat fire.

On the western side of the swamp, "Thank You Firemen" signs dot the roadway in front of hopeful and concerned residents' homes in Virginia and North Carolina .

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File is posted on YouTube

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 08:47 PM PDT


Sources for the "Wish it. Dream it. Do it." story include:


1. Alexandra Cockett, the 12-year-old with the vision for the PACK Club.


2. Arminda Cockett, Alexandra's mother who - despite her allergies and fear of dogs - is supporting her daughter by connecting her with people who can make her dream come true.


3. Alexandra's Charter School Principal who's excited about offering the PACK Club as an extracurricular option to students. Her school is called Trivium Preparatory Academy. The headmaster's name is Dave Beskar.


4. Andrea Patten - an example of a pet  industry leader who offered to be a speaker and teach the PACK Club pet CPR (with dog mannequins). She is the director of training for the Foundation for Service Dog Support and will educate participants on how they can train service dogs when they're 16.


Visuals could include:

A. Alexandra and her mother speaking with the school principal about the PACK Club and recruitment from the student body. She could also speak with her peers about joining the club.

B. Alexandra volunteering at a rehab center with a golden retriever since the pet therapy experience inspired her to form the PACK Club.

C. Alexandra meeting with the volunteer guest speaker - Andrea Patten - to plan the agenda for the first PACK Club meeting which includes pet CPR.

Regarding an explanation for age limitations, generally pet therapy volunteers must be adults because there is little supervision of their visits.

Volunteers must be mature enough to take command of their pets and sensitive enough to respond appropriately in potentially uncomfortable settings (patient is vomiting, family is highly distraught, patients' surgical incisions are exposed, patient nudity, speaking with dementia patients who insist on holding the dog's leash, etc.)

Regarding an interview with the Girl Scouts, I was her troop leader since she was age 7 and introduced her to pet therapy.

Now she is a Juliette - which is an older registered Girl Scout - who can work independently from a troop.

If needed, we can recruit a GS spokesperson to provide input regarding the Silver Award that she is pursuing.

If my name is going to be part of the byline – I figured you want to keep this piece in the third person, right?

Regarding technical issues, my iPhone would not allow me to e-mail the file for downloading to my desktop since it was too large. Next time, I will bring the cord to connect the phone to my computer for downloading or simply use my digital camera.


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My Sources - Life of a Blue-Collar Worker

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 08:12 PM PDT

My boot camp story is about the life of a "blue-collar worker" in the Philippines. He is  Gie Paderna, 25-year-old store vendor. I already had a short  conversation with him. I also met his co-worker. I saw the market where  he works and how he interacts with the customers. I saw some glimpse of  his life.


I divided my source intro three groups. First is the Main Source which is of course Gie Paderna. His life as a blue-collar worker is the  backbone of my boot camp story. The second group is the Secondary Sources.  These include his family and friends, his co-worker and boss, and the  store vendors at the market where he works. I will interview some of  them to know more of Gie as a son, friend, vendor, employee, and more.  The last group is the Supporting Facts. I will look for  the employment statistics in the Philippines to give figures of how  many Filipinos are considered as blue-collar worker. Last supporting  fact is the "Rags to Riches" stories of successful  Filipinos. The story of Henry Sy, richest man in the Philippines, is a  very good example - from simple shoe owner to a big time Retail King. I  included this one because blue collar workers are such an inspiration to  all of us. Many rich people today were once a blue-collar worker.


My  initial plan is to observe Gie at work for one whole day. I will  observe his surroundings, the vendors, the customers at the market for  one day. I want to discover amazing things about Gie that can inspire  us. Gie is a very quiet type of person and I want to know the "hidden  facts" why he is like this.


My Story -Life of a Blue Collar  Worker

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Main interviewee and sources

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 07:54 PM PDT

My main source in is Rochelle herself. Her struggle and journey battling her condition and her goal to reunited and reconcilled with her broken family.


On the medical aspect, I will be getting the side of Institute of Human Genetics. The institute told me that Rochelle will be undergoing 3 stages of genetic consultation.

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Batten Down the Hatches

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 07:23 PM PDT

My girlfriend and I put up 76 storm shutters today, took down awnings, started tying down everything else. We have an alpaca farm in the geographical center of Florida, and have a couple days of work to prevent feed and equipment from getting wet or blown away.  !4 shelters for the alpacas, donkeys and chickens need preparations.  Tonight we were treated to this hour long lightning over the rear fields...maybe as a warning of what's to come.

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Finding Cooperative and Credible Sources

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 06:06 PM PDT

Sources, or I should say, cooperative and reliable sources are what make a story.  I started by quest for source by doing an internet search of various related key words: spay, neuter, municipalities, costs, etc. Since I live in Los Angeles, I wanted to focus on sources which would be assessable to me under the time constraints imposed.  I found several organizations which perform spay and neutering of pets, such as FixNation and Los Angeles SPCA.  The City of Los Angeles has six regional animal shelters and the South Los Angeles one is close to where I work and live.  I also found out that there are some organizations, such as Concerned Dog Owners of California (CDOCA) which oppose mandatory spay and neutering laws.  In fact, CDOCA sued the City of Los Angeles over its mandatory spay and neuter law, but lost the case.  CDOCA is a supporter of AB 564 which would allow interested persons to make a contribution to a VOLUNTARY spay and neuter fund on their California Personal Income Tax form.  I have been making contacts and attempting to set up interviews.


Links to Organizations mentioned"

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GMOs, what are they? How do they impact us?

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 05:31 PM PDT

Daily, consumers are eating products with genetically modified organisms (GMO) and they don't even know it.  I would like to look at the prevalence of genetically modified foods.  I would like to look at the research and how the process works.

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Response to mt letter from The White House President Obama

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 05:13 PM PDT

I received a letter from my last ireport on mortgage . President answered and gave me information that is valuable . I have questions on some of the answers he gave me in which I feel are important.

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Response to Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwrit

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 04:36 PM PDT

First I want to thank Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting for answering my question to President Obama.  While the broad based support for Africa and America sounds good.


The question was specifically addressed to cover UN Resolution 64/169 proclaiming 2011 as THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT.


This International Public Policy statement itself deserves a direct response as Black Unemployment is double the national average at 15.9 Percent and the impediments to investment remain.  Access to Capital through Loan Guarantees and yes Stimulus for Multi-National Companies like Berkshire Hathaway, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Apple as examples to obtain such guarantees for mentoring small minority owned businesses looking to expand and create jobs.


Thanks for your response and now hopefully a clear path to a Transmedia Brandcasting Summit which would bring the powers that be to the table to support The Africa Heritage Society's CIVIL RIGHTS TO PLATINUM RIGHTS MOVEMENT launched on Nelson Mandela's Birthday by International Goodwill Ambassador Oscar J. Webb.


Finally as we unveil the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial leaders like Ambassador Webb should be standing next to the President as he announces support for THE CIVIL RIGHTS TO PLATINUM RIGHTS MOVEMENT and the reconnection of African Americans to their Heritage. Economically, Socially and Culturally.

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Response to White House

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 04:26 PM PDT

Rebuttal to White House response to my question about veering away from oil!

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My Response to the White House

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 04:08 PM PDT

I submitted a question for President Obama about alternative energy development:


The White House responded with a long paragraph talking about their "progress." This is my response to their response. I can't wait to read their response to my response to their response to my original question...and then respond to it!

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Bootcamp Assignment #2: I will use my blog and book mail to get sources

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 02:59 PM PDT

My Book:


I will get sources from my middle class blog postings as well as from mailing from my book.

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Sources identified for Bootcamp assignment #2

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 01:56 PM PDT

I've found some great people who are ready to share their stories on the lives of our young people!

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Fright Night Movie Review

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 01:50 PM PDT

Fright Night Movie Review

by, Rajiim Gross of The RAG Review



Rated R

Run Time: 1hour 40min

Film Grade: A

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The Main Characters of the DREAM Act

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 01:29 PM PDT

Undocumented students are the main  characters of the DREAM Act. As a result, I have decided to interview a  Mexican student whom, despite the good performance he had in high  school, was unable to attend to college due to his legal status.


Of  course, they are no alone in their battle. They have political  activists by their side who gladly fitght for their rights to become law  abiding citizens of a country that have given them a lot. I couldn't  let aside two of them who have played a decisive role in this matter.

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La Pared Beach, Luquillo, P.R.

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 01:09 PM PDT

After Huracan Irene, 08/22/2011 at 2:30 p.m.

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La Pared Beach, Luquillo, P.R.

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 01:09 PM PDT

After the Huracan Irene, 08/22/2011 @ 2:30 p.m.

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Who are my Sources?

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 12:54 PM PDT

My story about "CNN & Me" will talk about the past, present and future of CNN iReporting. I will talk about what CNN has done to me and what I can still contribute to CNN as a citizen journalist.


My sources would be from a variety of characters. I will interview journalism students, staff from a local TV network, and normal people who can share their views on what they  know about CNN, how much influence or impact CNN has in the Philippines and globally.


I will also use my fellow iReporters from Manila and from other countries, get their views on how CNN impact their life.


And last, I will use myself as a source of my own story.

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Find sources- Culture Obesity

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 12:44 PM PDT

Hello CNN,

My first source will be Dr. Montoya from the University of Texas- Brownsville. He has conducted several studies on obesity in our community and at this moment, he is furthering his studies. If I cannot reach him, I am going to find a nutrition expert who will explain to us the psychological issues obese children go through, the health problems they have and other things obese children face every day.

My second source is identifying a child who is willing to show us the challenges he faces every day. As I mentioned, those challenges include; the meals he eats every day, his daily routine, what his family is like, does everyone in his family deal with the same issue, is it very difficult for him to carry the amount of weight he has, does he get teased, etc. I understand that this issue is very sensitive and some parents may not like the idea of having their child interviewed for an obesity story. Therefore, If i cannot find a child, I am going to find an adult who has been obese all of his life. I am going to ask him to share pictures from an early age until his adulthood and I am going to ask him to explain to us how obesity has affected his life.

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Tarsands Oil Protest White House Arrests Day 3

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 10:56 AM PDT

(First video, Park Police moving protestors across the street

Second video, women being escorted into processing tent

Photos show first person arrested, others arrested and crowd shots.

All images by the author)

Protestors are trying to get the ear and concern of President Obama in a 2 week protest. Exploitation of Tar Sands oil and piping it to Texas refineries is considered by most environmental scientists to be a very costly way to extract oil and shows how desperate the US has become to maintain its wasteful oil consumption. Protestors represent those who are directly affected, farmers and tribal groups, as well as those who will pay for tax benefits being proposed for the oil companies and those who care about the ability of our earth to sustain life as we know it.

When I first arrived, Park Police were moving protestors who had decided not to be arrested, across the street away from the White House while those who had decided to engage in peaceful civil disobedience stayed on the sidewalk in front of the White House breaking the law to express their First Amendment Rights of Free Speech. Then those on the sidewalk were given their 3 warnings before the arrests began. Those who were arrested were handcuffed and searched in line in public view, then entered a tent for processing before being loaded in a van to be taken to jail. I was told the reason only women were arrested while I was taking pictures was due to segregation of men and women in the vans and to limit the amount of time anyone has to spend in the van in handcuffs. The crowd was very orderly. Protestors were about 70 or more and were about equally divided between men and women, as best I could tell. They ranged in age from early 20's to 70's. U.S. Park police were doing their job in a dignified way, for the most part, and were allowing the protestors to make the civil disobedience statement they had come to give while keeping order. I would not want their job. It seems odd that these men and women who are duty-bound to arrest these protestors, are also duty bound to protect our nation's natural resources in parks and historic areas- some of the areas that may be damaged by this oil production system directly in the footprint of the pipeline or secondarily by the amazing amount of carbon and resulting climate change.

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Lightning Striking Power Lines During Thunderstorm

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 09:55 AM PDT

Lightning strikes power lines causing an explosion.  Filmed while driving south on Interstate 35 in Olathe, Kansas.  Around 9:50 a.m. CST. Clip: Played at normal speed first then repeated in slow motion.

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Tables Turned on SL ireporter as I Become the Model!

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 09:18 AM PDT

It's not often I get to stand in front of the camera, as I'm nearly always behind the lens taking pictures for my Second Life stories.   However, I had received a message from BlackBarbie Bravin who is writing an article in BEST OF SL Magazine about CNN ireport celebrating its 5th birthday.  She wanted to include a picture of my avatar as I had been with CNN in-world since the start of ireport going live.  I told BlackBarbie that I would be honoured for my picture to be included.  She left me a further message saying she would send a photographer around to arrange a photo-shoot.


As I logged into SL the next day I received an offer of friendship from Zachary Zufreur, the photographer from the magazine.  As it happened we both had time to meet there and then and Zachary teleported me over to his studio.  I've only ever taken pictures out and about when I've been exploring or talking to people who I'm going to write about, so I had no idea of the set-up in an SL photography studio.  Zachary, who is also a fashion model in SL, told me how busy he has been, he said he had been doing back to back shows and photo-shoots so I was lucky he found a free slot for us to meet.  He told me that he needed a few shots in the studio and then some location shots as well.


I hadn't really known what to wear for the photo-shoot, I'm quite a casual SL dresser, happy in tops and jeans, but I decided to go down the glam avatar route and I put a black outfit on with a nice swishy long 'Leezu Baxter' skirt, which is one of my favourite items in my 'bursting at the seams' inventory.   The studio had a bright green backdrop with some poses in front of it. Zachary asked me to stand on the white pose-stand and my avatar suddenly stood like a model, posing away.  Finding a pose Zachary liked, he asked me to click on an object in front of me with my computer mouse, this made my avatar look in the right direction, so he was able to get the shots he wanted.


Once we had finished in the studio, we headed over to virtual Venice for some location pictures.  I held a little camera as Zachary snapped away with his, and I ask Zachary if I could take his picture too!  It's habit, I just can't stop being an SL journalist!  Zachary kindly agreed to have his photo taken.  I asked him about his modelling in SL and he said he worked for a few modelling agencies as well as being a photographer.  He has his own photography shop in-world and after the shoot he took me over to see it.  As well as some wonderful SL pictures, Zachary also has some amazing real life photos from a tour of Europe he had been on, he's very talented with a great eye for what he is photographing, be it people or scenery.


Well, I'm looking forward to seeing my picture in BEST OF SL Magazine, which Zachary tells me is due out in September, I'm sure he's done a great job!  I'm also looking forward to reading BlackBarbie's article about CNN producer Nicole ireport and CNN's 5th Anniversary.


Zachary's RL Photograph Store, Venezia

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Obama's vacation? His popularity? Obama's leadership?

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 09:17 AM PDT

Was it the thing to do to go on vacation while America is still in such disarray, economically?  There has been some sharp criticism directed at the President for his timing.  Will his popularity rebound after such low numbers?  Has he been an effective leader?


There are many questions directed at this president and people are wondering where the answers will come from. People are hoping for solid plans, changes, but most of all, action that leads to sustained growth.  Americans have been patient, now there needs to be REAL ACTION!

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Week 2 Boot Camp

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 08:50 AM PDT

This is week 2 of the I Report Boot Camp.  I have found three sources and possible some other sources to do my story.  The three sources so far are a person from the Alabama Career Systems (Rodrigues Gaston) for job hunting and new career directions.  A retired teacher (Lucy East) that has good knowledge of what schools are doing under the No Child Left Behind Act.  And a editor of the geek dad blog (Matt Blum) who hosted a Comic-Con panel in july to discuss the Phineas and Ferb tv show.  I might have one or two other sources to add soon.  But these three are good sources to ask some questions.

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Pink overtakes city Sunday in Central Wisconsin.

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 08:30 AM PDT

The second-annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure took place Sunday in Wausau, WI. Last year 2,400 people showed their support, the exact number of participants for this year won't be known for a few days.

Organizers hope to raise $400,000. The funds go towards cancer research and local services and support. Participants compete in either a chip-timed 5k race or a 1-mile fun run/walk.

During these tough economic times it is refreshing to see so many people come together for such an important cause.

Please check out the Susan G. Komen website at

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Find your sources-Ganesh Chaturthi

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 06:54 AM PDT


For my story on our Hindu Festival- Ganesh Chaturthi, I will be interviewing the locals who have been celebrating this festival since a long time. What I yearn to find out from these sources is the history of Lord Ganesha and the significance of this festival to the Hindus.

My first source for this story is a research scientist who may practice science but firmly believes in Lord Ganesha. Born a maharashtran, she grew up hearing stories on Ganesha. She will tell us all about the birth of Ganesha and how this festival all began.

My second source is a 70 year old woman who will tell us about the legends of Lord Ganesha and why she so strongly believes in this festival.

My third source is a middle aged man who celebrates this festival each year by bringing the Ganesha idol home, performing prayers and rituals, and instilling the religious beliefs in his children.

My fourth source, hopefully, will be the priest (pundit) of the Ganesha temple who could educate us on why this festival is celebrated and what power does these rituals and prayers have in our life.

As suggested by Neil Piper, I will be covering my story on the locals since that is the root of where it all began. This is how I intend to cover detailed information on our Hindu God and the much awaited festival of this season.


Thank you CNN.

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Wings Wildlife Park; Finding my sources

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 05:34 AM PDT

Heres is a quick video talking about finding my sources for my bootcamp story.

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Posted: 22 Aug 2011 04:10 AM PDT

This is what modern day child labour looks like in Nigeria.

My sources are the faces you see in Market places, the voices you hear in the Parks and the Little hands that build the imposing structures within the neigbourhood.

The sources of my story portray how Child labour today has grown beyond forced labour in factories to a very  Loose situation where Children between 9 and 15yrs are now left to indulge in certain level of commercial activities and odd jobs rathan being in the classroom for learning.

These children are mostly without basic education. There are being used as cheap labour in construction sites and usually will earn less than half of what an adult male will earn a day. In market places they carry goods in Wheel barrows,on the streets they sell wares along.

The lives of the sources of my story is a negation of the United nation Article on Childs Right Convention as most of the children I came across indulge in dangerous work activities which interfers with their education.

The Article 32 UN of  Convention on the Rights of the Child states that:

... Parties must recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.

These are the basic content of my story which I need to tell to the world. These children have nothing to live for and so they can be manipulated easily by wrong hands.

They grow up without love and dignity and so they later become tools of destruction in the society by extremists and terror groups.

These children are Vulnerable, they grow up to be the READY TOOLS for terror groups who will find them so easy and cheap to Brainwash.

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Boot Camp: My Sources

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 03:30 AM PDT

My  story is about the enforcement of the ban against the use of plastic  bags and Styrofoam in Muntinlupa City, Philippines. Of course, I must  interview some local officials and community leaders who are either for  or against the said ban to present a credible story to CNN audience. But  the "main sources" of my story are 2 regular people in their early 20s  who are directly affected by the said issue. Both of them represent the  working masses of Muntinlupa City. The "main sources" of my story are  Gary Pacites and Angeline Ruiz.


Gary  Pacites is a 25-year old construction helper who is practically against  the said ban. He feels that "paper bags" can be easily torn to pieces  and aren't durable at all. He's more comfortable with plastic bags since  such things are really durable. Besides, his job demands the use of  several plastic materials that it's only logical for him to opt for  plastic bags. He also says that he can re-use plastic bags for several  days and even sell them for recycling purposes. On the other hand,  Angeline Ruiz is a 24 year-old working student who lives in an area that  is usually besieged by constant flooding during stormy days. Everytime  Angeline goes out of her house to go to the school or work,  she can  easily view the nearby waterways filled with several plastic discards.  Such plastic discards contribute to the  clogging of waterways that in turn would give way to heavy floods in her area  of residence.


Both  Angeline Ruiz and Gary Pacites will appear in the i-Report and would  present their views regarding the said ban. I was able to contact them  with the help of my fellow bloggers from Muntinlupa City. Two of my  fellow bloggers gave me the names of the social networking sites where  Gary and Angeline are both members of. The said bloggers are  online friends and chat-mates of both Gary and Angeline.


The  story that I'm going to present should not be seen as biased to any  particular group or individual The i-Report would be presented in a  truly-objective way. All significant views regarding the issue would be  properly tackled.


The  main reason why I picked Gary and Angeline as the main sources of my  story is because I want the voices of ordinary folks from Muntinlupa  City be heard in the presentation of this i-Report. The ordinary folks  of Muntinlupa City are really the ones who will bear the impact of  either the success or failure of the said ban in  trying to control floods.  Hence, I've chosen Gary Pacites and Angeline Ruiz as the main sources of my story because they're the ones who would be directly affected by  the failure or success of the said measure as a way of controlling  floods in  Muntinlupa City, Philippines.

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Spot the ireport logo

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 03:18 AM PDT

Guess where did I took these photos?

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Week 2: My Sources

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 01:44 AM PDT

Week 2: My Sources


1. Raymon Gabriel of Direct Shopping Inc., Philippines

2. Carmela Marie M. Santos of Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines

3. Irene O. Feliciano, a teacher in Vietnam and a mother of a special child (coginitive delay)

4. Pedro de Castro, IT Consultant, Singapore



My sources are people from the upper class or the rich, the middle class, the lower class, a psychologist and an economist.


The words, experiences and situations of my sources from the 3 different levels or classes of society constitute the core of the story. Their accounts represent solid and realistic evidence of the true situation people are living through currently.


With the analysis of these evidences by a psychologist, the emotional and mental processes will be explained and comprehensible therefore enlightening to a lot people.


An economist will be able to explain the technical aspects of the financial situation of each individual which is also helpful.


I am hoping that after this report, together, we will be able to see the relationship of the changes in the economy and its effects on the psychology of individuals, how we can deal and cope according to their explanations and how it can help all of us.

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Posted: 22 Aug 2011 12:38 AM PDT


           En México, como en muchos otros países al rededor de todo el mundo, se tiene la costumbre de celebrar una vez al año a diversas profesiones y oficios, como ejemplo particular en México en Enero 6 se festeja a las enfermeras, en Mayo 3 a los trabajadores de la construcción, en Mayo 15 a los profesores, en Julio 01 a los ingenieros, en Julio 12 a los abogados, en octubre 23 a los médicos, etc., ¿SABE USTED A QUIEN SE FESTEJA EL DÍA DE HOY?, aquí un par de pistas para que adivinar de quienes se trata:

           De pequeños siempre quisimos ser como ellos y hasta soñamos en subirnos a uno de sus vehículos; a algunos se nos enchina la piel a verlos pasar y los hemos admirado cuando están actuando en situaciones de emergencias y riesgosas para las cuales fueron entrenados, arriesgan sus propias vidas por salvar las de los demás, su entrega es tal, que cuando están en acción, se olvidan de sus familias y hasta de sus propias vidas por ayudar a quienes corren riesgos, solo los vemos cuando algo MALO ocurre.

           ¿Ya adivino de quienes se trata?, ¿NO?, entonces a la segunda pista:

           Verdaderamente son HERICOS, INCANSABLES y ENTREGADOS a su labor, parecen nunca tener miedo, aunque como todo ser humano lo tienen, pero saben controlarlo bastante bien, parecen tener por lo menos una solución para cada situación que se les presentan, es difícil distinguirles el rostro debido a sus cascos y pesados uniformes los cuales siempre portan orgullosamente su nombre y hasta su "APODO", siempre calzan botas negras, hasta el "ULTIMO" de ellos labora en equipo en todo tipo de situaciones, son capaces de mover hasta una "BELUGA", enfrentar a un "TORO" o ayudar a un "BEBE", parece ser que les gusta el color rojo, puesto que sus vehículos y sirenas son de ese color, su principales herramientas de trabajo son las hachas y las escaleras, su principal aliado es el agua.

           ¿AHORA SI adivino? … Efectivamente, el día de hoy es el DÍA DEL BOMBERO, también llamados VULCANOS o TRAGAHUMOS.

           Trabajan en todo tipo de situaciones, principalmente de riesgo, aunque también y aunque parezca un mito, salvan gatos ya sea de un árbol o de juguetes (ver foto), ayudan en inundaciones, atienden fugas de gas y de agua, ayudan en volcaduras y accidentes vehiculares y rescates de riesgo, retiran enjambres de abejas, sacan a personas de elevadores atorados, actúan en cables eléctricos de alta tensión caídos, retiran árboles caídos y su principal labor es atender INCENDIOS de todos los tamaños, por eso y muchos mas es por lo que se han ganado el nombre de HEROICO CUERPO DE BOMBEROS.

           Están dispuestos a arriesgar sus propias vidas por salvar las de los demás, sin imputar raza, sexo, condición social, religión o edad, las 24 horas del día los 365 días del año bajo cualquier condición climática, hace su mejor esfuerzo y en condiciones criticas son INVENCIBLES, INCANSABLES.

           El presente texto no pretende ser mas que un muy humilde, pero sincero, reconocimiento y felicitación a todos los bombero, principalmente a los de México, particularmente a los de la Ciudad de México y muy especialmente a la estación Benito Juárez de la Ciudad de México.


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The Help Movie Review by Greg Mantell

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 12:21 AM PDT

Movie critic Greg Mantell reviews "The Help," starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer.

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Bring Back 2 Million Call Center Jobs

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 09:34 PM PDT

Steve Gordon asked President Obama (through an ireport) last week what he could do to bring back the 2 Million Call Center jobs that were lost due to corporate outsourcing over the past ten years.


The White House responded to Steve Gordon's question this past Friday.

The response cited the FCC reports that 4,000 call center jobs are now being created each month. They also mentioned the President's goal of creating jobs by bringing broadband into Rural areas and the need to invest in improving and repairing our infrastructure and the jobs that would create.


Gordon felt the response was all positive news but nothing bold enough to make a real difference in the short term. With over 15 Million Americans unemployed we need bold action to create jobs NOW.


This is Gordon's ireport response to the White House. Gordon is calling for Congress Nedds to pass the "Call America Act"  requiring all companies that sell products in the United States to have their call centers in the United States. This Bill would create over 2,000,000 call center jobs in the next six months.


As the new call centers are prepared to open, jobs would be created for plumbers, electricians, painters, air conditioning and maintenance companies, carpet contractors and phone equipment companies. The "Call America Act'  would provide a financial boost to commercial property owners that have vacant buildings and for the commercial real estate agents who would negotiate the leases.


Gordon is calling on Congress to act quickly and PASS THIS SINGLE ISSUE BILL l  WITH NO RIDER AMENDMENTS.  "Congress needs to stop listening to lobbyist and campaign contributors and focus on the needs of their constituents."


Steve Gordon is the founder of  The Committee for Financial and Social Reform. The Committee  was recently formed so that Americans will have a forum to present their ideas on how to create jobs and reduce the deficit.

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Bootcamp Week 2 / Sources for my Story

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 09:04 PM PDT

I plan to continue to concentrate on the HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS campaign story. As summer slowly winds down, the beaches are still getting lots of traffic. That invariably means trash, litter and cigarette butts.


I have many sources that I can contact in regard to this story. They would mainly be friends, acquaintances and felllow volunteers with the Surfrider San Diego chapter. I also am friendly with other environmental activists on my Facebook page. I plan to see if I can secure an interview with the artist who created the Surfing Madonna -Mark Patterson-next weekend when he is at Leucadia Art Walk.


I want to take my digital camera and Flip video camera down to Ocean Beach and doucment unsightly cigarette litter outside the many bars and brew houses adjacent to the beach. The sources of many a discarded butt down there can be directly attributed to inebriated bar patrons puffing outside along the sidewalks and alleys, since California law forbids smoking inside retail and food businesses.


Finally, I would like to source some information on the Surfrider Ash Can program, where volunteers place metal ash cans along the business district sidewalks in various San Diego coastal communities.  So far the ash cans have met with some success, although Surfrider San Diego is looking to expand the program substantially.

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Hope of a lost generation sources - iReport boot camp

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 08:57 PM PDT

In my first video for CNN iReport boot camp, I asked you to join me on my search for the hope of a lost generation, the young and unemployed in America. I will interview a group of young people with different educational backgrounds and interests, documenting their daily struggles in search of the dreams that keep this community of out-of-work youth holding on to hope.

First, I will speak with Collin. He's a 27-year-old, and he's unemployed. Collin got his bachelor's degree in Sociology from West Virginia University, but has since struggled to find permanent work. When he's not trolling craigslist and other job forums, he's busy enjoying the outdoors.

Next, I'll talk to Rachel. She's 28 and a mom. Licensed in cosmetology, Rachel struggles to find reliable and affordable childcare. She still holds on to her dream of one day being a make-up stylist. An avid dancer and singer, Rachel enjoys spending her free time in the theater.

My third source, Neel, is 25. He has a B.A. in history and economics from New York University and most recently graduated from UCLA School of Law with a juris doctor degree. Despite his advanced education, Neel is unemployed. While he dreams of one day becoming a domestic policy advisor to the White House, for now he is still actively looking for work.

Finally, I will seek the expert opinions of doctors Carl Van Horn and Cliff Zukin, Professors at Rutgers University's John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. They recently conducted a survey of unemployed American workers, the basis for a research paper called "The Shattered American Dream: Unemployed Workers are Losing Faith in their Futures," which was published in December 2010. The paper paints a clear picture regarding the quality of life for the out-of-work. I look forward to comparing these survey results and the expertise of professors Van Horn and Zukin with the attitudes of the young people that I will also be interviewing.

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Yosemite CA has seen increased death's - 14 death's so far in 2011.

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 07:50 PM PDT

Shannon Glendenning, a Park Ranger at Yosemite, shares her love for the park along with some helpful safety tips, so you can safely enjoy your time in Yosemite. Their has been 14 deaths this year as of August 7, 2011.

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Tropical Storm Irene Time Lapse Video

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 06:29 PM PDT

This is a time lapse video of the photos my camera took over a period of several hours when the outer rain and wind bands came ashore in San Juan Puerto Rico.

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Brussels, City of Interns - Sources

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 05:54 PM PDT

Some more information about the sources I will be using to tell the story of Brussels as the city of interns.

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Two Houses, Different Uses: Assignment 2 Story Sources

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 04:54 PM PDT

The sources for my family reunion trip in August 2011 are progeny, places, and photos. The story looks at the different uses of two home about 300 miles apart. Randal McGavock, a former mayor of Nashville, built Carnton Plantation in 1826 in Franklin, Tennessee. The John Ewbank family homesteaded in Guilford, Indiana, in 1811. While the Ewbanks were ardent abolitionists, the McGavocks gave their home for use as a hospital after the bloody Battle of Franklin. They later gave land on their property for a Confederate cemetery. Housing nearly 1,500 Confederate, the cemetery is the largest military cemetery in private hands in the nation.


My mother and I are descendants of Hugh McGavock, Randal's brother. I am a descendant of John Ewbank. How do we feel finding such drastic differences in our family? How does it cause us to view others who are different in thought from us today?


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Tropical Storm Irene

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 03:54 PM PDT

Tropical Storm Irene (outer rain/wind bands) coming into San Juan Puerto Rico

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Protest in Kiev

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 03:22 PM PDT

Numerous supporters of ex- Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko gathered in front of the Courthouse where the trial over Tymoshenko is taking place. People from different regions of Ukraine stay on the streets of Kiev in tents to express their support of the former Prime Minister, claiming that the trial was organized to eliminate political opposition of the current president. There are people from different social groups: politicians like Alexander Turchinov, teachers, entrepreneurs, poets etc.


At the same time, over the police cordon, there is a gathering of the opponents of Yulia Tymoshenko under the blue banners of the ruling Party of Regions. They are not so numerous; however, they are better equipped and definitely louder. The voices that are heard from Tymoshenko's opponents are mostly those of politicians, such as Kalashnikov who was ousted from the Party of Regions after he started a fist fight in the Parliament.


The protest from both sides is still in progress.

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sources for population growth issue in Nigeria

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 01:52 PM PDT

To understand the issue of population growth in Nigeria and its impact on the development of the country, I have decided to interview officials of two government parastatals in the federal capital city of Abuja. The first official will be from the National population commission. I chose this agency  in order to give more understanding about the population issue of Nigeria.


The second agency, the Federal Capital Developement Authority is an agency which deals primarily with the development of the capital city. By interviewing an official of this agency, I believe more light will be shed on what plans the Nigerian government has to accomodate more of its citizens that migrate to the city. It will also highlight the challenges the government faces in the areas which were originally meant to be parks but have been converted to residential areas where illegal buildings are erected to cater to the immigrants in the city.


The last source of my project will be the ordinary masses as Mr. Neal Piper suggested. He was indeed right in suggesting that I interview locals to humanize my story because in the end, it is the personal experiences of everyday people in the news that helps in driving home the message or point of a report.

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II. Find your sources - Battery powered cars - VIDEO

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 12:49 PM PDT




Hi! It's me again, Ivan from Croatia. As I already said, I'm doing a story about battery powered cars. For now, I plan to use two sources (maybe one more). First, I plan to talk with the creator of the fastest electric car in the world – mr. Mate Rimac. His creation is called Rimac e-M3 (that is BMW e30 chassis). I just wanna say that that car beaten much famous Tesla Roadster. For the second source, I plan to talk with the creator of the Croatian battery powered car called XD – mr. Tomislav Boško. His company Dok-ing developed city-battery-powered-three-seater car. In this moment it's just a concept car, but in the future we could see it on the streets. That's all for now. As I said, I plan to find one more source, we'll see... I think those two sources that I talked about are great for this interview. I plan to talk about their part in the battery powered car development, ask about their experiences in that business, and, the most important, about their expectations. They are in the world of battery powered cars, they know everything, and they are highly positioned in their companies, so it's very big challenge for me, I can't wait to start! That's all!

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'Regular' people - the most accessible, but hard to earn their trust

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 09:30 AM PDT

Subject to cover: The Migration Process of Moldovans to the EU countries and how the issue affects the social-economic development of the country.


Because I am covering a social issue, my sources are going to be some 'regular' people who are directly affected by the migration process. So, some sources will be those who left the country and work abroad. Others might be their families who remained at home.


Another important source will be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which has already provided to me the official data on the number of citizens residing and working in other countries. The embassies can be another important source, but they're not very eager to provide some information about the number of citizens working in that country.


A problem which I experience sometimes is that some people don't want to talk, being afraid of giving information. After one of your question, many would say "Why?" or "What are you trying to find out?" My question to the journalists would be – how to earn the sources' trust? Asking questions regarding their personal life is quite difficult.

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Celebrating with the people of Benghazi, Libya

Posted: 21 Aug 2011 07:46 AM PDT

Walking among the crowd at a rally next to the city courthouse where the revolution began as a simple protest against the jailing of civil rights lawyers.  This protest has erupted into a revolution that was 42 years in the making.  Thank you Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros.  You are gone for now but never forgotten.  Two of too many martyrs.

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