Local Man Dies in Car Accident

A local man has died in a two vehicle collision just outside of South Sioux City.

Moyer Quick, 65, died when his vehicle collided yesterday morning with a truck driven by 17 year old Randy Radin.

Three other people involved in the incident were injured and transported to Marian Health Center. Dorothy Quick and Maxine Steuerwald, Quick’s wife and sister-in-law are said to be in “good” and “fair” condition respectively. Radin has been reported to have a fractured skull and internal injuries putting him in “critical” condition.

Patric Stewart, an Iowa Highway Patrolman, stated that both vehicles were heading west on the two-lane highway when Quick passed Raddin, but Quick’s rear end struck Raddin before the pass was completed. This impact sent both vehicles into the ditch and caused Quick’s vehicle to roll once.

Autopsy shows that Quick had a heart attack wile driving which could have been the cause of the accident.

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Iowa Highway Patrol will no longer be able to use hand-held radar guns due to the gun’s relations to cancer-causing radiation waves.

The ban was ordered yesterday in Des Moines. Studies are currently being carried out as to whether the link between cancer and the use of said guns are possible. While 70 radar guns will be withdrawn from service, radar units with transmitters will be mounted on the exterior of the trooper’s cruisers.

All of this has been done in a state of precaution. Adam Berluti, spokesman for the Highway patrol, states that, “the whole situation is under review.”

This precaution is something that has never before been carried out by a police agency. The prompt for this change derived from officers in Cedar Rapids filing workman’s compensation claims saying they developed cancer from using the guns. These claims happened only two months ago.

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Before coming to campus this morning, I had a discussion with Betsy Waldon about her water dragon. Betsy was dressed in a fitted, white t-shirt with Nikki Minaj’s face printed on the front. This was paired with a pair of dark skinny jeans with holes ripped in the knees and thigh. Her long, sandy brown hair was tied back in a pony tail.

Before driving off in her little, white Rav-4, she told me about the waterfall she is making for her pet Chinese Water Dragon. Her elaborate cage for him already makes him a lucky dragon, but her plans will expand this. She is attempting to stack rocks up in a pyramid fashion in one of the corners and use a small hose to circulate the water behind, through, and over top of the rock pyramid.

Weekly News Comment #3 – Odds Are, Your Sport-Playing Child Isn’t Going Pro. Now What?

This week I read an article from the New York Times written by Meghan Moravick Walbert. Titled, “Odds Are, Your Sport-Playing Child Isn’t Going Pro. Now What?”, this article explains that 26% of parents of student athletes are depending on their child to go professional with their career, even though only less than 1% of players really make it.

High school sports of all kinds are known to require loads of time, commitment, and hard work. The number of people who say the work is not worth it for those who do not make it big is surprising.

As far as the front page of a paper or the nightly news broadcast goes, this story is not necessarily “newsworthy.” On the other hand, anyone who is, has been, or knows a hard-working, student athlete will be able to connect to this story and the point it is trying to prove.

The lead to this story is informational without giving away too much, and makes the reader want to continue by hinting at answers that will be provided within the text. The article itself is not something that is relevant to everyone, but is of much interest to the projected audience.

The breaking down of the tiny percentages of young athletes who get athletic scholarships, end up playing a sport professionally, and eventually make it big time is a harsh realization to face. The amount of time, work, and sweat that is put into the sport seems worth it when working towards said scholarship or dream of playing professionally; however, is it still worth it after accepting the reality of statistics and just playing for fun? Especially when that money, work, and time has the opportunity to be invested in something else.


link to original article: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/odds-are-your-sport-playing-child-isnt-going-pro-now-what/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=U.S.&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body


Weekly News Comment #2 – Why Students With Smallest Debts Have the Larger Problem

This week I read an article published by the New York Times titled, “Why Students With Smallest Debts Have the Larger Problem”. The article discusses the fact that most of the students who fall into default after graduation are those who borrowed less than $25,000. Eventually, it is brought up that those who borrowed more for their studies graduated with a higher paying job, making their loan payments more attainable. On the other side, students who did not finish their college education have a lower borrowed amount, but also a lower paying career. Solutions to the problem, such as switching the loan payment amount to being income-based or stretching the payback frame from 10 years to 25 years, is also discussed at the end of the article. 

The lead is short and to the point, mentioning that “student borrowers owe more than $1 trillion, and seven million borrowers are in default”, a statistic that quickly catches the eye of the reader. The topic of college tuition and student loans is something that connects to a large percentage of the population; however, that does not make everything about it newsworthy. The title and the lead are very intriguing with their bold statements and impressive statistics. Once you read further, the information is interesting, but hearing that students who went to graduate school paid more for their loans and are able to pay them back because their degree got them better paying jobs than those who dropped out with no degree is just sensible information rather than “news”. 

Maybe the newsworthy question should be, why is college tuition in the United States at a level where the majority of borrowers who do not have trouble paying back their loans are doctors and lawyers?


Link to original article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/upshot/why-students-with-smallest-debts-need-the-greatest-help.html?ref=education

Introducing Shelby

Shelby Small is a second year student at Morningside College, double majoring in English and mass communications. Because she is an English major, her dream job after graduation would be to work for a New York publishing company. She chose Morningside because she is from Sioux City and her mom works here. Over the summer, she worked a job at Bohme at the Southern Hills Mall as a part time assistant manager. She enjoyed working there and was good at what she did; however, the pay did not meet the demands. At Morningside she works as a wrestling manager. Her duties for that include going to practices and tournaments, taking stats, and doing laundry. During her free time she enjoys music and going to concerts. Last summer she went to Warped Tour in Shakopee, Minnesota which was a  very fun experience for her.


What is your definition of objectivity? Objectivity in journalism would be telling the story as it is, with facts and real events. The journalist should not let their own feelings sway the way that they report on a story.

Why be objective? If a journalist is not objective when covering a story, that could question the reliability of it. A person may not be getting the whole truth, but rather their opinion.

How do you do it? A reporter should use facts only and let the readers convey their own opinion on the subject.

Weekly News Comment #1 – Is Journalism Obsolete?

In this article, author, Mathew Ingram, tells the truth behind Dave Winer’s statement “Journalism itself is becoming obsolete because now anyone can do it”. Going into further detail, journalism is not going away, but expanding. It is no longer just those who write for a paper or report for the local news, but anyone who has information on a story and communicates that information to an audience.

In the modern world, new gadgets and tools emerge every day and the fact that journalism is emerging and changing with us only makes sense. Social media has a huge influence on today’s people. While getting all of the information about a topic from social media alone can be dangerous, it is also a good place to get the raw, unedited truth and opinions. Plus, just because a user tweeted a new finding on a news story does not mean that a popular newspaper is not going to report on it as well, thus showing that journalism is expanding rather than going obsolete.

In a sense, this article somewhat argued with itself. The title being the question “Is Journalism as We Know it Becoming Obsolete?” was answered to be true by the author; however, the question asked at the beginning of the writing was “is journalism itself becoming obsolete?” Overall, they summarize that journalism is not going away, but changing and expanding, answering yes to the first question and no to the second question.

There is a lot of focus and detail on the positive side of journalism becoming something that can be done by almost anyone. Some insight on the negative effect these changes can and are going to have on current journalists could have been used to help the reader decide their opinion. While there is not a lot that can be done to stop the change, both sides should be fully represented.

Overall this article was interesting to read. It gave a lot of facts, opinions, and stories regarding the change. The topic is also very relevant to everyone, as journalism a big part of life whether the person be giving the information or receiving the information.


Link to original article: https://gigaom.com/2011/09/02/is-journalism-as-we-know-it-becoming-obsolete/