Sex and sexuality in some form or another dominated our best-read list this week, whether a simple kiss, randy nurses or naked activists. There was some serious stuff in there, too, but really, it’s all about the sex.
You, dear readers, were no doubt flabbergasted when you read this headline, so much so that you clicked it straight to the top of our most read list. Dubai authorities arrested the couple in November and now face a month in prison for the crime of … kissing. Egad! Off with their heads! My message to Dubai authorities: You must remember this: a kiss is just a kiss …
This special report about a 17-year-old college freshman who inadvertently exposed wrongdoing in the insurance industry landed late in the week but reached No.2 on our most popular list. The story points out that “the revelations come at a time when President Barack Obama, in his frantic push to rescue the administration’s health care plan, has stepped up his criticism of insurers,” making it not only a gripping read but a timely tale as well.
African Jews have the lost Ark of the Convenant. Who knew?
What? No sex? What kind of care is this? It would appear that in Amsterdam hands-on medical care is a literal expectation for some folks. According to the story, the nurses’ union there received a complaint from a 24-year-old woman who said a 42-year-old disabled man asked her to provide sexual services as part of his care at home.” It adds that the “the young woman witnessed some of the man’s other nurses offering him sexual gratification.”
President Obama? Healthcare? Financial reform? VP Biden in Israel? If most-read lists are any indication, those are not the topics that make you lurch forward, scrunch up to the screen and read like your very life depends on it. Herpes, however, does. As does Lindsay Lohan. And the extremely rich. By now, no doubt, you’re itching for more. Herewith, the stories that fired you up this week.
It started as a little health story and then spread among readers like, well, like herpes, I guess. I won’t go into the details – and I certainly don’t want to scare you — but it would appear that a good number of Americans are infected with the sexually transmitted disease. About 16 percent of them. That’s almost one in five people. That means that if you are in a room with four other people one of you likely has it. Let’s do a test: Look around the room right now …
This has been a very proud week for Thomson Reuters. Our journalists won seven awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), a record for our organization. And Thursday we held our internal “Journalist of the Year” celebration. From financial commentary to war photography to professional chat rooms, Reuters’ journalism has never been better, more innovative, or more valuable. Reuters SABEW “Best in Business” winners:
Breaking Business News Reporting: “H1N1 Flu: The Global Story” - Maggie Fox and the Mexico City bureau
Real-time News Organization Special Projects: “Lifting the Veil on High-Frequency Trading” - Jonathan Spicer and Herb Lash
Real-time News Organization Special Projects: “Route to Recovery” - Nick Carey.
Business News Column Writing: Matthew Goldstein
Real-time News Organization Column Writing: Felix Salmon
General Excellence for a Small Website: Breakingviews.com
Creative use of Online by Small Website: Breakingviews.com downloadable calculators.
Story of the Year: Turmoil in Iran.
Scoop of the Year: Reuters tracks down Richard Fuld for the first time since Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy.
Photo of the Year: A Break from War (shown above) by Carlos Barria
Commentary & Analysis Journalist of the Year: John Kemp for original insight on commodities and macro-economics.
Video Journalist of the Year: Royston Chan for impeccable video storytelling in China.
Multimedia Storytelling of the Year: Larry Downing for Those Left Behind: The Legacy of Arlington’s Section 60.
Reporter of the Year: Emma Graham-Harrison for her series of thought-provoking pieces from China, Tibet and Afghanistan.
Photojournalist of the Year: Toby Melville for his photographs documenting daily life in the United Kingdom.
Video Story of the Year: Afghanistan coverage for consistent delivery of outstanding news coverage in trying circumstances.
Editor’s Choice: Markets Buzz/the Dealing room team – Stuart Brown, Eric Burroughs, Dayan Candappa, Andrew Goldner and Phil Smith.
What do you get when you cross an economist, the Olympics and lots of naked people? An odd assortment of popular stories for the week. They obviously don’t make for a very funny punchline but they did get you clicking. Here are the stories that warmed your cockles (okay, maybe not, but “cockles” is a fun word, isn’t it?).
Nothing triggers a good panic like a stern warning from the White House. Maybe that’s why this story made the top of the most popular list this week. Economic adviser Larry Summers said on Monday we should all look past Friday’s monthly unemployment numbers. The winter blizzards that zapped swathes of the U.S. in February would also do a number on the jobs report, making it seem worse than it really was. Maybe you, like me, thought, “Uh-oh, this is going to be way bad.” But wait, the actual report was better than expected. What are we to think now? Should we continue to disregard it? I’m so confused.
Tragedy, folk dancing and one mammoth-sized dog were among the story lines that grabbed your attention in a week that also saw high drama in Congress — or maybe that was low drama. In either case, here are five of the most popular picks for the week.
Dawn Brancheau, a trainer with 16 years experience at SeaWorld in Florida, was killed when a killer whale grabbed her by the waist, thrashed her about and took her underwater. Brancheau, 40, was patting the Orca’s head at the time. A follow-up story provided more clues to the tragic tale. Astonishingly, the same whale had reportedly been involved in deadly incidents in the past.
The unluckiest lottery and a potty-mouthed musician were among the stories that got you, our readers, clicking this past week, and some were still on our most popular list as the weekend came into play. Here are the top 5 stories that piqued your curiosity — or raised the hair on your neck.
Poor Stanley Philander. He is deaf. His wife is deaf. He works as a cleaner in South Africa. No doubt his $12 million lottery win was going to come in very handy. Except it didn’t. He didn’t win. He is still poor. His relatives don’t believe him though because the newspaper reported he won. He didn’t. He and his family have been moved to a secret location for their protection. Poor Stanley Philander.
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