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Taking a swipe at our headline


Driver swipes L.A. police cruisers, injures 4 officers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four Los Angeles police officers were injured on Saturday, one of them critically, when a 64 year-old woman who may have been asleep at the wheel struck their cruisers, police said.

Your headline is misleading. It would lead one to believe the driver stole the police cars, rather than hit them in an accident.

May I respectfully suggest that it be rewritten?

Steve L.

My dictionary’s first definition of the verb swipe is to strike or move with a sweeping motion, which is what the story was about.

If he had actually stolen the cars, as you presumed, I suspect we would have used “steals” rather than “swipes” in the headline: GBU Editor

What country was it?


We love to see your pictures every day but please, please mention the country after the city or province.

I think this is very very important thanks, Reuters.


Sometimes the production process we use strips out the country’s name, but we should manually restore it, as we did with several pictures in this slideshow after  you pointed it out to us: GBU Editor

That’s too many countries


Netflix, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do! When Netflix reports second-quarter earnings late on Monday, financial analysts will look to the company to give not only an update on its financials but also some clarity into its future. With an ambitious plan to expand into 43 Latin American countries and a dramatic change to its pricing plans, Netflix has a lot of big changes expected in the second half of the year. In this article the writer made a statement that there are 43 countries in Latin America. There are about 20.

What is worrisome to me is the number never even clicked in their head to do a little fact checking.

Netflix may be expanding to 43 countries but not all of them can be Latin American.

Who’s celebrating?


New York state celebrates first same-sex marriages

NEW YORK/NIAGARA FALLS, New York (Reuters) – Wedding fever hit New York on Sunday, as hundreds of gay and lesbian couples lined up to be married on the first day that same-sex marriage was legal in the state.

Regarding this, the people of NY state are not “celebrating” as you unconditionally describe it; rather they are evenly split, with many polls showing less than a majority support it.

Unlovely description?


Special report: Murdoch affair spotlights UK’s dirty detectives

LONDON (Reuters) – In a small, semi-detached house overlooking a park in the unlovely south London suburb of Croydon, Jorge Salgado-Reyes sits at a glass-topped desk in his living room plying his trade as a private eye.

Croydon is a huge borough of 350,000 people covering a vast area that spans the boundary between suburban south London and the rural countryside of the Surrey Downs. Much of the landmass is green belt, and despite having a small area in the centre of the town that is dominated by large office blocks the rest of Croydon could at worst be described as ‘average’, but in many parts genuinely beautiful.

How much per dose?


Mexico seizes over 800 tonnes of meth chemicals If the seized chemicals were processed in a sophisticated lab they could yield nearly 3.5 million doses, which would have a street value in the United States of nearly $28 billion, Islas calculated on the basis of current market prices.

I think someone needs to brush up on their math skills, this would be $8,000 a dose, and that would solve the addiction problem.


The problem wasn’t our math skills, it was the basic numbers we used. We should have said nearly 350 million doses, not 3.5 million.

The wrong decision…


HTC Corp Will Appeal ITC’s Decision Against Apple Inc. On Patents-DJ

Dow Jones reported that HTC Corp plans to appeal a preliminary ruling on Friday by the U.S. International Trade Commission that the company infringed on two Apple Inc. patents. There is an error in your headline.”HTC Corp Will Appeal ITC’s Decision Against Apple Inc. On Patents-DJ” should read “HTC Corp Will Appeal ITC’s Decision In Favour of Apple Inc. On Patents-DJ”  

The zoo is open…


The Minnesota Zoo re-opened on July 3 (2 days after the shutdown began) but its still reported on Reuters as being closed.


That photo was not a good choice to illustrate the ongoing story. We removed the picture: GBU Editor

The price of copper…


As copper soars, thieves extract a price

NEW YORK, July 13 (Reuters) – When thieves ransacked eight air conditioners in an apartment complex in the city of Mobile, Alabama, the culprits made off with $800 worth of scrap metal and left residents with $38,000 worth of damages.

The price of the red metal traded in New York HGc1 rallied to its highest in nearly three months during the first week of July, placing it within 5 percent of its all-time high of $465 per pound in mid-February this year. Even at roughly $439 on Wednesday morning, the price was still right for thieves.

Winning a medal?


Army Ranger to be second living Medal of Honor recipient

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to award a Medal of Honor on Tuesday afternoon to Army Ranger Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Petry, the second living soldier to win the military’s highest decoration for actions in Afghanistan.

Petry, originally from New Mexico, is among nine servicemen from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to win the award — given for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”