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Counting intercepts



Fighter jets intercept third plane near Camp David WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fighter jets intercepted a private plane near Camp David on Sunday, the third civilian plane this weekend to fly the restricted air space while President Barack Obama was at the Maryland retreat.

The incident marked the fifth time in a month that fighter jets have scrambled to guide civilian planes away from the area while Obama was at the presidential retreat.

You say this was the fifth time in a month that fighter jets have intercepted planes in the Camp David area while Obama was there.

Two of the intercepts were performed by United States Coast Guard HH-65 ‘Dolphin’ helicopters under NORAD jurisdiction. Helicopters are not fighter jets.


According to our information, there was one intercept on July 10, there were two on July 9th, one on July 2 and two on June 11th. All involved fighters jets: GBU Editor

A sloppy spectacle?


United Airlines Frequent Flyer Hits 10 Million Miles

Upon arriving to Chicago on United flight 942 from Los Angeles, Stuker was greeted by United’s President and CEO Jeff Smisek and a whole enterage of other people. Before he de-planed, it was quite the skeptical and people gathered around not knowing what they were watching.

Are there any editors at Reuters?

Not only was entourage spelled wrong in this item, but spectacle was written as skeptical.

Not an infant…


Casey Anthony trial turned into media frenzy

Yet when a Florida jury announced on Tuesday that the young mother was not guilty of murdering her infant daughter, talk-show host Julie Chen cried on national television while CBS and ABC speed-raced to air hour-long nightly specials.

This was a mistake.

The child was not an infant. The child was 2-1/2 years old.


Indeed, Caylee was not an infant: GBU Editor

Casey Anthony sits in court during her sentencing at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida, July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool

A legitimate term to use?


Crowds cheer Monaco’s Prince Albert and new bride

Caroline and Stephanie have had a series of high-profile and disastrous marriages. Albert himself has been linked with a succession of models and actresses, and has admitted to fathering two illegitimate children.

I am surprised and disappointed to find that your reporter used the phrase “illegitimate children” in reference to Prince Albert’s two children.

What’s in a nickname?


Governor Moonbeam has big plans for California sun

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 (Reuters) – California plans to get a third of its electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy, but Governor “Moonbeam” Jerry Brown wants more. Soon.

The feisty 73-year-old who brings a former seminarian’s zeal to environmentalism sees green jobs reinvigorating the economy and restoring California’s position as world leader in clean energy.

The wrong words…


Roche undeterred after FDA’s Avastin rebuff

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG had nothing to lose by giving Avastin another role of the dice, and by doing so showed the world it still believes the drug should be used in breast cancer.

“…another role of the dice….”

Really? Which role will the dice now play?

Helping You Help Yourselves

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday July 1

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index is seen opening flat to lower on Friday, pausing for breath after a strong run this week, at the start of a new month and quarter, with investors focusing back on fundamentals as immediate fears over the Greek debt crisis reside.

Splendid photojournalism…


A demonstrator is detained by riot police during anti-austerity protests in Athens, June 29, 2011. Greece’s parliament has approved unpopular austerity measures on Wednesday, despite violent protests, to secure international funds to prevent the euro zone’s first sovereign default. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Greek photo on Page 1 of the NY Times today, Thursday, is splendid photojournalism.

Name your poison…


Village bites into snake business

ZISIQIAO VILLAGE, China (Reuters) – This sleepy village nestled in the heart of vast farmland in China’s eastern Zhejiang province hides a deadly secret.

A step into the homes of any of the farming families here brings visitors eye-to-eye with thousands of some of the world’s most feared creatures — snakes, many of them poisonous.

Shell Games…


Special Report: A little house of secrets on the Great Plains SHELL GAMES: A Reuters Investigation

By Kelly Carr and Brian Grow

CHEYENNE/ATLANTA (Reuters) – The secretive business havens of Cyprus and the Cayman Islands face a potent rival: Cheyenne, Wyoming.

At a single address in this sleepy city of 60,000 people, more than 2,000 companies are registered. The building, 2710 Thomes Avenue, isn’t a shimmering skyscraper filled with A-list corporations. It’s a 1,700-square-foot brick house with a manicured lawn, a few blocks from the State Capitol.

Who’s unattractive?


Brady Bunch mom got crabs in affair with NY mayor

Florence Henderson, the actress who played perky mom Carol Brady in the beloved family sitcom, says she once got crabs after a one-night-stand with career politician John Lindsay, who was the mayor of New York City at the time.

Henderson, now 77, recounts in her upcoming memoir that she was cheating on her husband during the 1960s, and gave in to her better judgment when her married and unattractive friend put the moves on her over drinks at the Beverly Hills Hotel.