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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.

I just finished reading the article written by Kelly Carr and Brian Grow; it is a true eye-opener. I just wanted to tell you that this is the best piece of journalistic writing I have read in ages. The writing was clear, concise and detailed. Kudos to the writers.

Susan B.

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…poignant to say the least…



I live in Windsor, Ontario. In a Windsor Star edition from the week of Feb. 14th a picture from a Reuters photographer named Mike Cassese was carried.

It depicted a picture of family members, carrying roses to the hearse, in a repatriation ceremony at CFB Trenton. The soldier’s name was Cpl. Joshua Caleb Baker.

Piquant image…


Please pass on my congratulations to your photographer who took the picture of a ballerina smoking in a cafe in Zagreb, Croatia. As a former dancer, and life-ling smoker, i found it a very piquant image, beautifully shot with just the right amount of absurdity — and of course i emailed it to all my dancer friends!


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A Croatian ballet dancer smokes in a theatre cafe during a break in rehearsals for a new ballet show, in Zagreb November 26, 2009. The authorities imposed a ban on smoking in public in May this year but had to abolish it after widespread protests this summer.  REUTERS/Nikola Solic

Gaza zebra story…


Donkeys get dye-job, take on zebra role

GAZA (Reuters) – Two white donkeys dyed with black stripes delighted Palestinian kids at a small Gaza zoo on Thursday who had never seen a zebra in the flesh.

The Gaza donkey/zebra story was a little gem, a brief and tender look into Gaza’s everyday life without any of the usual cliches or bias. Bravo to your correspondents!

Poignant photo


As a regular newspaper reader I have viewed thousands of photos, digital records of the world’s curiosities, joyful moments, trials and tragedies. Most leave no lasting impression.

However, this weekend a photograph that appeared in The Vancouver Sun touched me in a way that lingers even now. I am referring to the photograph capturing the incalculable grief of a father on the heels of the knife attack at a daycare in Belgium. Rarely have I seen a photo that so deeply and poignantly captures the horror, bewilderment, confusion and grief on the heels of a human tragedy.

How did he shoot that?



Alain Bernard of France is seen from underwater as he enters the water to set a new world record of 47.60 seconds during the 100m freestyle in the men’s semi-finals at the European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven March 21, 2008.  REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay  

Please forward my compliments to Wolfgang Rattay for a beautiful picture of Alain Bernard published in Libération on 22-23 March 2008.As a film technician, I am wondering where he has taken the picture from.