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What did they ban?


British government mulls stopping addicts’ benefits

CHINA DRUGThe move reflects public concern over the effects of legal highs such as the drug methadone which was banned in April.

This article states that methadone was banned in April – it should read mephedrone.

Methadone is used to treat heroin addiction.

Harassed Mum

Indeed. Most of our versions of this story did properly say mephedrone, but the methadone error was unfortunately introduced in preparing the piece for online use. We corrected it: GBU Editor

A Chinese drug addict drinks a cup of methadone solution under the supervision of a policeman in Second People’s Hospital of Guiyang, southwest China’s Guizhou Province, in a 2005 file photo. CHINA OUT REUTERS/China

Denny Crane!


William Shatner reinvents TV image with new shows

LEISURE EMMYSLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – William Shatner will always be known for his role as the resolute Captain Kirk on classic television series “Star Trek.” Yet, recently he has carved out his own brand of journalism on TV and in September, he boldly steps into the world of TV sitcoms.

Having starred in cop drama “TJ Hooker” and legal show “The Practice,” Shatner takes on an elderly father in upcoming “$#*! My Dad Says” debuting next month on U.S. network CBS.

How hot was it?


Man dies in final of sauna championships

FINLAND-SAUNA/HELSINKI (Reuters) – A Russian man died in the finals of the world sauna championships in Finland after spending some six minutes sweltering in temperatures of 110 degrees Celsius (230.00F), organizers said Sunday.

Check your facts. I don’t think it is even humanly possible to spend 1 second in a sauna at 110 C. Perhaps it was 110 F?

Offensive word…


Balotelli set for Italy debut

SOCCER-ITALY/Balotelli, who is being courted by Manchester City and will be one of only a handful of coloured players to have represented Italy, displayed his trademark single-mindedness by immediately grabbing the number nine striker jersey with Cassano taking 10.

The Italian footballer Mario Balotelli is referred to as “coloured”. He is black.

The Powers that be…


Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal dies aged 84

NEALThe husky-voiced Neal won an Academy Award for her role in the 1963 film “Hud” alongside Paul Newman and boasted a long list of stage, film and TV credits alongside Hollywood’s leading men including Ronald Reagan, John Wayne and Tyrone Powers.

The last actor’s name is Tyrone Power, not Powers.


Yes. We corrected: GBU Editor

Academy Award winning actress Patricia Neal is shown during ceremonies unveiling Neal’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Hollywood, in a 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Not the Air Force



Four killed in US Air Force plane crash in Alaska

In light of the accident, Atkins said, the military was considering whether to go on with the aviation show, which also features precision-flying demonstrations by the Air Force’s Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

In the article on the plane crash, 28 July 2010, at Elmendorf you refer to the Air Force Blue Angels. The Blue Angels are in the NAVY. The Air Force has the Thunderbirds. Some folks get all shook up about this sort of thing.

Biggest oil spill?


BP plans asset sale of $30 billion

OIL-SPILL/BP-TAXHowever, the company, facing public anger over the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, tempted further ire by denying it needed cultural change and by offsetting the costs of the spill, including expected fines, against its taxes.

Your article claims this is the largest oil spill in US history: catastrophic as it is, this is not the worst oil spill in the US.

A grizzly discovery?


Montana officials trap suspected killer grizzly

CANADAThe woman, Deb Freele, 58, from Ontario, Canada, described a harrowing few seconds after she was awaken in her tent by a bear biting her arm. She said she survived by playing dead until the animal gave up and lumbered away.

Wildlife experts say deadly bear attacks — either by grizzlies or black bares — are rare.

Seven million million…


Scientists inch towards finding “God particle”

SCIENCE/CERNThe LHC, a 27-km (17-mile) looped tunnel which creates mini-Big Bangs by smashing together particles, is currently colliding particles at around half its maximum energy level — 7 million electron volts, or 7 TeV.

In the article “Scientists inch towards finding ‘God particle’” it says 7 TeV is 7 million electron volts which is incorrect. 7 TeV is 7 tera-electron volts which is 7 trillion, not million.

Little lost lam?


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Life on the lamb? Really?


Ouch. We changed it to lam: GBU Editor

A video grab shows Sharon Lain, with a woman’s girdle wrapped around her face as a make-shift mask, robbing an Oklahoma McDonald’s. REUTERS/Midwest City Police Department/Handout

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