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Convicted legislator?


Prosecutors revise Blagojevich corruption case

USAThe high court is expected to issue a ruling within months on the law after appeals by convicted Alaskan legislator Bruce Weyhrauch and media baron Conrad Black. Former Enron Corp. executive Jeffrey Skilling’s case may also get a hearing.

There is a libelous error in this article.

There is a reference to “convicted Alaskan legislator Bruce Weyhrauch.” Mr. Weyhrauch has never been tried, much less convicted of any crime.

His trial was postponed pending judicial determination of the validity or scope of the statute he is alleged to have violated.


Yikes. Not our finest hour. This was the second correction we had to do on that story: GBU Editor

Too many errors…



Record number of young Americans jobless

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. economic recession has taken a particularly heavy toll on young Americans, with a record one out five black men…

…wrote Andrew Sum of Northeastern University in Boston, a employment researcher…

Hanged, not hung


Baghdad bombs kill 36, Chemical Ali hung

IRAQ/TRIAL/ALIUm, it’s “Hanged”, executed, put to death, killed by hanging…never “Hung”! As John Cleese might have said, that would be “something completely different”!


Of course. We did use “hanged” on most of our news feeds, but hung briefly showed up on one site until we fixed it: GBU Editor

Readers get us in their sights…


Petraeus calls gunscope inscriptions ‘disturbing’ 
IRAQ ”This is a big concern to the Army and the Marine Corps, who have contracted for these particular sites,” said Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, noting the religious sensitivities American forces face in the two Muslim countries. 

There is no such thing as a “site” on a rifle. To the uninformed journalist, the homophones “site” and “sight” are the same. To an intelligent person, a “sight” is a device on a rifle that is used for aiming purposes.

Pee-wee’s roles…

- Pee-wee Herman returns to the spotlight in a new show  

gbu pee-wee crop 220After Pee-wee Herman disappeared in 1991, Reubens remained in Hollywood and has appeared in various TV shows including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “30 Rock” but his alter-ego remained out of sight, bar one or two appearances.

Correction: Though actor Paul Reubens did play minor roles in many television series, he did NOT play any role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the t.v. show. He did play a role in the 1992 movie, however.

Which country was it?


gbu malaysia church

Please re-edit the script in you video…. the reader mentioned the country as should be Malaysia.


It was a very confusing report, to be sure. We pulled it: GBU Editor

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The wrong word…



Venezuela Chavez nationalizes French-owned retailer CARACAS, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez on Sunday nationalized a chain of supermarkets controlled by France’s Casino on charges of price gauging after the government devalued the bolivar currency.

“Price gauging” should be “price gouging.”


Yes. We corrected: GBU Editor

People shop at a branch of Exito supermarket in Maracaibo January 18, 2010. Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez nationalized a chain of supermarkets on Sunday controlled by French retailer Casino on charges of price gouging which made Casino shares drop 1.8 percent, the top loser on Paris broad index. REUTERS/Isaac Urrutia

Confused about recused?


New emails show AIG mulled bank payment disclosures

USA/Geithner has said Fed officials had no choice but to allow AIG to pay the banks in full, but has denied any involvement in discussions to suppress disclosures. He reclused himself from matters involving AIG after being nominated for Treasury Secretary in November 2008.

The sixth paragraph ends with, “He reclused himself from matters involving AIG after being nominated for Treasury Secretary in November 2008.”

Only five inches tall?


conversion grab

74.61 cm is 15.79244 inches NOT 5.37 inches. I like Reuters and respect their importance as a role model in relaying the truth throughout the worldwide media.


Thanks. Actually I think it’s more like 29 inches. We corrected it: GBU Editor

Not in South America….


Matrimoni gay, da Città del Messico il primo ok sudamericano

MEXICO-GAYMARRIAGE/Reading your headlines in Reuters Italy I read one that says: Gay marriage in Mexico , the first one in Southamerica. I would like to tell you that Mexico is NOT located in south america. I think this is a very big mistake.


Yes. We corrected: GBU Editor

A gay couple kisses outside the city’s assembly in Mexico City December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar