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It wasn’t June…


Alaska Gov. Palin to leave office with cloudy future

Palin made a surprise decision on June 3 that she would resign, raising questions about her next move and whether she was planning to mount a run for president.

Actually, it was July 3, not June 3.


Yes. We corrected: GBU Editor

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announces that she will resign and will not run for re-election as governor, in Wasilla, Alaska, July 3, 2009 in this video frame grab. REUTERS/KTUU-TV

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Sloppy mistakes…


Democrats expand Senate control, yet splits remain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats achieved their biggest majority in the U.S. Senate in decades on Tuesday as Al Franken of Minnesota finally took his seat — but President Barak Obama will still have to fight hard to muster the votes to pass healthcare reform and other major initiatives.

This article has Obama’s first name spelled wrong in the first paragraph. Boo!

The I stands for Internal…


UBS to restrict U.S. offshore account access-source******But the Swiss giant is still embroiled in a civil lawsuit in which the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is trying to get information about 52,000 U.S. accounts and it faces a first court hearing on July 13.******This article while well written contains a large error, the IRS the United States Federal Government’s Tax Agency is known colloquially and officially as the Internal Revenue Service, not Inland. ******This error makes your article look sloppy, and as if no one has proof-read it. The time it takes to do proofreading and fact-checking is a few seconds by typing IRS into Google.******Steven B.******We corrected. Inland Revenue is the name of the tax collection authority in a number of¬†countries, but not, as you point out, in the U.S. GBU Editor******

Holding a tax rebate letter from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. President George W. Bush speaks about the economy during a visit to a small business in Sterling, Virginia March 26, 2006. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


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They aren’t in jail…


Pirate Bay founders get rich in jail

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory X AB said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy free file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, and that it would find ways to compensate copyright owners for downloaded material.

The four Swedish men behind the website were sentenced in April to one year in jail and ordered to pay damages of 3.6 million dollars for running the site, which is one of the world’s largest for downloading files on the Internet.

Soccer story…


Ghana lose four key players for Sudan match

NAIVASHA, Kenya, June 17 (Reuters) – Four-times Africa champions Ghana have lost four top players as they prepare in Kenya for Saturday’s 2010 World Cup qualifier against Sudan.

Veteran skipper Stephen Appiah of Fenerbache, Inter Milan’s Sulley Muntari, West Ham’s John Panstil and Baffour Gyan of Russia’s FC Saturn are all out of the Group D encounter in Omdurman.

He didn’t marry Mia…

- Woody Allen eyes Carla Bruni for film role ¬† Something of a specialist in creating roles for women, he made Diane Keaton a star with “Annie Hall” in 1977 and has since worked with actresses ranging from his former wife Mia Farrow to Mira Sorvino and Scarlett Johansson.

Correction….Allen was never married to Mia Farrow as you erroneously state.
I guess my question is: why don’t you have a more visible way to comment or correct stories? Had to dig for his and am not sure this is the right place…


Several readers pointed this out to us. We corrected. I’m sorry you had trouble finding a way to send us feedback. Obviously, it did reach the right place: GBU Editor

The Ford family tree


Guests at National Summit sound downbeat theme

Ford, the grandson of the company founder, industry giant Henry Ford, said he expected the U.S. government’s ownership of General Motors Corp would continue for “some time” — suggesting the quick but controversial trip through bankruptcy that Chrysler LLC enjoyed would not be repeated.

Bill Ford, Jr. is the son of Bill Ford, Sr., who is the son of Edsel Ford, who was the son of company founder, Henry Ford. By my reckoning, that makes Bill Ford Jr. Henry’s great-grandson, not his grandson.

Too many wrong words


Energy Secretary proudly admits: “I am a nerd” While many of President Barack Obama’s cabinet secretaries zoom around the nation’s capital in black sedans, Chu will occasionally pull into Energy Department headquarters on his bike, with his security detail peddling close behind.

Your story today on Energy Secretary Steven Chu riding to work on his bike, “with his security detail peddling close behind,” leave the reader wondering what the Secret Service is peddling. Energy efficient light bulbs, perhaps? Come on, writers and editors, open the dictionay and remember the homonyms you learned in 5th grade. Bikes aren’t peddled except by salesmen. Rab

EU sees tighter budgets when recovery takes hold “Most definitely we need to get back on a sustainable track of fiscal policy eventually, but I think 2009 is definitely still too early to start reigning in public spending,” Borg said.

In your lead story at 11:15 am today it should be reining, not reigning. Bertha

Ecuador vows tougher line on oil companies Ecuador has no significant production of precious metals, but foreign companies like Kinross Gold and Corriente Resources have found world-class deposits in the country’s Amazon juggle.

I suspect you meant “jungle.” A.T.

Sloppy editing on all counts. We fixed, of course, but not before readers noticed: GBU Editor

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu pauses before answering a question the Reuters Energy Summit in Washington, June 1, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The capital city?


Peru finds human sacrifices from Inca civilization

Incan civilization is best known for its capital city, Machu Picchu, the ruins of which are Peru’s top tourist destination and considered one of the new seven wonders of the world.

That is incorrect. Their capital city was never Machu Picchu – it was Cuzco. Machu Picchu is simply the more famous site today. Please correct. Thanks.

He isn’t retired…


Russia plant destroys chemical weapons for WWIII

The United States has contributed more than $1 billion to the construction of the plant. At the launching ceremony, the retired U.S. Senator, Richard Lugar, recalled that nine years ago a Russian major showed him how an 85mm chemical weapon shell could fit inside a briefcase.

Richard Lugar is a current U.S. Senator, not a retired U.S. Senator.


Right. We did a correction, but for some reason it didn’t show up online, and eventually we had to delete the story from our system. We’re investigating: GBU Editor