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Misleading headline?


Family sues police over California Taser death

LOS ANGELES, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The parents of a Southern California man who accuse police of killing their son with a Taser after he honked at a patrol car have sued the sheriff’s department and county.

This headline is misleading. A cause of death hasn’t been determined and to simply infer that the use of one police tool is to blame for this man’s death is irresponsible as there are no facts to support that causal relationship.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, hundreds of people unfortunately die during or following arrests each year with only a small fraction of these events involving the use of a TASER® device and most of these cases involved some other cause of death.

Please immediately correct the headline to reflect that the cause of death is as yet unknown.

Cause of death…


Michael Jackson crowned king of MTV VMAs: poll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – King of Pop Michael Jackson is gone, but he is not forgotten — not by MTV Video Music Award voters.

The “Thriller” singer, who died in June 2009 from a drug overdose, also got the nod for best pop performance with the same medley, again topping artists including Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, TLC and his own sister, Janet Jackson, who performed a tribute to Michael the year he died.

How much per dose?


Mexico seizes over 800 tonnes of meth chemicals If the seized chemicals were processed in a sophisticated lab they could yield nearly 3.5 million doses, which would have a street value in the United States of nearly $28 billion, Islas calculated on the basis of current market prices.

I think someone needs to brush up on their math skills, this would be $8,000 a dose, and that would solve the addiction problem.


The problem wasn’t our math skills, it was the basic numbers we used. We should have said nearly 350 million doses, not 3.5 million.

Charges dropped?


Pentagon cautions news media on WikiLeaks documents

SWEDEN-WIKILEAKS/Assange has been establishing a base in Sweden in order to benefit from the Nordic country’s strict journalist protection laws. He is also being investigated over rape allegations in Sweden, which he has denied, calling them baseless.

It has been widely reported that the rape charges were dropped.

The relevancy of the remaining charges would appear to have no bearing on the article on hand, and the original statement would appear to be included as an attempt of character assassination by the author.

Torchings in France


Hundreds of cars torched in France at New Year

FRANCE/PARIS (Reuters) – Youths burned 1,137 cars across France overnight as New Year’s Eve celebrations once again turned violent, the French Interior Ministry said on Friday.

Car burnings are regular occurrences in poor suburbs that ring France’s big cities, but the arson is especially prevalent during New Year’s Eve revelry.

Before or after?


Madoff friend Picower dead, found in pool

MIAMI, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Palm Beach billionaire Jeffry Picower, described as the biggest beneficiary of Bernard Madoff’s fraud, died on Sunday after he was found lying at the bottom of the pool at his home, police said.

I think you will find that he died *before* he was found at the bottom of his pool, not “after”.

Polanski’s legal status…


Anger in France and Poland after Polanski arrest

Artists and film makers also urged the release of Polanski, who faces charges of having sex with a girl of 13 in 1977, accusing Switzerland of being overzealous in pursuing such an old case and bowing to U.S. demands.

In an article on PolanskI, you say he faces charges of having sex with a girl of 13.

Republicans or Democrats?


Mayors, rabbis arrested in NJ corruption probe

NEWARK (Reuters) – Dozens of New Jersey politicians, officials and prominent rabbis were arrested on Thursday in a sweeping federal probe that uncovered political corruption, human organ sales and money laundering from New York to Israel, officials said.

The 10-year investigation, dubbed “Operation Bid Rig,” exposed influence-peddling and bribe-taking among a network of public officials and a separate multimillion dollar money-laundering ring that funneled funds through charities operated by local rabbis, said the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark, New Jersey.

Editing problems


Capitol police say suspect killed near Capitol

The shooting occurred after a Capitol police officer tried to make a routine traffic stop near Union Station, a police spokeswoman said. Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the driver fled, nearly ran over two officers, struck a parked and then crashed into a police cruiser.

Robert Drumm, visiting Washington from Edmond, Oklahoma said he was walking near the Capitol when he saw police cars engaged in a high speech chase with a white Mercedes.

Madoff’s crime


Madoff can expect de facto life term at sentencing

NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) – Admitted thief Bernard Madoff will leave his jail cell and be taken under guard to court on Monday morning to hear his punishment for running Wall Street’s biggest and most brazen investment scheme.

The opening sentence in this article is ignorant. It It is not a crime to run a big or a brazen investment scheme.