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Radiation anxiety story


Radiation anxiety grows in disaster-struck Japan

By Shinichi Saoshiro and Kiyoshi Takenaka

TOKYO, March 22 (Reuters) – Global anxiety rose over radiation from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant even as engineers won ground in their battle to avert disaster from the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.

JAPAN/NUCLEARThis was the best overall piece I have seen anywhere on the situation, incorporating important items posted in the news elsewhere that I had seen, to give a sense of what is really true and what is rumour.

Congrats to the authors.


Thanks for noticing: GBU Editor

Hazuki Oka, from Minamisoma in Fukushima, undergoes a screening test for signs of nuclear radiation by a doctor at a health center in Yonezawa, northern Japan, 98 km (61 miles) from the Fukushima nuclear plant, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Offensive headline?


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Felix Salmon’s blog is a low for Reuters.

I have no problem with his point or content – that is his choice to make.  But your choice to allow a sensationalized title, “Don’t Donate Money to Japan” is cheap attention grabbing at its best.

Myself and my coworkers who just saw this are going to go elsewhere for our news and opinions.

Inappropriate ad?


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You have a sexual advertisement with a blond sexy woman prefacing Japan’s news video 3/14.

Definitely inappropriate. Please remove asap.

Linda S.

That ad did not meet our guidelines and shouldn’t have run on a major disaster story or anywhere on our site. We have removed it: GBU Editor

Singular or plural?


Data points to strengthening growth, jobs

CHINAData points to?



Yes, I know, this is a plural noun.

The Reuters style guide recognizes that, but adds: “treat as if it were singular, e.g. The data was corrupted.”

By contrast, the AP’s style book advises reporters to treat data as a plural noun in most cases: GBU Editor

Offensive photo?



This picture is offensive and should be removed. It shows humanity at one of its weakest points. Imagine yourself in this youth’s position, regardless of opinion.

I am appalled that someone chose it as the front cover of the slideshow. We should be ashamed as humans beings, for treating people in this manner.

Not what happened…


Wisconsin Senate passes public-sector union ban

USA-WISCONSIN/Madison, Wis., March 9 (Reuters) – Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday side-stepped a boycott by opposition Democrats and approved curbs on union powers in a case closely watched by Americans as a test of labor rights.

Your article published March 9 is titled “Wisconsin Senate passes public-sector union ban.”

A Stern warning…


Stern Advice: Tax breaks for the Sandwich Generation

USA/– Work with your siblings to help Mom. Unlike your child, your aging parent doesn’t have to live with you to qualify as a dependent. If she is in a nursing home or assisted living facility and you provide more than half of her support, she’s a dependent. You don’t even have to do it all by yourself — all of the money that you and your siblings put in together can be counted as one.

This is incorrect, in that your child does NOT have to live with you to qualify as a dependent.

Hold the anchovies?


Millions of dead anchovies swamp L.A.-area marina

FISH-DIEOFF/“The issue now is cleanup because we have tons and tons of dead fish rotting and purifying, which obviously creates hazardous material,” Keenan said.

They’re PUTREFYING, not PURIFYING. The ‘t’ makes an enormous difference. Otherwise a good story.

Bad headline…


Air Canada flies lesser passengers in Feb

AIRCANADA/I think the correct word is ‘fewer’ not ‘lesser’ in the headline. Better editing please.


Yikes! We corrected, of course: GBU Editor

Air Canada aircraft at the terminal at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia February 10, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Clark

Not in Canada?


Alberta ranked as world’s top mining jurisdiction

CANADA BOOMTOWNMiners saw the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Nevada and Saskatchewan as jurisdictions with the most appealing mining policies, but Quebec and Manitoba also made it into the top 10.

Nevada is a province of Canada? Really? This is great news! Finally somewhere I can go to escape winter that is still Canadian territory.