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Erroneous Giffords report


US Rep. Giffords shot dead in Arizona, gunman held

USA-SHOOTING/CONGRESSWOMANTUCSON, Ariz., Jan 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona died after being shot in the head while meeting constituents at a grocery store in Tucson, NPR reported on Saturday.

Giffords, a 40-year-old Democrat in her third term in Congress, was shot point blank by an unidentified gunman who fired indiscriminately into the crowd, NPR and other U.S. media said.

Your reporting without adequate confirmation that Congresswoman Giffords had died when she was, in fact, still alive was irresponsible and represented an appalling lapse in judgment and journalistic professionalism. Being first is never more important than being right.

Please remember that.


We used the NPR report that Giffords had died in line with our practice of picking up reliable media on breaking news developments.

Galileo and the Bible


God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope

ITALY-GALILEO/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – God’s mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday.

Benedict and his predecessor John Paul have been trying to shed the Church’s image of being anti-science, a label that stuck when it condemned Galileo for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun, challenging the words of the Bible.

A death at the zoo


Zebra the latest fatality at Canadian zoo

KENYA/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – A zebra has died of unknown causes at a Canadian zoo that has come under fire for several animal fatalities in recent years, officials said on Friday.

In a population of several hundred animals you would expect a reasonable percent to die each year as do people.

Mystery plane?


Mystery plane prompts Capitol evacuation, scramble of jets

USA-TAXES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A mystery airplane prompted an evacuation of the Capitol building and scrambling of military fighter jets on Saturday but authorities said the false alarm was caused by a commercial airliner briefly losing radio contact.

A Federal Aviation Administration official said a Piedmont Airlines plane in the Washington, D.C. area briefly lost radio contact and military planes took off to find it.

He didn’t win…


Michelle Williams still asks why Heath Ledger died

LEISURE CANDY PREMIEREThe 30 year-old actress, whose romance with Ledger blossomed on the set of “Brokeback Mountain” in roles for which they both received Oscar nominations (he won supporting actor), said she had found “meaning in things and people and relationships that have sprung up and friendships that have strengthened.

You should correct the misstatement of facts in this article.

Heath Ledger did NOT win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Brokeback Mountain, he didn’t win anything at all, though many of us believe he should have. He was nominated in the Best Actor category but did not win.

Curbing rocket fire?


Kindergarten near-miss highlights Gaza risks

PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/VIOLENCEHamas spurns permanent coexistence with the Jewish state, but its men have tried to curb the rocket fire from Gaza in recent years. Smaller groups continue to carry out attacks.

Why would you bias your news article with that statement?

How do you know Hamas leaders have tried to curb rocket attacks? To the best of my knowledge, they have tried to encourage rocket attacks.

Be our guests?


Snow and ice ground flights in Europe

GERMANY/In Germany, Frankfurt airport operator Fraport said 470 flights had been canceled on Sunday so far and a worsening of weather conditions was expected from noon onwards.

“The airport halls are packed with flight guests,” a spokeswoman said, adding that about 1,000 people were forced to stay at the airport overnight.

Quit while you’re a head…


Embalmed head of France’s King Henri IV found

BRITAIN-KING/HEADCharlier said three “cutting wounds” were also visible, corresponding to the separation of the head from the body by a revolutionary in 1793.

Radiocarbon dating also gave a date of between 1450 and 1650, “nicely bracketing the year of his death,” the report said.

Pearl Harbor?


PEARLHARBOR/ANNIVERSARYI have been looking over your site today and cannot find a single article relating to Pearl Harbor day in the U.S.

Am I missing something?


Yes. We had a nice feature on Pearl Harbor survivors on Monday.

Apart from that, I expect you’ll see more attention next year, for the 70th anniversary: GBU Editor

The wrong church?


gbu wrong churchCould you please correct the picture posted with this article?

The picture is of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, which in no way is connected to the story.

As a prominent landmark of Winnipeg, our Cathedral should in no way be associated with this article.