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Armless pianist plays with toes to win “China’s Got Talent”
Liu Wei, 23, who lost both his arms aged 10 when he was electrocuted during a game of hide-and-seek, defeated 7-year-old standup comedian Zhang Fengxi at the final on Sunday at the Shanghai Stadium, the Shanghai Daily reported.
Your reporter needs to look up the definition of electrocution.
Which you are saying because in the U.S., every definition I can find says electrocution is fatal.
Fortunately for Liu Wei, however, in British English to electrocute can mean to injure as well as to kill.
So all this tells us for certain is that a news agency with a global audience should avoid using a word that means two different things to different groups of readers: GBU Editor
PepsiCo trims forecast, bets on healthier food
EDITORS: Foods are more nutritious or more healthful.
They are not “healthier,” unless they are more robust, in good health.
A Careful Reader
You have my sympathy.
That same distinction was drilled into me long ago, too. I was taught that people are healthy, foods are healthful.
Hungary villages? And I read Reuters because its more intellegent?
Probably need to rethink that one.
We should have said Hungarian villages.
And you probably need to rethink your spelling of intelligent, too: GBU Editor
Gay rights march in Belgrade triggers violent riots
BELGRADE (Reuters) – A gay rights parade in Belgrade erupted in violence on Sunday as thousands of police deployed to protect marchers clashed with anti-gay protesters, who rioted and attacked the headquarters of the ruling parties.
Pushed back from the parade area by 5,000 police in riot gear, protesters turned to other targets, breaking into the lobby of the state television network, scaling scaffolding to try to enter parliament, smashing windows at the Austrian embassy and burning a car in front of the French embassy.
Susan Boyle’s upcoming “Gift” already a best-seller
The singer’s sophomore effort reached the top spot Wednesday (September 22) in its second day as a pre-order, officially kicking off what Amazon director of music Craig Pape described as “the season of Susan” for the online retailer.
Why not suggest your writers use the internet to check vocabulary? The use of “sophomore” (the term ‘sophomoric’ is used as a synonym for ‘uneducated’) in the recent article on Susan Boyle is incorrect.
FACTBOX-Twelve U.S. Senate races to watch
COLORADO – Democrat Michael Bennet was the Denver public school superintendent when Obama appointed him to the Senate last year to succeed Ken Salazar, who became Interior secretary.
Your story says that the President appointed Bennett to the vacant senate seat. Someone needs to go back to high school civics class.
Californians see green in climate law: poll
At the same time it is embarking on an environmental plan from setting alternative energy targets to building a system for industry to trade the right to emit greenhouse gases.
Voters on November 2 must decide whether to put the plan on hold with the measure known as Proposition 19.
A-Power wins second deal in two days, shares jump
* Wins $2.9 mln deal to build power plants in China
* Shares up 12 pct
Sept 30 (Reuters) – China’s A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd on Thursday won a contract worth RMB 242 million ($2.9 million) to build power plants, its second such contract in as many days, sending its shares up 12 percent.
You have a decimal point error in the APWR story. It should be 29 million, not 2.9 million. How about a retraction/update?
“Deadliest Catch” stars quit Discovery show
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – A trio of stars of Discovery’s hit reality series “Deadliest Catch” have left the show.
The network sued the Hillstrands for $3 million claiming they failed to show up to finish work on “Hillstranded,” a planned “Catch” spinoff. The Hillstrands’ lawyer Jeff Cohen then called the suit an attempt to “extort” his clients and said the lawsuit could force them to sell their boats and fire their crews. Hansen, also repped by Cohen, later weighed in, backing the Hillstrands, slamming Discovery and saying, “I want people to know the captains stand together, and me and my brothers support them 100 percent.”
DEALTALK-Rival mergers put new pressure on American Airlines
JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines also could be good fits for American Airlines and might be on its M&A radar, analysts and bankers have said.
American entered a code-share agreement with JetBlue this year allowing passengers to connect with one ticket to American’s international flights from New York and Boston.