Good, Bad, and Ugly

The hijacker’s religion?

September 15, 2009

Religious fanatic briefly hijacks Mexican plane

MEXICO CITY, Sept 9 (Reuters) – A Bolivian-born man clutching a Bible and claiming a divine mission hijacked a plane in Mexico with more than 100 people aboard on Wednesday, but the incident ended quickly and without bloodshed.

Not a real Third World War…

September 14, 2009

South Africa threatens “3rd world war” over Semenya

KLEINMOND, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa reacted angrily on Friday to a report that tests on its world champion runner Caster Semenya had found she was a hermaphrodite, threatening a “third world war” over the affair.

Act of love?

September 1, 2009

Man poisoned wife in “ill thought-out” act of love

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – A British pensioner who tried to poison his estranged wife so he could rekindle her love by nursing her back to health escaped jail on Friday.

Objective headline?

August 10, 2009

Senator holds up U.S. anti-drug aid to Mexico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mexico has not yet met human rights requirements laid down in U.S. law for the release of millions of dollars in U.S. anti-narcotics aid, a Democratic senator said on Wednesday.

Run, Mr. President!

July 29, 2009

Nigeria to hunt down Islamic radicals, president

Nigeria wants to hunt down its president? Heh. That headline is quite amusing.

J.F.P.

Sigh. We subsequently replaced the comma with a dash: GBU Editor

Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua attends prayers celebrating the end of Ramadan in the capital Abuja, September 29, 2008.REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

They aren’t in jail…

July 5, 2009

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.

Unfortunate wording?

June 5, 2009

Double blast against Obama shows strain on Qaeda

LONDON (Reuters) – A double blast from al Qaeda against Barack Obama shows shows the group is as worried as ever by the persuasive skills of the U.S. president, who makes a speech to Muslims on Thursday.

Dude, don’t use this in stories…

May 27, 2009

Wall St Week Ahead: Positive data needed to lift stocks

DUDE, YOU’RE GETTING DELL’S RESULTS

Also on the docket for next week is Dell Inc. The No. 2 PC maker said on Thursday that it is still cautious about corporate technology spending, but plans to make acquisitions and aggressively pursue enterprise customers in an attempt to win back market share in the United States.

Murder sentence headline

May 26, 2009

Iraqi relatives decry life for U.S. rape soldier

MAHMUDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) – Relatives of a 14-year-old girl who was raped and killed along with her family by U.S. soldiers expressed outrage Friday that the ringleader received a life sentence in a U.S. court instead of execution.

Nuclear, nuclear, nuclear…

May 19, 2009

How can one of the world’s most respected news organizations allow a reporter to use a ‘Bushism’ like ‘nucular’? Please, teach him that ‘nucular’ is not a word – but instead a painfully public error.