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Earth Hour?

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World switches off to save planet in “Earth Hour”

BILLION PEOPLE TAKE PART

Australia first held Earth Hour in 2007 and it went global in 2008, attracting 50 million people, organisers say. WWF, which started the event, is hoping one billion people from nearly 90 countries will take part. Your subhead says one billion people participated? At the time this was posted the entire world hadn’t even gotten to “earth hour.” Did you just make this number up? Why not report the news truthfully and stop pushing an agenda? Tom Don’t your journalists know about who, what, when, where and why? The story I read never said WHEN Earth Hour was! Amazed We got our share of criticism over this one in the blogosphere. Yes, every version of the story should have made the time element of the event clear, and no, that subhead should not baldly have said that a billion people were taking part: GBU Editor

The Eiffel Tower is pictured during Earth Hour in Paris March 28, 2009. More than 80 countries have signed up for Earth Hour on Saturday in which homes, office towers and landmarks will turn off their lights from 8.30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Please get real…

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Brazil stocks rise; real flat on housing plan, US

SAO PAULO, March 25 (Reuters) – Brazil’s stocks gained on Wednesday following the government’s announcement of a massive low-income housing plan and stronger than expected U.S. durable goods sales in February, while the currency traded sideways.

In the title… “real” flat? As opposed to “fake” flat? The word to use is “really”. Learn proper English, please.

Foreclosure figures

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One in 8 U.S. households late paying or in foreclosure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – About one in every eight U.S. households, a record share, ended 2008 behind on their mortgage payments or in the foreclosure process as job losses intensified a housing crisis spawned by lax lending practices, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Thursday.

You have distorted the facts with the headline. 1 in 8 households are NOT late on their payments. That ratio applies to home owners THAT HAVE MORTGAGES. Your headline is alarmist and inaccurate.

Send in the platypuses?

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Wooden sarcophaguses found in Egypt tomb

CAIRO (Reuters) – Japanese archaeologists working in Egypt have found four wooden sarcophaguses and associated grave goods which could date back up to 3,300 years, the Egyptian government said on Thursday.

Your article contained several repetitions of a pluralization error. The plural of sarcophagus is sarcophagi not sarcophaguses. Are there any openings for experienced proofreaders? If so I would like to know where to submit a resume.

Gold rise

- Gold rises over $1,000 on haven buying

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Gold rose above $1,000 an ounce on Friday for the first time since March last year as nervous investors piled into the yellow metal to preserve wealth amid a tumbling stock market. The difference between “Gold futures rise $1,000 on flight to safety” and “Gold futures rise TO $1,000 on flight to safety” is a scary, inaccurate statement. If the price of gold is $1000 and gold “Rises $1000″ that would make the price of gold $2000, a 100% increase on the day. Prepositions do matter.

Illiterati

Reform, or just change?

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Chavez seeks re-election reform in Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans voted on Sunday on a reform proposal that would allow President Hugo Chavez to stay in power for as long as he keeps winning elections, his second bid to extend his rule after a decade in power.

Did anyone proofread the title of the Chavez article? How can getting rid of term limits by a thug like Chavez be called a reform? The “Birth of a Dictator” might be more appropriate.

Big difference…

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U.S. judges admit to jailing children for money

Listen Guys…

U.S Judges did not sentence children to prison for money. County judges did. There is a huge difference.

O.R.

The U.S. in the headline was intended to identify the country for our global readers, not to indicate that they were federal judges. The story made clear what kind of judges they were: GBU Editor

It was a BUS crash

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Seven killed in Arizona tourist bush crash

The only bush crash that’s happened lately in the U.S. is by George W.

D.L.K.

Quite a few readers noticed this one. We corrected: GBU Editor

Officials work the scene at tour bus accident that left seven Chinese tourists dead on US-93 near Dolan Springs, Arizona January 30, 2009. REUTERS/Richard Brian/Henderson Home News

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Alarmist headline?

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- Egypt attacks Iran and allies in Arab world

Hi, don’t you think this title is very inflammatory? What the world, especially the middle east, does NOT need now are words that imply more violence. Please do your part and be more careful with headlines.

Several readers thought the headline was alarmist and misleading. In retrospect, we should have worded it differently: GBU Editor

The wrong name

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Onama Mideast envoy in Cairo to push peace efforts

In the title, “Onama” is printed instead of “Obama”

Fix this one fast!

A.B.

Lots and lots of readers noticed this one: GBU Editor

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