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Reader reaction to Reuters news

You don’t expect them to do that!


Cheerleading found to cause most serious sports injuries

Researcher Dr. Lara McKenzie told Reuters Health that fewer schools have full-time nurses on staff to help hurt the youngsters and schools may also be packing more children into gym classes, making it harder for teachers to supervise them.

This story obviously didn’t get even basic copy editing.  The nurses should be on staff to help hurt the youngsters??? Reuters has been a great name in news; what is going on now?


I don’t think the author really means the “nurses on staff to help hurt the youngsters”


In other words more nurses are needed to really beat the kids up? Need a proofreader? I’m unemployed/looking for work.

Homosexual and lesbian?


Israeli gays’ safe haven turns deadly

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s gay community was rocked on Sunday by the killing of two people in a homosexual and lesbian youth center and the possibility they fell victim to a hate crime in the Jewish state’s most freewheeling city.

I enjoy Reuters news reports, but when I saw an article this morning on the Washington Post website I choked. My complaint is the writer’s choice of words — “homosexual and lesbian youth center” in the first paragraph.

Our cross to bear?


Earth bears scars of human destruction: astronaut

The title of the story about the Canadian astronaut who can detect global warming from space has a massive typo.

It should read “Earth BARES Scars of Human Destruction”…..that is, unless you are trying to claim that the Earth BEARS are the reason it is warmer. Pretty sure that the grizzlies didn’t have a hand in it.

Regret the remarks?


Obama looks to rebound from tough week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama will look to rebound from one of the most difficult weeks of his six-month presidency, one in which his legislative priority, healthcare, stumbled and he got caught up in a racial controversy.

The remark intensified the controversy and eventually forced Obama to back down in a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room on Friday in which he said he regretted the remark.

Tropical wave?


NHC watches tropical wave approach Caribbean

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A tropical wave about 200 miles east of the Windward Islands has a small chance — less than 30 percent — of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center forecast Monday.

I guess I have too much time on my hands, but I thought you would like to know that waves don’t cause cyclones. I think it is a typo in your story….

Oldest mum?


This 69-year-old woman was not the “world’s oldest mum.” My own mother is 83, and I know many other mothers who are older than she is.


Yes, I know. We fall into this writing trap too often. Obviously what we wanted to say was that she gave birth at the most advanced age, not that she was the oldest mother: GBU Editor

Editing problems


Capitol police say suspect killed near Capitol

The shooting occurred after a Capitol police officer tried to make a routine traffic stop near Union Station, a police spokeswoman said. Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the driver fled, nearly ran over two officers, struck a parked and then crashed into a police cruiser.

Robert Drumm, visiting Washington from Edmond, Oklahoma said he was walking near the Capitol when he saw police cars engaged in a high speech chase with a white Mercedes.

The key word here is dampen…


Rain, cool weather dampen U.S. June retail sales

June rains, penny-pinching dampen retail sales

Critics laud love-laced Harry Potter film

LONDON (Reuters) – It may have had one of the wettest premieres in memory this week, but that did little to dampen critics’ enthusiasm for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, the sixth film in the blockbuster franchise.

This comment might seem a little nit-picky, but I’d like to offer a suggestion about toning down your frequent use of the “Rain/bad weather dampens —-” cliche.

Taking the bait?


Carbon market in “rude health,” awaits U.S.

“It’s difficult to say things are heating up again right now as everyone is waiting with baited breath for the U.S. to pull the trigger for the next spurt of investment to take the market to the next level.”

Not to quibble, but the correct phrase is “bated breath” (not “baited”).

Cases of computers?


North Korea army behind South web attack – report

The agency said 438 cases of personal computers have been reported destroyed by malicious software used in the attacks.

I have several questions:

How many computers in a case?

How many computers were destroyed?

Why can’t you provide news items in English?

Michael S.

I agree, that sentence was seriously in need of editing: GBU Editor

A North Korean soldier kicks a goat on the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jacky Chen