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Buxom actress dies?


Buxom actress Jane Russell dead at 89

PEOPLE-JANERUSSELL/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” movie star Jane Russell, who became a controversial Hollywood sex symbol, died on Monday at the age of 89, her family said.

I was very disturbed at the title “Buxom actress Jane Russell dead at 89″ for your news article about her death today.

She was a human being. I never met her, but she – and her family – should have been shown more respect.

“Buxom” was inappropriate when someone has died. Thank you for considering my opinion.

Word choice invites criticism


Ride the royal bus tour of Kate Middleton’s life

BRITAIN-ROYAL/WEDDINGNews that Britain’s royal wedding invites are in the post has touched off lively press speculation, with former England soccer captain David Beckham and the King of Bahrain tipped to be attending but not U.S. President Barack Obama or William’s aunt, Sarah Ferguson.

Will you please tell your journalists that “invite” is never used as a noun!  The word is invitation. They sound like hillbillies.

Square or round?


Bahrain opposition meets to agree demands MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s opposition parties met on Sunday to discuss demands they will present to the Gulf Arab country’s rulers, as protesters gathered in a central Manama square clamoring for immediate political change.

Protesters swept back into Pearl Square late on Saturday after Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa ordered troops and armored vehicles to withdraw and offered to lead a national dialogue after days of unrest that left six dead.

BAHRAIN/PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE could you stop referring to ‘Pearl Square’ in your Bahrain news reports as there is no such place. The area in which the protests are being held is the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.

Ku Klux Klan description…


Mississippi plan for KKK leader license plate criticized

GRAHAMThe KKK was a secret racist group active after the Civil War and well into the 20th century. Wearing White robes and masks, KKK mobs sometimes lynched blacks without trial.

While it is strictly true that the KKK conducted no trials, pointing this out implies that the blacks they lynched had committed a crime, and that the KKK was some kind of vigilante group, and not terrorists. It would be far, far more accurate to say, “The KKK routinely murdered blacks in public lynchings.”

An oxymoron?


Mubarak likely to quit, Brotherhood fears coup

EGYPT/CAIRO, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looked likely to step down on Thursday after more than two weeks of protests against his 30-year rule and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood said it looked like there had been a military coup.

“Islamist Muslim Brotherhood” (in re Egypt and elsewhere) seems rather redundant, as the existence of a non-Islamist Muslim Brotherhood would seem to be something of an oxymoron.

Our daily bred?



Turkmen leader orders beauty contests for horses

Once prized by Alexander the Great for their speed and stamina, Turkmenistan’s thoroughbred horses are being groomed for a series of beauty contests, ordered by a presidential decree published Monday.

The Akhal Teke breed is a distinct breed from the Thoroughbred breed.

The word Thoroughbred should only ever be used to describe horses registered with The Jockey Club as Thoroughbreds.

Lost in translation?


gbu translation 490

I’d like to bring to your attention that your report\translator mistranslated what the police officer stated of the incident.

He said jonongon which means public\people, but your translator said mobster.

A slew of choices…

Carrie Fisher is fat but “not like Jabba the Hutt

USA/She weighed about 100 pounds (45 kg) when she wore that iconic metallic gold bikini and slayed Jabba the Hutt, the massive, slug-like alien in “Return of the Jedi.”

“I’ve jumped out of a plane. I’ve walked over coals, repelled down a mountain. And I’m afraid of scales,” Fisher said.

The wrong word…


Hillary wants a break, but maybe just a little one

USA-CHINA/ABC’s Good Morning America asked how’s she’s doing on The Grandmother Front. She prefaced her reply with peels of laughter: “I will only get in trouble, however I respond to that. But let me just say I love babies, and so maybe I’ll have more in my life some day.”

Not a question, but an edit. Your article online today about Hillary Clinton possibly taking a break and prospects of becoming a grandmother, notes that she replied with ‘peels of laughter.’

A non-prophet organization?


Pope: Governments must protect minority Christians

IRAQ/He made reference to last week’s murder of Salman Taseer, the Muslim governor of Punjab province and an outspoken liberal, who was gunned down for opposing the law, which imposes a death sentence for those who insult the Prophet Mohammad.

I’ve just noticed recently that Reuters is following in the footsteps of AP and AFP in designating the Islamic prophet Mohammad as “The Prophet Mohammad”.