Sunday, January 08, 2006

Weekend notes

It would have been nice if someone had paid a bit more attention to this curious bit of writing from Sunday's 4A:

But, in Missouri, anyone who helps a woman give birth at home could face criminal charges.

"Anyone" is a pretty sweeping condition, and from the next few sentences, it doesn't sound like a very accurate one:

Only state-certified nurse-midwives, governed by the state Board of Nursing, may legally attend to home births in Missouri. Nurse-midwives must graduate from a nurse-midwifery program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives and pass a national certification exam.

They also must have an agreement with a physician located within 30 miles of the birth in case something goes wrong.

So which is it? Can "anyone" who helps a woman give birth at home face charges, or is it perfectly legal as long you jump the nurse-midwife hoops? (Or, as the story strongly implies, if you're an MD?)

Sunday's 1A manages to use two Forbidden Cutline Verbs:
MU's Glen Dandridge, left, Leo Lyons and Matt Lawrence celebrate the Tigers' 69-61 win over Oklahoma State.

Amadeus Zhu, 12, reacts after a correct answer during the Geographic Bee's first round Friday.

Notwithstanding the Verbs of Satan, two questions:
1) Did we mean "from left," rather than just "left"? Or do all Missourian readers know Lyons from Lawrence?
2) Did Mr. Zhu give the correct answer we describe, or is he reacting to someone else's?

Please, please, please: Write cutlines. Don't just type the damn things.

[Good thing that war in Iraq is over, though. How long has it been since the Missourian carried anything on that?]

Anyway, on a lighter note, this sports hed seemed a nice break from the ordinary:

Minnows Burton hold Man Utd

Aside from the delightful result (Heels do State, Spurs fall to Leicester, and now this) -- how often do you get to call somebody "minnows" in a hed?

(4400 quiz: Do "minnows," "Burton" and "hold" agree?)


Blogger Theophylact said...

They do in the UK.

3:10 PM, January 09, 2006  
Blogger Mike said...

Love the blog! Poor grammar and editing really get on my nerves, and it's nice to see someone else going on about it.

11:17 AM, January 11, 2008  

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