When the press corps gets excited

News Headline: “3 million pack Copacabana Beach for mass with pope.”
QT has covered a number of papal events here and overseas.
It developed this rule for press crowd estimates:
Divide by two.
At least.
Or just give up and go with “jillions.”

News Headline: “States jump to push voter ID laws after SCOTUS ruling.”
News Headline: “Lincoln Memorial is shut down after vandals splash paint on it.”
The two stories seemed to go together, for some reason.

News Headline: “Plan for Yosemite calls for scaling back human activity.”
As the search continues for  situations that aren’t improved by scaling back human activity.

QT Trickle-On Economics Update:
Caterpillar, whose CEO has nearly doubled his compensation in the past two years, is pushing workers to take a six-year wage freeze.

News Headline: “Gunman among 7 dead in Florida apartment shooting.”
Have you noticed that we hardly notice these anymore?

Kevin Adler, a Barrington, Ill., reader, regarding QT’s hoping to discourage its readers from playing games with President Obama’s announcement that his favorite food is broccoli, writes:
“You should be on your gourd for more.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

Modern Education + the Criminal Mind =
A man in Beaverton, Ore., used a baseball bat to attempt the robbery of a gun store.

News Item: “One of Afghanistan’s top religious figures . . . series of religious decrees. . .  ban on women leaving their homes without a male companion. . .  banned the sale of cosmetics. . . .”
B.L., a Boston reader, wants you to know there are currently 2,700 Google hits for “tap-dancing militant Islamic fundamentalists.”
For those keeping track.

News Item: “Bryan Zuriff, the executive producer of the Showtime hit ‘Ray Donovan,’ pleaded guilty today in a high-stakes illegal sports gambling business run by the
mob. . . .”
In other news, Showtime announced the upcoming series “Bryan Zuriff.”

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
J.W., a Chicago reader, regarding the news that “unloosen” means the same as “loosen” and “unravel” means the same as “ravel,” writes:
“Take care. Passionate grammarians can be [in]flammable on the subject, [ir]regardless of your good intentions.”
QT can’t sanction your use of  ‘irregardless,” which isn’t a word.
So it will have to sanction your use of “irregardless,” which isn’t a word.
And can it be time for QT’s semiannual reminder that it isn’t “to the manor born,” but “to the manner born”?
Evidently.

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