Editing catches


Copy editing catches

Here is a look at some of the errors I kept from making print during my time with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Items in strikethrough were removed from the story, highlighted items were added.

Q4 2011

Oct. 9 — Osweiler, 5 turnovers lift Wildcats Sun Devils

Oct. 20 — Clarksville voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to increase the city sales tax by 1 percent percentage point to pay for a fire substation, police station and aquatics center.

Oct. 31 — Central Arkansas Development Council, (501) 337-840 8401

Nov. 1 — Jurors will be allowed to see the results of forensic testing that shows a 31-year-old Benton man accused of killing a Mabelville Mabelvale man in a drunken-driving crash had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, a Pulaski County Circuit judge ruled Monday.

Nov. 1 — According to crash reports, Melton, married for 44 years, the father of two and the grandfather of two, was rear-ended by Melton’s McDaniel’s vehicle.

NOTE: Factual error, Melton couldn’t have hit is own vehicle.

Nov. 5 — Harris said “Bible time” is optional. Parents are given a form informing them that their child will be taught about the Bible if the parents sign it. If they don’t, or a child decides on any given day that he doesn’t want to take part in Bible time, “that child will be given another activity.” Harris said he doesn’t know of any family at the school that has turned down Biblical teachings. “That child will be given another activity,” he said.

NOTE: Better explanation of opt-out process, reporter called source to clarify.

Nov. 5 HOPE — The weather at the University of Arkansas’ agricultural research station outside Hope on Monday morning was cool (low 40s) — low 40s — and bone dry (0 inches of precipitation), with a gentle wind blowing from the southwest.

Patricia Nichols took her time as she inspected the handful of instruments that comprise the research center’s weather monitoring station and jotted it all down on her notepad. The task isn’t always so pleasant.

“I’ll tell you the truth. When it’s 18 or 19 degrees, it’s cold out there when the wind’s blowing 25 miles an hour,” Nichols said.

It’s been a 7 a.m. ritual for Nichols and other employees at the Southwest Research and Extension Center for decades.

All told, they have collected more than 27,000 days days’ worth of data for the National Weather Service. In records dating back to 1936, only three months contain missing data, said Aaron Stevens, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “That’s almost unprecedented,” he said.

The Hope research station is one of more than 11,000 cooperative observers nationwide who that send weather data to the National Weather Service for publication in monthly compilations of weather data.

But its longevity and accuracy is unique, Stevens said. The center received the National Weather Service’s Honored Institution Award on Monday for collecting weather data for 75 years.

HOPE — The National Weather Service recognized the accuracy and longevity of the University of Arkansas’ agricultural research station Monday by giving it the Honored Institution Award for collecting weather data for 75 years.

All told, the center’s staff has collected more than 27,000 days’ worth of data for the National Weather Service. In records dating back to 1936, only three months contain missing data, said Aaron Stevens, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “That’s almost unprecedented,” he said.

The Hope research station is one of more than 11,000 cooperative observers nationwide that send weather data to the National Weather Service for publication in monthly compilations of weather data.

The weather at the University of Arkansas’ agricultural research station outside Hope on Monday morning was cool — low 40s — and bone dry, with a gentle wind blowing from the southwest.

NOTE: Moved nut paragraph from seventh paragraph to lede, pulled other more newsy information to top.

Nov. 7 — Critics of the current bond proposal can cite a 2005 vote on whether to authorize the state Highway Commission to issue up to $575 million in bonds at any time for interstate highway improvements , an authorization that would have allowed the commission to issue such bonds in the future at any time without another vote of the people statewide ballot issue. It found favor among less than 40 percent of voters.

NOTE: Wordy.

Nov. 8 — Story identified the arresting officer in a police report as the officer seen punching and throwing a man he later arrested in a video assumed to be of the incident. Police office hadn’t confirmed that the arresting officer was the one in the video. When line editor called reporter, it was discovered that the accused officer wasn’t listed as performing any of the actions in the police report, either. He was just listed as the arresting officer. As a result, we changed all references from the officer’s name to “an off-duty officer” or “the officer,” and clarified that we tie him to the case by 1) police saying they’re investigating the officer 2) The officer filled out a use-of-force report related to the incident 3) the victim’s lawyer ID’d him as the officer in the video and in talking to the reporter about the arrest report 4) his being the arresting officer in the case, though that’s the only place he’s mentioned. Also clarified that the officer works off-duty security at the restaurant where the incident happened to explain why he was there.

Nov. 15A federal judge temporarily halted on Monday requests for documents from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office to the Little Rock School District under the state Freedom of Information Act.

A federal judge temporarily halted on Monday requests for Little Rock School District documents by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office under the state Freedom of Information Act.

NOTE: Clears up confusion on who’s making requests for what.

Nov. 16 — JBS posted a quarterly financial loss of $293 million after the Brazilian real’s slide against the dollar boosted the value of foreign debt in local currency in the quarter. This is booked as a loss under domestic Brazilian accounting rules. A year ago, JBS had a financial loss of $204.97 million.

NOTE: Brazil-based company. “Domestic” leaves confusion about whether we’re talking about U.S. or Brazilian rules.

Nov. 19 — Eureka Springs will hold a special election next year in the near future to see if voters want to change from the city’s mayor-council form of government to a system with a board of directors and a city administrator.

NOTE: No date yet set, and the story later says “Arkansas Code Annotated 14-48-104(b) states that the election must be held within 90 days of the date of the validation of the signatures, which was Nov. 9,” so the vote could still be held in 2011.

Nov. 22 — Sanders pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor. Proctor ordered Sanders to pay $271,190 to First South Farm Credit in Northport, Ala., and the same amount to the federal government, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

NOTE: Story was missing time element

Nov. 29 — He has since fallen back in the surveys, and more recently was eclipsed by Newt Gingrich in the race to emerge as the principle principal conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.

Dec. 4 — SPRINGDALE — The dinosaurs of Sonora are facing extinction. The dinosaurs of Sonora will soon be on the move.

NOTE: Story was on dinosaur sculptures up for auction. Top bidder would have to move the statues. “Extinction” suggests that they will be destroyed, which isn’t necessarily the case.

Dec. 7 — The virtual embassy is intended to compliment complement the social media sites.

Dec. 11 — Some of the consequences of online behavior: A junior at UCLA dropped out of school and received death threats after his her YouTube post described Asians at the library.

Dec. 12Cristina Fernandez, the president of Argentina, vowed to honor the constitution and the memory of her late husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, as she was sworn in for a second term.

NOTE: This item had already appeared in Dec. 11 edition.

Dec. 21 — The board unanimously approved a settlement with a group representing atheists and agnostics over an earlier refusal to place anti-religion advertisements questioning God’s existence on buses.

NOTE: Calling the ads anti-religion is misleading. Ad was more of an awareness campaign that there are other atheists and agnostics around.

Dec. 27Special events in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock have shut down River Rail service for 17 days in 2011, including one that pushed back an attempt to promote the value of the streetcars by a week.

Whether the closures are for Riverfest, the Big Dam Bridge 100 Bicycle Tour, a Clinton Library event or just a group wanting to block off North Little Rock’s Main Street for a few hours, the streetcars get left out. If the trolleys continued, proponents say, their much-criticized low ridership numbers would be aided by thousands of event participants who might ride a trolley during such events.

Special-event shutdowns have totaled 53 in the past five years, according to River Rail records. The shutdowns also have come mostly on Fridays and Saturdays when the streetcars’ average daily ridership is the highest. Rides are $1 for those over 12 and 50 cents for ages 5-11 and 65 and over.

It’s fitting that a recent try to promote the value of River Rail streetcars to downtown had to be postponed a week because a special event excluded the trolleys.

When it comes to the poor, maligned, yellow trolley cars, neither downtown Little Rock or North Little Rock treats them special.

In the past five years, special events downtown have shut down River Rail for 53 partial or entire days, including 17 days this year, according to River Rail records. The shutdowns also have come mostly on Fridays and Saturdays when the streetcars’ average daily ridership is the highest. Rides are $1 for those over 12 and 50 cents for ages 5-11 and 65 and over.

Whether the closures are for Riverfest, the Big Dam Bridge 100 Bicycle Tour, a Clinton Library event or just a group wanting to block off North Little Rock’s Main Street for a few hours, the streetcars get left out. If the trolleys continued, proponents said their much-criticized low ridership numbers would be aided by thousands of event participants who might ride the trolley during such events.

NOTE: Lede took too long to get to the news, and first two paragraphs could be seen as editorializing.

Q1 2012

Jan. 11 — Three potential candidates for North Little Rock mayor said Tuesday that they will soon announce their intentions soon following Mayor Patrick Hays’ announcement he won’t seek a seventh term.

NOTE: Previous placement of “soon” in lede made it sound like he hadn’t made the announcement. He did so the previous day.

Jan. 15 — Though Gillett High School was forced to close its doors in 2009 when its school district’s enrollment fell below 350 students, signs still point the way there for people attending the event, which is in its 65th year.

NOTE: Corrects sentence that made it sound like the high school’s enrollment was the only determining factor in its closing. Arkansas law says districts under 350 students are consolidated.

Jan. 22 — Arkansas’ Rep. Scott Rick Crawford, a Jonesboro Republican, said the 1,000 days without a budget had “taken its toll” on the U.S. economy.

Feb. 1 — The official did not say where the strike hit or specify whether it was carried out by a pilotless drone or a warplane.

NOTE: Redundant. By definition a drone is a pilotless aircraft.

Feb. 1 — Little Rock Air Force Base welcomed a new commander to the 19th Airlift Wing on Tuesday as departing commander Col. Mike “Mini” Minihan said a teary goodbye before heading to his new command at Andrews Air Force Base, Va. in Maryland.

Feb. 1 — He heralded Minihan for his work over his 17 months in command, noting the surge in deployments, the major inspection and recovery from a destructive F-5 EF2 tornado that tore through the base in April.

NOTE: Factual error. Only EF5 in 2011 was in Joplin, Mo. Also, tornadoes are now measured on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

Feb. 14 — As Washington’s Democratic governor signed his her state’s legislation, a man shouted, “Do not betray Christ!”

March 7 — WASHINGTON — Congress on Tuesday overturned a court decision and Countering a December court decision, Congress on Tuesday reaffirmed that the government has the right to impose higher tariffs on goods from China and other state-run economies that subsidize their exports to the United States.

NOTE: Congress can make laws that render a judge’s ruling moot in future cases, but can’t overturn a judge’s decision.

March 7 — Highway Department officials may refer to them as landslides, but that’s an archaic word a misnomer that conjures images of rocks crashing down a mountainside, said Thomas Paradise, a professor of geosciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

NOTE: “Landslide” isn’t archaic. Just an inaccurate word for earth movement in NW Arkansas.

March 10 — The deal, which shaves some $138 billion off Greece’s $487 billion debt, is an important “historic success,” Prime Minister Lucas Papdemos Papademos said Friday night in a televised address. “For the first time, Greece is not adding but taking debt off the backs of its citizens.”

March 31 — North Little Rock High School-East Campus Environmental and Spacial Spatial Technology students are collecting old recycle bins to be placed in North Little Rock School District classrooms.

Q2 2012

April 7 — Killed story for Saturday that was a preview of a speaker who had held his event at UA two days earlier.

April 8 — WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats will kick off a coordinated pressure campaign on Republicans this week ahead of a tax day vote next week on legislation to enact the president’s “Buffett Rule,” which would ensure that the rich pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes.

NOTE: Tax day 2012 was April 17. April 15 was a Sunday, and April 16 was Emancipation Day in D.C.

April 13 — An attorney for a man whose driver’s license was suspended last year after his arrest for Driving While Intoxicated he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated told the state Supreme Court on Thursday that the law allowing such suspensions is unconstitutional.

[REDACTED] was arrested for and charged with driving while intoxicated-drugs on Dec. 21, 2010. The arresting officer seized his driver’s license and gave him a notice of suspension.

NOTE: Libel in the lede because of word “for” (he’s later found not guilty).

April 15 — The online video features Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, Kevin Spacey and Clinton pals Mary Steenburgen and husband Ted Danson as they brainstorm new initiatives for the Clinton Foundation with a surprise came by former President Bill Clinton.

NOTE: Factual error caught on proof. At time of writing, Kristen Wiig was rumored to be leaving SNL, but nothing had been announced.

April 16 — These inmates are similar to jail trustees trusties, in that they are assigned to do various jobs for the county, which receives $15 a day from the Arkansas Department of Correction for each “309” inmate held.

April 17Of those whose filings were available Monday, Republican Congressional candidates across the state consistently raised more than their Democratic counterparts, according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

Of the $4.17 million raised for the four House races since campaigning began, $3.74 million was raised by Republicans, compared with $423,386 by Democrats.

Republican candidates have $2.2 million in the bank, compared with Democrats, who have $233,588 on hand.

As of Monday, four of the eight Democrats running did not have a quarterly report available on the FEC website. Reports for all six Republican candidates were available online.

NOTE: As last paragraph points out, half of the Democrats’ numbers are missing from FEC site. Introductory clause added to inform readers of the possible skew in numbers.

April 22Cowart’s Cowart and Rankin’s fundraising efforts thus far have been dwarfed by the $890,102 raised by Cotton, according to the Federal Election Commission.

NOTE: Two separate efforts, so each gets ’s.

April 23 — Elliott said Allen touts Act 75 of 2009 that he sponsored to require health-insurance plans to provide coverage for prostrate prostate cancer screening for men 40 years old and older.

April 23 — An airport hotel would compete with four hotels in the vicinity of the airport. They include a Day’s Days Inn, a Holiday Inn and a Holiday Inn Express, all on Bankhead Drive at the airport exit on I-440. A Comfort Inn on East Roosevelt Road sits almost opposite the property eyed for the airport hotel.

May 5 — Thompson took them back to the eastern Ohio farm where her husband released 50 animals — including black bears, mountain lions and Bengal tigers — before he committed suicide. Authorities killed 48 of the animals, fearing for the public’s safety. Two others were presumed eaten by other animals. The surviving animals were found in cages.

Of the animals that Terry Thompson released, Only three leopards, two Celebes macaques and a bear, all unreleased from their cages, survived after Terry Thompson released the rest of the animals. and Those six were taken to the Columbus zoo. One spotted leopard had to be euthanized at the zoo in January. The macaques are small primates; the female weighs about 6 pounds, and the male weighs more than 10 pounds.

NOTE: Clarifies discrepancy between 50 released, 48 killed by authorities, six surviving originally and five returned to owner.

May 5 — The other men acquitted Friday are Fadumo Mohamed Farah, Ahmad Abnulnasir Ahmad, Musse Ahmed Ali, Fatah Haji Hashi, Dahir Nor Ibrahim and Mohamed Ahmed Amalle.

NOTE: Story earlier on says six were acquitted. No previous mention of anyone acquitted.

May 8 — The city has already banned pedestrians from the intersection near City Hall that crosses Broadway Street at the Broadway Bridge crossing Broadway at the north end of its intersection with Markham Street during peak traffic hours.

NOTE: Better explains where intersection is, clarifies pedestrians forbidden only at one end and adds information on hours.

May 28 — Kahne heats up, wins for solidifies Hendrick

NOTE: Deck directly next to this headline on 1C also used the “X wins for Y” construction. Change avoids repeat.

June 26 — Killed business story on Madoff settlement that ran the day before.

June 27 — In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Thomas East for Phyllis East at [REDACTED] Bank., Acc# [REDACTED].

NOTE: Leaving bank account number in leaves account holder prone to identity fraud. Spiking also clears us of potential liability should fraud occur.

June 30 — The meetings arise from the city’s good fortune. Remember that voters in November September approved an increase in the city sales tax of 1 percent, part of which has been dedicated to capital improvements.

Q3 2012

July 7For Mabry’s crime of obstructing an official proceeding, to which he pleaded guilty on April 1, 2010, Jegley recommended a 40 percent reduction in the penalty range of 10 to 14 months in prison suggested by federal sentencing guidelines. That reduced the minimum penalty to six months, qualifying Mabry for probation in lieu of prison time.

NOTE: Story had not mentioned Mabry’s crime.

July 8BREAKFAST AND A MOVIE: RISE & ROLL ’EM! Riverdale 10 Cinemas on Cantrell Road in Little Rock recently adjusted its opening time to 9 a.m. While it’s hard to imagine going to watch Magic Mike or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer Hunter at that hour, screening kids’ flicks like Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Brave seems inspired. Hey, if they’ve already gotten their parents out of bed early, why not take them to catch a movie?

NOTE: Removes drug reference, corrects movie titles.

July 8 — In a final report submitted Jan. 16, Shuler Schuler Shook concluded that with improvements, “the overall acoustic quality of the room will be generally excellent and comparable to other major state university music facilities.”

NOTE: Company name misspelled.

July 8 — Killed item about a man being reunited with the 1967 Austin Healey stolen from him in 1968. Had previously run in paper.

July 16 — She said not everyone who comes isn’t is homeless; often they’re families who may have a home, but don’t have stable access to food.

NOTE: Misplaced negative.

July 17 — Pointed out that under 1A headline saying 2 were fired from Oxford American that one of the mugs was of someone not being fired. I explained that his mug with that headline made it seem Warwick Sabin, publisher and legislative candidate, was one of the two being fired. Alternate headline used as result for state. For city, Sabin mug was moved the back page, second fired employee’s mug took its place on the front, and old headline was restored.

July 18Argemagni Ardemagni is a volunteer with World Changers, an international nonprofit that sends youths to work with agencies that provide adequate housing to low-income people.

NOTE: Misspelled name

July 18 — Lawmakers asked the Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of Personnel Management to review whether the American Sign Language interpreter meets the minimum qualifications for the position with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.

NOTE: Story was all about hiring of interpreter, but we never said what she was interpreting.

July 30 — UA’s enrollment of students from minority groups — excluding foreign students — increased nearly 80 percent from the fall of 2005 to the fall of 2011, from 2,123 students to 3,820, according to the institutional research office.
Last fall, the number of minority-group students at UA stood at 3,500, 16.5 percent of the total student body, exceeding the university’s 2015 goals for minority-group enrollment.
Last fall, minority-group students comprised 16.5 percent of UA’s student body, exceeding the university’s goal for minority-group enrollment by 2015.

NOTE: Number discrepancy. 3,500 figure was figure UA needed to meet goal, not actual enrollment number. That reconciled percentage. Also tightened paragraph.

Aug. 1 — Rose, notable for playing for the University of Michigan’s “Fab Five,” helped the team reach the win two NCAA Men’s Division I Championships championship game in 1992 and 1993.

NOTE: Factual error. Michigan lost both years. (And had it won it wouldn’t have counted anyway since Michigan had to vacate all its victories for those years).

Aug. 5 — Touchdown was set for 10:31 p.m. PDT 12:31 a.m. CDT Monday. NASA warned that spotty communication during landing could delay confirmation for several hours or even days.

NOTE: Tailored times to our Central-time audience. Also resulted in switching a few “today” mentions to “Monday.”

Aug. 8 — The theft occurred in Greenville, Miss., on either June 14 13 or June 15 14. The truck was recovered the next day in Belzoni, Miss. The trailer was found in a field outside Cleveland, Miss., on Aug. 1.

NOTE: Later down in story we say theft reported June 14 and cite incident report saying, “the driver last saw the truck … at 10:30 p.m. June 13 and noticed it was missing about 7:45 a.m. June 14.”

Aug. 15 — WEHCO Media Inc., the parent company of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and WHECO WEHCO Video Inc., contacted the Federal Aviation Administration after the fire melted power lines surrounding a microwave relay station in Clark County.

NOTE: Misspelled company name.

Aug. 18 — Crystal Bridges opened Nov. 11, 2001 2011, and the series began in May.

NOTE: Factual error.

Aug. 19 — Some people believe that the amendment could still be adopted if three more states ratify it, an idea debunked doubted by others.

NOTE: Hasn’t been proven wrong, just up for debate.

Aug. 19 — The 2011 Arkansas Poll done by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville showed him with the a 72 percent approval rating.
The poll was conducted by phone with 800 random adult Arkansans from Oct. 14-19. Its margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

NOTE: House rules require mention of poll’s method statistics.

Aug. 22 — The other is a dinner to honor former University of Arkansas track coach John McDonald McDonnell on Nov. 15.

NOTE: Misspelled name.

Sept. 11 — Spiked jail gardening story that was essentially unchecked quote after unchecked quote from a jail consultant with little news value other than to say he spoke to jail officials. No response from the jail officials. No one saying they were considering a garden.

Sept. 15 — Paula Casey, interim dean at the University of Arkansas Bowen School of Law W.H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said a client’s signature isn’t necessary to file a suit, though it’s a common practice for many attorneys.

NOTE: Wrong name, wrong university

Sept. 15 — The highest fine, $2,740, was against the Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment Ballot Committee, which supported a measure to legalize casino gambling and build seven casinos in the state.
The fine is due by Oct. 13. It represents $10 for each of the 240 days the reports were late.

NOTE: Incorrect math.

Q4 2012

Oct. 7 — He remembers periods from about 2003 to 2007 that brought 10 to 15 annexations a year for the city, Wheeless said. At one time, the southwest border of Bentonville stopped near a curve marking the intersection of North Walton Boulevard with South Walton Boulevard split of U.S. 71 and Arkansas 12.

NOTE: N. and S. Walton do not intersect. Story was referring to “Rainbow Curve” (Bentonville colloquialism) a few miles south.

Oct. 24 — Thousands of Muslim pilgrims in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, circle the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure that Muslims around the world pray to seven times a day, during events Tuesday ahead of the annual hajj, which begins later this week.

NOTE: Factual error. Muslims face the Kaaba when they pray, but only pray five time a day. They circle the Kaaba seven times while on hajj.

Oct. 31 — After answering the door of his southwest Little Rock home, a man was shot and killed in his doorway late Tuesday afternoon morning, marking the third killing in the city in less than a week.
According to police, Darrin Williams, 43, heard a knock on the door of his 3 Sandhurst Circle home about 11:30 a.m. and went to answer.

NOTE: 11:30 a.m. is still morning.

Nov. 10 — In a statement, Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin thanked all whose donations and efforts have made the memorial possible.

NOTE: Missing first reference

Nov. 27 — The Ward businessman set to appear before a judge this morning after his Saturday arrest for fatally shooting in the fatal shooting of an employee was upset about the victim’s sales performance, according to investigators.

NOTE: For implies guilt, possible libel issue

Nov. 27 — A Stuttgart man faces 229 charges after police arrested him for and accused him of trying to cash stolen lottery tickets in a Little Rock convenience store, according to arrest reports.

NOTE: For implies guilt, possible libel issue

Nov. 28 — The high school closed in 2009 when enrollment at the Gillett School District dropped below 350 students — a number mandated by the state. Students are bused to nearby DeWitt.

NOTE: Under Arkansas law, school districts are subject to shut once total DISTRICT enrollment drops below 350. Story originally made it sound like high school’s enrollment fell below 350.

Dec. 1 — Robert Lee, 39, was charged Friday with theft by receiving for in the theft of a 53-foot trailer from Virginia on Nov. 10. The trailer is valued at more than $17,000, the arrest report states.

NOTE: For implies guilt and opens us up to libel.

Dec. 10 — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it will take up same-sex marriage sometime during the current term. Several pending cases challenge the federal benefit provision of the act. A separate appeal asks the justices to decide whether federal courts were correct in striking down California’s Proposition 8, an amendment that outlawed gay marriage, after it had been approved by California courts in the nation’s largest most populous state.

NOTE: Factual error via vagueness. California is most populous, Alaska is largest by area (Calif. is #3)

Dec. 12 — “He said it was total devastation,” Farris said. “He never talked a lot about his military time. It was a horrible, horrible site sight.”

NOTE: Wrong word.

Dec. 17 — In Van Buren County, 39.1 percent of children were found to be living in poverty in 2011, up 9.8 percent percentage points from 2007, the highest percentage percentage-point increase of the five counties identified by census estimates.

NOTE: Percent vs. percentage point

Q1 2013

Jan. 9 — The conference will examine the laws and regulations put into place by the bill’s extension and its affect effect on crop insurance, according to a release.
NOTE: Wrong word.

Jan. 9Reservations and more information can be obtained by contacting To reserve a spot or to obtain more information, contact Harrison Pittman at hmpittm@uark.edu or (479) 575-7640.
NOTE: House style on imperative tone

Jan. 9Caught factual errors in story confusing the term “immigrant” and “alien” in comparison to house stylebook and dictionary definitions. Story was held.

Jan. 9 —The Quorum Court’s Administration Committee voted 7-0 to recommend the ordinance “expressing the willingness of Pulaski County to share [the] cost” of the bridge to the full Quorum Court, which meets on Jan. 22. The Quorum Court’s County Services Committee voted 4-2 in favor of the proposal with two abstentions. It needed five votes in that committee, which has eight members. A recommendation from one committee is enough to advance the proposal to the full Quorum Court.
NOTE: Clarifies that one failure doesn’t kill proposal

Jan. 9 — Under a proposed agreement of understanding between Pulaski County and the Highway Department, the county would pay the $20 million in three virtually equal payments over three years beginning with a payment of $6,666,666 after construction bids are received but before the contract is awarded. The two remaining $666,666,667 $6,666,667 payments would be submitted one and two years after the initial payment, according to the proposed agreement.
NOTE: Number error to the tune of $1.32 billion (you’re welcome, taxpayers)

Jan. 12 — Arkansas should toughen it’s its human-trafficking laws and provide more services for victims, a group of lawmakers said Friday.
NOTE: Wrong word; caught on slot

Jan. 13 — Lawmakers will spend much of their time dealing with a projected $298 million Medicaid shortfall.
NOTE: Number error – missing million; caught on proof

Jan. 14 — Last Easter, a pipe bomb was found outside a Mormon church meetinghouse 11⁄2 miles from Harrison.
NOTE: Mormons use different terminology.

Jan. 16 — It would provide $235 million to rebuild the flood-damaged Veterans Administration Affairs hospital in Lower Manhattan as well as other VA medical facilities in the region.
NOTE: Agency’s name changed in 1989.

Jan. 16 — The city is opposing Judge Wendell Griffin’s Griffen’s order to pay $2,397 to the owner of the Heritage House Inn for delaying the motel’s reopening after the South University Avenue motel had been shut down by court order for eight months for repeated city code violations.
NOTE: Misspelled name

Jan. 28 — The state Senate passed a bill last week that would add Arkansas to a 42 43-state compact that waves waives state-specific academic requirements for the children of active-duty military members who have met similar requirements in other states.

Arkansas is one of eight seven states that has not joined the compact. The others are Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, New York , and New Hampshire. and Washington D.C. Washington D.C. also hasn’t joined the compact.
NOTE: Washington, D.C. mistaken for a state, causing numerical errors.

Jan. 29District closes 2nd time in week due to sickness Second district in week closes due to sickness
NOTE: Factual error in original headline. Closures were in two different districts. Caught on slot.

Jan. 29 — TULSA — Tulsa police have arrested a man on a first-degree murder complaint for in a stabbing death.
NOTE: For implies guilt, opens up possibility of libel. Caught on slot.

Jan. 29Community centers to get new workout equipment Community centers seek upgrades to workout gear
Working out at Little Rock’s Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center is about to get a little more high-tech as new equipment rolls into the fitness center and two of the city’s community centers.
Staff at Little Rock’s Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center hope to make workouts a little more high tech with plans for new equipment.
NOTE: Hed and lede jump the gun, nothing approved yet. Caught on slot.

Jan. 29Police spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis offered no further suspect information Monday and said that investigators were interested in identifying the woman and speaking with her.
NOTE: Missing first reference. Caught on slot.

Feb. 2 — Two Springfield, Ill., women were arrested Thursday evening, one for on charges of trafficking in persons and the other with on charges of promoting prostitution, according to Little Rock police.

A Little Rock man was arrested Thursday for his involvement in in connection with a shootout shootout earlier this last month at the Woodhaven Apartments in Little Rock.
NOTE: For implies guilt; wrong month.

Feb. 5 — Vytas Ratkevicius, a resident of Vilnius, Latvia Lithuania, lights a wood stove to heat his apartment on Jan. 23.
NOTE: Factual error, wrong country. Caught on slot.

Feb. 17 — By comparison, Courtway said, Pepsi’s contract, which expires May 30, has provided about $120,000 annually in auxiliary revenue. Of that sum, UCA has been giving 70 percent $70,000 to athletics, 25 percent $25,000 to the student center and 25 percent $25,000 to housing.
NOTE: Percentages added up to 120%. Called reporter who found out the numbers were actually dollar amounts.

Feb. 23 — Smoke billows from a burning car vehicle Friday morning as a North Little Rock firefighter lays down a stream of water. The car vehicle caught fire in a westbound lane of Interstate 40 near the JFK Boulevard exit.
NOTE: Judging from photo, the vehicle appeared too high off the ground to be a car.

March 1 — “Jambo” means “Welcome” in African Swahili.
NOTE: Factual error. “African” is not a language.