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April 30, 2007

China Plans "Women's Town"

Chinese tourism authorities are planning a new attraction: a "women's town," the world's first town where women dominate and men obey.

The idea is based off of traditional male and female roles from the Sichuan province and Chongqing, Reuters said.

April 15, 2007

T-Rex: The Chicken's Long-Lost Relative

Scientists have successfully recovered and identified proteins from the bone of a well-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex.'

The process, which was once thought impossible, allows scientists to be able to explore molecular-level relationships of ancient, extinct animals, the New York Times said.

Through analysis of the T-rex proteins, researchers discovered new evidence of a link between birds and dinosaurs. Three out of the seven reconstructed protein sequences were closely related to chickens, the New York Times said.

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April 9, 2007

Corrections from the New York Times

"Because of an editing error, an article in Business Day on Tuesday about the free-trade agreement between South Korea and the United States misstated a middle initial for the director of the Global Business Center at the University of New Haven, who discussed the benefits of the deal to the American economy. She is Usha C. V. Haley, not Usha C. H."

This one is obviously important because you always want to get your sources' names correct. It makes your story as well as you as you as a reporter more reliable.

"A headline in Business Day last Monday with an article about the translation of course materials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology into Chinese misstated the location of the project. It is based in Taiwan, not mainland China."

This, again, is important to correct to make your story more reliable. If a reader tried to verify this information and found out the project was not based in mainland China, they would think you are a sloppy reporter.

"A front-page article on Wednesday about the drought in the West referred incorrectly to the level of Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border. While the lake is at the same level it was in 1973, it is not the lowest it has been since then. It was briefly lower in early 2005."

This kind of correction shows that the reporter can and will verify their facts. It also shows that they've been thorough, and can be relied on to not present false or questionable material in future articles.

April 1, 2007

New Law Would Ban Texting While Driving

A new bill being considered in the New Jersey legislature would make it illegal to send text messages while driving an automobile.

The call for a new law regarding this issue is in response to a Nationwide Insurance survey that found one in three people, aged 18 to 34, were texting while driving, Reuters said.

Three other states are considering the same type of bill, which allows offenders to be fined $100 to $250.

March 24, 2007

Discovering the Declaration Helps "Pursuit of Happiness"

A rare 1823 copy of the Declaration of Independence was bought for $2.48 at a Nashville thrift store and later sold at auction for $477,650.

Michael Sparks, a music equipment technician, found the copy in March while browsing through the Music City Thrift Shop, the Associated Press said.

The lucky find is one of 200 "official copies" commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820.

March 10, 2007

Man Chainsaws House in Two in Divorce Settlement

A man decided to settle his divorce claim by chainsawing his house in two in Germany.

A 43-year-old German man measured, then cut the family home in Sonneburg in two, Reuters said.

After he was done, the man picked his half up with a pitch fork and took it to his newer residence.

March 4, 2007

Cherokee Nation Expels Slave Descendants

Members of the Cherokee Nation voted Saturday to revoke tribal citizenship of around 2,800 descendants of Cherokee slaves.

Opponents to the vote believe that the removal of freedmen from the tribe was motivated by racism, the Seattle Times said.

Advocates argue that the decision was based on the protection of tribal resources that come from a federal budget as well as the Cherokee Nation's share in the gambling industry, the Seattle Times said.

February 25, 2007

Patient Abandoned as Surgeons Battle It Out

A patient's appendix operation went horribly wrong in Belgrade on Wednesday when two surgeons began to fight.

Reuters reports that surgeons Spasoje Radulovic and Dragan Vukanic began to quarrel in the operating room.

"At one moment Vukanic pulled the ear of the operating doctor, slapped him in the face and walked out," the on-duty anesthesiologist said.

The fight ended with bruises, broken teeth, and a fractured finger. The patient's operation was completed by an attending assistant doctor.

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February 11, 2007

Man Wrestles Anaconda to Save Grandson

A Brazilian man battled with a 15-foot anaconda on Friday in order to save his grandson from the snake's deathly coils.

Reuters reports that Joaquim Pereira, 66, wrestled with an anaconda for half an hour in order to save Matheus Pereira de Araujo, 8, his grandson.

Araujo was playing near a creek on his grandfather's farm, which is located 310 miles west of Sao Paulo, Brazil, when the snake attacked him.

Pereira was driving home when he heard his grandson screaming. He jumped into the creek and began wrestling with the snake, using stones and a machete to kill it.

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January 30, 2007

New Oldest Woman in the World

Two weeks after her 114th birthday, Yone Minagawa was congratulated as being the new holder of the Guinness World Record of the oldest woman in the world on Tuesday.

Minagawa received her new title after the death of the previous record holder, Emma Faust Tillman, died at the age of 114.

Minagawa currently lives in a nursing home in Fukuchi, Japan. When she found out that she had earned her new title, Minagawa was astonished and grateful.

Sources say Minagawa was born on Jan. 4, 1893, and has survived her four sons, daughter, and husband. Despite this, she is still described as being youthful by the nursing home staff.

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January 24, 2007

Dating for the Visibly Disfigured

The Netherlands is planning a new dating show that will cater to the visibly disfigured.

Originally set to be called "Monster Love", the new dating show "Love at Second Sight" is set to launch on February 20.

Reuters announced that the show's broadcaster, SBS 6, said, "The program is a platform for people with such problems to share experiences and feelings in a positive way with the rest of the Netherlands and to show that they are absolutely not pitiful."

SBS 6 hopes that their new show will put an end to prejudice against visibly disfigured people as well as allow them to discover the love of their lives.