Does it matter whether a journalist can write a sentence? 
At least twice this week I've read articles in The Star in which two or more blatent errors jump out at me to bring into question whether the person writing it could pass even a remedial English test.

Don't they have proof readers or editors or something to check these things out?

Shouldn't it be a pre-requisite when writing for a major news publication that you be fluent in the language it's published in?

I understand that an error may slip in every now and then, but considering how short the articles are, having more than one a week should be unacceptable, much less more than one per article!

Forgetting the seriousness of the content, here is the article I am reading now:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/523123


Police have previously revealed that the deadly attacked occurred within moments of Rajiv parting ways with several friends, who had been walking with him.



Rajiv was died from his injuries in hospital.



But Rajiv's family didn't think the accused looked concern as he stood in the prisoner's box.


Someone should send Bob Mitchell (Staff Reporter) for some summer school or something.


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The Leafs are UNDEFEATED!! 
Congratulations to the Toronto Maple Leafs for their as-yet undefeated season!

They're currently top of the league in victories against defending Stanley Cup champion teams.

Good for them.

Of course, victory this year would be to finish dead-last and get the best possible draft pick... so technically they've already begun to fail.

Way to go, boys!


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Are they trying to end the world? 
I read an article in the paper this morning about a Japanese company that's created a cybernetic suit that can enhance a persons capabilities.

That seems all well and good, except that their marketing people must be having fits right about now!

The company is called Cyberdyne and the robot suit is called HAL.

If that's not a harbinger of doom, then I don't know what is!!



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Tonight's Vice-Presidential Debate 
I know I should be paying better attention to the Canadian leaders debate tonight, and I know that Elizabeth May might make some idiot comment or other that I'll find endlessly amusing, but really... I just can't get into it.

I know right now that It's just going to be a four-pronged attack on Mr. Harper and that's just not terribly interesting to me.

What IS interesting to me is finding out what the Sarah Palin train wreck will run into next!!

My prediction is that she answers at least one of the questions with this:

"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, um, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as, uh, South Africa and, uh, the Iraq and everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future."

If it happens, she'll be immortal.

Now we all just have to pray that Gwen Ifill asks the candidates why American kids can't find America on a map.


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What a fun weekend in motorsports! 
I just got a shiny new PVR so now I can actually catch the F1 races without having to skip my Sunday beauty sleep.

Yesterday's race was just plain good fun, unless of course you're a Ferrari fan. Watching them foul up their own seemingly sure victory was great entertainment.

Then, in the Sprint Cup race, seeing Hot Carl divebomb the corner and plant himself into the wall in a last ditch attempt to pass Jimmie was hilarious! I'm no Hot Carl fan, but I give him props for the insane attempt, and Jimmie full credit for keeping a cool head while watching it unfold, and then just driving by for the win.

I'm all for Jimmie winning three championships in a row. He may not be my favourite (though I suppose he's close), but he and Chad sure do deserve it for the way they work together!

As for Clint Bowyer, who I had picked to keep my winning streak going in the Fantasy game, he deserves a firm KITN for blowing it not once, but twice by speeding on pit road. He tossed away a certain top 10 finish with that bone-head move. I'm sure Mikey was giggling to himself when he heard about that one.

And finally... WTF is up with JGR???

I honestly feel terrible for Kyle Busch. Love him or hate him, he should be fighting right now for the lead and it's just a shame that car troubles have completely killed his chase. Here's hoping next year will at least give him the opportunity he deserves at the end, which is to be a contender winning or losing on the track rather than in the garage.


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