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 Post subject: Oversimplification
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 9:45 pm 
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Mother Who Stoned 2 Sons to Death Acquitted on All Charges<p>*This hed from NYT site, though accurate, is misleading. Something like "... judged insane" would have been better. How have other papers handled the verdict in heds?*


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 Post subject: Re: Oversimplification
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 9:47 pm 
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Also, is "acquitted on" acceptable usage?<p>Perhaps I shouldn't be picking on NYT. The story was from AP. I wonder if the hed was, too.<p>[ April 04, 2004: Message edited by: ADKbrown ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: Oversimplification
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 11:55 pm 
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The AP did send over, "Mother who stoned two sons to death acquitted on all charges"<p>Dallas Morning News:
Laney acquitted in deaths
Mom found insane in 2 sons' killings could go to mental hospital


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 Post subject: Re: Oversimplification
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 12:43 am 
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My biggest gripe in this is saying she stoned them to death. <p>She bashed the children's heads in with one stone each. To stone is different, no?<p>[ April 05, 2004: Message edited by: Nicole Stockdale ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: Oversimplification
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:40 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Nicole Stockdale:
My biggest gripe in this is saying she stoned them to death. <p>She bashed the children's heads in with one stone each. To stone is different, no?
<hr></blockquote><p>I didn't look it up in a dictionary, but I'm inclined to agree with you. If she bashed them over the head repeatedly with a brick, one wouldn't write that they were "bricked," but that appears to be the reasoning. Like you, I think stoning is entirely different action. I wonder if "stoning" found favor in this case because it carries some religous implications, as did her motive for killing the kids.


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 Post subject: Re: Oversimplification
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 9:25 pm 
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I think that's exactly right. "She stoned them to death because God told her to." That, and I think they're trying for a bit of euphemism.


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 Post subject: Re: Oversimplification
PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 12:23 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by contrarysounding:
The AP did send over, "Mother who stoned two sons to death acquitted on all charges"<hr></blockquote><p>One caveat about those "suggested headlines": they're not. I seem to recall Norm Goldstein saying at October's ACES/Ohio conference that those headlinelike blurbs are "story summaries," not suggested heads. He was responding to a question about the dubious quality of those "suggested headlines."<p>More often than not, those "summaries" work as headlines. But the lesson here is not to automatically treat them as if they were professionally written headlines.


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 Post subject: Re: Oversimplification
PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 12:47 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Gary Kirchherr:
More often than not, those "summaries" work as headlines. But the lesson here is not to automatically treat them as if they were professionally written headlines.<hr></blockquote><p>You're absolutely right, and I would add that since many stories are updated throughout a work shift, the original suggested headline (that's what I call them) can often be inaccurate.


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 Post subject: Re: Oversimplification
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 11:02 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>To stone is different, no?<hr></blockquote><p>Yes, if Shirley Jackson is to be believed ...<p>[ April 09, 2004: Message edited by: contrarysounding ]</p>


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