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 Post subject: execution-style?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2004 7:46 pm 
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STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) _ Investigators continued to search Sunday for a suspect in the slaying of a city police officer, who was found shot inside his cruiser in a shopping center parking lot in what was described as an execution-style killing.
... Police said a man fired a shotgun at him from another vehicle...<p>When was the last time anyone was executed from a car? Whose execution style IS that?


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 Post subject: Re: execution-style?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 1:07 pm 
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I don't know. Is there an "Execution Style Guide"?


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 Post subject: Re: execution-style?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 1:12 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by JPSheehan:
I don't know. Is there an "Execution Style Guide"?<hr></blockquote><p>Yes, as proclaimed here in January:<p>Unless a victim is strapped into an electric chair, or forced into a gas chamber, or given a "lethal injection," or, maybe, shot with a single bullet to the back of the head, it's not "execution style."


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 3:07 pm 
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I hate to take issue, but that is SO narrow. What about hangings and firing squads. Or guillotines - although they are not as portable.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 3:49 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by KfitzR:
I hate to take issue, but that is SO narrow. What about hangings and firing squads. Or guillotines - although they are not as portable.<hr></blockquote><p>When someone is abducted and guillotined, I don't think it's necessary to point out that the killing was "execution-style."


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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by KfitzR:
I hate to take issue, but that is SO narrow. What about hangings and firing squads. Or guillotines - although they are not as portable.<hr></blockquote><p>You left out beheadings by sword or big knife.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 4:51 pm 
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... and walking the plank.


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 Post subject: Re: execution-style?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:22 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by slummingreporter:
Strapping down some poor bastard in an 11x13 room with no food or drink and a television that shows nothing but re-runs of "Gilligan's Island" and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"<hr></blockquote><p>At that point, when death comes, it's a "mercy killing."


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 Post subject: Re: execution-style?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:56 am 
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There's an argument to be made that the writer/editor who did this was well aware of the problem with using the phrase because they qualified it with "what was described as" instead of just calling it an execution-style killing. Granted, the person who actually described it that way, thus necessitating the statement at all, could benefit from a common-sense kick up the ass, but still...


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 Post subject: Re: execution-style?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2004 2:27 am 
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Why is it so difficult to understand that when someone says something stupid, we don't have to put it in the paper?


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 Post subject: Re: execution-style?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2004 3:35 am 
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That's about it.


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 Post subject: Re: execution-style?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2004 4:47 pm 
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I just thought it was ridiculous. Why would the reporter even include that in the story? We used the story as a brief, and, unfortunately, I didn't point out the ridiculous nature of the statement to the desk. I didn't edit it, and it got through.


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 Post subject: Re: execution-style?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2004 5:09 pm 
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This is why the resident grammarian here tells us we shouldn't use execution-style to describe how a person was killed. It gets to be ridiculous....executed from a car?


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