Prison Pete

Saturday, May 24, 2008
  On My Wall.
Since I recently moved into a different dorm upon my return from my little medical sojourn, I only have a few "headlines" on my wall.

There was a recent full page ad for the Spanish television Univision channel. Part of the ad talks about how some people view television as a way to escape. Yep you guessed it via some careful ruler work, I have the following on the wall:

"A way to escape."

Directly under that 1" by 8 " line is:

“The fun starts here"

On the one hand these two lines could be asking for trouble. Possession of any material that might relate to escape plans is considered a no-no.

The other item is a headline from the New York Times Arts section. On Monday, May 12, 2008 on page E6 the following headline sat atop the continuation of a story from page 1 of the Arts section:

"Place for Practice, Practice: Musical Hub is Plenned"

Now that really caught my eye. I checked the first page of the story, and they had a different headline there and I carefully read the article to see if it mentioned the word plenned. Nope. I then pulled out the 2,000 plus page dictionary and no way could I find any word the Plenned could have come from. No plen, no nothing.

I really have to wonder how this could possibly slip by the supposed multilevel fact checking that goes into each story before it is printed. The other point is since the archives of the papers are all digital these days do they simply go back and rewrite the headline, and the mistake just goes away?
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