A couple who were found with a rocket launcher and an AK-47 assault rife in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop, have been arrested by police in southern France. The pair, in their twenties, who have not been named, were picked up in Port-de-Bouc, near Marseille. Ammunition was also recovered from the car, Le Parisien reported. The 25-year-old male was reportedly known to police for abusing his female partner, who was arrested alongside him. (Snip) According to La Provence newspaper, the man was known for petty crimes and did not have known connections to Islamist extremist groups.
Grammar: Ugh! Who cares. "couple is singular". The couple "was" not "were." There are at least three instances of incorrect application in this article.
"An investigation into the suspects (the suspect´s what, their shoe size?) (HAS) been handed to the Marseille judicial police."
This is a bit unrelated to the topic of this thread, but I am careful that as a writer my grammar is precise. (And of course, I do make mistakes though I read and re-read my work many times)
For years I have followed the grammar of journalists and have observed the rapid decay in about the past twenty years mainly from the Clintons on. The real decline has been in the past five years.
Who or whom? I´ve observed at least one hundred incorrect applications in the past six months. I observed this error at least wenty-nine times in just one month.
Maybe I´m a bit nit-picky, but here on Lucianne, it´s a pleasure because very few L-dotters use poor grammar. This is not to criticize my friends here. We aren´t professionals. We are honest in our verve to stare a message.
There is no such thing as perfection. Misprints are not part of this decline which I target. It´s the "professionals" and their lousy grammar.
I´ve noticed the grammar problem myself. One other symptom: the use of ´impact´ as a verb. There is a perfectly good verb that was used previously: affect. But it was dropped because, in effect, it exposed the lack of training in spelling and appropriate use.
With that said: "did not have Islamist extremist" connections? Gee, what religion did this fellow belong to? Was he one of your ´immigrants´? Guessing his name is Muhammed but he changed it to something else for his nom de guerre.
Hey, isn´t France one of the countries where it is nearly impossible for a law abiding citizen to own a gun? Yeah, the heart of the EU where all is so peaceful because of their draconian gun laws! PS What is so distressing about the grammar is that this is an British paper and one would think that the education system there would do a better job!
Self-criticism of my input above. Though I read this several times..., hmmm: you don´t "stare" a message.
We live in a world of technology where even the closest scrutiny such as in this case in Las Vegas can slip through the cracks. It´s been said that the 9/11 World Trade Center should have been picked up but agencies couldn´t talk to each other. Treachery has just begun. This guy (maybe these guys) have proven what can transpire even in a civilized, technologically savvy world.
God Bless America and keep our President safe!!!!!
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Donald Trump suggested in tweets early on Wednesday that former FBI director James Comey had decided to spare Hillary Clinton from prosecution “long before investigation was complete” into her government email practices, calling the process “a fix”. “FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete,” Trump tweeted, continuing, “Many people not interviewed, including Clinton herself. Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this-obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?” Trump was referring to documents released by the FBI on Monday which show that Comey had composed a draft entitled: “Drafts of
A predominately black elementary school in Jackson, Mississippi, named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis, will be renamed after former President Barack Obama, leaders announced Tuesday. Davis Magnet IB PTA President Janelle Jefferson said during the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting that school stakeholders voted earlier this month to rename the school Barack Obama Magnet IB, a move that will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year, The Clarion Ledger reported. (Snip) “We really wanted to know what they thought,” Ms. Jefferson said. “They could relate to Barack Obama because of his achievements, because he looks like them.”
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Philadelphia — When U.S. Sen. John McCain was a younger man, once or twice he was tasked with carrying Joe Biden´s luggage. On Monday, after Biden, the former U.S. vice president, awarded McCain with the National Constitution Center´s Liberty Medal, McCain was sure to let everyone know he hadn´t forgotten. "I´ve resented it ever since," McCain said on the lawn of the Philadelphia museum as he accepted the award for his lifetime of sacrifice and service to the country. (Snip) "The son of a gun never carried my bags," said Biden, a Democrat. "He was supposed to carry my bags;
President Trump said Monday that he’s eyeing another major government reform — this time tackling welfare. He said some recipients are taking advantage of public assistance while others in need don’t get it. “We are looking very, very strongly therefore at welfare reform,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House. The mention of welfare reform was unexpected. He rarely mentioned the topic during the campaign and has been consumed with other ambitious plans since taking office. Mr. Trump is currently trying to push a major tax-code overhaul through Congress, a huge undertaken
Morehouse College board members have chosen the former dean of Georgetown University’s business school to lead the Atlanta-based, historically black college for men. The board voted late Sunday to name David A. Thomas the college’s 12th president. (Snip) Thomas said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution his goals include increasing enrollment from its current 2,200 students to 2,500 students, providing more scholarships, finding opportunities for every student to study abroad, supporting faculty research and engaging in issues that improve outcomes for African-American men, noting Morehouse “is a place where we can offer solutions to those issues.”
A group of Georgia cheerleaders say they´ll take a knee in the stadium tunnel when the national anthem is played at Saturday´s homecoming game since their university moved them off the field after an earlier demonstration. Kennesaw State University cheerleader Shlondra Young tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the so-called "Kennesaw Five" will kneel until the U.S. flag "represents what it should." (Snip) Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren tells The Marietta Daily Journal he called the school president after that game and was assured the demonstration would not happen again. School officials say they moved the cheerleaders off the field before
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Lost in the uproar over the NFL sideline protests against police brutality are newly released statistics showing that the threat to black men is skyrocketing — not from trigger-happy or racist cops, but from crime. More than any other demographic group, black men are paying the price with their lives with a surging violent crime rate over the past two years, including a 20 percent jump in the overall homicide rate, even as the number of blacks killed by police declines. Using homicide figures from the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report released Sept. 25, Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald
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Former President George W. Bush offered an unmistakable denunciation of Trumpism Thursday without mentioning the president by name, urging citizens to oppose threats to American democracy. “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication,” Bush warned in remarks at the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in New York. By chance, Bush was standing in the same spot at the Time Warner Center where former President Barack Obama made a similar plea for democracy and American leadership in late September, shortly after President Donald Trump had finished a belligerent, isolationist speech to the United Nations
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Democratic Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson is laughing and bragging after White House chief of staff John Kelly said he was “stunned” Thursday that Wilson criticized President Donald Trump’s call to the widow of a dead soldier. “You mean to tell me that I’ve become so important…that the White House is following me and my words? This is amazing. That’s amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal. I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now,” Wilson told Miami Fox affiliate WSVN-TV, while laughing. (Snip) The congresswoman also bizarrely said, “The dog can bark at the moon all night long but
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