Proofreading 101

We all know by now that incoming U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist was instrumental in giving critical care at the scene of a fatal car crash on Alligator Alley in South Florida.

The (page-1 story and accompanying) headline in the Metro section of Friday’s Tampa Tribune (“Family That Frist Aided After Crash Lives In Tampa”) further informed us of the hometown of the crash victims.

The (page-5 story and accompanying) headline in the City & State section of that day’s St. Petersburg Times attempted to do the same thing. However, “Family treated on highway by senator from Tampa” doesn’t quite say that. Bill Nelson isn’t from Tampa, is he?

Maybe it was the holidays and a skeleton staff stretched thin. Maybe it was interns playing grown-up editors. Something was obviously misplaced besides modifiers.

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