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From theage.com.au (link to story)


August 28, 2007 – 11:23AM

A US university student was grabbed from behind and slashed in the throat by an incoherent man who then began stabbing himself, say officials.

The student underwent surgery and was “holding his own,” the University of Colorado spokesman Bronson Hilliard said. The suspect, a man in his 50s, was arrested and hospitalized with serious stab wounds, the school said.

The suspect, who the Boulder Daily Camera identified as Kenton Drew Astin, 39, had pulled a knife and stabbed freshman Michael George Knorps.

The student was conscious after the attack and had spoken to family members by phone, Hilliard said.

The university said the man drove to the campus, walked to a terrace outside the student centre and then showed a knife while talking or yelling incoherently.

He grabbed the student from behind and cut his throat, the school said. The student broke free.

A Boulder city police officer and a sheriff’s deputy who were nearby rushed the scene, and campus officers arrived shortly after that, Hilliard said.

When officers ordered the man to drop the knife, he began stabbing himself, so police stunned him with a Taser and arrested him, the school said.

Monday was the first day of school, and the university used its new emergency text-messaging service to alert students to the attack, Hilliard said.


According to this article there is one suspect (“the suspect“) and he is two people (“a man in his 50s” & “Kenton Drew Astin, 39“). I read this article at 4.50 pm it was posted at 11.23 am over 5 hours during which it could have been subedited, not that subediting should be an after-the-fact action. It should be done BEFORE something is posted.

I wouldn’t mind so much if this was a once off incident, but it is happening all too often of late. A major faux-par coming from the Herald Sun who refers to the iPhone as “Microsoft’s iPhone” on the online and print versions an error that is still active a full day later!

Herald Sun Error

People have said, relax, they’re only human but my response is…

  1. THEY aren’t only human, this implies that only one person is responsible for the article, which I sincerly hope isn’t the case. I hope at least the person who wrote it, their department’s sub and an editor somewhere read it.
  2. There are too many people who read what is in the news as gospel, believing everything that is written, or they rely on the news for their information which in these two cases is wrong.
  3. They are in the business of presenting factual information, they should at least make sure their facts are correct.

So please, if you see anything like this, point it out. In these days when the information our news sources give is so vital, it would be nice to know someone is checking their work.

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