When Editors Mess Up
As a manager/leader, I was always opposed to "change for the sake of change" when reviewing documents that came up for my approval. I figured that even if it wasn't necessarily exactly the way I would have written it, as long as it did the job it was OK -- I remembered how pissed off I'd get when someone would change my work for no apparent reason, and I didn't want to do that to my guys.
Also, I didn't want to take the risk of changing something that was right to something that is wrong (which brings us to the point of this post). Check out this article from the Portsmouth Herald on the move of USS Maine (SSBN-741) from Kings Bay, GA, to Bremerton, WA. Notice in particular the headline (at least until they change it): "USS Maine heads to D.C."
Here's what probably happened: The copy writer for the AP submits their story with the title "USS Maine heads to Washington", and then either for reasons of brevity or "change for the sake of change" the editor changes "Washington" to "D.C." -- rendering the headline completely inaccurate.
(Random thought: I'm not even sure a Trident could make it up the Potomac without running aground...)
Edited 2300 01 Oct to correct a stupid error...