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It's Six Flags, AP

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stitch, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Hed is 6 Flags

  2. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

  3. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I dunno. If they're filing for bankrupcy, maybe it should be 2 1/2, er Two and a Half, Flags
  4. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    Might want to talk to Google about that, not AP, Stitch.
  5. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    It's from the wire, not a Google issue.
  6. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    Not on this one:
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    AP style is to put numerals in headlines.

    headlines Only the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
    Follow story style in spelling, but use numerals for all numbers and single quotes for quotation marks. Exception: use US, UK and UN (no periods) in all headlines.
    For U.S. states in headlines, no periods for those abbreviated with two capital letters: NY, NJ, NH, NM, NC, SC, ND, SD and RI. Also DC. Other states retain periods: Ga., Ky., Mont., Conn.
    Online: For online subscribers so desiring, AP systems convert headlines to a version with all words capitalized.
  8. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I guess it's all of the Web sites that just post everything from the AP verbatim instead of having a human upload stories.
  9. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    That may be the case. But, this is a holding company, a proper name. So, it's wrong.
    Even their ticker symbol: http://moneycentral.msn.com/companyreport?symbol=SIXF
  10. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Indeed, it's a proper noun. Their signs, letterhead, business cards, everything says "Six Flags".
  11. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    If this is the worst "error" you can find to pick on today, you're having a great day.

    Some people really need to get the stick out of their ass over this knid of stuff.

    Oh, here's what AP moved:

    Date: 6/13/2009 1:32 PM
    BC-US--Six Flags-Bankruptcy,2nd Ld-Writethru/229
    Eds: ADDS Texas details, comment from San Antonio park spokeswoman, Sydne is CQ. Moving on general news and financial services.
    Six Flags seeks Chapt. 11 bankruptcy protection

    NEW YORK (AP) — The amusement park company Six Flags is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it needs to reorganize and shed $1.8 billion of debt.

    Mark Shapiro, the New York-based company's chief executive officer, says the move won't affect the operation of its 20 theme parks in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

    Six Flags says it actually had a great year in 2008. It saw 25 million visitors and posted record revenues. But executives are trying to lighten a $2.4 billion debt load that they say is unsustainable.

    Saturday's bankruptcy filing came after an earlier plan to negotiate an out-of-court deal with creditors failed.

    Six Flags shares have traded below $1 since September. They closed at 26 cents on Friday.

    The company has three Texas parks: Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, both in Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio.

    Sydne Purvis, communications manager at the San Antonio park, said Saturday the bankruptcy filing was having no impact.

    "It's a parent company restructuring issue and we continue to operate here," she said.

    She said regular bookings were continuing, a new show just opened at the park and a new children's area recently was added.

    "We're having a terrific day," she said.

    Seems you're bitching about the wrong people.
    But we never let facts get in the way of trashing AP.
  12. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    There's an ESPN editing joke in here somewhere--that's the same Mark Shapiro who was head of programming for the WWL.
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