As a former wire service reporter, I know that wire service editors often force their reporters to explicate the most obvious of details, keeping an international audience in mind. The results can be comical. When I worked at Reuters, a colleague of mine wrote a story that referenced Halloween, and she had to add something along the lines of, “a holiday in which costumed children go door to door to ask for treats.”
With that in mind, my heart went out to the writer of this AP story:
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