Things don't seem to have improved, as Matt Davis discovered this morning:
And the story's been edited since then...to make it even worse:
This isn't a fuss over a misspelled word here or a split infinitive there; mistakes are inevitable at the best of papers, and by the best of writers and editors. This is the work of someone who doesn't know how to write, or just doesn't care enough to get it right.
If a newspaper can't master the basics of spelling and grammar, how can it expect readers to trust the information it presents?
Given the English-as-a-second-language level of this reporting, I've got a suspicion as to what might be going on here, and it involves outsourcing -- there's certainly precedent. And I kinda hope it's true, because I wouldn't want to think that anyone at a mid-sized American newspaper didn't even have passable, basic high school English skills.