Interesting editing at USA Today. I initally read about this here:http://news.aol.com/article/woman-junks ... ess/521794
I noticed there's a bit more detail that makes you less sympathetic to the mother. Such as:The woman told The Associated Press that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise present on Monday — and threw out the old one.
The next day, she said, she remembered that she had hidden her life savings inside the old mattress. "I woke up in the morning screaming, when it hit me what happened," said the Tel Aviv woman, who asked not to be identified.
She went to look for the mattress, but it had already been hauled away by garbage collectors, she said. Searches at three different landfill sites turned up nothing.
So... she got the mattress on Monday. She slept on the new one overnight and only Tuesday morning did she remember that golly, the old mattress had a million in it. She could have remembered on the SAME DAY SHE GOT THE NEW MATTRESS and it was probably still on their curb or hadn't been picked up yet, etc. I also like how she apparently declined to give any other details--not mentioned by USA Today as it also doesn't build sympathy in the reader.
Both stories are just copy from the AP. I wonder if the news outlets get several versions to choose from, depending on their slant, or if they edit it themselves.
I don't have anything against USA Today, btw. I just found the omission of details quite interesting as it painted a bit of a different story.