NYT: No honorific for Bin Laden

Times staffers received this memo early Monday morning:

From: Jolly, Tom

Date: May 2, 2011 4:15:37 AM EDT

To:

Subject: Two style decisions

At Jill and Bill's request, we dropped the honorific for Bin Laden.

Without a "Mr." in front of his name, it was decided that we should capitalize the "B" in Bin Laden on second references.

Thanks.

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Tom Jolly

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