The mysteries of paintballing

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Sep 30 22:18:40 UTC 2006

 From the Arlington (Mass.) Advocate (although a newspaper not in my
estimation having the highest quality writing and typesetting):

Police responded to Wellington Street about youths shooting
paintballs from a home.  Police denitrified the youths and seized the
paintball guns.

A mystery to me.  Is this a chemical decontamination process, or a
strange typo for -- or a computer-determined "correction" of some
misspelling of -- "identified"?

Joel Berson

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