Here is a sentence that appeared in a recent "World Brief" about an earthquake in western Turkey:
Ciftci (governor of Kutahya) said there was no reports of serious damage.
Whoops! As I have pointed out before, if a sentence begins with THERE, the subject comes after the verb. In this sentence, that subject is REPORTS, which is plural. Therefore, the verb should be WERE. The sentence should read this way:
Ciftci (governor of Kutahya) said there were no reports of serious damage.