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June 10, 2002

Secret airport toilet rendevous prevented
Stuff NZ | Submitted by: Ogle
It seems there has been a problem with unauthorised meetings in the toilets at Auckland airport. "Travellers on some international flights departing Auckland are being barred from going to the toilet immediately before they board to cut down the possibility of secret bathroom rendezvous." We like the sound of the words secret bathroom rendezvous.

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Wal-Mart's shitty business ethics
Editor & Publisher | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
Wal-Mart, of course, has been a retailing juggernaut -- and famous shunner of newspaper advertising -- going all the way back to 1962 when Sam Walton and his brother, Bud, opened their first store in Rogers, Ark. Built on cheap land in rural markets, the first Wal-Marts set a pattern as slash-and-burn competitors. When Iowa State University economist Kenneth E. Stone studied the effect Wal-Mart stores had on small towns in Iowa between 1983 and 1993, he estimated Wal-Mart sent 7,300 businesses packing. Among them were 555 grocery stores or supermarkets, 293 building-supply stores, and 264 men's or women's apparel stores.

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Euro cybercrime proposal tramples privacy
Observer | Submitted by: spook
"Millions of personal emails, other internet information and telephone records are to be made accessible to the police and intelligence services in a move that has been denounced by critics as one of the most wide ranging extensions of state power over private information."

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Rumsfeld warns of unknown unknowns
Reuters | Submitted by: wingnut
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld confused EVERYONE on Thursday. A direct quote: "The message is that there are no knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns, that is to say there are things we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- things we do not know we don't know."

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Plane hits Kangaroo
News Corporation | Submitted by: Rosie O'Donnell
Australian Kangaroos seem to be making the extra leap to dodge the bullets at ground level: but if they jump too high, they have a new obstacle...

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Policemen party hard at antidrug bash
Sun | Submitted by: spook
At a charity bash to promote an anti-drugs group a senior policeman and nine colleagues prove that you don't need drugs to have fun: "The five women were being passed around and there were tongues down throats and hands everywhere in full view of everybody. At one point, Mr Cawley had his jacket around him and a woman officer’s hands were down his trousers."

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Officials complain about aerial photos of targets
Guardian | Submitted by: pete the anarchist
"Detailed aerial photos of Aldermaston, Porton Down and scores of other potential targets are available for free over the net. The images are legal but [ignorant] defence experts are calling for them to be removed or banned." We added the word [ignorant] because you can still photograph the installations in question from nearby hills.

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Nineteen die from cologne in Saudi Arabia
online.ie | Submitted by: KC
What happens when alcohol is outlawed? "Nineteen people died and 17 others were in hospital after drinking cologne containing methanol, according to reports. Police officials told the daily Okaz that the 19 died after drinking the cologne laced with methanol, a poisonous substance normally used as an antifreeze."

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Police hunt criminal chimp
Sun | Submitted by: kate w, Nick Thompson
"A stunned burglary victim last night told how he woke up to find a chimpanzee stealing his mobile phone. Cops think the ape raided ANOTHER flat two hours earlier after being trained to steal."

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Ice Cream Man goes into slavery business
Wire Services | Submitted by: ian m.
"An ice cream vendor allegedly smuggled undocumented Mexican workers into the country, forcing them to peddle frozen treats from pushcarts to repay their debts, authorities say... La Super Plateria, whose salesmen peddle frozen treats from bell-equipped pushcarts during the spring and summer, has been under scrutiny by the Immigration and Naturalization Service for several months, agent Al Pineda said."

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Mao's China tainted by boy band stigma
International Herald Tribune | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"Sky Wang joined thousands of women and girls on a recent Saturday to mob four stars from Taiwan whose boy band and soap opera have taken China by storm... Along the way, Wang recalled, she went "totally crazy" several times, saw frenzied fans crush a live rabbit brought as a present for one of the stars, touched her favorite singer and - her big triumph - succeeded in tossing him a pair of sunglasses. "Blue lenses," she recounted. "So cool. It's his favorite."

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Mother kills son to save him from porn
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Submitted by: anonymous
"The defendant then took out a knife, approached the victim who was still on the telephone and started stabbing [13 year old] victim Stephen Burns," Wagstaffe read. Stephen died of at least 15 stab wounds to his back, legs and left arm and hand, Wagstaffe said... She told the San Francisco Chronicle about two weeks after the killing that she was convinced that she was saving her son from child pornographers." Not that there is any evidence to the truth of that.

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Future killers may enjoy animal cruelty
CNN | Submitted by: metaload
The animal-torturing tendencies of some youths is getting more attention from prosecutors and shrinks, who have called such pasttimes "understudied and underreported." Literature for the U.S. Humane Society's First Strike Campaign includes background on serial killers and mass murderers who in their youth tormented animals.

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Paging Dr. Frankenstein...
Straits Times | Submitted by: george_lazenby
"With engineering principles normally employed in the textile and construction industries, they have used weaving and scaffolding techniques to generate samples of human tissue, bone, ligaments, nerves and even extra-strong fillings for decaying teeth." Can a scourge of mad scientists really be that far off?

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I've never vomited so hard
CBS News | Submitted by: Mr. Ramon
This article is illustrated with what everyone would agree is an atrocity: A photo depicting Janet Reno and Martin Sheen kissing on the lips.

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Thou shalt not eat thy neighbor's koi
BBC | Submitted by: JudgeMental
As "Neighbours From Hell" stories go, you have to admit that this one has a certain style... Not only stealing your neighbours' fish, but then cooking and eating them in full view of your victims. The only thing we don't know is: what do Koi actually *taste* like?

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JDG to form kosher militia in NYC
New York Post | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"Rabbi Yakove Lloyd, founder and president of the ultra-conservative Jewish Defense Group, said patrols will begin in Borough Park and Flatbush on June 16 in response to comments Abdul Rahman Yasin made on CBS's "60 Minutes" last week...Some of them who are licensed to carry firearms will do so, he said. Others will carry unloaded shotguns in bags (and) some in the vigilante group also will be wielding bats, pipes, cell phones and walkie-talkies."

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