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June 29, 2002

US v. Lucite Ball containing lunar material
CNN | Submitted by: f00f
"The litigated rock arrived on Earth from the last manned moon mission in 1972, was encased in Lucite, attached to a plaque and presented as a gift by President Nixon to the Honduran government the following year... The U.S. government seized it from [Rosen] in 1998, wants a court order to get Rosen out of the picture and intends to send it back to its former owners in Honduras."

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World Cups
Wire Services | Submitted by: dprk
An exuberant Brazilian fan shows us what Brazilians are made of, and it's yummy delicious.

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Antifreeze double poisoning case
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Submitted by: muffin
"Authorities have concluded that someone used ethylene glycol, the sweet, odorless chemical found in antifreeze, to poison both Turner and Forsyth County Firefighter Randy Thompson, whose sudden death last year shocked family and friends... At the time they died, both men were romantically involved with the same woman: Lynn Turner, a former 911 operator in Cobb."

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Fourteen year old arrested for blowing up cat
WEWS-TV 5 Cleveland | Submitted by: muffin
"The cat belonged to Pseudora Ruffin. She found her pet decapitated by the force of an M-80 firecracker. The incident happened over the weekend on East Lodge Street in the northern part of the city."

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Forget A/C for your house...
Go PBI Palm Beach | Submitted by: Manticore
"How about air-conditioning the garbage bins? The town of Lantana had begun doing that. The garbage bins at the Wendy's on Hypoluxo Road sit inside a concrete block enclosure with a wall-mounted air conditioner. And the plans for a new gas station/convenience store on Dixie Highway in Lantana include an enclosed air-conditioned trash bin, too. "

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Father Woodcock molests boys
New Zealand Herald | Submitted by: Ginna
"During his 20 years as a Marist priest, Woodcock molested at least eight boys or young men. At least three times, senior figures in his order, the Society of Mary, were made aware of the allegations." Seems obvious just from his surname.

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Baby girl rots in closet
Omaha World-Herald | Submitted by: Cheeter Mcgeeter
"Six months ago, a chubby-cheeked toddler went home with her parents after having been in foster care since birth. This month, Omaha police found the girl malnourished, expressionless and with a chunk of her nose eaten away by infection."

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Rednecks of the North
AZ Central | Submitted by: Orpheus
"An Alaskan Eskimo died Wednesday after a harpooned whale flipped his whaling boat and he struck his head." Kind of like shooting your big toe off.

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Cobra venom syringe attack
News Corporation | Submitted by: Mark Knipe
"A man attacked a woman with a syringe containing potentially lethal cobra venom as she napped in her car in Bangkok, a report said today... When her hand became painful, her tongue turned stiff and breathing became difficult, she went to hospital and blood tests revealed that the poison was cobra venom."

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Nevada town holds Armpit Festival
Wire Services | Submitted by: Florida Ethnarch
The town was called an "armpit". Most communities would take offense. But rather than refute the allegation they found a way to capitalize on it. "Reacting to the Washington Post Magazine article, the community is holding a "Festival in the Pit", with new events such as a deodorant toss replacing the old-fashion egg toss."

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How not to ride the train
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"Douglas Francis was getting off a Tangara carriage at Concord West Station when both doors suddenly locked tightly around his ankle - and the train started moving. Video footage of the incident shows fellow commuters watching on in horror as Mr Francis flies past...The 39-year-old said: "I was dragged more than 20 metres along the platform. I had no time to see or to do anything. My only thought was that I was about to die." Cool photo included.

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Entire street blamed for racism
Guardian | Submitted by: f00f
"The apology to Gaddesden Crescent in Watford was made after the council's racial harassment officer sent a personal letter to the 114 households following a complaint from a Polish and French pensioner couple about an alleged assault from white teenagers throwing stones, kicking balls and damaging their flowers. The officer, Jay Mistry, has been suspended and the council has launched an inquiry into its procedures."

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