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July 13, 2002

Man who loved his dog buried in pet cemetery
Wire Services | Submitted by: JOPY
"The cremated remains of Jim Crovetti and his Rottweiler, Lady, are buried in separate urns at the Loving Rest Pet Cemetery in Warren County, about 10 miles south of Des Moines, in a section dedicated to service animals."

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Once-a-week e-mail ban to get staff to talk
Straits Times | Submitted by: Leth
"Staff at Liverpool City Council have been banned from sending e-mail in a bid to encourage more traditional forms of communication." Quote: " Violators of the ban will be frowned upon by managers."

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Tear gas machismo test
Ottawa Daily Times | Submitted by: Gutter Juice
Beer and Tear Gas don't mix. Beer and Bravado don't mix. Making a circle of friends around a tear gas canister to see who has the biggest balls, well, don't mix too well either. "Witness statements indicate that this gas was tear gas. This is not personal use size."

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Tokyo Horror Surgery
Mainichi Daily News | Submitted by: Major Hockstetter
Japan appears to have more than its fair share of horror hospitals and sadistic surgeons. "For hours, the microsurgeon worked in the tense atmosphere of the operating room as he slowly and meticulously fused the severed limb back onto its owner. Then, suddenly, the chief surgeon gave a gasp. 'Oh my God,' he said. 'I've reattached it the wrong way around.'"

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Chicken Feathers: Not just for pillows
Washington Post | Submitted by: wingnut
"In late June, a chemical engineer from the University of Delaware filed a patent that described a new generation of microchips. The patent proposes to replace silicon -- which has long served as the basis for microchips -- with another material. And what might this mystery component be? Chicken feathers." Today the feathers, tomorrow the poo!

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My baby's covered with fur
Sun | Submitted by: jenlb
"Emergency services who took a call from a frantic woman claiming her 'daughter' had stopped breathing were stunned to find the child was a dog. Camille Wood, 19, is alleged to have dialled 911 and asked for help. When the emergency operator asked what colour the baby was, to see if it was turning blue, Wood is said to have replied: "I can't tell; my baby's covered with fur."

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Brought to you by the letters H, I, and V
Planet Out | Submitted by: Pete
"At this week's international AIDS conference in Barcelona, Spain, show producers announced they would introduce an HIV-positive Muppet on the South African version of the program."

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Did he or didn't he clone?
BBC | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"An Italian doctor, Severino Antinori, has denied a newspaper report that he is in the process of cloning a human being. He later said in a statement that the newspaper report had nothing to do with the serious scientific work he was involved in. Professor Antinori has always denied beining involved in preganancies brought about with cloned human embryos, although he recently said that three women had been made preganant using the technique."

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Caseworker falsifies documents about dead child
St. Petersburg Times | Submitted by: Toots
"A state child-welfare investigator was fired and criminally charged Friday with falsely claiming she had visited the 2-year-old boy whose body was found beside I-275 this week. The investigator, Erica Jones, reported that she visited the child on the same day police say he was killed."

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