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July 18, 2002

Nearly 50% of island's residents are sex offenders
Independent | Submitted by: ian m.
Followup story from an earlier Dailyrotten: "A prosecutor from New Zealand is poised to lay charges against at least 20 men, and a trial could be held, probably in Auckland, later this year. The case follows a two-year investigation by Kent Police and prosecutors claim it ouches almost every family on Pitcairn, home to 45 people living in one of the most isolated spots on earth, 3,000 miles from New Zealand. The charges are understood to relate to girls who were allegedly raped or had sexual relations with adult men or teenage boys. The alleged victims were aged between five and 15." Perhaps it will be argued that this 'abuse' is the cultural heritage of the Pitcairn people.

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DC Mayor forgot to get on ballot
Washington Post | Submitted by: Jerry Bourbon
Only in the District of Columbia: Mayor Anthony Williams, who faces neither opposition in the Democratic Primary, no a Republican challenger in November may find his easy reelection bid derailed. It seems that his campaign didn't bother to get the required signatures to put his name on the ballot. Oops. Maybe we can have Marion Barry back.

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US Government silences free speech advocates
Newsforge | Submitted by: Soylent
"Robin Gross, intellectual property lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said her organization was told by the Commerce Department not to show up to the digital rights management workshop. Asked later why she didn't try to speak, Gross answered: "I'd be happy to give my opinion to anyone who'll listen, but they're not listening. We were told our position was not welcome at this table."

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The phone company now owns you
PC World | Submitted by: Soylent
"Details of who customers call, when they call, and how long they talk may be shared with communications-related corporate affiliates ["anybody"], the [FCC] ruling says. Customers can choose to keep such information private, but must initiate the request. The carrier does not have to ask permission."

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Wicked nuns and hush money
Stuff NZ | Submitted by: Biggles
Just when you thought the Catholic Church couldn't get any more bad press: "A group of 14 women who were beaten as girls at a Christchurch orphanage have been secretly paid out by a Catholic order of nuns... Several women approached by The Press said confidentiality clauses prevented them from talking about their settlements."

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Burglar with panty fetish given 20 years
Eugene Register-Guard | Submitted by: Spooky
"He broke in to steal women's underwear and credit cards, which he used to pay for access to Internet pornography. He also called phone-sex lines from the homes he burglarized. "He peeks through windows to watch people. He masturbates and drinks. He has broken into so many homes, he doesn't recall how many."

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Alice In Wonderland
Seattle Times | Submitted by: Incubus
Was Charles Dodgson a would-be pedophile or good-natured Victorian bachelor whose love of children was channeled through the families of his friends? A new book from Princeton University Press adds to the literature on the brilliant and controversial author of "Alice in Wonderland", one of the great imaginative fictions of all time, but "Lewis Carroll Photographer" by Roger Taylor and Edward Wakeling, doesn't put to rest the question of Charles Dodgson's sexual proclivities."

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Join The Army, See The World, Have A Lap Dance
Wire Services | Submitted by: Incubus
"At least 200 Army personnel used their government charge cards to obtain hundreds of dollars in cash at strip clubs near military bases, a Congressional investigation has found. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the individuals spent the money "on lap dancing and other forms of entertainment [whatever that means]," running up a total bill of $38,000."

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Spain and Morocco near war!
CNN | Submitted by: Incubus
"Morocco is demanding the immediate withdrawal of Spanish forces from a tiny disputed island off the Moroccan coast. Elite Spanish troops evicted Moroccan soldiers from the island during a lightning daybreak operation on Wednesday. Six Moroccan troops were captured. No shots were fired, and no-one was injured." Seven castaways and the Harlem Globetrotters were spotted in the area.

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How AOL polished its advertising turd
Washington Post | Submitted by: Soylent
At a time when all other internet advertising was going down the toilet, somehow AOL managed to keep their ad revenue increasing. How did they do this? By creatively shifting money, of course! One example given in this article is the conversion of an arbitration award and booking it as ad revenue. AOL ran advertisements for 24dogs.com without an advertising contract and without even the permission of the website owner, just so they can get revenue booked for that quarter. This act went as far as stealing the company's artwork to use in the banners. All of this marginally ethical dealmaking was necessary because AOL was trying to use their inflated stock price to acquire Time Warner, before the bubble which they knew was about to pop, burst. Giant corporations suck.

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Disney contributes one more evil
Orlando Sentinel | Submitted by: Incubus
"Uncle Sam has plucked Walt Disney Co.'s chief of research and development to become head of research for the National Security Agency, which uses highly sophisticated technology to gather intelligence and break codes to protect sensitive government information systems. Both organizations include a diverse group of top-level scientists and share a penchant for security and secrecy."

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Brooklyn Bridge For Sale
Wire Services | Submitted by: Incubus
In an attempt to bolster his city's struggling economy, Mayor Jim Rhinehart of Brooklyn, Iowa is trying to sell the bridge over Little Bear Creek after the city has approved the funds for a newer replacement bridge to be built in the near future. And if you believe that...

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Pakistani sentenced to death for blasphemy
online.ie | Submitted by: KC
What century is this, again? "A Pakistani Christian who claimed he was Jesus Christ and called Islam a fake religion has been sentenced to death for blasphemy."

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Grandma's good health alerts feds to check scam
Orlando Sentinel | Submitted by: Incubus
"Federal investigators wondered why a 102-year-old Orange County woman, who had moved to Missouri, never used Medicaid benefits. When they called to find out her secret for good health and longevity, they discovered Nellie Hulth had in fact been dead for 15 years."

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Information Awareness Office
DARPA | Submitted by: error
Exactly what kind of government agency is this, that has Story telling, change detection, and truth maintenance as part of its charter. But most of all, who designed its scary logo, the ghost of George Orwell?

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Dead President a bad man
Rockford Register-Star | Submitted by: Gutter Juice
"Zachary Taylor, who became the 12th president of the United States in 1849, was indicted in Illinois on assault and battery charges in 1814 while an officer in the U.S. Army, according to recently discovered documents."

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Death by Study
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: Ben
A committed Thai student has gone a little too far when his method of keeping alert (wrapping a tie around his neck and connecting it to the door handle) backfired. They say this isn't autoerotic asphyxiation.

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Not in my backyard
Independent | Submitted by: Reading
"The existence in Roy Fox's Berkshire garden of levels of man-made plutonium 40 times higher than normal background radiation has made him question whether radioactive materials have been used secretly behind his home... The mystery was heightened this week when it emerged that Shell, which owned an oil depot behind Mr Fox's house, had a government licence to use radioactive material there in the 1960s."

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