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August 30, 2002

America's suicide bomber force
BBC | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"US Air Force commanders considered crashing fighter jets into hijacked planes on 11 September because of a lack of armed planes, a BBC investigation reveals... As a new BBC programme Clear The Skies reveals, the threat of an attack from within America had been considered so small that the entire US mainland was being defended by only 14 planes... "It was very possible that they [the pilots] would have been asked to give their lives themselves to try to prevent further attacks if need be."

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All aboard the Anthrax Train
Village Voice | Submitted by: optional
"[Person of Interest] Hatfill's idea is to build up special "disaster evacuation" trains made up of linked shipping containers strung out behind an engine. The train would be loaded with antibiotics, and would include a command center, an intelligence section, and deployable vaccination stations... This was originally developed by Arms Corps in South Africa with the concept that patients are embalmed on-site. This negates mass burials or graves. The remains are preserved. It can handle 800 bodies an hour."

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Built like a shit brick house
New Scientist | Submitted by: wingnut
"Sludge from sewage works can be used to bulk up ordinary house bricks, a team from Taiwan has found. "It's a win-win situation because it converts the wastes into useful materials and alleviates disposal problems," says Chih-Huang Weng, leader of the team at I-Shou University in Kaohsiung County that devised the process. Brick makers might need to be assured that there is nothing about the process that would alter the colour or durability of bricks that might put potential customers off." Just leave the windows open.

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Giant air bag could save Earth
National Post | Submitted by: Spookbabe
"Dr. Hermann Burchard suggests an air pillow as much as a few kilometres wide, inflated in space and steered by a spacecraft, could apply enough pressure to push an asteroid or comet out of Earth's path and prevent mass death and destruction."

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Alleged penis injector stands trial
News Corporation | Submitted by: Nicko V
"The girl had alleged that the man, who was her mother's boyfriend, had on a number of occasions asked her to stay in the room while he played with his penis and then injected amphetamines into it in front of her."

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Food fight casualty
Tiscali World Online | Submitted by: Ketchup
"A young woman has been seriously injured in the traditional tomato fight in the small Spanish village of Bunol - making her the first casualty of the annual Tomatina festival. She broke her leg and suffered other injuries when she fell trying to climb up a tomato-laden lorry and was run over."

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My name isn't Veronica, dammit
online.ie | Submitted by: KC
"Mexican police say a woman has admitted stabbing her boyfriend because he kept calling out another girl's name during sex... The 24-year-old from Monterrey attacked him in the bathroom, then called officers to tell them want she had done."

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Man arrested in fatal beating of 15 calves
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Rio
"A man has been arrested in the fatal beating of 15 calves at a dairy farm near Monroe. Another 18 calves were found severely injured nearby and a veterinarian had to euthanize one of them. The animals died of massive brain hemorrhaging. A 19-year-old who lives across the street from the farm has been arrested and is being held on $260,000 bail."

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Not Terrorists?
Penn Live | Submitted by: PETE
"Local authorities said they immediately notified the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI on Monday, after uncovering numerous fraudulent bank debit and identification cards on the men. Police said they also were told that the men were overheard discussing how to obtain large amounts of chemicals at the Home Depot in Springettsbury Twp., York County."

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Man tries to strangle stewardess with shoelaces
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tonester
An ethnic Albanian man being deported from Germany to Kosovo tried to strangle a flight attendant with his shoelaces on Thursday, the airline said... 'We don't really know what was in his head. When she was serving refreshments and asked him what he would like to drink he replied: "A little blood from you."

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A woman scorned ...
Press and Journal | Submitted by: Stamford
Husband rats on drink-drive wife. Wife beats him to a pulp, blinding him and breaking his ribs. And still gets to keep UKP 500,000 he leaves in will.

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Fucking hell, this is outrageous
Gloucester Citizen | Submitted by: Stamford
"Angry parents have attacked plans to give free copies of a "dictionary of filth" to youngsters... Contained on a CD ROM disk, it lists 100 of the most offensive swear words in the English language along with the abbreviated equivalent for text messaging."

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Nothing says I Love You like pipebombs
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Submitted by: Bammer
"A Delafield man was accused of leaving a package of pipe bombs wrapped as a birthday gift on his ex-girlfriend's porch."

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Police officers ask grieving mother to lie
The Age | Submitted by: Incubus
"Billy Gunn is dead, killed by "recreational" drugs, and the people who loved him are left only with memories and unanswered questions. "At first, police told her to say he died of a heart attack, even though it was common knowledge that it was drugs. They wanted to protect his reputation, and the image of the force. But now she wants to talk, partly as a warning to others and because she wants to share her memories." Gunn was a popular officer on the drug enforcement beat.

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Snakes latest weapon against Bollywood Mafia
Hindustan Times | Submitted by: Johnny Grasso
"Taking its opposition to film Kante to strange heights, [Indian political party] Shiv Sena on Friday threatened to let loose venomous snakes in theatres showing the movie, allegedly financed by people having connections with the underworld."

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What does it take to get off the ballot?
CNN | Submitted by: D. Rango
The good citizens of Ohio can vote for a real, live felon! "Former Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. will stay on the Nov. 5 election ballot, even though he has been expelled from the House and is housed in federal prison." The king of bad toupees is "considered an Ohio resident because his wife lives there and his stay in a Pennsylvania prison is involuntary confinement."

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Music industry to consumers: Bend over
New York Times | Submitted by: Soylent
The Compact Disc is too easy to rip, so the music industry wants us to switch to a new, smaller format that is encrypted. You won't be able to make MP3's from it. Oh, and it will cost even more than the overpriced CD's that you are used to. That'll work, uh huh.

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