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November 16, 2002

Surgery sets fire in woman's windpipe
New Zealand Herald | Submitted by: Humphrey T. Kincaide
"A woman who went to hospital for a throat operation requiring an overnight stay awoke two days later to find she had been set alight during surgery and suffered horrific burns. Surgeons used a plastic oxygen tube during Mrs. Weir's operation instead of a metal one. The intense heat of the laser next to the plastic tube ignited the tube inside her throat, and the oxygen fuelled the fire."

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Mafia boss surrenders after pope's TV speech
South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Submitted by: LucrezaBorgia
"A fugitive Mafia boss facing 30 years in prison for murder surrendered Thursday, saying he was inspired by Pope John Paul II's historic speech to Italy's parliament, the suspect's lawyer said. Benedetto Marciante was particularly taken by the pope's comments on family values, lawyer Roberto Tricoli said. Marciante surrendered at a Rome prison."

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Poo dispute at Aussie zoo
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"An industrial stink is brewing over the refusal by bosses at Taronga Zoo to pay workers to pick up animal poo... The poo fight came as keepers, members of the Public Service Association, won another controversial battle for major improvements in working conditions... [but] maintenance workers were still outraged by the poo allowance withdrawal."

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Pee Wee: Playhouse to Bighouse, again?
E! | Submitted by: Queen Latina
Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman) turns himself in. He's charged with possession of child porn, in a story related to the arrest yesterday of Ferris Beuller's principal. This story has been trickling out since last November's seizure of Reubens' "erotic art collection". Apparently it's part of a collection of "physique" photography. We don't really have much information, although his attorney denies anything improper is part of that collection. There's a good chance he's right.

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Voueristic Pothead in shitload of trouble
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Submitted by: motrinwoman
"An alleged peeping Tom in Lynnwood, accused of videotaping more than 100 victims undressing, taking baths and having sex, has been charged in Snohomish County Superior Court... Kraus, who has a long criminal history, told police he gets a thrill from riding his bike at night and watching what women do."

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Jealous mechanic holds gf captive for two years
Mainichi Daily News | Submitted by: LucrezaBorgia
"Car mechanic Tadaaki Takahashi, has admitted to putting handcuffs around his girlfriend's legs whenever he went out during the past two years. The 32 year old man also set up video cameras in all three rooms in their apartment to record her every movement while he was away. "I was worried that she might have an affair."

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Horsewatch seeking to stop dick thief
Border Mail | Submitted by: meatload
"Mr Loveless says his six year old gelding is receiving medication for horrific injuries received in the attack... Each time the technique has been the same, a snare or lasso has been placed around the horses penis and pulled tight, tearing skin off and leaving injuries almost impossible to treat. The group will now reconvene in an effort to prevent further mutilations and identify the attacker."

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China's continuing Internet clampdown
Independent Online | Submitted by: meatload
"A Chinese province is requiring Internet cafe users to buy access cards that identify them to police, further tightening official monitoring of who uses the Internet and what they do online, a police spokesperson said. Internet cafes were closed in Beijing and many parts of the country after a deadly fire at one... Authorities have used the disaster to tighten supervision and say they will reopen the cafes only under stricter scrutiny."

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Visa now owns dictionary word
Wired | Submitted by: meatload
"Domain disputes are a dime a dozen, but legal experts say Visa's recent win over a one-man website is the first time a corporate trademark has prevailed over a word in the dictionary. A Nevada district court found the evisa.com site run by Joe Orr of New York City could possibly dilute Visa's trademark. As shown at a mirror of the site, evisa.com offered travel and translation services, as well as multilingual presentation software."

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Tormented Germans sue taunting Brits
Expatica | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"Jens Puhle, 30, and Heinrich Sawatzki, 41, said for two years they endured daily jibes like being called "Hitler's henchman" and "Obersturmbannfuehrer" in comments published in most of Britain's national newspapers Friday... The two, who earned respectively EUR 42,700 and EUR 47,400 dollars said they were subjected to mock German accents, colleagues goose-stepping around the workplace and asked whether they flew with the Luftwaffe when they went home on leave."

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Biblical plagues caused by exploding volcano
London Telegraph | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"Computer simulations by Mike Rampino, a climate modeller from New York University, show that the resulting ash cloud could have plunged the area into darkness, as well as generating lightning and hail... The same pollution could have driven millions of frogs on to the land, the second plague. On land the frogs would die, removing the only obstacle to an explosion of flies and lice: the third and fourth plagues. The flies could have transmitted fatal diseases to cattle (the fifth plague) and boils and blisters to humans (the sixth plague)."

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Fun with Plutonium!
USA Today | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"On July 18, 1947, doctors at the University of California at San Francisco drew a bull's eye on Elmer Allen's left calf and injected radioactive plutonium into the center of the circle. Three days later, Allen's leg was amputated and sent for "radiological" study. Allen, a Pullman porter before he was hobbled by the loss of his leg, was one of 18 people injected with plutonium in government-financed experiments between 1945 and 1947."

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Help the police, get pepper sprayed
Ottawa Citizen | Submitted by: Gorg
"A collision between two police cruisers heading to a routine call at a downtown bar early yesterday led to Ottawa police officers wielding pepper spray against passersby who had come to the injured officers' aid, according to witnesses... Staff Sgt. Janveau said pepper spray was used "to maintain public order."

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Sex workers festival in Arizona draws criticism
Anchorage Daily News | Submitted by: Alaska Freegold
Sorry we missed it: "Dancers, porn stars and gigolos were here for a festival aimed at destigmatizing the sex industry and removing some of the shame associated with those who work in it. "It's educational, community building, an attempt to take the silence away. Sex workers are marginalized. This is about unheard voices," said Juliana Piccillo, co-director of the 2002 Sex Worker Arts Festival, which started Thursday and continues through Sunday at various locations."

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JFK: Walking pharmacy
New York Times | Submitted by: The Maelstrom
It turns out JFK was on far more meds and suffered far more physically than anyone had previously suspected. Strangely enough, no mention of syphilis: "Newly disclosed medical files covering the last eight years of Kennedy's life, including X-rays and prescription records, show that he took painkillers, antianxiety agents, stimulants and sleeping pills, as well as hormones to keep him alive, with extra doses in times of stress."

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