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December 07, 2002

Chemo patients setting off radiation alarms
New Scientist | Submitted by: Gorg
Being kicked when you're down: "A 34-year-old patient who had been treated with radioactive iodine for Graves disease, a thyroid disorder, returned to their clinic three weeks later complaining he had been strip-searched twice in Manhattan subway stations. Christopher Buettner and Martin Surks report the case in a letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association."

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Your porno accountability partner
World Net Daily | Submitted by: fishcake
"A new method of self-protection against Internet pornography is now on the market, providing a built-in system of technological tattling when an Internet user falls to temptation and takes a look at sexually explicit material online." I guess that's ok, if you think porn is a bad thing.

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One foot in the grave
orf.at | Submitted by:
Have you ever wanted to know what it means to have one foot in the grave? Pietro Magistro, age 56, from Sicily knows the answer. When his left foot had to be amputated due to severe diabetes, health regulations forced him to have it buried at the local graveyard. One article in German, one in Italian.

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Kentucky Police shoot handcuffed suspect
KMGH-TV 7 Denver | Submitted by: SR
"A man who was shot and killed Thursday by police in Louisville, Ky., was handcuffed before an officer fired his gun 12 times, Louisville television station WLKY reported... Taylor's relatives reportedly are outraged at the incident. WLKY NewsChannel 32 also reported that Smith said several witnesses supported the officers' accounts of the incident."

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So many pills, so little time
South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"A West Palm Beach psychiatrist pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter in the overdose death of a patient to whom he prescribed nearly 20,000 doses of painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills in a single year... From January through March, Kubski prescribed Massey 3,620 tablets of oxazepam, an anti-anxiety drug; 1,440 tablets of the narcotic painkiller hydrocodone; and 428 tablets of Ambien, a sleeping aid, according to police reports."

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Maine man has fatal cat overload
Blethen Maine Newspapers | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"Animal control officials say Nicholas Arkas Jr. cared about the more than 150 cats in his house, but became overwhelmed with by the effort of tending them. Arkas, 62, died this week and the cats were removed from his house... 'For the most part, besides malnutrition, they seem pretty healthy... He was just one of those people trying to do a good thing and it got out of control, sadly enough.'"

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Cheap cartoon pills aimed at kids
Independent Online | Submitted by: Empire X
"Imprinted with cartoon characters, drug lords are preparing to flood Durban and its nightclubs with hundreds of thousands of rands worth of methaqualone (mandrax) and ecstasy tablets. According to narcotics detectives from the Durban South African Narcotics Bureau offices, cartoon characters such as smiley faces, Donald ducks, diamonds, Pinkie and the Brain, and other "interesting" designs which appealed to the youth are being printed on drugs to attract the youth who associate them with fun things."

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Bums bulging pockets turn out to be cash
Independent Online | Submitted by: Empire X
The Bank of Italy screws him out of his life savings: "It was a rags to riches story at a hospital in northern Italy when a homeless man turned out to be carrying $30 000 (about R300 000) in his pockets. The man, apparently without family, had been living in a shelter and on the streets... the Bank of Italy has refused to exchange the lire, which are no longer in circulation, for euros because the man's identification papers expired 13 years ago."

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If you like Pat Robertson, you'll love anal sex!
c|Net | Submitted by: hellbent
"Amazon's automated results for Robertson's "Six Steps to Spiritual Revival" included a second title by Robertson as well as a book about anal sex for men. "It seemed to us that this is a rather curious juxtaposition of the two titles," said Amazon spokeswoman Patty Smith, explaining the company's decision to remove the link. "Amazon conducted an investigation and determined these results were not that of hundreds of customers going to the same items while they were shopping on the site," Smith said."

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That's a big-a piece-a pie
News Corporation | Submitted by: Honkey Kong
"A team of researchers at a leading national university have set a world record by calculating the value of pi to 1.2411 trillion places, one of the researchers says. Professor Yasumasa Kanada and nine other researchers at the Information Technology Centre at Tokyo University calculated the value for pi with a Hitachi supercomputer over 400 hours in September, project team member Makoto Kudo said."

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Symphony sets fire alarms off
Philadelphia Inquirer | Submitted by: P. Cannon
"The orchestra was playing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring when water began pouring down, soaking the stage, balconies and seats in the front portion of the main hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts...'It was like a natural phenomenon,' the maestro said. "'It was The Rite of the Sprinkler.'"

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Over 19 million mail bins are missing
North Jersey Media Group | Submitted by: Captain Falcon
You know the plastic "property of the United States Postal Office" bins that everyone seems to have lying around? Well, it seems that the post office wants all 19 million of them back. At $3.23 per bin the ailing USPO has lost about $65 million over the years. Thankfully, no evidence of grand theft exists, and some of the losses can be attributed to bins being trapped in "postal purgatory." Ah, postal purgatory.

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Public servant crosses over
Frederick News-Post | Submitted by: danceswithcats
A Frederick County, MD Assistant Fire Chief and 911 dispatcher has been arrested in connection with the theft of fire department equipment which was sold on eBay, totalling $26K. With volunteer fire companies struggling to make ends meet, this is a crime most foul.

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Winston Churchill's less than heroic orations
Guardian | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
In case anyone mistakes Winston Churchill for an unimpeachable and humane leader, here are some choice bons mots from the British Bulldog: "I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes." Or, "It is alarming and nauseating to see Mr Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the east, striding half naked up the steps of the viceregal palace, while he is still organising and conducting a campaign of civil disobedience, to parlay on equal terms with the representative of the Emperor-King." Fun stuff.

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