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March 30, 2003

Brit soldiers prefer Iraqi footwear
AFP | Submitted by: Suitts
Some British troopers are going native, footwise: "Guardsman Williams, from Birmingham, accepted that his footwear problems would not prevent him fighting effectively, but said that he was disappointed that he was having to wear Iraqi boots. "I was in a prisoner of war camp two days ago in which there was an abandoned barracks and I saw a room full of boots and clothing," he said."

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Rome is burning, Let's take down the French flag
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Submitted by: Bammer
Let's tackle the tough problems facing our community. Budget shortfalls, no one wants to support education funding... but wait, let's take down the French Flag. What a country we live in. "Le Bourget [Little Falls' sister city] is the Parisian suburb where Little Falls aviator Charles Lindbergh landed after his trans-Atlantic flight in 1927."

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Nunsense
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Submitted by: Incubus
"A Georgia man faces a preliminary hearing on May 29 in the killing of his father and the abduction and decapitation of a Roman Catholic nun in Harris County. Judge Ray Dizern of the Norfolk General District Court set the date in a hearing today in Norfolk General District Court for accused killer Adrian O'Neill Robinson, 25, of Hamilton, Ga. "About 30 minutes later in another part of town, a security guard found a body missing head, hands and feet in a sleeping bag in the parking lot of Centre Point Office Park."

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Who watches the watchmen?
Seattle Times | Submitted by: Incubus
"At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where a screener lost his job earlier this year for taking a nap on the job. And so, tucked into the annual federal spending bill passed last month is a provision calling for fit-for-duty tests to "determine the potential impairment of airport security screeners at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport." Just Seattle's airport. No others in the nation were mentioned."

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If I have enough bullets
AZ Central | Submitted by: Incubus
"Three Highland High School students were suspended Wednesday for compiling what Gilbert police are calling a prank hit list. A teacher and more than a dozen students were named in a letter penned by three freshman, two girls and a boy... Gilbert police Sgt. Dan Pringle said the Highland letter didn't include specifics or particular threats. But one of the students who found the note said "if I have enough bullets" was written in parentheses next to a name. The Arizona Republic has chosen not to identify the girl, a 15-year-old freshman whose name was also on the list."

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Man banned from driving for 43 years
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh | Submitted by: Incubus
"A 48 year old Westmoreland County man can't legally drive for the next 43 years because he has been convicted two dozen times of drunken driving and other driving offenses. Police say Johnson was convicted of drunken-driving, driving under suspension and driving while under suspension for a drunken driving-related offense a total of 24 times."

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Rescue cats and stop headaches at the same time
South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Submitted by: Incubus
"The firefighter/paramedics would not have had access to the drug, hydrocodone, on the job, but they did have access to a whole host of sedatives and painkillers on a daily basis, prompting both of their departments to run audits to make sure no drugs were missing... A confidential informant told them in January that a man named "Keith" was looking to buy between 100 and 200 hydrocodone pills. Two undercover narcotics detectives set up the deal with Kanwischer and then arrested him in a McDonald's parking lot after he gave them $300 for 100 pills, said Lt. Tony Rode."

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Pentagon: masters of propaganda, or just inept?
Guardian | Submitted by: Inc0minG
"We're getting more truth out of Baghdad than the Pentagon at the moment. Not because Baghdad is putting out pure and morally correct information but because they're less savvy about it, I think. I don't know whether they [the Pentagon] are putting out flyers in the hope that we'll run them first and ask questions later or whether they genuinely don't know what's going on - I rather suspect the latter." You get to decide. Either way, it's not confidence inspiring.

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Doomed matter near black holes not so doomed?
PSU | Submitted by: sally
"Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton satellite, scientists at Penn State and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found evidence of high-speed winds blowing away copious amounts of gas from the cores of two quasar galaxies, which are thought to be powered by black holes."

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Mannekin-peace
Wire Services | Submitted by: someantha
Travelers consider the statue to be the most disappointing tourist attraction in Western Europe, short of Eurodisney.

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Government can re-classify anything, now
c|Net | Submitted by: FuzzyGuy
"In his executive order, which replaces a 1995 directive signed by President Bill Clinton, Bush said that information that already had been declassified and released to the public could be reclassified by a federal agency. Clinton's order said that "information may not be reclassified after it has been declassified and released to the public."

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Six-year-old expelled after Reign of Terror
Guardian | Submitted by: Hans Krule
Anyone check under this kids hair for the 666 birthmark? "A six year old boy has become one of the youngest children to be permanently excluded from school, following an 18-month reign of terror that left some of his classmates psychologically traumatised... They reported him urinating on fellow pupils, stamping on children's heads and scratching classmates' faces. One parent claims he bullied her son to such an extent he needed speech therapy, while another victim began wetting the bed through fear."

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When Brits grab Iraqi villagers' guns, bandits attack
Washington Post | Submitted by: Drew Eckhardt
The Brits are now exporting the gun control which has worked so well at home (increasing their violent crime rate beyond America's) to Iraq, with similar results. After the British confiscate Iraqi civillians' guns, thieves go after their now unarmed victims. "Villagers in this area now complain of roving bands of armed men who steal tractors, hijack trucks, loot factories, and terrorize local residents with near-impunity."

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Is your country on the tard list?
Pravda | Submitted by: prettynwitty
"According to researchers, Russia took a lot of efforts to convince English and American businessmen of the fact that the country was absolutely ready for the inflow of foreign investments.... No one of them [polled] mentioned that Russia was on the list of countries, where they were supposed to run their businesses in. On the contrary, they said that they were not going to deal with Russia at all. SRU executive director said that Russia turned out to be no manís zone." That's a little dry. It's the headline which gives us the boner.

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Would be spouse-killer can move back in
Associated Press | Submitted by: prettynwitty
"A woman accused of trying to have her husband killed is moving back in with him and the couple say they want to give their relationship another chance. "Marriage is a terrible thing to throw away if you don't have to," Jimmie Galford told a Cheshire County judge Thursday, saying he wanted his wife to be allowed to come home."

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Kansas gets hard on college sex ed
CNN | Submitted by: D. Rango
"Upset by videos used during a sexuality class at the University of Kansas, the state Senate passed a bill that would withhold $3 million in funding to the school... Republican Sen. Susan Wagle (the bill's sponsor) told colleagues that during the class the professor displayed pictures of the genitalia of girls at ages 5 and 10, told female students to explore their own genitals as homework, and implied that a woman leaving for the restroom was going to masturbate."

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Stoner appeals to interesting demographic
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Submitted by: JDog
"It won't help him at the polls, but Pat's message has penetrated the smoky haze and captured the imagination of the stoner demographic. To them he offers the promise not of a chicken in every pot, but of a pot sign for anyone who isn't chicken to grab one."

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ACLU vs. Insane right wing police state
ACLU | Submitted by: Ryan
"The arrests occurred on September 27, 2002 in Pershing Park, located on Pennsylvania Avenue two blocks from the White House. Arrestees were charged with failing to obey a police order, but no order to disperse was ever given and people who tried to leave were physically prevented from leaving, according to the ACLU complaint. The true purpose of the mass arrests, the ACLU said, was to disrupt and prevent peaceful political demonstrations scheduled for that weekend."

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Welshman now needs new hobby
Independent Online | Submitted by: Tim Howard
Mood: Bouncy. "A Welshman spent five years creating the world's biggest rubber band ball, only to drop it out of an airplane above the Mojave Desert to see whether or not it would bounce... Tony Evans, 54, from Swansea, dropped the one-ton record-breaking ball from a 1.6km up over Arizona. The ball took 20 seconds to hit the ground, and it created a 1.2-metre wide crater and a 6.5 metre cloud of dust. It didn't bounce." How does that Styx song go, Too much time on my hands?

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Teaching the kids to share
AZ Central | Submitted by: Captain Prozac
"A Mesa father and son were shot with the same bullet Friday morning while sleeping with a handgun in the bed. Mesa police said Shawn H. Solecki, 22, his wife, Cortney, 19, and their sons Cory, 2, and Tyler, 4, share the same bed in their apartment in the 900 block of West Main Street. The parents gave conflicting accounts of the shooting, Gaffney said, but both insist that Cory fired the weapon." Shouldn't they be living in a trailer in Arkansas?

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Knife wielding topless woman attacks picnic
News Corporation | Submitted by: Tim Howard
This will make for an interesting police line-up. "A Vietnam veteran and his family have been attacked by a topless woman while having a picnic at a beach. The man was forced to shield himself with a fold-up table as the woman lunged at him with a 25cm knife. "She disappeared behind a toilet block and then reappeared, topless, brandishing a huge knife. She came straight at me, calling me all sorts of names and said she was going to kill me. I had to pick up the fold-up table to protect myself. She slammed the knife into it. Luckily the itinerant's brother turned up on the scene and threatened to break her arm if she didn't put the knife down."

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No forty acres and a mule rule in Japan
AZ Central | Submitted by: Captain Prozac
"Japan does not have to compensate or apologize to a Korean woman forced into sexual slavery for seven years by the military during World War II, Japan's top court ruled Friday. "I waited patiently, hoping the court may do something for me," Song told Kyodo News agency after Friday's ruling. "Japan is a dishonest country where neither politicians nor the courts take responsibility." Welcome to real life, Grandma.

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Can't pin THIS one on Jackass
iWon | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A girl was recovering from injuries on Wednesday after the shopping cart she was riding in crashed while careering down a hill at an estimated 45 miles per hour. The girl suffered a broken shoulder and "road rash" after she and several other youngsters decided to take the cart for a ride in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, but lost control of their gravity-powered vehicle, police said."

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Bomb them into... er... what is it we bomb them into?
Independent Argument | Submitted by: JamSandwich
According to Robert Fisk, coalition forces are bombing neighborhoods during the Basra siege. "Far more terrible than the pictures of dead British soldiers, however, is the tape from Basra's largest hospital that shows victims of the Anglo-American bombardment being brought to the operating rooms shrieking in pain." The second link contains the pictures to go with the story.

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Hard of Hearing Radio
Edmonton Journal | Submitted by: Gorg
"Adam Ungstad's hearing loss doesn't stop him from listening to music, and sharing his favourite tunes with other hard of hearing people on the radio. Sporting hearing aids on both ears, the University of Alberta student produces and hosts CJSR's Hard of Hearing Radio show, believed to be Canada's only radio program for people with hearing loss."

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