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May 01, 2003

Unabomber cabin spared demolition
KXTV-TV 10 | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
With just minutes to go, the Unabomber's one-room shack has been saved by a court order. Evidently, Ted Kaczynski had requested that his former bomb workshop and living quarters be destroyed. It is unknown who filed the court order, or what their motive was. We're betting it was the Smithsonian Institution.

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Parents trapped kids in closet, fed them dogshit
WEWS-TV 5 Cleveland | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The kids were regularly starved, beaten and locked up. Three of them were kept prisoner in a closet for the last 2.5 months, let out only once a day for meager scraps of food. They were punished even to the point of eating dog and cat feces as well as vomit, which caused them to become ill."

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America inks treaty with Iraqi terrorist group
Rediff | Submitted by: optional
Since 1997, the US has officially listed the People's Mujahideen as a terrorist organization. They were formerly supported by Saddam Hussein's regime, and now they have the support of the new regime as well. The coalition has signed a written agreement with People's Mujahideen, wherein US forces will not "damage any of the group's vehicles, equipment or property in its camps in Iraq, and not to commit any hostile act towards the Iranian opposition forces covered by the agreement." In exchange, the terrorists are allowed to keep their guns and artillery, as long as they don't shoot at our soldiers. Who knew that terrorists could be so civilized?

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Organ trafficking might be behind at least 14 murders
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
No organ donor card? No problem. "Some of the dozens of women slain during a decade of unsolved murders in the border city of Juarez may have been hunted down and killed by a gang that harvested and sold their internal organs, authorities said. In a surprise late-night announcement Wednesday, the attorney general's office said 14 of the 88 women whose decomposed remains have been found in the city of 1.3 million across the border from El Paso, Texas, over the last decade may have been kidnapped and killed so that their organs could be extracted."

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North Korea's nukes: where there's smoke, there's Rumsfeld
fortune.com | Submitted by: dianalily
"There is no clear public record of his views on the controversial 1994 deal in which the U.S. agreed to provide North Korea with two light-water nuclear reactors in exchange for Pyongyang ending its nuclear weapons program. What's even more surprising about Rumsfeld's silence is that he sat on the board of the company that won a $200 million contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors."

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MPAA to outlaw TiVo through "Super DMCA" laws
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
While the music industry has been clumsily bullying its way through the federal government, the movie industry has taken a more subtle -- and more effective -- approach. The MPAA has been lobbying individual state legislatures to pass laws reaching far beyond the original DMCA. The proposed laws would permit cable TV companies to "limit subscribers to using only certain brands of VCRs and could ban TiVo in favor of their own proprietary PVR technologies." According to one expert, the bills are "tremendously open-ended and create theoretical and potential criminal liabilities for just about anybody on the planet." Great... just great.

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Shit-for-shat
Chicago Sun-Times | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Upset because he believed private investigators hired by his ex-wife were going through his garbage, a Naperville attorney allegedly sent an unmarked cardboard box to their Wheaton office. The box alarmed the private investigators, who contacted Wheaton police." They, in turn, dispatched the bomb squad. When the package was opened, "police found a plastic bag of household garbage and at least 10 smaller bags of stinky dog poop." Now he's facing a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

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General Franks to be tried for war crimes
BBC | Submitted by: Vomit
A Belgian lawyer is planning to press ahead with a war crimes lawsuit against US General Tommy Franks, despite American anger. The suit accuses General Franks of war crimes during the Iraq conflict. Lawyer Jan Fermon, who is acting on behalf of the 19 Iraqis, described the plaintiffs as victims of cluster bombs and of US attacks on ambulances and civilians.

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FBI disbelieved testimony against McVeigh
Boston Globe | Submitted by: dianalily
"Ten days before Timothy McVeigh was executed, lawyers for FBI lab employees sent an urgent letter to Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, charging that a key prosecution witness in the Oklahoma City bombing trial might have given false testimony about forensic evidence." Although the letter was sent by fax and by courier, Ashcroft says the notification was sent to his "clerical office" and thus, he received it too late. How convenient.

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Tongue-splitting ban? Ssssssay in isn't sssssso
Chicago Sun-Times | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"David Miller, the state representative from Calumet City and a practicing dentist, is serious when he talks about recent legislation he's introduced. Miller, a Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that would all but ban what has become the latest craze in 'body modification' -- slicing the tongue in half to create a reptilian appearance." Yes, by all means. It's government's job to protect people from their own stupid choices. Next we should have a state review board for proposed tattoo designs.

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Canadian Politician 'regrets' never having smoked pot
Toronto Star | Submitted by: Lydia
"The finance minister and deputy prime minister, 53, is on record supporting decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, a measure the Liberal government has promised to introduce this spring. He never smoked, he says, but 'regrets that now, because apparently it's de rigueur.' " No time like the present.

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Death 50 feet from ER costs hospital $12M
Chicago Sun-Times | Submitted by: Tim Howard
So close, and yet so far. "Advocate Ravenswood Hospital has agreed to pay $12.5 million to the family of Christopher Sercye, the 15-year-old boy whom hospital workers refused to help as he lay dying outside. A friend of Sercye's and a neighbor burst through the doors and asked hospital personnel to rescue him. 'One of the nurses wanted to go out and assist them,' said the family's attorney. 'A guard did too. But a [supervising] nurse rejected that.' It was hospital policy not to help people outside the hospital."

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Dog receives another jury summons
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Tim Howard
Guilty of gross stupidity. "Lucille Marie Gordon is in the doghouse, and she may be heading to the big house. Last year, the chocolate Labrador retriever received a summons for jury duty in Sacramento Superior Court. After the Gordon family of Carmichael had a good laugh, Caryn Gordon turned over the summons. Where it reads, 'affidavit for disqualification,' she wrote, 'Lucy is a dog' and sent the form in. Gordon said she phoned the jury commissioner's office and talked to a man, who she said was polite but insistent that he had heard all the excuses. He told the dog owner to bring in Lucy's canine credentials or there would be a bench warrant issued for the family pet."

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Men sentenced for 'surfer rage'
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Two men were sentenced Wednesday for the brutal beating of another surfer last year in a case of so-called surf territorialism. Ryan Farrell, 31, was ordered to serve 150 days of home confinement and barred from surfing federal parks in or near San Francisco for three years. He also must post fliers warning surfers that violence is against the law. Yoel Gorfain, 23, was sentenced to three years of probation and community service. He also must distribute leaflets." That ought to do it.

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A fond look back at SARS
Rotten | Submitted by: Spigot
"Hiding deep within uncharted rain forests, floating beneath the sea or drifting invisibly through the air, deadly microbes lie in wait; and if they combine correctly in such a way as to enter the human bloodstream, a merciless, devastating new plague upon humanity could be unleashed."

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