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May 22, 2003

Congolese soldiers eating magical Pygmy tribesmen
CNN | Submitted by: Short Megan
"Pygmy activists from Congo are demanding that the United Nations set up a tribunal to try government and rebel fighters accused of slaughtering and eating Pygmies during fighting in the northeastern corner of the country. Army, rebel and tribal fighters -- some believing the Pygmies are less than human or that eating their flesh would give them magic power -- have been pursuing them in forests, killing them and eating their flesh, the activists told a news conference Wednesday. ... 'In living memory, we have seen cruelty, massacres, genocide, but we have never seen human beings hunted and eaten literally as though they were game animals, as has recently happened,' said Sinafasi Makelo, a representative of the Mbuti Pygmies in Congo. ... Earlier this year, human rights activists and U.N. investigators confirmed that tribal fighters and members of one rebel group killed, cooked and ate at least a dozen Pygmies and an undetermined number of people from other tribes during fighting with rival insurgents."

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White boy enslaved by blacks
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: Dirty Sammy
"An 18-year-old white youth arrived at a police station outside Pretoria on Monday claiming he had spent the past 12 years as a slave in a black township after being abducted by his family's domestic worker. Police spokesman Percy Morokane told AFP that the blond, brown-eyed boy, who could speak only Ndebele, told officers at the Bronkhorstspruit police station that his family's domestic worker kidnapped him when he was six years old. ... 'He said he left school in grade five to become a herd boy for his grandfather. He was made to do menial tasks and was beaten when he did anything wrong,' Inspector Morokane said."

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Afghanis pissing radiation
BBC | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A small sample of Afghan civilians have shown 'astonishing' levels of uranium in their urine, an independent scientist says. ... The UMRC says its team identified several hundred people suffering from illnesses and conditions similar to those of Gulf veterans, probably because they had inhaled uranium dust. ... To test its hypothesis that some form of uranium weapon had been used, the UMRC sent urine specimens from 17 Afghans for analysis at an independent UK laboratory. It says: 'Without exception, every person donating urine specimens tested positive for uranium internal contamination. The results were astounding: the donors presented concentrations of toxic and radioactive uranium isotopes between 100 and 400 times greater than in the Gulf veterans tested in 1999.'"

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Bayer dumped HIV-tainted medicine overseas
New York Times | Submitted by: dianalily
"A division of the pharmaceutical company Bayer sold millions of dollars of blood-clotting medicine for hemophiliacs -- medicine that carried a high risk of transmitting AIDS -- to Asia and Latin America in the mid-1980's... By continuing to sell the old version of the life-saving medicine, the records show, Cutter officials were trying to avoid being stuck with large stores of a product that was proving increasingly unmarketable in the United States and Europe. ... 'These are the most incriminating internal pharmaceutical industry documents I have ever seen,' said Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, who as director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group. ... 'Can we in good faith continue to ship nonheat-treated coagulation products to Japan?' a company task force asked in February 1985, fearing that some of its plasma donors might be H.I.V. positive. The decision, records show, was yes."

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Strom Thurmond almost dead
thestate.com | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Friends and family said Wednesday that former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond has been weaker than usual in recent days. Longtime family friend Bettis Rainsford said Thurmond, who turned 100 in December, has not been as strong in the past two weeks as he has in recent months." Just be patient now. It's almost over.

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Whatever happened to Baby Jane? Part II
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: mudpuppy
"A Ukiah woman will be arraigned Thursday on first-degree murder charges for allegedly placing her wheelchair-bound mother in front of her van and ramming the 89-year-old woman into a tree. According to police, Carlene Hagood, 60, wheeled her mother onto the sidewalk in front of a doctor's office, then climbed into her van, screeched forward and after jumping the curb drove 25 feet across a lawn until she pinned her mother against a tree. Naomi Hagood was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday morning."

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Traffic court judge accuses woman of funding terror
Toronto Star | Submitted by: Lydia
"An Arab-American woman who was in court to fight a parking ticket fainted when the judge asked her if she was a terrorist. ... Anissa Khoder told The Journal News that when her name was called, the judge asked if she was a terrorist. She said she was offended but kept that to herself. She claimed that after giving the judge her explanation for why the tickets should be dismissed, 'he said something like, "You have money to support the terrorists, but you don't want to pay the ticket." I could not believe I was hearing that.' She collapsed but recovered as officers took her outside. ... 'I love this country. It is my country. There's no Arabic music in my home. I have a six-foot Christmas tree each year.'"

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Colombian soldiers celebrate narcodollar windfall
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Elite Colombian troops eager to pocket $14 million in rebel cash threatened to kill reluctant comrades before plunging into an orgy involving prostitutes, whisky and luxury goods. ... 147 soldiers stumbled on the cash buried in plastic containers in a jungle minefield on Good Friday. ... 'They gave the enlisted men $60,000 each,' Colonel Gaitan said, adding that officers and non-commissioned officers got more. ... Some bought expensive sunglasses and clothes and went on trips to restaurants and brothels, drinking and showering prostitutes with dollar bills. ... But Jorge Quinones, a lawyer acting for several of the soldiers, told Caracol television: 'Hey, there was no robbery. They didn't take money from anyone. They just found it.'"

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The second coming of DIVX
Wired | Submitted by: Tim Howard
Where Circuit City failed, Disney will prevail. "On Friday, Flexplay and Buena Vista Home Entertainment, a division of Disney, announced they will sell DVDs of popular movies that, once opened, can be viewed for 48 hours, then tossed in the trash. Dubbed the EZ-D, the product will be in test markets in August. It's designed to appeal to those who want to simplify their renting experience, eliminating worries about late fees or scratches." Uh huh. Wonderful.

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Nigerian women being pursued by evil centaur
All Africa | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
"The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the mysterious creature, said to be half human, half horse, usually appear in the early hours of the morning and in the evenings. The appearance of the strange creature has crippled the socio-economic activities in the town, especially at night as people prefer to stay at home from 4 pm till morning."

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Mexican sex-slaves working open-air brothels
KNBC-TV 4 Los Angeles | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Out of nowhere, Garcia and Castro saw females crossing the fields in groups. Then a man, believed by authorities to be one of the pimps, ran by. He catches up with the females and leads them to the oak trees. ... Back at the other location, men were seen leaving the parking lot. Within minutes, they had arrived at the alleged lookout point. Then, what appeared to be an exchange of money with the lookout took place. The out-door brothel appeared to be open for business. Next a young woman, dressed in a mini-skirt, was seen carrying a blanket and leading a man to the spot. And in plain view, Garcia and Castro witnessed several sex acts. ... 'You can charge $20 with a condom, $30 without,' said Yugarte. ... 'It is sex slavery. This kind of treatment is animal-like and we can't let them do this to women on American soil,' the investigator told NBC4. A raid of the Oceanside sex camp in December 2001 netted 47 arrests, but the charges were dropped because the women wouldn't testify against their alleged captors."

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CIA gone overboard classifying utter bullshit
Wire Services | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
"The US Central Intelligence Agency classified as 'secret' and withheld from public dissemination for nearly 29 years a prank terrorist threat against Santa Claus, according to documents released. The threat -- purported to come from a then- and still-unknown group calling itself the 'Group of the Martyr Ebenezer Scrooge' -- was contained in a classified compilation of intelligence on possible terrorist attacks produced by the CIA in late 1974, according to the documents. ... Despite the dubious nature of the threat to Father Christmas, the CIA blacked out all references to it when the situation report was declassified in 1999, according to the documents."

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823 British citizens injured by envelopes
parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk | Submitted by: soylent_blue
From a recent discussion in the UK House of Lords: "These statistics on accidents are extremely fascinating; they prove that the British public can use practically anything in this world to hurt themselves with. It is understandable that there are an estimated 55 accidents a year from putty, while toothpaste accounts for 73. However, it is rather bizarre that 823 accidents are estimated to be the result of letters and envelopes."

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Protester pulls eyes out of sockets
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A 30-year-old man forced his eyes out their sockets to protest his arrest at Athens International Airport, authorities said Tuesday. Remi Tsolakis was taken to a hospital and received surgery to try and restore his eyesight, doctors said."

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Fire ants kill baby girl
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Common fire ants are believed to be responsible for the death of a 3-month-old baby, who was stung hundreds of times while napping in a crib. Arizona Department of Agriculture entomologists identified the Southern fire ants from traps recovered Wednesday outside the southwest Phoenix home where Autumn White was stung Monday. Detectives are still unsure why the ants were drawn to the girl. ... Stanley Faeth, an Arizona State University professor, said swarming is abnormal for Southern fire ants, but Monday's attack may have been 'defensive.'"

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Toddlers kept safe using lots of duct tape
WCAU-TV 10 Philadelphia | Submitted by: Doktor Strong
"Neil claimed the foster children were being abused. Neil gave the ex-husband a computer disk with pictures of the children bound with duct tape to prove his claims. ... The photos showed the foster children with duct tape around their arms, ankles and diapers allegedly put there so they would not move or take off their diapers. ... the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency based in Doylestown, Pa., had honored the couple for their efforts as foster parents."

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Man bitten by rattler calls everybody except 911
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A 52-year-old man bitten by a rattlesnake, instead of calling for help on his cellular telephone with a fire station just a mile away, drove to a hospital about 16 miles away that transferred him to another hospital where he later died, authorities said Wednesday. Ross Cooke, of Norco, was walking through a dry wash in Lytle Creek last week when he stepped on a rattlesnake, which bit him twice on the lower left leg, said Randy Emon, San Bernardino County coroner's spokesman. Cooke walked about 500 yards to his car and used his phone to call his wife. After speaking with her Friday, he called his boss at a refrigeration company, who then told him to drive to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, about 16 miles away."

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Africanized bees kill llama
WOKR-TV 13 Rochester | Submitted by: Captain Prozac
"'We stood there for an hour watching these bees eating this llama alive and couldn't do anything about it,' Robbins said. 'It was just sickening.' The llama -- a lovable, 450-pound beast named Leo -- died earlier this week."

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Child welfare worker drag races with toddler
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A Department of Children and Families employee is out of a job Tuesday after he was arrested for allegedly drag racing with his 4-year-old child in the back seat. DCF officials say Ricardo Bell, 26, used 'poor judgment.' He was arrested on a traffic violation charge Sunday and freed Monday on $500 bail. Bell was hired in December and was training to become a child protective investigator."

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