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May 23, 2003

Robber uses bondage gear in sex shop holdup
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"An armed robber tied up the clerks at an adult novelty store with some of the bondage gear displayed on the shelves. ... The clerks were immobilized for several hours with an erotic device called a 'waist chain,' which immobilizes the hands at the waist, said Williams." Utilization of available resources -- good thinking.

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Mother appalled by twins' homicidal urges
Cincinnati Enquirer | Submitted by: Matthew E.
"[T]he 32-year-old mother of five went to police with a secretly recorded audiotape of her twin sons allegedly plotting to kill two siblings. ... She also points out their alleged confessions to police, recent theft of her three Ginsu-type kitchen knives and previous statements that they would kill anyone who 'messed with' them. There's also the hole they started to cut through the wall of their trailer -- an escape route they had planned to use after killing their brothers, ages 10 and 15, Rice said. That would have allowed them to avoid activating a security system she recently had installed to stop them from running away from home."

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80,000-volt jacket perfect for female perps
Wired | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A new anti-assault device for women wards off potential assailants with an 80,000-volt electric shock. Dubbed 'exo-electric armor,' the No-Contact Jacket looks like an ordinary fashionable women's coat. But an inner layer of conductive fiber carries a low-amp charge that delivers a nasty but non-lethal shock to anyone who messes with its wearer. ... The jacket is designed for women only. Its small size and narrow armholes are intended to prevent men from using it as an offensive weapon. Whiton conceded that women could use it offensively, and that it would be hard for police to arrest anyone wearing one."

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Maybe SARS came from weird Chinese delicacies
Toronto Star | Submitted by: Bob
"Researchers from the University of Hong Kong examined 25 animals representing eight species in a live animal market in southern China and found the virus in all six masked palm civets they sampled, as well as in a badger and a raccoon dog. Klaus Stohr, chief SARS virologist at the WHO, said today it was impossible to tell from the study whether any of the animals spread the virus to humans or whether they caught the virus from people."

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Long night for somebody
Chicago Tribune | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The three defendants and the sixth suspect punched and kicked the 18-year-old in the face and body and forced him to kiss and lick the feet of the woman who accompanied them... The woman drove the group to the Park Place apartments on Atlantic Avenue in Hoffman Estates. On a tennis court there, they forced the 18-year-old to perform a sex act... The 18-year-old was burned with a cigarette on one hand and on the back of his neck, then forced to burn his other hand with a cigarette... The group then drove to Hilldale Golf Club in Hoffman Estates, where the 18-year-old was forced to lie across a small stream while the others walked on him." Then they made him run home naked.

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CIA quietly trying to set the record straight
BBC | Submitted by: Lydia
"The review is being conducted by four retired senior intelligence analysts. It will look at the work of the Central Intelligence Agency and other American intelligence bodies in the run-up to the war. ... [T]he inquiry comes as the Bush administration finds itself under ever increasing pressure to explain why it has been unable to provide evidence on the ground in Iraq to back up its very precise claims about weapons of mass destruction made before the war."

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Swede calls Bush a fucking geezer, could lose job
nettavisen.no | Submitted by: optional
"Jan O. Karlsson, the Swedish Minister for Migration, has got himself into trouble after calling the American President 'that fucking Texas geezer.' ... The Prime Minister thinks the Jan O. Karlsson can continue as a member of the Swedish government, but reportedly only if the Mr. Karlsson 'sorts this out.'"

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Toilet cam mistaken for bomb
CNN | Submitted by: Ronnenberg
"A party ship cruising around Manhattan on Thursday night was forced to dock after a crew member found wiring that he feared might be attached to an explosive device. The device, found in a bathroom on the ship, turned out to be a videocamera, said police who boarded the vessel to investigate."

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Bank robber craps on courtroom floor
signonsandiego.com | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Charles Fowler Jr., 30, forced a 15-minute courtroom evacuation yesterday after suddenly, without warning, pulling down his jail-issued trousers and squatting in front of the bench. 'What's he doing?' San Diego Superior Court Judge Kerry Wells inquired. 'He's, uh, relieving himself, your honor,' a bailiff responded."

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Dr. Dre's mom arrested for shooting at friend
KNBC-TV 4 Los Angeles | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The mother of rapper Dr. Dre was under investigation for allegedly firing a gun at a friend in her home, authorities said Thursday. The friend was not injured but Verna Griffin, 54, was arrested and booked for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon... A motive for the alleged attack was not released."

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Psychiatrist becomes case in point
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: DJ Hi-C
"Members of the nation's largest psychiatric association discovered San Francisco's mentally ill homeless problem up close this week, as they stepped out of their annual convention and were surprised -- some say shocked -- by the legions of people living on the street. The worst, however, came when an official of the American Psychiatric Association, a Baltimore doctor known for being an advocate for the indigent mentally ill, was assaulted by an apparently homeless man with a history of psychiatric problems. Knocked unconscious by the seemingly random attack near Union Square on Sunday morning, the doctor spent the week recovering at San Francisco General Hospital."

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Flying While Arab settlement
BayArea.com | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
A [man] removed from a San Jose-bound Northwest Airlines flight three months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks merely because he looked Middle Eastern received an apology and monetary damages from the airline in a settlement announced Wednesday. ... [T]he pilot kicked him off the plane on Christmas Day, 2001, before it left Minneapolis because another passenger bound for the Bay Area believed Khan was dangerous. ... After being cleared by police, Khan was not allowed to reboard because of the pilot's objections. 'They said, "Either we kick you off the flight, or we put you back on the flight and the captain is not going to fly the plane,"' Khan recounted."

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School counselor poses nude for magazine, gets fired
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A high school counselor who posed nude for an adult magazine has been placed on paid leave by the Tucson Unified School District. Nonie Reynolds appears under the name Chandler on four pages in a recent issue of Over 50's magazine, which features explicit photos as well as sexually graphic text."

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Drunk schoolkid arrested with machine gun
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A White Center high school sophomore who brought a loaded machine gun to school in his backpack yesterday told authorities he needed it for protection outside of school after a drive-by shooting at his home a month ago. ... a school official noticed that the boy smelled of alcohol. The student was referred to the office of Vice Principal Jackie Lewis, who asked him whether he had any alcohol in his backpack."

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BBC exposť says Jessica Lynch rescue faked
Globe and Mail | Submitted by: optional
"The morale-boosting, too-good-to-be-true rescue of Pte. Jessica Lynch by U.S. special forces is put under close scrutiny by the BBC documentary War Spin: The Truth About Jessica, airing Sunday night on CBC Newsworld's Passionate Eye. The special uncovers major discrepancies in the Pentagon's Rambo-like interpretation of the rescue in Iraq and concludes the incident is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived." This story is just not going to go away.

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Jury consults Bible, judge throws out sentence
news4colorado.com | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A judge on Friday threw out the death sentence for a man convicted of murder, ruling that jurors were improperly influenced by the Bible and passages describing God's view on punishment as they deliberated. ... In his ruling, Vigil noted that jurors were exposed to Bibles and Bible passages on punishment for murder while they were sequestered during deliberations."

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Norwegians hang neighbor
nettavisen.no | Submitted by: olev
"A Norwegian couple threatened a 20 year old man with a knife, forcing him to step up on a chair and to tie a steel wire around his neck. The couple are charged with attempted murder."

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FDA releases bogus Viagra for Internet sale
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The Food and Drug Administration mistakenly allowed 1,233 packages of counterfeit Viagra from Belize to enter the United States, which were sold to customers around the country on the Internet. The shipment arrived in the Port of Miami from Belize in April, and the FDA authorized Customs to release the imitation version of the popular anti-impotency drug. 'We made a wrong decision,' FDA spokesman Lawrence Bachorik said."

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British cripple arrested for teargassing robber
thisisbolton.co.uk | Submitted by: STAN THE MAN
"Wheelchair-bound Nicholas Ashworth, aged 22, sprayed his alleged attacker in the face with the CS spray. He then climbed out of his wheelchair and limped across the road as the man screamed in pain. ... Mr Ashworth said the attacker held a knife at his throat and threatened to stab him. When he refused to hand over his money the man pushed him across the road and into bushes on the other side of the carriageway. He said when he was threatened again he grabbed the CS canister and sprayed the man in the face. He said: 'I knew it was wrong and against the law but in my view I was acting in self defence. I thought the man was going to kill me.'"

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Nigerian liver baby born healthy
BBC | Submitted by: someantha
"A Nigerian woman has given birth to a child that developed outside of the mother's womb. The fetus was discovered within the woman's liver one week before she was due. Dr Bruce Howard told the Cape Argus newspaper said: 'We knew it was an extrauterine pregnancy but we didn't know it was in the liver until we started the operation on Tuesday morning.'"

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Maryland decriminalizes medical marijuana
Washington Post | Submitted by: uscfiend
"Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday became the nation's first Republican governor to sign into law a measure that relaxes criminal punishment for seriously ill people who use marijuana to relieve pain and other symptoms... It does not legalize the drug but provides that seriously ill people caught using marijuana for medical purposes cannot be jailed or be fined more than $100. The White House and some conservative supporters urged the governor to reject the bill, but Ehrlich cited his longtime support for the measure."

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