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June 15, 2003

Ugandan rebels make example of villager
Observer | Submitted by: wingnut
"The rebels considered taking his eyes and legs but settled for his hands, nose, lips and ears. On his hospital bed, head swathed in bandages, Oryem is grateful they did not take his life. Three days earlier he was abducted from his sister's home in Oryang, a village in northern Uganda, and tied up by the side of a dirt road while six rebels took turns: an axe for the hands, a scalpel for the face and a machete-like tool called a panga for the legs. One of the younger rebels, a boy called Odel who had identified Oryem, 31, as a former soldier, persuaded his comrades to stop chopping his shins and to leave the eyes. 'They left me alive to feel the pain and to set an example to the others.'"

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Federal government thwarting David Nelson
wireservice.wired.com | Submitted by: optional
David Nelsons in at least four states, including California, Oregon, Alaska and South Dakota, have reported getting stopped. ... In April, Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez said those on the no-fly list pose, or are suspected of posing, a threat to civil aviation and national security. ... Melendez told the Daily News that the 'David Nelson' problem is due to a name-matching technology used by many airlines. He said it's not the name but letters in the name that are randomly flagged by the software." [Um.... what?]

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American forces again exempted from war crimes prosecution
truthout.org | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
"The U.N. Security Council today approved another one-year exemption for American peacekeepers from prosecution by the new international war crimes tribunal... U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke out strongly against any attempt to try to make the exemption permanent -- which the United States initially sought."

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Company president resigns over anti-dreadlock policy
St. Louis Today | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"John E. 'Jack' Lueders, who has headed the company that runs the Cheshire Inn for over 10 years, resigned Thursday and turned L&S Properties over to his son and his daughter-in-law, Gina Lueders. ... When questioned about the incident last week, John Lueders told a Post-Dispatch reporter in a tape-recorded interview that the inn had a policy of excluding people with dreadlocks if their hair was determined to be 'dirty and stinky.' 'You can't wash that hair, and it stinks, and we're a crowded bar, and we don't want stinky people in the bar,' he said in the interview."

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Pet industry on bleeding edge of genetic engineering
Observer | Submitted by: wingnut
"Scientists have created the ultimate pet: genetically modified fish that glow in the dark. In future, there will be no need for aquarium lights -- fluorescent fish will provide their own illumination. And that is just the start. Scientists believe Night Pearl bio-fish represent the shape of pets to come. Our household animals will come with extra genes that will stop them shedding fur or triggering allergic reactions. And when one dies, its owner will simply clone it."

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Grandmother raped on deathbed
ic Birmingham | Submitted by: Dirty Sammy
"The family of a dying pensioner who was raped at a Birmingham hospital are considering civil action against a health trust after a male nurse was cleared of the sex attack. Albert Rampaul, 51, was charged with raping and indecently assaulting the 74 year-old woman at Yardley Green Hospital in August of last year. ... During the court hearing both prosecution and defence agreed that the grandmother HAD suffered a sex attack at the Avonside Unit, run by North Birmingham Mental Health Trust. But police found no DNA evidence at the scene because the attacker had used a condom."

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Netscape pays $100k for spying on New Yorkers
Wired | Submitted by: NRTM
"Netscape, as part of a settlement with the New York Attorney General's office, will pay $100,000 for tracking what users downloaded online. The settlement comes after a two-year probe, begun in 2002, into Netscape's collection and retention of information that identified files downloaded by users, which contradicted its statement to consumers that none of the information was saved."

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Nobody deterred by posted "prostitution sting" signs
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"At least once a month, someone from the West Sacramento Police Department posts 3-by-3-foot warning signs along the town's busiest street. 'Prostitution Decoy Operation In Progress,' the signs say in big red letters. ... As if on cue, johns drive by and solicit the female officers who pose as prostitutes. Police say every sting operation results in the arrest of six to eight men on suspicion of soliciting prostitution. 'I just don't think they see the signs,' said police Sgt. Ray Bombardier. 'They're looking for the girls. They're preoccupied.'"

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Tips on avoiding wrong-side surgeries
canada.com | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Some hospitals have begun ensuring surgeons and nurses sign checklists and special forms before a single incision is made, and that the correct body part is marked in black marker before the patient is wheeled into the operating room. Canadian bone surgeons are already signing hips, legs and other body parts in a practice known as 'cutting through the initials.' In a letter in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a family medicine resident at McMaster University says medical staff should go further by writing 'Cut me' on the correct limb, and 'Malpractice' on the other. 'Writing "Do not cut me" on the unaffected limb could lead to surgical errors if a drape is placed such that it covers the first two words.'"

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Wife kills herself after giving birth to a girl
CNN | Submitted by: Ryan B.
"An Egyptian woman married to a man with six daughters from previous marriages drowned herself Saturday just hours after giving birth to a girl because she feared her husband's reaction to fathering another daughter. ... Before his wife gave birth, her husband had threatened to kill or divorce her if the couple had any more daughters, police said. ... The husband, 38, had been married three times before. In each case, he divorced his wives after they gave birth to girls." [Somehow it's the wife's fault even though the sperm carries the sex-determining chromosome.]

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Woman promotes 'cyber safety' with dorky hand puppet
Orlando Sentinel | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A few years ago, she had a dream about a geek with a cape and a superhero suit. The super-geek later became E-Man. Yzer decided to become a computer and Internet expert and took courses. 'I learned a lot about the Internet,' she said. 'Then I decided to use what I know to help children.' She came up with a set of rules to help children understand what a powerful tool the Internet is and how dangerous it can be. Many Broward schools have adopted her E-Man Cyber Safety and Ethics Curriculum." Part of her message to fourth graders is the harm they could cause by creating computer viruses.

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12-year Coke employee fired for drinking Pepsi on duty
KNBC-TV 4 Los Angeles | Submitted by: NRTM
"Rick Bronson, a driver who had been with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company for 12 years, had just completed a delivery to a California store called Smart and Final. Bronson purchased a Pepsi at the store and headed to a back room to take a break. Bronson was wearing his Coke uniform and was on company time when he drank the offending Pepsi. Someone spotted Bronson and notified the company... The Teamsters' spokesman claims that Bronson was actually dismissed because he promoted his union to non-union workers."

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5 years waiting for trial, 15 minutes for acquittal
Chicago Sun-Times | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Bill White spent five years in Cook County Jail awaiting trial for murder. But it took a judge only 15 minutes to rule the state's key witness 'worthless' and set White free. One week later, White's co-defendants, Otis English, 32, and Roland Gray, 50, walked out of the jail when the state dropped their cases, too."

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TSA cracking down on drunk pilots
Newsday | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"For the third time in six months, an airline pilot had shown up for work at Little Rock National Airport reeking of alcohol. As the federal security director for commercial airports in Arkansas, Henderson oversees hundreds of screeners who work for the Transportation Security Administration. Their job is to keep weapons and bombs off airplanes. Henderson and his employees have found themselves on the front lines of another battle: protecting the public from pilots who have been drinking."

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Australian girls even more intoxicated than boys
News Corporation | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A study of several surveys into teenage girls' risk-taking behaviour has found 70 percent of young women engage in binge drinking -- consuming five or more drinks on one occasion -- and 19 per cent do so on a weekly basis. An alarming 22 percent of girls aged 14 to 19 drink between nine and 30 alcoholic drinks in a day. And twice the number of teenage girls use drugs, compared with boys."

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Irish reality TV show dead in the water
Sky News | Submitted by: Fish - Castlebar
"A ship sailing around Ireland as part of a reality television show sank off the coast of County Donegal less than a week into its voyage. Nine of the programme's contestants, who are bidding for a 70,000 prize, and two skippers were rescued when the tall ship Cabin Fever I hit rocks near Tory Island." No fatalities.

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Prince William target of road rage, briefly
News Corporation | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Prince William has been involved in an amazing road-rage incident... A furious motorist -- an elderly man in a Land Rover Discovery -- argued with the Prince and then pursued him, before being forced off the road by armed Royal Protection officers. ... 'There was an argument between the Prince and the other driver who was obviously furious and pursued William's car sounding his horn,' a witness said. 'Then soon a Royal Protection car, a Vauxhall Omega with two plain clothes officers inside, chased the Discovery down a gravel track and forced him off the road.'"

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George W. Bush's former career as a movie executive
City Pages | Submitted by: John
"'When George got on the board at Silver Screen in 1983, we didn't expect a whole lot,' says a formerly high-ranking Disney production executive who wished to remain anonymous. 'But it's funny how the squeaky wheel gets the grease.' ... 'He said he had two kinds of things he always liked to see,' asserts a junior White House aide. 'One was the fish-out-of-water story -- the nice guy, maybe not too bright, who gets stuck in unfamiliar circumstances. You don't have to look too far to figure out where that comes from. The other was the story where the uptight yuppie guy learns to relax with the help of a funny sidekick -- often a sidekick of color. Sister Act had that, and so did Down and Out in Beverly Hills. [Bush] just went nuts for that formula.'"

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