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June 27, 2003

Japanese legislator promotes gangraping
BBC | Submitted by: Soylent
"A senior Japanese politician has been forced to apologise after sparking outrage by appearing to condone rape. Seiichi Ota, a lawmaker with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said at a debate on Japan's declining birth rate that at least gang rapists had a healthy appetite for sex. 'Gang rape shows the people who do it are still vigorous, and that is OK. I think that might make them close to normal,' the former cabinet minister told a symposium. ... The remarks came as the veteran politician attributed the country's declining population to a lack of courage among Japanese men to enter into married life, the Mainichi Shimbun reported."

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Lawmaker suggests burying terrorists in pig blood
Boston Globe | Submitted by: dianalily
"Senator Guy W. Glodis has angered Muslims and a civil rights group over a flier he sent to fellow senators that says terrorist attacks could be deterred if convicted Muslim extremists were buried with pig entrails. The flier, which Glodis's 39 colleagues received Wednesday, said an execution of Muslim extremists in the Philippines was ordered by General John Joseph 'Black Jack' Pershing before World War I, in which the terrorists were shot with bullets dipped in pigs' blood, then buried with 'pigs' blood, entrails, etc.' According to the flier, contact with the blood and entrails of pigs 'instantly barred' Muslims from paradise, dooming them to hell. It said news of the burial deterred other terrorist attacks for 'the next forty-two years.' 'Maybe it is time for this segment of history to repeat itself, maybe in Iraq,' the flier concluded."

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Son takes diet drug, dies screaming
Newsday | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A distraught Baldwin mother told a federal judge yesterday how she had had to listen to her son's death agonies after he took a highly toxic and banned weight-loss chemical, [Dinitrophenol]. 'He kept saying, "I had no idea it would be as bad as this." ... He started to yell. He started to scream. He kept screaming. He was in terrible, terrible pain.' ... Despite its toxicity and illegality for human consumption, DNP is widely touted on the Internet for weight loss. Eric threatened to leave home and go to a motel to take it, so Perrin reluctantly agreed to observe him for danger signs while he used it, she testified. He died hours after taking it for the first time."

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Dream date: sex, strangling, shallow grave in woods
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A man who offered to strangle a depressed woman he met through an online suicide chat room was sentenced to 10 years probation. Frank Manuel, 55, pleaded guilty to attempted murder Thursday and was sentenced by state District Judge Carol Davies, who also ordered he submit to a psychiatric evaluation and stay away from the Internet. ... Prosecutors said the woman alerted police after meeting Manuel through the chat group. She told authorities Manuel had offered to strangle her during sex, dig a grave for her in a state forest and bury her with a rose on her chest."

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Penis amputated following genital mutilation
South Africa Sunday Times | Submitted by: Jess
"A Motherwell youth is being prepared for reconstructive surgery after his penis was amputated after a botched traditional circumcision last June. ... the Grade 12 pupil went to the bush last winter. He had complications with the wound and gangrene resulted. He was taken to Livingstone Hospital where it was amputated from the base. Chabula said after the youth came back from the circumcision school, he had to see a psychologist because of depression. He was also rejected by society for 'chickening out' at the bush and resorting to Western medicine. He is currently using a urine bag."

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Scientology whining about unfriendly press coverage
St. Petersburg Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The Church of Scientology says that media coverage of the landmark Lisa McPherson wrongful death case has turned back the clock to days of 'overt hate mongering and media-fueled public animus' and it can no longer get a fair trial in Tampa Bay. ... Church attorneys blame a 'barrage of negative media coverage' about the lawsuit for widespread community prejudice against Scientology... Attached to the motion are copies of hundreds of newspaper articles, editorials and letters to the editor -- enough to fill a shopping cart -- which contain, the motion states, 'derogatory content of one kind of another on Scientology.'"

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U.S. deports Canadian to Syria, ignores their fuckup
Canadian Broadcasting | Submitted by: poorjon
"Prime Minister Jean Chrétien says the [Canadian] government will do all it can to get a Canadian citizen out of Syria. Maher Arar was detained by U.S. immigration officials in September while changing planes in New York. He was travelling from Tunisia to Canada. Instead of letting Arar continue his trip to Ontario, American authorities sent him to Syria -- a country he left more than 15 years ago. They accused him of trying to enter the U.S. illegally, and suggested he had ties to a terrorist group. Syria is now holding Arar in prison, but officials said he has not been charged with anything." [And so he's been stuck in a Syrian prison for the past seven months. THANKS AMERICA.]

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Pentagon develops world's scariest machine gun
CNN | Submitted by: D.Rango
"Imagine a gun that fires a million rounds a minute -- enough to shred a target in a blink of an eye, or throw up a defensive wall against an incoming missile. This is Metal Storm, a weapons system that forsakes old-style mechanics for the speed of electronics. ... The Metal Storm handgun employs electronic locking, which can limit firing access and stop unauthorized use. It can even be programmed not to fire within, say, the grounds of a school." [A school?]

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Federal air marshals gone wild
MSNBC | Submitted by: Gary MiddleMan
"A federal air marshal was fired and faces a felony assault charge after a June 8 incident in which police say he pulled his service weapon on two civilians during a parking space dispute at JFK International Airport in New York. The incident comes amid reports that more than 100 marshals have either left their jobs or been pulled from flight status and placed on paid administrative leave due to problems with the background investigations needed for their top secret security clearances."

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Nation's first unionized strip club goes co-op
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The women of the Lusty Lady, at 1033 Kearny St., are making history again. They were the first strip club in the country to unionize, joining the Service Employees International Union several years ago. Now, they've bought the club and have become the first employee-owned strip joint in the nation. ... The dancers joined the Service Employees union in 1995. ... Dancers are paid an hourly wage, as always. Those who want to buy into the co-op pay $300 and sign papers. At the end of the year, if there are profits, the money goes to the members of the co-op, prorated based on the number of hours worked that year." With video.

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Burnout wins lottery, things go downhill from there
CBS News | Submitted by: The Next Tim Howard
"The 54-year-old winner of $4.4 million in the lottery 11 years ago is charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to run down a sheriff's deputy while driving naked, police said. Taylor was driving the wrong way on U.S. Route 58 last weekend with his headlights off when police tried to pull him over. Taylor left the road and drove through a yard and into a field, where he tried to run down deputy J.W. Cassell, police said. ... The Washington Post, which interviewed Taylor's friends and family, described him as a troubled man who liked drink and drugs long before he struck it rich in 1992."

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Woman gets 7 to 14 for murdering teen's fetus
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A woman accused of attacking her romantic rival and killing the teenager's fetus was sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison for her murder conviction under a seldom-used state law. ... An Erie County jury in March convicted Wilcott, 21, of Erie, of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, simple assault and terroristic threats [what the hell?] in the attack on Sheena Carson, which resulted in the death of Carson's fetus. Wilcott was charged under a rarely used state law that allows for the death of a fetus caused by an attack to be prosecuted as a homicide. ... Wilcott's attorney, Tim Lucas, said he planned to challenge the state's fetal homicide law in an appeal."

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Cigarette warning stickers criticized
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Smokers have been urged not to buy spoof stickers to cover up the new health warnings on cigarette packets. ... The stickers aim to make smoking 'less stressful' with fag-friendly messages like 'smoking is cool' and 'you could get hit by a bus tomorrow.'"

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Strom Thurmond finally dead at 100
CNN | Submitted by: kkkreative
[Usually, people ask us for morgue photos when celebrities die. So far, nobody's asked for Strom's pictures. Maybe the lack of curiosity stems from the fact that he's been looking dead for months, if not years.] With recent photo.

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