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June 30, 2003

Highlander fan goes postal in LA supermarket
NBC TV affiliates | Submitted by: j trotter
"Police shot and killed a sword-wielding man described by relatives as schizophrenic after he slashed and killed two former co-workers and wounded three other people at an Albertsons where he used to bag groceries. Dozens of shoppers ran from the supermarket shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sunday as police rushed in to subdue Joseph Hunter Parker, who was stalking victims with a samurai-style sword and wearing a beret and trenchcoat. ... Parker's mother said the Santa Ana man collected swords and was a fan of the Highlander film and television series in which the hero is a swordsman."

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Man raped by girlfriend with strapon becomes serial rapist
This Is London | Submitted by: Dirty Sammy
"An illegal immigrant who launched a hate-fuelled campaign of rape and indecent assault against schoolgirls and women after being sexually humiliated by his girlfriend has been jailed for 15 years. ... he had launched the 'abhorrent' campaign after his then girlfriend subjected him to a 'disgusting sexual assault'. This left him 'traumatised and embittered', and thirsting for retribution. Although no details of his ordeal were given in court, police sources revealed afterwards he had apparently been raped with a strap-on prosthetic penis."

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Aborted fetuses could be harvested for eggs
BBC | Submitted by: nitanooo
  "An aborted foetus could one day become the mother of a new baby by 'donating' her eggs to an infertile woman, say researchers. The highly controversial idea has been suggested as one solution to a worldwide shortage of women prepared to donate their eggs to help other women become pregnant. ... Nuala Scarisbrick, from the charity Life, said she found the idea of harvesting follicles from aborted foetuses as 'utterly grotesque'. ... 'Who would want to know that their mother was an aborted baby?'"

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America backing away from democracy in Iraq
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: poorjon
"United States military commanders have ordered a halt to local elections and self-rule in provincial cities and towns across Iraq, instead installing their own hand-picked mayors and administrators, many of them former Iraqi military leaders. ... 'They give us a general,' said Bahith Sattar, a biology teacher and tribal leader in Samarra, north of Baghdad, who was a candidate for mayor until that election was cancelled last week. 'What does that tell you, eh? First of all, an Iraqi general? They lost the last three wars. They're not even good generals. And they know nothing about running a city.'"

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Bigfoot spotted in China again
News Corporation | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"An investigation has begun after sightings of a legendary 'ape-like' beast in the forests of central China, state press said today. ... Several years ago, China's state press said scientists had unearthed hundreds of fossilised teeth of giant apes in the area, with some speculating that Bigfoot could be a descendant of such primates. The latest sighting was described as a grayish 'mythical ape-like animal', 1.65 metres tall with shoulder-length black hair."

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Man pisses on baby, mother
thisisexeter.co.uk | Submitted by: poorjon
"Baby clothing that was soaked in urine in an horrific attack on an 11-month-old Exeter girl has been taken away by police for DNA testing. ... Leah's mother, 24-year-old Kerry Whitehall, was wheeling the youngster under the underpass in Coombe Street when the man urinated from above, laughing and aiming at the little girl, before jumping into a blue Ford Orion and being driven off."

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Cadaver dog handler accused of planting evidence
Detroit Free Press | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A Midland woman who has received international acclaim using a cadaver-sniffing dog to crack homicide cases was charged in federal court Monday with planting evidence at crime scenes. ... The government also said she tampered with witnesses in the federal court. [The woman] conducts about 200 searches a year, according to news reports. She has searched for mass graves in Bosnia and Panama, and helped search for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks at the World Trade Center."

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Senate majority leader supports gay marriage ban
Fox News Channel | Submitted by: poorjon
"The Senate majority leader said Sunday he supported a proposed constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage in the United States. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said the Supreme Court's decision last week on gay sex threatens to make the American home a place where criminality is condoned. ... 'I'm thinking of -- whether it's prostitution or illegal commercial drug activity in the home -- ... to have the courts come in, in this zone of privacy, and begin to define it gives me some concern.' Asked whether he supported an amendment that would ban any marriage in the United States except a union of a man and a woman, Frist said: 'I absolutely do, of course I do. ... I would support the amendment.'"

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Jesus box hoax has deeper implications
Christian Science Monitor | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The first archeological link to Jesus -- a stone box said to hold the bones of his brother James -- and a tablet detailing repairs to the ancient Jewish Temple are fakes, say officials of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). ... The objects' demotion to skilled forgeries now opens a new chapter, raising questions about the murky antiquities trade in Israel and beyond. 'How many more items are in museums that are not authentic, items from the antiquities market and not from archaeological sites?' asks Gideon Avni, director of the Excavations and Surveys Department at the IAA."

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Bush administration dooming women worldwide
BBC | Submitted by: nitanooo
"On his first business day in office... President George W Bush started a war few people have heard about --- his war on abortion. He reinstated an old policy from the Reagan days called the Mexico City policy or 'gag rule'. The rule states that the United States will not allow its overseas aid money to be used to fund groups that carry out or provide any kind of advice or information about abortion." As a result, health clinics close, access to contraception disappears, pregnancies and abortions increase.

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Microsoft dooming computer users worldwide
New York Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Your next personal computer may well come with its own digital chaperon. ... Silicon Valley -- led by Microsoft and Intel -- calls the concept 'trusted computing.' ... In the new encrypted computing world, even the most mundane word-processing document or e-mail message would be accompanied by a software security guard controlling who can view it, where it can be sent and even when it will be erased. Also, the secure PC is specifically intended to protect digital movies and music from online piracy. ... 'Microsoft's use of the term "trusted computing" is a great piece of doublespeak,' said Dan Sokol, a computer engineer based in San Jose, Calif... 'What they're really saying is, "We don't trust you, the user of this computer."'"

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State wants $850 from mom of murdered son
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The mother of a missing 4-year-old has been hit with an $850 bill for damage caused when police chased the boy's admitted killer. ... The state sent her an $850 bill for repairs to a guardrail Henk ran into at the end of the chase. ... Gonzalez assumed the state had made a mistake. ... The state said the responsibility falls on the car owner, unless the car was stolen. The state does not have access to the stolen vehicle report Rebecca filled out in January. It's now Rebecca's responsibility to get a copy of the stolen vehicle report to the state. Only then will the state take back the bill."

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Iraqi WMD search a total clusterfuck
Time | Submitted by: poorjon
"Meeting last month at a sweltering U.S. base outside Doha, Qatar, with his top Iraq commanders, President Bush skipped quickly past the niceties and went straight to his chief political obsession: Where are the weapons of mass destruction? ... After aides conferred for a moment, someone volunteered the name of Stephen Cambone, a little-known deputy to Donald Rumsfeld, back in Washington. Pause. 'Who?' Bush asked." And so on.

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Microsoft pushing for more government regulation
CNET News | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Microsoft and some large Web site operators like Yahoo, Amazon.com and eBay have been trying to pressure the Federal Communications Commission to impose additional regulations on the cable industry. ... Microsoft once was the poster child for a laissez-faire approach to government regulation. Now that the company has abandoned that approach, which tends to be a wise one, it's vulnerable to charges of hypocrisy."

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Italian soccer team signs Muammar Qaddafi's son
BBC | Submitted by: nitanooo
"Saadi Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has signed a two-year contract to play for Italian Serie A club Perugia. ... Asked what his father thought of his career move, Gaddafi replied: 'He's fine about it.'"

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Hacking disclosure law in the works
CNN | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Embarrassed businesses and government agencies would have to notify consumers under a proposed law if hackers break into computers and steal some types of personal information, including Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and credit card information. ... [Senator Dianne] Feinstein's bill would require companies or government agencies to notify customers 'without unreasonable delay' if they discover hackers stole unencrypted lists of account information stored on their computers, unless police order them not to disclose it."

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Lab mice almost susceptible to HIV
NewScientist.com | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"AIDS research could shift into a higher gear thanks to an advance that for the first time allows HIV to fully replicate inside mouse cells. ... But even though HIV can now live out its life inside the altered mouse cells, the virus still replicates 50 times more slowly in mouse cells than human cells."

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