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July 07, 2003

American troops looted, vandalized Baghdad's airport
Time | Submitted by: poorjon
"Much has been written about how Iraqis complicated the task of rebuilding their country by looting it after Saddam Hussein's regime fell. In the case of the international airport outside Baghdad, however, the theft and vandalism were conducted largely by victorious American troops [who] stole duty-free items, needlessly shot up the airport and trashed five serviceable Boeing airplanes. ... U.S. estimates of the cost of the damage and theft begin at a few million dollars and go as high as $100 million."

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'Sea gypsies' genetically superior to other Europeans
News Corporation | Submitted by: Jim Guerin
"A tribe of sea gypsies may have evolved differently from land dwellers to develop a remarkable ability to see clearly underwater, Swedish researchers believe. They have found that children of the Moken tribe, who wander among islands scattered off the coasts of Thailand and Burma, can see submerged objects more than twice as sharply as European children. ... Moken children, aged between 8 and 13, could shrink the pupils of their eyes by about 20 per cent more than the Europeans to deliver sharper resolution underwater."

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Boys doused in white paint, torched
iAfrica | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The police in Boksburg on the East Rand found the burnt bodies of two teenage boys on Sunday afternoon after receiving an anonymous tip-off, a police spokesperson reported. Annaline Prinsloo said police in the suburb of Dawn Park received a call at 1.45pm. The caller would not give his name, but supplied information about two bodies that had been left next to a railway line close to a bridge behind the Boksburg prison. When they arrived at the scene, police officers found the burnt bodies of two boys aged between 16 and 20 years old. One of the boys had his hands tied behind his back, and both had white paint poured over them."

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Soldiers in Iraq completely demoralized
Christian Science Monitor | Submitted by: Rockpile
"Even as President Bush speaks of a 'massive and long-term' undertaking in rebuilding Iraq, that effort, as well as the high tempo of US military operations around the globe, is taking its toll on individual troops. Some frustrated troops stationed in Iraq are writing letters to representatives in Congress to request their units be repatriated. ... Despite Pentagon statements before the war that the goal of US forces was to "liberate, not occupy" Iraq, Secretary Rumsfeld warned last week that the war against terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere 'will not be over any time soon.'"

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No criminal charges for British WMD test fatalities
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Campaign groups representing veterans interests argue that servicemen were told they were helping with research into the common cold. But many of them died after being exposed to deadly nerve agents and other toxic chemicals. Porton Down veteran Ken Earl said: 'I am very disappointed, but not entirely surprised. ... Who was it at the MOD who authorised these chemical and biological tests to be carried out on naive and unsuspecting servicemen and women?'"

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30,000 chickens fed to wood chipper
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The owners of a Southern California egg farm insist they didn't do anything wrong when they slaughtered 30,000 unproductive chickens by throwing them into wood chippers. State authorities agreed, deciding in May not to file animal cruelty charges. ... The 45-year-old federal Humane Slaughter Act offers guidelines on slaughter methods but only requires that animals be rendered 'insensible to pain' before being killed. It excludes poultry from that requirement."

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Man jacks off in taxi, driver crashes
nettavisen.no | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The man sat down in the taxi driven by a young, female driver, and started to masturbate. The result was unfortunate for both of them. The woman lost control over the vehicle and drove off the road. The 43-year-old man from Sveio is now sentenced to 120 days in jail with a 2-year probationary period as a result of the 'severely inappropriate' behavior in the car. The man had been visiting friends in Haugesund, when he sometime during the night wanted to go home to Sveio. He was very drunk."

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Man fakes groin injury to jack off in front of doctor
Straits Times | Submitted by: poorjon
"Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Amarjit Singh suggested to Eng Wah Wooh, 43, that he had cooked up the story about the injury to get a woman doctor to examine his groin. During the examination of his groin, the DPP said, Eng had intended to ejaculate and get the doctor to look at his semen."

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Firecracker fight provokes killing
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A fight that began with two teenage girls throwing lit fireworks at each other ended with one of them slashing the other's throat, police said. Christine Rogers, 13, was charged with an open count of murder in the Saturday death of her 15-year-old friend, Ashley Harvey... the teens, longtime neighborhood friends and occasional foes, got into a fight over fireworks Saturday afternoon. It escalated to throwing lit firecrackers at each other."

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Pentagon still working on (somewhat) nonlethal arsenal
laweekly.com | Submitted by: motrinwoman
"Firing indiscriminately on unarmed crowds of civilians, long a staple method of restoring order, is today almost universally frowned upon. ... Engineers, hard at work for years now on this problem, have come up with some creative solutions, fun gadgets that give the banalities of police work a little Flash Gordon–cum–Robocop sheen. [In addition to a bunch of other stuff] the military is working to develop microbes that eat asphalt and metal and turn petroleum to useless goo, and to perfect airborne delivery systems of so-called 'calmatives' -- aerosol versions of Valium, Prozac and powerful opiates like Fentanyl -- just in case all the blunt trauma, microwave menace, and acoustic and electrical insult should fail to keep the populace sufficiently tranquil."

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Detroit cop shoots self concealing gun from border guard
canada.com | Submitted by: Versutus
You know you're in trouble in the brains department when you try to cross an international border carrying a loaded weapon. Especially when there are huge signs posted warning you not to just that. Even more especially since you're in law enforcement (whatever that means in Detroit) yourself. But what really put this Detroit copper at the bottom of the IQ bell curve was what happened when he tried to hide his .40-calibre Glock from Canada Customs at the border crossing into Windsor.

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Pakistan censoring the Net
BBC | Submitted by: PS
"As a conservative Muslim nation, Pakistan is keen to shield its citizens from the copious amount of explicit material on the web. It could face an uphill struggle, with more than 60% of the country's internet users visiting porn sites, according to telecoms officials. ... Earlier this year, the authorities blocked more than 1,800 websites, which were described as a 'corrupt and evil influence'."

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Woman continuing personal suicide crusade
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A cannabis-smoking multiple sclerosis sufferer who failed to commit suicide has vowed to keep trying until she succeeds. Elizabeth Ivol, from Orkney, was admitted to Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall last week after taking an overdose of paracetamol. Ms Ivol - who had been involved in a high profile court case - has since returned home following treatment. Speaking from her home at Craig Flower Cottage, Herston, on South Ronaldsay, she said: "I took 25 paracetamol and that didn't work I can't seem to get anything right these days." "I was just going to walk into the sea and drown, but I can't walk. I can't even go into the garage and hang myself from the beams because I'm in a wheelchair."

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Latest anthrax cache discovered in Nevada
krnv.com | Submitted by: poorjon
"The Reno City Council agreed last month to explore ways to save Hillside Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Reno's early pioneers. Cemetery owner John Lawton is considering redeveloping the land... But Prudence Gould Muran, a descendent of pioneers buried there, says the threat of anthrax is the best reason hundreds of graves should not be exhumed. Muran told the Reno Gazette-Journal that her great-grandfather, Warren H. Gould, died of anthrax in 1893 and is buried in the middle of Reno's oldest cemetery."

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PETA, etc. protest Running of the Bulls via nudity
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: poorjon
"Animal rights activists stripped naked to protest against the running of bulls through the streets of Pamplona, condemning one of Spain's most famous traditions as cruel to animals. Activists from all over Western Europe had planned to run nude along the route for this week's annual bull runs, but police in the northern Spanish city said the protest was unauthorised and blocked their way. About 20 men and women went ahead with the protest near the city centre on Saturday, however, stripping completely." With photo of white girl's flat ass.

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Clean injection area draws cheers, jeers
canada.com | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"It's Night 90 for Vancouver's unsanctioned injection site for drug users. ... There, they can get clean needles, clean water, a quiet place to inject where they can take their time, and advice if they need it from registered nurse Megan Oleson on how to inject properly, instead of just jabbing at their arms, popping veins and starting abscesses. ... The site opened April 7 -- the same day that Vancouver police kicked off their Downtown Eastside special team with a goal was to break up the open drug market on Hastings Street -- started up by some who decided that if police were going to chase people off the streets and out of the alleys, there had to be a place for them to go."

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National Zoo's bald eagle killed on the 4th of July
CNN | Submitted by: Rockpile
"Officials at the National Zoo suspect that a large cat got into a bald eagle's enclosure and killed the bird, perhaps already weakened by fierce storms and unable to fly. ... The male eagle died Friday morning, the same day that the zoo celebrated a new exhibit designed especially for bald eagles hurt in the wild."

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Pope's website infallible, hackproof
zdnet.com.au | Submitted by: kade
"The Vatican has revealed that it has taken on a team of experts to protect the Pope's Web site, which is attacked by some 10,000 viruses a month and at least 30 mainly US hackers every day. 'Fortunately, up to now no-one has managed to penetrate the Pope's site thanks to a highly efficient team of specialists charged with antivirus protection who have always managed to block hackers' emails,' said Archbishop Claudio Celli, secretary for the administration of the Holy See's heritage."

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Where Jeff Foxworthy rules supreme
Gainesville Sun | Submitted by: Yosha
"There was bobbin' for pigs feet and hubcap hurling. Grown men competed against each other by belly-flopping into a mud pit. This year's Redneck Games at Buckeye Park in East Dublin drew thousands of spectators. ... The games began in 1996 as a good-natured poke at the Atlanta Olympics by WQZY-FM, a local country music radio station. The first year drew only 500 people but the event has grown after the station moved the games to the park. ... 'people have come to realize rednecks are the salt of the earth. They are the ones who drive the trucks and farm. They are very patriotic.'"

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Microsoft squelching Linux for Xbox
Windows & .Net Magazine | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"For almost a year and a half, hackers have been working to undermine the hardware and software protection on Microsoft's Xbox video game machine in order to load Linux software on the box and turn it into the world's cheapest Linux workstation. Recently, those hackers allegedly succeeded, and they contacted the software giant, asking the company to open up the Xbox and release a 'signed' bootloader that would let Linux enthusiasts legally load the open source OS on the Xbox. ... Since releasing details of their hack, the Free-X community has seen the situation with Microsoft deteriorate, and the software giant is now threatening legal action."

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Sports editor loses job for plagiarizing Caddyshack
ESPN | Submitted by: Editfish
"The sports editor of the Roswell Daily Record has been fired for fabricating part of a news story about a golf tournament in which he quoted a fictional character from the movie Caddyshack. ... the story contained three fictitious paragraphs referring to a Carl Spangler who claimed to work at the course. In Caddyshack, Bill Murray played a golf course worker named Carl Spackler. Jones quoted Spangler as saying he invented a new kind of grass for the tournament. ... '"This is a hybrid ... of bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, featherbed bent and northern California sensemilia," Spangler said. "The amazing stuff about this, is that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus."'"

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Mom complains about Hulk doll's plush, green penis
Sun | Submitted by: Dusik
"Shocked six-year-old Leah Lowland checked out a mystery bulge on her Incredible Hulk doll -- and uncovered a giant green willy. ... when she peeled off the green comic-book character's ripped purple shorts, she found the two-inch manhood beneath them. ... 'Considering the doll is only 12-inches tall it's amazing how big his willy is. And it's definitely not an extra piece of material left on by mistake. ... It sounds funny, but kids should not be exposed to this kind of thing. It should be taken off the shelves.'" With photo of girl posing with the doll that her mom thinks is improper for kids.

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