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July 19, 2003

2001 Energy Task Force anticipated Iraq invasion
World Net Daily | Submitted by: Katie
"The controversial White House energy task force two years ago reviewed Iraqi oil-field maps and 'foreign suitors for Iraqi oil-field contracts' ... Judicial Watch Inc. first requested the documents under the Freedom of Information Act in the spring of 2001, when Vice President Dick Cheney formed the secret task force. ... The unclassified map of Iraq turned over by the Commerce Department, a government member of the task force, shows the location of 'supergiant' oil fields, oil pipelines, refineries and tanker terminals. ... The secret White House task force solicited input from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston. The Baker report, which was submitted to Cheney in early April 2001, recommended considering a 'military' option in dealing with Iraq."

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Airline rigging up planes with casino cameras
Wired | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Southeast Airlines said it plans to install digital video cameras throughout the cabins of its planes to record the faces and activities of its passengers at all times, as a precaution against terrorism and other safety threats. In addition, the charter airline, based in Largo, Florida, will store the digitized video for up to 10 years. ... 'What's the point of keeping track of everyone when nothing happens on the flight?' said Lee Tien, senior staff attorney for the civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation. ... Not only would they keep a record of every recreational or business trip, they could record conversations between spouses and capture every book title or magazine a passenger reads."

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Priest denies last rites, shipped back to Africa
ABC TV affiliates | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A family that's grieving is very angry over their loved one's final hours. A priest came in to administer last rites, but the family says when he got into an argument with the dying man he refused to perform the sacrament. ... A spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre declined to comment on camera, but released the following statement. 'In response to the family's complaint, the priest in question was relieved of his ministry as soon as was feasible and asked to return to his home diocese in Nigeria.'"

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Scheme to test girlfriend's fidelity totally backfires
Independent Online | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A Taiwan man who used a different identity through the Internet to double-date his girlfriend, has committed suicide after the girl fell for his email-based alter ego, a Taiwan newspaper reported on Wednesday. ... Hoping to find out if Hsiao Lan really loved him, Huang dated Hsiao Lan on the Internet, posing as 'Mr J' while continuing to date her in real life. ... Then one day Hsiao Lan told Huang that she had fallen in love with 'Mr J' and wanted to break up with Huang. Huang killed himself by burning charcoal in his bedroom on Monday night."

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Teen blowjob precipitates husband's murder
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A Buena Park woman who fatally shot her husband after she caught him in a sex act with a 16-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison. ... Derosiers testified during her trial that she found her husband, Danny Derosiers, and the neighborhood teenager engaged in oral copulation in the couple's home on Dec. 20, 2001."

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Slumlord sentenced to 3 months in own tenement
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A judge ordered an apartment owner to spend three months under house arrest in her own dilapidated, vermin-filled building for failing to comply with health and safety codes. ... 'In forcing the landlord to live in the squalor she has placed her tenants, she will not be able to walk away from the building until it is rehabilitated and the residents' quality of life is improved.'"

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Domestic-violence foe guilty of second-degree murder
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A Federal Way woman who once led a group fighting domestic violence was convicted of second-degree murder yesterday after jurors didn't buy her claim of self-defense but couldn't agree whether the shooting was premeditated. Lorraine Netherton faces 16 to 25 years in the murder of Desiere Rants, a 22-year-old woman who found herself caught in the middle of a bitter child-custody dispute last fall. Netherton used to lead the Federal Way Domestic Violence Task Force but was ousted last year. Members voted to remove her, expressing concerns about 'her violent temper and her penchant for carrying handguns,' prosecutors wrote in court documents."

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Man sues over monkey attack
qctimes.com | Submitted by: Douglas
"Mississippi Valley Fair vendor owns monkey. Monkey allegedly bites woman. Woman sues vendor and the fair. ,,, 'This particular monkey went a little berserk,' he said. ... Jones went to the doctor the next day, was interviewed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and had to undergo tests for herpes, HIV, hepatitis and rabies."

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Teen sumo wrestler dies of heart disease
AZ Central | Submitted by: ToadRunner
"A 15-year-old, 308-pound sumo has died of heart disease, the first active wrestler in the ancient Japanese sport to die in three years. The 6-foot-2 wrestler, identified as Yoshitake Maeda, had been treated by doctors since April, a Japan Sumo Associated official told Kyodo news agency. He died of cardiomyopathy, a problem with the muscles in the heart, the report said. ... The sumo association has required wrestlers to undergo medical checkups after several died of heart problems in 1992. Since then, 10 wrestlers have been ordered to retire from the ring because of health problems."

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Pentagon comes down on gripers
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: kade
"Ask any grunt standing guard on a 115-degree day what he or she thinks of the open-ended Iraq occupation, and you'll get an earful of colorful complaints. But going public isn't always easy, as soldiers of the Army's Second Brigade, Third Infantry Division found out after Good Morning America aired their complaints. ... One soldier said he felt like he'd been 'kicked in the guts, slapped in the face.' Another demanded that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld quit. The retaliation from Washington was swift. 'It was the end of the world,' said one officer Thursday. 'It went all the way up to President Bush and back down again on top of us. At least six of us here will lose our careers.'"

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Freezer malfunction ruins cancer patients' sperm
Sun | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Hospital chiefs have wrecked the chances of 28 cancer patients having kids -- by letting their frozen sperm defrost. The men donated the samples before undergoing treatment that would leave them sterile. But the sperm were destroyed when the freezer unit holding them broke down -- and no one noticed in time to save the samples."

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Hydrogen cars not worth the effort
Wire Services | Submitted by: SUV Yuppie Scum
"Two U.S. energy experts cast more doubt on Friday on a push to develop hydrogen-powered cars as a means to cut air pollution and reduce oil imports. ... 'Hydrogen cars are a poor short-term strategy, and it's not even clear that they are a good idea in the long term,' Farrell, assistant professor of energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement. ... Other scientists have also questioned the benefits of hydrogen fuel cells. Leading environmental groups have also criticized the U.S. government and Europe for failing to put renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power at the heart of their hydrogen policies."

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Ghost of PT Barnum running drug company
CNN | Submitted by: cincynewswatcher
"Feeling distracted, disorganized? Trouble waiting your turn in line? Fidgety? Maybe you have adult attention deficit disorder, or adult ADD, and need to see a doctor. That's the new marketing message from pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co., which has the only drug with Food and Drug Administration approval to treat adults with ADD."

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More fallout from Ways and Means nonsense
CNN | Submitted by: Martin Miller
"Capitol Police were called Friday to a contentious House committee meeting marked by a Democratic walkout and accusations of name-calling, vulgarity and physical threats. Witnesses described flaring tempers. ... Rep. Kenny Hulshof, a Missouri Republican who sits on the committee, read what he described as a transcript of the meeting. In it, he quoted Stark as saying to McInnis, You little fruitcake, you little fruitcake, I said you are a fruitcake.'"

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