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July 22, 2003

Uday and Qusay no longer loosay
CNN | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Saddam Hussein's sons Qusay and Uday were killed Tuesday in a firefight with U.S. troops in Mosul, the commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq said. ... 'We're certain that Uday and Qusay were killed,' Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez said in Baghdad. 'We've used multiple sources to identify the individuals.'"

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Ugandan witch doctors ready to oppose rebels, whitey
BBC | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Controversy is brewing in Uganda after a proposal by traditional healers to use killer bees and diseases such as smallpox to help beat the rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). ... The traditional healers said that they would also empower the army with charms. 'We will equip the Uganda People's Defence Force with charms that will make them invincible,' said Mr Msasizi. ... there are conditions that will have to be met before the traditional healers can move into the war zone. All white people, including the United Nations UN and Red Cross staff, must leave the war zone, they say. ... They also want the government to set up a 'traditional cathedral' after Mr Kony is killed."

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Liberians dump bodies in front of U.S. embassy
CNN | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Liberians dumped mangled, bloodied bodies Monday outside the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia to vent their anger at the United States, some of them saying, 'If you had intervened, this would not be happening.' A Marine anti-terrorist team arrived at the embassy Monday to strengthen security as a battle raged between rebel forces and government troops. But President Bush is still deciding whether to commit peacekeeping troops to help quell the latest uprising in 14 years of almost continuous civil war that have seen an estimated 250,000 people killed. ... Bush has promised to support the 1,500 U.N. peacekeepers ECOWAS says it intends to send to Liberia, but so far he has not decided whether that support would involve U.S. troops."

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Boston priest allegedly paid to molest boys
Boston Globe | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"He was molested by Shanley when the priest served at St. Patrick's Parish and elementary school in Stoneham in the 1960s. ... In late summer in 1966, according to the affidavit, Shanley drove him to a cabin in the Blue Hills and performed a sex act on him that night. ... Shanley wrote a letter in his own defense, suggesting that the family was troubled and insisting 'God as my judge that I did not masturbate this boy here or anywhere else at the date or any other date, so help me God.' The case was reviewed by Monsignor Francis Sexton, who, without interviewing the alleged victim, closed the matter by writing 'accepted as true' on Shanley's denial letter."

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Blind girl drowns in front of blind lifeguards
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"In a lake with two lifeguards on duty, a 7-year-old blind girl drowned after asking a blind camp counselor who accompanied her into the water if she could head back to shore. ... The organization that sponsored the swimming trip and Brianna's father said blindness had nothing to do with her death. ... 'There's no blame here -- it was just her time to go,' said Brianna's father, Carl Nelson. 'We knew going in that the counselors were blind.'"

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Three elderly Norwegians killed by silo gasses
nettavisen.no | Submitted by: optional
"Three siblings in their 70s, two men and one woman, were killed after falling down a silo in Jølster, Norway on Monday morning. The accident happened in connection with work being carried out at the silo, and all three people are said to have drowned. ... 'The silo gasses are very dangerous and asphyxiating. If you don't get enough oxygen you will get choked.'"

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Hospital staff cuts off newborn's toe
WFTV-9 Orlando | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"According to the family, the baby was about to be discharged from the hospital when someone, while trying cut an ankle ID band, accidentally cut off the newborn's toe. Sheketa Simmons left Arnold Palmer Hospital this afternoon without the baby girl she delivered two days ago. About two o'clock this afternoon, she learned of the horrible mistake. 'She said she nipped her pinky toe, and when I looked her toe was cut all of the way off,' says Sheketa."

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Stillborn baby survives, grows up, sues hospital
Sun | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A man sued a hospital yesterday for throwing him away when he was born because staff thought he was dead. A midwife left David Green in a bowl in the sluice room -- but he was revived with oxygen when nurses heard him crying. Mr Green, now 24, claims his treatment left him with a squint, poor sight, restricted movement and a lack of 'life skills.' ... Sheffield Health Authority denies negligence."

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Roommate dies after eyes gouged out
New York Newsday | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"An East Elmhurst man whose eyes were gouged out by his roommate during a fight over a broken television antenna has died, and officials are trying to determine whether the injury led to his death, police said yesterday. Oscar Herrera, 53, lost all sight in one eye and most in his other after Hector Castillo, 51, allegedly used his hands and fingernails to dig out Herrera's eyes... The two men, who shared an apartment on Ditmars Boulevard in East Elmhurst, were fighting because one of them broke the antenna about 2 p.m. Wednesday."

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Missing hockey player found frozen in Alps
Sports Illustrated | Submitted by: Kaiser Wilhelm
"The body of a former NHL first-round draft pick who disappeared in Austria almost 14 years ago has been found frozen in the Alps. Duncan MacPherson, who was selected 20th overall by the New York Islanders in 1984, was last seen on Aug. 9, 1989, while snowboarding on the Stubaier Glacier. The body was discovered late last week by an employee operating a snow-grooming machine at a summer ski resort in Neustift, near the Italian border. ... 'At 3,000 meters, the body would be pretty well frozen the whole time. His identification was in his pocket,' she said. 'They didn't have a problem identifying him.'"

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Gulf War heroes sue White House over Iraqi assets
MSNBC | Submitted by: shaiwa
"Jeffrey Fox remembers vividly the moment he heard that he and 16 others held and tortured during the first Gulf War had won a $1 billion judgement against Iraq. 'I was, well, wow!' the retired Air Force pilot told MSNBC.com Monday. But wow soon turned to 'whoa' when he realized the only way to collect that money would be to sue the Bush administration to prevent it from spending frozen Iraqi assets on postwar reconstruction. ... over the weekend, attorneys for the 17 POWs won a temporary restraining order against the government’s plan to use $1.7 billion in Iraqi assets frozen before the 1991 war to pay for reconstruction. Attorney Stephen Fennell, representing the POWs and their family members, says the decision to sue the government was made only after it became clear that the Bush administration was not going to intervene and offer any kind of settlement."

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Anti-Clinton library in works
networks.org | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Just a few blocks from the future site of Bill Clinton's $160 million presidential library, a couple of Clinton haters hope to open a museum devoted to mocking his presidency. 'As long as he's talking, we'll have to be here trying to keep him somewhat honest and stop him from rewriting history,' says John LeBoutillier, a former Republican congressman from New York who rode Ronald Reagan's coattails to victory in 1980. ... [LeBoutillier] says Clinton's library will require immediate rebuttal in a way that libraries of other scandalized ex-presidents do not. 'Reagan, Nixon, that's the past,' he says."

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First tongue transplant successful, so far
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Doctors at at General Hospital in Vienna say a transplant patient isn't showing any signs of rejecting his new tongue. The unidentified 42-year-old man is believed to be the first recipient of a human tongue transplant. He underwent a 14-hour surgery in Vienna this weekend. Doctors amputated his cancerous tongue and attached a new one."

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Eiffel Tower catches fire
CNN | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A fire broke out at the top of the Eiffel Tower Tuesday and smoke was seen billowing from the Paris monument. The fire started in a so-called technical room housing antenna equipment at the top of the tower, Paris police told CNN. Smoke curled from the third floor of the top level of the famous tower. The blaze appeared to be in an area inaccessible to tourists, and there were no immediate reports of injuries."

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Funeral pyres hard on the environment
cbsnews.cbs.com | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Tears rolling down his face, Bachchan Singh Bahadur poured cups of melted butter on the wood fire of his father's funeral pyre on the outskirts of New Delhi. ... The 35-year-old government clerk could have used an electricity-powered crematorium less than half a mile away for just one-tenth of the price, but for him nothing would do except a wood-burning crematorium by the Yamuna River where the ashes would be tossed after cooling overnight. 'Unless the body is burned on a wood pyre, the soul does not get salvation,' he explained. ... Nearly 20,000 Hindus die each day in this nation of 1 billion people. Each cremation requires an average of 650 pounds of wood. The result is denuded forests, rivers clogging up with human ashes or even body parts -- and a wood trade said to be rife with corruption."

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California lawmakers consider dragging out budget crisis
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: j trotter
"Unaware that a live microphone was broadcasting their words around the Capitol, Assembly Democrats meeting behind closed doors debated prolonging California's budget crisis for political gain. Members of the coalition of liberal Democrats talked about slowing progress on the budget as a means of increasing pressure on Republicans. ... Some members of the group, including Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, said if the budget crisis were extended, it could improve chances for a ballot initiative that would make it easier for the Democrats to raise taxes by lowering the threshold for passage from two-thirds to 55 percent." [Yeah, good luck with that now.]

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Arab-American FBI agent files discrimination suit
Court TV | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A high-ranking Arab-American FBI agent is taking the bureau to court, accusing it of racial discrimination for freezing him out of the Sept. 11 investigation. The suit described agent Bassem Youssef as the only polygraph examiner qualified to conduct interviews in Arabic, with extensive experience and Middle Eastern contacts culled from his days with the FBI in Saudi Arabia. Yet, the complaint said, he was kept away from any substantial investigations related to the hijacking attacks on New York and Washington. ... two months before Sept. 11, a 'walk-in' at one of the FBI's field offices said he had significant information about terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. The lawsuit said the field office requested that Youssef debrief the walk-in because of his expertise, but he did not end up handling the interview. The possible informant left without revealing whatever information he may have had."

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Man killed in maiden voyage of homebuilt plane
KNBC-TV 4 Los Angeles | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"David Robert Thompson, a project engineer with aviation designer Burt Rutan's private space program, was killed when a kit airplane he had spent years building crashed during takeoff on its maiden flight. Thompson, 38, was departing Mountain Valley Airport Sunday morning when the single-engine plane fell back onto the runway and burst into flames. His wife and son were among witnesses. 'We went out to watch him take off. It was a mistake,' said longtime pilot Dick Reichel. 'His family was there, videotaping,' said Kern County deputy coroner Kelly Cowan."

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Michael Jackson weighs in on file sharing bill
KNBC-TV 4 Los Angeles | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Jackson has issued a statement opposing a bill introduced in the House that would make downloading copyrighted music a federal felony. Jackson said he is 'speechless about the idea of putting music fans in jail for downloading music.' He said it's wrong to illegally download, but jail is not the answer." [And that goes double for juvenile hall.]

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Sheep fucker to receive mental health counseling
Charleston Daily Mail | Submitted by: optional
"A man accused of having sex with a sheep used in a Charleston nativity scene has struck a deal with Kanawha County prosecutors that allowed him to stay out of jail. Joey Armstrong, 30, will serve two years of probation and be required to get some mental health care for breaking into a funeral home's manger scene and molesting an animal... The deal came despite pressure from animal rights advocates to send Armstrong to jail. A spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the group is 'appalled' that Armstrong was getting off with what amounted to a slap on the wrist."

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