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August 10, 2003

Army searching frantically for lost mustard gas
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Not Reid Fleming
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will search for the remnants of 127 mustard gas canisters buried in a Central Florida airfield more than five decades ago because the chemicals could be dangerous to the public. The corps will spend $1.2 million to find weapons at the site, called Brooksville Army Air Field during World War II but now the Hernando County Airport. ... The airport, 7 miles south of Brooksville, is listed as one of about 10 'Code One' former Defense Department sites in Florida, meaning it carries the highest level of potential harm to the public, said Robert Bridgers of the Corps of Engineers. 'We think this requires our immediate attention.'"

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US soldiers murdering families after dark
Guardian | Submitted by: Serge Groven
"Members of the US occupation force, unable to cope with the stresses of a combat environment, shot and killed six innocent Iraqis before curfew this saturday. After the soldiers opened up at near point-blank range from the safety of their check-point, filling the family Volkswagen with holes, they refused to assist the wounded, who were left to bleed to death, despite the moaning cries of their victims. People rushing to assist were driven off by machine-gun fire."

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Dogs found eating newborn baby
iAfrica | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A pack of dogs was found eating a new-born baby girl in bushes by the roadside at Ntuzuma location near Kwa-Mashu on Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal police said. Inspector Michael Read said the incident was reported to police at 9.30am by residents of the location who found torn up parts of the baby being mauled by dogs. The head was missing and only the torso, hands and legs were found."

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'Near-death' Amin gets death threats at hospital
networks.org | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Former dictator Idi Amin, blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of Ugandans in the 1970s, has received death threats at a Saudi hospital where he has been critically ill for weeks, a medical source said Sunday. ... 'Security measures were dramatically increased in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where Idi Amin is staying as a result of several death threats,' the source said. He gave no details on the threats. Sources said last week that Amin, one of Africa's bloodiest despots, was in a 'near-death-condition,' and the source told Reuters Sunday he was now expected to die within days."

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Homeless zapped with stun guns, used as human toilets
WEWS-TV 5 Cleveland | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Vicious attacks against the homeless were caught on tape, and the Youngstown, Ohio, residents allegedly responsible are now off the street. NewsChannel5 reported that the young men allegedly involved, ages 16 to 22, were stranded downtown overnight when their car broke down near the Justice Center. Officials said that's when they allegedly started attacking homeless people with a stun gun. The suspects then urinated and defecated on the victims after they were stunned and unable to move. They captured their attacks on videotape."

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Mom gets 64 years for 'worst child abuse ever seen'
KMGH-TV 7 Denver | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"An Ellicott, Colo., woman has been sentenced to 64 years imprisonment for torturing her 6-year-old son. A judge, a doctor, a prosecutor and three police officers called the case the worst child abuse they've seen. Burns, whip marks and open sores covered the boy's malnourished body. A patch of hair was missing from one of the times his mother duct-taped his entire head except for a mouth hole for him to breathe through. Bruises lined his neck from the dog collar he was forced to wear. The woman, whose name was not published to protect the boy and his siblings, pleaded guilty to child abuse. Her mother was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment earlier for her role."

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Perhaps Arthur Andersen was scapegoated, somewhat
Chicago Tribune | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Some of the world's biggest banks worked closely with executives of Enron Corp. to hide the true nature of shady transactions from Chicago's Andersen accounting firm, according to a bankruptcy court investigation. ... the investigation stops short of clearing Andersen of wrongdoing at Enron, and some say any deception on the part of the banks did little more than help the auditors appear to be rigorous even if they were looking the other way. The investigation leaves unanswered whether Andersen was actually deceived or if it 'knowingly blinked,' said John Coffee, a Columbia University law professor who has followed the Enron case."

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84 prisoners escape Brazilian jail
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"More than 80 prisoners have tunnelled their way out of one of Brazil's top security jails, with almost all the escapees still on the run. The inmates dug a tunnel 50 metres long, under two buildings and beneath the boundary wall at Silvio Porto prison. Officials at the prison, in the town of Joao Pessoa in Paraiba state, said it was the largest breakout in the state's history. Only three of the 84 who absconded have so far been recaptured. One man was returned to detention after he was caught mugging a woman on a beach near the prison."

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Pervert slicing off women's pajamas
Boston Globe | Submitted by: Adam Wilks
"In six incidents reported to police since late June, a male intruder entered the apartments of women and, in several cases, cut off or removed their clothing as they slept. None of the women were hurt. In the most recent episode, during the early morning of Aug. 6, the man removed clothing from two women sleeping in an off-campus apartment. ... Police have not said what kind of tool the man uses to cut off clothing. ... young women are wondering if the crimes will escalate, with the intruder, also known by students as 'Jack the Stripper' and 'Edward Scissorhands,' gaining confidence and possibly growing more violent."

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Cops raid Pana Wave Laboratory cult compound
reflector.com | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Japanese police raided the headquarters of a religious cult Sunday following the death of a member under mysterious circumstances. More than 100 investigators poured into the Pana Wave Laboratory's main center in Fukui state on suspicion that its members beat the victim, police said. ... The Kyodo news service, citing police sources, said Sunday the group regularly beat its members with wooden sticks, believing it protected them from electromagnetic waves that it considers harmful."

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England becoming much more cruisy
observer.guardian.co.uk | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Britain's country parks, beauty spots and picnic areas are attracting a new breed of visitor: exhibitionist couples eager to have sex in front of strangers. The activity, known as 'dogging', has exploded in popularity in the past two years and the recent spell of hot weather has boosted the practice even further. Hundreds of semi-secluded sites around the country are being advertised on the internet as meeting places. ... The number of participants and locations has more than doubled in the past year, say insiders."

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Florida cultivating the next kudzu
St. Petersburg Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Even though some scientists are warning against it, a Florida company plans to farm thousands of acres of an invasive plant that California taxpayers are spending millions of dollars to kill off. It's called Arundo grass, or giant reed. ... The company doesn't need the state's permission, but the state could block the project if it decides that the risk is too great. ... 'Oh, my God,' exclaimed Joseph DiTomaso, a cooperative extension specialist at the University of California, Davis, when told of the plan to plant 8,000 acres of Arundo here. 'They've made that mistake with melaleuca, and now they are going to make another one with Arundo? ... I'm usually pretty conservative with plants. I don't like to over-exaggerate. But I'd consider the ecological risk of this plant to be high.'"

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Prince William spears a dik-dik
BBC | Submitted by: Adam Wilks
"Prince William has killed a tiny antelope on holiday in Kenya with a 7ft spear, according to reports. The story in the Mail on Sunday is likely to reopen the debate about the Royal Family and their participation in blood sports. The prince had been taking lessons in hunting from a Masai warrior when he took a shot at a dik-dik, a 14 inch (35 cm) high native deer. 'Using the Masais' silent approach, he followed it, took aim and speared it in one go.' ... However, according to the Press Association, Royal sources have cast doubt on the truth of the story."

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Nationwide increase in teen prostitutes
prnewswire.com | Submitted by: Adam Wilks
"Over the last year, local and federal law-enforcement officials say they have noted a marked increase in teen prostitution in cities across the country... Law-enforcement agencies and advocacy groups that work with teen prostitutes say they are increasingly alarmed by the trend lines: the kids are getting younger; according to the FBI, the average age of a new recruit is just 13; some are as young as 9. And, while the vast majority of teen prostitutes today are runaways, illegal immigrants and children of poor urban areas, experts say a growing number now come from middle-class homes."

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Man loves the 2nd amendment way more than you
Toledo Blade | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Francis Warin had a nagging habit. Nearly 30 years ago, he toted a submachine gun into Toledoís federal courthouse and made a simple demand: Arrest me. He got his wish. Two months ago, the Ottawa County man mailed a homemade gun and silencer to an assistant U.S. attorney. To ensure there was no confusion, he sent the package by certified mail, complete with his return address. Warin again got his wish: He was arrested once more. ... the latest indictment took four years of taunting: threatening to bring a bomb to the FBI, boasting of illegal silencers he had made, and even taking out a newspaper ad to question why he hadnít been indicted."

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God tells man to kill girlfriend, others
kingcountyjournal.com | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A Seattle man charged with slitting his girlfriend's throat and trying to stab her friend believed God told him to do it because the two women were devils in need of eradication, according to court documents. ... Gamet has a delusional belief that God 'will overcome the lies of the "devils" (the victims),' attorney Robert McKay wrote in a request for Gamet to be evaluated to determine his competency to stand trial. ... Gamet 'insists on proceeding to trial where "God" will ensure his acquittal,' McKay wrote."

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Harvard needs cash to digitize Nuremberg documents
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"One million pages of documents from the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals will be made available on the internet if Boston's Harvard University can find the necessary money. Harvard's Law School has already posted 7,000 pages on one of its own web sites but it says it needs as much as $7m to make the entire Nuremberg archive available. The massive project to put the one million pages of transcripts from the Nuremberg trials onto the internet is likely to take 10 years to complete. ... No startling new information about the Holocaust is expected to come to light if the massive internet archive is completed but scholars have welcomed the move."

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Antidepressants spur brain cell growth
newsvote.bbc.co.uk | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Drugs designed to relieve depression may be working because they stimulate the growth of new nerve cells in a key area of the brain, say researchers. ... The researchers found that when these animals given a modern 'SSRI' antidepressant called fluoxetine the number of neurons in an area of the brain called the hippocampus doubled. This area is known to be important in mood and memory, and accordingly, as expected, the mice showed fewer signs of anxiety. ... There is no certainty that a human brain will respond in a similar way to a mouse brain. However, Dr Tony Cleare, from the Institute of Psychiatry told BBC News Online that the theory made sense."

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Best cure for prison sex: keep it informal
Nation Online | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The Malawi Prison Service has said homosexuality will remain a problem in the country's prisons since inmates are not open about it. ... 'Homosexuality exists, but it is done in secret when prisoners have been locked up in their cells and the victims are scared of reporting to prison officials for fear of repercussions,' Kainja said. ... Nkhoma said the prison service has been against the idea of distributing condoms among inmates for fear of encouraging homosexuality. 'We have been resisting attempts by some NGOs to distribute condoms in prisons because that would immediately formalise homosexuality in prisons.'"

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