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August 20, 2003

Drunk pays boys $20 to castrate him
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A construction worker was hospitalized on Tuesday after getting drunk and paying two boys to castrate him... 50-year-old Ernesto Rodriguez Hernandez was drunk at building site in Aguascalientes city on Sunday when he met two 11-year-old boys who had gone there to play. He told them that he wanted to be 'castrated to live more calmly' and because he had no wife, Arredondo said, then offered the boys money. Arredondo said Rodriguez gave the boys 200 pesos (US$20) after they cut off one testicle with a razor he gave them."

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Police eager to meet father of shot, burned children
Court TV | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Four children ages of 1 to 12 years old were found shot -- three fatally -- in the basement of a burning home, and their father was being sought for questioning Wednesday. ... Police believe the father, Anthony Lamar Bailey, 37, fled the scene on a bicycle after the blaze started sometime before 9 p.m."

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Facial recognition software worthless, ditched
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Police have eliminated a facial-recognition software system connected to cameras that scanned crowds in Tampa's Ybor City in search of wanted criminals. The software failed to net any arrests in two years. The system was intended to recognize the facial characteristics of felons, sexual predators and runaway children through a database of thousands of mug shots. ... Tampa was the first city in the United States to install the permanent camera surveillance system along public streets and the technology was used during the 2001 Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium." [The real problem is going to happen when the technology does work.]

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Tough week for workplace shooter
CNN | Submitted by: freakymeatballs
"A factory worker who was denied vacation because he filled out a form improperly and had just learned he had cancer opened fire inside the plant Tuesday, killing himself and an office worker. The gunman's mother said her son, Ricky Shadle, 32, got upset when he was denied a two-week vacation in July because he made a mistake in filling out his request for time off. ... She said her son took the time off, and did not know he was denied the vacation until a boss threatened to fire him if he did not come back to work."

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Ashcroft takes his act on the road
Provo Daily Herald | Submitted by: optional
"Attorney General John Ashcroft began a nationwide campaign Tuesday to defend the USA PATRIOT Act, saying the anti-terrorism law is the chief reason America has not suffered another catastrophic terrorist attack since Sept. 11. ... The speech marked the start of a monthlong effort by the Justice Department to rebut criticism from civil liberties groups and politicians of both parties who say the Patriot Act has undercut civil liberties and jeopardized constitutional rights. ... The Patriot Act, Ashcroft said, allows the government to 'anticipate, adapt and outthink our terrorist enemy. To abandon these tools would senselessly imperil American lives and American liberty, and ignore the lessons of Sept. 11.'" [Suggestion: Let's just make it a felony to disparage the PATRIOT Act. Problem solved, right?]

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Naked chick sushi all the rage
New York Post | Submitted by: Buzz Beer
"Corporate bigwigs are forking over as much as $700 a head for dinner parties where guests are served sushi off a naked woman. The secret gourmet trend has taken off in the past six months in L.A., and now New York is getting on the act. ... For his New York events, he flies in L.A. actress Lilani, 26, who has two years of experience as a food model. 'It takes a lot of concentration and muscle control,' he said."

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Death threats over upcoming execution of anti-abortion terrorist
Associated Press | Submitted by: Buzz Beer
"State agents are investigating threatening letters and bullets sent to Attorney General Charlie Crist and two state prison officials concerning the upcoming execution of Paul Hill, who murdered a doctor and escort outside a Pensacola abortion clinic. ... The letters, received Monday, came as an anti-death penalty group warned that executing Hill could make him a martyr in the extreme anti-abortion movement and lead to more attacks on clinics."

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Spammer says he's quitting after getting outed
New Zealand Herald | Submitted by: Buzz Beer
"A New Zealander who sent millions of junk emails out every day has shut his business after his personal details were posted on the web. Shane Atkinson -- whose business is known as spamming -- said the barrage of abuse made him worry about the safety of his children. His identity as the man behind millions of spam messages promoting penis enlargement pills was revealed in a Herald article last week. ... He had received more than 20 phone calls, five of them obscene. [Poor thing!] His personal information, street address and phone numbers were 'plastered all over the web,' he had been subscribed to a gay-dating site and his email address had been added to 'tons of email lists.' ... Mr Atkinson has decided to get out of the spamming business, citing the 'negative feedback' and saying that he 'never intended to break any regulations.'" [Does anybody believe this guy is actually quitting the game?]

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Archeologists find possible Donner Party encampment
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: OneTrue
"Archaeologists believe they may have found the site where the Donner Party camped during their fateful journey through the Sierra Nevada more than 150 years ago. Scientists also said they may have uncovered the first physical evidence that the group engaged in cannibalism to survive the harsh winter of 1846 that trapped them in the mountains 30 miles west of Reno. ... 'If the fire pit is there, and if the bones with the suspected ax marks turn out to be human, this would be a pretty important find.'"

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Porn actress/political candidate raising campaign funds
Wire Services | Submitted by: Buzz Beer
"Porn actress Mary Carey, one of 135 candidates running for California governor, offered on Tuesday to go on a date with anyone offering her a hefty campaign contribution. ... Carey said she would offer a dinner date to anyone giving more than $5,000 to her campaign that seeks to replace Gov. Gray Davis... Asked if the date could lead to a sexual encounter, campaign aide Jayson Helgeson replied: 'I don't think so, that's not part of it. It's like a normal date.' Pressed to clarify what a normal date means for a woman who has appeared in both explicit lesbian and heterosexual scenes, he put the phone on hold to clarify and then responded: 'No sex, no matter what.'"

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Baltic choked by poisonous algae
CNN | Submitted by: Kaiser Wilhelm
"Outbreaks of poisonous algaes have worsened in past decades, annoying fishermen and owners of summer homes on the Baltic. Despite some tougher environmental controls, 2003 is expected to be a bad year for blue-green algae. A by-product of heavy industry, it contains a liver toxin particularly dangerous to small children and has caused deaths in dogs and cattle. It is also blamed for skin and respiratory conditions. ... '1997, 1999, and 2002 have been very tough years in terms of algae, and now it is forecast that 2003 will also be one of the roughest.'"

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Earache complaint leads to unrequested vasectomy
Yahoo! UK | Submitted by: fat kids are harder to kidnap
"A Brazilian man who went to a clinic to have an aching ear checked ended up having a vasectomy after mistakenly believing that the doctor had called his name. 'He was called by the full name and yet thought it was him. But the strangest thing is that he asked no questions when the doctor started preparations in the area which had so little to do with his ear,' Vanessa Guimaraes said. 'He later explained that he thought it was an ear inflammation that got down to his testicles,' she added."

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