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August 27, 2003

Fired carny goes on drug-fueled rampage at state fair
KATU-TV 2 Portland | Submitted by: Re-Todd
"The incident began shortly before two p.m. when the man, a fair employee -- was seen on the fair's midway smoking an 'unknown narcotic' from a glass pipe. He was fired on the spot. The man then attempted to steal money from another carnival worker, and then went to a women's restroom, where he exposed himself." Eventually he wound up hit by a train.

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32+ Hindus trampled at religious festival
Reuters | Submitted by: Deez
"Stampeding pilgrims trampled at least 32 people to death, many of them elderly women, at a Hindu festival Wednesday. The tragedy happened as thousands of pilgrims pushed and shoved along a narrow lane to a bathing pond on the banks of the Godavari river at Nasik in Western India to cleanse their sins. ... It was the worst stampede at such a festival since 50 people died in 1986 at Haridwar on the Ganges River."

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6th grader assrapes, mouthrapes 46-year-old
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: Buzz Beer
"A 12-year-old boy has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 46-year-old woman along a hiking trail in Richmond, the prosecutor in the case said Tuesday. ... The 12-year-old was initially charged with four counts of sodomy and one count of attempted oral copulation, all felonies. On Monday, prosecutors dropped three of the charges, and the judge sentenced the boy on two of the sodomy counts."

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MILF strips for son's birthday party
sharon-herald.com | Submitted by: Ellis D. Trippman
"Patricia M. Johnson, 34, ... gave the boys beer and tried to touch them in their pants and lick their faces, police said. She gave the boys $1 bills, told them she wanted to be a stripper, and asked them to put the bills in her bra and pants, police said. Ms. Johnson exposed herself and told the boys to spank her, police said."

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Workplace shooting spree kills 7
Newsday | Submitted by: Deez
"A gunman on the verge of losing his job opened fire at an auto parts warehouse Wednesday, killing six people, authorities said. The attacker also was killed, hospital officials said. ... 'A disgruntled employee who had either been terminated or was going to be terminated returned to the business, and that's where the shooting took place,' Camden said. ... police and the man exchanged gunfire inside and outside the building. Police tried to negotiate with the man but he refused, Camden said."

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Embattled porn producer refuses to kiss ass
Baltimore Sun | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Accused of violating federal obscenity laws, pornography producer Robert D. Zicari could have quietly pulled his company's films depicting fictional rapes and murders off the market. Instead, he announced that the videotapes targeted by authorities -- which he nicknamed 'The Federal Five' -- were for sale at a discount online. Zicari's case, which gets under way today in Pittsburgh, is among the first being tackled by the Justice Department in a renewed fight against pornography. ... Annual rentals and sales of adult videos and DVDs grew from $1.6 billion in 1992 to more than $4 billion in 2002... In California's gubernatorial recall race, notorious pornographer Larry Flynt is a candidate for the office, as is adult film actress Mary Carey."

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More Americans killed after than during Iraq war
CNN | Submitted by: Gambrinus
"The number of U.S. service members who have died in Iraq since the end of the major phase of the war now surpasses the toll in the first phase of the conflict. ... The number of war dead after the major conflict was declared over May 1 by President George W. Bush is now at 139, surpassing the 138 U.S. service members to die during the first phase of warfare."

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Nazi camp guard to be deported to Italy
Canoe | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Michael Seifert, a former Nazi prison guard who now lives in Vancouver has been ordered extradited to Italy. ... The retired Vancouver sawmill worker denied allegations of rape, torture and murder and had refused to attend the trial in Italy, although he was represented by a lawyer at the proceedings. ... Seifert, an ethnic German born in the southern Ukraine, was a guard at the SS-run camp [Bolzano] in the latter stages of the war."

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Replicants dying of cardiac decrepitude
Nature | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"New fears have been raised about the health of cloned animals after three cloned adult pigs dropped dead from heart attacks. ... Of four piglets born, one died within days. The remaining three have now collapsed and expired of heart failure at less than six months of age, team leader Jerry Yang of the University of Connecticut in Storrs revealed this week. 'It was totally shocking,' says Yang. He has dubbed the fatalities 'adult clone sudden death syndrome.'"

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Michigan puts the smack down on cryogenics firm
Monterey Herald | Submitted by: Orville R.
"The state on Tuesday ordered a company to stop freezing bodies after media reports surrounding the death of baseball legend Ted Williams alerted regulators that the practice was taking place in Michigan. ... an investigation by the state's Department of Consumer and Industry Services found that the Cryonics Institute, which has frozen both people and pets, is operating an unlicensed mortuary science establishment and a non-registered cemetery."

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9-11 911 transcripts about to be released
MSNBC | Submitted by: Squeak, the Human Chew Toy
"The impending release of the transcripts of the calls is evoking a range of responses from victims' families less than three weeks before the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack that killed 2,792 people."

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Jehovah's Witnesses adapting tactics
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Jehovah's Witnesses once conveyed their message almost exclusively door-to-door. But the increase in high-rise apartments -- coupled with a declining chance of finding anyone at home during the day -- has prompted new tactics. People now are as likely to hear about the coming kingdom of God at a gas station or Laundromat as they are at their front door. The group's aggressive methods have helped propel them into one of the nation's fastest-growing religions. They've also irritated some people."

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Feds sell seized cigarettes
news.bellinghamherald.com | Submitted by: Buzz Beer
"1.6 million packs, totaling 32 million cigarettes, were confiscated in May. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Spokane earlier this month obtained permission to sell 1 million packs on the wholesale market, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday. ... Allen Ressler, an attorney for Indian Smoke Shop owner David Bean, agreed to the sale to avoid his client's cigarettes becoming stale."

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Dominatrix fighting prostitution charges
Philadelphia Inquirer | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The 47-year-old Northeast Philadelphia woman was arrested, along with another woman, two weeks ago after police raided her Tacony sadomasochistic dungeon. ... Her case highlights a growing conflict between privacy champions, who see S&M and related practices as civil-liberty issues, and crime-fighters, who see them as deviant sex behaviors that pose public-health risks. ... 'BDSM is one part performance art, one part psychotherapy and one part erotica -- and that doesn't mean sex,' said Nelson, who uses the name 'Madame Suzanne Devereaux' in her work. 'There's never any type of sex, no handjobs, no blowjobs. I do nothing to make my clients climax. That's not part of the session.'"

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Yet another cat lady
The Indy Channel | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A judge has declared a house that had been home to as many as 100 cats unfit for human habitation and ordered the owner to get rid of the 50 remaining cats. 'Nobody keeps 50 cats in a house,' Delaware County Judge Richard Dailey said Monday. 'Nobody.' ... 'The smell was so bad we couldn't be out mowing the yard,' neighbor Wilbur Collins said. ... Workers removing cats from the house had to wear protective suits and breathing devices borrowed from a fire department."

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Five men killed trying to rescue piglet
Tiscali World Online | Submitted by: Frog_mother
"Five people have died trying to save a piglet stuck in a manure pit in central China. A report on Wednesday said the villagers in Dayi, Sichuan province, piled one after another into the manure pit, but were overcome by fumes as they tried to rescue the piglet."

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Russian official assassinated 2nd time around
CNN | Submitted by: Kaiser Wilhelm
"Russia's information minister for the southern Dagestan province was killed when a bomb ripped through the car in which he was traveling to work, according to Dagestan's interior ministry. ... Gusayev was the target of a failed assassination attempt in 2001, when an explosive device detonated outside his home, according to Russia's Interfax news agency. He sustained a hip wound in that incident."

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Taliban embarks on reunion tour of Afghanistan
Reuters | Submitted by: Gambrinus
"Operating in growing numbers, the Taliban and their allies have succeeded in destabilizing large parts of Afghanistan and creating conditions that could undermine the U.S. military and central government. ... 'At the moment the Taliban are in mountainous areas, but very soon they will move to the districts and provinces, and then they will become very difficult to deter,' said former Kandahar security chief Mohammad Akram Khakraizwal. ... The United States and other Western countries do not want to get sucked into a long-term guerrilla war in Afghanistan. Afghans argue that unless they are prepared to commit more and take more risks, that is precisely what will happen."

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