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August 28, 2003

Teen missing in dog-rape punishment case
iAfrica | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The Minister of Social Development Dr Zola Skweyiya on Wednesday expressed shock and concern about the disappearance of a teenager from a government place of safety 24 days ago. ... The case hit headlines earlier this year when a 24-year-old Taiwanese man and his 26-year-old sister were charged with forcing the 15-year-old North Sotho-speaking child to have sex with a dog as a punishment."

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England suffers hourlong blackout
CNN | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Hundreds of thousands of passengers were trapped on the London Underground and thousands of others took to the streets as a power outage struck the city during evening rush hour Thursday. Electricity was being restored to parts of London within an hour of the outage, which was blamed on a problem with the National Grid. But the city's transport services were badly affected. ... A spokesman for London Underground said 60 percent of the metro system had been stopped, including most services in central London."

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Schwarzenegger's health regimen: orgies and hash
Hollywood Reporter | Submitted by: Anoma Lee
"On the same day that Arnold Schwarzenegger received the endorsement of 20 state Assembly Republicans in his bid to become governor of California, a decades-old interview resurfaced in which the actor copped to a number of titillating high jinks and kinky sexual acts that he engaged in during his years as a bodybuilder. ... In the five-page interview with writer Peter Manso, Schwarzenegger admitted to smoking 'grass and hash,' hanging out with 'entertainers, hookers and bar owners' during his early years in Venice, Calif., and participating in a group-sex encounter with a single female and several fellow bodybuilders from Gold's Gym, Schwarzenegger's early stomping ground. ... Several calls to Schwarzenegger's press office seeking comment were not returned."

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Schwarzenegger inveterate liar about health regimen
New York Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Arnold Schwarzenegger dominated Pumping Iron with his easy, slightly disturbing charm and his indomitable will. ... he delighted in telling a story about how he had misdirected a young bodybuilder who had asked him for help with his posing routine. The secret to posing, he told him, was to come on stage and scream as loud as he could to impress the judges. When the young bodybuilder followed this advice he was laughed off the stage. Now Mr. Schwarzenegger will be giving advice to his fellow Californians."

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Minister barred from exorcisms, faith healing
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Submitted by: optional
"A self-described minister facing a criminal charge in the death of an autistic child during a prayer session was ordered not to perform exorcisms as a bail condition during a Wednesday court appearance. ... Hemphill was charged Tuesday with with felony child abuse of 8-year-old Terrance Cottrell Jr., who died during a prayer session Friday night at the Faith Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith. Church members said Hemphill tried to exorcise demons from the boy. A criminal complaint says Hemphill lay on top of the boy for two hours, causing Terrance's death. As a 'strict condition' of bail, Court Commissioner John J. Valenti said Hemphill was not to 'engage in or even attempt any sort of exorcism or spiritual healing.'"

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Mass grave in Bosnia yields 270 bodies
networks.org | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Forensic experts have recovered the remains of 270 victims in five weeks of digging at Bosnia's largest known mass grave and expect to find more as they burrow deeper, officials said Thursday. The mass grave, with a surface area about the size of a tennis court, was opened last month on Crni Vrh hill, near the border with Serbia and about 50 miles northeast of Sarajevo. It is the 14th mass grave found in Bosnia this year."

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Man survives intracranial drill
sierrasun.com | Submitted by: ToadRunner
"Truckee resident Ron Hunt, who has been dubbed 'Miracle Man' by friends, survived being impaled through the eye with an 18-inch long, 1 1/2-inch diameter chip auger drill bit. ... he fell off the ladder face-first and onto the drill, which went through his right eye and out his skull, just above his right ear. According to Ben, doctors told him the drill pushed his brain aside, rather than impaling it, which could have caused further -- and most likely vastly more extensive -- damage."

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Legal loophole affords dead priest clean record
networks.org | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Dead or alive, John Geoghan is still creating headlines and heartache. For 30 years, the Catholic Church covered up his crimes. Now days after his death, comes word the court system may go one step further and erase his conviction. ... Because Geoghan died before the appeals process was complete, his conviction must be dismissed. Prosecutor Martha Coakley says her hands are tied. 'Although he was convicted, the process was not completed, so the court says that we go back to square one and the indictment will be dismissed.'"

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Death sentence for man who killed 8 schoolkids
networks.org | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A man was sentenced to hang on Thursday for stabbing to death eight children in a Japanese elementary school in a rampage that shocked the nation. The attack on the school in western Japan two years ago was unprecedented in scale and severely shook the national sense of security, already battered by a series of senseless crimes. Mamoru Takuma, 39, an unemployed man who had previously received treatment for mental illness, pleaded guilty to the killings and to injuring 13 other children and two teachers at Ikeda elementary school near Osaka. Seven girls and a boy between the ages of six and eight were killed by Takuma in June 2001 when he burst into their classroom and started slashing at random with a long knife."

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Pinochet trial blocked by appeals court
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Chile's appeals court has blocked a fresh attempt to force former dictator General Augusto Pinochet to stand trial for human rights abuses. A panel of 23 judges voted 15 to eight against stripping him of his immunity from prosecution. ... General Pinochet was stripped of his immunity for the first time in August 2000, in connection with allegations that he covered up the kidnappings and murders of opponents of the military regime. But the Supreme Court in Chile later ruled he was suffering from dementia and was not fit to stand trial."

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Catholic priest's unusual take on the crucifix
News Corporation | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"He wrote that the fascination of sexuality in a negative form has long been a feature of Christianity and that the crucifix had been rendered unauthentic by this negative sexual mindset. 'Most certainly Jesus would have been crucified naked, as was the Roman practice,' Father Dobson wrote. 'At some stage it was decided that Jesus' sexuality must be covered up, and so he was draped in a loincloth, which somehow would make him more presentable in polite Christian company! It is also as if sex had to be removed from this powerful image.' Father Dobson said the crucifix should never have become the symbol of Christianity because it was a means of execution."

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Man really wants to die by fire
iAfrica | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"While his wife and three children were sleeping on Monday night he poured out petrol inside the house and set it alight. The wife and children escaped from the house, said Phala, and when neighbours arrived to help fight the flames the man jumped into the fire himself. The neighbours pulled him out, but he jumped in again and they pulled him out again."

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Police seize 25,000 crack pipes
WGAL-TV 8 Lancaster | Submitted by: Mightygrasshopper
"A month-long undercover drug investigation has yielded more than 25,000 crack pipes sold at small grocery and convenience stores all over the city. Police seized the pipes from 42 different stores all over the city. ... 'We started to send our undercover officers into a store, and they specifically asked the clerk, "Can I buy a crack pipe?" And in 42 of them, the clerks gave us what we need to smoke crack,' police Chief Charles Kellar said." [How do you know they were functional? Maybe you only bought simulated crack pipes.]

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Kama Sutra animations offered on Brazilian cell phones
Wire Services | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A Brazilian telephone company is offering a helping hand to Latin lovers who are lacking inspiration with animations of sexual positions based on the Kama Sutra flashed directly to their mobile phones. For 33 cents, customers of Tele Norte Leste Participacoes' wireless arm Oi can download one of 40 animations which come with a short explanation and gauge of difficulty."

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EPA lacks authority to enforce Clean Air Act
quicken.com | Submitted by: Gambrinus
"The Bush administration is expected to formally announce Thursday or Friday that it doesn't think it has the authority to cap emissions of carbon dioxide and other 'greenhouse gases'... Word from the Environmental Protection Agency that it believes it lacks authority under the nation's Clean Air Act to regulate emissions that are believed to be raising the Earth's temperature comes just after the agency issued another controversial set of rules making it easier for older power plants and factories to be upgraded without costly antipollution controls."

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IMF scolds another brokeass nation
BBC | Submitted by: Gambrinus
"The International Monetary Fund has warned the United States that while speedy economic recovery there would benefit the whole world economy, the Bush administration should pay more attention to the instability threatened by its huge budget deficit. ... The Fund thinks it could balloon to $550bn -- that would be more than 5% of economic output, significantly greater than the 3% limit that eurozone countries are required to aim for."

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