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September 09, 2003

70+ immolated in traffic accident
CNN | Submitted by: Mean Gene
"At least 70 people have been killed, most burned to death, in a road crash involving a bus and several other vehicles in central Nigeria, state television reported Tuesday. ... Television pictures showed rescue workers removing charred bodies and wounded survivors from the mangled wreck."

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8-month-old baby drowned in latrine
Nation Online | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Residents of Mzuzu's Chibanja Township had the shock of their life on Saturday when they discovered a dead eight-month-old baby girl in a pit latrine. A resident of the township, Lucy Mkandawire, said in an interview on Sunday the dead body was found in a latrine near her house following a search by residents around the area who smelt a rat from the strong odour of the decomposing body. ... Four months ago, in the same Chibanja area, a dog was found eating a newly-born baby."

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Leni dies at age 101
BBC | Submitted by: Mean Gene
"Controversial filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, who made the Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will, has died aged 101. Riefenstahl became a favourite of German dictator Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, making films for his fascist regime. ... last year, Riefenstahl was investigated for Holocaust denial after she said she was unaware that Gypsies which had been taken from concentration camps to be used as extras in one of her wartime films had later died in the camps."

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Airline passenger attempts suicide with scissors
iAfrica | Submitted by: Mr. B
"A distraught passenger on board a Chinese plane en route to Beijing from Paris tried to commit hara-kiri with a pair of scissors, but was stopped at the last minute, state media reported on Friday. A stewardess on board the Air China flight was alerted to the situation when she noticed that the passenger, seated at the back of economy class, tried to slice his stomach open with the scissors, the Beijing Today newspaper said. Four crew members tried to subdue the passenger, while he attempted to smash his head into the wall, but a doctor on board finally managed to force a tranquilizer down his throat."

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6 years for bogus bomb-sniffing dogs
Wire Services | Submitted by: Mean Gene
"Russell Lee Ebersole, convicted in June on 27 counts of fraud, insisted his dogs were competent and blamed his conviction on jealous competitors. ... Ebersole's contracts were canceled after his dogs failed independent tests on five different occasions. On one test, dogs were unable to detect 50 pounds of dynamite and 15 pounds of C-4 plastic explosives hidden at the Federal Reserve parking garage in Washington."

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Germans major suckers for 9-11 conspiracy theories
Independent Online | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Conspiracy theories on the September 11 attacks are gaining ground in Germany two years on, with books claiming that the United States government was behind the atrocities climbing bestseller lists. ... Although each book has a different take on the events of that day, they share the premise that the government of US President George Bush planned the kamikaze jet attacks or allowed them to happen to advance a radical foreign policy agenda."

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Mother allegedly stabs own 5-year-old
ABC TV affiliates | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Neighbors say it is shocking to consider what police say happened at the Texas City home Saturday morning -- a mother accused of stabbing her own five-year-old daughter twice in the torso with a steak knife from the kitchen. ... Children's Protective Services has made five trips to the family's home since 1995. One incident involved an attempted suicide by Mrs. Burks in 1998, and other involved the drowning death of her daughter a year later in the backyard swimming pool."

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Teacher fucks girls, takes pictures, gets arrested
pub.tv2.no | Submitted by: optional
"A form master at a junior high school at Helgeland was exposed for having sexual intercourse with his students when a photo lab developed his pictures. A total of five girls have allegedly been molested by the 34-year-old man. ... The girl in the pictures was 14 years old, and the teacher is now suspected of having sex with a total of five girls while they were in attending junior high school." [Just how expensive are digital cameras in Norway these days?]

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Teacher fired for sex with student
Canoe | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A Simcoe-area teacher who showed a 17-year-old student a porno flick and then coaxed her into lesbian and threesome sex has been kicked out of teaching. Leanne Carla Hanselman, 37, who worked in a Simcoe-area high school, had sex with the Grade 12 student on 'numerous occasions' and had her join in a three-way romp with Hanselman's boyfriend, the Ontario Teachers' College confirmed. ... After first inviting the student for dinner and drinks at restaurants and at her apartment, Hanselman showed her a porno tape and then kissed her. ... On occasions, the girl stayed overnight at Hanselman's apartment."

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Man ships self from NY to Texas, via air cargo
ABC TV affiliates | Submitted by: optional
"Federal investigators are trying to figure out how a man managed to ship himself in a crate from Kennedy Airport to Dallas. ... A ground shipping company picked up the crate and delivered it to the residence of McKinley's parents. However, he was spotted when he popped out of the crate outside his parents' doorstep in suburban DeSoto, shook the hand of a shocked deliveryman and walked away, The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday. The deliveryman called DeSoto police, who arrested him on outstanding Texas warrants."

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Couple arrested for alleged child molestation
Reno Gazette-Journal | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A couple who allegedly videotaped and photographed themselves molesting girls as young as 3 have been charged with numerous felony counts in connection with the assaults. ... Police found more than 100 videotapes and pictures of 3- to 9-year-old children being molested, officials said. ... While filming, Hwang allegedly gave the children video games and distracted them with candy." [When are we finally going to ban camcorders, candy, and video games?]

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Tourist dollars trump homeland security
dailystar.com | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The Bush administration has decided to postpone enforcement of new anti-terrorism regulations that had threatened to block millions of Western Europeans and citizens of other developed nations from traveling to the United States unless they obtained new, computer-coded passports, senior administration officials said Monday. The new passport rules, which were supposed to take effect Oct. 1 and were mandated by Congress as an anti-terrorism measure, will not be enforced until October 2004. ... The rules, arising after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, were intended to stop terrorists from trying to use false passports to enter the United States. ... 'I wouldn't characterize it as State Department vs. Homeland Security, but it's been a subject of some discussion,' said a State Department official." [Clearly, protecting the nation from terrorism is less important than helping the economy.]

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Anti-terror program co-opted by Big Brother
Wire Services | Submitted by: Winston Smith
"The federal government and the airlines will phase in a computer system next year to measure the risk posed by every passenger on every flight in the United States. The new Transportation Security Administration system seeks to probe deeper into each passenger's identity than is currently possible, comparing personal information against criminal records and intelligence information. ... 'Not only should we keep passengers from sitting next to a terrorist, we should keep them from sitting next to wanted ax murderers.' [Thank God they're finally doing something to prevent in-flight hatchet murders.] ... 'This system is not designed just to get potential terrorists,' [David A. Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union] said. 'It's a law enforcement tool.'"

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RIAA swings hammer of God down on 12-year-old
New York Post | Submitted by: Mr. Ramon
"Brianna LaHara said she was frightened to learn she was among the hundreds of people sued yesterday by giant music companies in federal courts around the country. 'I got really scared. My stomach is all turning,' Brianna said last night at the city Housing Authority apartment where she lives with her mom and her 9-year-old brother. 'I thought it was OK to download music because my mom paid a service fee for it. Out of all people, why did they pick me?'"

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Healthcare provider forces woman to sleep in wheelchair
BBC | Submitted by: Uncle Jimjam
"A disabled woman has had to sleep in her wheelchair for a year because her local health trust would not allow staff to lift her into bed, a court has heard. Lorraine Wolstenholme, 50, of Monkston, Milton Keynes, has multiple sclerosis and is unable to get in or out of bed by herself. ... nurses who had been helping her out of bed were banned from doing so by Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust in June last year because of the perceived dangers of lifting her, though she weighs only eight-and-a-half stone. Mrs Wolstenholme has pressure sores on her body from sleeping awkwardly in the wheelchair."

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Black kid accused of writing KKK letter
St. Petersburg Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The note contained all the markings of a hate threat. There were two KKK's scribbled, a hangman picture, eight likenesses of swastikas, four mentions of the so-called 'n-word' and a threat that 'I will hang you black nigger, get out of Hudson or die.' ... The guilty party was, they say, a black Hudson freshman. ... 'I don't believe it,' said the 17-year-old junior who first contacted administrators and Rouson about the notes. ... The 17-year-old and his mother both said they believe the freshman was pressured into confessing. ... 'I don't believe it,' the mother of the threatened junior said. 'I've got the gut feeling the young man was pushed in a corner. Why would another black student -- with all we've gone through -- write a letter like that?'"

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Black boxes proliferating in domestic cars
Baltimore Sun | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"In the world of accident reconstruction and safety analysis, the automobile 'black box,' a small silver-colored device located under seats or in the center console, has emerged in recent years as a valued technical resource, albeit one with limitations. ... Plugging into the system in GM cars from the 1994 model year forward will reward an investigator with concise charts and graphs that show speed, brake activation, throttle use, changes in velocity and seat belt use in the five seconds before a crash. Beginning with the 2001 model year, Ford cars with the technology offer more limited information about the crash."

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Britons love David Blaine
Independent | Submitted by: whatsnew74
"Yesterday, with cloth and cleaner to hand, his girlfriend, Manon von Gerkan, was hoisted up 40ft for a brief reunion with the illusionist -- albeit separated by perspex -- to wipe away the yolks that have impaired his view of the river Thames. ... 'I find it quite bizarre that people here have felt it necessary to throw eggs and other things at David,' she said, peeved. 'We never had anything like this in New York -- the worst we got was the odd fuck off. I must say I find these kind of people really strange.' The reaction of Britons to Blaine's widely self-publicised feat of survival and mind control has also included a volley of golf balls."

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Crack dealers busted after navigational error
Tampa Tribune | Submitted by: Neil
"Three men carrying [$3,800 worth of] crack cocaine in plain view found themselves in jail Sunday after they mistook the gate at MacDill Air Force Base for a toll booth and drove up to the armed guards, police said. ... A search of the car revealed three 'cookies,' or large discs of crack, which would have been broken into smaller rocks for sale... Police said the men also had a scale, drug paraphernalia and more than $1,000 in cash."

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Missing boy turns up in garbage pile
Associated Press | Submitted by: Son of Pol Pot
"An 8-year-old boy reported missing by his mother had been sleeping in a pile of trash in their home, police said. The woman was charged with child neglect. ... At 9 a.m., he emerged, well-rested, from his mother's bedroom. The boy showed police where he had been asleep, walking over stacks of trash to a corner of the bedroom where he had curled up under a pile of clothing and other debris. 'It's amazing -- the interior of this house was so cluttered and dirty that we couldn't find him in it,' Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said. The four-bedroom, 1,300-square-foot concrete block home had urine-stained floors and was covered with mounds of garbage, clothing, debris and cat feces, police said."

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