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September 17, 2003

Teens unable to distinguish game from reality
Independent | Submitted by: Soylent
"The makers of the bestselling video game Grand Theft Auto are being sued for more than 60m after two teenagers said they were copying its violent scenes when they killed a man. ... The $100m legal action involves Joshua Buckner, 14, and his stepbrother William, 16, from Newport, Tennessee, who shot dead Aaron Hamel, 45, and seriously injured Kimberly Bede, 19, on 25 June. The two boys told police they shot at vehicles on a highway near their home with a .22 rifle in an attempt to recreate images from Grand Theft Auto. ... [The plaintiffs' attorney said:] 'We have got a nation of Manchurian Candidates who are training on these video games.'"

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Rotting penis discovered in remote dam
Australian Broadcasting | Submitted by: Bruno Champagne
"Coober Pedy CIB have launched a major investigation after the discovery of what is believed to be a partly decomposed human penis in South Australia's remote far north. Police Media Liaison spokesman Mick Abbott says the remains were found by a local in a dam, on a property 30 kilometres south of Marla late this afternoon."

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Campers experience variety in rectal foreign bodies
Newsday | Submitted by: shell
"Two of the Mepham High School football players allegedly sexually assaulted by older teammates at a weeklong training camp were attacked three separate times during the trip, with one suffering injuries serious enough to require surgery, a source close to one victim said Monday. ... The three boys, junior varsity players at the Bellmore school, allegedly were sodomized with broomsticks, golf balls and pine cones, the source said."

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Doctors amputate Grandpa Munster's leg
Newsday | Submitted by: Soylent
"Damned if the doctors hadn't amputated Grandpa's right leg, just below the knee! They also whacked the five toes off his left foot. And they did it while Grandpa was deep in a month-long coma at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital, near-fatal complications from what was supposed to be a routine heart procedure. ... An artery ruptured during the angioplasty, flooding his insides. To stop the blood flow, the doctors performed an emergency bypass. That produced serious clotting in his extremities and the real threat of gangrene, leaving the doctors with a terrible choice: Cut off Grandpa's leg -- or risk killing him."

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Swedish diplomat either murdered or assassinated
onlinejournal.com | Submitted by: Hellboy
"There was barely any coverage on US television of the tragic death of Sweden's 46 year-young Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. Widely seen as a future prime minister, Lindh was stabbed on the afternoon of September 10 by an 'unknown assailant' while shopping at a Stockholm department store and died after intensive surgery on September 11. ... Although tributes to Lindh poured in from the leaders of Sweden's European Union partners and the Kremlin, the Vatican, the Middle East, and Asia, the Bush administration was not-so-strangely silent."

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Blix thinks Iraq has no WMDs
Wire Services | Submitted by: Mean Gene
"Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix now believes Iraq destroyed its weapons of mass destruction 10 years ago and that intelligence agencies were wrong in their weapons assessment that led to war. In an interview with Australian radio from Sweden, Blix said the search for evidence of biological, chemical or nuclear weapons would probably only uncover documents at best. 'The more time that has passed, the more I think it's unlikely that anything will be found,' Blix said."

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Freedom Fries controvery continues
Wire Services | Submitted by: Laila Icantbelievethisbullshit
"House Republican leaders last March, angered by French opposition to U.S. plans to take military action against Iraq, ordered that all restaurants in the House replace the french fries on their menus with 'freedom fries' But now, said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, we need to bring the French back to the table. 'President Bush is now urging that all parties put aside "past bickering." ... A symbolic start to that effort would be reinstating foods in the House cafeterias and dining halls and their traditional "American" names -- french toast and french fries.' ... the President's chef, 'after months of dodging the question,' recently acknowledged to the chefs of other world heads of state that french fries were never taken off the White House menu."

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Talk-radio callers worsen 11-hour siege
News Corporation | Submitted by: Jim Guerin
"Radio talkback callers trapped in traffic gridlock who urged police to shoot a man armed with a shotgun inflamed the situation, police said today. A 38-year-old Mont Albert man caused traffic chaos yesterday when he held police at bay with a shotgun for almost 11 hours at a Shell service station near the West Gate Bridge from 2pm. ... Acting Superintendent Brett Guerin today said the man was listening to the radio during the tense standoff. 'The gentlemen was within 30m of the freeway. He had a shotgun. The police were armed with high-powered weapons. He was listening to talkback radio in which he was accused of being a madman and other derogatory comments, who knows how he might have reacted?' he said."

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Man invented fictional son for WTC payout
News Corporation | Submitted by: Jim Guerin
"A man who lied about having a son who died in the World Trade Centre attack to get $160,000 in charity funds was sentenced today to more than a decade in prison. Prosecutors said the father of 12 made up a 13th child so he could steal relief money from the American Red Cross and Safe Horizons. Cyril Kendall, 54, was given a sentence of 11 to 33 years in prison... for claiming his imaginary 29-year-old son, Wilfred Kendall, had been in the trade centre on September 11 and was killed when the towers collapsed."

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Jawbreaker explodes, burns girl
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: g i r l
"Authorities in Bradford County, Fla., and several state agencies are trying to figure out what caused a piece of candy to explode in a 9-year-old girl's face. Taquandra Diggs said she was holding a large piece of jawbreaker candy in her hand and when she went to put it in her mouth, it exploded. The girl suffered severe burns on her face, neck and arm. ... 'I can't say if it's a product defect or if it's tampering at this point in time,' Bradford County sheriff's Lt. Kenneth Hinds told WJXT-TV. There was also some speculation that the candy was left in the sun, the liquid inside was boiling or had some chemical reaction." [Wasn't there a warning recently about putting jawbreakers in microwave ovens?]

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Canadian border guards catch jailbait smuggler
canada.com | Submitted by: Gorg
"A 30-year-old Illinois youth pastor faces sex and pornography charges after customs agents found a 16-year-old girl in the trunk of his car as he tried to cross into Canada. ... Police found videotapes showing the man and girl engaged in sex acts, said prosecutor Royce Buckingham. The girl told police they were headed for Alaska through Canada and had a dating relationship."

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Dirty old man shoots up girlfriend's family
Houston Chronicle | Submitted by: Laila Theyshouldhangthebastard
"Shemeka Patterson was just 14 or 15 when she began seeing Anthony Quinn Francois, a man old enough to be her father. It was a relationship that Patterson's family members say they tried to stop when they learned Francois was 35. ... According to police, Francois shot Patterson, her mother and three younger sisters in their southeast Houston home Thursday. Patterson's sisters died from their injuries."

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Lottery winner charged with murder
WCAU-TV 10 Philadelphia | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A south New Jersey lottery winner was arraigned Tuesday on charges that he murdered his mother-in-law and stabbed his wife at the family home in Egg Harbor Township. Oscar Cordoba, 50, bought the house shortly after winning $17.9 million in the state's lottery in 1989. ... Cordoba referred to the lottery money during his arraignment when the judge asked if he had money to pay for a lawyer. 'I still have five more checks from the lottery.'"

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Ashcroft ridicules Patriot Act concerns
ABC News | Submitted by: optional
"Attorney General John Ashcroft denounced as 'hysteria' the contention by some librarians and civil liberties groups that the FBI can use a new anti-terror law to snoop into Americans' reading habits. ... Ashcroft said people are being wrongly led to believe that libraries have been 'surrounded by the FBI,' with agents 'dressed in raincoats, dark suits and sunglasses. They stop everyone and interrogate everyone like Joe Friday.'" [Straw man fallacy.]

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