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September 22, 2003

Children chopped up in lieu of exorcism
Tampa Tribune | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Jury selection was set to begin Monday in the case of a man accused of stabbing, suffocating and decapitating three small children -- two of them his own -- with the help of his common-law wife. ... Investigators said they found body parts stuffed into trash bags. ... All three children were stabbed and suffocated; one also had more than 20 stab wounds, and another had broken ribs and vertebrae, autopsy reports showed. Police said the couple told them they killed the children because they were destitute and because Camacho thought the children were possessed."

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Woman hacks up sons, attempts self-immolation
Independent Online | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Enraged after she found about her husband's extramarital affair, an Indian woman hacked her two sons to death, it was reported on Sunday. The incident took place in Chinnampalli village in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, police told The Hindu newspaper. ... The police said Ademma first axed her boys and then tried to set herself on fire. She was rescued by neighbours and survived after suffering severe burn injuries."

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Cat parasite transforming human brains
Asian Age | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Britain's estimated nine million domestic cats are being blamed by scientists for infecting up to half the population with a parasite that can alter people’s personalities. The figures emerge from studies into toxoplasma gondii, a parasite carried by almost all the UK's feline population and maybe elsewhere in the world. They show that half of Britain's human population carry the parasite in their brains, and that infected people may undergo slow but crucial changes in their behaviour. Infected men, suggests one new study, tend to become more aggressive, scruffy, antisocial and are less attractive. Women, on the other hand, appear to exhibit the 'sex kitten' effect, becoming less trustworthy, more desirable, fun-loving and possibly more promiscuous."

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Sudanese children dying of 'nodding disease'
New York Times | Submitted by: optional
"The children of Lui scoop their beans and mush from plates laid out on the dirt, using only their tiny fingers, often aware that something bad is about to happen. Their necks begin to swing forward and back. 'Nodding disease,' as the malady has been called, takes hold. 'I don't feel good when I eat,' said Malesh Reuben, a skinny 12-year-old who has been nodding this way for five years. About 300 children in and around this jungle village in southern Sudan have the mysterious ailment. It typically strikes during or just after a meal. The neurological disorder has left epidemiologists baffled. ... Nodding is just one effect of the unusual malady. The children who begin nodding eventually stop growing when still small. Their brains stop developing as well, leaving victims mentally retarded. Eventually, the disease kills."

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More shitstrikes in New Zealand
Stuff NZ | Submitted by: Missy
"Karen Hartshorne and her teenage daughter Lydia had just pulled up their driveway last night when they were hit by what appeared to be a freak hail storm. ... Their car and much of their driveway were be coated with a foul-smelling brown substance. 'It didn't even make a noise. It just kind of went plop and smelt disgusting,' Ms Hartshorne said. There has been a spate of similar reports nationwide in the last week, since a farmhouse in Wellington was splattered with a brown-green substance moments after a jet flew overhead."

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Reagan defeated his 'evil sex' angst
BBC | Submitted by: Daverince
"A letter written by Ronald Reagan reveals that the former US president had guilty feelings about sex, even within marriage. ... Mr Reagan was offering consolation to an old friend whose husband had died. 'Even in marriage I had a little guilty feeling about sex, as if the whole thing was tinged with evil,' he told the friend. But Mr Reagan said a "fine old gentleman" had pointed him in the right direction by citing the behaviour of primitive Polynesians. 'These peoples, who are truly children of nature and thus of God, accept physical desire as a natural, normal appetite,' he said."

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Amish smuggling ring broken up
CNN | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A smuggling ring operated for several months in Ohio's largest Amish community, transporting hundreds of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala, investigators said. Three Guatemalan men admitted in federal court in recent weeks that they packed undocumented people in vans and hauled them to Ohio, where they sought work in Amish communities. For months, translators helped illegal immigrants lie on identification forms at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Holmes County, prosecutors said. The State Highway Patrol began investigating when bureau employees became overwhelmed by the number of people seeking help."

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Girl killed in Burger King bathroom
Boston Globe | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The picture is of Alexandra Nicole Zapp, who was stabbed to death July 18, 2002, by a convicted sex offender in the restroom of a Burger King on Route 24 in Bridgewater, authorities say. Jury selection begins today in Plymouth Superior Court in Brockton in the first-degree murder trial of Zapp's alleged killer, 40-year-old Paul J. Leahy, a former Burger King employee. ... State Police Lieutenant Stephen O'Reilly, heading home from work, was in the men's room and heard shouting and scuffling. He entered the ladies' room and found Zapp's body in one of the stalls and Leahy washing blood from the knife he allegedly used in the killing. ... Leahy had previously been convicted of forcing a woman into the back room of a Brockton pizza shop and raping her. He served 13 years of a 15-year sentence before being released in 2000. One year later, he was convicted of accosting a minor and demanding oral sex and was jailed again. He was released on that charge in November 2001, eight months before he allegedly killed Zapp."

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Ford Mustang inadvertently ordered with govt funds
Wired | Submitted by: Jablomy Haywood
"Los Alamos National Laboratory equipment buyer Lillian Anaya thought she was ordering $30,000 worth of transducers. But she dialed a number that had been changed from an industrial equipment dealer to an auto parts shop, and wound up buying a Mustang with government money instead. That's the assertion of Los Alamos and University of California investigators, who today cleared Anaya of any wrongdoing... Anaya received a request from the Lab's Engineering Sciences and Applications division for 20 transducers last April. So she phoned in an order to what she thought was the Fluid Conditioning Company in Phoenix. The company had moved, however. And its number now rang in the back office of All Mustang Performance, a Ford parts and accessories shop."

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Man spikes cheating wife's coffee, fucks her
getreading.co.uk | Submitted by: Reading
"Gary Wright, 38, from Calcot, spiked his wife's drink with amphetamine after she made a 'throwaway' comment that she could only bring herself to have sex with him if she was drugged, Reading Crown Court heard on Friday. The court was told he denied giving his wife -- who'd had an affair with Wright's brother -- any substances when she told him she felt 'weird' after a party in August last year. ... 'He obtained some amphetamine, put it in her coffee without her knowledge and had sex and that was the reason he drugged her -- he said after that he confessed this to a social worker.'"

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Melissa virus author narqed for the FBI
Indianapolis Star | Submitted by: HardWarePimp
"Facing jail time, public wrath and a fortune in potential fines, the 30-year-old sender of the fast-spreading Melissa computer virus did what criminals have done before. He agreed to go undercover. ... According to the court records, Smith began cooperating with the FBI immediately after his arrest. Initially he was working about 18 hours a week, but at the FBI's request he soon increased his commitment to at least 40 hours a week. In exchange, the FBI paid his rent, insurance and utilities, which totaled nearly $12,000. ... In addition to using e-mail, online mailing lists and newsgroups to communicate and learn about virus senders, Smith collected 1,745 samples of computer viruses and malicious code for the FBI. ... Computer Security Institute editorial director Robert Richardson said he wouldn't be surprised if Smith is just the first of a series of virus senders who, once caught, cooperate with the FBI. 'He more than sang like a canary,' Richardson said. 'He was a narc.'"

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Schwarzenegger fucks up again
San Jose Mercury News | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"In a bid to win over Latino voters in the turbulent recall race, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger began running a Spanish-language radio ad last week that touts his humble beginnings in America as a bricklayer. ... Schwarzenegger has said that he joined forces with an Italian bodybuilder to rebuild damaged homes after the deadly Sylmar earthquake jolted Southern California. But immigration attorneys across the country said Schwarzenegger would have been barred by visa restrictions from starting his own business. Moreover, there is no record that the pair ever received a required state contractor's license. ... This is the second instance in which Schwarzenegger may have violated the terms of his visa. A week ago, the San Jose Mercury News reported that the former bodybuilder may have run afoul of his first visa by earning a weekly salary when he arrived in 1968. ... The actor, who last week celebrated his 20th anniversary as a U.S. citizen, has repeatedly said that people who want to come to his adopted country must follow the rules -- just as he did."

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Mel Gibson worried about those murderous Jews
Boston Globe | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The head of the Anti-Defamation League accused Mel Gibson yesterday of holding anti-Semitic beliefs based on the actor's response to criticism of his upcoming movie depicting Jesus' death. ... Gibson, who is Catholic, has repeatedly denied that his movie The Passion maligns Jews. ... In The New Yorker, Gibson discussed how some Catholic theologians have been criticized for their depiction of Jews. 'Modern secular Judaism wants to blame the Holocaust on the Catholic Church. And it's a lie. And it's revisionism. And they've been working on that one for a while,' Gibson said. ... Gibson also expressed regret about editing out of the movie a passage from the Gospel of Matthew that reads, 'His blood be on us, and on our children.' ... Gibson, referring to his critics, told the magazine: 'If I included that in there, they'd be coming after me at my house, they'd come kill me.'"

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