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October 01, 2003

Man murders son, commits suicide by train
Wire Services | Submitted by: Rammstein Girl
"An out-of-work Wall Street investment banker who was deeply in debt killed his 8-year-old son before taking his own life by crouching in front of a commuter train, authorities said. Richard Josephs, 53, of Short Hills was struck and killed by a train Monday afternoon. His son, Eric, was found dead at the family's home. Authorities would not elaborate on how or why the son was killed. A New Jersey Transit spokeswoman said Josephs crouched on the tracks as the train approached, ignoring the whistle. The engineer applied the emergency brakes but was unable to avoid hitting him."

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Terror economy now 5% of global GNP
MSNBC | Submitted by: Kaiser Wilhelm
"By tracing the dollars behind the terror networks, [author Loretta Napoleoni] estimates that the 'new economy of terrorism' has now grown to $1.5 trillion or more in both illegal and legal transactions. The business of terrorism is now so large and the financial networks supporting it so complex, she says, that if the flow of money to terrorists were suddenly cut off, the drop in liquidity could have a serious impact on the Western economies."

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Ambulance staffer fired for souvenir photos
BBC | Submitted by: BW
"An ambulance worker has been sacked following allegations he took photographs of a dead patient. The worker is alleged to have taken the photographs of a corpse -- believed to be the body of a teenage girl -- with a mobile phone at the scene of a road crash in north Lincolnshire in August."

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Radio host calls Kofi Annan a 'cheeky darkie'
BBC | Submitted by: Lydia
"New Zealand's race relations commissioner Joris de Bres has branded as 'insufficient' apologies from a broadcaster who racially abused the head of the United Nations. Paul Holmes repeatedly called Kofi Annan a 'cheeky darkie' on his radio programme last week. ... Holmes told his morning show audience: 'That Kofi Annan, I've got to say to you, has been a very cheeky darkie overnight.' Later he apologised and insisted he was not a racist."

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Doctor convicted of Club Ped vacation
New York Daily News | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"An ex-doctor from Brooklyn was convicted yesterday of traveling to Mexico to have sex with boys at a resort that catered to pedophiles. ... Prosecutors said Irving traveled to Acapulco in May 1998, bringing with him candy and action figures as gifts for the boys at the oceanside bed and breakfast. The boys at Castillo Vista del Mar were recruited off the streets and were given food, shelter and money in exchange for having sex with American pedophiles, prosecutors said."

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Man describes Saudi tortures
Canadian Broadcasting | Submitted by: Rufferto
"Sampson described the torture he was subjected to by his Saudi captors. 'The worst that I endured ... was being hung upside down and beaten across the backside, the feet, the scrotum. The pain from that is just incredible, I just felt like my entire body was about to explode out of my ears and my eyes. Parts of your body actually feel like they set light to them, they are so inflamed and sore.' Sampson said after five days of torture he begged to confess to being the mastermind behind a series of bombings aimed at westerners in Saudi Arabia. A few days more of torture and he confessed to being a British spy. Four other British men made similar confessions."

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Woman stomps elderly mother to death
Washington Post | Submitted by: AmandatheFuelie
"A woman who claimed prescription antidepressants made her homicidal was convicted Monday of stomping her mother to death in a bathroom scuffle in the middle of the night. ... her lawyers argued that her judgment and self-control were affected by the antidepressant Paxil and that she was not criminally responsible for her mother's death. Prosecutors said there was no scientific evidence to back her claims. They said Countess blamed her mother for her own marital problems."

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Intruder sentenced for snuggling spree
2theadvocate.com | Submitted by: Burma Jones
"A former LSU student accused of sneaking into women's apartments to snuggle, fold their clothes and watch them sleep surrendered to authorities Tuesday. ... [Steve E. Danos] is accused of entering at least 12 apartments on Sept. 21 near the university's campus through unlocked doors and windows. ... One 18-year-old freshman said the intruder crawled into bed and wrapped his arms around her, arrest warrants say. In some cases, the intruder folded their clothes or arranged their shoes. In one apartment, he apparently cooked some nachos, arrest warrants say. ... Danos' case has drawn national media attention and left local law enforcement officials, coming off the south Louisiana serial killer investigation, surprised. 'Have we not learned to lock the damn doors?' Police Chief Pat Englade said to a community group last week about the news."

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Sikh killer guilty of murder
AZ Central | Submitted by: optional
"A jury today rejected Frank Roque's plea of insanity, finding him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a Sikh gasoline station owner four days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Roque, 44, had admitted to killing Balbir Singh Sodhi, 49, an Indian immigrant, but his attorney had said his client suffered from mental illness and heard voices. Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Vince Imbordino said during closing arguments that the shooting 'is not mental illness. It's hatred, it's anger.' Roque's insanity claims amounted to 'nothing, no defense,' Imbordino said."

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Definitely not race riots
BBC | Submitted by: optional
"Up to 30 police have been injured during a second night of rioting in Toxteth, Liverpool. Latest reports suggest that nearly 200 white and black youths have been attacking police, cars and shops with petrol bombs and bricks. ... Community leaders are keen to point out that the incident is not racially motivated, although there are reports that it was triggered by the arrest of a black motorcyclist. ... The disturbances in Liverpool follow race riots in Brixton, south London in April and two days ago in Southall, west London."

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Naked drunk arrested behind wheel of SUV
www4.fosters.com | Submitted by: optional
"Police stopped a naked Barrington woman Monday night who ran over a stop sign with an SUV and dragged it down Sixth Street after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident that sent one person to a hospital, according to a police report. ... 'She was also completely nude and could not account for her manner of dress,' an officer who stopped Brown wrote in an incident report. When asked if she had been drinking, Brown said she had 'one beer,' according to police."

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Terminal woman wants funeral plot next to murder victim
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Bushwhacker
"Murderess Vidilia Spragin, who is dying of cancer and won 'compassionate release' after 20 years in prison, wants to be buried in a plot alongside the husband she killed in 1982. ... While out on bail for a year after killing Harry Spragin, his widow purchased the plot next to him at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina Hills... Vidilia Spragin was then convicted of setting her husband on fire and laughing as he burned in the garage of their San Bernardino home."

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University BDSM club accused of fostering rape
Des Moines Register | Submitted by: Jonny Plasma
"Jayme Howard spends his days at computer science class. At night, the Iowa State University freshman learns how to tie up and spank partners. He gets his nighttime lessons from Cuffs, a campus club that teaches students about bondage and other sexual fetishes. ... 'This is an alarm bell,' said Chuck Hurley, president of the Iowa Family Policy Center in Pleasant Hill. Hurley says rape is vastly underreported on college campuses. 'I think for the university to condone this act in the light of the rape problem is like throwing gasoline on a destructive fire. It's just going to make it worse,' he said. ... 'While the argument is made that this is consensual ... sadism is disrespectful and masochism is self-disrespectful,' Hurley said. 'To fund something that is degrading or sexually violent can only lead to heartache.'" [Yawn.]

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Homemade cable car becomes death trap
Stuff NZ | Submitted by: Missy
"An elderly Nelson woman is dead after being thrown from a homemade cable car when it plummeted down her accessway on to the road. ... Sergeant Brian Wood, of Stoke police, said it appeared there was a mechanical failure on the electric cable car which caused it to roll out of control on to the road. He estimated the cable car had been used for '30 years or more.' The square, wooden cable car had rubber wheels and two small wooden chairs as seats. There were no seatbelts or restraints."

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Athens killing stray dogs
CNN | Submitted by: Buzz Beer
"Greek dog lovers accused the city of Athens on Wednesday of poisoning and burning more than 3,000 stray dogs this year to try to clean up streets before the 2004 Olympics. 'The dogs have been killed, poisoned, burnt and dumped in garbage bins in various areas of the capital,' Marianna Polichroniadou, head of a new citizens' pressure group which includes lawyers, actors and politicians, told a news conference. ... Polichroniadou said strays were killed in three waves this year -- before the Greek presidency of the European Union, during an EU summit in April and in August when people were away on holiday."

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