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October 08, 2003

Bear lover becomes bear chow
Anchorage Daily News | Submitted by: fredbox
"Timothy Treadwell, 46, and girlfriend Amie Huguenard, 37, were killed and partially eaten by a bear or bears near Kaflia Bay, about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage, earlier this week... The fearless former drug addict from Malibu, Calif. -- who routinely eased up close to bears to chant 'I love you' in a high-pitched, sing-song voice -- was the subject of a show on the Discovery Channel and a report on Dateline NBC... 'I told him to be much more cautious... because every time a bear kills somebody, there is a big increase in bearanoia and bears get killed,' Miller said. 'I thought that would be a way of getting to him, and his response was "I would be honored to end up in bear scat."' A number of other people said that over the years Treadwell made similar comments to them, implying that he would prefer to die as part of a bear's meal." [Mission accomplished.]

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CIA leak scandal eerily reminiscent to 1975 episode
Washington Post | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak gets a leak of classified information from foreign-policy hardliners. The column he writes causes a huge embarrassment for the Republican White House and moderates throughout the administration. Capitol Hill erupts with protests about the leak. Sound familiar? Actually, this occurred in December 1975. Novak, with his late partner Rowland Evans, got the classified leak -- that President Gerald R. Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were ready to make concessions to the Soviet Union to save the SALT II treaty. Donald H. Rumsfeld, then, as now, the secretary of defense, intervened to block Kissinger. The main leak suspect: Richard Perle, then an influential aide to Sen. Henry 'Scoop' Jackson (D-Wash.) and now a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and a confidant of neoconservatives in the Bush administration."

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Sneaky tricks unearthed in Mob trial
New York Post | Submitted by: Mr. Ramon
"Turncoat mob capo Anthony Rotondo told stunned jurors that one of the oldest members of New Jersey's DeCavalcante family, Carlo Corsentino - who lived to be more than 100 - came up with the idea of using 'double-decker' coffins at his funeral home in Elizabeth, N.J. 'The family would put the body of the murdered victim below the regular customer, thus disappearing forever,' Rotondo explained to prosecutor Michael McGovern. He said the heavy weight of the coffins often surprised pall bearers when they went to carry the remains of their loved ones. 'Everybody would kind of look at one another,' Rotondo recalled. 'There would be six grown men carrying someone's 80-pound grandmother, and they looked like they were having a problem.'"

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FBI bugged Philadelphia mayor's office
Philadelphia Inquirer | Submitted by: Barton Farley
"Federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday confirmed that the FBI planted hidden listening devices in the offices of Mayor John F. Street, as the discovery touched off a political furor just weeks before Election Day. Three federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the FBI was responsible for the bug, but refused to comment on whether Street is a target of an investigation or to provide any details about the nature of the probe."

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Spree killer's mom files for son's death benefits
KMBC-TV 9 Kansas City | Submitted by: Bushwhacker
"The mother of a man who killed three people and wounded five others at a manufacturing plant before killing himself has filed a workers' compensation claim seeking a death benefit from the company. On her application for compensation, Nina Tichelkamp-Russell, the mother of Jonathon Russell, said he suffered injuries and died on company time after the July 1 shootings at Modine Manufacturing Co... The application said Russell suffered injuries to his head and chest. One section of the standardized form asks for a description of what the employee was doing when his injuries occurred. The written answer to that question is 'death by gunfire while on company clock (time).' The form gives no more details of how the death occurred."

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Man receives restraining order, immolates self
Allentown Morning Call | Submitted by: Ellis D Trippman
"Nine days after a court ordered him to stay away from his wife and family, Joginder Singh doused himself with 33 cents worth of gasoline outside their south Bethlehem apartment and set himself on fire, authorities said Monday... Singh had worked at the Nawab Exotic Indian Restaurant, but the owners told police that they believe he set it on fire two weeks ago by pouring a flammable liquid on the front entrance and igniting it."

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Pentagon's one-stop shopping for bioterrorists
BBC | Submitted by: Kreepy Monster
"The US Defence Department could inadvertently be providing terrorists with the equipment to make chemical or biological weapons, say congressional investigators. They found the Pentagon was not properly monitoring internet sales of its equipment and so was unable to determine who was buying it and how it was being used... They found that in numerous cases surplus kit was re-sold to unknown buyers in countries where terrorists have operated, such as the Philippines and Egypt."

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Confessed killer claims to be vampire
The Scotsman | Submitted by: UncleGum
"A man told a court yesterday that he had killed his friend on the orders of 'the queen of the damned,' and to become immortal as a vampire. Allan Menzies said Akasha, the heroine of a film he watched more than 100 times, had constantly repeated her instructions to kill, most recently last week... He said he had seen Akasha in his room at the State Hospital. They had both been disappointed, because 'there's no other vampires in Carstairs.' He denied making up the fantasies. 'People tried to tell me she was not real and I could not see her, but that's bullshit.'"

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Magician's Russian roulette stunt used blanks
Sky News | Submitted by: jimbo
"Derren Brown's Russian roulette stunt backfired on him after police confirmed on Tuesday that the bullet loaded into his gun was a blank. Three million viewers watched Brown fire a gun, said to contain a live bullet, at his temple on Sunday night. But police in Jersey, where the stunt took place, said it was a fake. 'There was no live ammunition involved and at no time was anyone at risk,' said Lenny Harper, Detective Chief Officer for the States of Jersey police. 'A prop company brought a number of props to the island and they included a quantity of blank ammunition. There is absolutely no way that the State of Jersey police would allow anybody to put themselves at risk and shoot themselves dead.' ... Brown had claimed the stunt needed to be filmed at a secret foreign location to bypass Britain's strict gun laws - but the laws in Jersey are just as strict."

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Prison slaughterhouse accused of unspecified misdeeds
Toronto Star | Submitted by: Queeebec
"A meat processing plant staffed by convicts in southern Ontario was shut down today by provincial authorities who are investigating 'questionable practices' involving meat inspection. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food suspended the plant's licence after the warden of the Pittsburgh Institution near Kingston, Ont., called them to report 'allegations of questionable practices at the abattoir.' ... A prison official said refused comment tonight."

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Newlyweds confess to mother-in-law's murder
WDIV-TV 4 Detroit | Submitted by: TAZZY8JAZZY
"Inside the home, they found the body of the husband's mother in her bed. The man apparently told police that someone had broke in through the side door of the home and killed his mother. Police say the man later changed his story. 'After time, I think the guilt in him finally came out and he confessed,' said Sgt. Phil Wengrowski of the Dearborn Heights Police Department... Detectives say the mother had recently moved in with the couple and was apparently getting in the way of their new life."

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Plush toy angers WW2 vet
Canadian Broadcasting | Submitted by: Gorg
"Veteran Harold Bastable is mad about the Royal Canadian Legion's Poppy Puppies, stuffed dogs mottled with poppies intended to teach kids about remembrance. He bailed out of a plane over France in 1944. Two of his crewmates died in the aircraft, and his brother was also killed in the Second World War. Bastable thinks the legion's consciousness-raising idea is 'insulting' to the memories of the dead. He cites the legion's own rules. 'The poppy is our emblem of supreme sacrifice and must forever hold an honoured place,' and that doesn't include the ass of a dog.'"

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Orrin Hatch still lobbying for Schwarzenegger presidency
Salt Lake Tribune | Submitted by: Gambrinus
"[Utah] Sen. Orrin Hatch says Arnold Schwarzenegger should not be judged on past improper advances towards women but as the devoted husband he is today, adding that the foreign-born GOP candidate for California governor also should have the opportunity to run for president under a constitutional amendment Hatch is pushing... Hatch has introduced a resolution to amend the Constitution's ban on non-American-born presidents by allowing people who have been U.S. citizens for at least 20 years to be elected to the White House. While the measure was not introduced with Schwarzenegger in mind, Hatch said the Austrian-born superstar would be a perfect example of why the constitutional amendment is needed. If Arnold Schwarzenegger turns out to be the greatest governor of California, which I hope he will, if he turns out to be a tremendous leader and he proves to everybody in this country that he's totally dedicated to this country as an American... we would be wrong not to give him that opportunity," said Hatch." [Even greater than Saint Reagan?]

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Rumsfeld angry about Iraq demotion
Washington Post | Submitted by: Saucy Falafel
"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that he was not told in advance about a reorganization of the Iraq reconstruction, which he heads. He said he still does not know the reason for the shake-up. Rumsfeld said in an interview with the Financial Times and three European news organizations that he did not learn of the new Iraq Stabilization Group until he received a classified memo about it from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice on Thursday. Rumsfeld was asked several times why the changes were necessary. 'I think you have to ask Condi that question,' he said... Pressed, he said: 'I said I don't know. Isn't that clear? You don't understand English? I was not there for the backgrounding.' Rumsfeld's tart remarks offer a window on the tensions among members of President Bush's war cabinet."

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