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October 31, 2003

Canadian bomb expert disappears in Thailand
National Post | Submitted by: The Gamble
"A missing Canadian soldier who vanished this summer is a member of the army's elite JTF-2 special forces squad, and the military is growing increasingly worried that the explosives expert has 'gone off the reservation.' Sergeant Monty Paisley, a 16-year veteran of the military, and for the past six years a member of the Canadian Forces' secretive commando unit, has been missing since July and investigators acknowledged yesterday that they have few leads. The 40-year-old is believed to have entered Thailand three months ago for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation and has not been seen since... Sgt. Paisley was a member of the Canadian special forces unit and that he served with it in Afghanistan last year helping to hunt down al-Qaeda and Taliban holdouts around Kandahar."

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Catholic schoolgirls provide flasher beatdown
CNN | Submitted by: The Gamble
"A man described by authorities as a known sexual predator was chased through the streets of South Philadelphia by an angry crowd of Catholic high school girls, who kicked and punched him after he was tackled by neighbors, police said Friday... 'The girls came and started kicking him and punching him, so I wasn't going to stop them,' neighbor Robert Lemons told The Philadelphia Inquirer."

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Graveyard manager pleads guilty to shuffling corpses
St. Petersburg Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A former supervisor for a cemetery chain accused of digging up old graves and moving remains to make room for new bodies has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the company. Robert McKay became the first employee of Houston-based Service Corporation International to be held criminally accountable in the South Florida prosecution of the chain... McKay pleaded guilty Wednesday to exhuming two bodies without notifying relatives... Lawsuits by families in both counties claim Menorah Gardens misplaced bodies, oversold plots and dumped remains."

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"Kiss A Tranny" reality show scrapped
BBC | Submitted by: aton_beton
"Sky One has pulled plans for a show about men competing for the affections of a pre-operation transsexual after the contestants threatened legal action to block the show's transmission. The channel said on Friday the show which set up men with Miriam only to reveal later she was a man would not be included in the current schedule. The lawyer for the six male contestants had said they were feeling 'traumatised' after being duped by Sky One into cuddling and kissing Miriam, who they believed to be a woman... the contestants, who are said to include a Royal Marine commando, a ski instructor and an ex-lifeguard, only discovered the truth when Miriam picked the winner and then revealed her true identity."

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Boy badly hurt as costume set on fire by classmate
Boston Globe | Submitted by: dianalily
"A 14-year-old high school freshman from Ellsworth, Maine, was being treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital last night, hours after he was severely burned when another student allegedly set the boy's Halloween costume on fire during a school assembly... Many of the 500 students gathered in the Ellsworth High School gymnasium for 'Spook Day' initially thought it was a Halloween stunt when they saw a ball of flames erupt in the bleachers. Ellsworth police Lieutenant Harold Page said a 15-year-old boy said, 'I wonder if this will burn,' before setting fire to Awalt's costume with a lighter."

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Cocaine stashed inside in-flight snack treats
Miami Herald | Submitted by: Juan Motaim
"Federal agents inspecting a Colombian passenger plane Thursday found the powdery drug concealed in dozens of travel-sized peanut bags... 'They began examining the food, the sugar packets and coffee,' said Zachary Mann, a Customs spokesman in Miami. 'Ultimately, an agent picked up the peanut packet, squeezed it, and a poof of white powder came out.' ... Thursday's seizure netted about 2.6 pounds of cocaine with a wholesale price of about $20,000."

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New York train passenger snagged on toilet
WNBC-TV 4 New York | Submitted by: Cucpake
"A man riding a Metro-North train dropped his cell phone in a toilet and got his arm stuck trying to retrieve it Thursday, forcing the train to stop and delaying the evening commute for thousands of people. Edwin Gallart, 41, of the Bronx, was stuck with his arm in the toilet for 90 minutes... Firefighters tried a variety of methods to extricate Gallart's arm. They ended up taking apart the entire toilet."

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Psycho plows down six bikers
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Phill
"A man driving a stolen pickup truck ran over five motorcyclists Wednesday, killing two and critically injuring another, police said. The man, later identified as Timothy E. Pilgren, 26, got into an argument with the bikers - five men and one woman - before running them over on a coastal highway, Panama City Beach Deputy Chief of Police David Humphreys said."

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Home & Gardens downplaying old Hitler article
World Net Daily | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A British magazine that published a 1938 article cheerfully describing Adolf Hitler's summer home with no mention of his atrocities is being called to account for its part in paving the way for the Holocaust... the controversy erupted in September when Homes & Gardens demanded a British journalist remove a copy of the article from his website. The magazine argued it infringed on their copyright... The article, 'At Home With Hitler,' featured the dictator's 'bright, airy chalet,' known as Haus Wachenfeld, which contained 'the fairest view in all of Europe.' No reference was made to his plans for world domination or extermination of the Jews."

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Chinese govt unhappy about opium song
News Corporation | Submitted by: faerie
"China has banned a song in an album by Hong Kong pop diva Faye Wong after government censors ruled the lyrics about opium - a word that evokes Western domination for some Chinese - would harm young people. The censors objected to the song 'In the Name of Love,' which includes the line, 'opium is warm and sweet.'"

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Wildlife film producer caught smuggling
Wire Services | Submitted by: faerie
"Michael Linley was arrested at Perth International Airport on Oct. 20, after customs officials found 187 frogs, lizards, snakes, 26 reptile eggs and some insects in his suitcases. Linley, producer of the British wildlife program, Survival, pleaded guilty to 31 state offenses for which he could be fined up to $87,000... Prosecutors allege Linley's suitcases had held 27 different species of Western Australian wildlife, including three cockroaches. The reptiles included types of geckos, skinks and snakes. Frogs included clicking froglets, squelching froglets and desert tree frogs."

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Iraq, Afghanistan contracts going to Bush donors
Boston Globe | Submitted by: dianalily
"At least 70 companies have been awarded a total of $8 billion in contracts in the past two years. While some of the contractors were previously known to have ties to White House officials - such as Halliburton, formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney - the group found several lesser-known firms that also are linked to senior government officials. One small company's sole employee is married to a deputy assistant secretary of defense, the study found. [What?] ... 'Those companies contributed more money to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush - more than $500,000 - than to any other politician over the last dozen years.'"

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Biowarfare agents target laboratory mice
New Scientist | Submitted by: lemmiwinks
"A scientist funded by the US government has deliberately created an extremely deadly form of mousepox, a relative of the smallpox virus, through genetic engineering. The new virus kills all mice even if they have been given antiviral drugs as well as a vaccine that would normally protect them. The work has not stopped there. The cowpox virus, which infects a range of animals including humans, has been genetically altered in a similar way. The new virus, which is about to be tested on animals, should be lethal only to mice." [Key word: "should."]

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Britain should consider egg control legislation
BBC | Submitted by: faerie
"Children caught throwing eggs in Shropshire are being warned they face prosecution... Shops are being asked to be watchful for youngsters trying to buy eggs. Police are asking them not to sell them to children if they are suspicious about what they will be used for. Parents who think eggs are going missing from the kitchen are being asked to check whether their children are involved in the attacks."

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Gnomes held by French police
Yahoo! News | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A French police station has been stuck with a room of homeless garden gnomes, victims of a wave of gnome abductions, after a fresh bid to trace their owners failed." With photo.

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