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November 08, 2003

Rapper gets life for killing, eating roommate
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"An aspiring rapper convicted of killing his roommate and eating part of her lung was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole... Superior Court Judge Jack Morgan also imposed a consecutive life sentence on Antron Singleton, 27, convicted in June of murder and aggravated mayhem for the April 2002 slaying of Tynisha Ysais... Testimony showed that the 21-year-old woman's chest had been cut open and her right lung, which had been removed, appeared chewed and torn. Singleton, whose stage name was Big Lurch, was arrested after he was spotted walking naked on a street with his mouth, chest and abdomen covered in blood."

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Jessica Lynch calls the Pentagon a bunch of liars
Sky News | Submitted by: rtype
"US hero Private Jessica Lynch has slammed the American government for exaggerating the account of her 'rescue' from Iraqi captors. The 20-year-old said 'it hurt' for the Pentagon to make claims about the rescue operation that were not true. And she said it was 'wrong' for the US government to use her as a 'symbol' for the war."

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Woman gets 5 years for flushing newborn
KNBC-TV 4 Los Angeles | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A woman has been sentenced to five years in prison after she was accused of drowning her newborn son in a Las Vegas hotel toilet in 1997 and remaining on the run until her arrest this year in a Seattle, Wash., suburb... Authorities said [Kristine Sue Westin], then 23, gave birth to a boy in the bathroom of a room at the Lady Luck hotel-casino where she and her boyfriend, Kevin Dale Woo, were staying in July 1997... Woo, 35, committed suicide after a 30-hour standoff with police at a hotel."

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Possibly 300,000 Iraqis buried in mass graves
Newsday | Submitted by: Jonny Plasma
"Saddam Hussein's government is believed to have buried as many as 300,000 opponents in 263 mass graves that dot the Iraqi landscape... So far, the existence of about 40 graves has been confirmed... President Bush has referred to Iraqi mass graves frequently in recent months, saying they provide evidence that the war to drive Saddam from power was justified." [Instead of his WMDs.]

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Genocide trial crawling forward
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Four former Rwandan ministers have gone on trial, charged with masterminding the killing of some 800,000 people in the 1994 genocide... The four men are accused of being in charge of militia that systematically slaughtered ethnic Tutsis... Rwanda has expressed its anger at the tribunal's lack of results in prosecuting the chief perpetrators of genocide, given the resources at their disposal... After spending over half a billion dollars and with more than 800 staff, the tribunal has achieved only 12 convictions in eight years."

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Why I love the Supreme Court sodomy decision
Straits Times | Submitted by: Michael Stone
"A police sergeant has been jailed for two years and faces the sack after he was found guilty of having oral sex with a 16-year-old. She was above the age of consent and agreed to perform the act, but Annis Abdullah, 27, of the Police Coast Guard, landed in court because oral sex is against the law... veteran criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan explained: 'The act by itself is an offence. It is not a question of consent or no consent. Even between consenting people, it is an offence.' Technically, he said, a woman who performs the act can also be charged with helping to commit a crime, but he was not aware of any such case... The maximum punishment for the offence is life imprisonment."

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Why I love the First Amendment
Wire Services | Submitted by: Channing
"Egyptian authorities have banned the Jim Carrey film Bruce Almighty, saying the comedy infringes on God's sacredness... In the film, Carrey plays a TV reporter who gets a shot at being God for a week. In June, Egyptian censors banned The Matrix Reloaded on religious grounds, saying it challenged the topics of existence and creation."

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School stormed by drug warriors
USA Today | Submitted by: Hare Krishna Insomniac
"State police are investigating a drug sweep in which more than a dozen local officers charged into a crowded high school hallway with their guns drawn and handcuffed students. No drugs or weapons were found during the sweep, and there were no drug-related arrests. Videotape from Stratford High School surveillance cameras Wednesday morning shows dozens of students, some of them handcuffed, sitting on a hallway floor against the walls as police officers watch them with guns drawn and police dogs sniff backpacks and bags strewn across the hall." [Needless to say, the raid turned up absolutely nothing.]

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Penis shrinkers strike the Sudan
Frontpage Magazine | Submitted by: Schlermy
"Last month mass hysteria apparently swept the capital city, Khartoum, after reports that foreigners were shaking hands with Sudanese men and causing their penises to disappear. One victim, a fabric merchant, told his story to the London Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. A man from West Africa came into the shop and 'shook the store owner's hand powerfully until the owner felt his penis melt into his body.'"

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Girl beaten, shat upon
iAfrica | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A grade nine pupil from Cape Town said she was assaulted by a white schoolmate and the girl's boyfriend and mother, who also shouted racial insults and covered her face with faeces in full view of other pupils, SABC television news reported on Friday... 'We said you cannot verbally abuse the child like this. She said "fuck off you black kaffir, you don't belong to this school. You should go back to your black township."' [Appallingly discourteous.]

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Rapists working hard to correct lesbianism
Independent Online | Submitted by: Janey G.
"Lesbians are being raped, assaulted and victimised 'every day' in the townships, in an attempt to force a change in their sexual orientation. Since January this year, 33 black lesbians have come forward with their stories of rape, assault, sexual assault and verbal abuse to organisations fighting hate crimes in Johannesburg townships... 'I was raped because I was a butch child. I was 13 years old the first time it happened. My mother walked into the room soon afterwards and said to me "this is what happens to girls like you."'"

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Mother unhappy over son's lycanthropy diet
News Corporation | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A quasi-religious cult is using the Internet to recruit teenagers who are encouraged to act as werewolves, howl at the moon and eat raw meat... 'This fellow started to stalk us at night. He'd start howling like a werewolf at midnight outside our house, which frightened the other kids. My son left and moved into a house with this fellow and another bloke. They would dress up in costumes like wolves and take my son on a leash to South Bank... They drink blood and eat raw meat. My son lost a lot of weight,' she said."

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Santa gets 1 year for molesting girl
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A 68-year-old Royal Palm Beach man who has played Santa Claus at a mall pleaded guilty to charges of sexually abusing children and was sentenced to one year in jail and 10 years of probation. Jack Horace Grimes was arrested in May after a mother called police to complain that he had molested her child. Grimes faced a possible life sentence on one charge of sexual battery and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation."

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Guy Fawkes had enough gunpowder for 25 Parliaments
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Guy Fawkes could have changed the face of London if his 1605 plot had not been foiled, explosion experts have said. His 2,500 kg of gunpowder could have caused chaos and devastation over a 490-metre radius, they have calculated. Fawkes' planned blast was powerful enough to destroy Westminster Hall and the Abbey, with streets as far as Whitehall suffering damage... In a report published in the New Civil Engineer, Dr Alford calculated that Fawkes and his fellow conspirators went for an overkill, filling the cellar beneath the House of Lords with 25 times the explosive necessary to bring the building down."

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Vibrator frightens gaggle of females
BBC | Submitted by: Queeebec
"A sex aid has caused a bomb scare at a South African rubbish dump, the Cape Times says. A group of women searching for items for recycling heard a ticking sound coming from a rubbish bag. Thinking it could be a bomb, they informed the manager of the Hermanus dump in Cape Town, Adolf Hansen. 'I thought I would just tear the bag open a bit, and then there I saw what it was - a vibrator, the batteries still working.' ... He recognised what it was immediately, he said, because he had seen vibrators 'more than once' before. This one, he said, was 'middle-sized.'

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McDonald's unhappy about "McJob"
MSNBC | Submitted by: motrinwoman420
"McDonald's says it deserves a break from the unflattering way the latest Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary depicts its job opportunities. Among some 10,000 new additions to an updated version released in June was the term 'McJob,' defined as 'low paying and dead-end work.' In an open letter to Merriam-Webster, McDonald's CEO Jim Cantalupo said the term is 'an inaccurate description of restaurant employment' and 'a slap in the face to the 12 million men and women' who work in the restaurant industry." [Tough shit, pal. It's been in the lexicon for years. Anyway, if the U.S. Postal Service can endure "snailmail" you can certainly live with "McJob."]

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Voyager refuses to die
Voice of America | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The spacecraft Voyager 1 is still sending data back to NASA, the U.S. government space agency, after more than 26 years in space. It is now the most distant man-made object in space, traveling billions of kilometers from earth and perhaps reaching the outer edges of our solar system... There is no conclusion on whether or not Voyager has actually passed the so-called 'Termination Shock,' where the spacecraft would encounter a dramatic drop in solar wind speed and an increase in interstellar plasma or particles... [regardless] scientists are gathering data from truly unknown territory and are scratching their heads over numbers being sent from a spacecraft that should have died 20 years ago."

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