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December 06, 2003

Magic potion kills 64
Reuters UK | Submitted by: ptrotter
"A priest is on the run after 64 members of his congregation were poisoned to death by a potion he said would grant them salvation. 'Sixty-four of the approximately hundred people who drank the potion have died. We have sent two doctors and a Red Cross team to the site,' the Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister Yagi Sitolo told Reuters... Congo's health minister said the Bosobe authorities were looking for the priest who had fled for fear of recrimination."

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Bad haircut prompts matricide
Mainichi Daily News | Submitted by: Cagehead
"A schoolboy arrested for stabbing his mother and setting fire to their home carried out the attack after his mother ridiculed his haircut, it has been learned. The 17-year-old high school student, whose name has been withheld because he is a minor, reportedly told police that he became infuriated and stabbed his mother when she mocked him for cutting his hair that he had grown long... the 17-year-old cut his hair himself, but his mother ridiculed him over the haircut, causing him to become enraged, police said. He subsequently picked up a knife and stabbed her."

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Gary Glitter back in action
News of the World | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Repulsive pop pervert Gary Glitter tries to hide his identity behind a long goatee beard, sunglasses and cowboy hat... Our reporters trailed the new-look, slimmed-down Glitter as he travelled around the country in a Suzuki Vitara jeep, which had curtains blanking out its rear windows... As well as shamelessly eyeing up the girl as she carried water past the roadside cafe, he made approaches to groups of small children, some of them naked, who were playing at the side of the road."

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Dozens of cops reprimanded for sex industry ties
Japan Today | Submitted by: Cagehead
"The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said Friday it has punished 42 police officers for corruption... The officers in question, who it did not identify, engaged in prohibited activities, such as allowing themselves to be wined and dined, treated to rounds of golf and entertained at sex industry establishments, the department said."

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American tactics pissing off Iraqis
New York Times | Submitted by: Jonny Plasma
"American soldiers have begun wrapping entire villages in barbed wire... So far, the new approach appears to be succeeding in diminishing the threat to American soldiers. But it appears to be coming at the cost of alienating many of the people the Americans are trying to win over... 'You have to understand the Arab mind,' Capt. Todd Brown, a company commander with the Fourth Infantry Division, said as he stood outside the gates of Abu Hishma. 'The only thing they understand is force - force, pride and saving face.'"

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Eminem attracts Secret Service attention
CNN | Submitted by: Cagehead
"The Secret Service is trying to determine if any action needs to be taken regarding a lyric from rapper Eminem that may be a threat to President Bush. The lyric comes from a bootleg Eminem recording - one of several from the rapper making rounds on the Internet over the past week. In the song called 'We Are American,' Eminem sings: 'Fuck money, I don't rap for dead presidents/ I'd rather see the President dead.' ... A Secret Service probe is routine when something that could be construed as a threat to the president is brought to agents' attention."

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Indigent babies shitting their brains out
BBC | Submitted by: Hardcastle
"Repeated bouts of diarrhoea in infancy significantly impairs mental performance later in life, researchers have found. A team from the University of Virginia followed hundreds of children in a Brazilian shanty town for 14 years. Those afflicted by diarrhoea showed signs of stunted mental development by the age of 10... 'The best single predictor of how a child is doing in the third grade in school is how much diarrhoea they had during their first two years of life.'"

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Women opting for foot mutilation
New York Times | Submitted by: Jonny Plasma
"Women are having parts of their toes lopped off to fit into the latest Manolo Blahniks or Jimmy Choos. Cheerful how-to stories about these operations have appeared in women's magazines and major newspapers and on television news programs. But the stories rarely note the perils of the procedures. For the sake of better 'toe cleavage,' as it is known to the fashion-conscious, women are risking permanent disability, according to many orthopedists and podiatrists."

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Sorry, uglies: no hours for you
CBS News | Submitted by: ClamSpank
"Two ex-managers for a clothing chain accused of discrimination say corporate representatives of the chain, Abercrombie & Fitch, routinely had them reduce the hours of less attractive salespeople... A group of minorities suing Abercrombie & Fitch doesn't think the retailer has the right to hire based on a look, a look they say too often is mostly white. '[The look] is dominated by Caucasian, football-looking, blond hair, blue-eyed males. Skinny, tall. You don't see any African American, Asian Americans,' says Jennifer Lu, an Asian who says she is suing the retailer for firing her and other Asians because management preferred white males."

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NRA desperately wants its own media outlet
USA Today | Submitted by: Cagehead
"Hoping to spend as much as it wants on next year's elections, the National Rifle Association is looking to buy a television or radio station and declare that it should be treated as a news organization, exempt from spending limits in the campaign finance law. 'We're looking at bringing a court case that we're as legitimate a media outlet as Disney or Viacom or Time-Warner,' the NRA's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, told The Associated Press... The NRA and its lawyers will 'look at every option to continue to exercise our First Amendment rights,' even anchoring a ship 'in international waters and beaming in' if necessary to get its gun-rights message on the air at election time, LaPierre said." [Maybe Wayne will revive Radio New York International?]

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Animal rights people fed ham to lambs
CNN | Submitted by: Cagehead
"Tests have confirmed that animal rights activists fed ham to sheep waiting for export to Kuwait, government officials said. The move left 1,800 sheep unsuitable for export to Islamic buyers in Kuwait because pork, and anything it comes into contact with, is considered unclean by Muslims... Group campaigner Ralph Hahnheuser has been charged over the incident with trespassing and contaminating goods to cause economic loss, and will appear in court next month."

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College Republicans embarrassed by racist photos
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
The Penn State Black Caucus demanded that the chairman of the university's College Republicans resign after finding on his personal Web site a photo of a white man in blackface and another with a Ku Klux Klan reference. Black Caucus President Tiffanie Lewis yesterday said the pictures were inappropriate for the leader of a student organization and urged the resignation of Brian Battaglia, chair of the College Republicans, and anyone else involved in posting the pictures... The pictures on Battaglia's Web site were among dozens of pictures from a Halloween party Battaglia hosted at his off-campus home."

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