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September 11, 2002

Man tried for shooting wife through ceiling
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Submitted by: Jonsl
"Drunk and arguing with his wife, Donald Chase held a pistol to the floor of his upstairs den and fired. The bullet passed through a carpet and the downstairs kitchen ceiling, then fatally struck his wife as she poured bottles of liquor down the sink... prosecutors said the 56-year-old intended to kill his wife, even though he shot her in the head through gray carpet, a foam carpet pad, 3/4-inch plywood and the kitchen ceiling sheetrock."

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Second moon discovered by amateur astronomer
Guardian | Submitted by: Uncle Olaf
"The object so far is known only as J002E3. It is designated as an asteroid. However, to astronomers asteroids are minor planets or lumps of rock. The difference is that this minor planet or lump of rock is in orbit not around the sun, but around the Earth. It circles the Earth every 49.5 days along an elliptical path which sometimes has it 840,000 km (520,000 miles) from Earth, sometimes a trifling 300,000 km, and tilted at 21 degrees from the plane of the Earth's own orbit around the sun."

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Stick 'im again, he's not smiling yet
Independent Online | Submitted by: wingnut
"The Australian rugby league international who was banned last year for poking his fingers up the backsides of opposition players has been recalled to the Australian squad for next month's Test against New Zealand... he was eventually given a second chance by the Northern Eagles and has been in outstanding form this season." WOO HOO!

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Snoop Doggy Dog goes straight edge
BET | Submitted by: Crotch Wizard
"Despite his crucial role in the recording of Dr. Dre's classic album The Chronic and his own inebriated classics like "Gin and Juice," the multi-faceted entertainer said he has taken huge strides in improving himself as an individual. His sobriety, he says, allows him to live more responsibly."

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Man did not realize he was stabbed
a3n.tv | Submitted by: ~CulebraS~
A man did not realize he was stabbed, thinking instead that he had been pushed hard. Article is Spanish, but with interesting pictures and video.

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Blind are 1 step closer to internet porn
Wire Services | Submitted by: SunSNEEZE
"Scientists looking for ways to help blind people get more out of computers have developed a vibrating mouse and combined it with sonic representations of graphs that would otherwise be inaccessible. Mike Burton of Glasgow University told reporters at the British Association the Advancement of Science annual festival the mouse vibrated every time it met a line on a graph, giving a blind operator a tactile tip-off."

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Why everybody else hates America
Christian Science Monitor | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"The US now holds greater economic, political, military, and cultural sway over the rest of the world than any power since the Roman Empire. It is the only military power with global reach, spending more on guns and soldiers than the next 11 countries combined. It has 27 percent of the world's economic output, equal to the next three biggest countries combined... But brute strength does not always add up to leadership, and raw power rarely fosters the sense of international common purpose needed to address problems with the environment, disease, immigration, or global economic stability."

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Whores wanted, for Beauty Pagent
Wire Services | Submitted by: anonymous
"Italians have much to complain about these days. Prices are rising, jobs are scarce and the "country of the sun" has been swamped by rain this summer. But along with the highs and lows of the mercury and the economy, another moan this past week has been that the Miss Italy pageant, one of the country's most hallowed institutions, is producing girls that are, well, just too wholesome."

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Lawmakers urge probe of Martha Stewart
Wire Services | Submitted by: anonymous
A boring story, but we really liked the headline. "Lawmakers on Tuesday urged the Justice Department to investigate style queen Martha Stewart to determine if she knowingly lied to a congressional panel in its probe of possible insider trading. Rep. Billy Tauzin, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said information the panel has obtained casts doubt on Stewart's version of events. He urged the Justice Department to determine whether she violated the law."

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Man jailed for playing tetris at 30,000 ft
CNN | Submitted by: ian m.
"Potentially, the consequences could be fatal. It seems to me that anyone who leaves a mobile phone switched on creates some risk and maybe the situation has been reached when we have to consider if mobile phones should be confiscated before transit," the judge said... "The consequences were potentially very serious. I think this offence is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified... It's a 'clang of the gate' sentence."

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Workers at world's tallest building take today off
Straits Times | Submitted by: Norad
Rather than go through the hassle of stumbling through fiery rubble in smoke-clogged panic filled stairways, hundreds of workers in Malaysia decided to take the day off on the 1st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. The Petronas Twin Towers, extraordinarily tall-ass buildings located in the same country where the U.S. Embassy decided to call it off today & go fishing, were the recipients of bomb threats hours after jets slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field near a Pennsylvania town last Sept. 11.

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Spotted Dick is back
BBC | Submitted by: Chris Hansen
For the UK-challenged, Spotted Dick is not a disease, it's a dessert. "A traditional pudding which was renamed after hospital managers thought patients would be too embarrassed to ask for it, is being restored to Gloucestershire's hospital menus."

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Robbery of 7-11 with chocolate bar blamed on 9-11
News Corporation | Submitted by: Norad
The 9/11 attacks one year ago convinced a drunk that eschaton was upon us, and to that end, he attempted to hold up a 7-11 wielding nothing but a chocolate bar. After facing ridicule, the man returned home and robbed the store using a pocket knife, netting $800. And then blew it at a casino. "That's one of the reasons that I have gone on that bender. You know, like, just, this is the end of the world, you know."

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Boy gets 10 years for stealing a 6-pack
St. Petersburg Times | Submitted by: ian m.
"Earlier this year, 16 year old Adam Bollenback swiped a six-pack of beer from a refrigerator in a woman's garage and got caught by Citrus County sheriff's deputies... the state Department of Corrections recommended the boy, now 17, wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet for two years... On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Ric A. Howard discarded those suggestions and sentenced Bollenback to a 10-year prison term. "You're well on your way to a lifetime of prison... this sentence is going to break your spirit right now."

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The sordid secret life of an ex-civil servant
Sun | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"Anne Fidler seemed so respectable, a businesswoman who opened a gym after 14 years working with top Tory William Waldegrave. But Anne hid an amazing secret; she had become a high-class prostitute to make ends meet. And her double life would have stayed a secret if she had not almost lost her life in a ferocious attack by one of her clients." That woman (her picture is shown) is a prostitute???!?

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Naked security guard covered in orange paint
Western Daily Press | Submitted by: Any Mouse
"He managed to climb out of the canal and get back in his car to change into some dry clothes. But, just as he was in the middle of changing, a booby-trapped suitcase exploded, covering him and the inside of the car with orange paint."

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Genital-mutilation threat was a big lie
CNN | Submitted by: D. Rango
She hoodwinked the INS, federal judges, the press and even Hillary Rodham Clinton. But the jig is up for Regina Norman Danson (aka Adelaide Abankwah) who won political asylum with a highly publicized claim that she would face genital mutilation if sent back to her native Ghana. She "concocted an elaborate lie claiming she would be mutilated by her tribe when they discovered she had lost her virginity before ascending to the position of 'queen mother.'"

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Supermarket fined for selling horse meat as beef
Canadian Broadcasting | Submitted by: greenghost
"The meat was discovered during a routine inspection of the store in June 2000. But the supermarket may have been selling horse meat for months, the court heard... Owners Jane and Terry Jay say they didn't know the meat was horse meat. They say they'll appeal the verdict."

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Goodbye cat problem, hello rat problem
ABC TV affiliates | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"The city eliminated the feral cats that plagued the beachfront Ventura Promenade a few years ago. So now the problem is rodents. Fearing rats and squirrels could pose a health hazard to the thousands of people who visit the beachfront, the city is considering a squirrel-feeding ban."

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Growing penises in the lab
Wire Services | Submitted by: Kevin G
"Scientists in the United States have come up with news that may help millions of men, they have succeeded in growing major parts of penises in the laboratory." That's midly interesting, but the truly fascinating part of this is the picture they chose to illustrate this story, the second link.

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Osama: Dead again. Maybe
Times | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"A slip of the tongue by one of Osama bin Laden?s top henchmen seems to have betrayed al-Qaeda's most potent secret: its charismatic leader is dead. The blunder was made by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has confessed to being the operational mastermind behind the September 11 attacks. He made his mistake while disclosing many of the secrets behind the atrocities, which were plotted in Kandahar, the religious extremist Taleban movement?s Afghan spiritual home."

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