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December 29, 2002

Somebody blew up Ferdinand Marcos
BBC | Submitted by: Squeak, the Human Chew Toy
An enormous concrete bust commissioned by the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos to immortalise himself has been blown up. With before and after photos. "You can blow your nose, and you can blow your friends, but if your wife buy too many pairs of shoes, your head could explode." The perpetrators remain at large.

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Government snooping your trash
The Oregonian | Submitted by: PANTS
Police in Portland Oregon have been looking at citizen's trash for evidence, without using warrants. Apparently they think this is OK. But then a newspaper began examining personal trash of a number of prominent city officials, including the District Attorney. And what are the city officials reactions to this turn of events? "She wants you to bring the trash, and bring the name of your attorney," said her press secretary, Sarah Bott."

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You have no privacy
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: Number-6
The step parents of a murdered daughter filed suit against a Florida company who provided SSN and work employment information to a stalker who then shot Amy Boyer eleven times. Unfortunately for them, they don't really have a case. This information isn't private, regardless of what you may actually believe. It is bought and sold routinely by private corporations for marketing and other tracking purposes.

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Hatfields and McCoys feuding
Canoe | Submitted by: Rip
"Descendants of famed feuding families the Hatfields and McCoys will face off in court to settle a dispute over access to a cemetery where three slain boys are buried. "I really hate that we have to go to the court system to settle this. We wanted to be gentlemen about it. We felt like we had no other choice." Family history indicates otherwise.

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Hanging judge dies at 73
Monterey Herald | Submitted by: wingnut
"Ellen James Morphonios, the colorful Florida judge who signed her decrees in lavender ink, kept a toy electric chair in her chambers right next to the stuffed animals and very real diapered chimp named Toto, and once from the bench congratulated a rape victim for shooting her attacker in the groin by saying, "nice shot," has died. She was 73. "It's just not like her to die," said a friend and former assistant.

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Sign up and die
WVTM-TV 13 Birmingham | Submitted by: TacoOfDoom
In an effort to reduce drinking and driving this New Year's Eve, police in the esteemed state of Alabama promise that there will be no tolerance for DUI's, but the local funeral home has a better way to handle the problem. "Should you come down here and sign up and die New Years Eve in a traffic related accident where you've been drinking, they'll bury you for free." We all feel safer now.

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Game interrupted by thrown rat
Wire Services | Submitted by: WallWart
"Utah's Karl Malone was about to take his second of two free throws with 4:13 left in the second quarter when the rat landed on the court. It was thrown from the top of the lower deck and skidded to a stop at Malone's feet."

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Royal Family in deep shit with the public
Guardian | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"Only one in two of us now believe that the monarchy will last more than 20 years, down from 58 per cent in just 12 months. And one in four think the monarchy will not survive more than 10 years after the death of the Queen, now 76. The number of people who think that the royal family should receive not a penny from the taxpayer has also soared in the last year, from 34 per cent to 41 per cent."

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Gas station offers free porno VCD's
China Post | Submitted by: orpyak
At a general interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan, Keh charged Chinese Petroleum Corporation with lack of oversight over its chain gas stations that are using dirty video tapes to attract more customers. Service stations affiliated with the Formosa group are also offering similar giveaways, the opposition lawmaker said."

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Hitler panda
Globe and Mail | Submitted by: leujken
"Last Friday, a Lachine, Que., manufacturer of the festive crackers was horrified to learn that a northern Alberta couple celebrating Christmas found tiny plastic panda bears with swastikas on military-style caps in their Christmas crackers... The tale began when Mr. Walpert's firm bought a supply of another Chinese icon, the panda bear, to include with jokes and other tiny items in 1,350 boxes of crackers. The pandas Mr. Walpert approved were unadorned, he said."

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Baby eating on British TV
News Corporation | Submitted by: Dirty Sammy
"Britain's Channel 4 television, which recently broadcast the country's first public autopsy for 170 years, will show a Chinese artist eating the flesh of a dead baby. The bizarre act will be shown in a documentary called "Beijing Swings", which looks at extreme practices of Chinese artists, according to The Guardian."

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Are you willing to die for your MP3's
The Age | Submitted by: slimbastard
"Consumers like to buy the latest, swiftest devices, but research from Sweden and the experiences of Australian PC users show that speed can inconvenience and possibly kill. At revolutions of about 200 metres per second, today's state of the art lead-foot drives approach the speed of sound, 340 metres per second through air at room temperature, subjecting the spinning disc to a force 1500 times that of gravity, researchers have found."

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Batman Murdered Elvis!
Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle | Submitted by: Dirty Sammy
"Emmanuel "Batman" Trotter, convicted of the Aug. 30, 2000, shooting death of Raymond "Elvis" Brown may have to be resentenced because of a prosecution mistake during sentencing."

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