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February 20, 2002

Drunk Russian orchestra thrown off plane
Washington Post | Submitted by: anonymous
An entire Russian orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, was thrown off United Airlines Flight 947 at Washington DC. "The group was misbehaving, inebriated, opening their own bottles of alcohol, rowdy and non-responsive to the crew. I want to apologize to the passengers on the Amsterdam leg who had to put up with that and the passengers on the L.A. portion who were delayed."

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Man kills boss, turns her into pepper soup
Reuters | Submitted by: Arden
"A Nigerian man who confessed to killing his boss and making pepper soup with her body parts was arrested Wednesday, police said. He chopped off her head, hands and legs, then removed her internal organs which he used as ingredients for his soup, police said. 'Ojo macheted the woman after they disagreed over payment. He severed her parts, made pepper soup and ate it -- all on the farm."

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Airport checkpoint fell asleep
WHAS 11 | Submitted by: Soylent
"The man, who was manning the x-ray machine at the airport's security checkpoint, was caught sleeping on the job by a National Guardsmen. The man was fired a few hours later by his employer, Globe Aviation, a Dallas-based private security company. The incident caused 1,000 passengers to be re-screened before boarding their planes, according to Federal Aviation Administration officials."

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PETA objects to bovine bingo
The Ledger | Submitted by: Soylent
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has taken objection to Florida State University's use of "Bovine Bingo" during a fund raising event. A field is divided into squares, and the winner of the game is the person who purchased the square the cow decides to take a runny shit in. "PETA expressed its concerns in a letter to FSC President Thomas Reuschling in January, saying it can be emotionally devastating for an animal to be exposed to ridicule."

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Media hegemony coming
Washington Post | Submitted by: Soylent
"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia invalidated a Federal Communications Commission regulation that had prevented one company from owning TV stations and cable franchises in the same market. The court also ruled that the FCC had acted arbitrarily in limiting the number of television stations that a single company can own." These media conglomerates are already too large and in control of too many content assets as well as their delivery mechanisms. This decision will only make things worse.

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Microsoft and the Great Game
The Economist | Submitted by: Soylent
"What this convergence of technologies means is that Microsoft is witnessing the arrival of real rivals—ones who are formidable enough to take over a large part of the future software business. The problem for Microsoft, which has come to dominate traditional personal computers through its Windows monopoly on the operating system, is that computers are now coming in all sorts of guises."

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