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March 09, 2002

Prisoners drinking vomit
Regina Leader Post | Submitted by: Jaime V.
"Drug-addicted women inside Prince Albert's Pine Grove Correctional Centre have been drinking each other's vomit in a desperate effort to get high off a dangerous prescription drug administered inside the jail, The StarPhoenix has learned... Inmates forcing other inmates to throw up their daily dose [of methadone], and then drinking or selling the liquid, sounds unbelievable but happens frequently, the source said."

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U.S. willing to use nukes
Los Angeles Times | Submitted by: Geoff
"The secret report, which was provided to Congress on Jan. 8, says the Pentagon needs to be prepared to use nuclear weapons against China, Russia, Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Libya and Syria. It says the weapons could be used in three types of situations: against targets able to withstand nonnuclear attack; in retaliation for attack with nuclear, biological or chemical weapons; or in the event of surprising military developments."

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That was me! I'm the Library Bandito!
Rocky Mountain News | Submitted by: Lady C
Officials in Boulder, CO are hoping for punishment to the fullest extent possible for a man who earlier claimed to have stolen ceramic penises from a defenseless library exhibit, yet refuses to plead guilty to a crime everyone knows he did. If anything this is a harsh indictment of talk radio, the insidious force that both prompted him to commit the heinous act, and which promotes his celebrity now that he has ventured to the darker side of boner thievery.

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Mouse that ate the public domain
Findlaw | Submitted by: Soylent
"Back in 1998, representatives of the Walt Disney Company came to Washington looking for help. Disney's copyright on Mickey Mouse, who made his screen debut in the 1928 cartoon short "Steamboat Willie," was due to expire in 2003, and Disney's rights to Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck were to expire a few years later... Prompted perhaps by the Disney group's lavish donations of campaign cash - more than $6.3 million in 1997-98, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics - Congress passed and President Clinton signed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act."

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