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May 07, 2002

De Gaulle named as '60s Czech assassination target
Prague Post | Submitted by: Bob_McBob
"The secret services of communist-era Czechoslovakia plotted to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle in the late 1960s as part of a Cold War effort to undermine Western democratic unity by implicating Israel and the United States in the killing."

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Short Communists no longer acceptable
New York Times | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"So last September, Zhang decided to take over where nature left off. She checked herself into a hospital here and a doctor cut her shinbones in two, applied a medieval-looking brace to her legs and taught her how to turn its screws so that metal pins would pull her bones apart nearly a millimeter a day, or around four-hundredths of an inch. Today, Zhang is 9 centimeters taller than she was six months ago, though she cannot yet walk."

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Shrunken Head Found
myCFnow | Submitted by: Rio
A construction worker found a shrunken head enclosed in a glass box while clearing tall grass off a rural road in Bexar County, police said. The baseball-size head, which was stolen in late March, is of a female Jivaro Indian from South America who was beheaded during a tribal fight in the 1920s. (with pic of head)

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Eight-Year-Old Can't Take Weed in School
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: Pete
"The youngster's medical condition has improved so dramatically that he can now attend public school, but school officials won't permit a school nurse to administer his cannabis capsules and won't let him take the pills himself on campus, the child's mother said Monday."

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Man Throws Baby at Police Dog
Baton Rouge Advocate | Submitted by: joelvis
A man threw his 1 1/2 year old son at a police dog while he was being chased up the Mississippi River levee south of Baton Rouge. The fellow had committed 2 robberies near LSU (one while holding the child, both with a crowbar) and he was being pursued by a K-9 unit. After crashing his car, he "dashed up the...levee" in order to make his escape. The toddler suffered a cut lip, and the thief was "bitten."

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Slovak dies after decapitation attempt over taxes
Wire Services | Submitted by: Bob_McBob
"A Slovak man died after trying to decapitate himself with a home-made guillotine because he had fallen behind in paying his taxes, police said on Tuesday."

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The Wrong Bus Driver To Fuck With
New York Daily News | Submitted by: Mr. Ramon
"I've got a lot of [expletive] to do. Hurry up! Step on it!" said Christopher Bartley to a Brooklyn bus driver, Clinton Phillip, who wasn't driving fast enough for his liking. Unsatisfied with the results of yelling at Phillip, Bartley stabbed him in the back with a 5 inch serrated knife. The now pissed off bus driver proceeded to grab the knife out of the thug's hand and deliver a fatal puncture to Bartley's heart.

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Irate man rams truck into crowd of toddlers
Wire Services | Submitted by: Frankzilla
"After months of complaining that a preschool's daily flag ceremony blocked access to his house, a man raced his pickup truck into a crowd of toddlers gathered in a quiet street outside Mexico City, killing two children and injuring about 20 others." [28 points]

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Penguin slaughter teen gets 6 months
iAfrica | Submitted by: Wabbleflap
"The teenager was sentenced to 384 hours of community service in September last year after being found guilty on charges relating to the violent slaughter of nine penguins, two pelicans and two gannets at the East London aquarium. Minnie was re-arrested in March and remanded in custody after she failed to report for her weekly four-hour stints cleaning aquarium pools and for not reporting her change of address."

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Photos that brought down a priest
The Smoking Gun | Submitted by: Soylent
"While no allegations of abuse have been made against Bouterie, a church spokesman said "these photographs could be a source of scandal for some and, thus, prevent Father Bouterie from effectively exercising his ministry." Bouterie said that his resignation was not "reflective of the current problems" in the Church, but more indicative of his "personal growth as a priest."

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