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May 27, 2002

Feeling blue? Start a jihad
Australian Broadcasting | Submitted by: El Asso Fisto
"A man, aged in his late 30s, is understood to have strapped explosives to his body before walking onto the street outside his home late last night and detonating them." "It was a personal situation. He became depressed and took this course of action."

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Twelve year old hired hitmen to kill parents
Observer | Submitted by: m_wil
"A boy of 12 has stunned Russia by arranging the contract killing of his adoptive parents because he disliked having to tidy his room and brush his teeth."

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US army uses games to recruit
News Corporation | Submitted by: Taint
THE US Army has unveiled two new computer games that simulate life as a soldier in combat and basic training, as part of a recruitment drive....."The Army's not a game, but we use war games in our training and this is kind of an extension of that. It's just a new way of connecting with young Americans," said Lt Col Casey Wardynski, director of the office of economic and manpower analysis.

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Cremated fan's remains crash to earth instead
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Submitted by: bdragon
"The plan was to scatter the ashes to the winds. But a device aboard the Cessna 182, chartered from Wings Aloft flying club at Boeing Field, malfunctioned about 10 a.m., authorities said. A container that had been strung out the plane's window to release the ashes instead hurtled toward the stadium, partially hitting the roof and exploding the powdered contents."

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Dallas Dildo Defiance
Village Voice | Submitted by: Spookbabe
"It's a vibrator," I said. Sure, I could have gone the easy route, claiming my right to carry a personal shoulder massager on board, but what about the next girl who's got a glow-in-the-dark cock, circumcised head and all? I wanted the security folks to get hip to how some of us relax on a long flight.

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Hooker not guilty of axe murder
BBC | Submitted by: anonymous
Janet Charlton was able to convince a stupid jury that she acted in self defense when she killed Danny O'Brien. Her lover was found lying naked, gagged, blindfolded and handcuffed in a bedroom of their house. Gagged, blindfolded and handcuffed. Self defense?

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Canadian army shows its best side
Canoe | Submitted by: Mighty Tim
"Two Canadian soldiers serving in Haiti weren't flying by the seat of their pants -- mainly because they weren't wearing any. But military police found nothing wrong with the high-flying Full Monties and laid no charges despite photographic evidence of the prank, documents obtained by Sun Media show."

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Bugs controlling weather?
CNN | Submitted by: McUSA
"Scientists believe certain bug species may have evolved the ability to manipulate the weather in order to secure their own survival... A really exciting possibility is that microbes have evolved ways of triggering cloud formation and rainfall to facilitate their own dispersal and reproduction, in other words, they could be controlling the weather."

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Plugging the Analog Hole
EFF | Submitted by: Soylent
"The Motion Picture Association of America filed the "Content Protection Status Report" with the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, laying out its plan to remake the technology world to suit its own ends. The report calls for regulation of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), generic computing components found in scientific, medical and entertainment devices. Under its proposal, every ADC will be controlled by a "cop-chip" that will shut it down if it is asked to assist in converting copyrighted material -- your cellphone would refuse to transmit your voice if you wandered too close to the copyrighted music coming from your stereo."

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Radio station fails to pay tattoo promise
Quad City Times | Submitted by: Soylent
"That was the promise two Quad-City men say a radio station made before they had a logo of the radio station permanently tattooed across their foreheads, a lawsuit in Scott County District Court states. But 93.5 KORB has not paid the $30,000 a year for five years to each of the men as promised, Richard Goddard Jr. of Rock Island and David Winkleman of Davenport say."

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