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    November 17, 2003 -- In the latest "Jackass"-type stunt gone terribly wrong, four Louisiana teens sparked a statewide manhunt after faking two back-to-back kidnappings in public, one that led to a 90-mph chase with cops. In one, horrified witnesses watched as a bound and gagged girl jumped out of a car trunk in Jefferson, only to be grabbed by two teens who threw her back in the trunk and sped off. They've now all been charged with criminal mischief."I think they actually fear their parents now more than they fear the judge," said Police Maj. John Marie.
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    MOSCOW (AP) - Pay toilets are commonplace, but in school?
    For a short time, students at a high school in the southern
    Russian city of Taganrog had to do more than raise their hands an
    ask for permission to use the bathroom - they had to fork over
    cash, NTV television reported Tuesday.
    School officials instituted a plan to charge pupils for toilet
    trips in order to pay for repairs that were needed after students
    vandalized bathroom fixtures, NTV reported. It said city education
    authorities quickly halted the practice.
    The network broadcast part of what it said was an amateur video
    taken in a hallway at the school, which showed a boy asking a
    cleaning woman whether he could use the bathroom.
    Her reply: "Pay."

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    BERLIN (AP) - German archaeologists have unearthed what could be
    Europe's oldest toothbrush, officials said Tuesday.
    The brush, dug up at the site of a former hospital in the
    western city of Minden, is at least 250 years old, said the
    Landscape Association of Westfalen-Lippe, which oversees the
    excavation.
    While the bristles have rotted away, the brush's 10 centimeter
    (4 inch) handle of animal bone is carved at the other end into a
    tiny spoon believed to be used for cleaning out the owner's ears.
    The toothbrush is almost identical to one found earlier this
    year near Quedlinburg, about 170 kilometers (100 miles) farther
    east. Experts dated that brush at around 1750, making it the oldest
    found in Europe at the time, and suggest the latest find may have
    been come from the same workshop.
    Toothbrushes first became widely used in the 18th century, as
    tooth-rooting sugar became a fixture in the diet of wealthier
    Europeans.
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    MODESTO, Calif. - Police said a masked man who robbed a Modesto bank Monday forgot to cut eye holes into his disguise, occasionally lifting up a corner of the flannel cloth to see his feet as he fumbled his way through the heist, and crashing into the Oak Valley Community Bank's steel door frame on the way out.



    The robbery was successful, and the man, who was wearing a pink shirt, big white gardening gloves and tight jeans, was last seen driving away with an accomplice and an undisclosed amount of money, Detective Tom Blake said.


    Police did not return messages Tuesday asking whether the man had been caught.



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    More to the Masked Robber story?
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    Speaking of robbers....

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. A man accused of stealing more than $140,000 in gaming chips from a closed baccarat table at The Sands casino was being held Tuesday.

    Rurick Jackson, 44, of Mays Landing, was charged with theft by unlawful taking. Proceeds of the early morning theft were recovered, authorities said.

    State Police Casino Gaming Bureau detectives said they identified Jackson as a suspect through surveillance camera images and witness interviews.

    Authorities located him at the Atlantic County Courthouse, where he was appearing for a sentencing conference on an unrelated charge.


    Jackson was being held at the Atlantic County Jail Tuesday on $30,000 cash bail.
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    Talking If only all crooks were this dumb.

    Police arrest robbery suspect

    He's lured to station to retrieve cell phone lost at crime scene

    By Mike Martindale / The Detroit News

    FARMINGTON HILLS -- A suspect in four suburban holdups was arrested Monday after police lured him to a police station to claim a cellular telephone he left at a robbery scene just seven hours earlier.

    Wilbert Boswell, 49, of Detroit -- who disguised himself to pick up the phone by shaving, donning eyeglasses and covering his bald head with a hat -- is linked to recent holdups at shoe stores in Farmington Hills and Southfield, a Redford Township clothier and a Madison Heights card shop, police said. He was arraigned Tuesday on charges of armed robbery.

    "This guy is a career criminal with a heroin addiction," said Farmington Hills Police Chief William Dwyer. "He is also dumber than dumb."

    Police say Boswell, whose 30-year criminal history includes a bank robbery, dropped his cell phone in the West River Shopping Center after robbing a Payless shoe store on Grand River Avenue at gunpoint. Police lured him to claim the phone after leaving a message that it had been turned in by a citizen.

    "This guy didn't even make it to the right police station," said Dwyer. "He drove to Farmington's department, where officers stalled him until our guys could go over and pick him up."

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    Men found in trunk of car after chase

    canada.com Wednesday, November 19, 2003
    RCMP are trying to sort out details of an apparent kidnapping that came to light at the end of a police chase in Langley.

    After boxing in a vehicle at a gas station early today, police arrested two men in the car -- then watched as two other men popped out of the trunk.

    The second pair were taken to hospital to get checked out.

    Police are also searching a farm just down the road but it's not known if the incidents are linked.

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    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Prison officials in Bangkok say they'll
    allow a British drug convict to participate in the city's annual
    marathon but - unlike other competitors - he'll have to run behind
    bars.
    While participants run through the streets of the Thai capital
    for Sunday's Bangkok Marathon, Trevor Lound will run for 124 laps,
    or about 42 kilometers (26 miles), around his prison's running
    track.
    "The corrections department has permitted the convict Trevor to
    participate in the 2003 Bangkok Marathon as he wishes to raise
    funds (for charity)," the Department said in a statement.
    Lound, 38, has served more than seven years of a 25-year
    sentence at Klongprem prison on unspecified drug convictions.
    It was unclear how Lound, whose hometown was not immediately
    known, would raise the funds or who would receive them.
    Thousands of people participate each year in the Bangkok
    Marathon.
    Klongprem prison is on the northern outskirts of Bangkok and
    houses 6,876 prisoners, most of them Thai.

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    Belgian shop sells furniture kits for divorced men
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) - A Belgian furniture shop is
    offering special packages for divorced men who hate shopping in
    a country where half of all marriages end in a divorce after
    five years.
    The packages, sold at $2,729 a piece, include a living
    room, a complete bedroom, a dining room and a television set,
    including a DVD player.
    "I always tell them ... 'you have to put an end to this
    part of your life and start a new one,"' Paul Dierckx, the
    owner of the shop, who is twice divorced, told Reuters.
    The shop sells at least ten kits a week, he said.
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    N.M. lawyer takes up case of outlaw Billy the Kid
    SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) - First, he got a gun, then he
    earned a name as an outlaw in the the Wild West, and now Billy
    the Kid, although long dead, has himself a high-powered lawyer
    and a chance at a pardon.
    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has asked Santa Fe attorney
    Bill Robins to represent the Kid in an investigation into the
    true fate of the famous Western outlaw, the governor's office
    said.
    A spokesman for Richardson said Robins will support a
    Lincoln County, New Mexico, sheriff and his deputy as they look
    into the mystery of Billy the Kid's death.
    New Mexico recently reopened the case of Billy the Kid, who
    is supposed to have died 122 years ago, believed gunned down by
    one the state's most famous Wild West lawmen, Sheriff Pat
    Garrett in 1881.
    Others say the Kid fled to England and died of old age or
    that the gunslinger died in Hico, Texas, at the age of 90.
    The Kid, whose real name was Henry McCarty but who also
    went by William Bonney and Kid Antrim, is supposedly buried in
    Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
    One of the first challenges for the Kid's new lawyer will
    be get a New Mexico court Dec. 8 to allow the exhumation of the
    Kid's mother, Catherine Antrim, for DNA testing.
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    Chinese police nicked for gambling, drunk driving
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has fired 259 police officers
    since January for gambling, drinking during work hours, drunk
    driving, carrying firearms under the influence of alcohol or
    violating gun use and management rules.
    The Ministry of Public Security had investigated 587 police
    for breaking the so-called Five Prohibitions that were
    introduced in January to clean up the force, the Xinhua news
    agency said Thursday.
    The ministry had dispatched 15 inspection teams around the
    country to check up on police stations.
    China's police force, the world's biggest, is accused of
    widespread corruption.
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    Parking lot designed for absent-minded drivers
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Singapore company has a high-tech
    solution for absent-minded drivers who lose their cars in
    parking lots.
    Stratech Systems Ltd has developed a parking lot
    surveillance system that pinpoints the location of a car after
    drivers key in their license plate number at a kiosk.
    After punching in the number, a map appears on a screen
    indicating the zone and lot where the car is parked.
    A display panel at the car park's entrance also gives
    directions to the nearest vacant spot.
    If someone loiters in the car park, the system can alert
    security, a Stratech spokesman told Reuters.
    The price of the system starts at about $60 per parking
    spot, depending on the features, Stratech said. To outfit a
    300-lot car park, the bill could run to $69,690.
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    BERLIN (AP) - Fed up with garbage-strewn streets? Berlin thinks
    it has found a solution - trash cans that say thank you.
    Starting next spring, the German capital's trash service will
    build electronics into a handful of the city's 20,000 street-side
    wastebaskets that will allow them to speak or sing to the public, a
    spokesman said Thursday.
    "We want to encourage people in a nice, funny way to throw
    their trash in the baskets and not on the street," said the
    official, Bernd Mueller. The talking trash cans - powered by solar
    cells - are meant to show that Berlin is "a modern city with
    high-tech services, and that it is also very cosmopolitan," he
    added.
    Making Berlin's visitors feel at home, some of the baskets will
    be programmed to say "Thank you" or "Merci" instead of
    "Danke," Mueller said. The talking wastebaskets will be installed
    at heavily visited sites such as the Reichstag building and the
    central Friedrichstrasse train station.
    Still, the garbage cans will be silent after dark.
    "Some people might feel uncomfortable if these things said
    something to them at night," Mueller said.
    Instead, lights around the opening of the basket will glow
    green.
    Mueller declined to say how much the project would cost or
    exactly how many baskets will be introduced next spring, but he
    said Berlin hopes to market the product in other German cities.
    The capital decided to go ahead with the project after drawing a
    favorable response from passers-by when it tested a prototype last
    summer.
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    Red face Mistaken Identity

    Hospital sends wrong corpse to relatives
    TOKYO (AP) - A hospital mixed up the corpses of two elderly men
    with the same last name, an error that wasn't discovered until just
    before the body of one was about to be cremated, an official said
    Thursday.
    A contractor hired to retrieve a corpse from the Otsuka Hospital
    morgue and deliver it to a funeral home picked up the wrong body
    last July, said hospital official Makoto Noguchi.
    A relative noticed the unfamiliar face on the corpse when the
    body was being transferred to a casket before the funeral. The
    family had planned to cremate the body, as is customary in Japan.
    Noguchi said the hospital marks refrigerated compartments in its
    morgue with the names of dead patients. In this case, one of the
    two mistaken bodies was unmarked, and the contractor was unaware
    there were two corpses in the morgue with the same last name.
    The hospital did not release the names of the patients to
    protect the privacy of their families. It made the case public
    after local media reported the incident.

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    November 21, 2003 -- Chad Allen looked in his toilet bowl and thought he'd gone mad. Inside was an octopus. Just how the small sea creature - with eight tentacles and a head the size of a quarter - got there is a mystery in the town of West Peoria, Ill."It's wild that something like that would happen. Peoria has one of the best sewer systems in Illinois," said Mayor James Dillon.
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    Police: Man chokes to death trying to hide bag of pot in mouth

    Thursday, November 20, 2003
    (11-20) 07:20 PST FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) --

    A man changing a flat tire choked to death on a bag of marijuana he had stuffed down his throat in an apparent attempt to hide it from police who stopped to help him, authorities said.

    Nickolas Sandoval, 24, died Wednesday.

    Officers were unaware at first Sandoval had drugs when they spotted him on the highway in Corinth, about 45 miles northeast of Fort Worth, said Corinth police Cpl. Frank Lott.

    Officers went from "Oh, hey, here is someone with a flat tire" to "Hey, this guy is choking," Lott told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    Sandoval, of Ponder, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Cause of death: "asphyxiation due to aspiration of plastic bag," according to a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.

    Sandoval was convicted at least three times of marijuana possession, and pleaded guilty two years ago to a drunken-driving charge.


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    November 22, 2003 --Finally, justice for Billy the Kid. It took 122 years, but the legendary Wild West gunslinger now has a mouthpiece. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed Sante Fe attorney Bill Robins to represent the Kid in an investigation into his death, supposedly at the hands of Sheriff Pat Garrett. "I'm hoping this will shed enough light that the governor can ultimately pardon Billy the Kid," Robins said
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    November 23, 2003 -- Brazilian car thieves sparked a bio-hazard scare in Rio de Janeiro after stealing a biologist's car, which contained samples of cholera and typhoid fever. Police said they found the vehicle Friday morning in a shantytown, but without the samples in it. Investigators said the criminals had obviously been in the car, and likely do not know how dangerous the samples they took are when handled carelessly.



    November 23, 2003 --A woman collecting wood in a forest in India was killed and half-swallowed by a 10-foot-long python. The snake swallowed the woman head-first up to her waist. Villagers recovered the woman's body after slaying the snake, which had crushed the woman in its coils before eating her.

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    Firefighters Free Teen Stuck in Chimney



    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A teenager who locked himself out of the house tried to shimmy down the chimney. It didn't work.

    Battalion Chief Craig Mosley said firefighters got a call Sunday evening reporting a child stuck in a chimney. When they arrived, they found the youth stuck a few feet from the bottom.

    Fire department spokeswoman Kelly McGuire identified the boy as 15-year-old Henry Golatt.

    He was small enough to get most of the way down the chimney, which was about a foot wide. But the flue that opens into the house was only 8 inches across.

    Mosley says firefighters considered cutting holes in the chimney or dismantling it, but decided on a less destructive approach. They lowered a rope from an aerial ladder and pulled Henry up very slowly.




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