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    Surgery Successful For 8-Limbed Girl
    Girl Named 'Lakshmi' After 4-Armed Hindu Goddess Of Wealth

    POSTED: 7:26 am EST November 7, 2007
    UPDATED: 9:25 am EST November 7, 2007

    BANGALORE, India -- A grueling, 24-hour-long operation to remove the extra limbs of a 2-year-old Indian girl born with four arms and four legs was a success, doctors announced Wednesday.

    The girl, named Lakshmi, has been revered by some in her village as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess. She was born joined to a "parasitic twin" that stopped developing in her mother's womb. The surviving fetus absorbed limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped fetus.

    A team of more than 30 physicians removed Lakshmi's extra limbs, salvaged her organs, and rebuilt her pelvis area, Dr. Sharan Patil said from a hospital in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.

    "Beyond our expectations, the reconstruction worked wonderfully well," said Patil, the lead orthopedic surgeon during the operation.

    The complications for Lakshmi's surgery were myriad: She was born with four kidneys, entangled nerves, two stomach cavities and two chest cavities. She has not been able stand up or walk.

    The surgery also included separating the fused spines, Patil said. "Every step was successful. There was no setback whatsoever."

    Physicians had anticipated an especially difficult challenge would be rebuilding Lakshmi's pelvis, but that went smoothly also.

    "We were able to bring the pelvic bones together successfully, which takes away the need for another procedure," Patil said.

    Children born with deformities in deeply traditional rural parts of India, like the remote village in the northern state of Bihar that Lakshmi hails from, are often viewed as reincarnated gods. The young girl is no different -- she is named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth.

    "Everybody considers her a goddess at our village," said her father, Shambhu, who goes by one name. "All this expenditure has happened to make her normal. So far, everything is fine."

    Others sought to make money from Lakshmi. Her parents kept her in hiding after a circus apparently tried to buy the girl, they said.

    Patil said Lakshmi's family was "overwhelmed," and they expected to see her Wednesday afternoon.

    Doctors at Sparsh Hospital in Bangalore said the child was popular among staff and patients. The hospital's foundation paid for the operation because the family could not afford the bills.

    "She's a very cute girl," hospital spokeswoman Dr. Patil Mamatha said. "She's very playful and gets along well with others."

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    Man Helps Catch Naked Car Thief. Suspect Charged With Grand Theft Auto, Trespassing

    POSTED: 9:24 pm EST November 13, 2007
    UPDATED: 7:43 am EST November 14, 2007

    PALATKA, Fla. -- A Florida man, who reported seeing a naked man jump into his pickup truck, pursued the stolen vehicle until it crashed less than two miles away and then detained the accused thief until deputies arrived.

    Naked Car Thief

    The incident took place on U.S. Highway 17 about 9:30 a.m. Friday morning.

    Dean Johnson, of Johnson's Towing, said he had just parked his 1987 Chevrolet pickup in the company parking when he ran in for a cup of coffee and left his keys in the ignition.

    No sooner than he poured his coffee, Johnson said his secretary began screaming about someone taking off in his truck.

    The woman called 911 to report what she witnessed:

    Caller: "Hey, this is Holly at Johnson's Towing. A guy has taken one of our trucks and he's taken off. He's run over our fence."

    911 Operator: "Do you have any idea who he is?"

    Caller: "No. He ran through our yard naked and all of a sudden he jumped into our employee's truck."

    "Instantaneously, I thought someone was just playing in it. Once he got to the gate and crashed through the gate, I knew something wasn't right," Johnson said.

    Following at a distance, Johnson and his brother, Ronald, gave chase as they called the Putnam County Sheriff's Office for help.

    Less than two miles away, the stolen pickup wrecked in a field on Reid Street, where Johnson detained the driver, later identified as Wayne Boylan, 41.

    Maj. Gary Bowling was the first officer at the scene. He said he had to do a double take when the dust cleared.

    "When the sea of civilians parted to find that the driver was naked, you kind of have to shift gears a little bit and figure out what to do next," Bowling said.

    Boylan was cuffed, placed under arrested and charged with grand theft auto and trespassing.

    The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said it was unclear why Boylan was naked or why the man stole Johnson's truck. However, Bowling said it was clear from his conversation with the suspect that drugs were involved.

    "I asked him his name. I said, 'What's your name?' He said, 'Give me another hit and I'll tell you my name.' I said, 'Hit of what?' He said, 'Crack.' So, he was pretty clearly using drugs. That was just way outside of the norm," Bowling said.

    Boylan was treated and released for injuries at Putnam County Medical Center before being booked into jail.

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    Two shot in Pasadena neighborhood
    Victims reportedly burglary suspects

    (11/14/07 - KTRK/HOUSTON) - A homeowner in Pasadena fatally shot two men he says were trying to burglarize his neighbor's house.


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    It happened Tuesday afternoon on Timberline near Shady Arbor in the Village Grove East subdivision. A man called 911 after he heard glass break next door. While he was on the phone with dispatchers, police tell us that he told them he would go outside because he heard glass break again. He was getting his shotgun and would go out and confront who he later said were two burglars. By the time police got there, investigators say he shot and killed both of them.
    "At least one of the two suspects was carrying the property that was dropped in the front yard of the person who was being burglarized," Captain Bud Corbett with the Pasadena Police Department.
    "That's what we've come to. That's the measures we're taking now to protect our homes, our property. That's the way it is," said neighbor Isabelle Yanez. "It's like a war."
    The resident was being questioned. Whether or not he is charged is up to a Harris County grand jury.
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    Default A grave matter....:D

    "As an alternative to burial, cremation is no longer green enough, say environmentalists, because it releases smoke and mercury, and thus the industry is considering "promession," in which the body is frozen in liquid nitrogen to minus-320 degrees (F) and then shaken until it disintegrates into powder. For green burials, the United States has at least six cemeteries that require biodegradable casings and for bodies to be free of embalming chemicals. The Forever Fernwood cemetery in Mill Valley, Calif., goes even further, according to an October Los Angeles Times story, banning grave markers, but, said the owner, "We issue the family a Google map with the GPS coordinates" so they can find their loved one." [Los Angeles Times

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    By Associated Press
    SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft Corp. quickly shut down Santa Claus' Web privileges after it found out the automated elf it created for instant messaging with kids was talking naughty, not nice.

    Last year, Microsoft encouraged kids to connect directly to "Santa" by adding northpole@live.com to their Windows Live Messenger contact lists. The Santa program, which Microsoft reactivated in early December, asks children what they want for Christmas and can respond on topic via instant messaging, thanks to a bit of artificial intelligence.

    Microsoft's holiday cheer soured this week when a reader of a United Kingdom-based technology news site, The Register, reported that a chat between Santa and his underage nieces about eating pizza prompted Santa to bring up oral sex.

    One of the publication's writers replicated the chat Monday. After declining the writer's repeated invitations to eat pizza, a frustrated Santa burst out with, "You want me to eat what?!? It's fun to talk about oral sex, but I want to chat about something else."

    The exchange ended with the writer and Santa calling each other a "dirty bastard."

    Microsoft spokesman Adam Sohn said the company's engineers tried to clean up Santa's vocabulary, but even after making changes to the software, the company wasn't comfortable keeping Santa online.

    "It's not like if you say, 'Hello Santa,' he's going to throw inappropriate stuff at you," said Sohn. In this case, he said, Santa's lewd comment was sparked by someone "pushing this thing to make it do things it wasn't supposed to do."

    Santa is just one of many "agents," or automated IM programs, that computer users can chat with on Live Messenger. Some are useful - customer service agents, for example - while others are frivolous, like an alien that responds to IMs with burbling extraterrestrial noises. Sohn said some of the bots are programmed to fend off inappropriate chats from PC users.

    "If they're meant to be cheeky and have fun with you, they may repeat certain things back," he said, or respond to certain words with "that's naughty."

    Sohn said Microsoft was not aware that the Santa code included the foul language, but that the company did not suspect a prank.

    Microsoft disabled Santa Tuesday. By Wednesday, northpole@live.com was marked "online" in one reporter's Messenger contact list, but Santa did not respond to messages.

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    Default No ifs, ands or butts.............

    "December 8, 2007 -- Call it the Scarlet sandwich board - or pink in this case.

    A Bridgeport, Ohio, man was ordered to walk around carrying a hot pink sandwich board reading "Cigarette Butts are Litter" after cops spotted him dumping an ashtray on the street in front of his house.

    The mayor - who's waging a war against litter - offered Tommy LaShare the option of jail time, community service, $1,000 in fines or two eight-hour stints with the sandwich board."

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    Aldergrove border crossing shut down after incident

    CanWest News Service Published: Monday, December 10, 2007

    VANCOUVER -- The Aldergrove border crossing was closed for an hour and a half yesterday after a man transporting a suspicious substance raced into Canada without stopping.

    Canada Border Services Agency spokeswoman Paula Shore said the man ran through the crossing about 11 a.m., but was caught by police, who were nearby.

    A hazardous materials team was called in to examine the substance, which was determined to be not harmful to the public. Shore did not know what the substance was. Traffic was diverted to other border crossings during the closure.

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    Devices could end drunk driving

    Jack Branswell and Ken Meaney, CanWest News Service Published: Monday, December 10, 2007

    OTTAWA -- Emerging nanotechnology could put an end to a costly social problem that years of public awareness campaigns have not -- deaths caused by drinking and driving.

    "Technology in itself, in time, could almost eliminate impaired driving," said Andrew Murie, CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada.

    About 1,500 people a year die in Canada from alcohol-related accidents on roads, recreational vehicles and boats.

    But what has MADD, governments and police forces excited is a new generation of ignition-interlocking devices that prevent a car, and potentially all vehicles, from being started if the driver's blood-alcohol level is over a preset level.

    A blue-ribbon panel in the U.S. -- of which Transport Canada, MADD Canada and automakers are members -- is considering having the interlocking devices installed in all new cars so that if a driver is over the legal blood-alcohol level, the car won't start.

    The group is studying various nanotechnologies, but one of them uses sensors embedded in the steering wheel or gear shift that can measure blood-alcohol levels through the skin -- much as an exercise machine can measure a heart rate.

    Most provinces and territories have or are planning to bring in interlocking devices, but these are the old-generation devices, where drivers have to blow into a tube. Furthermore, they're only available to people who have been convicted of drunk driving.

    Murie said there are only about 11,000 interlocks on cars in Canada now, but about 90,000 drunk-driving convictions a year. The current interlocking devices are widely credited with cutting down on recidivism, but they aren't widely used, and few experts believe all drivers would accept having to blow into the device every time they want to start their cars.

    But Murie said efforts to curb drinking and driving have plateaued since about 1999.

    "We've gone as far as we can on behaviour changes," he said.

    That is why the nanotechnology, which would be far more passive than the current interlocking devices, may become for Canadians an acceptable trade-off between civil liberties and an effort to save lives.

    A survey to be released by MADD and Transport Canada tomorrow will show that close to 60 per cent of Canadians would support interlocking devices with nanotechnology in all Canadian cars. Murie expects those numbers to climb quickly once people see a prototype and understand it better.

    Paul Boase, a Transport Canada official, said the issue is not just about road safety, and agreed there needs to be political debate.

    "Certainly, the integrity and the reliability of the system would be very important to get people to buy in," he said. "If this thing is failing a lot, or is too easy to defeat, then presumably people won't be interested in it."

    Cost will also be an issue with consumers, he said.

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    Men snore but love to cuddle, survey says

    CanWest News Service Published: Monday, December 10, 2007

    A study on bedroom behaviour says men are more likely than women to enjoy regular cuddling.

    In a nationwide Harris/Decima survey, more than a third of Canadian males confessed to being avid snugglers, while less than a quarter of their female counterparts said the same.

    "There's a gap between what society thinks men want and what they actually want," says Cecilia Moorcroft, who's been facilitating "cuddle parties" in Ontario for more than two years.

    There are a lot of men out there who just want to cuddle but know that it will always be assumed that they want something more."

    The survey, commissioned by Sunbeam, showed nearly half of all men surveyed admitted they were regular snorers, compared to one-third of women. There was no significant gender gap when it came to tossing and turning or stealing the sheets.

    The survey is considered accurate within 3.56 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post

    "There's a gap between what society thinks men want and what they actually want,"
    Does this mean that men are not considered part of society????
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    admitted they were regular snorers, compared to one-third of women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Men snore but love to cuddle
    .......... and turning or stealing the sheets.


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    But how many cuddle and steal the sheets at the same time?

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    Firefighters discover grow-op above day-care centre

    CanWest News Service Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    MONTREAL - About 18 months ago, some mysterious people took over the commercial space above a daycare in Montreal.

    The people renting the second-floor kept their business under wraps until a leaky water pipe finally gave them away. When firefighters ventured to the second floor on Saturday, they uncovered a marijuana grow operation with more than 1,500 mature plants ready to be harvested and an equal number of younger plants.

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    Nun Won't Tolerate &%@#*! Swear Words. Some Parents Shocked By Nun's Tactic

    Sister Kathy Avery won't put up with swearing on the playground at her school, and she's not above repeating the offending language to make sure everyone understands which words she won't tolerate.

    The principal of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic School had students stay after a Mass last month and informed the fifth through eighth-graders that she has a zero-tolerance policy for cursing.

    Just in case anyone wasn't sure what she was talking about, Avery read off a list of the very words and phrases that she was banning.

    "It got a little quiet in church" during her talk, she told the Detroit Free Press.

    Some parents were shocked, but others applauded, the newspaper said.

    "In a way you would think a nun would shy away from something like that, but she's very open with the children, very clear in her messages," said Margaret Roache, chairperson of the school commission.

    Roache's sixth-grade son was there when Avery read the list of banned words.

    "When I asked him to give me a sample of it, he said 'Oh, no, I can't say it!"' Roache said. "I thought it was great."

    A representative of the Archdiocese of Detroit declined to comment Sunday.

    Cuss words aren't the only things that set Avery off. She's also banned the words "stupid" and "boring."

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    This is gonna cause a stir and then some....

    Nova Scotia bans smoking in cars with kids. CanWest News Service

    Published: Friday, December 14, 2007

    HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia became the first Canadian province yesterday to ban smoking in vehicles with kids under the age of 19. The new legislation follows a similar, history-making law the Nova Scotia community of Wolfville passed in November.

    The new law will come into effect in January, will likely be police-enforced and involve a fine levied through a ticket system.

    "We're absolutely delighted that this bill has passed. We believe this will have impact in provinces across the country to encourage similar laws to be adapted," said Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society in Ottawa.

    Since Wolfville adopted their bylaw, it's captured national attention," Cunningham said.

    Similar private bills to ban smoking in cars with kids have been introduced in British Columbia and Ontario.

    Laws banning smoking in cars with children have been passed in several American states, as well as in a couple of Australian states.

    The level of second-hand smoke in vehicles can be far higher than those found in smoky bars, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

    Nova Scotia has been a hotbed of anti-smoking legislation recently.

    Bridgewater, N.S., is considering new legislation that would ban smoking on all town property. Carroll Publicover, the mayor of Bridgewater, said he supports the new provincial legislation.

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    Unhappy Shark 'kills swimming kangaroo'

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    Shark 'kills swimming kangaroo'

    Last Updated: Thursday, 13 December 2007, 13:59 GMT

    A kangaroo met an unlikely death after it bounded into the surf in southern Australia and was mauled by a shark, according to eyewitnesses.

    Daniel Hurst, who says he saw the incident while out walking his dogs, was accused of being drunk or on drugs after he told the story to friends.

    But the emergence of a second witness and the discovery of mangled kangaroo remains appear to confirm his story.

    Experts say kangaroos will take to the sea only if they are ill or in danger.

    Mr Hurst said he was walking along Torquay beach in Victoria when he saw the marsupial behind scrubland next to the dunes.

    "It just headed down towards the water and in it went," he told Australia's ABC News.

    "There's a bit of a rip in that area so... the kangaroo could have been dragged out, but I could still see its head, and that's when the shark leapt out of the water on its side.

    "The kangaroo disappeared after that. I stayed around for a while, just very interested, and hoping the shark jumped again, but it never eventuated."

    The unlikely tale appears to have been backed up by local officials, who discovered a kangaroo carcass on the beach.

    And a second witness, Mick Boucher, came forward to say he also saw the shark attack.

    Mr Boucher said the marsupial, which seemed dazed, stood at the edge of the water for about 10 seconds and then started swimming out to sea.

    "It was bobbing up and down,'' Mr Boucher said.

    He told the Geelong Advertiser that the unfortunate marsupial was about 200m (656ft) from shore when the shark struck.

    He said the predator's back was clearly visible above the choppy waves as it launched its attack.

    "It wasn't a huge shark and it was too far out to see clearly, but it was a shark. I couldn't believe it."
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    Effort to stash drugs at Oak Bay Tea Party foiled by mirror

    Times Colonist Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

    An attempt to conceal drugs by tucking them inside a trouser zipper was foiled by a bathroom mirror, provincial court heard yesterday.

    Court heard Oak Bay police interrupted Jeremy Vegh, 24, in what the officers thought might be a drug transaction in a public washroom on June 3, 2006, during the Oak Bay Tea Party.

    Vegh was seen briefly trying to stuff a plastic bag into his trouser fly and turned his back before the deed was completed. But he turned and faced the bathroom mirror which provided officers a full-frontal view of the trouser-stash move.
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    Fire victim recounts a 'darn cold night'
    Idaho City woman describes the Thanksgiving her dog saved her life

    STORY AND PHOTOS BY DARIN OSWALD - doswald@idahostatesman.com
    Edition Date: 12/16/07

    Candace Jennings' life changed on Thanksgiving Day.

    As an early-morning fire destroyed her trailer home in Idaho City, her life was saved by a dog she had taken off the street as a stray.

    The story was reported in the Idaho Statesman on Nov. 24 and became a national story for the courage and loyalty of her dog, Anna. The adopted blond heeler had awakened Jennings and literally pushed her out the door. The ceiling later caved in, and the trailer burned to the ground. She had no insurance.

    Not to be stopped, the artistic Jennings continues to paint the windows in town, like she does each year, with holiday greetings when she's not working nights as a janitor. She graciously accepts the generosity of Idaho City residents who stop and talk while she paints - and who drop off a set of pillow cases or anything she might need. The owner of the Idaho City Hotel provided a room for her until she gets another home.

    A trailer given to Jennings by a friend was recently moved into place. She plans to move in as soon as the power and plumbing are connected.

    The following is Jennings' account of the fire that burned her home to the ground. She usually works nights cleaning local businesses, but she didn't have to work on the eve of Thanksgiving Day.

    This is her account of that night and the generosity that followed:

    "It was one of the few times I was home. I wake up at three in the morning with my dog bugging the heck out of me, and I had this terrible headache and didn't want to get up, but finally decided to, and when I stood up, the place was totally filled with smoke. ...

    "So I ran and moved the vehicles and got the dogs out, moved the wood splitter and realized I hadn't called the fire department. So I ran back into the house. I don't have one of those new fancy phones that you can take outside, so I dragged the phone to the floor and I'm calling 911. ... I hurried up and gave her the address.

    "I'm a janitor in town so I had to get the keys on my pack. I crawl over and get my keys but then I can't find the darn door. I've kicked it shut while I'm crawling around on the floor.

    "My dog pushes her way back into the house and gets her fat little butt behind me and just gets her legs going like a locomotive and pushes me right out the door and down the steps, rolls me across the porch and we run over to safety.

    "We (she and one of her sons) were barefoot when we came out so we burned our feet; burned our hands. ...

    "Lost my glasses so I'm wearing my sister's glasses. Just lost everything; had our jammies, and my dog even ripped off one of the arms off my jammies trying to get me out of the house.

    "A couple minutes later, the fire guys show up and the place totally burns to the ground, and it's 15 degrees outside, the firemen are covered with frost - ice dripping off their whiskers - they're running and trying to save my place, and falling down. It was just a darn cold night.

    "The trailer was a total loss. My neighbors started taking the hats off their head, and the mittens off their hands and putting them on me, and running back and forth trying to be of help.

    "And they absolutely took the money out of their pocket: $6 from one person, 75 cents from another person, and put it into my hands. Took their coats off, took their slippers off and put them on my feet. ...

    "So that was Thanksgiving Day. Now we're almost two weeks later about to get a better trailer. My neighbors have got us clothed: We've got boots, we got hats, we got gloves, we got pillows, we got blankets, we got food, we got like $12 in our pocket, and all seems to be perfectly well."

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    First of all I am not at all downplaying the fact that 5 families are mourning the loss of a loved one in what should be a joyous time of the year. However, the message between the lines here is pretty vivid....

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    5 Die While Shoveling Snow Detroit-Area Hit With Up To 1 Foot Of Snow

    POSTED: 9:06 am EST December 18, 2007
    UPDATED: 12:03 pm EST December 18, 2007

    DETROIT -- The medical examiners from Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County said five people died while trying to shovel the 8 to 12 inches of snow after the weekend winter storm, Detroit television station WDIV reported.

    All five people collapsed while outside shoveling: a 46-year-old woman from Clinton Township; a 55-year-old woman from Port Huron; a 47-year-old woman from Southfield; a 57-year-old man from Canton Township; and an 80-year-old man from Belleville.

    WDIV's Dr. Frank McGeorge said shoveling snow can bring on a heart attack for people with a history of heart problems, lung problems and elderly or lead mostly a sedentary lifestyle.

    According to McGeorge, the cold temperatures cause your blood vessels to constrict or close down, which makes is harder to breathe. Also, overexertion can bring on a heart attack.

    It's been estimated that in 10 minutes of shoveling you move nearly 2,000 pounds of snow, said McGeorge.

    McGeorge said the most common complaint in his patients this time of year is back pain from shoveling snow.

    To reduce back injuries he suggests people slide the snow out of the way, rather than try to lift it.

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    Man Sends Christmas Cards From 'Heaven'. Man Died In October

    POSTED: 11:27 am EST December 26, 2007

    ASHLAND, Ore. -- Friends of Chet Fitch may have been surprised to get holiday cards from him this year.

    He died in October at age 88.

    But for years, the Oregon man who was known for his sense of humor had been planning one final joke, with the help of his barber.

    He had written Christmas cards to his friends and gave them to barber Patty Dean for mailing after he died.

    He kept the mailing list updated and gave her more money when postal rates went up.

    Dean told the Daily Tidings in Ashland, Ore., that a few months ago, Fitch told her that she would probably be able to mail the cards this year. He died a week later.

    The cards carry a return address of "Heaven."

    In them, Fitch wrote, "I asked Big Guy if I could sneak back and send some cards. ... He finally said, 'Oh well, what the heaven.'"

    Fitch also wrote, "Wish I could tell you about things here, but words cannot explain."

    He concluded, "I'll probably be seeing you -- some sooner than you think." He signed it, "Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Chet Fitch."

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    "Talk about clothing that leaves nothing to the imagination: A new dress changes color to reflect your mood.

    Philips Electronics has introduced the Bubelle Dress -- fashion lined with biometric sensors that pick up a person's emotions and expresses them in the fabric. If you're hot, you're hot. And if you're cold as ice, you won't fool anyone.

    "You could program the material so that it turned red if you were angry or stressed, or green when you're calm," Ingrid Bal of Philip's Design told Britain's Daily Mail.

    The dress isn't just reflecting body temperature. It's measuring heart rate and other metabolic functions associated with stress, arousal and other emotions."

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    "---Many people believe that if they wear new clothes on New Year day they will receive more new garments during the year. People wear red color clothes as they believe red is symbolic to happiness and bright future.

    ---All the doors of the house should be kept open at mid night to let the old year escape unhindered.

    ---It is believed that kissing at midnight increases the affections and attachments that will continue throughout the year.

    ---People believe that draining the last remnants from a bottle of drink on New Year day brings good fortune.

    ---Many people believe that washing dishes and doing laundry on New Year day will lead to a death in the family. And most of them even do not wash their hair thinking it unlucky.

    ---People believe that loud noise scares devil; so New Year is celebrated with as much noise as possible. In many countries church bells rung at mid night for this reason.

    ---It is believed that the direction of wind during the sunrise on New Year day decides the luck for the coming year. Wind from east predicts natural calamities and wind from west predicts wealth but death of a person of great national importance. Wind from south predicts prosperity and wind from north predicts bad weather. No wind means prosperity and joy throughout the year.

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    2 Accused Of Taking Dead Man To Cash Check
    Police Say Dead Man's Body Wheeled To Store In Office Chair

    POSTED: 9:04 am EST January 9, 2008

    NEW YORK -- Two men wheeled a dead man through the streets in an office chair to a check-cashing store and tried to cash his Social Security check before being arrested on fraud charges, police said.

    David J. Dalaia and James O'Hare pushed Virgilio Cintron's body from the Manhattan apartment that O'Hare and Cintron shared to Pay-O-Matic, about a block away, spokesman Paul Browne said witnesses told police.

    "The witnesses saw the two pushing the chair with Cintron flopping from side to side and the two individuals propping him up and keeping him from flopping from side to side," Browne said.

    The men left Cintron's body outside the store, went inside and tried to cash his $355 check, Browne said.

    The store's clerk, who knew Cintron, asked the men where he was, and O'Hare told the clerk they would go and get him, Browne said.

    A police detective who was having lunch at a restaurant next to the check-cashing store noticed a crowd forming around Cintron's body, and "it's immediately apparent to him that Cintron is dead," Browne said.

    The detective called uniformed New York Police Department officers at a nearby precinct.

    Emergency medical technicians arrived as O'Hare and Dalaia were preparing to wheel Cintron's body into the check-cashing store, Browne said. Police arrested Dalaia and O'Hare there, he said.

    Cintron's body was taken to a hospital morgue. The medical examiner's office told police it appeared Cintron, 66, had died of natural causes within the previous 24 hours, Browne said.

    "He was deceased in the apartment when he was removed by these two," Browne said.

    Dalaia and O'Hare, both 65, were being held by police and faced check fraud charges, Browne said.

    A call to a telephone number listed for Cintron at the apartment he shared with O'Hare went unanswered Tuesday evening.

    Police said they didn't have an address for Dalaia or attorney information for him or O'Hare.

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    For some reason, the idea of the two men cashing the other fellow's check makes me think about Tom T. Hall's-- "Ballad of Forty Dollars."

    I hope I am not the only person who knows who Tom T. Hall is...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhvfd1214 View Post
    For some reason, the idea of the two men cashing the other fellow's check makes me think about Tom T. Hall's-- "Ballad of Forty Dollars."

    I hope I am not the only person who knows who Tom T. Hall is...
    Well, since I don't really know who that is, I will hazard a semi-edjumacated guess that he is some Country Hick singer.
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    Man, 82, On Oxygen Kicked Off Plane. Lacked Paperwork For Machine, Airline Says

    POSTED: 10:19 am EST January 10, 2008
    UPDATED: 11:36 am EST January 10, 2008

    PHOENIX -- The pilot of a US Airways flight said an 82-year-old man on oxygen didn't have the proper paperwork for the device and kicked him off the plane.

    Bill Sullivan battles emphysema and congestive heart failure and said he needs his oxygen machine 24 hours day, seven days a week.

    "I boarded the plane," Sullivan said. "A fella stopped me and asked me if I had a doctor's permit to use oxygen to take off and land. I said, 'No, I didn't.' He looked at me for a while and said, 'Go ahead and have a seat.'"

    But a few minutes later, Sullivan said he was asked to leave.

    "I've never been so rattled and upset and embarrassed in my life," Sullivan said.

    US Airways said it was the pilot's choice.

    "The decision was made by the captain to deny boarding," said Morgan Durrant with US Airways. "We always regret that but it is the captain's discretion."

    At issue was a special form meant to be signed by a doctor. Sullivan didn't have it but knew that he needed it. He said he wasn't asked to produce the document on his US Airways flight from Sacramento to Phoenix.

    "The rules are the rules, the policies are the policies," Durrant said. "We need to follow it in this case. We didn't follow it for half of his trip and shame on us."

    The airline was able to contact Sullivan's doctor. Sullivan was put on the next flight home, some four hours later. Now he said he's looking for someone to make the situation right.

    US Airways said it is now reviewing the policy regarding the oxygen machines with its employees and making sure they all know the form is required.

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    Escapee Says Jailbreak Was Act Of Love. Sellers Defends Flight From Law On Monday

    POSTED: 11:34 pm EST January 10, 2008

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- The man accused of breaking out of an Iowa jail assisted by his girlfriend said that for eight hours on the run, the two lived out a love story, reported Omaha, Neb., TV station KETV.

    Investigators said Jessica Johnson, 24, walked into the Montgomery County Jail before 12:45 a.m. Monday with a sawed-off shotgun and demanded that the officers release Stuart Sellers, 33. Both now face felony charges and remain in custody.

    Sellers said it all comes down to love and betrayal. He said he was frustrated about why he was in the jail in the first place and desperately wanted to be with his girlfriend.

    "We have a super-intense relationship -- a deeper love than I've ever felt in 33 years of my life," Sellers said in a jailhouse interview on Thursday.

    Three weeks ago, Sellers said he was taken away from his girlfriend, arrested on suspicion of delivery of a controlled substance and jailed.

    "To have to be locked away from my love and falsely accused of something was desperation," he said.

    Investigators said Sellers and Johnson stole three vehicles before ending up at a home in Omaha, where they were tracked down and arrested.

    "We had a couple of really good hours. Good times. We talked about the crazy, crazy lifestyle that would come afterwards," Sellers said. "If you've ever seen the movie 'Natural Born Killers,' Mick and Mallory marry themselves under a bridge midway through the movie. That's what we talked about."

    Sellers said the plan was to go "wherever made them smile."

    "Nothing ever could have harmed her with me present. And nothing could have gotten in the way of our love together. Definitely bad things could have happened if anybody had gotten in the way of that. I was capable of whatever it took to keep my freedom," Sellers said.

    It was about 9 a.m. Monday when officers showed up at a house in Omaha to arrest the couple.

    "That happened so quickly and so unexpectedly. I do wish I had headed for Mexico faster, or Texas or whatever, but it was unexpected," Sellers said.

    Sellers has communicated with his girlfriend only once since then.

    "I was able to run over to her cell and give her a kiss goodbye," Sellers said, before wondering aloud if the adventure was worth it. "I don't know. I can't even answer if it was worth it, but I know I got to see her, and be with her, and I'll never regret that."

    Sellers wouldn't talk about who came up with the plan, but said, "anything Jessica is accused of, I'm more responsible for it."

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