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    SINGAPORE (AP) - People in strait-laced Singapore were urged
    Monday to act like monkeys - the Chinese zodiac sign for the coming
    Lunar year - for the sake of their country.
    Singaporeans could foster an economic recovery this year by
    behaving more like monkeys, Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan said in
    a Lunar New Year message reported in The Straits Times newspaper.
    Chinese communities around the world will herald the start of
    the Year of the Monkey on Thursday. Chinese believe the monkey is
    clever, flexible, innovative and confident, but can also be
    selfish, jealous and vain.
    "Be like a monkey. When things happen, you have to be nimble.
    Take advantage of opportunities, don't be cast down, but rise to
    the challenge if it does occur," Tan was quoted as saying.
    Tan urged Singaporeans not to be daunted by the challenges of
    helping the city-state recover from its worst economic downturn.
    The SARS outbreak, the Iraq war and slumps in global manufacturing
    and air travel hit Singapore hard in 2003.
    Singapore's economy grew 0.8 percent last year, but unemployment
    sits at a 17-year high of 5.9 percent.
    Last year, in the Year of the Sheep - known in Singapore as the
    Year of the Goat - Prime Minister Goh Chok Tung issued a similar
    animal-themed call to arms when faced with "an imminent war in
    Iraq."
    "In the year of the Goat, we must try to be like the mountain
    goat, sure-footed and hardy and able to move safely in a rocky
    environment," Goh said.

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    Scottish police told to watch their Ps and Qs
    LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Scottish police have been told
    not to ask people if they are married in case it causes offence
    to gays, and to refrain from calling elderly people "old."
    New directives issued to Lothian and Borders police are
    included in new guidelines that also instruct officers not to
    refer to women as "pet," "love" or "dear."
    The word "homosexual" should also be avoided because it is
    derogatory and stems from a 19th century notion that
    homosexuality was an illness, the guidelines say.
    "Embarrassment can also be caused to people by asking them
    questions which appear to assume a particular sexual
    orientation, such as "Are you married?."..," according to a
    booklet, issued after officers were sent on political
    correctness courses.
    Calling people "old" can be offensive as it suggests "worn
    out" and "of little use," officers were advised. Older or
    elderly are deemed much more appropriate, while terms such as
    "old fool" should be avoided by all means.
    The police force, which covers around a third of Scotland's
    population including in the capital Edinburgh, said on Monday
    it realised that changing language was difficult.
    But it denied the booklet was a result of political
    correctness gone mad.
    "We live in very dangerous and sensitive times in terms of
    language and attitudes," Lothian and Borders Deputy Chief
    Constable Tom Wood said. "People are very quick to take
    offence."

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    Farmer finds diamonds in the rough
    NEW DELHI, Jan 19 (Reuters) - It's not quite the goose that
    laid the golden egg, but an Indian diamond merchant's prize cow
    is producing bejewelled dung.
    Dilubhai Rajput had stashed a bag of more than 1,700 small
    diamonds, worth almost $900, in a pile of hay at his home in
    Gujarat state, famous both for its dairy and diamond-cutting
    industries, but hadn't reckoned on the risk of a hungry cow,
    the Economic Times newspaper reported on Monday.
    Now he's feeding the animal a diet of grass, grain, fruit
    and laxatives and has so far recovered 300 diamonds in three
    days.
    "I am sure within a week I will retrieve all my diamonds,"
    the paper quoted Rajput as saying.
    It was unclear why he chose to hide the stones in the hay.
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    Tokyo government to ponder panty trade clampdown
    TOKYO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Tokyo's used panty sellers are
    among the targets of a raft of new regulations to be considered
    by city lawmakers in an effort to protect minors from the
    Japanese capital's thriving sex industry.
    Finding a way of preventing the lucrative trade in young
    girls' underwear, which media say can command 10,000 yen ($94) a
    pair at sex shops, is among recommendations in a report presented
    to the city on Monday by an advisory body on youth issues.
    Operators of sidewalk vending machines that dispense
    pornography are also likely to be asked to ensure that sales are
    not made to minors by requiring that all machines accept a
    drivers' licence as proof of age.
    Publishers, as well, may be asked to comply voluntarily with
    a proposal that they wrap sexually explicit magazines to prevent
    children from browsing through them at book shops.
    The proposals also call for a ban on children under 18
    entering Internet cafes and karaoke centres between 11 p.m. and 4
    a.m., to be enforced with a fine on business owners of up to
    300,000 yen ($2,800).
    "The aim of these proposals is to create a zoning system to
    keep the world of adults separate from that of children," said
    Tatsuo Mizuno, a Tokyo government official.
    "It is the responsibility of adults to do this."
    Concern about the sexual exploitation of minors, often in
    exchange for cash or gifts, has grown in Japan in recent years,
    with many offenders using Internet dating sites to contact
    children.
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    January 20, 2004 -- The dog show must go on - just not on the carpet.
    The Muncie Kennel Club of Indiana has pulled its annual dog show out of the Horizon Convention Center because management feared the pooches would poop on the newly-carpeted floor. The center said the show could proceed if the club covered the floor with plastic, but dog owners feared their prize canines would slip and fall.

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    Thief Steals $100,000 From Lottery Winner


    SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) -- Someone stole a bank bag containing $100,000 from Jack Whittaker, winner of the richest undivided lottery jackpot in U.s. history.

    The thief shattered a window to get into Whittaker's locked sport utility vehicle, parked outside his home, Chief Sheriff's Deputy John Dailey said Tuesday.

    Whittaker, a 56-year-old contractor, won a $314.9 million Powerball jackpot in December 2002 and collected his winnings in a $113 million lump sum.

    The break-in was the second time in less than a year that money was stolen from Whittaker.

    In August, a strip club manager and his girlfriend were charged with drugging Whittaker and stealing a briefcase containing more than $500,000 in cash and cashier's checks. The money was recovered.




    Maybe, he will now learn to not keep large amounts of money in his car.

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    A few years back we had a pretty good house fire. It was caused by the home-owner but in a very cruel and unusually way. The home-owner apparantly had a rat problem in his home. So his way to fix that was to take a lighter and a bottle of hair spray and light them on fire when he saw them. Well he got one and it ran back into his walls while it was still on fire and lit the whole house up.....

    I think that puts a new meaning to the phrase: The fire is in the walls!!

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Smithsonian Institution will
    plead guilty to violating a federal law protecting endangered
    birds, the U.S. agency announced Tuesday.
    Lawrence M. Small was charged under the Migratory Bird Treaty
    Act for possessing South American headdresses that included
    feathers from protected birds.
    The Smithsonian's governing board issued a statement saying
    Small planned to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge in U.S.
    District Court in Raleigh, North Carolina. Under terms of the plea,
    the U.S. attorney will not recommend any fine or jail time, the
    statement said.
    The board said the investigation and guilty plea "has not
    impaired, is not impairing, and will not hereafter impair" Small's
    ability to run the Smithsonian, which consists of 16 museums and
    galleries, the National Zoo in Washington and research facilities
    in the United States and abroad.
    The U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of North
    Carolina said Small would be arraigned on Friday.
    Smith's lawyer, Judah Best, declined to comment until the case
    was concluded.
    Smith bought the collection of headdresses before becoming
    secretary of the Smithsonian in January 2000. According to the
    statement, he got legal advice before purchasing the collection,
    which had been displayed at two museums.
    The Smithsonian was established in 1846 with a bequest by Briton
    James Smithson and holds more than 140 million artifacts and
    specimens and is a center for research and scholarship in the arts,
    sciences and history.

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    Israeli rabbi offers prayer for Internet porn browsers
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli rabbi has composed a prayer
    to help devout Jews overcome guilt after visiting porn Web sites
    while surfing the Internet.
    "Please God, help me cleanse the computer of viruses and evil
    photographs which disturb and ruin my work ... so that I shall be
    able to cleanse myself (of sin)," reads the benediction by Shlomo
    Eliahu, chief rabbi in the northern town of Safed.
    Eliahu, quoted by Israel's largest daily newspaper Yedioth
    Ahronoth, said he had responded to a deluge of queries from
    Orthodox Jews worried that the lure of Internet sex sites was
    putting family relationships at risk.
    The rabbi recommends that Jews recite the prayer when they
    log on to the Internet or even program it to flash up on their
    computer screens so they are spiritually covered whether they
    enter a porn site intentionally or by mistake.
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    Army joins struggle to save Russian beer
    MOSCOW, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Russia has sent in the army to
    bolster a week-long struggle to rescue 10 tonnes of beer trapped
    under Siberian ice, Itar-Tass news agency said on Monday.
    A lorry carrying the beer sank when trying to cross the
    frozen Irtysh river, and a rescue team of six divers, 10 workers
    and a modified T-72 tank from the emergencies ministry have so
    far failed to save the load.
    "The situation hasn't developed according to our ideal
    scenario," the deputy head of the Cherlaksky region, told the
    agency. Temperatures were around minus 27 degrees Celsius (minus
    17 degrees Fahrenheit) in the region, near the Siberian city of
    Omsk and around 2,200 km (1,400 miles) from Moscow.
    A week-long effort to cut a 100-metre (yard) corridor to the
    river bank to pull the truck to dry land failed when the vehicle
    was swept away from the rescue site, Tass said.
    But it said the soldiers were confident it would take them
    just a day to retrieve the beer.

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    January 21, 2004 -- Ohio police have rigged a decoy auto to play the theme from "Cops" as they bust car thieves. When undercover officers in Columbus see somebody breaking in, they flip a switch that disables the engine, locks the doors - and turns on the tape player, which blares: "Bad boys, bad boys/Whatcha gonna do/Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"

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    Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
    January 21, 2004 -- Ohio police have rigged a decoy auto to play the theme from "Cops" as they bust car thieves. When undercover officers in Columbus see somebody breaking in, they flip a switch that disables the engine, locks the doors - and turns on the tape player, which blares: "Bad boys, bad boys/Whatcha gonna do/Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"

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    Sweet smell of success gets Israeli police high
    JERUSALEM, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Israeli police had to close an
    entire floor of their station because the pungent scent of
    tonnes of confiscated marijuana was making them high, an Israeli
    newspaper said on Friday.
    The drugs, smuggled from Egypt, are kept in a storeroom of a
    police station in the southern town of Dimona. Police have
    confiscated so much, that the room is filled up almost
    immediately after its contents are sent to be incinerated.
    "Every time I came to work I felt...like I was high," the
    Maariv newspaper quoted one officer as saying. "The smell of
    marijuana was killing us -- it was impossible to work."
    The newspaper said a police medical officer ordered
    personnel to move to another floor until the drugs could be
    shipped out.
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    BERLIN (Reuters) - German police have arrested a Croatian
    woman who was traveling with her 2-year-old son shut up in a
    suitcase on the way to an exorcist, authorities said Thursday.
    Police in Munich said they arrested the 24-year-old mother
    at a bus stop after a passenger heard noises coming from her
    suitcase and they discovered the almost naked toddler huddled
    up inside.
    "It was almost freezing that day, but the boy was only
    wearing a nappy (diaper). He was shivering quite badly but
    unharmed," said a police spokesman.
    The woman told police her son was "possessed by the devil"
    and that she wanted to bring him to an occult priest, the
    spokesman added. She is now in psychiatric care.
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    Naked British rambler reaches journey's end
    LONDON (Reuters) - A Briton fulfilled his ambition Thursday
    of walking naked through the length of the country, despite
    being arrested several times over the course of his half-year
    trek.
    Steve Gough, 44, reached John O'Groats at the very northern
    tip of Scotland, after a 900-mile walk which began at Land's
    End in the southwest corner of England in the middle of last
    year.
    Walking often in near freezing temperatures, he was wearing
    only socks, walking boots, a hat and a rucksack.
    Gough said he was blazing a trail against antiquated
    British indecency laws and establishment attitudes.
    The unemployed lorry driver was arrested several times
    during his journey after complaints from the public. Not even
    two brief prison sentences and sometimes outright public
    hostility put him off his quest.
    Speaking as he approached his final destination, Gough said
    it would take time to change people's minds about nudity, but
    hoped the campaign would be successful.
    "This is just one step in the whole process of making
    people aware about our bodies because we are so paranoid about
    them," Gough said.
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    Crafty German suspect fakes heart attack
    BERLIN - A crafty German suspected thief escaped police
    after his arrest by faking a heart attack and fleeing when his
    handcuffs were removed for treatment, authorities in the
    western city of Duesseldorf said.
    "He started complaining of chest pains in custody and said
    he was having a heart attack," a police spokeswoman said. "It
    seems he gave quite a convincing performance, and you can't be
    too careful in these situations."
    The 40-year-old's condition improved dramatically as soon
    as his hands were freed for a scan in hospital and he ran half
    naked to the nearest emergency exit.
    A police search found no trace of the man.
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    January 23, 2004 -- Better late than never that's Merle Beane's motto. He has finally graduated from Portland HS in Maine 65 years after he should have. In 1939, Beane was months from a sheepskin when he was sick for two days with the flu. On his return, a woman he's not sure who told him, "people like you shouldn't be in school," and he quit. He stayed away until he hit his 80s, when he finally decided it was time to get his diploma.
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    Conviction ruined by overly-handsome undercover cop
    (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)Jan.22, 2004
    "Fort Lauderdale Detective Mike Nahum's handsome appearance lost him a criminal case, but there is a consolation prize. He may be the only guy in the world with a court order declaring he is a 'very attractive man.' Nahum is so cute that a Broward Circuit Court judge threw out a criminal charge against a West Palm Beach man charged with selling drugs to Nahum during an undercover sting at a gay nightclub in Fort Lauderdale. Judge Susan Lebow ruled the defendant, Julio Blanco, was lured by the police officer into committing a crime in hopes he would be rewarded with sex... Diligent efforts to get a photograph of Nahum so that readers could judge for themselves proved fruitless. Fort Lauderdale Detective Andy Pallen said Nahum could not be photographed because he is still working undercover."

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    January 24, 2004 -- LONDON - Britain's biggest-selling hiking magazine apologized Wednesday after its latest issue contained a route that would lead climbers off the edge of a cliff on Britain's tallest peak. The February edition of Trail magazine gives advice on making a safe descent for hikers caught in bad weather on Ben Nevis in Scotland.But the magazine's directions would instead lead readers off the north face of the 4,406-foot mountain, which is notorious for its changeable weather and has claimed the lives of several climbers.Guy Procter, the editor of Trail, acknowledged the magazine had inadvertently deleted the first of two crucial bearings needed to get off the summit. He said that happened during the editing process.
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    January 25, 2004 -- You're never too old to rob a bank. Just ask 92-year-old J.L. Hunter Rountree of Texas, who's been sentenced to 12 1/2 years behind bars for robbing an Abilene bank. It was his third such robbery in less than five years. "Hurry up or you will get hurt," the geezer told the Abilene bank teller after slipping a note that said "Robery" in red marker. Rountree, the oldest known bank robber in the country, was nabbed by cops 30 minutes later.
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    Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
    January 25, 2004 -- You're never too old to rob a bank. Just ask 92-year-old J.L. Hunter Rountree of Texas, who's been sentenced to 12 1/2 years behind bars for robbing an Abilene bank.
    They shoulda sentenced him to LIFE.....
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    They shoulda sentenced him to LIFE

    They probably did.


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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by tanker5117



    They probably did.



    DUH!!!!!!!!

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    January 26, 2004 --The fumes from several tons of marijuana stored in an Israeli police station were so strong that woozy officers had to evacuate the building. The station, in the southern Negev Desert, stores pot confiscated along the Israeli-Egyptian border. "Every time I came to work, I felt very happy, like I was high," one cop said. "The smell was killing us. We couldn't work."

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    January 27, 2004 --It's official - the cell phone is more hated than the alarm clock. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology survey found that nearly 30 percent of American adults say the cell phone is the invention they most hate - yet cannot live without. The alarm clock was second at 25 percent and the television was third
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