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    Istanbul's leading circumciser, Kemal Ozkan (106,000 lifetime procedures), predicted in August that because of the economic downturn, he will perform only half of the 3,000 he performed last year. Depleted government budgets force Turk boys in poverty to wait until military service to get cut, according to an Associated Press dispatch, and business is off by half at the famous Circumcision Palace (the place where well-off parents can have their sons snipped upstairs and then fete them at elaborate parties downstairs). In the traditional Turkish coming-of-age ceremony, boys parade beforehand through the streets dressed like royalty in white suits with capes, holding gold-trimmed scepters. [Los Angeles Times-AP, 8-17-01]

    In July, Mr. Justice Bodey of Britain's High Court ordered four men to take blood tests to determine a 7-year-old boy's father, which is a question the mother apparently had tried not to think about until now. She admitted that she was so desperate at her expiring biological clock that, to maximize her chances at the height of her cycle from April 28 to May 1, 1993, she stepped away from her apparently sterile husband and had sex with a different man every night, and now one of the men wants father's rights. [The Guardian, 7-31-01]

    Two Utah men, seeking to make Hollywood movies safe for their mostly Mormon neighbors, are creating stashes of major-film releases from which they have dubbed out the cussing and the sex. Ray Lines sells the pristine versions at three CleanFlicks video stores near Provo; David Schenk runs a Clean Cut Video club in Kaysville that contains 62 titles for members to check out. "Great movies are great because they have a great story line," said Schenk to an Associated Press reporter in August, "not because they drop the F-bomb" (139 of which, for example, Schenk had to remove from "Good Will Hunting"). Hollywood studios are aware of the Utah men's work but have not commented. [Tampa Tribune-AP, 8-18-01]

    Latest Cutting-Edge Research
    The head of a research team from the University of Adelaide (Australia), studying whiplash injuries, reported a preliminary finding in April that some victims' pain is prolonged more by "litigation" than by "damage to (the particular) joint."

    In March, a female researcher at the University of Central Florida found that female speakers with C-cup breasts were regarded as more professional by males than those of larger or smaller cups.

    A University of Cambridge professor announced in April, after lab experiments involving "kinetic energy, centrifugal force and co-efficient of friction," that the cleanest way to eat spaghetti is to roll the strands on a vertical fork against a spoon parallel to the plate and then to eat the pasta off the spoon. [Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 4-12-01] [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3-17-01] [National Post, 4-16-01]

    Oregon, the Irony State
    Oregon legislators lamented in June that a major windmill-construction project on the Washington-Oregon border, expected to power 70,000 homes and thus a delight to clean-energy environmentalists, would probably be delayed because of the discovery that the property under construction is home to the endangered Washington ground squirrel, the saving of which is also a delight to environmentalists. [Fox News Channel, 6-28-01]


    Latest Religious Messages
    In May, a 100-ton boulder slipped off of a 96-wheel trailer while being driven interstate in India from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, where it was to be sculpted into an idol of the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman. As the word spread, villagers gathered around the rock, consecrated it, and delivered offerings to it, but the temple in Tamil Nadu said it still wants the rock (which was donated to the temple by a quarry owner) reloaded and delivered. [Associated Press, 5-15-01]

    The 10-week tour through the U.S. this summer of Indian spiritual leader "Amma" (Mata Amritanandamayi) gave her a chance to pad her lifetime total of hugs, which she dispenses to each devotee who greets her, sometimes continuously for as long as 20 hours a day. Each service of chants and meditations lasts about two hours, followed by the hugs (about 1,000 at a Chicago ceremony in July), usually accompanied by a few back rubs and a kiss on the cheek. [Chicago Sun-Times, 7-6-01]

    People Different From Us
    Mr. Irwin Rose, said to be in his 50s, was found dead in his upscale New York City apartment in July, apparently of natural causes. The doorman said Rose had not been out of the building in 13 years, that he had everything delivered; an employee of a restaurant in the next block said Rose had been calling for the same meal three times a day every day for eight years (rice pudding, chicken soup, two eggs over easy, sausages, cheesecake). A friend said Rose used to be a movie and fashion dealmaker until a debilitating leg illness slowed him down. [New York Post, 7-31-01]

    Least Competent Criminals
    Donald James Eversen was arrested in Sparks, Nev., in March and charged with attempting to rob two women and then to steal a beer truck for his getaway. Police found Eversen (who had been drinking) a few blocks from the scene, and when they brought the two women by to identify him, Eversen immediately blurted out that, yes, those were the two women he had tried to rob.

    Humberto "The Frog" Banuelos, a man alleged to be a big hit man for the Tijuana drug cartel, was arrested in July in spite of the extensive cosmetic surgery he had undergone for disguise. Police said Banuelos had neglected to change the one thing that they regarded as his chief body characteristic: a distinctive bullet-wound scar on his right buttock. [Reno Gazette-Journal, 3-15-01] [Reuters, 7-11-01]

    Recurring Themes
    Earlier this year, News of the Weird reported that the tiny Silicon Valley town of Woodside, Calif. (population 5,600), had recently proposed to comply with a state law setting a minimum per-town number of "affordable housing" units by allowing horse farmers to create moderately priced "apartments" inside their barns.

    In May, Massachusetts state Rep. John H. Rogers proposed that towns in his state, when attempting to comply with laws requiring low-income housing, be able to include jails and prisons in their totals. [Boston Globe, 5-16-01]

    Also, in the Last Month .....
    The Florida Department of Corrections released DUI-manslaughter convict Casey Bloom, even though he fulfilled his required 4,350 hours of community service by making only two public appearances, which were taped and broadcast thousands of times.

    Boston Harbor's 10th annual swim to commemorate clean-water progress was canceled due to heavy pollution.

    A 26-year-old Navy man was rescued from 85 feet inside the Kilauea (Hawaii) Volcano, where he had fallen after chasing his windblown baseball cap.

    Two mothers of 15-year-old baseball players were arrested after beating unconscious the mother of the rival player who scored the winning run (Salt Lake City). [Associated Press, 8-20-01] [Boston Globe, 8-5-01] [St. Louis Post-Dispatch-AP, 8-7-01] [Salt Lake Tribune, 8-1-01]

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    Girl, 2, Dies After Rape By Babysitter, Report Says
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Aug 18, 2006 | MARI ROBYN JONES

    TAMPA - A 2 ˝ -year-old girl died Thursday afternoon, a day after being raped by her babysitter, authorities said.

    Eric James Tate, 18, of 14711 N. 30th St., Lutz, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl at about 11 a.m. Wednesday while babysitting at his home. Authorities searched Tate's mobile home and said they found the girl's panties soiled with blood on Tate's bed.

    Tate was dating the girl's mother, who brought the tot to St. Joseph's Hospital with severe head injuries Wednesday. Doctors put the girl on a ventilator. The identities of the girl and mother were not released.

    At the hospital, the girl suffered vaginal bleeding and was examined for sexual battery, an arrest affidavit states. The exam found there had been penetration and she had suffered genital injuries, the affidavit states.

    She also had bruises on her head, ears, back and under her chin, the affidavit states. The girl died as a result of her injuries, the sheriff's office said.

    Tate's roommate and friends declined to comment late Thursday.

    Tate, who was charged Wednesday with felony capital sexual battery and two misdemeanor drug charges, was held Thursday at Orient Road Jail without bail. The sheriff's office continues to investigate.

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    Girl, 2, Dies After Rape By Babysitter, Report Says
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Aug 18, 2006 | MARI ROBYN JONES

    TAMPA - A 2 ˝ -year-old girl died Thursday afternoon, a day after being raped by her babysitter, authorities said.

    Eric James Tate, 18, of 14711 N. 30th St., Lutz, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl at about 11 a.m. Wednesday while babysitting at his home. Authorities searched Tate's mobile home and said they found the girl's panties soiled with blood on Tate's bed.

    Tate was dating the girl's mother, who brought the tot to St. Joseph's Hospital with severe head injuries Wednesday. Doctors put the girl on a ventilator. The identities of the girl and mother were not released.

    At the hospital, the girl suffered vaginal bleeding and was examined for sexual battery, an arrest affidavit states. The exam found there had been penetration and she had suffered genital injuries, the affidavit states.

    She also had bruises on her head, ears, back and under her chin, the affidavit states. The girl died as a result of her injuries, the sheriff's office said.

    Tate's roommate and friends declined to comment late Thursday.

    Tate, who was charged Wednesday with felony capital sexual battery and two misdemeanor drug charges, was held Thursday at Orient Road Jail without bail. The sheriff's office continues to investigate.

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    Release him into the general population at prison when he goes in with a sign on his back saying what he did, as well of a picture of the little girl that he did it to. That should suffice.
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    IS the creature called jenglot real? We’ll know the truth in a month.


    Universiti Sains Malaysia’s forensic expert Dr Zafarina Zainuddin had agreed to a request by Seekers, a paranormal group, to run a DNA test.
    Syed Abdullah Al-Attas, the head of the group, claimed the creature was first found in Indonesia in 1972. A jenglot is a vampire-like creature resembling a small human with long hair.

    It is being shown at several museums, including the ongoing Pameran Misteri, Jin, Hantu dan Keranda at Sultan Alam Shah Museum, Shah Alam.

    “We had obtained the owner’s permission to examine the creature and had them X-rayed. One showed the presence of bones in its arms,” said Syed Abdullah.

    “We want to know if this creature is for real. The owner bought the jenglot in Indonesia for between RM5,000 and RM30,000.” Zafarina, who had examined the teeth of a 2,000-year-old human artifact discovered in Gua Niah, Sarawak, last year, said she needed a month to examine the jenglot.

    “From the naked eye, the creatures looked like they were constructed.

    “The hair looks like it was implanted while the body parts pasted together.

    The teeth are not as old as the body parts. What I can do is run a DNA test on samples of the hair and bone, and see if they match any living species in the data bank. That should take a month. I hope it will shed some light on the creature.” Syed Abdullah also hoped that someone would agree to examine a Bigfoot footprint they discovered in Kota Tinggi, Johor, several months ago.

    He said they had approached a few research organisations, including one in Singapore, but their efforts were hampered by high cost. “We can’t afford to carry out the test as it costs thousands of ringgit.

    If there’s an expert willing to help us, we welcome it.”





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    Baby put through X-ray machine at LAX
    1-month-old checked, cleared by hospital after grandmother's mistake

    LOS ANGELES - A one-month-old baby has been checked and cleared by a Los Angeles hospital after being put through an airport X-ray machine.

    Authorities at Los Angeles International Airport say an inexperienced traveler mistakenly put her grandson through a carry-on luggage screener.

    A startled security worker noticed the shape of a child and immediately pulled the baby out.

    A spokesman for LAX says the incident Saturday was an innocent mistake.

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    Talk about a brain fart on the part of the "inexperienced traveler."
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