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  • Crowds flock to see human-like face on tree in Malaysian village:
    reports
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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Scores of people are flocking to a
    village in northern Malaysia to see a betel nut tree which has
    sprouted a human-like face, reports said Tuesday.
    Newspapers carried pictures of the green face on a frond of a
    seven-meter (23-foot) -high tree. The unexplained phenomenon has
    led villagers in Kampung Paya to dub it the "ghost tree," the
    News Straits Times said.
    The Star newspaper's Web site showed a picture of a tree with a
    face-like feature reminiscent of a Pacific island ritual mask.
    Owner Miah Majid, 60, told The Star that she spotted the face
    last week and that it was the second time an unusual shape had
    appeared on the 10-year-old tree in her backyard. The first
    formation was in the shape of an eye, she was quoted as saying.
    The frond will probably last another two weeks before it sheds,
    she said.
    Superstitious village elders have advised onlookers not to make
    any comments when they pass the tree, reports said. Other
    enterprising villagers are selling photographs of the face for 2
    ringgit (US$0.55; euro0.45).

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    • Couple jailed over 'royal' wedding rip-off
      TOKYO (Reuters) - A fairy story ended behind bars for a
      Japanese couple Monday, when they were jailed for staging an
      elaborate fake royal wedding to defraud guests.
      Yasuyuki Kitano and Harumi Sakamoto, both in their 40s,
      invited hundreds of guests, including Japanese celebrities, to
      a wedding reception in 2003, saying that Kitano was a member of
      a defunct branch of the imperial family.
      Guests at Japanese weddings traditionally bring with them
      gifts of at least 30,000 yen ($260) in cash.
      Pictures shown on television at the time showed Sakamoto in
      the "junihitoe" 12-layered kimono worn by women of the imperial
      household on formal occasions.
      "It was a malicious crime that cleverly took advantage of a
      mentality for revering the imperial court and imperial family,"
      Kyodo news agency quoted judge Takaaki Oshima as saying.
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      • Shoe size mix-up costs German clothes thief dear
        BERLIN (Reuters) - A bungling German thief stole a pair of
        shoes in two different sizes and was caught when he went back
        to the shop to fix his mistake -- decked out in the very
        clothes he had stolen, authorities said Friday.
        Police in the western city of Bielefeld said the shop owner
        recognized the 20-year-old shoplifter because the white shoes
        and sports jacket he wore were available only in his shop, and
        had been stolen just two days earlier.
        "You have to wonder why he went back into the shop in the
        stolen get-up," said a spokeswoman for Bielefeld police. "It
        seems he may not have been the brightest of thieves." The owner
        spotted the man as he attempted to switch of the wrong-sized
        shoe and alerted police, who arrested the thief.
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        • Italian recluse taken from apartment after 26 years
          MILAN (Reuters) - When Italian health officials came to
          remove a woman from the apartment she has not left in more than
          two decades they had to don respirators against the stench,
          newspapers reported Sunday.
          The woman, named only as "Carmela," was in her late 50s,
          weighed about 30 kg (66 pounds) and had hair two metres (seven
          feet) long when officials came to take her to hospital, La
          Repubblica, Il Giorno and La Stampa newspapers reported.
          Firefighters and health officials in Macerata, a city about
          200 km (120 miles) northeast of Rome, found the apartment's
          windows sealed with adhesive tape and the shutters jammed shut.
          A bout of influenza 26 years ago terrified Carmela so much
          that she tried to seal herself off from germs by barricading
          herself in her home, the papers said.
          Her plight came to the attention of Italian authorities
          after her brother, who leaves tinned food outside her front
          door, called police to say that upcoming medical treatment
          would prevent him from carrying on.
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          • Tanning salons give color to Chinese yuppies
            SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese office manager Ye Lu likes
            working up a sweat -- not in the gym, but in a tanning salon.
            "Tanned skin looks great on me and I like to hear my
            friends saying how fresh and healthy I look," said Ye, a young
            Chinese white collar worker, as he walked out of a tanning room
            in downtown Shanghai, perspiration glistening on his forehead.
            Ye hits the tanning beds twice a week, despite the
            objections of his wife, who still favors a traditional pale
            complexion.
            Next door to Ye's salon, Zhang Xinyu sits at the reception
            desk of a skin-whitening beauty salon, looking quietly and
            uncomprehendingly at the dark-hued Chinese customers coming and
            going from the neighboring tanning parlor.
            "Aesthetically and culturally, I think light skin is more
            appealing for Asian people because it looks pure and noble,"
            Zhang said, justifying the appeal of the services her spa
            offers.
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            • Paul O'neal syndrome

              Cyclist breaks finger punching bus
              ALMUSSAFES, Spain (Reuters) - Italy's Alessandro Petacchi
              was forced to quit the Tour of Spain Sunday after he punched
              his team bus and broke a bone in his right hand thereby ending
              his troubled 2006 season ended.
              Petacchi finished stage 15 to Almussafes but was so angry
              he did not win the sprint that he vented his frustration on the
              door of the Team Milram bus and fractured the top of the fifth
              metacarpal on his right hand.
              The fracture means Petacchi, who fractured his kneecap
              during stage three of the Giro d'Italia in May and missed the
              Tour de France in July, will not be able to continue in the
              three-week Tour of Spain.
              "I know I've done something stupid but I did it because I
              was very angry after having a real chance of winning for the
              first time for months," Petacchi said in a statement issued by
              his Milram team.
              "I want to apologize to my team mates and team managers but
              I was so angry I couldn't control myself. There's no doubt I've
              made a mistake but I'm a human being, I'm not a machine."

              REUTERS
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              • a + b = c

                Bicyclist hit by second car waiting for ambulance after first
                crash
                GREENVILLE, South Carolina (AP) - A driver has been charged with
                leaving the scene of an accident with injuries after her car hit a
                bicyclist who was in the road waiting on an ambulance to treat him
                for injuries after being hit by another car.
                Shannon Harris turned herself in to investigators Sunday night
                after initially leaving the scene of the accident, Lance Cpl. Kathy
                Hiles, a spokeswoman for the Highway Patrol, told The Greenville
                News for a Monday story.
                The cyclist, whose name has not been released, was in serious
                condition at a local hospital, Hiles said, adding the man was not
                wearing a helmet and his bike lacked proper lighting.
                The cyclist was hit first by a Nissan, but no charges were filed
                in that case, Hiles said.
                While he was waiting in the road for an ambulance, he was struck
                by the second car, whose driver stopped for a moment before leaving
                the scene.

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                • Holy Mackeral Batman

                  Fish kills spear-fishing diver off Florida
                  MIAMI, Sept 11 (Reuters) - A Florida diver shot a large
                  grouper with a spear gun then apparently drowned when the fish
                  sped into a hole, entangling the man in the line attached to
                  the spear, investigators said on Monday.
                  The 42-year-old man, whose name was withheld, was
                  free-diving in about 25 feet (7.5 metres) of water off the
                  lower Florida Keys on Saturday and speared a Goliath Grouper,
                  Monroe County Sheriff's Detective Mark Coleman said.
                  "It looks like the fish wrapped the line attached to the
                  spear around the victim's wrist. The fish then went into a hole
                  in a coral rock, effectively pinning the man to the bottom of
                  the ocean," Coleman said in a news release.
                  Police divers found the speared fish tightly wedged into
                  the hole, with the man's body still tangled in the line, a
                  sheriff's spokeswoman said.
                  Goliath Grouper are the largest members of the sea bass
                  family and can weigh hundreds of pounds.
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                  • Ever had crabs?

                    SANTA ANA, California (AP) - Eight diners who came down with a
                    rare lung infection after eating raw shellfish consumed live
                    sawagani crabs on a dare, health officials said.
                    Health investigators said Friday that the crabs, which are
                    usually served fried, were eaten at various southern California
                    restaurants.
                    Dan Lauriano, who owns two of the restaurants where diners
                    became ill, said some patrons apparently started a tradition where
                    they would reach into a jar of live crabs and devour them raw as
                    their friends cheered them on.
                    "It was kind of like 'Fear Factor,"' said Adrian Guerrero, a
                    manager at one of the restaurants in Mission Viejo, referring to
                    the reality television show in which contestants take on dares.
                    "I never saw anyone just come in and say they wanted them
                    raw," Guerrero said. "But after having a few beers or cocktails
                    or sake" they would rise to the challenge.
                    The results were not pretty, and after some of his patrons
                    became sick the owner stopped ordering the crabs from the
                    distributor.
                    Six to 10 weeks after eating the crabs, participants ended up
                    with a parasite carried by the crab that migrates from the
                    intestines to the lungs and causes lung fluke infection.
                    Symptoms, which can take as long as 10 weeks to surface, include
                    coughing, diarrhea, breathing problems, abdominal pain, fever and
                    hives.
                    If left untreated "it can turn into a very serious lung
                    infection or, in fact, impact the brain," said Deanne Thompson,
                    spokeswoman for the Orange County Health Care Agency.
                    "Most restaurants serve them flash fried but occasionally I
                    guess people get it into their heads to eat them raw or live and
                    that's a bad idea," Thompson said.
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                    • SNYDER, Oklahoma (AP) - The police chief, the mayor and a
                      councilman in this small town resigned Friday amid an uproar over
                      nude photos of the chief's 300-pound (135-kilogram), tattooed wife
                      that she posted on a Web site.
                      Dozens of residents of the town of 1,500 had demanded Police
                      Chief Tod Ozmun resign, and the district attorney recommended an
                      obscenity investigation, but the City Council decided last week
                      that the pictures were protected by the First Amendment.
                      On Friday, Ozmun, Mayor Dale Moore and Councilman Clifford
                      Barnard said they were stepping down because they were fed up with
                      the public attention and criticism of the chief. Another council
                      member resigned earlier over the council's support of Ozmun.
                      "This has turned into a media circus," Ozmun said. "I don't
                      feel like me staying in office is going to benefit my department or
                      my staff. This has turned into a mess. This is ridiculous.
                      Absolutely ridiculous."
                      Ozmun's 43-year-old wife, Doris, told The Oklahoman newspaper
                      that she was removing the photos from the Internet, and they
                      appeared to have been taken down Friday. "You know what I call
                      this? I call this a witch hunt," she said.
                      Some of the pictures show her with an American flag draped off
                      her shoulder.
                      "They have no morals as far as I'm concerned," said Shirley
                      Anderson, who served as mayor in the 1990s and whose husband was
                      mayor before that. "You should have respectable people in office.
                      They need to go somewhere else where this is accepted."
                      Cristen Edgar, a 16-year-old high school student, said: "I
                      don't think it's right for him to be the chief of police and for
                      his wife to be doing what she's doing."
                      The police chief defended his wife, saying, "People in this
                      country do what she does on a daily basis."
                      He said he has had long discussions with his wife about the
                      photos but does not tell her what to do.
                      "My wife is 6-foot-3 and weighs 300 pounds," said Ozmun, who
                      became chief in January 2005. "If there is somebody that thinks
                      they can control her, have at it. I have tried for 11 years and
                      haven't been able to."
                      In a statement, Barnard said he didn't want to be associated
                      with the police chief's detractors, "because I've never read
                      anywhere in the Good Book that the Lord wanted us to persecute
                      those that did not hold the same morals or values."
                      The mayor told The Oklahoman that he believes the way Ozmun has
                      been treated is wrong, and "I don't want to work in a community
                      like this."
                      District Attorney John Wampler has asked the Oklahoma State
                      Bureau of Investigation to look into the matter.
                      "In my opinion, the photos that I was shown are obscene based
                      on local community standards," he said. "Whether a court would
                      agree may be a different matter."

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                      • Auto Sex??

                        Auto-eroticism undoes Slovak driver
                        (Editors: please note sexual nature of content)
                        BRATISLAVA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - A Slovak driver who crashed
                        into a bus shocked rescuers who found him unconscious and half
                        naked with a vacuum pump on his penis.
                        Police said the 42-year-old man, driving an old Citroen in
                        the Slovak town of Levice, had ignored a "give way" sign.
                        "It's very likely he had auto-sex while driving, it is a
                        matter of investigation. After the accident he was found lying
                        in the seat, his pants were off and it (the pump) was placed on
                        his penis," police officer Peter Polak told Reuters.
                        "I've never seen anything like this, nor have my
                        colleagues," he added.
                        The man was taken to hospital with head injuries.
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                        • Originally posted by NJFFSA16
                          The man was taken to hospital with head injuries.

                          Which one?
                          Be safe y'all!
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                          • Originally posted by Ladder8
                            Which one?
                            Trust Randy to vocalize what we're all thinking!
                            September 11th - Never Forget

                            I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                            Sheri
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                            • September 13, 2006 -- A Plano, Ill., furniture dealer is reimbursing customers the $275,000 they spent in his store over the Labor Day weekend. As part of a sales promotion, Randy Gonigam had promised all shoppers they'd get their furniture free if the Chicago Bears shut out the Packers - and they did, 26-0.
                              ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                              NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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                              FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
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                              FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                              FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                              FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

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                              "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                              • Originally posted by Ladder8
                                Which one?
                                Use your imagination.....
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