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  • It's safe to go back into water, doorman says
    LONDON (Reuters) - It's safe to go back into the waters off
    Britain -- reports of a man-eating shark that have made front
    page headlines were just a great white lie.
    British newspapers reported Thursday that stories they had
    eagerly followed in recent weeks about sightings of a killer
    Great White shark lurking in the waters off Cornwall, southwest
    England, had in fact been made up.
    Doorman Kevin Keeble sparked the media feeding frenzy when
    he sent pictures to his local paper of a shark he photographed
    during a fishing trip to South Africa, jokingly claiming the
    photo was taken near the British surfing resort of Newquay.
    "I didn't expect anyone would be daft enough to take it
    seriously," newspapers quoted him as saying. "I can't believe
    the story went so big."
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    • Firm sees big impact from enlarging condoms
      LONDON (Reuters) - British condom maker Futura Medical Plc
      FUM.L said on Thursday that results of a study showed its new
      condom helped men have firmer and bigger erections, as well as
      a longer-lasting sexual experience.
      Shares in the company, which specializes in sexual
      healthcare and pain relief, rose 14.5 percent to 59.25 pence on
      hopes the condom, which will be marketed by Durex condom-maker
      SSL International SSL.L, could go on sale next year.
      Futura said the study of 108 healthy couples showed its
      CSD500 condom helped men to get a firmer erection compared with
      a standard condom, increased penis size and made the sexual
      experience last longer, delivering statistically significant
      results.
      The condom has a small amount of gel in its peak that
      dilates the arteries and increases blood flow to the penis.
      Chief Executive James Barder said the study results
      underpinned hopes the contraceptive will start generating
      revenues in 2008.
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      • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a baby..
        WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand couple is looking to
        call their newborn son Superman -- but only because their
        chosen name of 4Real has been rejected by the government
        registry.
        Pat and Sheena Wheaton say they will get around the
        decision by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages by
        officially naming their son Superman but referring to him as
        4Real, the New Zealand Herald newspaper has reported.
        The Wheatons decided on the name after seeing the baby for
        the first time in an ultrasound scan and realizing their baby
        was "for real."
        They decided 4Real was the best way to write it, but the
        name was rejected because the registrar said a name had to be a
        sequence of characters.
        Pat Wheaton said he was considering appealing against the
        decision through the courts, but whatever happens he won't be
        budged on his choice.
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        • Farmer attacks police with muck spreader
          BERLIN (Reuters) - A German farmer angry with police for
          trying to confiscate his tractor wrecked three patrol cars and
          evaded capture for seven hours before an elite unit managed to
          arrest him, a police spokesman said Wednesday.
          The farmer, 53, was pulled over by police for driving his
          tractor without a license, despite several previous warnings.
          The officers called in three patrol cars for help before
          asking the farmer to get out of his vehicle.
          He refused, and proceeded to ram the cars with his tractor,
          making full use of its attached muck spreader and hydraulic
          fork. Officers were only just able to scramble out of harm's
          way.
          The farmer then drove into a forest, where he eluded a
          manhunt involving two helicopters and an armored car for seven
          hours.
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          • PHOENIX (AP) - A robber tied up a Boston man so tight, he
            developed gangrene and doctors had to amputate his left hand,
            police said Thursday.
            Bruce Northrup, a 60-year-old chemical engineer, was staying at
            an extended-stay hotel in north Phoenix to volunteer with Habitat
            for Humanity.
            Phoenix police Sgt. Joel Tranter said the victim was walking
            away from his rental car in the parking lot of the hotel on
            Saturday evening when a man came up to him and asked him for a
            cigarette.
            Northrup said he did not have any, but the man followed him to
            his room and tied him up at gunpoint, Tranter said.
            After another man and possibly a woman came into the room,
            Northrup was placed in a bathtub and told not to move.
            The robbers stole a computer, checks and credit cards and
            Northrup's rental car before leaving. He stayed in the bathtub for
            24 hours before a maid found him and called police.
            Northrup's bindings were so tight, it cut off the circulation to
            his hands, police said.
            Northrup's left hand was amputated and doctors also wanted to
            take his right hand. They didn't after Northrup pleaded with them
            to wait until a vascular surgeon in Boston takes a look at it.
            Police said the suspects in the robbery remained at large
            Thursday.
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            • FOREST, Va. (AP) - A smudge of driveway sealant resembling the
              face of Jesus Christ has fetched more than $1,500 in an online
              auction.
              The family that found the image on its garage floor sold it for
              $1,525.69 on eBay Wednesday, more than a week after the slab of
              concrete was put on sale.
              "I really never thought I'd get any, to be honest," said Deb
              Serio, a high school teacher.
              "It's fun to see what people say and think about it," said
              Serio, who has gotten hundreds of messages from around the world.
              The family has hired a contractor to remove the section of
              concrete. The chunk will be turned over to the winner, identified
              only as "islandoffthecoast."
              An active Lutheran, Serio considers the smudge just an odd
              occurrence - not a sign or miracle.
              "There are some people who need this kind of thing to sort of
              start them on their faith journey. I don't," she said. "That's
              why I don't mind parting with it."
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              • Teen severely burned after he lights fire while stealing gas
                TWO RIVERS, Wis. (AP) - An 18-year-old man was severely burned
                Thursday after he lit a flame while trying to steal gasoline from a
                riding lawnmower.
                He and another 18-year-old man were in a Town of Two Rivers shed
                early Thursday, trying to extract the fuel from the mower.
                At one point, they decided they needed more light, so one of
                them ignited burning materials, according to Manitowoc County
                Sheriff's Inspector Gregg Schetter. The gasoline then exploded,
                Schetter said.
                One of the men was taken to a Milwaukee hospital with serious
                burns.
                Authorities learned of the theft after responding to a 4 a.m.
                call Thursday of a shed on fire.
                County sheriff's deputies and Two Rivers police officers
                eventually learned of the burned man and connected the clues,
                Schetter said.
                The other man wasn't injured. He was being held in the Manitowoc
                County Jail, Schetter said.
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                • Owner selling bricks from New Jersey pork-store gang hangout on
                  `Sopranos'
                  AP Photo NY118
                  KEARNY, N.J. (AP) - The meats and sandwiches are long gone, but
                  fans of HBO's "Sopranos" can comfort themselves with some of the
                  rocks that made up the facade of the fictional Satriale's Pork
                  Store, one of Tony Soprano & Co.'s favorite hangouts.
                  The owner of the building is selling the white stones online
                  before the structure is demolished next month. A condominium
                  complex named The Soprano will be built on the site.
                  Building owner Manny Costeira said the 2,000 bricks will sell
                  for $25 to $50 apiece, and will include a serial number and
                  certificate of authentication.
                  Costeira told The Jersey Journal of Jersey City the "silly
                  idea" popped into his head. But he also said he's received a few
                  angry e-mails from people asking why he's demolishing Tony's joint.
                  ---
                  On the Net:
                  http://www.porkstone.com.
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                  • Spanish thief saw himself as Robin Hood-like bandit
                    MADRID, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Spain's most wanted thief, "The
                    Loner", saw himself as a Robin Hood-style figure and said he
                    robbed banks only because they stole from the public, his lawyer
                    said on Thursday.
                    Accused of killing three policemen and holding up more than
                    30 banks, Jaime Jimenez Arbe was planning to move on to
                    insurance companies when he was arrested last month, Spanish
                    media reported, citing lawyer Jose Mariano Trillo-Figueroa.
                    "I am not a killer and if I was obliged to shoot at officers
                    of the law, it was always against my will and in order to avoid
                    being arrested," Jimenez said in a letter reproduced on the
                    websites of newspapers El Pais and El Mundo.
                    Trillo-Figueroa said Jimenez, who robbed the banks disguised
                    in a false beard and a wig, thinks of himself as Curro Jimenez,
                    a Spanish 1970s television bandit in the style of Robin Hood.
                    The Loner was arrested in Portugal, armed with a
                    submachinegun in preparation for another bank robbery.
                    Citing police, Spanish media reported he kept the money he
                    stole, depositing it in several different bank accounts.
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                    • Slew of 63 kittens dumped at Westchester animal shelter
                      MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) - Some 63 kittens, stuffed in three
                      boxes and beset with fleas, were dropped on a suburban animal
                      shelter's doorstep, officials said.
                      People training dogs to fight may have used the young cats for
                      bait and then abandoned them out of nervousness about attention to
                      a recent dog fighting case, Mount Vernon Animal Shelter manager
                      Sean D'Aliose said. He said kittens are sometimes used to entice
                      dogs to fight because the small cats are unlikely to hurt strike
                      back and hurt the dogs.
                      The kittens, which range in age and breed, were found late
                      Tuesday. Shelter Director Paula Young said some were already
                      available for adoption, and the rest would be once they were
                      medically ready, which could take up to a week.
                      Pet Adoption League of Westchester President Jeannie Johnson
                      said she initially worried that it might be "almost impossible"
                      to find homes for so many kittens. She and her family were keeping
                      a few, and some others were at the shelter, but Young had most of
                      them at her home.
                      The city is offering a $5,000 reward for information about dog
                      fighting rings, after an abandoned, critically hurt pit bull was
                      found last week. Authorities believe his injuries stemmed from dog
                      fighting.
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                      • EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - An Eagan man was sentenced to 30 days in
                        jail for tearing the head off his girlfriend's pet parakeet.
                        Nathan David Andersen pleaded guilty in May to felony animal
                        cruelty.
                        At Wednesday's sentencing, he was also ordered to pay $177 in
                        penalties and surcharges, serve two years probation and submit to a
                        chemical dependency evaluation. His probation officer may place him
                        a domestic abuse program, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom
                        said.
                        Andersen, 25, attacked the bird and kicked over its cage in
                        November in a jealous rage after suspecting his girlfriend of an
                        affair, investigators said.
                        Backstrom called the 30-day sentence a significant penalty.
                        "This was an extreme level of violent behavior and it was
                        perhaps directed at a defenseless animal, but the message was sent
                        to (the girlfriend) that he's capable of acting in a violent way,"
                        Backstrom said.
                        Andersen said nothing at Wednesday's sentencing, Backstrom said.
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                        • MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities captured a diaper-wearing
                          monkey who led them on a downtown search after biting a woman.
                          The 20-year-old woman reported being bitten on the thumb as she
                          tried to pet the animal early Wednesday.
                          The woman was walking by State Street Brats, a popular
                          nightclub, where a man had the monkey on a leash inside its beer
                          garden. People walking by were petting the monkey, who was wearing
                          a white diaper.
                          But the monkey bit the woman, who suffered four small punctures
                          on her thumb, police said.
                          The bite sent the woman to the hospital, where a physician said
                          the monkey should be found so that it could be quarantined to
                          determine if it has a disease.
                          By 7:15 a.m., police found the man and the monkey. But the man
                          lost the handle on the monkey before an animal control officer
                          arrived and it got loose.
                          Police issued a warning to the public of the foot-tall monkey
                          with a long prehensile tail: "It is now on the lam, presumably
                          still in the State Street area."
                          About seven hours later, the monkey was captured and taken into
                          custody downtown to be quarantined for 10 days, police said.
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                          • Mayville authorities trying to shoo turkey vultures from cemetery
                            MAYVILLE, Wis. (AP) - Mayville police just won't let turkey
                            vultures roost in peace.
                            After years of a few of the ugly birds hanging out at Graceland
                            Cemetery, the 14-acre plot is over run with nearly 60 vultures on
                            the ground, on headstones and in the trees, caretaker Ralph Smith
                            said.
                            The 1850s burial ground has become an ugly sight due to the
                            feathers and bird droppings on the headstones and elsewhere, so
                            Mayville police are taking action against the federally protected
                            bird, Capt. Tom Poellot said.
                            An officer will fire a specially designed machine that sounds
                            like a shotgun - called a bird banger - and screamer sirens once at
                            sunrise and sunset for the next several days.
                            "This is a humane way of solving the problem without inflicting
                            injury to the birds," Poellot said.
                            The police think it should take a week to scare the vultures
                            away from the cemetery, he said.
                            Smith would like to see them disappear another way.
                            "If I had my way I'd take a shotgun and shoot them," he said.
                            The dark brown birds have bright red heads and wingspans up to 6
                            feet.
                            They're common in Wisconsin, but known for bad habits, including
                            feeding on dead animals and leaving behind waste that can
                            contaminate water and damage property, making them a nuisance in
                            urban locations.
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                            Information from: Daily Citizen, http://www.wiscnews.com/bdc
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                            • Ed, how'd you miss this one?

                              Nude Jogging Priest Gets Under Residents' Skin
                              Priest Would Have To Register As Sex Offender If Convicted

                              POSTED: 10:04 am EDT August 10, 2007
                              UPDATED: 1:00 pm EDT August 10, 2007

                              FREDERICK, Colo. -- A Catholic priest facing a possible indecent exposure charge after he went jogging in the nude was placed on administrative leave Thursday, reported KMGH-TV in Denver.

                              The Rev. Robert Whipkey told officers he had been running naked about an hour before sunrise at the Frederick High School track and didn't think anyone would be around at that time of day, a police report said.

                              He told officers he sweats profusely if he wears clothing while jogging.

                              "I'm a heavy man, and wearing clothing while running makes me sweat profusely," Whipkey was quoted as saying in the police report. "I know what I did was wrong."

                              In a statement, the Archdiocese of Denver said Whipkey previously was investigated for "inappropriate personal behavior" more than eight years ago when he was the pastor of St. Anthony's Parish in Sterling. Details were not released.

                              "Father Whipkey's conduct eight years ago did not involve any physical or sexual contact with another individual," the archdiocese said in a statement, adding that the behavior was reported to authorities.

                              No charges were filed, and Whipkey entered therapy. No other complaints from parishioners had been filed since then, the archdiocese said.

                              Whipkey did not return phone messages. His attorney, Doug Tisdale, told the Longmont Times-Call that Whipkey had no comment.

                              Les Onorato, a parishioner at St. Theresa's Catholic Church where Rev. Whipkey officiates, said, "And he's a very very nice gentleman. I wouldn't think anything like this of him."

                              Whipkey, 53, was arrested June 22 in this small town about 20 miles north of Denver. An officer said he saw a naked man walking down the street at 4:35 a.m. The U.S. Naval Observatory Web site said sunrise that day in Frederick was 5:31 a.m.

                              The officer said when he shined his flashlight at the man, he covered himself with a piece of clothing he was carrying.

                              Some residents are disturbed by the report.

                              "We have a lot of kids in this neighborhood, so I find it kind of disrespectful," said Frederick resident Sean Smith.

                              "And a man in his position, it surprises me. You can buy a pair of boxers that are pretty thin to help you with (the heat). So, I really don't buy that story," said Smith.

                              Whipkey also advised officers that this had been the first time he had went walking and jogging in public without wearing any clothes.

                              The Archdiocese of Denver said it takes the incident seriously but is awaiting the outcome of the case. Whipkey, who also officiates at parishes in the nearby towns of Mead and Erie, remains an active priest.

                              If convicted of indecent exposure, a misdemeanor, he would have to register as a sex offender, prosecutors said. He could also face up to 18 months in jail.

                              It was not clear why the June incident was not reported by the newspaper until this week.

                              Distributed by Internet Broadcasting.


                              He told officers he sweats profusely if he wears clothing while jogging.
                              Gee. Maybe he should come join us for Fire School? Then he'd REALLY know what sweating is all about.
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                              • Originally posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
                                Ed, how'd you miss this one?
                                I was busy...running away from a naked priest
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