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  • Hong Kong firefighters cut chubby child free from swing
    HONG KONG (AP) - Firefighters had to cut an overweight
    8-year-old boy free after he wedged himself into a baby swing and
    couldn't get out, news reports said Sunday.
    A picture published in the mass circulation Apple Daily showed
    several firemen trying to help the anxious-looking child out of the
    helmet-shaped playground swing Saturday. The report said he weighed
    more than 40 kilograms (90 pounds).
    The rescuers had to cut open the boy's pants and apply lubricant
    to his legs before they could free him, the report said.
    The boy, who was identified only by his surname, Choy, went to
    the playground with his elder brother, who helped him get into the
    swing, the Chinese-language daily Ming Pao reported.
    But as he tried to get out of the swing, Choy discovered that
    his legs were painfully trapped, the reports said.
    The boy reportedly said he had played on the same swing last
    year, but was a lot slimmer then.
    "I won't play on the swing in this playground again!" Ming Pao
    quoted Choy as saying.

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    • Come again?

      SINGAPORE (AP) - Singapore's sperm banks are almost completely
      empty with only five men coming forward to donate last year, it was
      reported Wednesday. And no women gave up their eggs in 2003.
      The lack of donors has forced infertile couples to wait at least
      two years for either a sperm or egg donation, state-owned Channel
      NewsAsia said on its Web site.
      The Singapore government is debating ways to it can help
      encourage its population of 4 million to procreate after recording
      its lowest-ever birth rate last year, with just 37,633 babies born
      - far below the 50,000 a year the government is targeting.
      "Many of the volunteers feel the time and effort they spend
      isn't worth it," Dr. Yeong Cheng Toh from the KK Women's and
      Children's Hospital was quoted as saying.
      Potential sperm donors must submit themselves to a battery of
      medical tests to determine whether they are eligible to contribute
      to Singapore's three sperm banks.
      "The remuneration we pass to the patient when they come for the
      test is not substantial, it's only about 100 Singapore dollars
      (US$58)," Yeong added.
      The falling birthrate has been attributed to women putting off
      marriage and motherhood to focus on their careers, however female
      lawmakers suggested on Monday during a parliamentary debate that
      male infertility might be to blame.

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      • The Land of Oz

        SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - A Sydney bar owner has expelled a group
        of drinkers after accusing them of casting spells in his pub.
        "People found their behavior strange and threatening ...
        casting spells on bars in the hotel or clearing bars with certain
        spells," Tony Green, owner of the Greenwood Hotel, told "The
        Sydney Morning Herald."
        "They talk about casting spells and they brought with them, I
        believe, a small cauldron. I think they behaved as though they are
        witches," Green added. In Australia, many bars are called hotels.
        Green was referring to PaganPages, a group that met at his pub
        each month to discuss rituals, mythology and other Pagan-related
        topics until he asked them to leave in January.
        Suzanne Maxim, PaganPages co-ordinator, denies the group was
        using magic at the bar.
        "As far as I know, people don't cast spells, but I can't vouch
        for everyone," she told the Herald. "It's not a very sacred
        space."

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        • Here kitty, kitty, kitty!

          DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - A stray cat sneaked aboard a domestic
          Bangladesh flight and later sent airport guards on a 2-hour chase
          around the runway before it was caught, reports said Wednesday.
          The small cat, which meowed nervously during Tuesday's 40-minute
          journey from Sylhet to national capital Dhaka, was only spotted
          after state-run Biman airlines was airborne, Ittefaq and Bangladesh
          Observer dailies reported. Sylhet is 190 kilometers (120 miles)
          northeast of Dhaka.
          The cat remained outside the cockpit and didn't disturb any of
          the 45 people on board during the flight, the reports said.
          When the plane landed in Dhaka, the cat slipped through the
          disembarking passengers at Zia International Airport and led guards
          on a two hour chase around the tarmac before it was caught.
          The papers provided no further details. No officials were
          immediately available for comments.

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          • March 11, 2004 -- There may be good reasons to avoid your probation officer, but hanky panky isn't one of them. Just ask Valda Morris of Port Charlotte, Fla., who insisted she couldn't hear her probation officer banging on the door and yelling because she was in the shower with her boyfriend and, "had other things on my mind." Circuit Judge Ric Howard wasn't impressed, and slapped Morris, 55, with 30 months in state prison.
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            • Cousins, Age 70 and 85, Die in Pistol Duel
              MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Two Mexican peasant farmers,
              cousins age 70 and 85, argued for years over water rights and
              finally faced off in an old-fashioned pistol duel that killed
              both, a judicial official said Wednesday.
              Manuel Orozco and Candelario Orozco, who were also
              brothers-in-law, shot each other dead in the middle of a field
              Monday night in the western state of Jalisco.
              Their bodies were found only 11 feet apart with one fatal
              bullet wound each and two pistols lying nearby.
              "Initial investigations are along the lines that it was a
              duel because of family problems," said Jose Ramirez, spokesman
              for the Jalisco state prosecutor's office.
              Manuel, 70, fired a .45 caliber Colt pistol and his
              85-year-old cousin was packing a .22 caliber pistol.
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              • Riding a pony??

                Dutch Politicians Want Bestiality Banned
                AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Two Dutch political parties called
                Wednesday for laws prohibiting sex with animals after a man
                suspected of having sex with a pony was set free.
                Wearing nothing but a T-shirt, the man was arrested by
                police in Utrecht Monday after the pony's owner caught him by
                surprise in his stable.
                "He was caught in the stable, busy with the pony, and was
                arrested for animal mistreatment," Mary Hallebeek, a
                prosecution spokeswoman said.
                The prosecutor set him free because there was no evidence
                of a crime. Dutch law does not prohibit bestiality.
                "There were no wounds or traces of violence. The man may
                have had sex with the animal, but there is no article in law
                which says this is liable to punishment," Hallebeek said.
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                • HuH?

                  British wife-poisoner hired as ethics lecturer
                  LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) - A scientist dubbed the "Safeway
                  poisoner" and jailed for trying to poison his wife has been
                  employed by a British university to lecture students on ethics,
                  the institution said on Thursday.
                  Paul Agutter served seven years of a 12-year sentence for
                  attempted murder after he laced his wife's gin and tonic with
                  deadly nightshade in 1994 and then tried to cover his tracks by
                  spiking drinks in a Safeway supermarket.
                  The University of Manchester said it followed "due process"
                  in hiring Agutter to teach adult education classes, including a
                  one-day course on "Therapeutic Cloning: Ethics and Science."
                  Medical ethics lecturer Piers Benn told Reuters criminal
                  convictions and teaching ethics were not necessarily mutually
                  exclusive.
                  "Normally people who get into moral philosophy do so because
                  they care about making the world a better place or putting
                  things right," said Benn, of Imperial College London.
                  "But I can't see any logical contradiction between being
                  able to think about ethical questions and being able to do
                  rather criminal acts."
                  Manchester University said it had not decided whether an
                  April course on evolution taught by Agutter would go ahead.
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                  • One cadaver, two cadaver, three cadaver, four...

                    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Seven cadavers donated to Tulane University's
                    medical school were sold to the Army and blown up in land mine
                    experiments, officials said. Tulane said it has suspended dealings
                    with a national distributor of donated bodies.
                    Tulane receives up to 150 cadavers a year from donors but needs
                    only between 40 and 45 for classes, Mary Bitner Anderson,
                    co-director of the Tulane School of Medicine's Willed Body Program,
                    said Wednesday.
                    The university paid National Anatomical Service, a New
                    York-based company that distributes bodies nationwide, less than
                    $1,000 a body to deliver surplus cadavers, thinking they were going
                    to medical schools in need of corpses.
                    The anatomical services company sold seven cadavers to the Army
                    for between $25,000 and $30,000, said Chuck Dasey, a spokesman for
                    the Army's Medical Research and Materiel Command in Fort Detrick,
                    Maryland. The bodies were blown up in tests on protective footwear
                    against land mines at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
                    Tulane said it found out about the Army's use of the bodies in
                    January 2003. It suspended its contract with the anatomical
                    services company this month. The company did not immediately return
                    calls for comment.
                    "There is a legitimate need for medical research and cadavers
                    are one of the models that help medical researchers find out
                    valuable information," Dasey said. "Our position is that it is a
                    regulated process. Obviously it makes some people uncomfortable."
                    Cadaver remains are routinely cremated, he added.
                    For years military researchers have bought cadavers to use in
                    research involving explosive devices. In the last five years, that
                    research has been used to help determine safe standoff distances,
                    on how to build the best shelters, and to improve helmets, Dasey
                    said.
                    Michael Meyer, a philosophy professor at Santa Clara University
                    in California who has written about the ethics of donated bodies,
                    said the military's use is questionable because it knows donors did
                    not expect to end up in land mine tests.
                    "Imagine if your mother had said all her life that she wanted
                    her body to be used for science, and then her body was used to test
                    land mines. I think that is disturbing, and I think there are some
                    moral problems with deception here," Meyers said.
                    The market in bodies and body parts is under scrutiny after two
                    men, including the head of the Willed Body Program at the
                    University of California at Los Angeles, were arrested for
                    trafficking in stolen body parts.

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                    • March 12, 2004 -- A Texas man - too drunk to drive - put his 11-year-old son behind the wheel for their 200-mile trip home, police said.Cops spotted the car speeding and dangerously weaving through traffic and pulled it over to find the youngster, barely able to see over the dashboard, behind the wheel.Robert Lee Crider of Big Spring was hit with charges of child endangerment and public intoxication.
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                      FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                      FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                      FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                      FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                      Charleston 9
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                      • March 13, 2004 -- Maybe his arrest will serve as a wakeup call.
                        Eric Palmer, 34, of Akron, Ohio, was nabbed by cops as he slept in the garage of a Brimfield Township home he was trying to burglarize.Cops said Palmer, who was armed with a gun and two knives, dozed off while waiting for someone to open the door so he could get in the house."We had the handcuffs on him before he even woke up," said Police Chief David Blough.
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                        CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                        LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                        FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                        FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                        FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                        FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                        Charleston 9
                        "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                        • March 14, 2004 -- They're crying foul.
                          Red Sox fans (cry babies) have asked the Boston archdiocese to bend the rule that says Catholics can't eat meat on Good Friday.That's because Opening Day coincides with the religious holiday and they want to be able to enjoy a hot dog at the ballpark."We're already getting all kinds of requests for dispensation to eat meat," said an archdiocese spokesman.

                          But church officials decided Red Sox baseball wasn't a good enough reason to bend the rule.
                          ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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                          CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                          LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                          FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                          FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                          FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                          FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                          FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                          FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                          FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                          FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                          FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                          Charleston 9
                          "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                          • Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
                            March 14, 2004 -- They're crying foul.
                            Red Sox fans (cry babies) have asked the Boston archdiocese to bend the rule that says Catholics can't eat meat on Good Friday.That's because Opening Day coincides with the religious holiday and they want to be able to enjoy a hot dog at the ballpark."We're already getting all kinds of requests for dispensation to eat meat," said an archdiocese spokesman.

                            But church officials decided Red Sox baseball wasn't a good enough reason to bend the rule.
                            but...the Archdiocese gave the dispensation and said it was all right when Good Friday coincided with St. Patrick's day a few years ago... I guess corned beef and cabbage has more pull than a Fenway Frank with sauerkraut!
                            ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
                            Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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                            • March 15, 2004 -- Two NYU coeds installed a 400-gallon swimming pool in their Greenwich Village dorm room to throw booze-fueled parties for fellow students.Freshmen Jenny Maurer and Lauren Burge were the toast of University Residence Hall after they moved their furniture out and installed the 10-by- 6-foot pool.But after several splashingly successful bashes, school officials found out, and both are now on probation.
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                              LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                              FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                              FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                              FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                              FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                              FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                              FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                              FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                              Charleston 9
                              "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                              • But church officials decided Red Sox baseball wasn't a good enough reason to bend the rule.
                                They cited the fact that God is a Yankee fan!

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