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  • Thousands pay respects to dead whale in Vietnam
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Thousands of Vietnamese are making
    pilgrimages to a beach in southern Vietnam to worship a dead whale.
    More than a thousand people - many from hundreds of miles
    distant - have journeyed to burn incense near the whale carcass
    discovered on the beach Friday, said a police officer in the Thanh
    Phu District of Ben Tre province.
    Many villagers, especially fishermen, worship the giant mammals
    and believe a dead whale washing ashore is a sign of good fishing
    to come.
    The 82-foot whale has started to decompose, but it could take
    weeks to decay completely, said the officer, who identified himself
    only as Minh. The villagers plan to use the bones to build a temple
    to honor the whale, he said.
    A smaller whale washed ashore last month in the same area, about
    100 miles southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, and the villagers have
    since built a shrine for it, Minh said.

    APTV 04-05-04 0755EDT
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    • April 7, 2004 --The Old Heidelberg bar in Columbia, Mo., must have been a helluva place to drink - why else would people be buying bricks from the joint a year after it burned to the ground? Dick Walls, owner of the tavern next to the University of Missouri, donated 4,000 charred bricks to the university for its fund-raising drive. And they're now selling like hotcakes for $30 a pop.
      ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
      NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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      LT. John Ginley Engine 40
      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
      FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
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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
      "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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      • April 8th, 2004

        Firefighters from Engine 40, Ladder 35 responded to a fire alarm at 30 West 67th Street in Manhattan. They were greeted by NJFFSA16...who again asked "where the heck is Ray?"

        The Lt. said something about....driving the big shots around in Brooklyn, and doing all this secret kinda stuff.

        Yes...it's weird, but SO true.

        Ray...I missed ya again brother.
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        • April 8, 2004 -- Weird But True.Yes, I am at 9 Metro Tech.(But I am and always will be assigned to Engine 40.)
          Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 04-08-2004, 06:48 AM.
          ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
          NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
          343
          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."
          *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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          • You can take Ray out of the 40's, but you can't take the 40's out of Ray!
            ‎"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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            • She Closed Airport to Avoid Vacation with Boyfriend
              DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - A Croatian woman was
              convicted Thursday of disturbing the peace for phoning a bomb
              threat to Duesseldorf airport to get out of a vacation with her
              boyfriend.
              The woman was given a suspended sentence after admitting in
              court that she called authorities and, in a hoax, made an al
              Qaeda bomb threat because her parents disapproved of her
              boyfriend.
              "I didn't know how I would be able to tell my parents about
              a holiday with him and I couldn't really say to him 'Listen, my
              parents wouldn't approve'," the woman, 28, identified only as
              Marina B., told the Duesseldorf state court Wednesday.
              "Then I had the idea that if the trip could somehow be
              blocked by someone else, for example a bomb threat, then that
              would solve all the problems," she added. Her flight departed
              anyway, several hours late.
              The threat prompted authorities to shut down Germany's
              third busiest airport on a busy Sunday in September, stranding
              64,000 people for hours, while police searched in vain for a
              bomb.
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              • Here Kitty...

                'First' Pet Cat Found in Tomb
                WASHINGTON (Reuters) - What may have been one of the
                earliest pet cats has been found in a richly furnished tomb in
                Cyprus, French scientists reported on Thursday.
                The 8-month-old kitten appears to have been deliberately
                buried alongside a human in a Stone Age grave 9,500 years ago,
                the researchers report this week in the journal Science.
                While the finding may not surprise present-day cat lovers,
                the researchers at the National Museum of Natural History in
                Paris say it represents the earliest example of what was likely
                a domesticated cat.
                "It is generally accepted that cats were first domesticated
                in ancient Egypt at the latest by the 20th to 19th century B.C.
                (3,000 to 4,000 years ago)," the researchers, led by Jean-Denis
                Vigne, wrote.
                But experts suspected that people discovered the unique
                charm and usefulness of cats long before then.
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                • Betting It All on Vegas Roulette Spin
                  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A British man who has sold all his
                  possessions, including his clothes, will stand in a rented
                  tuxedo on Sunday and bet everything on a single spin of the
                  roulette wheel.
                  If he wins, he doubles his money. If he loses, he will be
                  left with only the television crew documenting his every move.
                  Ashley Revell, a 32-year-old Londoner, said he was worth
                  about 75,000 pounds ($138,000) after he sold everything in
                  March.
                  "I thought I was worth at least 100,000 pounds," he said in
                  a telephone interview from Las Vegas, where he is putting in a
                  week gambling about $3,000 in a bid to raise his pot.
                  By Wednesday, he was down $1,000.
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                  • France Identifies 'Little Prince' Author's Plane
                    MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - A plane raised from the
                    Mediterranean 60 years after it crashed, killing author Antoine
                    de Saint-Exupery, has been identified and will be put on
                    display in southern France, officials said on Wednesday.
                    Saint-Exupery, whose fable "The Little Prince" is
                    considered a classic of flight, love and loneliness,
                    disappeared on July 31, 1944, during a wartime aerial
                    reconnaissance mission.
                    "The wreck of the plane that was raised last autumn near
                    the Riou island has been identified as the (Lockheed Lightning)
                    P-38 on which Saint-Exupery made his last voyage," said
                    Jean-Claude Gaudin, mayor of southern Marseille.
                    He said the wreck would be exhibited in a Marseille museum
                    to pay tribute to the writer and aviator who died a year after
                    the book was published.
                    A French diver discovered the remains of the airplane off
                    the coast of Marseille four years ago, after a fisherman hauled
                    up a bracelet belonging to the author and aviator in 1998.
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                    • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A woman posing as a door-to-door
                      municipal bill collector stole thousands of dollars worth of
                      jewelry and cash in Malaysia, after convincing house occupants she
                      was taking payments owed to the government, a news report said
                      Friday.
                      The thief struck at least two houses this week in Penang, 300
                      kilometers (190 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, walking away with
                      items worth more than 6,000 ringgit (US$1,600), deputy police chief
                      Razali Basri said, the Bernama national news agency reported.
                      At the first house, the woman knocked at the door and introduced
                      herself to a maid as a town council officer named Siti, Razali
                      said.
                      Told that the house owner was not home, the woman asked for a
                      mobile telephone number and pretended to call the maid's employer,
                      telling the maid afterward that she had been granted permission to
                      take jewelry and cash from the house in lieu of payment, Bernama
                      cited Razali as saying.
                      The thief took watches, a gold necklace and pair of earrings and
                      a diamond ring.
                      The woman used the same method to steal jewelry and cash from a
                      nearby house, after convincing the 19-year-old occupant that her
                      mother had given the woman permission to come and take the
                      valuables, Razali said.
                      He warned people in the area to beware of anyone who came to
                      their house claiming to be collecting municipal dues, as this was
                      not normal practice.

                      (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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                      • Say what???

                        Police: NATO troops in Lithuania face discrimination from
                        prostitutes
                        VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) - The NATO troops dispatched to this
                        Baltic state are being discriminated against by prostitutes who
                        charge them more than three times as much money as Lithuanian
                        clients, the country's police commissioner said.
                        In recent days, prostitutes have been arriving in the city of
                        Siauliai, where 100 NATO soldiers are stationed as part of a team
                        to service four Belgian F-16s that patrol the skies above
                        Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Police Commissioner General Vytautas
                        Grigaravicius told journalists.
                        Prostitution is illegal in the country of 3.5 million residents.
                        The police commissioner said the sex workers were hiking their
                        rates for the Western troops, who come from Belgium and Norway.
                        "Prostitutes take 100 litas (US$35) an hour from Lithuanian
                        citizens, while NATO troops are asked to pay 350 litas (US$125) an
                        hour," he said, calling it a clear case of discrimination.
                        Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were inducted into the U.S.-led
                        alliance on March 29 along with four other ex-communist countries.
                        Moscow expressed particular anger at the entry of the Baltics,
                        which share borders with Russia, and criticized the deployment of
                        the NATO fighters.
                        Last week, two NATO soldiers were beaten up, prompting outrage
                        across Lithuania and calls for better protection for troops sent
                        here to defend Lithuania.
                        Grigaravicius met with acting Lithuanian president Arturas
                        Paulauskas Thursday and pledged to boost the number of police in
                        Siauliai, 200 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of the capital,
                        Vilnius.

                        (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
                        Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
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                        • Tickets to Beijing??

                          Chinese city bars restaurant from serving sushi on naked women
                          BEIJING (AP) - A restaurant in China's southwest has been
                          ordered to take its newest dish off the menu: sushi served on the
                          naked bodies of two young women.
                          The Japanese restaurant in Kunming held a trial banquet of its
                          "feast on a beauty's body" on Friday, prompting a public outcry,
                          the Xinhua News Agency and newspapers reported.
                          The event was banned this week before anyone had ordered the
                          dinner, the newspaper China Daily reported on its Web site. It was
                          priced at 1,000 yuan (US$120) per person - the equivalent of two
                          months' income for the average Chinese person.
                          Some Kunming residents "were indignant, claiming it is
                          humiliating to women," the China Daily said. "But others were
                          curious and tempted to have a try."
                          Managers of the Yamato Wind Village said they were "introducing
                          special Japanese food culture" to China, according to Xinhua. It
                          said the two women were recent university graduates who worked as
                          models.
                          Authorities banned the event on the grounds that the women "who
                          acted as dishes," in Xinhua's words, lacked required health
                          certificates for restaurant employees and were improperly dressed.
                          A photo on the China Daily site showed a women covered with
                          leaves and flowers and lying on a table. A woman in a kimono stood
                          over her holding a piece of sushi with chopsticks.

                          (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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                          • April 9, 2004 -- Two 16-year-old girls parasailing in Madeira Beach, Fla. nearly floated off over the Gulf of Mexico when the line connecting them to their boat snapped yesterday. The wind was so strong, it took 100 people a half hour to pull Chelsea Waddell and Theresa Blaneford back down to the beach. "We were on top of a bunch of buildings, over streets and roads, and it was really freaky," Chelsea told WFTS-TV. Witness Scott Eagers said, "It was awesome seeing the whole beach react. Everybody didn't even think, they just ran down, grabbed the rope, and started hauling those girls down."

                            ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                            NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                            343
                            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."
                            *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                            • Originally posted by CaptainGonzo
                              You can take Ray out of the 40's, but you can't take the 40's out of Ray!
                              hehehe good one Ron!
                              September 11th - Never Forget

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

                              Sheri
                              IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                              Honorary Flatlander

                              RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                              • April 9, 2004 -- Michele Hemphill of Dayton, Ohio, was shocked to see her photo featured on a commercial greeting card - along with the caption "Intoxicating Love." The "unauthorized" picture, taken 22 years ago, shows Hemphill, in her wedding dress, drinking whiskey and smoking a cigarette. Hemphill - now a mother of three and regular churchgoer - was not amused. She's suing for invasion of privacy.
                                ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                                NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                                343
                                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."
                                *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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