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  • Well oil be darned........

    BOCA RATON, Florida (AP) - Hundreds of gallons (liters) of
    cooking oil collected from restaurants spilled from a truck,
    causing vehicles to skid and slip across a Palm Beach County
    roadway.
    Officials closed a quarter mile (half kilometer) of the road for
    nearly seven hours Wednesday while they used cat litter, sand and
    cement to clean up the greasy surface.
    "It was like walking on ice," said sheriff's Sgt. David Combs,
    who added the area smelled like french fries. "It just poured
    hundreds of gallons of this stuff. What a mess."
    The driver for Darling International - a reprocessing company
    that collects used oil from restaurants - made several turns as he
    drove away from a restaurant, oblivious to the trail of oil he was
    leaving behind.
    The spill occurred because the driver failed to secure a valve,
    officials said, and he was issued several citations.
    Combs said only one person - a woman who lost control of her
    pickup as she hid the oil slick and hit a tree - was injured.
    "Considering the amount of oil, it's lucky nobody got seriously
    hurt," Combs said.

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    • Government at work

      OTTAWA(Reuters) - Debate in Canada's parliament
      degenerated into shouts and catcalls Wednesday when an
      opposition legislator committed what others saw as the sin of
      mispronouncing an Italian movie star's name.
      The disturbance erupted when Jason Kenney of the
      Conservatives claimed that a former government minister had
      been "rubbing shoulders with aging Italian sex kitten Gina
      Lollobreegeeda" -- whose name is in fact Gina Lollobrigida.
      Politicians from the ruling Liberals, anxious not to annoy
      Canada's large Italian community in the run-up to an election,
      argued that the mangled pronunciation of her name was an
      affront and an insult.
      "It's Gina Lollobrigida, idiot!" bellowed Human Resources
      Minister Joe Volpe, prompting Kenney to say he was sorry for
      "offending the aging sex kitten community".
      Speaking afterward, Volpe made an apology of his own.
      "I'm sorry I called him an idiot. I should have referred to
      him as an imbecile," he told reporters.
      Lollobrigida, nicknamed "La Lollo", is 76 years old and was
      at the height of her fame in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in
      dozens of movies including "Trapeze" and "Beat the Devil".
      REUTERS
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      • Joisy Boosy

        TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) - Here's a new Bacardi recipe: Take a
        small New Jersey community, add $5,000, and for half a month,
        you've got a locality named after a cocktail.
        For the first half of May, the small, rural community of
        Richland will be called "Mojito," named for a drink made of rum,
        mint leaves, lime, sugar and club soda. Richland is a section of
        Buena Vista Township, near Atlantic City.
        The Buena Vista Township Committee voted 5-0 on April 26 to
        authorize the new name after the rum maker Bacardi offered to give
        the township $5,000 for recreation projects such as new playground
        equipment in public parks.
        A road sign along Route 40 promoting mojitos has already been
        raised. And Bacardi plans to use images from Richland in
        advertising promotions.
        Buena Vista Mayor Chuck Chiarello sees the renaming as a way to
        support the local economy, which is heavily based on agriculture.
        Dalponte Farms in Richland is the main supplier of mint for
        Bacardi.
        "We have a very large farming community here, and we thought
        this would support it," Chiarello said.
        Township Administrator Ron Trebing also thinks the promotion is
        a good deal.
        "It'll improve recreation in the area," Trebing said.
        "Anything helps out."
        A traditional Cuban drink, mojitos have enjoyed new popularity
        in recent years. The drinks were requested on the HBO television
        series "Sex and the City" and were mentioned in the movie "Bad
        Boys II."

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        • Man Used Bath in Bid to Kill Wife - Police
          DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas man is suspected of using a
          bubble bath by candlelight and soothing music as bait to set a
          date with death for his wife.
          Police said on Monday that William Joseph Wolfe, an
          emergency room nurse, has been arrested for attempted murder
          after he tried to electrocute his wife in the bathtub by
          dropping a radio into her bathwater -- a method of execution he
          researched on the Internet.
          Wolfe is suspected of drawing the bath for his wife and
          bringing in a radio with an extension cord attached so his wife
          could listen to music during her soak.
          "He appeared to accidentally bump the radio," said Ronnie
          Walker, deputy chief of police in the east Texas city of
          Henderson. The wife was able to bump the radio before it hit
          the water, and thought that there might be something
          suspicious, Walker said.
          What she found was that her husband had recently visited
          Web sites that detailed bathtub electrocutions. Walker said an
          examination of the computer by a cyber crimes police unit
          confirmed that he visited these sites before the incident that
          took place on March 11.
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          • What You Don't Want in Your Salad at 30,000 Feet
            WELLINGTON (Reuters) - An airline passenger was given a
            nasty fright when a frog with a taste for adventure stowed away
            in her in-flight salad, New Zealand authorities said Tuesday.
            The passenger discovered the airborne amphibian perched on
            a slice of cucumber while on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to
            Wellington in February.
            "Naturally there was a bit of consternation by the
            passenger who called back the attendant," Ministry of
            Agriculture and Forestry quarantine general manager Fergus
            Small said.
            The flight attendant removed the salad and the 4 cm (1.6
            inch) whistling tree frog, which was killed by quarantine staff
            when the aircraft landed.
            While frogs had been known to hitch rides in the cargo
            holds of aircraft, it was the first time the Quarantine Service
            was aware of one being found in a meal, Small said.
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            • Competitive 'Eater' Sets Popcorn-Eating Challenge
              NEW YORK (Reuters) - To mark the premiere on Tuesday of a
              film about his life as a competitive eater, Crazy Legs Conti is
              trying to eat his way out of a telephone booth-size structure
              filled with popcorn.
              Conti, 33, donned a diving mask and snorkel on Tuesday
              inside the lobby of the Manhattan movie theater that will show
              the film and lowered himself into a "popcorn sarcophagus," a
              wooden, windowed structure, to begin munching.
              He vowed to eat his way through the 50 cubic feet of
              salted, buttered popcorn in about eight hours, in time for the
              movie's premiere on Tuesday evening.
              Conti, who runs marathons and is built like a wrestler, is
              no neophyte to nibbling, having won the world oyster-eating
              championship. His dream is to defeat Japan's Takeru Kobayashi
              in the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest on New York's
              Coney Island, regarded as the Super Bowl of competitive eating.
              "This guy is completely genuine. He is taking every action
              he needs to make his dream a reality," the film's director,
              Chris Kenneally, said of Conti, who is from Massachusetts.
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              • May 8, 2004 -- Dewey Coulson couldn't believe it when he flushed out a burglar in his Whitefish Bay, Wis., home.Coulson had gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom - and found a stranger sitting on the toilet.
                "I think I caught him off-guard," Coulson said.


                May 8, 2004 --Arkansas couple Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have 14 children with names beginning with the letter "J" - and are expecting a 15th later this month. "I'm either expecting or nursing," said mega-mom Michelle, 37, whose brood includes Joshua, Jana, John, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joanna, Jedadiah, Jeremia, Jason, James and Justin.
                The coming distraction will be called Jackson.
                ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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                • May 9, 2004 -- From Russia . . . with dogs.
                  A Russian scientist has created a new breed of dog that is part wild jackal and part northern husky. Creator Klim Sulimov calls them Huskjackals. Their sense of smell is 50 times sharper than other dogs.
                  No word yet on how well they fetch slippers.
                  ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                  NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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                  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

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                  • WOOF WOOFF...GGGRRRR WOOOFFF

                    May 10, 9:46 AM EDT

                    Puppy Dials Ambulance, Crew Responds

                    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- An emergency services switchboard couldn't understand a word the caller was saying, so they sent a crew to investigate.

                    There was nothing wrong with Raia, apart from being a puppy. Barking into the phone was her way of communicating, the state radio network NRK reported Monday.

                    Lars Letnes, of the Nord-Troendelag police district, said a call came through to the 113 medical emergency number at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The switchboard operators tried to talk to the caller, but heard only a gruff, barking sound.

                    "They were afraid someone needed help and was trying to say so they asked for assistance from the police," he told NRK.

                    The police went to the house, rang the doorbell and woke up 24-year-old Aleksander Elden, whose family owns the four-month-old Norwegian Elkhound.

                    "It could only have been her that called. She was the only one there," Elden told The Associated Press by telephone, adding he found the puppy lying on the floor next to the phone.

                    The police took the confusion with a sense of humor.

                    "In our log, it says the son in the house couldn't see that the dog was in any pain and concluded that she had probably dialed the wrong number," said Letnes.

                    Copyright 2004 Associated Press.
                    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                    impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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                    • 3 TO 1: CALIFORNIA vs WASHINGTON?

                      May 7, 6:27 PM EDT

                      Robber Upset He Didn't Get Life Sentence

                      YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Ruben Ramirez, 45, was disappointed when he got an 8 1/2-year sentence for bank robbery.

                      Ramirez told a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank he had a gun, then sat by the front door and waited for police to arrive Aug. 23. He carried out his plan in order to be assured of a life prison term under the state's "three strikes" law.

                      He invited the teller to sound the alarm after showing her he didn't have a gun after all, and later said that to police and lawyers.

                      He also said he was broke, unable to find work and had recently moved to Yakima from California after his wife divorced him. As it turned out, he had been away from California for 17 years.

                      On Thursday, it turned out his prison term calculations were off, too.

                      Shortly before he was set to be sentenced in Yakima County Superior Court, lawyers in the case learned that because of a legal quirk, his three armed robbery convictions in California in the early 1980s counted for only one strike in Washington state.

                      It seems Ramirez was convicted of the second and third offenses in California before he was found guilty in the first. To trigger Washington's "three strikes" provision, an offender must be convicted of violent crimes on separate occasions before a new strike is counted.

                      So he still has one to go, and that bothered Judge Susan L. Hahn, who sentenced him to the top of the standard range.

                      "If you want to go prison this bad, what will you do in the future?" Hahn asked.

                      Ramirez did not reply.

                      Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakima-herald.com

                      Copyright 2004 Associated Press.
                      If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                      "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                      "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                      Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                      impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                      IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                      • CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Facing a falling birth rate, the
                        Australian government has a simple message: Go forth and multiply.
                        And they're prepared to pay new parents who take up the call.
                        "Come on, come on, your nation needs you," Prime Minister John
                        Howard said Wednesday, when asked about a one-off 3,000 Australian
                        dollar (US$2,100) payment for all new mothers announced by
                        Treasurer Peter Costello in the annual budget.
                        On Tuesday night, a smiling Costello urged reporters in
                        Canberra: "You go home and do your patriotic duty tonight."
                        The father of three suggested that two children per couple
                        wasn't quite enough to combat the effects of an aging population
                        and declining birth rate in this sparsely populated nation of 20
                        million.
                        "If you can have children it's a good thing to do. You should
                        have ... one for your husband, one for your wife, and one for your
                        country," Costello said.

                        (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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                        • Leeeeeegully DDrrrruunckk

                          Drunken Driver Loses Car, Breaks Booze Record
                          BERLIN (Reuters) - Losing his license did not stop a drunk
                          German driver from jumping back into his car a day later to buy
                          more of his favorite tipple -- only to be nabbed a second time
                          by police who this time seized the car as well.
                          Following a tip-off, police had stopped the 51-year-old on
                          Monday, when a breath test showed a blood alcohol level more
                          than 10 times over the legal limit.
                          "The officers could not remember ever having recorded such
                          a high level," said a police spokesman in Hagen, western
                          Germany. The man's license was taken away.
                          The next morning, the man again bought sparkling wine and
                          drove home. Police again stopped him and recorded an even
                          higher alcohol level -- almost double the amount considered
                          life-threatening to most people.
                          "This time, the officers confiscated his car too," the
                          spokesman said. The man will be charged.
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                          • 3D Church Opened to Woo Internet Faithful
                            LONDON (Reuters) - Christians in Britain opened a zany 3D
                            Internet church on Tuesday, billed as a first chance for
                            believers to log on and worship interactively.
                            Bishop of London Richard Chartres gave the inaugural sermon
                            -- via a speech-bubble from his cartoon persona -- at the first
                            service on the "Church of Fools" at www.shipoffools.com.
                            "No one has ever before created a stand-alone church where
                            you can log on as a worshipper and join in however you like --
                            to kneel, cross yourself, sing hymns or shout 'Hallelujah,"'
                            Web site deputy editor Stephen Goddard told Reuters.
                            Some two dozen believers signed up as cartoon worshippers
                            for the service, sponsored by the Methodist Church but
                            organized by the multi-denominational "Ship of Fools" project
                            which says its name is deliberately self-deprecating to avoid
                            pomposity.
                            As well as worshipping, those logged on were able to move
                            around the church and down to its crypt, talk to each other,
                            and give money to a collection plate -- via mobile phone.
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                            • Battle Lines Drawn Over Washing Lines
                              SKIPTON, England (Reuters) - Rows of washing strung across
                              the road between Coronation Street-style terraced houses in
                              northern England may become a thing of the past after a council
                              said they are against the law.
                              North Yorkshire County Council said the washing lines are
                              an illegal obstruction of the highway, and that people hanging
                              out their clothes to dry could face legal action.
                              The council reacted to a complaint from air steward David
                              Painter, who is in a long-running dispute with some of his
                              neighbors over the laundry. Last summer, 37 washing lines
                              zigzagged across the road, he said.
                              The housewives have vowed to continue the tradition, which
                              dates back to Victorian times when the terraces were built.
                              Margaret Hicks, 64, says she has hung washing out for 40 years
                              and is not stopping now.
                              Painter is astounded at how things have escalated.
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                              • Mini airship hovers inside ancient UK cathedral
                                By Peter Apps
                                YORK, England, May 11 (Reuters) - Researchers have sent up a
                                mini-airship inside one of Britain's most ancient cathedrals to
                                inspect stained-glass windows and inaccessible stonework.
                                The metre-long radio-controlled craft carried digital
                                cameras to allow staff to monitor the condition of the
                                cathedral's 14th-century windows, all of which survived a 1984
                                fire that gutted the south transept.
                                "Compared to the cost of erecting scaffolding it is very
                                cheap," said York Minster Collections Manager Louise Hampson on
                                Tuesday.
                                "It's remarkably unobtrusive," she added. "Because it's
                                almost silent, it's been possible to have services in the side
                                chapel while it has been flying around."
                                Small electric motors control the fine movement of the
                                craft, while wires from the ground dictate its height.
                                "It's quite sweet really," Hampson said. "People are
                                fascinated by it."
                                The company that owns the helium-filled airship was
                                initially set up by students at the nearby University of York,
                                she said. The airship had also been used for similar work in the
                                building and construction sectors.
                                "It is unlike anything else," Hampson said. "We've never had
                                access to this kind of photography. Even when you erect
                                scaffolding, you always find you've got a scaffolding pole in
                                the middle of the picture."

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