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  • Tug-Of-Whale Suspended for Now
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Efforts to capture
    and relocate a lost killer whale on Canada's Pacific Coast were
    suspended temporarily on Friday following objections from
    Native Indians who say the animal may be the spirit of a dead
    chief and who want it to stay where it is.
    The tug-of-love between scientists and a native group over
    the whale created a circus-like scene this week in Nootka
    Sound, a ocean inlet on western Vancouver Island, where the
    animal has lived alone since 2001 after it became separated
    from its family pod.
    The Mowachaht-Muchalaht Indians thwarted efforts to capture
    the whale, nicknamed Luna by scientists and called Tsu 'Xiit
    (sook-eat) by the natives. They used canoes and traditional
    singers to lure the curious animal away from the boat officials
    were using to try to lure it into a capture pen.
    Marilyn Joyce of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans
    said after meeting with the band's leaders that the capture
    effort had been put on hold until at least early next week to
    allow the Indians to spend more time with the animal.
    "What our operational team would like to do today is
    respect that the First Nations are practicing their cultural
    traditions on the water and give them some space to do that,"
    Joyce said in Gold River, British Columbia, where the capture
    effort is headquartered.
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    • School Foils Cheats by Blocking Phone Signals
      ROME (Reuters) - Mobile phone-savvy teenagers tempted to
      cheat their way through exams by sending text messages or
      scanning pictures of tests could be thwarted by a device that
      jams signals inside the school walls.
      The Enrico Tosi Technical Institute school in northern
      Italy has found a way to foil the next generation of would-be
      tricksters with the help of military technology.
      "Most schools try and confiscate phones before exams, but
      this way we can be sure nobody slips through," said Benedetto
      Di Rienzo, the head of the school in Busto Arsizio which is
      testing the devices for the Education Ministry during exams
      this week.
      The box-like units, called C-Guard, were developed by
      experts from the military and defense industries for Netline
      Communications Technologies. They jam signals in an 80-meter
      (262-foot) radius in enclosed spaces.
      They could eventually be installed across Italy to prevent
      cheating during university exams.
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      • Close Call for Toddler as Elk Crushes Bed
        HELSINKI (Reuters) - An elk jumped through a townhouse
        window and crashed into a toddler's bed, scratching the cheek
        of a sleeping two-year-old and wreaking havoc in a Finnish
        family's home at the weekend, police said.
        The toddler's mother was shocked to find the beast in her
        bed and ran to a neighbor for help.
        "(We) were sitting in the living room and all of a sudden
        we heard a terrible clamor and clatter, as if an earthquake had
        begun," Mari Lahti told Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat. "We
        opened the door and saw an elk in our bed."
        The elk then jumped on to her son's bed, crushing it but
        only scratching the boy's cheek with its hoof. It rampaged
        through the house and fled through another window.
        A spokesman for the Kokkola police in western Finland told
        Reuters that young elks had been wandering in the residential
        area, which is close to forests.
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        • Call Mr. Methane!

          Scientists Develop Antidote for Burping Sheep
          BERLIN (Reuters) - Scientists have developed a serum to
          reduce methane gas in burping sheep, cows and other ruminants
          to combat global warming, a German magazine reported on Monday.
          The Hanover-based monthly Technology Review will report in
          its July issue that Andre-Denis Wright, a molecular biologist
          at Australia's CSIRO Institute, has found a vaccine that
          reduced the methane emissions of sheep by eight percent.
          The magazine said that scientists believe the amounts can
          be reduced even further and more testing is planned.
          Sheep produce 20 grams of methane each day, or seven kg per
          year, the magazine with 80,000 subscribers reported. Cows
          produce about 114 kg per year of methane (CH4) -- a gas 21
          times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide,
          the main gas blamed for driving up temperatures.
          Much of the methane gas comes from agriculture, such as
          livestock emissions from cows and sheep, and waste dumps.

          Reut01:01 06-22-04
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          • MADRID, Spain (AP) - Two worlds collided as a raft carrying 42
            destitute Africans - bundled up for a chilly, wind-swept crossing
            of the Strait of Gibraltar - washed up on a nudist beach in
            southern Spain, officials said Monday.
            Spanish television broadcast amateur video footage of bathers
            agape over Sunday's landing at sun-splashed Canos de Meca beach in
            Cadiz province.
            The foreigners included four babies, including one just 11 days
            old, TV station CNN+ said. A group of bathers was shown gathered
            around one of the infants, gently counting the fingers on one of
            its hands and coming up with six.
            Bathers helped emergency medical crews carry some of the
            undocumented foreigners on stretchers to ambulances for treatment
            for dehydration, hypothermia and malnutrition.
            One African screamed wildly into a cell phone and ran around as
            colleagues tried to restrain him. It was not immediately clear
            where the foreigners were from, only that it was somewhere in
            sub-Saharan Africa.
            Such arrivals are common in Spain, especially in summer, but
            usually take place under cover of night, not on a beach packed with
            weekend sunbathers.
            Each year tens of thousands of Africans seeking to escape
            poverty attempt treacherous trips in flimsy, overcrowded boats,
            hoping to reach Spanish soil by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar
            from Morocco or heading west to the Canary Islands.
            Many are caught and repatriated, though thousands manage to slip
            through.
            A Moroccan immigrant workers' association known as ATIME says
            some 4,000 people have drowned in the past five years while trying
            to make such trips.

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

              HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - A Vietnamese man who hasn't been to a
              barber in 31 years is vying to get in the Guinness World Records
              for having the longest hair, state-controlled media reported
              Monday.
              Tran Van Hay's hair is 6.2 meters (20 feet) long, Thanh Nien
              (Young People) newspaper said.
              Normally tied up and covered by a scarf, his hair has grown 1.2
              meters (four feet) in the past seven years. He last had it washed
              six years ago, the paper said.
              Hay, 67, is a traditional medicine practitioner from southern
              Kien Giang province, some 350 kilometers (220 miles) southwest of
              Ho Chi Minh City. He provides free treatment to villagers in the
              region.
              The Guinness Web site says the current record for long hair, set
              in 1997, is held by Hoo Sateow of Chiang Mai, Thailand, at 5.15
              meters (16 feet 11 inches).

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              • June 22, 2004 -- A New Orleans zoo — impressed that a shy female panda mated successfully after being shown panda porn in China (you saw it first reported here on FH Forums last week) — hopes to use the same trick to turn their bashful male gorilla into a super-stud. Casey, 21, hasn't impregnated any of the Audubon Zoo's three female primates — Binti and Fanya, both 28, and Binti's 8-year-old daughter, Praline — so he's now being treated to explicit tapes of other gorillas mating. "Hopefully, he'll get some inspiration," said curator Dan Maloney.
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                • Plan's on table to get rid of pesky jail birds

                  City and Port Authority officials announced their plan yesterday to rid Rikers Island of Canada geese: Off the birds and feed them to the homeless.The Port Authority said geese - 495 by last count - likely will be rounded up this weekend "to be used to feed needy families in the area."The geese pose a threat to planes taking off and landing at nearby LaGuardia Airport, making the extermination necessary, PA officials said.Gary Kaskel of United Action for Animals disagreed, saying: "This a missed opportunity to create a long-term solution."He and other animal advocates favor nonlethal control methods, such as using Border collies to chase geese away.
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                  • E40, your last post suggests the use of Border Collies to do the chasing. Here on the base, we have the same problem, but one of the locals has "donated" his Jack Russel terrier for the same reasons. The dog comes out something like once per day, has a good run around the sport field and suddenly.... No more birds
                    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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                    • June 23, 2004 -- Fear and paranoia have struck the horticulturists of Burlington, Vt., where a cat burglar is making off with prize flowers from the city's best gardens. In one recent heist, a popular flower bed with dozens of marigolds, geraniums and pansies vanished overnight."It's such a low theft. What kind of person would do that? It's like stealing your pet," said angry resident Gayel Favali.
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                      • Copulating Teens Surprise Movie Theater Manager
                        Teens Face Charges After Trying To Dodge Authorities

                        POSTED: 4:26 pm EDT June 22, 2004

                        MERRIAM, Kan. -- Two Kansas teenagers are in trouble with the law after they were caught having sex in a movie theater over the weekend, television station KMBC reported.

                        The Cinemark in Merriam typically draws a big crowd over the summer, and Friday night was no exception. But a teenage boy and girl didn't let the crowd stop them from getting a little more intimate than the theater's management expected.

                        Police say a manager stumbled upon a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl naked in a hallway at the back of the theater.

                        "The two individuals had their clothes partially down, and were engaging in sexual relations," said police Lt. Tim Burnett. "(The manager) told them to put their clothes back on and stay and wait for security, and he wanted to see their movie tickets."

                        The kids had just watched "Dodgeball," the station reported. And as security approached their wrecked post-show rendezvous, they took the film's title to heart and tried to elude authorities. Burnett said the kids dashed outside, north of the theater, and hid in the lot of the Corvette Village, a car dealership about a block away.

                        Police arrested the teens in the car lot. They were charged in juvenile court with lewd and lascivious behavior, and were banned from the theater.
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                        "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

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

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                        • YYYYYYUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMM

                          Stinky flower that emits corpse-like smell ready to bloom after 60 years

                          Canadian Press Wednesday, June 23, 2004

                          STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Wait until the neighbours get a whiff of this.

                          A giant exotic plant that has not bloomed in the Northeast in more than 60 years is ready to flower at the University of Connecticut's greenhouses. The "corpse flower" has the odour of three-day-old road kill, and UConn botanists couldn't be more excited. Once open, the spiked, bright red bloom even resembles rotting meat, a veritable welcome mat for the insects that pollinate it - flies and carrion beetles.

                          "It looks like something has died. It smells like something has died. It has some of the same chemicals that dead bodies produce," UConn research assistant Matthew Opel said Tuesday.

                          The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) at UConn was planted 10 years ago and was part of a group of seeds brought to the United States from its native Sumatra by botanical explorer James Symon.

                          The plant is expected to blossom in the next five to six days. Until it blooms, it's almost odourless. Already at just over a metre high, the flower could reach more than two metres high and at least that wide when it opens up.

                          The stinky botanical curiosity is expected to attract visitors like . . . well, flies.

                          The blossom lasts just two days before it begins to disintegrate, and UConn plans to extend visiting hours at the research greenhouse to accommodate the nosy. For the weak-stomached, a webcam on the UConn Internet site was expected to provide odourless footage of the flower.

                          The UConn flower will be the seventh to bloom in the U.S. since 1999, although it's the first in New England and the second in the Northeast since 1937.

                          On the Net:

                          University of Connecticut: uconn.edu/

                          © The Canadian Press 2004
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                          "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!

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                          • June 24, 2004 -- Raymond Barber gives a damn — about curse words. The World War II vet was charged yesterday with criminal mischief for crossing out expletives in hundreds of books at the Crandall Public Library in upstate Glens Falls The 79-year-old Barber defaced the books over a three-year period, police said. In place of the curses, he allegedly scribbled, "God is enough."
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                            • Getting off in court??!!

                              Judge Suspected of Masturbating in Court
                              OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma state judge
                              frequently masturbated and used a device for enhancing
                              erections while his court was in session, charges a petition by
                              the state's attorney general seeking his removal.
                              Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed the petition
                              on Wednesday with state judicial authorities seeking the ouster
                              of Sapulpa District Judge Donald Thompson, 57, for "conduct
                              constituting an offense involving moral turpitude in violation
                              of the Oklahoma Constitution," Edmondson's spokesman said on
                              Thursday.
                              The judge flatly denies the charges made in the petition,
                              his lawyer, Clark Brewster, said on Thursday. He said the judge
                              received a penis pump for his 50th birthday as a gag gift,
                              which became a source of a running joke in the courthouse.
                              "The allegations are bizarre and preposterous," Brewster
                              said. "Recently, some members of local law enforcement that are
                              upset with a number of his rulings, used this situation to
                              embarrass and attack him."
                              The judge, who was first elected to the bench more than 20
                              years ago in the state's nonpartisan judicial elections, is
                              based about 80 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
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                              • Muslims Flock to See Messiah After Web Hoax
                                BERLIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of Muslims flocked to a German
                                hospital where an Internet site said the Messiah was being
                                breast-fed by its resurrected mother, a hospital spokesman said
                                Thursday.
                                Spokesman Burkhard Buescher said large groups of women with
                                children were among those who had traveled across Germany and
                                from the nearby Netherlands in the last two weeks asking
                                porters at the Essen university clinic to let them visit the
                                "Messiah."
                                "The story ended up being that there was a woman in the
                                clinic who had given birth to the Messiah and who had died. She
                                was later dug up and was still alive but her whole body was
                                burned -- just her two breasts were unharmed," said Buescher.
                                "Allah ordered the woman to feed the child for 40 days and
                                then die again. This crazy story was seen by people on a
                                Turkish Internet site," he said.
                                On the Internet portal Turkdunya.de, chatterers discussed
                                the story and one contributor claimed to have seen the woman.
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