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  • Tis the season....

    November 28, 2004 -- Environmentalists last week built a giant Christmas tree out of garbage in Beirut to pressure the government into cleaning up Lebanon's waste problem. Campaigners from Greenpeace erected a 20-foot-tall "tree" of cans, plastic and computer junk at the heart of the Lebanese capital in Martyr's Square, where a Christmas tree is put up every December.
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    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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    • November 29, 2004 -- Santa Claus can still operate his reindeer-powered sleigh, but skydive? Forget it. The annual "Jingle Bell Jump," with Santa parachuting into Anaheim, Calif., near Disneyland, with gifts and greetings, has been canceled because of a federal law restricting use of airspace. Promoter Ryan Williams isn't happy and is circulating a petition and handing out signs that read, "Let Santa land in 2005."
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      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
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      • December 1,2004 -- Gonzalo Medina had a lot of gall — stone. The 56-year-old Los Angeles man underwent surgery to remove a gallstone the size of a golf ball — 16 times the size of a normal one — which grew after a stent from an operation 12 years earlier had been left inside his gut. Dr. Ian Kenner said the fact the stone hadn't killed Medina is "a tribute to the human body, and in this case, a particularly resilient one."

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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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        • Foxy Stunt?

          British artist eats fox in political protest
          LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Forget the soiled bedsheets and
          pickled animals, British art has taken another outrageous turn
          in an example of the unspeakable swallowing the uneatable.
          Performance artist Mark McGowan, who counts among his feats
          pushing a peanut along the road to Tony Blair's Downing street
          home with his nose, has eaten a fox, in protest at the public
          fixation with a government ban on fox hunting.
          He described the roast fox, which he ate in public, as quite
          tasty, although he admitted to nearly vomiting at times.
          "It was a bit like rack of lamb," he told Reuters on
          Wednesday. "The trouble was the retching noises from the other
          people in the room."
          Too much attention is paid to fox hunting, he believes.
          "One million people marched against fox hunting and another
          million marched for it. The housing estate where I live is full
          of crack-heads but no one marches to help them," he said.
          "Everyone gets really worked up about a furry animal, but no
          one cares about each other."
          McGowan plans to repeat the performance at an exhibition in
          London's Docklands on December 15.

          Reut04:34 12-01-04
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          • You Had WHAT Gold-Plated?
            SEOUL (Reuters) - Forget desktop photographs of your
            children.
            Doting South Korean parents can preserve their child's
            umbilical cord in acrylic resin to make a personal seal or even
            have it gold plated.
            In this Confucian society where family values are highly
            prized, suppliers also offer services for parents to have
            traditional Korean calligraphy brushes made from their child's
            hair.
            Shim Jae-cheol of U&I Impression said the firm had
            gold-plated about 80 to 100 umbilical cords a month since
            starting business in August, with prices ranging from 80,000
            won to 100,000 won ($76 to $96). It also offers mail order.
            South Korean law allows parents to keep the umbilical cord
            of their children, although sales to a third party would be
            illegal.
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            • You're Drunk...who You Gonna Call?
              CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian phone company is
              offering customers the chance to blacklist numbers before
              heading out for a night on the town so they can reduce the risk
              of making any embarrassing, incoherent late-night calls.
              A survey of 409 people by Virgin Mobile, a joint venture of
              The Virgin Group and Optus, found 95 percent made drunk calls.
              Of those calls, 30 percent were to ex-partners, 19 percent
              to current partners, and 36 percent to other people, including
              their bosses.
              The company also found that 55 percent of those polled
              would grab for their phone first the next morning to check who
              they had drunkenly dialed, compared with just eight percent who
              went for the headache pills first.
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              • Politician Woos Voters with Lingerie
                HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - An unnamed Zimbabwean
                politician has been trying to win women's votes by handing out
                free lingerie, state television reported Tuesday.
                Handing out gifts is not uncommon in election campaigns in
                Zimbabwe, but this time the publicity incurred the wrath of his
                ruling ZANU-PF party.
                "Supporters have been angered by the antics of an aspiring
                parliamentary candidate (who) has been accused of using
                unorthodox means to garner support -- including the buying of
                undergarments for women," Zimbabwe Television said.
                The main opposition party has threatened to boycott the
                elections, demanding that sweeping electoral reforms be
                implemented first.
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                • RATS I tell ya

                  Norwegian Rats Invade North Sweden Mining Town
                  STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Kiruna, a mining town in north
                  Sweden, has been invaded by thousands of rats thought to have
                  crossed the border from Norway with garbage shipments for the
                  local recycling center, officials said Tuesday.
                  "It is most likely that they have come from Norway. They
                  have the brown rat there," said Kiruna environmental chief Mats
                  Lahti.
                  Kiruna's harsh Arctic climate normally keeps rats away, but
                  they apparently love the warm piles of garbage at its recycling
                  plant, which handles 25,000 tons of Norwegian waste a year.
                  Local officials have called in exterminators to deal with
                  the four-legged invaders. "We're not used to this kind of thing
                  in Kiruna, and we don't want to get used to it," said Lahti.
                  Kiruna's misfortune may be a source of mirth in next-door
                  Norway, where poking fun at their fellow Scandinavians is a
                  national pastime.

                  Reut00:06 12-01-04
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                  • Lava lamp left on stove explodes, kills U.S. man
                    SEATTLE, Nov 30 (Reuters) - A Washington state man who
                    placed a lava lamp on a hot stove died when the lamp exploded
                    and a glass shard pierced his heart, police said on Tuesday.
                    Phillip Quinn, 24, was found dead in his trailer home on
                    Sunday night in Kent, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Seattle.
                    "There appeared to have been an explosion that was centered
                    on the stove top. There were glass fragments all over, embedded
                    in the walls," said Paul Petersen, a Kent police spokesman.
                    A lava lamp features blobs of wax in liquid that rise and
                    fall in a container when heated by a bulb at the base of the
                    lamp.
                    Quinn was probably standing in front of the lamp when it
                    exploded, then stumbled into his bedroom and died, Petersen
                    said, citing a medical examiner's report.

                    Reut15:46 11-30-04
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                    • December 2, 2004 -- A Nebraska man walked up to his mom at the gas station where she works and playfully announced that he had a gun.
                      Unfortunately for him, a customer who wasn't in on the joke got out of there pronto — and called the cops. When officers in La Vista arrived, they found the jokester and a pal — smelling of marijuana and in possession of a quarter-pound of pot.

                      As the adage goes: Guess that's why they call it dope.
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                      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
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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

                      Charleston 9
                      "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                      • December 3, 2004 -- A penny for the thoughts of Utah motor-vehicle officials — 8,200 of them, actually.

                        Grant Petersen withdrew that many copper coins from his bank and delivered them in a bucket to pay an $82 fine he got for driving with a burnt-out headlight. Officials in Sanpete County were not amused. They insisted Petersen return with a more "acceptable" form of payment — but he's sticking to his guns, saying the money is legal tender and that's what they're getting.
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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."
                        *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                        • December 4, 2004 -- Carol Baird quit her job at a Miami nursing home after she booked a cruise to the Virgin Islands and learned she wasn't entitled to take a personal vacation within seven days of a holiday.
                          Baird, 56, had been working as a nurse's aide at the home for 17 years — but she's not worried about the future.

                          While aboard ship, she hit the jackpot on a MegaCash slot machine — to the tune of $321,694.
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                          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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                          • December 5, 2004 -- Hot lava killed a Washington man, and it wasn't from Mount St. Helens.
                            Philip Quinn, 24, of Kent, was found dead in his trailer home last week by his parents. He had placed a lava lamp on a hot stovetop and was killed when it exploded and sent a shard of glass into his heart. "Why on earth he was heating a lava lamp on the stove, we don't know," said Kent police spokesman Paul Petersen.
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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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                            • Keeping an Eye on Santa
                              LONDON (Reuters) - A Santa Claus will have a Webcam in his
                              grotto to overcome parents' concerns after a number of
                              high-profile pedophile cases in Britain in the past few years.
                              The St. Elli shopping center in Llanelli, south Wales, said
                              children taking part in the traditional Christmas ritual of
                              telling Santa their gift wishes would also sit beside him
                              rather than on his knee.
                              "It's a sad sign of the times," St. Elli manager Gilmour
                              Jones was quoted as saying by the Guardian newspaper on Friday.
                              "But I'm afraid that it was either this or not having
                              Santa's grotto at all."
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                              • BEIJING, Dec 6 (Reuters) - A court in China has ordered
                                that a pedestrian be paid 30,000 yuan ($3,600) in compensation
                                for breaking his leg by stumbling into an open manhole in
                                Beijing.
                                The court on the western outskirts of the Chinese capital
                                ruled that the Beijing Municipal Utilities Committee was to
                                blame for the accident, as it failed to replace a missing
                                manhole cover, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday of the
                                first case of its kind to be heard in a Beijing court.
                                Missing manhole covers are a fact of life on the sidewalks
                                of Beijing where they are stolen to be sold as scrap for a
                                couple of dollars each.
                                Last month, the death of Liu Kuilin, an official in charge
                                of a garbage-collection vehicle parking lot in Beijing, brought
                                the manhole crisis to the public eye.
                                "He slipped into and drowned in a coverless cesspool at
                                night and pushed controversy to a new high," Xinhua said.
                                Zheng Dong, who broke his right leg on the evening of Nov.
                                28, 2003, and could not work for half a year, took both
                                district and city public utilities departments as well as a
                                construction company and a restaurant to court, requesting
                                compensation of 60,000 yuan.
                                Government statistics show that approximately 21,090
                                manhole and street-drain covers were stolen in Beijing in the
                                first 10 months of the year.
                                "These covers are usually picked up by migrant labourers or
                                people who have been laid off who sell them to the city's
                                underground scrap metal dealers," Xinhua said.
                                A 30-kg (66-lb) manhole cover can sell for 20 yuan ($2.40)
                                at scrap metal dealers, more than a day's salary for many
                                migrant construction workers.
                                Beijing police so far this year had arrested 1,052
                                suspected manhole-cover thieves, detained 405, and raided 327
                                underground scrap metal markets, Xinhua said.

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