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  • Suicide hotline...please hold

    Chinese get busy signal on suicide hotline
    BEIJING, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Nine out of 10 Chinese calling
    into a suicide-prevention hotline in the capital Beijing are
    getting the busy tone, a newspaper said on Monday, adding that
    nationwide four people were killing themselves every minute.
    So far, more than 110,000 people had dialled in to the
    Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Centre hotline since it
    was set up in Beijing last year, the China Daily said.
    It quoted an expert as saying poverty, unemployment,
    bereavement, breakdowns in relationships or legal and
    work-related problems were all causes.
    But a lack of funds meant that not everyone who needed the
    hotline was getting through, said Michael Phillips, executive
    director of the suicide prevention centre.
    "Nine of every 10 persons only hear a busy tone," he told
    the newspaper. "It's very dangerous because they may be at high
    risk of committing suicide."
    Stress in urban China has increased with 20 years of
    economic reforms, increased competition, job losses, breakup of
    the traditional family unit in the cities and the dismantlement
    of cradle-to-grave welfare benefits.

    Reut22:18 12-05-04
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    • December 6,2004 -- Ho-ho-horrible!
      A mall in Wales is training a security camera on its Santa Claus to help relieve parents' concerns after a number of high-profile pedophile cases in Britain. "It's a sad sign of the times," said Gilmour Jones of the St. Eli shopping center. "But I'm afraid that it was either this or not having Santa's grotto at all."
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      • December 7,2004 -- Two Pittsburgh cops have been assigned to the city's new Bladder Beat — pounding the pavement to nail folks who relieve themselves in public. And it's paid off — since November 2003, they've handed out more than 220 citations for public indecency, each carrying a fine of $300. "It's a target-rich environment," said Officer Tom Weger. So when in Pittsburgh, folks, remember to mind your pees and q's.
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        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
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        Charleston 9
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        • December 8, 2004 -- Oink vey! Wild pigs are running rampant in Florida. A wolf pack — uh, pig pack — of boars has been tearing through the suburbs of Melbourne, shredding lawns and killing cats. But their days may be numbered. Two licensed trappers were hired to take out the swine and have already bagged 23, including one 380-pound brute. Guess you could say they're bringing home the bacon.
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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 9, 2004 -- A Florida couple, fed up with their kids' refusal to do chores, have gone on strike and moved into a tent in the front yard.
            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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            • December 10, 2004 -- A Pennsylvania drug dealer picked the wrong place to grow marijuana — on land owned by a retired police chief, cops say. Ryan Steel, 26, was busted after authorities found 29 plants he allegedly planted on the property of former Springfield Township Chief Robert Bell. "I don't think he had any knowledge of where he was," said Bell. "It was a this-is-your-brain-on-drugs type of thing."
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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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              • More job security.

                Phoenix Official Killed After Tumbling from Car
                Thu Dec 9, 2004 02:49 PM ET
                By David Schwartz

                PHOENIX (Reuters) - A top municipal official in Phoenix died in a bizarre incident that saw him crawl out of his fast-moving vehicle, stand atop its roof and extend his arms outward before tumbling off, authorities said on Thursday.

                Kevin Keogh, a 28-year city employee who started as a management intern and became its top finance manager, died at the scene after he plunged from the vehicle and struck the pavement and a tree Wednesday afternoon in nearby Scottsdale, Arizona, police said. He was 55.

                It was not immediately clear whether Keogh jumped or accidentally fell from the vehicle, which was traveling at about 50 miles per hour, police said.

                "This is something you see in the movies, but this is not the movies," said Sgt. Doug Dirren, a Scottsdale police spokesman. "The whole thing is, quite frankly, very bizarre."

                Police officers were called to the area by a motorist reporting that his Dodge Neon was rear-ended by a black Mercedes-Benz at a stop light, and that there was no driver inside. Officers found Keogh's body about two blocks away, and witnesses said they saw him standing on his car.

                Police said it was not known whether the death was accidental or a suicide, nor if alcohol or drugs were involved.

                Phoenix City Manager Frank Fairbanks said he learned from Keogh's wife that the longtime finance official was battling the fallout from a relapse of a tropical disease.

                "His wife shared with me that the disease had come back in the last two months and was affecting many parts of his life," he told employees in an e-mail on Thursday.

                Keogh received numerous awards throughout his career, including being honored as the nation's best municipal finance director and a top financial innovator by City and State magazine.



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                © Reuters 2004
                They told me if I voted for Hillary Clinton the president would be emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable. They were right. I voted for Hillary Clinton and got a president that is emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable.

                I'm not saying you're stupid. I'm saying you have bad luck when it comes to thinking.

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                • December 11, 2004 -- A single-engine plane made a brief emergency landing atop an 18-wheeler in Fabens, Texas — but the driver never heard a thing. The plane fell off the truck and landed upside down on the road, and the two people on board escaped unscathed. "Nothing happened to the truck, except for a couple of skid marks up top," said a state trooper.
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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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                  • December 13, 2004 -- Twenty man-made Chinese babes will compete next Saturday in a pageant sure to make every plastic surgeon smile: The Miss Artificial Beauty contest. Organizers dreamed up the concept after a woman who'd spent $13,000 on plastic surgery sued them for banning her from a traditional beauty contest.

                    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."
                    *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                    • Whiskey? Wine? Name yer poison.

                      Doctors remove roach from boy's ear after dousing insect with
                      alcohol
                      SHANGHAI, China (AP) - How do you remove a stray cockroach
                      jammed in the ear? Get the roach drunk.
                      A doctor in the southeastern Chinese port city of Xiamen plucked
                      a 1.5 centimeter- (0.5 inch-) roach from a 12-year-old boy's ear
                      with tweezers four minutes after dousing it with alcohol, the
                      official China Daily newspaper reported Tuesday.
                      The doctor at the city's Zhongshan Hospital, who wasn't further
                      identified, sees up to two patients each month with similar insect
                      problems, the paper said. The report didn't say how the roach got
                      into the ear of the boy, whose name wasn't given.
                      "Victims of similar intrusions should seek medical help and not
                      attempt to remove the cockroach themselves as there was a real risk
                      of the eardrum being damaged," the report said.

                      (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
                      Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                      Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                      *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                      On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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                      • BEIJING, Dec 14 (Reuters) - China has pulled the plug on a
                        new late-night television show about sex two weeks before the
                        first episode was scheduled to air.
                        "The Masks," China's first nationally televised sex talk
                        show in which everyone was to wear a mask to hide their
                        embarrassment, was scheduled for a Jan. 1 debut on more than 50
                        provincial and city channels.
                        The order posted on the Web site of the State
                        Administration of Radio, Film and Television did not link the
                        ban with the topic, but instead said producer Beijing Shixi
                        Media had not arranged necessary permissions.
                        Attitudes about sex have relaxed since China began
                        Western-style market reforms in 1978 but even in booming cities
                        such as Shanghai and Beijing it is still considered an
                        off-limits topic for most Chinese families.
                        The administration also urged domestic television and radio
                        stations to strengthen management and monitoring of talk show
                        content.
                        "(They) should fully realise the importance of keeping
                        correct direction in every minute of TV or radio programmes,"
                        the statement said.
                        The show is one of a few media products to get the red flag
                        from Beijing this month.
                        Last week, the administration banned a Nike ad in which NBA
                        star LeBron James defeats a kung fu master and other
                        traditional Chinese characters on charges of offending
                        "national feelings."
                        It outlawed a computer sports game that classified Taiwan,
                        Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet as separate countries.

                        Reut23:55 12-13-04
                        Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                        Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                        *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                        On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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                        • Drop 'em

                          Keen German pensioner duped by naked invitation
                          BERLIN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - An 81-year-old German dropped his
                          trousers and lost his wallet when two young women asked him to
                          join them in a nude photo shoot but fled with his belongings as
                          he stripped, police said on Monday.
                          "After the pensioner had removed his trousers in eager
                          anticipation, the women left in a hurry," taking the man's
                          wallet with about 250 euros in cash, police in the western city
                          of Wiesbaden said in a statement.
                          REUTERS
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                          *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
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                          • Spain honors Bolivian lawyer who beat dictator with toilet paper
                            writ
                            MADRID, Spain (AP) - A Bolivian lawyer has won a human rights
                            award for a 32-year-old scrap of toilet tissue - the paper on which
                            he penned a writ seeking examination of his case while jailed under
                            a right-wing dictatorship.
                            The Spanish Bar Association honored Reynaldo Peters on Friday
                            for his ingenuity in using a candle to heat up a dried ball point
                            pen cartridge, composing a writ of habeas corpus destined for a
                            Bolivian judge, and sneaking it out of prison with dirty laundry
                            his wife took home to wash.
                            "I knew she would find it," Peters said after he accepted the
                            award from Spanish Justice Minister Juan Fernandez Lopez Aguilar.
                            A writ of habeas corpus orders that a person in custody be
                            brought before a court and places the burden of proof on those
                            detaining the person to justify his detention.
                            Peters had been jailed in 1972 by the regime of Bolivian
                            dictator Hugo Banzer over his membership in an opposition party.
                            Peters, who served as a government minister three times when
                            democracy returned to Bolivia, said the writ was printed in the
                            Bolivian press, drew the attention of the Red Cross and
                            international human rights groups, and eventually led to his
                            release.
                            He said he has kept the toilet paper as one of his most prized
                            souvenirs.

                            (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
                            Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                            Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                            *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                            On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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                            • OUCH!...how depressing
                              Depressed by poverty, Serb cuts off penis
                              BELGRADE, Dec 10 (Reuters) - A Serbian man was so depressed
                              by his family's dire financial situation that he cut off his
                              penis with an axe, only to regret it afterwards and ask for
                              help, Serbian media said on Friday.
                              The 30 year-old from the industrial town of Kragujevac in
                              central Serbia was distraught by what he described as "the
                              poverty and misery" around him, daily Kurir reported.
                              "My wife is sick and I can't even buy medicine, my father,
                              mother and I live from my father's paltry salary," the man was
                              quoted as saying.
                              "I saw no other way out, grabbed a rusty two and a half kilo
                              axe, took my penis out, put it on a log and bam!."
                              The sight of blood brought him to his senses, he said.
                              "Only then did I come to and screamed as loudly as I could,
                              realising I didn't have it any more," he was quoted as saying.
                              Neighbours heard his screaming and rushed him to hospital,
                              where doctors sewed his penis back on.
                              "The most important thing is that his tool is back in place.
                              All's well that ends well," said doctor Srecko Djordjevic, who
                              performed the operation.
                              Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                              Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                              *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
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                              • December 14, 2004 -- Steven Faber has a really strong ticker, just ask his doctor, who removed a 2 1/8-inch nail that punctured his heart chamber. "Every time his heart would beat, it would move," said Dr. Mike Jemmette of Spokane, Wash. Faber, 24, who was putting up garage siding when his nail gun malfunctioned, didn't think the accident was all that serious at first. After the surgery, he asked Jemmette, "Can I go snowboarding tomorrow?"
                                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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