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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Grieving father accused of witchcraft got nearly stoned to death

About 22 people have been arrested for apparently trying to stone a grieving father after his daughter's funeral on Saturday.

His daughter died when she drove into a tree, but the mob accused her father of using witchcraft to cause her death, said superintendent Ailwei Mushavhanamadi of Vhembe police in Limpopo on Monday.

The mob was part of the mourners who had attended the woman's funeral at NwaXinyama village near Makhado.

They even went to the dead woman's home for food afterwards, but then started gossiping about whether she'd been bewitched.

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Celibacy kills!

Men who cannot have sex are as much at risk of having a heart attack as smokers and diabetics.

Erectile dysfunction may be a sign that coronary artery disease is developing, even in men without the typical risk factors.
Researchers said the findings were alarming because almost 70 per cent of men suffering problems with erections do not seek medical advice. They said erectile dysfunction should be added to the list of risk factors for heart disease alongside high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and smoking.

"Erectile dysfunction should be part of a cardiovascular risk assessment," said Emilio Chiurlia, a researcher from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Modena, Italy, who conducted the study.

The researchers studied 70 men with erectile dysfunction and 73 control subjects who had similar coronary risk factors.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Moms want Porn Novel assignment to be banned

A special panel will meet in Volusia County Monday to begin deliberations about a book assigned to students that at least one woman calls pornography.

In August, the mother of an 11th-grade student in Deland, Vikki Reed, said a 1992 novel, "Cracking India" by Bapsi Sihwal, given to her daughter to read by a Deland High School teacher is not suitable for students and should be banned.

The novel details historic events in India in the 1940s through the eyes of a young girl. However, Reed said it discusses oral sex and should not be assigned to students.

"The real issue is a 9-year-old girl having or being introduced to oral sex by her cousin who is going through puberty," Reed said. "To me, that is totally inappropriate. I don't know where learning about India would involve learning about oral sex."

Reed's complaint is based on four pages of the 289-page book.

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Rape suspect uses other men's sperm to confuse police

A 48-year-old Frenchman who is accused of rape collected other men's sperm from used condoms and left traces at the crime scene in order to confuse police, justice officials said on Thursday.

Jean-Luc Cayez, who worked as doorman of an apartment block at Soisy-sur-Seine south of Paris, told police that he extracted the condoms from the building's rubbish bins and then froze the contents.

Cayez has confessed to the rape and murder of Audrey Jouannet (24), who was found dead in her apartment in the building last month, officials said.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Assigned Indian book claimed to have oral sex content

A special panel will meet in Volusia County Monday to begin deliberations about a book assigned to students that at least one woman calls pornography.

In August, the mother of an 11th-grade student in Deland, Vikki Reed, said a 1992 novel, "Cracking India" by Bapsi Sihwal, given to her daughter to read by a Deland High School teacher is not suitable for students and should be banned.

The novel details historic events in India in the 1940s through the eyes of a young girl. However, Reed said it discusses oral sex and should not be assigned to students.

"The real issue is a 9-year-old girl having or being introduced to oral sex by her cousin who is going through puberty," Reed said. "To me, that is totally inappropriate. I don't know where learning about India would involve learning about oral sex."

Reed's complaint is based on four pages of the 289-page book.

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Goliath beetle manual for beetle hobbyists

The Goliath beetle, Goliathus goliatus, is among the largest and most spectacular of all African cetoniine scarabs. An inhabitant of tropical forests, it ranges across much of the continent's equatorial zone, and has the widest distribution of any species in its genus. In recent years, various Goliathus species (especially G. goliatus) have become more popular with beetle hobbyists as a better understanding of the particular needs of these beetles has been gained.

Although by no means one of the easier cetoniines to rear in captivity, with a bit of patience and effort, it is certainly possible to maintain Goliathus through multiple generations.

Although little appears to be known precisely about the biology of Goliathus in the wild, through considerable trial and error I have been able to formulate a captive rearing method for G. goliatus which has enabled me to keep the species in continuous culture since May of 1999, as well as produce adults which are of comparable size to many wild collected specimens.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

What do you know about wines?

Pop a cork and pour a glass while testing your knowledge of Europe's many wines. How much do you really know about French, Spanish, or Italian wines? What about Balkan ones? Do you know your Riojas from your Rieslings? Know a Frascati from a Frontignac? Or how about a Merlot from a Cabernet Sauvignon?

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Cincinnati woman to face tax evation case

A woman who hasn't paid a $1.16 income tax bill to this Cincinnati suburb faces a stiff penalty — up to 18 months in jail and $4,000 in fines.

City officials say Deborah Combs hasn't filed city income tax returns for five years. Combs says she has been mostly unemployed since 2000 and didn't realize she had to file the returns until the city notified her in February about the violation.

By that time, Combs owed $200 in late fees — $50 for each year she didn't file a return.

"I don't know how they could charge me the fees if I didn't owe anything," Combs said. Loveland officials say everyone is required to file an annual return, regardless of income level.

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