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Old 09-16-2002, 04:16 PM
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I expected something different after reading the link :o
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HONG KONG - First came several dozen annoying phone calls. The next day, the anonymous debt collector became more persistent, phoning Albert Ho's law firm more than 300 times to scream obscenities, play pornographic tapes or just stay silently on the line.

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Collectors have been known to throw snakes, or a swarm of grasshoppers into an apartment to hasten debt repayment, or to hang the carcasses of dogs and cats outside.

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Bankrupt property dealer Alan Chan recalled foul-mouthed debt collectors pestering him outside his home and office and sending threatening letters containing fake paper money from the "Bank of Hell."

Tsang Fan-kwong, a senior medical officer at the Castle Peak Hospital, recalled a woman who tried to kill herself after a debt collector moved into the family home, demanding food every day until she paid her gambling debts.

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... resorting to such tactics as assault, arson, robbery, kidnapping, splashing paint on debtors' homes and jamming their door locks with glue.

In one particularly gruesome case, three men tortured and dismembered a 23-year-old nightclub hostess and stuffed her head inside a Hello Kitty doll.
Well, now we know how Griffin spent the summer, although he claims he never tried to stuff anybody's head inside a Hello Kitty doll. (It was a Chatty Cathy doll. Damned liberal media can't get anything right.)
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http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Movi...eut/index.html

What will the wicked queen say? :o
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Maine-iac, I have a slow connection, and would be grateful if you'd print a snippet or summary of the site, and not just a link.
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Old 09-20-2002, 10:25 AM
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Crouching Dopey, Hidden Bashful?

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Disney preps martial arts 'Snow White'
Thursday, September 19, 2002 Posted: 6:41 PM EDT (2241 GMT)

HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) -- Disney is negotiating with the Chinese choreographer of groundbreaking action films "The Matrix" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," to direct a live-action take on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Variety reports.

The project was until recently known as "Snow White and the Seven Shao Lin." (For the martial arts illiterate, that's a reference to the Shao Lin monks of China, who became masters of fighting concepts so they could better understand the source of violence and overcome it.)

The now-untitled family action-adventure picture will mark the English-language directing debut of Yuen Wo Ping, a major name in Asia who is currently wrapping up work for Quentin Tarantino on "Kill Bill." Yuen has already helmed some 27 pictures, including recent Dimension import chopsocky "Iron Monkey" (originally released in 1993). He is also credited for having discovered such now-familiar talents as Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li and Jackie Chan.

The "Snow" update is set in the 1890s and follows a woman who returns home to Hong Kong to attend her father's funeral after 20 years abroad. She discovers that her stepmother is plotting against her and escapes to mainland China, where she seeks solace with seven Shao Lin monks who, in turn, come to believe the woman holds the fate of the world in her hands and protect her. Josh Harman and Scott Elder wrote the script.
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Two good ones from the world of electoral politics:

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Six months after the ballots were cast, a judge declared a winner in the Democratic primary for an Illinois House seat.

Cook County Judge Raymond Jagielski on Tuesday ruled that Deborah Graham won the primary by a 30.85 vote margin, ending a six-day trial.

Graham, a Chicago city employee, was one of four Democrats on the March ballot. She and Oak Park real estate agent Dorothy Reid tied at 6,934 votes, setting up a battle before the state Board of Elections and a court fight to break the deadlock.

Reid won a coin toss, but the judge invalidated it and ordered a new vote. However, the Illinois Appellate Court last month overturned Jagielski's order and told him to conduct a recount.

Jagielski inspected more than 400 contested ballots and then assigned a fractional value to a few votes cast, a move allowed by state election law in rare occasions. Some ballots were cast illegally, and because it was impossible to know how they were marked, Jagielski used a complex formula to reduce the tallies for each candidate by a fraction.

``It just doesn't feel real,'' Graham said.

She will run in November against a Republican candidate who has changed his name to Les ``Cut-the-Taxes'' Golden. The district includes parts of Chicago's West Side and the several western suburbs.
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Tue Sep 17, 8:34 PM ET
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CLEVELAND - Gubernatorial candidate Tim Hagan can keep using Internet ads featuring Gov. Bob Taft's head on a duck's body, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, dismissing objections by AFLAC insurance.

AFLAC had complained that the duck in Hagan's Web ads looks too much like the one in AFLAC's commercials, which feature a duck quacking the company name. But U.S. District Judge Kathleen O'Malley refused to block the ads, saying they represent protected political speech.

Hagan, a Democrat, and Taft, a Republican, will face off in the Nov. 5 election.

AFLAC had asked for a temporary restraining order forcing Hagan's campaign to remove the ads from the campaign Web site, www.taftquack.com. In the ads, a duck with Taft's face shouts "Taftquack" in response to Taft's campaign commercials.

David Stewart, a lawyer for the company, told O'Malley the "Taftquack" duck could lead consumers to believe AFLAC was endorsing the Hagan campaign.

O'Malley agreed there is a danger that political campaigns will use successful commercial trademarks that companies have spent time and money developing. But she said the First Amendment still falls on Hagan's side.

"There simply are no commercial purposes that can be found in the particular ads at issue," O'Malley said.

AFLAC is still seeking a permanent injunction to block the ads. O'Malley scheduled an Oct. 10 hearing on that request.

Taft spokesman Orest Holubec said the governor's campaign is not involved in the case.
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This is one friendly family.
http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/dis...tentPK=2653153
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A married couple and the husband's brother were arrested after they refused to stop having sex on an early morning train in New York.

The threesome ignored pleas from another passenger and the conductor who repeatedly asked them to stop.

They carried on while the train passed through seven stations on the Long Island Railroad before they were finally arrested by transport police.

The couple, aged 41 and 40, and the husband's brother, aged 40, were returning to their homes in Wantagh after a night partying in the city.

Police say that the woman began engaging in sexual acts with both brothers shortly after the train left Penn Station at 6am.

They continued even after a passenger expressed disgust and complained to a conductor.

"He told them to stop, and they resisted," the officer said. "They just didn't want to stop."

The conductor called police who met the train at Merrick station and arrested all three. They were charged with public lewdness.

Neighbours said the couple have two small children and moved in a few months ago.
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I am sorry, I could not help it. Jail is not so bad.
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http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/s..._1n24lost.html

He was trying to go from Long Beach (CA) to Catalina (CA). He ended up off the coast of Costa Rica (not CA).

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Navy frigate finds Long Beach man, 62, in good shape

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September 24, 2002

Adrift in his damaged sailboat for 3 months, a Long Beach man was found alive by a San Diego-based warship off the coast of Costa Rica – more than 2,500 miles from his home port.

Richard Van Pham, 62, was rescued a week ago by the frigate McClusky and turned over to U.S. officials in Guatemala on Sunday, Navy officials said yesterday.


He survived by catching fish, seabirds and turtles for food and collecting rainwater, said Navy crewmen who found him Sept. 17. Despite losing about 40 pounds and being heavily suntanned, Van Pham was in good condition when found, they reported.

"He's a tough old bird," said Cmdr. Gary Parriott, the McClusky's skipper, in a satellite phone interview yesterday. "I'm not sure I would have fared as well as he did."

Van Pham was dropped off in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, on Sunday when the frigate stopped for a port visit. Efforts to locate him in Guatemala City were unsuccessful last night.

The McClusky's crew collected about $800 to pay the hapless mariner's air fare home.

The incredible story of bad luck and survival began as a short cruise from Long Beach to Catalina in Van Pham's 26-foot sailboat Sea Breeze. A storm broke his mast. His outboard motor and two-way radio also failed.

For unknown reasons, Van Pham was not reported missing by friends, and he told officials he has no family. No search was conducted because no missing persons report was filed, Coast Guard officials said.

Van Pham was spotted 275 miles southwest of Costa Rica when a U.S. Customs Service P-3 drug-hunting plane saw his derelict vessel and asked the McClusky to check it out.

When the warship's boat neared, they saw a man cooking a sea gull on a makeshift grill – the ship's wooden trim supplying the fuel. A jury-rigged sail flapped from a splintered mast.

Hailing the boat in Spanish, Petty Officer 3rd Class Elias Nunez said he was surprised when Van Pham answered, "I don't speak Spanish. I speak English."

Van Pham was equally surprised when the sailors told him what month and day it was and where he was, Nunez said.

The ship's corpsman, Petty Officer 1st Class A.J. Davis said Van Pham was in exceptional health.

Davis spent hours talking to Van Pham, who described bashing sea turtles with a bat as they swam near the boat, hauling the carcasses aboard and then cooking part of the meat while using the remainder as bait for seabirds that would roost on the broken mast.

"This is an amazing story of survival," Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Lance Jones said yesterday. "But it also shows the importance of filing a float plan with friends or family."

If the Coast Guard had known he was missing, a search might have found him much earlier, said Jones.

The most poignant moment came when Van Pham left the Sea Breeze.

"He waved goodbye to his sailboat," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Slaight. "He was upset (that it would be scuttled) and said he was going to miss it."

Unable to fix the sailboat, Van Pham approved its sinking. Crew members torched the Sea Breeze, sinking it in 8,700 feet of water.

"We did it while he was below decks to lessen the blow," Parriott said.
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