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Pastor admits stealing IDs from flock

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-03-26 19:12.
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The former pastor of a Northumberland County church acknowledges using parishioners' personal information to obtain credit cards.

The Rev. Raymond Clayton pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Williamsport to a charge of access device fraud. He awaits sentencing in June. The 43-year-old Clayton is the former pastor of Grace Fellowship Church near Mount Carmel.

Restaurant gives 25 percent discount for bugs found in food

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-03-25 19:21.

DUBAI (Reuters) - A group celebrating a birthday at a Dubai diner were cheered by a 25 percent discount but not necessarily the reason: "Bug on food."

The restaurant cut the bill for seven customers at a birthday dinner after they found four insects crawling around their meals, the Gulf News reported on Tuesday.

"We were surprised when the receipt said 'bug on food' as a reason for the discount. I think they were trying to be funny," it quoted one of the disgruntled customers as saying.

Lawsuit Settled Over Stolen Virtual Sex Toys In 'Second Life'

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-03-24 19:59.
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A legal dispute over the theft of virtual sex toys has resulted in a real-life slap on the wrist. A federal judge accepted the settlement Thursday of a lawsuit filed last year against a Texas man accused of stealing sex toys developed for the online world, "Second Life."

Oprah show sued over 'seat rush'

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-03-23 10:41.

A woman has sued the company behind Oprah Winfrey's TV chat show, claiming she was injured when audience members rushed to find seats at a recording. 

Orit Greenberg has demanded $50,000 (£25,100) in damages after allegedly being pushed down a flight of stairs.

She said this caused her "severe and permanent injuries" and claimed the crowd in the studio was not properly controlled by Harpo Studios staff.

The production company declined to comment on her allegations.

1927-1933 Chart of Pompous Prognosticators

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-03-22 20:07.

Chart locations are an approximate indication only


  1. "We will not have any more crashes in our time."
    - John Maynard Keynes in 1927

The Brits Are Drowning In Debt

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-03-22 09:16.
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At one point, Alexis Hall had more than 50 pairs of designer shoes and handbags. It never occurred to the 39-year-old media relations executive from Glasgow that her £31,500 in debt ($63,000) would be a problem.

“It was so easy to get the loans and the credit that you almost think the goods are a gift from the shop,” she said. “You don’t fully realize that it’s real money you are spending until you actually sit down and consolidate your bills and then it’s a shock.”

Man Gets Stolen Mustang Back 38 Years Later

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2008-03-21 18:57.
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(AP) LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles man is getting his stolen Mustang back _ 38 years after it was stolen. The vehicle has an extra 300,000 miles and a different paint job, but Eugene Brakke’s 1965 Mustang is evidently running just fine.

Brakke reported the car stolen to Burbank police in May 1970.

One month later, a Long Beach teenager named Judy Smongesky received the car as a high school graduation gift from her father, who had bought it at a Bellflower used car dealer.

The Great Unwind has begun, Citigroup warns

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-03-20 09:09.
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As markets and economies de-leverage across the globe, investors should avoid companies and countries that have grown to rely too much on borrowed money, they said.
That means favoring public-equity markets over hedge funds, private-equity and real estate, while leaning toward emerging market countries and away from developed nations like the U.S., the bank's global equity strategy team advised.

Norwegian hospital to equip babies with anti-theft alarms

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-03-18 10:52.
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OSLO (AFP) - A Norwegian hospital said Monday it was planning to equip all newborn babies with anti-theft alarms to protect them from kidnappings and help avoid identity mix-ups.

"The main reason is that we want to emphasise security," Erik Normann, head of the Akershus University Hospital near Oslo told AFP.

"There was a period in which Norway experienced several infant kidnappings and that is something we want to avoid," he said.


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