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February 06, 2008

Municipalities discover inconvenient truth: Lower water consumption means less revenue

TheStar.com | GTA | The high cost of using less water

For years the message drummed into Bud Harris, 78, and his grandson David Moreira, 27, was conserve, conserve.

And conserve they did, along with thousands of others across the GTA, watering their lawn less, replacing old toilets and installing water-efficient showerheads.

"We are trying to be economical and trying to do it to preserve the Earth as well," said Moreira, a locksmith who lives with his retired grandfather in a 1950s-era subdivision in Mississauga.

They've done all the right things, he says, 70 per cent for economic reasons and 30 per cent for environmental reasons.

But that win-win sentiment belies an inconvenient truth – one that came out in a recent unguarded comment from Durham Region's works czar, Cliff Curtis. Asked about declining water consumption, he told the Star:

"Conservation is killing us."

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Unborn twins kick tumor out of mother's body

BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Unborn twins 'kicked out cancer'

A mother who found she had a tumour while pregnant was saved by her unborn twins' kicking, doctors have said.

Michelle Stepney developed a tumour but was only diagnosed with cervical cancer when she was taken to hospital with a suspected miscarriage.

But doctors found her twins' kicking had dislodged the tumour.

Mrs Stepney, from Cheam, south-west London, refused to undergo chemotherapy and a hysterectomy which would have meant the termination of her twins.

Thermonuclear bomb lost in Georgia swamp

NPR: For 50 Years, Nuclear Bomb Lost in Watery Grave

On Feb. 5, 1958, a B-47 bomber dropped a 7,000-pound nuclear bomb into the waters off Tybee Island, Ga., after it collided with another Air Force jet.

Fifty years later, the bomb — which has unknown quantities of radioactive material — has never been found. And while the Air Force says the bomb, if left undisturbed, poses no threat to the area, determined bomb hunters and area residents aren't so sure.

February 04, 2008

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School for the deaf blames victim in rape case

Ex-student sentenced in rape case - SantaFeNewMexican.com

This is just awful. The school has a history of covering-up rapes by students and faculty. Click through to see the depressing timeline. Also, the leded is buried, so I'm pasting it in as the first paragraph.

In October 2006, the victim, who was 15 at the time, told police Chavez, then 19, took her into a boys bathroom in the school's medical building and had sex with her after she told him no several times, according to a statement of probable cause. The statement said Chavez admitted the girl told him no, but his lawyer disputed that version, saying the police were not properly trained to interrogate a deaf person.

"Victim blaming" by teachers and administrators at the New Mexico School for the Deaf partly explains why a former student accused of rape received a plea deal, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Jorge Chavez, 21, was sentenced to three years of probation Thursday, after he pleaded guilty earlier in the week to fourth-degree criminal sexual penetration and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Judge Michael Vigil and prosecutor Barbara Romo said the case was riddled with difficulties, including issues with interpreting sign language, the prospect of sentencing Chavez to a prison where he might not be able to communicate with anyone and the fact the victim's account varied greatly from the story Chavez told. Romo also said she was "shocked" by the attitude of administrators and teachers at the New Mexico School for the Deaf, several of whom showed up to support Chavez on Thursday.

One teacher said Chavez was not a rapist and, using the metaphor of an ocean, likened him to a powerful shark and the victim to "little algae," Romo said. Another teacher said she did not believe the victim had been raped because the girl was not acting like a rape victim and should have been shaking and vomiting, Romo said.

Abercrombie & Fitch charged with obscenity

Virginia Beach police seize photos from Abercrombie store | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

Police, saying they were responding to citizen complaints, carted away two large promotional photographs from the Abercrombie & Fitch store in Lynnhaven Mall on Saturday and cited the manager on obscenity charges.

Adam Bernstein, a police spokesman, said the seizure and the issuance of the summons came only after store management had not heeded warnings to remove the images.

The citation was issued under City Code Section 22.31, Bernstein said, which makes it a crime to display "obscene materials in a business that is open to juveniles." He did not say what was being done with the pictures and when the manager, whose name was not released, is scheduled to appear in court.