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BBC censors The Pogues' Christmas classic

telegraph.co.uk | BBC censors The Pogues' Christmas classicThe BBC has...

Prank call lead to shock treatments

Prank may have led to shock treatments - Yahoo! News

BOSTON - State officials are investigating complaints that at least two teenagers were given electric shock treatments at a residential center for people with special needs because someone telephoned fake orders to the staff.

Initial investigations showed that a former student at the Judge Rotenberg Education Center called in the orders on Aug. 26, Cindy Campbell, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Early Education and Care, said Monday. Center officials reported the incident the following day, she said.

"There is still an ongoing criminal investigation," said the school's senior counsel, Ernest Corrigan. "We are working very closely with investigators."

The state's Disabled Persons Protection Committee is investigating a complaint that a third resident of the center — an adult — also received unnecessary shock treatments after the call, said Nancy Alterio, the committee's executive director.

December 17, 2007

"I don't like "graphic novel." It's a word that publishers created for the bourgeois to read comics without feeling bad."

Love the sentiment. Wish I liked Marjane Satrapi's Persopolis more,...

Playful puppy latches on to urinating man's member

Playful puppy latches on to urinating man's member | NEWS.com.au

There are some stories I should resist posting, I know this. But there have been all these people urinating on my street lately. At all hours of the day I've seen them. Twice in the last week I saw men stop their cars, get out and unzip and start pissing as I was walking to work in the morning. Is this a thing now? Are people suddenly over not showing me their cocks in full nozzle at nine a.m.? Cause I'm getting really tired of it.

That's why this story of a public pisser and a playful puppy seems extra funny to me today.

A DRUNKEN man urinating through a fence got a nasty surprise when a playful puppy in the adjoining lot latched onto his member.

Kann Veasna took a break from drinking wine at a street stall to relieve himself through a hole in a fence, according to news agency DPA.

However a puppy spotted the Mr Veasna's appendage as it poked through and apparently thinking it was a toy latched on, newspaper Rasmei Kampuchea reported.

Suffering lacerations Mr Veasna fronted up to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment and was forced to tell the embarrassing story of injuries.

States increasingly abstain from abstinence programs

Abstinence Programs Face Rejection - washingtonpost.com

The number of states refusing federal money for "abstinence-only" sex education programs jumped sharply in the past year as evidence mounted that the approach is ineffective.

At least 14 states have either notified the federal government that they will no longer be requesting the funds or are not expected to apply, forgoing more than $15 million of the $50 million available, officials said. Virginia was the most recent state to opt out.

San Francisco mayor considering fee for sellers of sugary sodas

Matier & Ross: Newsom considers city fee for sellers of sugary soda

After banning plastic bags from chain grocery stores and bottled water from City Hall, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has set his sights on soda - working up a plan to charge a new city fee to big retailers of sugar drinks.

"The bottom line is that there is a direct nexus between high-fructose corn syrup drinks like colas and Big Gulps and obesity among schoolkids," Newsom said Friday.

The idea of taxing soda to combat obesity - which is being touted as the first in the nation - has been roiling around in health circles for some time, including backing from the American Medical Association.

In San Francisco, Newsom said a recent Health Department survey found that 24 percent of fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders were overweight and that high-sugar drinks accounted for 10 percent of the kids' caloric intake.

All in all, he said obesity accounts for tens of millions of dollars of the city's health costs.