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Aug 12, 2007

If only those French would keep to their places

from the Unauthorized authoring dept.

PARIS (Reuters) - Police have arrested a high school student suspected of posting his own translation of the latest Harry Potter book on the Internet weeks ahead of the official French release date, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The 16-year old from the Aix-en-Provence region in southern France was taken into custody after a translation of the book's first three chapters appeared on the Web just days after the English-language release in late July, Le Parisien reported.

"The anti-counterfeiting police discovered the affair and contacted Ms. Rowling's lawyer," said a spokeswoman for publisher Gallimard, which handles the French editions of the Harry Potter novels.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

The official French language version of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is scheduled for release on October 26. The translator is still working on the text, the spokeswoman said.

The seventh chapter of the Harry Potter saga is the fastest selling book in history, publishers say, with some 11 million English-language copies sold in the first 24 hours.

Many French book stores are selling the English-language version ahead of the French language release.

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Apr 8, 2007

Not kosher for Passover

from the I got high and I missed it. dept.

In bad news for its religious Jewish supporters, an Israeli pro-marijuana party announced Tuesday that pot is forbidden on Passover.

Cannabis is among the substances Jews are forbidden to consume during the week-long festival, which begins Monday, said Michelle Levine, a spokeswoman for the Green Leaf party.

Biblical laws prohibit eating leavened foods during Passover, replacing bread with flat crackers called matza. Later injunctions by European rabbis extended those rules to forbid other foods like beans and corn, and more recent rulings have further expanded the ban to include hemp seeds, which today are found in some health oils — and in marijuana.

Green Leaf is a small political party that supports the legalization of marijuana. Although it is by no means a Jewish religious authority, the group decided to warn its observant supporters away from the drug on Passover.

"You shouldn't smoke marijuana on the holiday, and if you have it in your house you should get rid of it," Levine said. The edict was first reported in The Jerusalem Post.

But not everyone needs to give up their habit for the duration of the festival. The rabbinic injunctions banning hemp were never adopted by Sephardic Jews, for instance.

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Feb 5, 2007

California plans to ban light bulbs.

from the Is it dark yet? dept.

A California lawmaker wants to make his state the first to ban incandescent lightbulbs as part of California's groundbreaking initiatives to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. The "How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act" would ban incandescent lightbulbs by 2012 in favor of energy-saving compact fluorescent lightbulbs. "Incandescent lightbulbs were first developed almost 125 years ago, and since that time they have undergone no major modifications," California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine said on Tuesday.

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Jan 25, 2007

Poor Underage Recordkeeping

from the But I got some beads.... dept.

The founder of "Girls Gone Wild" videos, featuring young women who take off their tops, was fined $500,000 on Monday for violating rules designed to prevent exploitation of minors. Joe Francis, 33, also was ordered by a federal judge to perform 200 hours of community service and was placed on two years' probation as part of a plea agreement he reached with the Justice Department last September. Justice Department prosecutor Brent Ward told the judge that Francis created a culture in his company where women were plied with alcohol and taken to hotel rooms to be filmed "with little or no regard for their age, and without any regard for record-keeping" requirements.

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Dec 13, 2006

Wouldn't A Minefield Be More Efficient?

from the Handicapped Hunting dept.

A lawmaker in this firearm-friendly state wants to help more people get the chance to shoot live animals — even if those people can't see. A bill filed for the 2007 legislative session would permit legally blind hunters to use laser sights, or lighted pointing instruments.

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Dec 10, 2006

I went to the museum last night. Honest.

from the Art for arts sake dept.

A Norwegian court ruled Tuesday that strip clubs did not have to pay value added tax (VAT) because their services were a form of art performed by artists, a Norwegian news agency said.

Tax authorities had taken club operator Blue Engel AS to court for refusing to charge customers an additional 25 percent VAT on ticket sales.

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Dec 5, 2006

Maine Prohibits Santa from drinking beer

from the Holiday Cheer dept.

A beer distributor says Maine is being a Scrooge by barring it from selling a beer with a label depicting Santa Claus enjoying a pint of brew. In a complaint filed in federal court, Shelton Brothers accuses the Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement of censorship for denying applications for labels for Santa's Butt Winter Porter and two other beers it wants to sell in Maine.

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Nov 22, 2006

Up in Smoke

from the 'cuz I got high dept.

Insouciant of police warnings, a Dutch group is reportedly set to roll the world's biggest joint, sending the previous record for a marijuana cigarette up in smoke.

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Nov 20, 2006

No More Mile High Club

from the Kissin' and a huggin' and a terrorizin' dept.

A couple's ill-concealed sexual play aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles got them charged with violating the Patriot Act, intended for terrorist acts, and could land them in jail for 20 years. According to their indictment, Carl Persing and Dawn Sewell were allegedly snuggling and kissing inappropriately, "making other passengers uncomfortable," when a flight attendant asked them to stop.

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Nov 17, 2006

Court rules burrito not a sandwich.

from the Glad that's cleared up. dept.

A US judge in the state of Massachusetts has settled a legal food fight by ruling that a burrito is not a sandwich.

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Nov 2, 2006

Gnome News

from the And the rights of your gnomish freinds dept.

Some 79 garden gnomes snatched by a so-called gnome liberation group, were discovered along the banks of a stream in the central Limousin region, police said.

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Oct 24, 2006

Pot prevents Alzheimers

from the We STILL keep forgetting the petitions dept.

In rats with brain inflammation due to natural aging or in response to an artificial inflammatory stimulus, treatment with a synthetic compound akin to marijuana markedly reduced brain inflammation and slowed memory loss.

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Oct 8, 2006

Legendary Turtles Member Aids Struggling Musicians

from the Got Your Back dept.

Music industry veteran Mark Volman, founding member, vocalist and manager of the legendary music group The Turtles featuring Flo &Eddie, has recently launched a new website www.professorflo.com that is proving to be a valuable tool for struggling and misguided musicians everywhere. Volman, who has sold over 60 million records worldwide with The Turtles and Flo &Eddie and has sung on hit records for such notable artists as John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, T. Rex, Blondie, Todd Rundgren, and Ozzie Osbourne , has survived in the music business for over 40 years as a musical artist, on-air radio personality, radio syndicator, record producer, writer and journalist for national music magazines and network television. "For every successful story, there are many more reflecting the outcomes of battered lives left to fade away in the wake of misguided musical choices and decisions… Many, I should say most artists, have no idea of a long-range plan for survival, and the idea of having a plan for a career is so far away from their reality that most will find themselves signing one bad deal after another…over and over again. It is my goal to teach musicians and entrepreneurs how not to be abused by the sharks in the industry," says Volman. Born from the idea of helping educate musicians about the pitfalls of the music industry, Mark Volman, also a former member of Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention, created www.professorflo.com . Through his inspiring and motivational lectures, workshops, seminars, courses and one-on-one consultations about the music industry, he brings extensive first-hand information, a history rich in support of independent music and a commitment to explain the complexities of an industry challenged by constant change and fierce competition. "Nobody knows the 'chutes and ladders' of the music business better than Mark Volman." - Joe Stefko (drummer with Meatloaf, Hot Tuna, Jim Steinman) Once signed up to www.professorflo.com, for a nominal consultation fee, Mark Volman , who is currently a professor at Belmont University's Mike Curb School of Entertainment and Music Business, will discuss such topics as: Contract Negotiations, Creating a Career Plan, Band Partnerships, Costs Breakdowns and Budgets, Songwriting, Choosing a Manager, Radio Airplay, Label Signing… From contract advice to dealing with band members wives, just about any subject in the music industry can be broached upon during a consultation with Mark. "With more than 40 years of experience in all facets of the music and entertainment industry, there isn't a more knowledgeable person when it comes to the way it all works than Mark Volman . If I needed help or advice about a career move in this business he'd be the first person I'd talk to. Plus he's cheaper than a lawyer." - Jim Pons (songwriter, producer and former bass player with The Leaves, The Turtles and Mother's Of Invention)

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Aug 28, 2006

Milwaukee drunkest city in America

from the I can't believe I left dept.

Forbes ranks Milwaukee the "drunkest city in America."

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Aug 24, 2006

It will more than Marlboros to kill these guys

from the Smoking doesn't kill, frying pans do dept.

British viewers complain about Tom and Jerry smoking on screen.

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Jul 14, 2006

Mushrooms GOOD. Nancy Reagan BAD.

from the Drugs. dept.

Sceintist demostrate that Psilocybin causes users to have deeply mystical experiences.

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Jun 19, 2006

Spring Time for Hitler

from the Tourist Trap of Doom dept.

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A former Nazi officer living on a Wisconsin farm has built a memorial to Adolf Hitler in his bunker-like tractor storage shed, much to the chagrin of local officials.

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Mar 30, 2006

Every Man's Dream

from the Benefits of Islam dept.

Village elders ordered a Muslim man in eastern India to leave his wife after he accidentally divorced her in his sleep, a news report said Tuesday.

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Spring Break from heck

from the Wal Mart goes wild! dept.

Some students set out for sun-drenched beaches and tropical party bars for spring break. Skyler Bartels, a 20-year-old Drake University sophomore, headed for the local Wal-Mart.

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