Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   New Software, Laws Push Some Spammers to Log Out   (USA Today)
  • As more consumers and companies use sophisticated software to thwart unwanted e-mail, and anti-spam lawsuits mount, spammers are ditching the business.


  •   Prostitute Says Government Ruining Trade   (Reuters)
  • A leading German prostitute says the government is putting the squeeze on the legalised prostitution industry with a drive to collect taxes and plans to fine businesses that don't hire trainees.


  •   HIV-Positive Man Accused of Unprotected Sex with Girlfriend   (Associated Press)
  • An HIV-positive man was arrested on a felony charge of having unprotected sex with his girlfriend because authorities said he knew he was infected.


  •   University of Iowa Renews NCAA Mascot Policy Discussion   (Associated Press)
  • Iowa has a policy, approved by its athletic department governing board in 1994, that prevents the scheduling of non-conference games with schools that have American Indian mascots.


  •   Policeman Arrested Driving in Fishnet Tights   (Reuters)
  • A French policeman faces trial in a police court for driving under the influence after he was stopped at the wheel of his car drunk and wearing only a pair of fishnet tights.


  •   Woman Bites Off Attacker's Lip   (Reuters)
  • A woman bit off the lower lip of a fugitive man she said attacked her outside her house in the South African town of Tzaneen.


  •   No More Booze for Former Enron Boss   (Reuters)
  • A federal judge has ordered former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeff Skilling to stop drinking alcohol and submit to a curfew, the fallout from the former corporate star's drunken misadventure in New York.


  •   Man Wins 2nd $1 Million Scratch-Off Game   (Associated Press)
  • A 78-year-old Dexter resident won his second $1 million scratch-off lottery game — the only known two-time winner of the game in Michigan.


  •   Stalking More Prevalent Than Thought?   (Reuters)
  • Stalkers are more likely to harass ordinary people than generally thought, according to a study published in Britain, which said one in eight British adults are victims of "persistent or unwanted attention."


  •   Robber Upset He Didn't Get Life Sentence   (Associated Press)
  • Ruben Ramirez, 45, was disappointed when he got an 8 1/2-year sentence for bank robbery.


  •   Man Bites Dog   (Reuters)
  • A man fleeing police in the South African city of Durban bit the dog and police officer ordered to apprehend him.


  •   Daytona Cubs to Give Away Custom Funeral   (Associated Press)
  • The Daytona Cubs of the Class-A Florida State League are giving away a custom funeral to a fan who wins an essay contest. Contestants simply have to describe their perfect burial services in two pages or less.


  •   Tax Scofflaw Names Posted on Web Site   (Reuters)
  • Massachusetts' tax delinquents, who owe the state a total of $140 million, gained some unwanted visibility after the state started posting their names on its Web site.


  •   Burglar Caught While Using the Bathroom   (Associated Press)
  • Dewey Coulson's rude awakening came when he walked to the bathroom in the middle of the night, only to find an intruder using the facilities.


  •   'Solitary Salad' on Menu for Jailbirds   (Reuters)
  • French prisoners have published their own cookbook to teach other inmates how to produce low-budget meals with simple prison cooking equipment.


  •   Ex-Wife Causes Ruckus at Wedding   (Associated Press)
  • A disgruntled ex-wife wasn't about to hold her peace when her former husband tried to get married.


  •   Nation Frets That Its Young Are Not Tall Enough   (Reuters)
  • Vietnam's greatest living figure, General Vo Nguyen Giap, is treasured although he stands just five feet tall, but the communist government is worried that its future generations won't be tall enough.


  •   Danes Help with Toilet Paper Shortage   (Associated Press)
  • Danes rushed emergency relief to their Nordic siblings in Norway to help wipe out a toilet paper shortage.


  •   In Chicago, a Scavenger Hunt Unlike Others   (Reuters)
  • Some of this year's challenges: Build a "Calvin Kleinometer"; produce "a McDonald's Sad Meal"; construct a diorama tribute to dioramas with no infinite regressions; replicate Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" using only lip prints made with cosmetics that haven't been tested on animals; and "demonstrate conclusively that there really is a wrong way to eat a Reese's (candy)."
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