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Skeptic Newssearch - 8/28/03
Boy's death ruled homicide
By REID J. EPSTEIN and ALLISON L. SMITH
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The 8-year-old autistic boy who died during a weekend prayer service suffocated after a church elder sat on his chest, police said Monday. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide."
What are the chances of that?
by David Randall
The Independent [UK]
"A holidaying family from Coventry was sailing off the Australian coast last week when a humpback whale jumped clear out of the water and landed on their yacht, much to the distress of mast, sails and sailors. Of all the oceans in all the world, the whale had to fall into theirs. What are the chances of that happening? There are 135 million square miles of ocean and the boat was only 30ft long. Randomly toss a humpback whale in the air and the odds of it hitting any particular ten yards of sea are about one-in-far-too-many-to-get-your-head-round. Wow."
The master race in the mountains
by Patrick French
The Telegraph [UK]
"One of the many baffling things about the Nazis is how they managed to combine faith in ludicrous mythology and pseudo-science with running an efficient state machine. The mild-looking Reichsfuhrer, Heinrich Himmler, head of the German police and the SS, was the most prominent exponent of this mysticism. He believed in the lost kingdom of Atlantis, in pagan rituals involving fir sprigs and holly, in the martial virtues of Hinduism and in "World Ice Theory" (the early ancestors of the Aryans had been frozen in ice until their release by divine thunderbolts)."
Scientific establishment shuns 'outside' research
by ALASTAIR DALTON
"A CONTROVERSIAL French scientist has accused the scientific establishment of condemning researchers working outside the mainstream as heretics."
Fairy tree of Latoon defies vandal
By Stephen Cunningham
"A rendezvous point for warring fairies on their way back from battle in western Ireland has once again defied the odds against survival."
Soothsayers See Doom, Gloom in Closeness of Mars
By Ed Cropley
"It's an historic event, one not to miss, but those who watch the sky for clues to the future of an uncertain world say little good will come of it."
World gazes at Mars
By Shingo Ito
"ASTRONOMERS, professional and amateur, started gazing at Mars today hoping for a good look at the Red Planet as it moves closer to Earth than at any time since Stone Age Neanderthals roamed the world."
Close Mars encounter not likely to cool tempers
By Aline Mendelsohn
"It's not the end of the world as we know it."
Beware the ire of Mars, astrologers say
by Sarah Kennedy
"Expect heated aggression, flashes of road rage and fiery embraces of passion today, warn astrologers, as Mars moves closer to the Earth than it has been in more than 59,000 years."
Film Crew To Begin Work On Memphre Documentary
The Caledonian-Record News [VT]
"A Montreal film crew will make the rounds of the border area today as part of a documentary on whether there is a sea serpent in Lake Memphremagog."
Forest fires' timing sets tongues wagging
by MICHAEL MILSTEIN
"An emerging whodunit in Central Oregon hovers amid the smoke draping the east side of the Cascade Range."
Where polygamy rules
by Douglas Todd
"As I drove up to the Bountiful commune, three blond boys, about age 11, spotted me. They stopped -- stunned, panic on their faces."
Woman tells Texas officials to remove panther statue
By JACK DOUGLAS JR.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"As protesters continued to roar in Alabama over the court-ordered removal of a religious monument there, a lone woman stood before Tarrant County, Texas, commissioners Tuesday, insisting that a bronze statue of a panther be removed from government grounds because it represents "paganism.""
Family slams kidnap case
By Matt Canham
Salt Lake Tribune
"State officials have violated the parental rights of Barbara and Daren Jensen by court ordering their 12-year-old son to undergo chemotherapy, family members said Tuesday at a small rally in front of Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City."
GPs offer alternative medicine
"Two doctors surgeries have started referring patients on low incomes for alternative medicine on prescription."
Doctor has never shied from challenges
By Bartholomew Sullivan
Memphis Commercial Appeal
"Last summer, Dr. Jerry Lemler earned a distinction no other University of Tennessee medical school graduate can claim: He was there when they chopped off the head of baseball great Ted Williams."
Chain Scheme Organizers Accept Plea Bargain
"Two women who tempted hundreds of other valley women with a pyramid scheme entered pleas Tuesday, ending their case and avoiding trial."
Plea deals for pair in gifting parties
By Edgar Sanchez
"Two Fair Oaks women described as leaders of the Women Helping Women pyramid scheme avoided trial and time in jail Tuesday by accepting a plea bargain in Sacramento Superior Court."
DC8 program examines '54 bigfoot scare
By Sean Hadden
Douglas County News-Press
"In April and May of 1954, an estimated 2,000 people armed with high-powered rifles beat the brush along northern Plum Creek seeking to shoot and kill bigfoot."
Occult trial opens in Brazil
By Jan Rocha
"The trial has begun in the Brazilian city of Belem of five members of a satanic sect accused of sexually mutilating and murdering young boys in Altamira, a town in the Amazon."
The lost boy
by Terry Kirby
The Independent [UK]
"Just before 4.30am one morning last March, Erica Duggan, a retired teacher, was drinking a cup of tea at her kitchen table in north London when the telephone rang. Why she had woken so early and gone downstairs she still cannot fathom. Perhaps it was some sixth sense; a mother's intuition."
Vatican official says stories about Galileo often oversimplified
By John Thavis
Catholic News Service
"The Catholic Church erred when it pressured Galileo Galilei to repudiate his finding that the Earth revolves around the sun, but it did not persecute or torture the 17th-century astronomer, a Vatican official said."
Accused hoaxster is suspected in Utah runaround
By Derek P. Jensen
Salt Lake Tribune
"The woman who claimed to be the long-vanished daughter of an Indiana couple last month in what police call "a cruel hoax" may have also led Utah police on a frantic suicide alert in November."
Tragic story of death on the train tracks may be drunken hoax
By James Irby
"Police have a mystery on their hands. A man from Mexico says his wife and child died in a railcar as they made their way into the United States."
The Internet is Full of Lies; We Need it Badly!
by JOE GICHUKI
The East African
"In the suspicious old days of political repression, the story goes, a well-known academic with anti-establishment sympathies was at a bus stop with one of his students waiting for a bus to Kiambu town. A man whom the professor recognised to be a Special Branch informer came up and engaged them in conversation. Eventually, he asked where they were going."
Myths about Gamma Phi Circus disproved
By James Osterhout
"According to local legend, the Gamma Phi Circus had strong ties to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus who - supposedly - used local residents' farms to quarter equipment for the winter. When it came time for the circus to pick up their belongings, they were nowhere to be found. Eventually, the farmers donated everything to the Gamma Phi Circus."
Man tied to militia convicted of escape
By Fred Kelly
"A jury Monday convicted a man with ties to an antigovernment militia group of escaping from a federal prison in Terre Haute more than five years ago."
Search fails to find Falconio
Australian Associated Press
"A fresh search for the body of missing British backpacker Peter Falconio failed to find his remains, it was reported."
Astro Scam Making the Rounds Here
by Stephanie Silvey
"Have you ever heard of an Astrological detective?"
Mars movements spark huge rise in German 'UFO sightings'
"As the planet Mars has moved to its closest point to Earth in around 60,000 years, the number of 'UFO sightings' in Germany has soared, a researcher said yesterday."
S.F. cop accused of WTC scam
Bay City News
"A San Francisco police commissioner decided to close a disciplinary hearing today for an officer accused of posing as a World Trade Center victim and collecting donations from tourists. "
Green skeptic declared "unscientific"
"A panel of independent Scandinavian scientists have concluded that recent works by the controversial Danish scientist and environmental skeptic, Bjorn Lomborg, were unscientific and of dubious value."
New York Reports Thousands of UFO Sightings During Blackout
The Watley Review [Satire]
"The blackout which gripped much of the Northeast late last week has prompted thousands of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings in the metropolitan New York City area."
Voodoo losing power among Haitian poor
By Michael Norton
"Josephine Derulien, carrying candles and a heavy spiritual debt, walked for 17 hours last month to reach this small farming town six miles southwest of Cap Haitien, swollen by thousands of people during an annual four-day pilgrimage."
Pulling for him: Family collects pop tabs for nephew fighting leukemia
By Brian Gray
"Mona Zweifel and her family have collected pop can tabs to help ill children, but they never dreamed how important the tabs would be to their family until about two weeks ago."
Legends of the Hill
By COURTNEY POTTS
Cornell Daily Sun
"Everybody loves a good ghost story. It seems as though the human psyche is inexplicably drawn to the unknown. And while there may not be any true ghosts at Cornell, the University does have its fair share of secrets, superstitions and outrageous stories."
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