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Lead Stories Catholic officials in Brazil attribute the recent 250 percent increase in church attendance to priest Marcelo Rossi, 31, a singer and former aerobics instructor described by young female parishioners as a hunk. His high-energy masses, which regularly draw crowds of 20,000, are held in a stadium, where assistants throw buckets of holy water […]

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Lead Stories In January the New Yorker reported the latest trend in body ornamentation: small jewelry charms inserted under the skin, producing boil-like bulges. The “subcutaneous jewelry” can set into the forehead, the back of the hand, or any other place in which the skin can be pinched. Because of what a company spokesman later […]

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Lead Stories Daily Variety reported in December that John Kricfalusi, creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show, was threatening legal action against the producers of Comedy Central’s South Park for ripping off a cartoon character. According to Kricfalusi, South Park’s Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, a festively dressed singing and dancing piece of excrement, closely […]

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Lead Stories Michael Guilbault, 19, pleaded guilty in December to robbing a convenience store two months earlier in Raleigh, North Carolina. According to the prosecutor, a delayed getaway aided police in their capture. Guilbault and his accomplice were to meet their friends Heather Beckwith, 18, and Curtis Johnson, 19, at the getaway car nearby, but […]

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Lead Stories In November ecology activists in Chile issued an alert that two-foot-long mutant rats were attacking livestock in Santiago. At about the same time, residents of Brooksville, Florida, complained about the sudden appearance of three-foot-long, 14-pound nutria rats (vegetarian rodents once imported from South America for their fur). And two weeks later the New […]