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Bombs went off in Baghdad and Kirkuk, gunmen killed three people in a Baghdad barbershop, then blew it up,Reutersand suicide bombers killed thirty-three people in Mosul.Bloomberg.comTwenty-one thousand people gathered at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice.The AgeThe United Nations turned sixty.Sify.comSeventy-six insurgents were killed in Afghanistan, although the United States said that number might only be fifty-six, and that they were having trouble keeping a tally of the dead.CNN.comIt was revealed that North Korea had approached the United States in 2002, offering to “resolve the nuclear issue” if North Korea’s sovereignty was acknowledged; the Bush Administration rejected the offer.ReutersThe United States was negotiating with Iraqi militants, including members of the Ansar al-Sunnah Army, which is responsible for the attack on a U.S. dining hall last Christmas that killed twenty-two people.Times of India“The reality,” said Senator Chuck Hagel (R., Nebraska), “is that we are losing in Iraq.”U.S. News and World Report“Insurgencies,” said Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, “tend to go on five, six, eight, ten, twelve years.”BBC News“I think about Iraq,” said President George W. Bush.ReutersThe University of Connecticut was planning to offer a master’s degree in homeland security,CNN.comand the United States admitted to the United Nations that U.S. prisoners have been tortured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and at Guantánamo Bay.The IndependentCanada appointed an ambassador to Iraq,The Ottawa Sunand judges in North Carolina were preparing to deliberate over whether the Koran can be used instead of the Bible to administer oaths.JournalNowAt the U.S. Justice Department, the $8,000 modesty curtains used to cover the bareness of the statues of Majesty of Justice and Spirit of Justice were removed, once again exposing an aluminum nipple.BBC NewsIt was revealed that the Defense Department, in violation of the federal Privacy Act, has been building a database of thirty million sixteen- to twenty-five-year-olds. “If you don’t want conscription,” said the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, “you have to give the Department of Defense, the military services, an avenue to contact young people.”The New York TimesThe U.S. Navy sent a letter to Fola Coats, an eighty-year-old Arkansas woman, asking her to join the Seabees.KATV.com
Italy sentenced ten former Nazi SS officers to life in prison in absentia,BBC Newsand ordered the arrest of thirteen people linked to the CIA on charges of kidnapping a terror suspect.IHTSwiss railways shut down due to a power failure, Swissinfo.organd gnawing rats shut down telephone, mobile, Internet, and electronic-banking services for 100,000 New Zealanders.APZimbabwe bulldozed some children,The Independentand in Kenya forty-eight people were killed and many others blinded by illegally made alcohol.BBC NewsA second case of mad cow disease was found in the United States.APA monkey in a diaper attacked a fast-food worker in Kentucky,6ActionNews.coma shark killed a fourteen-year-old girl in Florida,CNN.coma very large clam was discovered in Maine,The Ridgway Recordand a two-headed kitten died in Oregon.Local6.comIn Spartanburg, South Carolina, a man was caught molesting a dog. “He had his pants down,” said the owner of the dog, “and he was doing sexual activity with the dog like a man would do to a woman.” The dog, Princess, later died of related injuries. Fox CarolinaBritish taxpayers were each paying the equivalent of $1.12 yearly to support the royal family. “We believe,” said the keeper of the privy purse, “this represents a value-for-money monarchy. We’re not looking to provide the cheapest monarchy.”It was reported that Princess Diana once had an affair with John F. Kennedy Jr., but did not pursue the relationship further because they were astrologically incompatible.News.com.auPresident Bush announced that he would visit Vietnam in 2006.CNN.com
The Supreme Court ruled that the government can take property under eminent domain for private development. “Under the banner of economic development,” said Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, “all private property is now vulnerable to being taken and transferred to another private owner, so long as it might be upgraded.”The New York TimesA car belonging to the police chief of Washington, D.C., was stolen.ReutersIn India a fourteen-year-old girl was granted an annulment of her two-year marriage,BBC Newsand in Ethiopia a twelve-year-old girl was abducted and was about to be forced into marriage but was rescued by lions, which ran her captors off and guarded her until police and relatives came to her rescue.APThe president and CEO of Formula One racing, discussing racer Danica Patrick, said that “women should be dressed in white like all the other domestic appliances.”ESPNIn Mississippi, Edgar Ray Killen, an eighty-year-old former Baptist preacher, was sentenced to sixty years in jail for organizing the killings of three civil rights workers in 1964,Reutersand the NAACP named former Verizonexecutive Bruce S. Gordon as president.The GuardianBill Clinton appeared at a Billy Graham rally in New York City. “God bless you, friend,” said Clinton.APAmerican evangelist Benny Hinn flew to Nigeria in a private jet to hold a three-day crusade, but only a fraction of the expected number of people came out each night. “Four million dollars down the drain,” he shouted from the pulpit.BBC NewsThe Jordan River was filled with sewage, forcing pilgrims to bathe in special pools with treated water.ReutersAn Irish man covered himself with 200,000 bees, still 150,000 bees short of the world record,BBC NewsBangladeshidoctors removed a dead fetus from the abdomen of a teenage boy,BBC Newsand a Florida man on an oxygen machine died when the electric company turned off the electricity to his son’s home.HeraldTribune.comTigger died, as did Piglet.CBC.ca
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Freddie Grayâ€™s relatives arrived for the trial in the afternoon, after the prep-school kids had left. By their dress, they seemed to have just gotten off work in the medical and clerical fields. The family did not appear at ease in the courtroom. They winced and dropped their heads as William Porter and his fellow officer Zachary Novak testified to opening the doors of their police van last April and finding Freddie paralyzed, unresponsive, with mucus pooling at his mouth and nose. Four women and one man mournfully listened as the officers described needing to get gloves before they could touch him.
The first of six Baltimore police officers to be brought before the court for their treatment of Freddie Gray, a black twenty-five-year-old whose death in their custody was the immediate cause of the cityâ€™s uprising last spring, William Porter is young, black, and on trial. Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing.
Average speed of Heinz ketchup, from the mouth of an upended bottle, in miles per year:
After studying the fall of 64,000 individual raindrops, scientists found that some small raindrops fall faster than they ought to.
The Playboy mansion in California was bought by the heir to the Twinkie fortune, and a New Mexico man set fire to his apartment to protest his neighborsâ€™ loud lovemaking.
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