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2 stabbed in gay march in Jerusalem

By wire services
Published July 1, 2005

An ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed and wounded two marchers in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride parade Thursday, the most serious in a series of incidents involving opponents of the gay and lesbian gathering. Opponents tried to stop the march by throwing a stink bomb at the starting point, but several thousand marchers paraded through the center of Jerusalem anyway, braving shouts and insults from protesters, most young ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Nonavian flu kills 2 babies in Cambodia

A flu outbreak has hospitalized more than 1,000 children in the Cambodian capital and taken the lives of two babies, forcing some young patients to share beds and catching doctors by surprise. Deputy Health Minister Heng Tay Kry described the number of influenza cases as "unprecedented," with more than 1,000 children recently being admitted to Phnom Penh hospitals. Government and World Health Organization officials have said the outbreak involves a form of human flu, not the avian influenza that has killed dozens of people in neighboring countries.

THE UNUSUAL To save landmark, they'll bare all

Seven Indiana women say they want to strip down and pose for a calendar as part of the fight against plans to tear down Randolph County's 128-year-old courthouse. The women - ranging in age from their early 70s to older than 90 - will pose nude with strategically placed miniature replicas of the courthouse in front of them in the fundraiser for the Save the Courthouse Fund. The Randolph County commissioners voted 2-1 on June 6 to demolish the courthouse and replace it with a new structure. "We just thought we have great bods so we thought we'd do it," said Iraida Davis-Leitch, 76.


Shelby Foote

Southern author Shelby Foote was buried Thursday in Memphis, under a huge magnolia tree near the graves of Civil War soldiers whose exploits he chronicled in one of the best-known histories on the war. Foote's three-volume history, The Civil War: A Narrative, was a main research resource for an 11-hour PBS documentary on the war that first aired in 1990 and made Foote a national celebrity.

BTK case

The BTK serial killer asked the judge overseeing his case to let him get mail from the media while in jail and to let him resume contact with a woman writing a book about his life. Judge Gregory Waller set a hearing for today to hear the motion by Dennis Rader's attorneys, which asks the judge to rescind previous court orders barring such contacts. Rader, 60, pleaded guilty Monday to killing 10 people in the Wichita area from 1974 to 1991.

[Last modified July 1, 2005, 01:25:06]

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