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Published September 8, 2006

Bloody, bruised, but ready for the trial

Nothing was going to stop San Diego TV news cameraman Dennis Waldrop from getting his pictures. Reporter John Mattes was doing an interview about a suspected real estate scam when the target of his story came along and started yelling and throwing water at Waldrop. Then she smacked Mattes with the empty bottle. On tape. Then her husband jumped out of the car and started pummeling Mattes. Waldrop got it. The guy Mattes was interviewing tried to help. Waldrop taped. "He had his fingers in my eye socket, he was ripping my face apart, he was pulling my ears, he was biting," Mattes said. Yeah, we know, because it's on tape. Police show up, guns drawn. Still rolling. It was never clear if Waldrop helped Mattes, because that wouldn't be on tape. But enough stuff was on tape that it makes you wonder.

Hey, don't EVER call me on this phone

Inmates in an El Salvador prison were directing criminal activities with their cell phones. Not supposed to have cell phones in jail. These guys did. You really don't want to know where they were hiding the very small, finger-sized phones - really - but let's just say they were found when prison officials, suspicious that something was going on, took some X-rays of the inmates. Each of the four inmates had a phone and several chips, used to help them avoid detection. And one also had a charger stored up ... well ... there.


Lun Lun is a mama

Lun Lun, a panda at Zoo Atlanta, gave birth to a baby on Wednesday, a blind, furless creature about the size of a stick of butter. So far, it looks nothing like a panda, but animal experts at the zoo seem convinced that it will be all black and white and cute and cuddly soon enough. Don't race up I-75 just yet, though. It'll be at least three months before it goes on public display, and it will be named 100 days after its birth, as is the Chinese custom. The cub is the fifth born in the United States.


Dead puppy beating

Lisa Hopfer of St. Louis was found guilty of beating a dog breeder in the head with a dead chihuahua. She could get up to 18 months in jail. "She's somebody I never want to be in the presence of again," said the victim, Linda Hulsey, who moved to Alabama after the incident. If Hopfer gets time in the big crate, she'll have to find someone to take care of her new dog. A chihuahua.

WWII is over, right?

It was WWII all over again in Potsdam, Germany, as 12,000 people were evacuated so experts could defuse an unexploded 550-pound bomb that was dropped on the city in 1945. The bomb was found Tuesday in a construction site. It was the fourth one found in the vicinity in the past two years.


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