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      Mobsters oppose anti-interrogation measure
      Claim threat to protecting 'legitimate business interests'
       
      MARKLE CITY, Ill. - (Grinn News Service) A prominent Mafia crime family is threatening reprisals if a new municipal ordinance goes through that would enact strict punishments for encouraging stool pigeons to sing.

      City Councilman Sean McCain, whom mobsters in nearby Chicago "worked over" for 36 hours during the 1970s, has introduced an ordinance that would make such coercion tactics illegal. The measure enjoys broad support on City Council, despite threats to rub out anyone who votes in support of the ordinance.

      Deputy Mayor Rich Cheney, claiming to represent "several fine, upstanding legitimate businessmen in town," had met with McCain and other council members on the Public Safety Committee to arrange exemptions for Laundromat owners and the police, sources in City Hall said. Committee opposition to any such exemptions has become stronger than ever after one member's French poodle named Fifi disappeared.

      Opposition to the measure has come largely from organized crime elements in Markle City. The Agricola crime family in particular has been lobbying hard against the proposal in the wake of rumors that it maintains interrogation centers in several abandoned factories in the industrial sector of the city's East Side, including the derelict Heritage Milk bottling plant.


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      The Agricola family has refused comment, either to confirm or deny rumors that it is holding several suspected police informants in industrial properties that it owns.

      From within the family have come some voices of concern that opposition to the anti-brutality measure has damaged the credibility of various money-laundering fronts within the Markle City Chamber of Commerce and eventually may lead to decreased profits at Agricola-owned Laundromats around the city.

      George Agricola, the acting head of the family since his uncle, Don Agricola, took a leave of absence from the business five years ago to go on an extended swim at the Markle City Aquarium, said that such attitudes do not represent the official view of his family.

      "The Agricola family does not condone torture," said Agricola, also known as the Shrub. "But you have to understand that it's vitally important for us to protect our business interests. People who do not pay their insurance premiums, who fail to pay for the protection they receive from us, or who threaten the privacy of our business dealings are not people. They are animals. They are filth. They are Satan's toe jam, and they deserve whatever happens to them."

      Agricola's statements became difficult to follow at this point as they were interrupted by several loud screams and intermittent pleas for mercy.

      "We're a legitimate business," Agricola said after the background noise had subsided. "We would never harm anyone."



      'Godless' mayor extends hand to Pat Robertson
      Televangelist's net worth decimated by disastrous acts of God
       
      DOVER, Pa. - (Grinn News Service) The mayor of this small town reminded Pat Robertson that God's patience is not infinite, after a series of freak natural disasters destroyed the televangelist's broadcasting network and personal assets in a single day.

      Robertson on Thursday had warned the people of Dover that they had voted God out of their city and that they should not look for divine assistance when disaster comes. The city residents had voted out of office all eight members of their board of education who had required teaching Intelligent Design alongside evolution.

      Mayor Tom Murphy was sympathetic to Robertson's plight, and offered to let help set him up at a hotel in San Francisco while insurance adjusters looked for loopholes in Robertson's policies.

      The lightning storms crippled Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network during the opening moments of the 700 Club. It was followed immediately by reports of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among Robertson's prize Arabian horses and, from South Africa, news that diamond mines where he was an investor have been socked with massive liability claims that could run him into the millions. His private residences also reportedly have been struck by a series of highly localized magnitude 9 earthquakes that left neighboring properties completely unaffected.

      "God's patient, Pat," Murphy said Friday afternoon after the unusual string of disasters, "but we shouldn't presume on his patience forever, especially if we're going to keep putting our feet in his mouth."
        


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      British comedian John Cleese, known for playing a hotel proprietor on "Fawlty Towers," solicitor Archie Leech in "A Fish Called Wanda," and Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter movies, as well as a part or two in an overlooked British show called "Monty Python's Flying Circus," has a new role: Namesake of a species of lemur, because of his advocacy for lemur conservation. Not to be outdone, the U.S. Navy wants to name a new submarine after Graham Chapman.
       
      Woman wants to be put back
      Taking "Hey, I didn't ask to be born" to a new level, an Australian woman has filed that country's first wrongful-life suit, arguing that she should have been aborted rather than having to live with birth defects. The doctor has offered to set her up on a blind date with a dolphin who works with the U.S. Navy.
       

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      protecting 'legitimate business interests'</I><BR> <BR>MARKLE CITY,
      Ill. - (Grinn News Service) A prominent Mafia crime family is threatening
      reprisals if a new municipal ordinance goes through that would enact
      strict punishments for encouraging stool pigeons to sing.<BR><BR>City
      Councilman Sean McCain, whom mobsters in nearby Chicago "worked over" for
      36 hours during the 1970s, has introduced an ordinance that would make
      such coercion tactics illegal. The measure enjoys broad support on City
      Council, despite threats to rub out anyone who votes in support of the
      ordinance.<BR><BR>Deputy Mayor Rich Cheney, claiming to represent "several
      fine, upstanding legitimate businessmen in town," had met with McCain and
      other council members on the Public Safety Committee to arrange exemptions
      for Laundromat owners and the police, sources in City Hall said. Committee
      opposition to any such exemptions has become stronger than ever after one
      member's French poodle named Fifi disappeared.<BR><BR>Opposition to the
      measure has come largely from organized crime elements in Markle City. The
      Agricola crime family in particular has been lobbying hard against the
      proposal in the wake of rumors that it maintains interrogation centers in
      several abandoned factories in the industrial sector of the city's East
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      Agricola family has refused comment, either to confirm or deny rumors that
      it is holding several suspected police informants in industrial properties
      that it owns.<BR><BR>From within the family have come some voices of
      concern that opposition to the anti-brutality measure has damaged the
      credibility of various money-laundering fronts within the Markle City
      Chamber of Commerce and eventually may lead to decreased profits at
      Agricola-owned Laundromats around the city.<BR><BR>George Agricola, the
      acting head of the family since his uncle, Don Agricola, took a leave of
      absence from the business five years ago to go on an extended swim at the
      Markle City Aquarium, said that such attitudes do not represent the
      official view of his family.<BR><BR>"The Agricola family does not condone
      torture," said Agricola, also known as the Shrub. "But you have to
      understand that it's vitally important for us to protect our business
      interests. People who do not pay their insurance premiums, who fail to pay
      for the protection they receive from us, or who threaten the privacy of
      our business dealings are not people. They are animals. They are filth.
      They are Satan's toe jam, and they deserve whatever happens to
      them."<BR><BR>Agricola's statements became difficult to follow at this
      point as they were interrupted by several loud screams and intermittent
      pleas for mercy.<BR><BR>"We're a legitimate business," Agricola said after
      the background noise had subsided. "We would never harm
      anyone."<BR><BR><BR>
      <H1>'Godless' mayor extends hand to Pat Robertson</H1><I>Televangelist's
      net worth decimated by disastrous acts of God</I><BR> <BR>DOVER, Pa.
      - (Grinn News Service) The mayor of this small town reminded Pat Robertson
      that God's patience is not infinite, after a series of freak natural
      disasters destroyed the televangelist's broadcasting network and personal
      assets in a single day.<BR><BR>Robertson on Thursday had warned the people
      of Dover that they had voted God out of their city and that they should
      not look for divine assistance when disaster comes. The city residents had
      voted out of office all eight members of their board of education who had
      required teaching Intelligent Design alongside evolution.<BR><BR>Mayor Tom
      Murphy was sympathetic to Robertson's plight, and offered to let help set
      him up at a hotel in San Francisco while insurance adjusters looked for
      loopholes in Robertson's policies.<BR><BR>The lightning storms crippled
      Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network during the opening moments of
      the 700 Club. It was followed immediately by reports of an outbreak of
      foot-and-mouth disease among Robertson's prize Arabian horses and, from
      South Africa, news that diamond mines where he was an investor have been
      socked with massive liability claims that could run him into the millions.
      His private residences also reportedly have been struck by a series of
      highly localized magnitude 9 earthquakes that left neighboring properties
      completely unaffected.<BR><BR>"God's patient, Pat," Murphy said Friday
      afternoon after the unusual string of disasters, "but we shouldn't presume
      on his patience forever, especially if we're going to keep putting our
      feet in his mouth."<BR> 
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      <A
      href="http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1577753,00.html">U.S.
      begins work to stem flow of refugees across gulf</A><BR>Following the
      devastation unleashed by Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Navy has revealed
      that highly trained dolphins, armed with poison darts and trained for
      black ops, are loose in the Gulf of Mexico. Thank God they weren't
      equipped with high-powered scope rifles. From <A
      href="http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1577753,00.html">The
      Guardian.</A><BR> <BR><A
      href="http://channels.isp.netscape.com/news/story.jsp?flok=FF-APO-1402&;idq=/ff/story/0001%2F20051111%2F0942790108.htm&sc=1402&floc=isp-23&related=off&from=ent">The
      Ministry of Silly Primates</A><BR>British comedian John Cleese, known for
      playing a hotel proprietor on "Fawlty Towers," solicitor Archie Leech in
      "A Fish Called Wanda," and Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter
      movies, as well as a part or two in an overlooked British show called
      "Monty Python's Flying Circus," has a new role: Namesake of a species of
      lemur, because of his advocacy for lemur conservation. Not to be outdone,
      the U.S. Navy wants to name a new submarine after Graham Chapman.
      <BR> <BR><A
      href="http://www.courttv.com/scripts/features/clickBack.asp?tempV=149155&;urlP=/news/2005/1110/harriton_ctv.html">Woman
      wants to be put back</A><BR>Taking "Hey, I didn't ask to be born" to a new
      level, an Australian woman has filed that country's first wrongful-life
      suit, arguing that she should have been aborted rather than having to live
      with birth defects. The doctor has offered to set her up on a blind date
      with a dolphin who works with the U.S. Navy.<BR> <BR>
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      he's not interrogating pigeons.<BR><BR>Chicken Soup for the Soulless is a
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