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Florida— A 19-year-old woman is in jail on a child neglect charge, after police found her 1-year-old son living in a home littered with filth, decaying food and other items.

The home had no running water and smelled of human waste, according to reports released Monday.

"This home was not fit for a human residence," an arrest affidavit states. "No child could remain healthy in this home and with the numerous biohazards, the child was at risk of future great harm."

"By the level of filth and smell coming from the home, it appeared from outside of the home, to be a dangerous environment for humans to reside in," the affidavit states.

Police reported every room in the two-bedroom house was "filthy," cluttered with dirt, garbage, dirty diapers, decaying food and other items. A 1-year-old boy was in a crib in the living room. The child wasn't hurt.

"The toilet bowl was filled with human feces and female hygiene products and was in reach of the child," the report states. "There were dried/evaporated stains in the living room that were still moist and sticky and attracted dirt to make a filth paste."

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Former SS doctor Aribert Heim tops a list released Wednesday of most-wanted suspected Nazi war criminals.

The AP is reporting that in BADEN-BADEN Germany - Former SS doctor Aribert Heim tops a list released Wednesday of most-wanted suspected Nazi war criminals. He is a man so brutal that witnesses remember him as the worst they saw, though he was only at Mauthausen concentration camp for two months.

Heim would be 93 today, but "we have good reason to believe he is still alive," said Efraim Zuroff by telephone from Jerusalem. Zuroff is the top Nazi hunter for Simon Wiesenthal Center, which published the list.

Still, despite a $485,000 reward for Heim's arrest posted by the center along with Germany and Austria, he has managed to avoid capture for decades.

He is only one of hundreds of suspected Nazi war criminals that the center estimates are still at large.

After Heim on the center's most wanted list are: John Demjanjuk, fighting deportation from the U.S., which says he was a guard at several death and forced labor camps; Sandor Kepiro, a Hungarian accused of involvement in the wartime killings of than 1,000 civilians in Serbia; Milivoj Asner, a wartime Croatian police chief now living in Austria and suspected of an active role in deporting hundreds of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies to their death; and Soeren Kam, a former member of the SS wanted by Denmark for the assassination of a journalist in 1943. His extradition from Germany was blocked in 2007 by a Bavarian court that found insufficient evidence for murder charges.

But the nature of Heim's alleged crimes are what catapulted him to the top of the list.

Karl Lotter, a prisoner who worked in the hospital at Mauthausen concentration camp, had no trouble remembering the first time he watched Heim kill a man.

It was 1941, and an 18-year-old Jew had been sent to the clinic with a foot inflammation. Heim asked him about himself and why he was so fit. The young man said he had been a soccer player and swimmer.

Then, instead of treating the prisoner's foot, Heim anesthetized him, cut him open, castrated him, took apart one kidney and removed the second, Lotter said. The victim's head was removed and the flesh boiled off so that Heim could keep it on display.

"He needed the head because of its perfect teeth," Lotter, a non-Jewish political prisoner, recalled in testimony eight years later that was included in a 1950 Austrian warrant for Heim's arrest uncovered by The Associated Press. "Of all the camp doctors in Mauthausen, Dr. Heim was the most horrible."

But Heim managed to avoid prosecution, his American-held file in Germany mysteriously omitting his time at Mauthausen.

The hunt for Heim has taken investigators from the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg all around the world. Besides his home country of Austria and neighboring Germany where he settled after the war, tips have come from Uruguay in 1998, Spain, Switzerland and Chile in 2005, and Brazil in 2006, said Heinz Heister, presiding judge of the Baden-Baden state court, where Heim was indicted in absentia on hundreds of counts of murder in 1979.

Born June 28, 1914 in Radkersburg, Austria, Heim joined the local Nazi party in 1935, three years before Austria was bloodlessly annexed by Germany.

He later joined the Waffen SS and was assigned to Mauthausen, a concentration camp near Linz, Austria, as a camp doctor in October and November 1941.

While there, witnesses told investigators, he worked closely with SS pharmacist Erich Wasicky on such gruesome experiments as injecting various solutions into Jewish prisoners' hearts to see which killed them the fastest.

But while Wasicky was brought to trial by an American Military Tribunal in 1946 and sentenced to death, along with other camp medical personnel and commanders, Heim, who was a POW in American custody, was not among them.

Heim's file in the Berlin Document Center, the then-U.S.-run depot for Nazi-era papers, was apparently altered to obliterate any mention of Mauthausen, according to his 1979 German indictment, obtained by the AP. Instead, for the period he was known to be at the concentration camp, he was listed as having a different SS assignment.

This "cannot be correct," the indictment says. "It is possible that through data manipulation the short assignment at the same time to the (concentration camp) was concealed."

There is no indication who might have been responsible.

Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Justice Department's Nazi-hunting Office of Special Investigations, was on the road and did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Austrian authorities sent the 1950 arrest warrant to American authorities in Germany who initially agreed to turn him over, then told the Austrians, in a Dec. 21, 1950, letter obtained by the AP, that they couldn't trace him.

What happened next is unclear, but in 1958 Heim apparently felt comfortable enough to buy a 42-unit apartment block in Berlin, listing it in his own name with a home address in Mannheim, according to purchase documents obtained by the AP. He then moved to the nearby resort town of Baden-Baden and opened a gynecological clinic — also under his own name, Heister said.

In 1961 German authorities were alerted and began an investigation, but when they finally went to arrest him in September 1962, they just missed him — he apparently had been tipped off.

Heim continued to live off the rents collected from the Berlin apartments until 1979 when the building was confiscated by German authorities.

Proof that he is alive may lie in the fact that no one has claimed his estate. Heim has two sons in Germany and a daughter who lived in Chile but whose current whereabouts are unknown.

Ruediger Heim, one of the sons, would not comment when telephoned at his Baden-Baden villa.

"All I can say is that it has been implied that I am in contact with my father, and that is absolutely false," he said. "The rest is speculation, and I can't enter into that."


Associated Press investigative researcher Randy Herschaft contributed to this report from New York and Washington, D.C.


In the News; April 30, 2008

They say that by watching your diet, eating vegetables, and exercising daily can increase your longevity. People who have lived a long live can also tell you that limiting stress helps too. And, there are genetics that can play into it all.

Here is a story about a man who lived to see 102. The twist?
Albert Hofmann, has died.
Many of us don't know who he was or may not remember the name.
Mr Hofmann invented the mind-altering drug LSD. His medical discovery inspired — and arguably corrupted — millions in the 1960s hippie generation.

Hofmann was a Swiss chemist who discovered lysergic acid diethylamide-25 in 1938 while studying the medicinal uses of a fungus found on wheat and other grains. For decades after LSD was banned in the late 1960s.

Hofmann defended his invention,"I produced the substance as a medicine. ... It's not my fault if people abused it."

Hofmann became the first human guinea pig of the drug when a tiny amount of the substance seeped onto his finger during a laboratory experiment in 1943.

"I had to leave work for home because I was suddenly hit by a sudden feeling of unease and mild dizziness," he subsequently wrote in a memo to his boss.

"Everything I saw was distorted as in a warped mirror," he said, describing his bicycle ride home. "I had the impression I was rooted to the spot. But my assistant told me we were actually going very fast." "The substance which I wanted to experiment with took over me. I was filled with an overwhelming fear that I would go crazy. I was transported to a different world, a different time," Hofmann wrote. The result was the world's first scientifically documented bad trip.

The intention was that LSD would make an important contribution to psychiatric research. The drug exaggerated inner problems and conflicts and thus it was hoped that it might be used to recognize and treat mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

Thanks to Harvard professor Timothy Leary, LSD was elevated to international fame in the late 1950s and 1960s. Leary who embraced the drug under the slogan "turn on, tune in, drop out."

I am in no way advocating the use of this drug for any purpose, especially living a long life. Living the Swiss lifestyle probably aided in Hofmann's longevity. I hear they make great chocolate.


Springfield Mo police say a man tried to steal T-shirts from a store while his girlfriend was in another part of the business applying for a job.
The man was arrested on suspicion of stealing and second-degree child endangerment. Investigators said the suspect had been watching the woman's 8-month-old son and dropped the child when employees of store tried to hold him for police.

A lucky cat is back home safe and sound after spending more than four days stuck in a drain pipe in his family's yard. The cat disappeared a week ago and the family searched high and low for him, nearly giving up hope.

In ANN ARBOR, Mich. - 13 members of a high school lacrosse team have been disciplined for baring their bottoms on which was written a prom invitation from one player to a girl.

A black hole has been spotted exiting its home galaxy, kicked out after a huge cosmic merger took place. While we may never know what it looks like inside a black hole, astronomers recently obtained one of the closest views yet. The sighting allowed scientists to confirm theories about how these giant cosmic sinkholes spew out jets of particles travelling at nearly the speed of light.

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Police are looking into possible links between a young woman's killing and the man who confessed to holding his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering her seven children.
And, one of the Texas polygamy teens has given birth to a baby boy.

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In the News; April 29, 2008

Seems like we cannot get enough information about this bizarre story in Austria. Fathering his daughters children and keeping them all locked up? Too many questions boggle my mind. Scroll down for more info.

Tornadoes blew through Virginia yesterday. At least three have been confirmend at 200 people were injured.

Oh boy, He is retiring, again. This time, Pat Riley insists he won't come back.
The Hall of Fame coach stepped down from the Miami Heat sideline on Monday. Riley will remain team president. Erik Spoelstra, a 37-year-old who started in the Heat video room in 1995 now becomes the NBA's youngest coach. 37?


Can't Dems get along? In an AP-Yahoo poll — which has tracked the same 2,000 people since November — Barack Obama supporters with negative views of New York senator Clinton have grown from 35 percent in November to 44 percent this month, including one-quarter with very unfavorable feelings.Those Obama backers who don't like Hillary Rodham Clinton say they would vote for Republican candidate John McCain over her by a two-to-one margin, with many undecided.

As for Clinton supporters, those with unfavorable views of Obama have grown from 26 percent to 42 percent during this same period — including a doubling to 20 percent of those with very negative opinions. Clinton now leads John McCain by 9 points in a head-to-head presidential matchup, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that bolsters her argument that she is more electable than Democratic rival Barack Obama. Obama and Republican McCain are running about even.

The number of U.S. homes heading toward foreclosure more than doubled so far this year when compared to a year earlier, as weakening property values and tighter lending left many homeowners powerless to prevent homes from being auctioned to the highest bidder . Among the hardest hit states were Nevada, Florida and, in particular, California, where Stockton led the nation with a foreclosure rate that was 6.6 times the national average, Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac Inc. said.

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has accepted an invitation to give the commencement address at Northwestern University School of Law, despite student-generated petitions and blogs claiming he is an unsuitable choice.
A group of law students chose Springer for the May 16 event and faculty approved the decision last week. Springer, a former Cincinnati mayor is a 1968 graduate of the law school.

Two parents who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes were charged Monday with second-degree reckless homicide.
Indulging in chocolate during pregnancy could help ward off a serious complication known as preeclampsia, new research suggests.

(Carlos Barria/Reuters)Gas prices climb over four dollars a gallon at a gas station in Miami Beach .

In a survey of Americans purchasing gas, participants said paying for gasoline was a "serious problem" for them. Across all income levels, the cost of gas was the most frequently cited economic concern. The price of gas nationally averaged $3.60 a gallon on Monday, according to the Energy Department.

More than a quarter of households earning more than $75,000 a year described paying for gasoline as a serious problem. For those with incomes of less than $30,000, about 63 percent felt that way.

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In the News; April 28, 2008

Hello there. I am feeling tired and worn out this morning. But, the show must go on.
I hear that oil is up to $120/barrel this morning. You have to wonder why non-OPEC countries are not taking advantage of this by pumping more oil.

CNN did a report about luxury sales being way up due to those of us not experiencing the recession. These people seem to be out bargain hunting while the rest of the world taking advantage of the US dollar. Meanwhile, we are paying more at the grocery store and everywhere else.

The California wildfires are back at it again. You've got to read this story about the father who kept his daughter captive. Scroll down for more info.


In Calif. - Fire crews battling a wildfire had a close call as winds, which had been fairly tame, unexpectedly kicked up and sent flames within yards of several houses. There have been at least 1000 people who have had to leave their homes in the LA area.

A sweet deal. Snickers and M&Ms candy maker Mars Inc. is buying Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., which makes Juicy Fruit and Doublemint gum and Life Savers, for about $23 billion in cash.
Family owned Mars is the world's largest chocolate seller.

An 300 pound inmate awaiting trial on a murder charge is suing the county, complaining he has lost more than 100 pounds because of the jailhouse menu. The inmate, says he isn't happy that he's down to 308 pounds after eight months in the Benton County jail. He has filed a federal lawsuit complaining the jail doesn't provide inmates with enough food. The inmate weighed 413 pounds when he was jailed in September. Police say he and a co-defendant fatally beat and stabbed a man, then set his home on fire.

Have you heard this one??? A 73-year-old Austrian electrical engineer has confessed to holding his daughter captive in a secret, windowless cellar for 24 years and fathering seven children by her. The daughter, now 42, told police that her father lured her into the basement of the plain, grey block where they lived with other families in 1984 and drugged and handcuffed her before imprisoning her.

Three of her children, aged 19, 18 and 5, had been locked up in the basement with her since birth and had never seen sunlight, police said, raising worries about their physical and mental state. The younger two were boys, the eldest a girl.
Gets worse.
The father had also admitted to burning the body of one of the children when it died shortly after birth . Austrian media reported he had burned the corpse in a boiler.

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Scholars run down more clues to a Holocaust mystery

By ARTHUR MAX and RANDY HERSCHAFT, Associated Press Writers

Budapest, November 1944: Another German train has loaded its cargo of Jews bound for Auschwitz. A young Swedish diplomat pushes past the SS guard and scrambles onto the roof of a cattle car.

Ignoring shots fired over his head, he reaches through the open door to outstretched hands, passing out dozens of bogus "passports" that extended Sweden's protection to the bearers. He orders everyone with a document off the train and into his caravan of vehicles. The guards look on, dumbfounded.

Raoul Wallenberg was a minor official of a neutral country, with an unimposing appearance and gentle manner. Recruited and financed by the U.S., he was sent into Hungary to save Jews. He bullied, bluffed and bribed powerful Nazis to prevent the deportation of 20,000 Hungarian Jews to concentration camps, and averted the massacre of 70,000 more people in Budapest's ghetto by threatening to have the Nazi commander hanged as a war criminal.

Then, on Jan. 17, 1945, days after the Soviets moved into Budapest, the 32-year-old Wallenberg and his Hungarian driver, Vilmos Langfelder, drove off under a Russian security escort, and vanished forever.

And because he was a rare flicker of humanity in the man-made hell of the Holocaust, the world has celebrated him ever since. Streets have been named after him and his face has been on postage stamps. And researchers have wrestled with two enduring mysteries: Why was Wallenberg arrested, and did he really die in Soviet custody in 1947?

Researchers have sifted through hundreds of purported sightings of Wallenberg into the 1980s, right down to plotting his movements from cell to cell while in custody. And fresh documents are to become public which might cast light on another puzzle: Whether Wallenberg was connected, directly or indirectly, to a super-secret wartime U.S. intelligence agency known as "the Pond," operating as World War II was drawing to a close and the Soviets were growing increasingly suspicious of Western intentions in eastern Europe.

Speculation that Wallenberg was engaged in espionage has been rife since the Central Intelligence Agency acknowledged in the 1990s that he had been recruited for his rescue mission by an agent of the Office of Strategic Services, the OSS, which later became the CIA.

About the Pond, little is known. But later this year the CIA is to release a stash of Pond-related papers accidentally discovered in a Virginia barn in 2001. These are the papers of John Grombach, who headed the Pond from its creation in 1942. CIA officials say they should be turned over to the National Archives in College Park, Md.

In February, the Swedish government posted an online database of 1,000 documents and testimonies related to Wallenberg's disappearance. In a few months, independent investigators plan to launch a Web site with their nearly 20-year research into Russian archives and prison records. Russia is building a Museum of Tolerance that will feature once-classified documents on Wallenberg. And the CIA last year relaxed its guidelines to reveal details of its sources and intelligence-gathering methods in the case.

Despite dozens of books and hundreds of documents on Wallenberg, much remains hidden. The Kremlin has failed to find or deliver dozens of files, Sweden has declined to open all its books, and The Associated Press has learned as many as 100,000 pages of declassified OSS documents await processing at the National Archives.

The Russians say Wallenberg died in prison in 1947, but never produced a proper death certificate or his remains.

But independent research suggests he may have lived many years — perhaps until the late 1980s. If true, he likely was held in isolation, stripped of his identity, known only by a number or a false name and moving like a phantom among Soviet prisons, labor camps and psychiatric institutions.

In 1991, the Russian government assigned Vyacheslav Nikonov, deputy head of the KGB intelligence service, to spend months searching classified archives about Wallenberg.

"I think I found all the existing documents," Nikonov e-mailed The Associated Press last month. The Soviets believed Wallenberg had been a spy, he said, but unlike many political detainees he never had a trial.

Nikonov's conclusion: "Shot in 1947."

Later in 1991, Russia and Sweden launched a joint investigation that lasted 10 years but failed to reach a joint conclusion.

The 2001 Swedish report said: "There is no fully reliable proof of what happened to Raoul Wallenberg," and listed 17 unanswered questions.

The Russian report bluntly said, "Wallenberg died, or most likely was killed, on July 17, 1947." It named Viktor Abakumov, the head of the "Smersh" counterintelligence agency, as responsible for the execution and cover-up. It said the Russians consider the Wallenberg case "resolved."

Unsatisfied, independent consultants and academics have kept digging, analyzing, reassessing old information and pressing for the Kremlin to release missing files.


Wallenberg arrived in Budapest in July 1944. With the knowledge of his government, his task as first secretary to the Swedish diplomatic legation was a cover for his true mission as secret emissary of the U.S. War Refugee Board, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a belated attempt to stem the annihilation of Europe's Jews.

In the previous two months, 440,000 Hungarian Jews had been shipped to Auschwitz for extermination. They were among the last of six million Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust.

Of the 230,000 who remained in the Hungarian capital in mid-1944, 100,000 survived the war.

After the Red Army arrived in January, Wallenberg went to see the Russian military commander to discuss postwar reconstruction and restitution of Jewish property. Two days later he returned under Russian escort to collect some personal effects, then was never seen in public again.

And what did his country — or his influential cousins — do about it?

Looking back a half century later, the Swedish government acknowledged that its own passive response to the detention of one of its diplomats was astounding, and that it had missed several chances to win his freedom.

"The worst mistakes were done in the first two years," said Hans Magnusson, the Swedish co-chairman of the 10-year investigation with the Russians. Sweden felt intimidated by the mighty Soviets and unwilling to challenge them, he said.

In the mid-1950s, the Swedes pursued the case more aggressively, prompting a memorandum from Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in 1957 that Wallenberg had died of heart failure in detention 10 years earlier — at age 34.

As more testimony came in that Wallenberg was still alive, Stockholm periodically raised the issue with Moscow — but without results, said Magnusson, interviewed in the Netherlands where he is now ambassador.

Sweden could have pushed harder, he said, "but I doubt it would have achieved more."

"It is inconceivable," says Wallenberg's half-sister, Nina Lagergren. "Here is a man sent out by the Swedish government to risk his life. He saved thousands of people — and he was left to rot."


Some time around 1994, Susan Mesinai, who had by then been researching the Wallenberg case for five years, visited Lucette Colvin Kelsey, Wallenberg's cousin, at her home in Connecticut. After lunch, Kelsey caught up with Mesinai as she got into the car and told her: "Raoul was working for the highest levels of government."

"So I said to her, 'How high? Do you mean the president?' And she nodded her head," Mesinai said, disclosing to AP a conversation she had kept confidential for 14 years.

Kelsey's father, Col. William Colvin, had been the U.S. military attache in the Swedish capital around the time of World War I. Wallenberg spent vacations in the 1930s with the Colvin family while he earned a degree in architecture at the University of Michigan. Kelsey, who was a year younger than her cousin, died in 1996.

Rather than clarify anything, Kelsey's cryptic remark only deepened the fog.

Wallenberg's rescue mission inevitably placed him in a vortex of intrigue and espionage involving the Hungarian resistance, the Jewish underground, communists working for the Soviets, and British, U.S. and Swedish intelligence operations. He also had regular contact with Adolf Eichmann and other Nazis running the deportation of Jews.

Whether or not he himself was passing on intelligence, Russia had plenty of reason to suspect him of spying, either for the Allies or Germany — or both.

"Wallenberg had ties to all the major actors in Hungary," says Susanne Berger, a German researcher who collaborated with the Swedish-Russian research project.

The Stockholm chief of the War Refugee Board, Iver C. Olsen, was also a key member of the 35-man OSS station in the Swedish capital, and it was he who recruited Wallenberg, who in turn kept the U.S. connection secret by sending his communications through Swedish diplomatic channels.

Olsen's OSS personnel file — unpublished until the AP viewed it at the National Archives — revealed that the American was cited for using his position at the War Refugee Board "in gathering important information for the OSS and for the State Department."

In 1955 Olsen denied to the CIA that Wallenberg ever spied for the OSS, and Mesinai and Berger offer a different likelihood: that the Swede was a source for the Pond, which was a rival to the OSS known only to Roosevelt and a few insiders in the War and State Departments.

A small clandestine intelligence-gathering operation, the Pond relied on contacts in private corporations and hand-picked embassy personnel. It worked closely with the Dutch electronics company N.V. Philips, "which had access to 'enemy' territory as well as a far-flung corporation intelligence apparatus in its own right," said former CIA analyst Mark Stout who wrote a brief unofficial history of the Pond.

So far, no evidence has emerged that Wallenberg worked for the Pond, and Stout said in an interview he had not seen Wallenberg mentioned in any papers he has reviewed.

But their circles of contacts intersected at several points, including members of the Hungarian resistance and possibly the Philips connection.

"The Pond was centered around President Roosevelt's office and rumors of a special mission, intelligence or otherwise, for Raoul Wallenberg have persisted through the years," said Berger, who suspects the Soviets knew about the agency.

It may have been just one more reason for Stalin to order his arrest, she said. Regardless of whether Wallenberg was involved, "the Pond's activities clearly would have served to enhance Soviet paranoia about Allied activities and aims in Hungary."

Hungarian historian Laszlo Ritter, of the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, said the Philips company also was providing cover for Britain's MI6 intelligence service. One of its crucial agents in the Balkans was Lolle Smit, who was knighted after the war by both Britain and his native Holland.

One month before Wallenberg arrived, Smit fled Budapest for Romania, from where he continued to control his network, Ritter said, but he left his family behind.

Smit's daughter, Berber Smit, worked with Wallenberg in his rescue efforts — and "had a romance with him," according to her son, Alan Hogg.

Ritter said Hungarian war files show no direct tie between Wallenberg and Smit, or between the diplomat and British intelligence. At the same time, MI6 used the Swedish legation at least twice to smuggle out information, and helped give false papers to Jews and the anti-fascist resistance, he said.

When the OSS wanted to dispatch a radio to the Hungarian underground leader Geza Soos, it sent the transmitter with a Swedish intelligence officer and told him Wallenberg would know how to contact Soos.

Wallenberg's very name may have been enough to arouse Russian distrust. Throughout the war, his cousins Marcus and Jacob Wallenberg, the czars of a banking and industrial empire, had done business in Germany, producing the ball bearings that kept its army on the move.

The Wallenbergs also were involved in discreet, unsuccessful peace efforts between the Allies and Germany, which Stalin feared would leave him excluded — a foretaste of global realignment that would lead to the Cold War.


In December 1993, investigator Marvin Makinen of the University of Chicago interviewed Varvara Larina, a retired orderly at Moscow's Vladimir Prison since 1946. She remembered a foreigner who was kept in solitary confinement on the third floor of Korpus 2, a building used both as a hospital and isolation ward.

Though it was decades earlier, the prisoner stood out in Larina's memory. He spoke Russian with an accent and "complained about everything," she said. He repeatedly griped that the soup was cold by the time Larina delivered it. Prison authorities ordered her to serve him first.

"This is very unusual," Makinen said in an interview. Normally, such complaints would condemn an inmate to a punishment cell. "The fact that he wasn't means he was a very special prisoner."

When shown a gallery of photographs, Larina immediately picked out Wallenberg's — one never published before, Makinen said.

She recalled he was in the opposite cell when another prisoner, Kirill Osmak, died in May 1960.

That was enough for Makinen and Chicago colleague Ari Kaplan to roughly pinpoint the cell of Larina's foreigner. Creating a database of cell occupancy from the prison's registration cards, they found two units opposite Osmak's that were reported empty for 243 and 717 days respectively.

Normally, cells were left vacant for a week at most, Makinen said. The researchers concluded that those two cells likely held special prisoners, namelessly concealed in the gulag.

Mesinai and others reviewed hundreds of accounts over the decades of people who claimed to have seen or heard of someone who could have been Wallenberg. They established a pattern of sightings, even though many individual reports were considered unreliable, uncorroborated, deliberate hoaxes or cases of mistaken identity with other Swedish prisoners.

Some stories, like Larina's, ring particularly true.

One compelling account came in 1961. Swedish physician Nanna Svartz asked an eminent Russian scientist about Wallenberg during a medical congress in Moscow. Lowering his voice, the Russian told her that Wallenberg was at a psychiatric hospital and "not in very good shape."

The Russian, Alexandr Myasnikov, later claimed he had been misunderstood, but Svartz stood firm. His remark, she later reported, "came spontaneously. He went pale as soon as he said it, and appeared to understand that he had said too much."

A few years later the Soviets sent out feelers for a possible spy swap. Envoys indicated Moscow was ready to "compensate" Sweden if it freed Stig Wennerstromm, a Swedish air force officer who had spied for the Kremlin for 15 years.

Though Wallenberg's name was never mentioned, he was considered the only prize worth exchanging for such a high-value spy. The intermediary was Wolfgang Vogel, an East German lawyer who engineered many Cold War prisoner exchanges. But years of halfhearted negotiation ended in no deal.


Nina Lagergren keeps a small wooden box in the cellar of her comfortable Stockholm home. The Russians gave it to her in 1989 when she visited Moscow. It contains her half-brother's diplomatic passport, a stack of currency, a Swedish license for the pistol he bought but never used, and two telephone diaries. Among the entries are Eichmann and Berber Smit, the daughter of the Dutch spy.

They also gave the family a copy of Wallenberg's "death certificate," handwritten and unstamped.

"They anticipated that I would get very moved and understand there was no more hope," Lagergren said.

Instead it reinforced her belief that Wallenberg had lived beyond 1947 and perhaps was even then alive. "This proved we could go on," she said. Today he would be 95, and she concedes he must be dead.

If indeed Wallenberg's death in 1947 was a lie, the question remains: Why was he never freed?

The 2001 Swedish report speculated that the longer he was held, the harder it was for the Soviets to release him. Still, "it would have been exceptional to order the execution of a diplomat from a neutral country. It might have appeared simpler to keep him in isolation," the report said.

The search continues.

Berger, the independent researcher, has submitted a new, detailed request to Moscow to release files on prisoners who shared cells with the missing diplomat and on other foreigners in the gulag; Mesinai hopes to study psychiatric facilities where Wallenberg may have been confined; Ritter, the Hungarian researcher, is tracing the British spy network of Lolle Smit; and historians are awaiting the release of the Pond papers.

Whatever any of this reveals, a 1979 State Department memo puts these questions into perspective: "Whether or not Wallenberg was involved in espionage during World War II is a moot point at this stage in history. His obvious humanitarian acts certainly outweigh any conceivable 'spy' mission he may have been on."


Associated Press investigative researcher Randy Herschaft reported from Washington, D.C.


On the Net:

Wallenberg Association:

Swedish government Web site:

International Wallenberg Foundation:

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:

National Archives: http: (point of contact for CIA, OSS, Pond docs)

CIA Docs: (type in wallenberg in search field)

CIA "Pond" article:

As reported by the AP

In the News; April 27, 2008

Happy Sunday.
In case you have not noticed, the demand for small cars, crossovers is soaring along with gas prices. In some places there are waiting lists to get one. You probably will not be able to haggle on these. Good-bye Suburbans and other guzzlers.

There is a new millionaire to report.

Jake Long just sat back and smiled — right from the outset of yesterday's NFL draft..

The Michigan tackle already had signed with the Dolphins as the top overall choice. He inked a five-year contract worth $57.75 million, $30 million of it guaranteed.

Still Shakesepere.

In Tijuana, which is almost California, gunbattles broke out between suspected drug traffickers who fired at each other while speeding down heavily populated streets of this violent border city early Saturday, killing 13 people and wounding nine. All of the dead were believed to be drug traffickers, possibly rival members of the same cartel who were trying to settle scores.

In RENO, Nev. - Scientists urged residents of northern Nevada's largest city to prepare for a bigger event as the area continued rumbling Saturday after the largest earthquake in a two-month-long series of temblors.

In SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - Fear and shock turned to wary relief as there is no sign of the great white shark that killed a swimmer in a rare attack near San Diego.

Nope- it's not a mop.

Hungarian Puli sheep dog, Fee, jumps over a hurdle during a preview for a pedigree dog show in Dortmund on Thursday April 24, 2008.

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In the News; April 26, 2008

In the news this Saturday.....
Being that it is a Spring Saturday, I feel that I must bring up the Golf word. Check this out...

A 12-handicapper, knocked in holes-in-one on back-to-back par 3s at the Municipal Golf Course. He used a pitching wedge to sink his tee shot on the 3rd hole from 130 yards out. Then, after remarking to his group that it would be something if he repeated his feat, he did just that. He then grabbed an 8-iron and nailed a hole-in-one from 182 yards out on the 8th hole.

He finished the day with a 78.

A study by Golf Digest in 2000 said that the odds of getting two holes-in-one in the same round is 67 million to one.

Also in the sports world, Tony Parker had a career-high 41 points along with 12 assists and San Antonio routed the Suns 115-99 on Friday night to take a 3-0 series lead. Marriage to a Desperate Housewife has been good to Tony.

Hey- do yourself a favor today and take a walk outside. Take a moment to appreciate this wonderful time of the year- spring. Don't miss too much of the draft doing it though.


Senate lawmakers in Florida have voted to ban the fake bull testicles that dangle from the trailer hitches of many trucks and cars throughout the state. Motorists would be fined $60 for displaying the novelty items, which are known by brand names like "Truck Nutz". Why would anyone want or need "Truck Nuts."

In Chicago during a busy rush hour, a tractor trailer exiting a nearby expressway made a sudden and violent detour. The truck barreled into a street-level bus shelter, ending part of the way up the station's north stairwell. Two women died on the scene and at least 21 others were injured, authorities said. The truck was wedged inside the stairwell. See the picture and video below for more info.

Do your HDTV programs look as good as they should? If not, you may be seeing the results of overcompression, acording to A growing number of viewers and experts are claiming that increased use of compression--technology that downsizes huge high-definition video streams for eventual reconstitution on your screen--is responsible for a drop in quality. Such charges--aimed mostly at the two biggest cable providers, Comcast and Time Warner--have been echoing around the blogosphere in the wake of reports about new compression algorithms. This is costing us how much??

Motorists in Phili were the ones celebrating
on Friday.The Philadelphia 76ers are in the playoffs for the first time in three years and to celebrate,for 76 minutes starting at noon, a gas station offered fuel for 76 cents a gallon in a promotion tied to the playoff series with the Detroit Pistons. Hundreds of drivers began lining up around 6:30 a.m., some sleeping in their cars. About 100 cars made it through before the line was cut off.

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From Chicago, the semi that attempted to take the train

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When you receive credit card offers in the mail, examine the fine print before you accept any offer. Review the following items very carefully:

Annual Percentage Rate (APR) - determine if it varies, how the variation is determined and when can it change.
Period Rate - This is the interest rate used to figure the finance charge on your balance.
Annual Fee - Amount you pay to be a cardholder. All cards do not charge an annual fee.
Grace period - This is the number of days you have to pay your bill before finance charges begin to accrue.
Finance charges - Most lenders calculate finance charges using an average daily account balance. Look for offers that use an adjustable balance which subtracts your payment from your beginning balance.
Other fees - Ask about special fees when you get a cash advance, make a late payment or go over your credit limit.

The Fair Credit and Charge Card Disclosure Act requires credit and charge card issuers to include this information on credit applications.


Teaser Rates - these types of rates are low for a short period of time and then escalate to a higher rate on the balance. Sometimes one late payment could cancel the teaser rate.
Offer to skip a credit payment - If your credit card company invites you to skip a payment without penalty, you may still owe finance charges on your unpaid balance and the interest will probably be added to purchases you made after the due date you skipped.

Be thorough in your examination of all credit card offers; it could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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In the News; April 25, 2008

So, it's Friday and we have made it through another week.

News out of NYC this morning . Three detectives were acquitted of all charges in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed groom-to-be on his wedding day, a case that put the NYPD at the center of another dispute involving allegations of excessive firepower. This is something that the media will be focused on since the Obama-Hilary race has calmed down for the week.

Have you heard the good news?
Tax rebates to start arriving Monday

Treasury Department says it will deposit the first 800,000 rebates - five days earlier than expected - in effort to boost economy.

I'm looking forward to the weekend. I am hoping to get some stuff done and maybe some stuff not done.

About that tax rebate. Who gets a rebate?

* $600 to singles making less than $75,000

* $1,200 to couples making less than $150,000

* $300 rebates per child

Instead, 800,000 tax filers daily will get rebates on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. No rebates will be distributed on Thursday, and 5 million payments will be made on Friday.
Overall, the Treasury will distribute more than $110 billion to 130 million taxpayers by July and hopes to get the first $50 billion out by the end of May .

Researchers at Stanford University say that Human beings may have had a brush with extinction 70,000 years ago, an extensive genetic study suggests. The human population at that time was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa, apparently because of drought.

Actor Wesley Snipes gets 3 years and apologized for `costly mistakes'. He was sentenced for failing to file income taxes he insisted he never had to pay, the action star cut the federal government three checks for $5 million, delivered in court.

An Israeli medical team has started tests using the drug Ecstasy as a treatment for conflict-linked post-traumatic disorders.Doctors at the Beer-Yakov psychiatric hospital south of Tel Aviv are testing the response of Israeli post-traumatic disorder patients to MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug. The doctors believe the drug has both calming and stimulating effects that can help patients not only overcome trauma but also dominate it.

In CLEVELAND a carjacking suspect stopped during the crime to ask a television news crew for directions, police said. The 19-year-old was arraigned Thursday on a charge of aggravated robbery and ordered held on $50,000 bond.

Tomorrow is the NFL draft.

Yahoo has put together a "Mock draft"

No. Team Pick
1 Dolphins Jake Long (OT, Mich.)
2 Rams Glenn Dorsey (DT, LSU)
3 Falcons Matt Ryan (QB, BC)
4 Raiders Darren McFadden (RB, Ark.)
5 ChiefsChris Long (DE, UVA)
6 Jets Vernon Gholston (DE, Ohio St.)
7 Patriots Keith Rivers (OLB, USC)
8 Ravens Leodis McKelvin (CB, Troy)
9 Bengals Sedrick Ellis (DT, USC)
10 Saints D. Rodgers-Cromartie (CB, Tenn. St.)
11 Bills Kentwan Balmer (DT, UNC)
12 Broncos Ryan Clady (OT, Boise St.)
13 Panthers Derrick Harvey (DE, Fla.)
14 Bears Chris Williams (OT, Vandy)
15 Lions Rashard Mendenhall (RB, Illinois)

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In the News; April 24, 2008

The price of gas in San Francisco is $3.98/gallon, according to CNN. That would be two cents below $4/gallon. Is $4 far away for the rest of us?

Costco and Sam's Club are limiting how much rice customers can buy because of what Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., called "recent supply and demand trends." Apparently, the is a supply and demand issue for rice. Wonder if they've heard about the oil and gas thing going on.....

Republican Sen. John McCain, campaigning through poverty-stricken cities and towns, said Wednesday he opposes a Senate bill that seeks equal pay for women because it would lead to more lawsuits.

No kidding.
Experts say sex abstinence program doesn't work according to Reuters. Programs teaching U.S. schoolchildren to abstain from sex have not cut teen pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases or delayed the age at which sex begins, health groups told Congress on Wednesday.

One thing about life. Every day there is something new and intriguing to talk about.

Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft. Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread.

According to FHM magazine Megan Fox is the sexiest woman in the world — at least .
Megan tops FHM's annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll of FHM readers. The 21-year-old model-actress beat out the likes of Angelina Jolie (No. 12), Rihanna (No. 14), Kim Kardashian (No. 17), Paris Hilton (No. 77) and last year's champion, Jessica Alba (No. 3). Britney Spears came in last place at No. 100.

In Jacksonville, Florida a driver is being treated at a County hospital after his truck overturned, spilling Jell-O snack packs all over I-95.
Police say the driver's truck flipped over after it slammed into another truck. Individual packs of Jell-O splattered all over the highway, which caused a major traffic jam.

In England, A police officer was forced to resign for having sex with a prostitute at a building he had been sent to investigate to see if it was a brothel.
The police sergeant, who was not named, had "engaged in sexual activity with a sex worker" while on duty .

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In the News; April 23, 2008

Hey- it's Wednesday.
There is a new millionaire this morning.

Jake Long signs $57M deal with Dolphins, will be No. 1 pick. The Michigan left tackle signed a five-year contract with $30 million guaranteed. Dolphin's will select him with the top pick in the draft Saturday.

Hillary won in PA but, is she winning?

And, as oil rises (over $120/barrel?) the results are setting in. Gas in California hit $3.80/gal yesterday. Delta and other major airlines are warning that they will increase ticket prices this summer to cover the fuel increases. I'm not sure that the current US administration knows what is going on. Is it just our problem?


The voters in Pennsylvania have cast their primary votes. With 99% of the votes counted, CNN is proclaiming Clinton the winner with 55% of the vote.
The exit polls are saying that the Clinton supporters were mainly white and .

There is an online sort of war going on. AP is reporting that Craigslist is firing back at its rival and minority owner eBay, scolding the online auctioneer's actions as unethical and smelling of a hostile takeover. EBay Inc. sued the online classifieds company Tuesday, alleging it unfairly tried to dilute eBay's stake in it.(EBay purchased a 28 percent stake in privately held Craigslist in 2004.)

San Jose-based eBay made $7.7 billion in revenue in 2007 and has 279 million registered users. It is the 17th most popular English-language site, according to traffic ranking site Alexa, while Craigslist ranks 45th. Craigslist, based in San Francisco, has never disclosed revenue figures. It charges for job ads and apartment listings only in select cities.

The 10th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival opens this evening in Roger Ebert's home town in Illinois. Ebert may have to miss it due to a hip injury last week. The critic injured his hip Thursday evening at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Florida, where he was undergoing physical therapy.

A Whirlpool factory in Evansville, Ind., has suspended 39 workers who signed insurance paperwork claiming they don't use tobacco and then were seen smoking or chewing tobacco on company property. Now, some could be fired for lying, according to a company spokeswoman .

According to a government report, the upper Midwest has the worst drunken driving rates in the country.Wisconsin leads the way. The federal government estimates more than a quarter of the state's adult drivers had driven under the influence. Rounding out the worst five are North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Utah had the lowest incidence of drunken driving. It was the only state where fewer than 10 percent of adult motorists reported driving under the influence. Following closely behind were a slew of Southern states that often fare poorly when it comes to government health statistics. This time, however, they're serving as models. West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky and North Carolina all had drunken driving rates for the prior year of less than 11 percent.

USA Today is reporting that President Bush has set a record he'd presumably prefer to avoid: the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallup Poll.

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, 28% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing; 69% disapprove. The approval rating matches the low point of his presidency, and the disapproval sets a new high for any president since Franklin Roosevelt.

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In the News; April 22, 2008

The Good News on this Tuesday is that it is Earth Day. The 38th celebration of our great planet. What can you do to celebrate this day. Simple things like waste prevention, reducing the amount of waste you are responsible for, reusing what you can, donating what you no longer need, and just being smart about everything you use.

Also in the news- it's finally the Penn. primary day. The mudslinging may soon end.

Oil hit $118/barrel. Not good news for our struggling dollar and everything related to gas prices- which is pretty much everything.

So, what do you think about the new items on this page?
Thank you Barry for the neat message board.

See you later.

Over the past weekend there was some disturbing news out of Chicago. There were a reported 36 shootings and 9 homicides . The victims? You guessed it. Mainly minors. In one case in someone used an AK-47 to shoot up a plumbing supply store. Then on Monday evening, a man was shot to death and three other people were wounded in a robbery attempt at a McDonald's, police said.

Are you sick of this yet? Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama questioned each other's character and readiness to be commander in chief in last-minute television ads as the six-week Pennsylvania primary campaign steams ahead.

While vacationing at Disney, a man accidentally threw away his wife's rings. While he was tidying up their villa as they prepared to leave the park late last week, he dumped a cardboard bowl, not knowing the container inside it held his wife engagement, wedding and five-year-anniversary rings. Disney made good. They were able to locate the missing items and thus, bail him out of the dog house.

I am not making this up. There is new research to report. Researchers find that men who masturbate frequently are at a reduced risk of cancer. Frequent masturbation may help men cut their risk of contracting prostate cancer, Australian researchers have found. It is believed that carcinogens may build up in the prostate if men do not ejaculate regularly, BBC News reported on Wednesday. The researchers surveyed more than 1,000 men who had developed prostate cancer, and 1,250 men who had not. So much for going blind.


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It is the big attraction for many visitors to New York City's Chinatown. Crowds of women stream into tiny stores along New York’s Canal St. in Chinatown on the hunt for the same the same thing: copies of trendy and expensive designer bags and other goods by Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton and Coach. Chinese women accosted passersby with black plastic bags full of look-alikes.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection maintains an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights enforcement program which devotes substantial resources to target, intercept, detain, seize and forfeit shipments of IPR-violative goods. Their enforcement is accomplished through the cooperative efforts of our trained enforcement personnel, other government agencies, and the trade community.

Federal investigators have traced the proceeds from the Chinatown counterfeits to a dangerous underground economy -- an economy thriving on sales to purse party dealers from America's nicest neighborhoods. WE have all been invited to the parties that seem inviting and innocent on the invitations.

The reality is that these parties may be supporting organized crime. They are also hurting the economy.

In the past, federal prosecutors have indicted members of New York's crime families for a number of racketeering offenses, including trafficking in counterfeit handbags.Even more frightening was evidence developed by the FBI's joint terrorism task force that the sale of counterfeit goods financed the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The U.S. Customs Service continues to warn that counterfeit designer bags may finance terror.

How do you know if you're buying the real thing?
  • If you can peel off the label, it's a fake.
  • The real thing will have a tag indicating where it was made.
  • Real designer handbags are sold at either company stores or major department stores, not at home parties or on the street.
  • Is it made out of leather or plastic?
  • Do the seems match- is it well sewn?
Big name companies spend a lot of money to get the best. This includes the finest materials and craftsmanship. That is what the consumer expects from a high end product.

Selling counterfeit handbags is a federal crime. If they're caught, the self-styled purse-pushers could face federal time. It's a crime. People can go to jail for Buying the fake bags isn't illegal, but selling them is. Trafficking in counterfeit goods even if you tell the buyer they're fake, is illegal.

Federal prosecutors said penalties range from $2 million in fines to 10 years in prison.

The popularity of suburban purse parties is well-known to the participants. The purse party organizers usually know it's illegal. They send e-mails, pass fliers, discreetly distribute business cards offering Fifth Avenue labels at Chinatown prices and free handbags to women willing to host their own in-home parties. It's also big business.

However, manufacturers and distributors are criminally liable for trafficking knock-off purses. Those who host popular purse parties are considered to be sellers of counterfeit products and are similarly liable for their involvement in these activities.

Manufacturers and distributors of knock off handbags can be prosecuted under state and federal law for violating trademark and copyright laws. The sentence for counterfeit crimes varies widely depending on the quantity and the value of the goods. Many upscale manufacturers also warn that the factories where counterfeit items are produced may partake in questionable treatment of their employees. Before you purchase a replica, ask yourself if you would like to fund this kind of activity.

Victims of Counterfeit Activity
If you believe that someone is illegally selling counterfeit knock-offs of your product, consult an attorney. An experienced trademark or copyright attorney can help you bring a civil lawsuit for money damages against the person who is counterfeiting your product. An attorney can also advise you whether to call the police, who will then forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the alleged counterfeiter if there is sufficient evidence.

Another Courageous Dog Story....

A dog that ran off during a road-trip rest stop apparently made her way nearly 80 miles across Nevada's high desert and two mountain ranges to return home a week later.

Moon, a Siberian husky, was reunited April 14 with owner Doug Dashiell, who had last seen her April 6 near Railroad Valley, about 77 miles from his home in Ely.

Moon, who is nearly 2 years old, was no worse for the wear, with the exception of stinking like a skunk that apparently sprayed her somewhere along the journey.

"I've had trouble with her running away before. She's always come home," Dashiell said. But he didn't expect her to show up after a week had passed.

Then the White Pine Veterinary Clinic called Dashiell and told him Moon was back in town. She had wandered up to an Ely residence where Alvin Molea took her home, fed her and gave her a place to sleep. Molea called the clinic because the dog was wearing a tag from it.

The dog's journey would have taken her across the White River and Ward mountain ranges.

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In the News; April 21, 2008

It's a new week and we are back to work. The weekend was beautiful and I expect than many of us got a lot of spring cleaning done. Thanks to all of you who left me comments over the weekend. I know you were busy doing other stuff- as was I. I do attempt to post daily, if not more than daily. There is so much to write about especially, in the oddities of life department. -Shakespere-

In Californai, a pet store owner is calling a police sergeant a hero for saving her from the coils of a 12-foot Burmese python. The owner had reached into a cage to show the huge snake to a customer when it bit her right hand and coiled around her left arm to throw her to the floor.A friend who happened to be at the store kept the snake off her neck and body while police were called.

Global auction house Sotheby's failed to sell a 72.22-carat, "D" flawless white diamond at its Asian sales last week. They blame it on a possible sign of weakness in the global diamond trade.

Prince William landed a Royal Air Force helicopter in the garden of the parents of his girlfriend Kate Middleton. The Ministry of defense defended his actions, saying he achieved essential training objectives. (Training for what?)

A strong aftershock shook Southern Illinois just three days after a magnitude 5.2 quake rattled the region. Geologists say the temblor just before 12:40 a.m. registered 4.5 magnitude. It's epicenter was in the same area as Friday's early morning earthquake .

Oil prices spiked to a record above $117 a barrel on Monday after a Japanese oil tanker was attacked off the east coast of Yemen. This means that gas prices, which are already over $3.40/gallon, will soon hit $3.50. The UN is warning that this is affecting food prices world-wide. Do the big oil pumpers in the Mid-East care?

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It's ALL hers!! She owns the land, the main house, all four guest houses, the river, the golf course, the tennis court, the basketball court, plus alimony and child support!! Her total settlement is over $150,000,000.00 making this the LARGEST divorce settlement in history.

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