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In the News; April 16, 2008

It's Wednesday, April 16th, 2008. Now that we are done worrying about tax day, we can move on to new issues. On the good side- it's finally looking like spring in most of the nation. We deserve it with all of the downturns in our economy, the election 'stuff', and so much more that we have had to put up with. I'm looking forward to those beautiful days of spring when it is not too hot outside and there are no bugs to harass you.

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So, here we go with the middle of the week.....

It has been a year since the tragedy at Virginia Tech. The fatal shootings of 33 students and faculty there a year ago have put colleges and universities around the nation on high alert for potentially troubled students. Virginia Tech is honoring the memorial to the lost students.

In BERLIN - An 86-year-old man who acted as a Nazi hit man for a Waffen SS death squad that executed Dutch civilians during World War II has been charged with three counts of murder. He has been charged with the 1944 murders of three men as a member of the death squad code-named Silbertanne, or Silver Pine.Boere was 18 when he joined the Waffen SS — the fanatical paramilitary organization faithful to Hitler's ideology — at the end of 1940, only months after his country had fallen to the Nazi blitzkrieg. The unit is suspected of a total of 54 killings, and the hit man in question has admitted to taking part in three, according to Dutch court documents.

The EPA is asking residents living around the Great Lakes to no longer flush their unused meds. With trace amounts of pharmaceuticals showing up in the drinking water of major cities, authorities are encouraging consumers around the Great Lakes to drop off leftover and expired medicine at collection centers.

Thieves dressed up as cops stole court records.
They talked their way past guards at Johannesburg's High Court, then locked them in a bathroom and stole highly sensitive documents. About six armed men in police uniforms convinced security guards they were at the court on Sunday night to look into a rape case. Once inside the building, the robbers disconnected surveillance and alarm systems, tied up the guards in the toilets, broke into a safe and left with the court documents.

Police say a man dressed as a woman repeatedly crashed his car into a suburban Detroit lingerie store that had refused to hire him earlier this year. Damage to the store was estimated at $3,000. A police spokesman said that he was wearing "facial makeup, lipstick, blue Capri pants, red 'flip-flops,' a flowery blouse and a matching flowery women's bra."

In BERLIN (AFP) - A 13-year-old German schoolboy corrected NASA's estimates on the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth, a German newspaper reported after spotting the boffins had miscalculated.

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