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Monday, August 27, 2007

The State of the World

And we're back.

East side house explodes overnight
Firefighters on the east side spent their Sunday night trying to extinguish the burning ruins of a home on St. Paul Ave which appeared to have exploded.

The home, allegedly occupied by a family identified as Lundy, was completely destroyed by the fire, yet authorities report no deaths in the blaze, with one man taken to hospital with injuries to his upper body.

Work continues to save historic Greek landmarks
In other news of the flamy variety, firefighters in Greece have managed to save the 2,800-year-old ruins of Ancient Olympia from wildfires.

Authorities believe the fires may be the work of arsonists, and are looking to determine whether the work of arsonists could be punishable under Greece's anti-terrorism laws.

"Fires are burning in more than half the country," said firefighter spokesman Nikos Diamandis. "This is definitely an unprecedented disaster for Greece."

More tattoos on the TSX
According to Japan's national police service, the yakuza [mafia] are hard up for cash, and are turning to more traditional methods to get it, like the stock market.

Police also warn that the need for fast cash is making the gangsters more prone to violence after years of relative calm on the organized crime front.

Japan's crime families have been forced to diversify after a 1992 law made family heads legally culpable for crimes committed by their soldiers.

Briefly
Alberto Gonzales, the US Attorney General with the world's worst memory, resigned Friday, according to the NYTimes.

For all the history buffs and Bush bashers, Slate looks at how the W stacks up against other less popular presidents from days gone by.

Actor Owen Wilson stages alleged suicide attempt.

Forecast calls for bloody moon later tonight. How late? Try 3.30 a.m.

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