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Monday, March 17, 2008

One Hit News

Julius Paltiel, one of the few Norwegian Jews to survive the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, was buried in Trondheim on Wednesday with the king present to honour Paltiel's memory. He was 83 years old. Aftenposten:

    Paltiel was 18 years old when he was arrested by Norwegian police in 1942, while the country was under German occupation during World War II.


    [He] was finally freed when Buchenwald was liberated by American forces in April 1945.

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So-called "climate friendly" diesel cars pollute more! Copenhagen Post:

    Increased air pollution may be the price to pay for cutting carbon dioxide emission rates, according to a survey of the best-selling diesel cars in the country.


    However, the situation has turned into a catch-22. Lower energy costs and lower CO2 emissions have actually resulted in more air pollution because the diesel cars lack particle filters.

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Italian teacher at a Technical college agrees to smoke a joint (or does he, really?) and let students film him. Yeah, you guessed it...of course it ends up on YouTube. Corriere Della Sera:

    A teacher at a technical college in Florence agrees to smoke a joint. He is filmed by his students and the video is put on-line.

    A short while ago the students of the ITT Marco Polo technical college started their general assembly in the presence of head teacher Gianfranco Carloni, in the wake of the furor over the suspension of Alberto Burchielli, the teacher who was filmed using a mobile phone while smoking in class. The video was then uploaded to YouTube.


    ...but both he and the students of III A now claim that the roll-up he smoked was not made of cannabis but of tobacco, mild shag tobacco used for unfiltered roll-ups.

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Iranian court sentences radio journalist Parnaz Azima to a year behind bars. Prague Post:

    Radio Farda broadcaster Parnaz Azima could very well face a tough choice in the near future. After being convicted by an Iranian court of “spreading anti-state propaganda,” she was notified March 1 that she had been sentenced to one year in prison.


    Azima, a dual U.S. and Iranian citizen, has worked for 10 years as a Prague-based correspondent with Radio Farda, a Persian-language broadcast service to Iran produced by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and funded by the U.S. Congress.

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Nine-year old Shannon Matthews, missing for 24 days, rescued and found alive. The Herald:

    Detectives were last night trying to unravel the mystery of what happened to nine-year-old Shannon Matthews between her disappearance 24 days ago and her dramatic rescue yesterday.

    Police discovered her hidden in the base of a divan bed after breaking into a flat about a mile from her home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

    Neighbours said they saw the child being carried out of a house in the neighbouring Batley Carr area by a plain clothes policeman and a man being dragged away by police. Shannon looked "quite calm" according to neighbours.

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How to teach a talented "genius" child: Budapest Sun:

    “Their thoughts flow at an extreme rate of speed, and they are very creative. There are types with exceptional intelligence, others have a special talent only in one subject. “The earliest recognizable talents are the mathematical and musical excellence abilities.”

    It is well documented that traditional schools are often unable to develop children with special abilities, especially those who are talented in one field...

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Versace to open 11 new boutiques in - among other places - Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, two stores in Taiwan, a store in Malaysia and two in China. Life In Italy. Gianni was an awesomely cool dude who was forced - at the hands of a lunatic - to leave us far too early.

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