IC News 6-01-05






Popular dance and dinner venue The Phantasm, in Northwest DC, having undergone more than its share of upheaval and controversy, is talking about closing for an unspecified period of time to deal with its ownership and management issues. Former club owner Sean Brennan has taken an open-ended hiatus, and transferred ownership of the club to regular headliners Louis Delacourt and Aki Oshii, who are now missing persons.

Police have investigated the matter to the fullest extent but no explanation is forthcoming. Calls to the Box Office were not returned by press time.


Jesus Christ Wants To Drive
Man's Birth Name Is Peter Robert Phillips Jr.

CHARLESTON, W.VA (AP) Jesus Christ is hoping to move to West Virginia, but he’s having trouble getting a driver’s license.
The man is described as a white-haired businessman who’s been using that name for 15 years without a problem. He has a U. S. passport, Social Security card and Washington driver’s license bearing the name Jesus Christ.
But he still falls short of West Virginia title and license requirements, since his Florida birth certificate bears his original name. Plus, the man born as Peter Robert Phillips Jr. still hasn’t gotten an official name change approved in Washington.
A District of Columbia judge denied the legal change two years ago, saying the name could provoke “a violent reaction” or “significantly” offend people. An appeals court ruling last month, however, will start that process anew.
Christ’s attorney says the name change was an effort to express his faith. "This all started with him expressing his faith and his respect and love for Jesus Christ," attorney A.P. Pishevar told The Associated Press. "Now he needs to document it for legal reasons."

(© 2005 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Rumsfeld, Myers Join Bikers
WASHINGTON, DC -- Thousands of motorcycles rolled down the streets of the nation's capital Sunday in a rally organized by Rolling Thunder, a biker group that supports veterans' rights.
The group has been staging the rally on Memorial Day weekend since 1988 to focus attention on POW-MIA issues.
Many of the bikers took part in the annual memorial ride from Arlington National Cemetery to the National Vietnam War Memorial before heading to the Lincoln Memorial.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, and his wife joined the thousands of bikers riding through Washington.
Later in the day, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld gave a speech to members of Rolling Thunder near the Lincoln Memorial. He thanked the veterans' commitment to the cause of freedom.





RETIRED CALIFORNIA SENATOR TOM CAMPBELL INDICTED FOR PENTEX CONNECTION, CHARGES OF CORRUPTION -- NORTHWEST -- Hot on the heels of their sudden, under-the-table  hostile takeover by Shinzui Industries of Japan, Pentex Inc. has come under the spotlight again, this time amidst charges that a former Senator was receiving kickbacks from a subsidiary of their holding company in exchange for secretly pushing through numerous bills for various drug regulations, environmental issues, cloning and disease research issues and business regulatory matters.

Shinzui, as the new owner of a majority of Pentex's holdings, has been named as a defendant in the suit.

Federal investigators would not comment about the indictment, but unofficial Hill sources say that the rumor is that charges were brought as the result of some new  information that was couriered anonymously to a Senate Investigations Office downtown. They could not speculate as to the nature of this new evidence, nor to the possible source.

Campbell was unavailable for comment at press time. He had one prior brush with the law during his tenure as Senator, involving the murder of his chief intern, Adam Osbourne, which remains an unsolved case of which Campbell was acquitted despite several irregularities in the trial.




RAREST Elvis King of Rock-n-Roll Presley Collectible!
EBay Item number: 5572953683
Item location: Saukville, Wisconsin

It was late, I was snuggled warmly in bed when I heard Mr. Boogers and the all-too-familiar cack cack cack cack urrrrrrp SPLAT! I knew he had just hacked up a hairball, but I couldn’t bear the thought of getting up in the middle of the night and stepping in his ooey, gooey slime-covered fur-offering in the dark so I went back to sleep knowing it would be much easier to see it and scrape it up in the morning.
When I awoke I had all but forgotten about it until I saw the dark gray blob on the bathroom floor. I was about to wipe it up with a wad of toilet paper when I noticed this hairball had a distinct shape. Figuring I was seeing things, I summoned my mother to come and take a look (Note to self: Mothers, no matter how good and sweet and kind and motherly, do not appreciate being summoned and driving 30 miles to look at hairballs at the break of dawn). She saw it too…someone’s profile in Mr. Booger’s hairball…
But not just ANY someone, this someone looks amazingly like THE King himself! Elvis Presley in cat hair on MY bathroom floor! This was definitely a first for Mr. Boogers whose previous hairball-art offerings included mostly hotdog, bratwurst, wiener and the occasional sausage patty shapes, but never anything quite so artistic or slimy. I wiped the excess goo-age from the floor around Mr. Boogers’ project, put a cardboard box over to allow it some drying time and avoid disturbing my cat’s obvious masterpiece.
This morning, after allowing Elvis to dry to perfection, I scraped him off my bathroom floor and now offer him to you today. The discerning collector of hairballs will see a good-sized glob of Mr. Boogers’ hair, but this is not only Mr. Boogers’ hair, it also the hair of his friends Fartimus Blossom, Itsy Bitsy, Julius Sneezer, Thomas Wetherby Thumbles and Schmidty (no, I am not one of those crazy cat ladies), all of whom Mr. Boogers likes to pin down and groom against their will. Yikes! I do blather on! Lucky winning bidder will receive the genuine Mr. Boogers Elvis Presley hairball pictured here which I will carefully package on the requisite bed of cotton balls that all highly collectible items must be laid upon and enclose it in a clear plastic box for ultimate display as well as transportability! Take Elvis everywhere you go!







UN Authorizes World Advisory Council to Fight Terrorist ‘Nine’
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK — The United Nations Security Council today granted extraterritorial law-enforcement powers to the World Advisory Council. Staffed by members of the international intelligence, military and scientific communities, the Council’s expertise will be used to dismantle the infrastructure of The Nine, a terrorist organization credited with attacks worldwide. Advisors will assist global military and law enforcement as well as manage member nations’ detention camps. The demand for outside assistance comes in the wake of the deaths of 54 FBI agents who attempted to apprehend members of the so-called “Akashic Brotherhood.” The cult is one of many fringe cells that US State Department officials accuse of using psychotropic chemicals and biological weapons to fulfill The Nine’s anarchist, apocalyptic agenda.


Pet Shop Owner: Turtle Has Satan Image After Surviving Fire -- Frankfort, IN:

An Indiana pet store owner says a turtle that was the only animal to survive a fire at the shop has developed an image of Satan's face on its shell. Bryan Dora's pet store in Frankfort burned down several weeks ago. The red-ear slider turtle named Lucky is the only survivor of about 150 animals.

Dora said after the fire, an image appeared on Lucky's shell that appears to be the face of a devil. He said the turtle is not possessed but is very tame. He believes that in every fire the devil leaves his mark somewhere, and that Lucky was touched.
Dora said many other people also say they have seen the image on the turtle, and get scared away. "He was saved for a reason, everything else had perished, even the other turtles, and I think that reason is basically to let people know that he was down there," Dora said.
Investigators could not determine the cause of the fire, which destroyed the A-Dora-ble Pet Shop and several other businesses in Frankfort, about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Copyright 2005 by Internet Broadcasting Systems and Local6.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.


Homebuilders Encase Bible In Every House's Foundation -- MAGNOLIA, Texas -- Some Texas homeowners are literally standing on the promises of God.
That's because every home built by Possibility Custom Homes has a Bible encased in its concrete foundation.
James Wallace said he and co-owner Andy Eckert believed that if they built their company on a godly foundation, then God would bless it.
Building homes with a Bible in the foundation isn't something they advertise, but they don't hide it either. Wallace said they explain to buyers why they do it and so far haven't run into any opposition. But if someone were opposed, he said they wouldn't do it. Eckert said, "We don't force our beliefs on anybody."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.





Cambodian Troops Quarantine Quan'sul -- BBC News South Asia --
There has been a small outbreak of “zombism” in a small town near the border of Laos in North-Eastern Cambodia.
The culprit was discovered to be mosquitoes native to that region carrying a new strain of Malaria which thus far has a 100 percent mortality rate and kills victims in fewer than 2 days.
After death, this parasite is able to restart the heart of its victim for up to two hours after the initial demise of the person where the individual behaves in extremely violent ways from what is believed to be a combination of brain damage and a chemical released into blood during “resurrection.”
Cambodian officials say that the outbreak has been contained and the public has no need to worry.
General Ary Serey had this to say, "We have obtained samples of this new parasite and plan to learn how it starts the heart and other major organs of the deceased. We intend to use this to increase the quality of life for all."
US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice opposed the plan saying that the Cambodian government holds a great biological weapon and should destroy it immediately. Cambodian officials have yet to comment.
A United Nations team will be dispatched to Cambodia to confirm the safety of biological research in Cambodia.


Girl tortured over witchcraft claims
By Paul Cheston, Evening Standard

A child accused of witchcraft by her aunt was tortured, tied up in a laundry bag and almost thrown into a river to drown, the Old Bailey heard today.
The aunt changed her mind when she realised that under British law she would be jailed for murder, the court heard.
The 39-year-old - who, like the child, cannot be named for legal reasons - and Sita Kisanga, 35, deny conspiracy to murder and child cruelty between August 2002 and January last year. The two women lived with the eight-yearold in Finsbury Park.
The aunt and child came to Britain from Angola in 2002.
Patricia May, prosecuting, said that when she arrived the aunt claimed to be the girl's mother - but the girl's parents are thought to be dead. Ms May said the girl began to be mistreated "when Kisanga's son accused her of ... going out at night using witchcraft to harm household members".
Chilli peppers were rubbed into the girl's eyes, she was beaten with a belt, cut with a knife and starved, the court heard.
Mrs May said there was "an agreement between the aunt and Kisanga to do away with [the girl] by putting her in a laundry bag and throwing her in the river close to Kisanga's home." She would have died, the jury heard, but for the intervention of Kisanga's brother Sebastian Pinto. Ms May said: "He came around when the girl was about to be thrown in, and advised against doing so on the grounds that if they did ... they would go to prison."
Pinto, 33, and his girlfriend Kiwonde Kiese, 21, both of Hackney, deny aiding and abetting child cruelty. The case continues.