Friday, July 23, 2004

Swindling great-granny busted

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police have arrested an 80-year-old great-grandmother suspected of drugging and robbing easily fooled victims for years to feed her gambling habit.
Vittoria Benetti was detained after her last victim, a 70-year-old woman travelling in the same train compartment, identified her in a photo, Italian media reported on Saturday.
Benetti drugged her with a cup of coffee and then escaped with 1,000 euros (660 pounds) which she promptly spent at a casino in neighbouring Slovenia.
Benetti's criminal record for a string of frauds and swindles and her obsession for gambling made it easy for the police to track her down, newspapers said.

JK Rowling Expecting 3rd child

the following excerpt was taken from JK Rowlings official website:

24/07/04
I am really delighted to say that I am expecting a third baby, who is due next year. I always wanted three children, so I could not be happier.
Now, I know that many Harry Potter fans' first reaction will be what does this mean for the timing of book six?(I'm not maligning you......I'm sure you'll be happy for me....but I know you really want that book!) So let me reassure you that book six remains well on track and, fingers crossed of course, I don't forsee any baby-related interruptions or delays. I can't say for sure when it will be finished , but I have written a lot and I really like it( a reckless challenge to fate, that;I bet the next chapter goes horribly wrong now).

End of road for GOTMILF number plate

US transport officials have cancelled a motorist's personalised number plate 'GOT MILF' after complaints from women.
Michael Syravong chose the registration for his Toyota Supra and managed to get it past the Department of Licensing.
They failed to pick up on the fact that it was based on the obscene expression 'Milf' - Mums I'd Like to F*** - used in the American Pie movie.
Mr Syravong, from Snohomish County in Washington State, had told them it stood for "Manual Inline Lift Fluctuator", reports Komo News.
"Yeah I just thought it sounded funny," he said. "Like 'Got Milk' and the term MILF was getting popular so - GOTMILF, I really didn't think about it."
But in the nearly two years he had the plate on his car, at least two mothers did think about it - and they didn't find it funny.
Emails of disgust rolled into the Department of Licensing. The women wrote that they found it offensive and, after months of review, the plate was officially canceled.
"Yeah, I was a bit surprised, shocked, that someone would stoop that low to ruin my fun," said Mr Syravong.
In his attempt to keep the plate he offered several possible alternative meanings for the phrase, including 'Got My Invitation Last Friday' and 'Got Married Into Lisa's Family'.
Now that his attempt at humour as been called off he's replaced the personalised plate with another one - Punisher.
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