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Then, as Baldur paused to celebrate his release from torment, he felt a pain in his chest. He had been stabbed and killed by an arrow made from the wood of a mistletoe plant. Mistletoe was the one species on earth his wife and mother had failed to notice.
“After they took my picture,” Dave says, “I asked one guy if I went out and committed a crime and then went home and shaved, would they be able to tell it was me? He kind of looked at me and said, ‘Probably not. But don’t go out and commit a crime.’ ”
“It’s been like this for two months now. This is a prison. Even worse. I live over there (on the other side of the street). But I can’t run so fast anymore. They’ll kill me if I try to go home. They kill everyone. Katl, katl,” she says, repeating the Arabic word for “kill.”
He and Thomas had met shortly after he arrived, and they were scheduled to depart in three days for a California vacation before flying to Australia. Though the couple hadn’t yet packed, they couldn’t pass up this opportunity. Like everyone else, they came downtown to witness history.
In the 18th and 19th century the models were ringed off by red ropes. Now that they’ve been removed, we can all mingle with the great and the good. The word “celebrity” is no longer restricted to an elite circle of the rich and glamorous.
WCAG members told me about others they’ve helped: a young man who was sprayed in the face with toxic powdered lime and nearly blinded; the worker whose nylon suit melted to his skin after a condensate tank he was working on exploded.
“Some girls talked to me and wrote in their papers that they had always had pubic hair, and in a couple cases never did anything to their pubic hair,” she said. “They never thought it was a problem. But when he said that, they went home and changed it. They really started to feel ashamed about their bodies.”
The Pentagon is turning to alternative medicine to help alleviate the devastating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder that afflict more than 250,000 military personnel; soothe the brain trauma that’s left thousands more with tremors, speech impediments and memory lapses
She twisted her long, honey-colored hair into a knot. Zipped her sweatshirt. Underneath, she was wearing two bras, a tank top, two white T-shirts and three pairs of panties. She wanted to be sure she would have a change of underwear in jail.
11. A conversation with the ‘Fire Fiend’
Aaron Gell on the complicated prison life of the journalist who dressed up as a fireman before attacking, imprisoning and sexually assaulting a co-worker (New York Observer).
Peter now rivals even Mr. Rifkin in tabloid notoriety—apparently a source of some annoyance for the man who is often called the most “prolific” serial killer in New York history. “I’m not competitive with him, but he’s competitive with me,” Peter said. “Serial killers are very snobbish.”
… AND A CLASSIC READ FROM THE ARCHIVES…
In 1996, Asia scholar Orville Schell went to North Korea. When he came back, he wrote ‘In the land of the Dear Leader’ about his experiences, for Harper’s Magazine.
Pyongyang is both clean and silent; there is not a scrap of trash anywhere, no garish neon signs, no sirens screaming through traffic-clogged streets, and virtually none of the pollution that chokes other Asian capitals – a blessing attributable less to good environmental planning than to poverty.