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April 19, 2004

The discovery of a cat buried with what could be its owner in a Neolithic grave on Cyprus suggests domestication of cats had begun 9,500 years ago. It was thought the Egyptians were first to domesticate cats, with the earliest evidence dating to 2,000-1,900 BC.

French researchers writing in Science magazine show that the process actually began much earlier than that.

Great, a Jurassic Morris. Makes you wonder what a stone age catbox would look like.




ST. LOUIS - A Poplar Bluff woman was charged Thursday with animal neglect and abuse after authorities seized 59 animals from her home, in conditions the Humane Society of Missouri described as deplorable.

"She has been given numerous chances to rectify the situation," Butler County Sheriff's Deputy Cindy Bayer told the Daily American Republic. "Many of the dogs had no water, no food and were living in mud puddles. Her house is full of urine and feces from the dogs living there.

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Hill said the roof of the house had collapsed and the windows had been boarded up. There was no bathroom or running water. One cat was in a 14-by-14-inch cage; two other cats shared a 2-foot-by-2-foot cage. A half foot of petrified feces filled their cages.

What's going on in St. Louis? Even in Washington County people realize that if you are not responsible enough to care for pets you should just stick to raising children.




Draft reports by the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks portray Attorney General John Ashcroft as largely uninterested in counterterrorism issues before Sept. 11 despite intelligence warnings that summer that Al Qaeda was planning a large, perhaps catastrophic, terrorist attack

The draft reports, they said, quote the F.B.I.'s former counterterrorism chief, Dale Watson, as saying he "fell off my chair" when he learned that Mr. Ashcroft had failed to list combating terrorism as one of the department's priorities in a March 2001 department-wide memo.

Who has time for terrorists when you're trying to keep the nation safe from homosexuals?




A sorority blood drive coordinator who urged members to lie about their health to qualify as donors in a campus competition could face discipline ranging up to expulsion, a University of Missouri-Columbia official said Tuesday.

The campus chapter of Gamma Phi Beta also must forfeit any points it would have earned in the ''Greek Week'' competition for last week's blood drive.

If you get a transfusion collected from a fraternity or sorority during Greek Week, you probably should refrain from getting behind the wheel for a couple of days, if you know what we're saying.




Federal regulators on Tuesday announced their plan for curbing the pornographic messages that are flooding electronic mailboxes.The Federal Trade Commission said that starting May 19, senders of sexually oriented "spam" will have to put a "Sexually Explicit:" warning label in the subject line to help consumers identify and filter out unwanted messages.

They're going to announce in big bold letters that an e-mail message contains graphic photos of breasts and stuff? That will discourage teen-age boys.




Heavy social drinkers show the same pattern of brain damage as hospitalized alcoholics - enough to impair day-to-day functioning, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

Brain scans show clear damage, and tests of reading, balance and other function show people who drink more than 100 drinks a month have some problems, the researchers said.

If you were looking for a reason to cut back to 99 drinks a month, here it is.

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