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By Devin D. O'Leary

OCTOBER 12, 1998: 

Dateline: Australia--The official condom maker of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, announced that it will be providing three free "Olympic" condoms a day to each of the games' participants. That's 51 condoms for each athlete over the course of the 17-day event. I suspect they're going to be too tired to compete.

Dateline: Brazil--A 10-year-old girl is at the center of an abortion-rights controversy in Catholic-dominated Brazil. The unnamed girl had been repeatedly raped since she was seven by her two neighbors, ages 52 and 65, who ultimately impregnated her in June. Now four months pregnant, the girl is seeking an abortion. Under Brazilian law, abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or life-endangering pregnancy. The girl's parents and local doctors in Israelandia, a rural community 560 miles northwest of Sao Paulo, have argued that both exceptions apply in this case. That hasn't stopped Brazil's Catholic church from doing their holy best to block the abortion from taking place. Last Monday, a judge denied a court injunction which would have held up the operation for at least 20 days. The church had hoped to "sway" the girl's parents in the interim.

Dateline: New York--A man in suburban New York was arrested last Tuesday on charges of possessing a stolen statue of baby Jesus that had been converted into a marijuana pipe. The statue was stolen two years ago from the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in Eastport, N.Y., but was returned anonymously in recent months. A subsequent investigation led police in Suffolk County to arrest 18-year-old Timothy Rhatigan. Rhatigan was charged with criminal possession of stolen property. During its absence, the stomach and head of the statue had been hollowed out for apparent use as a Jesus pipe.

Dateline: Wisconsin--The "Bummer of the Week" comes to us from Wausau, Wis., where a patient was eagerly (albeit unconsciously) awaiting a multiple organ transplant. After the patient had been prepped and the appropriate incisions begun, the private plane carrying the replacement heart plus a set of lungs, crashed. Four doctors and nurses escaped serious injury, but the organs were destroyed. The patient is back on a waiting list.

Dateline: California--Was it a freak accident or a murder/suicide? I guess we'll never really know. The body of Michael Trevethan, 42, was discovered last Monday pinned between his front gate and the front bumper of his pickup truck. Police in Orinda, a rural community some 14 miles east of San Francisco, believe that Trevethan got out of his truck to open the gate and was crushed to death when his (allegedly) overexuberant dog knocked the vehicle into gear. The dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, later died of dehydration after being trapped in the cab of the truck with the heater going full blast.

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