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By Devin D. O'Leary

MAY 18, 1998: 

Dateline: Nepal--Fed-up villagers in the tiny village of Mankha, some 75 miles northeast of Katmandu, set out to kill 500 monkeys last Saturday. Armed with homemade guns, daggers, spears, sticks and stones, members of the monkey control committee declared war on the problematic primates who have been raiding their crops. Hindus normally revere monkeys as a manifestation of the god Hanuman, faithful companion of the epic hero Rama. Still, some 900 Mankha villagers banded together to kill or drive the monkeys across the nearby Sunkoshi river.

Dateline: Norway--A duty free shop in the Oslo airport has decided to stop selling whale meat to travelers. The decision came last Tuesday after repeated criticisms that the shop was violating Norway's self-imposed ban on whale exports. A spokesman for the Salmon House, which sold dried whale jerky and whale sausages, said the sales were due to a "misunderstanding" of Norwegian export laws. Although Norway does not export whale products, the country did resume commercial whaling in 1993 in defiance of a worldwide moratorium on whale hunting.

Dateline: Florida--A man did not survive a suspected suicide leap off a Florida bridge last Wednesday, but his dog did. The coast guard was called in after the Florida Highway Patrol found an abandoned truck on the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The four-mile bridge, which links St. Petersburg and Manatee County is the site of several suicide attempts every year. Police found the body of a 45-year-old man floating in the water below. A Rottweiler was also found in the bay by a veterinarian who was fishing nearby. The dog, whose collar was found in the abandoned truck, survived the 200-foot drop with minor injuries. It was not clear if the man forced the dog to jump or if the dog followed his owner off the bridge.

Dateline: Florida--Russ Rollins, host of the Russ & Bo Show on Orlando's WTKS radio station, persuaded local stores and athletes to donate high-priced sneakers for a "Kicks for Guns" swap. But Rollins wasn't the only one interested in wheeling and dealing for guns last Wednesday. Shortly after the gun swap began, local police were alerted that several gang members had set up shop just down the block and were offering cash money in exchange for the guns. "They were all over me," said 14-year-old Shaw, who had brought a .38 caliber revolver to hand over to police. The enterprising entrepreneurs offered Shawn upwards of $80 for his gun, but the youth had his sights set on a new pair of Doc Martens.

Dateline: New York--Proving that there are no longer any fetishes too weird for public consumption, police in Islip Terrace, N.Y., have arrested a 28-year-old man for selling videotapes of women in high heels stomping frogs, mice and assorted small rodents to death. Adam Gross of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the tapes were a "foot-fetish type of thing." Thomas Capriola, facing several counts of animal cruelty, is currently free on $750 bail. An Internet site, allegedly maintained by Capriola, featured hundreds of videos such as: "Debby the Destructor," "Vanessa's Frog Stomp" and "Vanessa, Topless Crusher." Police, acting on a tip, raided Capriola's home last Saturday, turning up marijuana, weapons, several white mice and pairs of stiletto-heel shoes. Police are still trying to identify the women in the videos.

--compiled by Devin D. O'Leary

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