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AFTER ALL, AMERICA IS THE WORLD'S SUPERPOWER

In Perth, Australia, brothel owner Mary-Anne Kenworthy closed down for a day on April 30 because U.S. Navy personnel on shore leave had left her workforce worn out. "We're the biggest and the best," she said, "[but] I'd rather take nothing than offer a poor service." (The Bremerton Sun in Washington state carried a wire-service version of this story, but later apologized to its readers since many Navy families in the Bremerton-Seattle area apparently did not appreciate learning about the sailors' prowess.)

-- Agence France-Presse, May 2;

The Mercury (Hobart, Australia), May 3

TAKING ON THE IGNORANT, BIGOTED KITTY CAT In 2001, the resident cat that hung around the public library in Escondido, Calif., attacked the assistance dog of Richard R. Espinosa (whose disability is a panic disorder), inflicting cuts that so discomforted Espinosa that he filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the library for the "terror, humiliation, shame, embarrassment, mortification, chagrin, depression, panic, anxiety, flashbacks, [and] nightmares" the dog's injuries caused him. In April 2002, Espinosa amended his complaint, claiming that his disability puts him and his dog into a specially protected class and thus the cat's actions should be considered a "hate crime."

-- MSNBC.com, April 5
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