Boys posing as women in e-mail arrested
HACHINOHE, Japan, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Police in Japan have arrested three teenage boys for posing as women in e-mail messages and robbing a man after luring him to a vacant lot.
The three youngsters, ages 18 to 19, were arrested in the town of Hachinohe in northern Japan. Police also were expected to arrest a man connected with the two-month old case, the Mainichi Shimbun reported.
Police said the boys and the man sent e-mail messages to a 24-year-old unemployed man, who was summoned to the lot. The victim was hit on the head and the robbers took about $155 in Japanese yen from him.
The man suffered serious injuries, including broken bones, which took two months to recover, police said.
Doris Day never looked like this
SOMERSET, England, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A British couple had hoped to watch Doris Day's classic "The Pajama Game" on their DVD, but someone apparently forgot the pajamas.
What Alan and Anne Leigh-Browne of Somerset, got on their DVD was the Italian sex film "Tettone che Passione," which translates "Breasts, What a Passion," reports the BBC.
"Some topless young women appeared and started talking in Italian. ... It's not what you expect from a Doris Day film," said Leigh-Browne, a 67-year-old retired doctor.
Leigh-Brown said he picked up the film, which was sealed in plastic wrapping, from the bargain bin of a Safeway supermarket.
"My wife and I were very shocked, but we watched it until the end because we couldn't believe what we were seeing," he said.
The man and his wife, a retired teacher, complained the next day and all copies of The Pajama Game were removed from the store.
Canada agrees to prison tattoo services
OTTAWA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Canada's federal prison officials are taking a join-'em-if-you-can't-beat-'em attitude by agreeing to set up tattoo services at their facilities.
The services will be set up at six correctional institutions in an effort to stem the spread of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reports.
But prison guards say the plan would back fire, since convicts would use the needles as weapons.
The plan calls for training prisoners to operate the tattoo services. Correction officials say prisoners have long used odd objects to give each other tattoos, including pieces of old VCR motors and the casings from pens. They say there's no way to guarantee the cleanliness of such items.
The union representing prison guards also calims prisoners use tattoos to display their membership in prison gangs, a tactic that could work against their re-integration into the community after they are released.
Public health departments, however, support the idea of tattoos being administered in a cleaner environment, the report said.
The Correctional Service plans to evaluate the plan in a year to see if it has had any effect on the spread of infectious diseases.
'No Bomb' symbol stirs controversy
OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Port of Oakland wanted Keba Konte to paint a shipping container, but the artist's "No-bomb" symbol is posing problem for California authorities.
The painting was to be displayed at Jack London Square, but the port commissioner believes the "no bomb" symbol might scare visitors and passersby, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Konte's painting includes an image of a bomb with a fuse, surrounded by a circle with a diagonal line through it, says the report.
"I'd prefer to see something less controversial,'' said Port Commissioner Darlene Ayers-Johnson, who sits on the Public Art Committee. "I understand the artist would really like to be stimulating. That's great. But we really don't want to exhibit anything that would disturb people."
Ayers-Johnson says many people would see the 8-foot-tall image of a bomb on the side of a shipping container just in passing, without reading any background material. "In that context, it could really stimulate some people in a negative way," she said.
The art committee decided to allow Konte submit a second proposal if his bomb idea is rejected.