Jockstrip: The world as we know it

By United Press International   |   June 15, 2005 at 6:00 AM
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Jackson: 'The truth runs marathons'

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- Michael Jackson, on his Web site, describes his acquittal on California child molestation charges as a major historical event.

He also compares the legal victory to the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela's release and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Access Hollywood reported.

A jury acquitted Jackson Monday of 10 counts that included lewdness with a child under 14 and giving the alleged victim wine.

"The truth runs marathons," the site says, under a hand giving the V-for-Victory gesture made famous during World War II.

Colo. court allows low blood sugar defense

DENVER, June 15 (UPI) -- The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of a brutal attack on his wife can use diabetes-related low blood sugar as a defense.

The decision gives lawyers for Steve David Garcia an opportunity to prove that he was involuntarily intoxicated when he hit his wife with a hammer and drove over her, the Denver Post reports. If they succeed, Garcia could get a new trial.

The ruling was the first of its kind in Colorado although courts in Washington and Texas have made similar ones.

Garcia attacked his wife in 1999, three days after she told him she wanted a divorce. His lawyers say that he had given himself a large dose of insulin because he expected to be eating ice cream and cake at his daughter's birthday party but had not eaten anything when he hit his wife.

The lawyers claim that he was in a hypoglycemic state that had much the same effect as drinking.

Hormones blamed for women's hair loss

TOKYO, June 15 (UPI) -- A Japanese cosmetics company says that women lose their hair because of a reduction in hormones.

Mainichi Shimbun reports that Lion Inc. determined that men and women lose their hair for different reasons. The company discovered that in women with thinning hair adding hormones to hair cells increases the production of BMP, a protein that stimulates hair growth.

The company said that about 60 percent of women over the age of 60 appear to suffer from thinning hair.

Edinburgh gets tough with bad parkers

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 15 (UPI) -- Edinburgh plans a crackdown on "irresponsible parking," including double parking and parking more than a foot away from the curb.

Officials in Scotland's capital say that poor parking habits have become a major problem in the city's narrow streets, The Scotsman reports. Last month, double-parked cars blocked fire trucks trying to get to a tenement fire.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Automobile Club blamed a lack of parking spaces and said officials should focus on creating more legal parking.

"It sounds to me as if you're a bad parker, then you've had it if this comes in," she said.

The proposed law gives drivers 2 minutes to drop off or pick up passengers. Other cars illegally parked or waiting could be ticketed, and those considered dangerously parked could be towed.

The law would apply to all roads in the city except a few that do not come under local jurisdiction.

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