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Headlines @ Closin’ Time — 2/7/06

Mitchell Rupe reads a statement to jurors at the conclusion of his third death-penalty hearing in Olympia, Wash., seen in this Monday, Mar. 6, 2000, file photo. Rupe, a former death row inmate once found too fat to hang, died in prison Tuesday following a long illness, a state penitentiary spokeswoman said here. He was 51. (AP photo)

*Report: Teen killed priest due to cartoons: Turkish TV says Muslim high-school student confessed to slaying/Reuters -- The old defense of "The Cartoons Made Me Do It." C'mon.

*Iran renames Danish pastries: Sweet treat will be called 'Muhammadan' pastries in protest of cartoons/AKI -- How silly can you get? Now, could you pass the ketshup for my Freedom Fries?

*'Shocking' Saddam art banned in Belgium: Piece depicts handcuffed Hussein inside liquid-filled tank/Agence France-Presse -- 'Tis doubtful that Saddam Hussein has many followers inside or outside of Iraq. The world doesn't have much use for a "former" strongman.

*Lesbian shower scene keeps viewers at ABC: Opening scene of post-game 'Grey's Anatomy' helped make episode ratings winner/Associated Press -- Super Bowl afterglow + menage a trois = ratings bonanza. If only Ricky and Lucy had known, they could have invited Fred and Ethel into the bedroom to boost ratings even more. Sheesh.

*Study: Angry people a danger to themselves: Being mad quadruples odds of being injured, getting hostile makes it sixfold/USA Today -- Another reason to count to 10.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.