Thai-language newspapers – October 4, 2004

Matichon - October 4, 2004

* The Medical Science Department confirms that the object [found in a bag of minced pork last week] is a human finger. The student “Naem” [fake name of the girl who found the finger] is very upset. She got a phone call from a crazy person who wants to have sex with her. She got lots of phone calls making it so she cannot sleep or study. Some called to encourage her, some blamed her, and there was one guy who called her and said he will give her funds for her schooling if she sleeps with him.

* Lots of people join to celebrate the 81 year anniversary of “Luang Por Koon” in Korat (Nakorn Rachasima). [Luang Por Koon is a very famous and influential monk. He supported the leader of Chatpatta Party to join with TRT. October 4 is his birthday.]

* In Kanchanaburi a female elephant named “Yoyo” was seven months pregnant and miscarried. [It is believed that that the stillborn body of the elephant is an auspicious sign--like a sacrifice.] The Elephant Foundation used the body in a ceremony.

* Maew [Thaksin] set a new plan for the Southern crisis. He removes “Big Jiw” [Chaowalit] and tells Deputy Supreme Commander Sirichai Tunyasiri to take charge. [The Nation reports: General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh is reportedly resigning as deputy prime minister, becoming the latest casualty of the unrest plaguing the deep South...]

Thairath - October 4, 2004

* Bloody news [the graphic/sensational photo on the front page] - The biggest fireworks factory in Ayudtaya, named “Golden Flower,” explodes. 10 die and 2 are injured.

* Bloody news [the graphic/sensational photo on the front page] - Bus no. 85 (blue and white, cooperated by a private company and the government) crashes again. It hits and kills the ex-deputy director of Pathumkongka school who was 75 years old.

* Three teachers are charged of the case of making a 2 year old fall in a pot of boiling noodles.

* One Thai woman and two Malaysian men are arrested at the custom duty border, Sadao Songkhla, trying to carry drugs (E) worth 25 million baht into Thailand.

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