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Iranian road deaths

In the deadliest day of road accidents in Iran, 122 people died, and 1855 were injured yesterday in more than 900 different accidents, state run Tehran television reported. The broadcast said that such a high number of traffic casualties was unprecedented in this country. About 350 ambulances recovered casualties from the 933 accidents across the country, it said. Iran has one of the highest rates of road accidents in the world, with more than 200 000 accidents and about 15 000 deaths each year. Specialists blame old and unsafe vehicles, disregard for regulations, and inadequate emergency services. Few details were made available on specific accidents (this is the exact text published in the Boston Globe on 26 March 2002, contributed by Anara Guard).

Dog mauling convictions

A San Francisco couple were found guilty in March of the death of a neighbour, who was fatally mauled by the couple’s dog in their apartment building in 2001. One person was found guilty of second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and owning a mischievous animal that killed a 33 year old (fit) woman who lived down the hall from her in the San Francisco apartment building. She faces a 15 year prison sentence. Another person, who was not present at the time of the attacks, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and owning a mischievous animal. He could go to prison for up to four years. The guilty verdict, which came after five weeks of trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, represented the first time in California history that someone was convicted of second degree murder for the actions of a pet (contributed by Ian Scott).