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News of the weird

Thai'd together: When Nongnut Mafukon, 20, walked to the fifth floor of a parking lot in Bangkok, she saw a man sobbing. Narongrit Luecharatsami, 21, had, like her, come there to commit suicide. After consoling each other, they jumped to their deaths holding hands.

Piercing concerns: Professional piercers at the Gauntlet boutique in San Francisco are to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union in negotiations. They are in dispute over piercing quotas.