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2006-01-10 08:19:26

By Janusz Chmielewski RUDA SLASKA, Poland (Reuters) - As the train rumbles north, the security guards on board finger their guns nervously, peering through the snow for any sign of bandits eager to steal their precious cargo -- coal. Police say organized gangs and freelance scavengers, drawn from Poland's army of unemployed, risk death or dismemberment to steal coal from trains as they cross southern Silesia, the country's industrial heartland. Some 200,000 coal miners have lost...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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