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A mentally disturbed man arrested on Monday on charges of stabbing his father to death, dismembering the corpse and eating some of the body parts, was ordered held for observation in Korydallos Prison hospital on Thursday, after he appeared before an investigating magistrate. Vassilis Polemis, 31, allegedly killed his father, Stamatis, in their Ambelokipi apartment where neighbors said the 75-year-old had kept him locked in, refusing to have him committed to a psychiatric hospital. The son called police after the crime, saying that he had killed the Devil. (12/10) TV crew proves old airport is secure Police guards at the old Athens airport at Hellenikon on Wednesday arrested two camera crew members and a journalist working for Alpha TV who had allegedly just cut through the airport perimeter fence and were filming. Paraschos Frangoulis, Constantinos Milovas and Georgios Paganias are believed to have been taking footage for a program on airport security. (11/10) Truck kills two. A truck carrying building materials went out of control in Polichi, Thessaloniki, on Tuesday afternoon after its brakes failed, sending it crashing into a home and killing the two occupants, 75-year-old Eirini Stoltidou and her 54-year-old daughter, Georgia Piperidou. The truck driver, Giorgos Palaskas, and seven other people were injured in the crash. (10/10) Minor infringement. Two football pool agencies in Kavala, northern Greece, could be charged with leading a minor astray, after a 16-year-old boy ran up debts amounting to 37 million drachmas in the two agencies. The agencies’ owners, Costas Pechlivanis and Sotiria Kotsikari-Voutsa, went to the boy’s father to claim the amount owed, but he refused. Neither has yet sued for payment, although the case is being monitored by the public prosecutor. The agencies were required to have the consent of the boy’s parents before letting him play. (11/10) Mobile phones. Manufacturers and retailers of mobile telephones will be required to indicate the maximum radiation levels emitted by their products, under a new bill discussed by a parliamentary committee on Wednesday. (11/10) Just as the world changed with the collapse of the Soviet Union and our politicians remained frozen in their old polarized dispute, so it has changed with the attacks of September 11 and we’re still seeing ourselves in the world as it was 30 years ago.