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Bel-Air Witch Project?

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Was anyone else watching ABC7 News 11 PM broadcast last night?

We're still pondering why --in a day involving 2 high speed police car chases, Anne Bancroft's death and the arrest of two California men with possible links to al-Qaida -- ABC producers decided the top story should be a report about local documentarians now missing in the Namibian desert. Perhaps ABC network told local affiliates to tailor their top news story to tie-in to that weird Primetime Live Interview/Extravaganza about East African poverty relief disguised as a Brad Pitt interview.

That must be the only justification for the bizarre Namibian story in which filmmakers, including Los Angeles pilot Christopher Banninger; British-born businessman Mike Edson; Russian actor Oleg Taktarov; South African athlete K.J. Lodge; and a sex therapist and radio host who goes by the name of Natasha Terry, flew to the southwest African country to make a documentary about African witchcraft practices.

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OK, we can deal with that, but the report included tales and images of the crew cursed by an irate witch while the anchors narrated how the missing group had now disappeared after enduring a series of strange occurences and misfortune after receiving the witch's curse.

We hope the team makes their way to safety, but we'll always be puzzled why their story lead the newshour on Tuesday, June 7th...