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Unbelted pope

Pope Benedict XVI can cross an outstanding charge of failing to use a seat belt from his list of worries.

The city of Freiburg, Germany, threw out charges against "Mr. Joseph Ratzinger" (the German-born pope's given name) for riding in his popemobile without a seat belt during a visit in September.

The plaintiff who brought the charges said he wanted to raise awareness of the seat belt law.

The charges were quashed because the street on which the pope traveled was closed to public traffic.


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