There's a Babushka Out There...

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"There's a bear out there..," Ronald Reagan's campaign ads warned ominously in 1984 in reference to the Evil Empire. Today, the Gipper can rest easy: The bear is very definitely dead -- smitten, in fact, by an elderly Russian woman out gathering wood. ITAR-Tass reported today that Nina Bogdanova of the village of Boborets was attacked by a bear that bit through her hand after she had accidentally entered its lair. Unfazed, Bogdanova whipped out a knife and stabbed the bear to death. She then went home and had a doctor stitch her up without anesthetic -- she's allergic to painkillers. So there may no longer be a bear out there, but there is one mean babushka, and she's got a knife...