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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

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Formerly a gang counselor for the Los Angeles City Community Youth Gang Services, Torres has seen gang members steal pit bulls and use them for guard dogs or dog fighting games, sometimes pitting one dog against five others, then taking bets on the outcome.
The second program of pitting will start immediately on the newly discovered Djambaye 2 zone in the Kenieba concession, western Mali, West Africa.