Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Global Bizarre

Landmark statue stolen by very strong thieves

Where's Goliath?

Landmark statue stolen by very strong thieves

The bronze statue of King David that normally stands outside Our Lady's Church in Copenhagen, Denmark, was taken in for some repairs. While the 10.5-foot, 2.5-ton statue was in the shop, someone stole it. "At first we thought it was a joke. But it wasn't," said Dean Anders Gadegaard of the cathedral. Whoever stole it must have come prepared. "Someone must have used a big truck and crane to get away with it." Officials fear the worst for the fate of the statue, a fixture in the city since 1860. Because the thief can hardly display the landmark, it is feared that they will melt it down for the bronze. "That would be a total disaster," Gadegaard said.

Pet projects

Croatian politician missed his kitty

One perk of holding public office in Croatia, apparently, was limousine service ... for your cat. An official car of former Interior Minister Berislav Roncevic logged 93,000 miles on trips from his house to the capital, Zagreb, with only one pas­senger: the family cat. We'll call it Snowball. Until Roncevic left office in 2007, Snowball made the weekly 323-mile round trip so he could spend the week with the family in Osjek and weekends with Roncevic in Zagreb.

Dealers get snakes to protect stash

Police in Brazil found a cache of drugs and weapons, and all they had to do to seize them was get past the guards. Armed with sticks, the officers managed to subdue the animals. They are being held without bail at the country's institute of environment and natural resources. Police found about 110 pounds of marijuana, as well as guns and ammunition.

Update

Chambers vs. God

Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers made headlines in September 2008 when he sued God, asking for an injunction ordering God to stop causing "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants." On Tuesday, a district court judge ruled that despite God's omnipresence, his lack of a physical address made it impossible to properly serve him notice, and was officially sufficient cause to throw out the case. Unofficially, who would he have take an oath to to tell the truth? Anyway, Chambers has 30 days to appeal. Chambers says he brought the suit to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Landmark statue stolen by very strong thieves 10/17/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 4:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. First lady Melania Trump heads to White House garden for planting, harvesting

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Melania Trump is heading out to the White House garden to do some planting and harvesting.

    First lady Melania Trump picks peppers with a girl with the Boys and Girls Club of Washington in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Washington. [Andrew Harnik | Associated Press]
  2. New aerial photos show Puerto Rico devastation; at least 6 dead in Hurricane Maria aftermath

    Hurricanes

    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Early aerial images of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria here show waterlogged neighborhoods, roofs peeled off homes and shopping centers, and once-lush landscape …

    Aerial photo of flooding in the costal town of Loiza, on the north shore of Puerto Rico. [Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for the Washington Post]
  3. State rolls out food assistance program for residents affected by Hurricane Irma

    Hurricanes

    Help is on the way for Florida residents struggling to put food on the table after Hurricane Irma.

    The Salvation Army Mobile Food Pantry hlped out with free food in Largo after Hurricane Irma. Now, the federal government is expanding access to food for people affected by the storm. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  4. Kriseman proclaims Buy Local week in St. Pete to quicken storm recovery

    Blogs

    Mayor Rick Kriseman has proclaimed next week to be "'Burg Buy Local Week" in an appeal to residents to help small businesses struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman wants St. Pete residents to help small businesses recover from Hurricane Irma
  5. Only one Hernando County school needs schedule adjustment after Irma

    Blogs

    Hernando County public school students missed seven days of classes because of Hurricane Irma.

    Challenger K-8 School served as a Hernando County shelter during Hurricane Irma. Students returned to classes Monday, and won't need to make up any missed time.