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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.