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The skinny: Chinese police tow away gold-plated car that had no license plate

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Gold-plated car draws public, and the police

The owners of a jewelry store in China came up with a pretty good publicity stunt: a gold-plated Infiniti sports car parked outside their store in Nanjing, south of Beijing. It certainly caught the attention of passers-by, who stopped to gape at the blingy vehicle. But parking it in the street turned out to be a BIG mistake. Police, tipped off by angry motorists that the streets around the store were blocked by drivers and pedestrians gawking at the car, paid a visit. They realized it was parked on a public road without a licence plate or road tax, and towed it away. Under local rules, owners have 10 days to pay fines. If they don't, the vehicle is sold — or crushed.

Footwork feat

Armed man loses to prosthetic leg

A Massachusetts man who used his prosthetic leg to take down a robber said he didn't have time to think, he just reacted. Stephen Cornell peered through the window of his neighborhood convenience store in Middleton on Wednesday and saw a man pointing a gun at the owner. He told the Salem News he intended to tackle the thief when he left JC Grill & Pizza, but instead stuck out his artificial leg and tripped him. Cornell and owner Edson Andrade disarmed the man and dragged him back into the store in a chokehold before calling police. The weapon was a pellet gun. Cornell, 55, lost his leg at age 12.

Criminal caper ends

'Obama robber' nabbed in Austria

Austrian authorities say they have arrested a man suspected of robbing a series of banks while wearing a Barack Obama mask. Police said the 45-year-old German man is suspected of carrying out seven heists since 2008, the most recent on Thursday in the village of Fornach. He was taken into custody about 2 miles away a short time later after a police dog found a bag containing the mask, a weapon and the haul. Police official Markus Mitloehner said Friday the unidentified man has confessed to the robberies.

Hey, it's like Chicago

Dead man's vote counts in election

The election was decided by one vote, and both sides agree that a dead man voted. But a judge in New York said Arnold Ferguson's absentee ballot can stand because it wasn't challenged before it was counted. Marc Baum challenged the vote for village of Manlius trustee. Ferguson, whose son also ran for the board, submitted an absentee ballot but died three weeks before the March 15 election. A state Supreme Court judge on Thursday ruled that any challenge had to happen before the ballot was removed from its envelope and counted. Baum, who lost to Harold Hopkinson, said he's through with politics for now.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Chinese police tow away gold-plated car that had no license plate 04/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 9:25pm]
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