December 6, 2013 |
BEIJING -- A videotaped assault of a toddler by an 11-year-old girl in a high rise in Chongqing has in recent days riveted Chinese, inviting comparisons to some of the world's most brutal child murders. The boy was snatched by the girl in the building's elevator Nov. 27 as the boy's grandmother tried to maneuver his tricycle out of the closing elevator doors at the ground floor, apparently planning to take him outside. Closed-circuit television showed the girl, her hair in pigtails and wearing a backpack, throwing the small boy repeatedly onto the floor and kicking him. The 18-month-old later either fell or was thrown from the girl's 25th-floor balcony.
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November 25, 2013 |
Two men who allegedly stole beer -- twice -- from a gas station over the weekend and then partied in a Santa Ana hotel room were arrested, but only after trying unsuccessfully to escape by scurrying down the outside of the building from the 10th floor, police said. Police say the two stole beer from a Mobil gas station at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday, then returned about an hour later and stole beer again. The second, time, however, the store clerk followed the men to the Embassy Suites at 1325 E. Dyer Road, authorities said.
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November 8, 2013 |
A man was injured Thursday night when he fell from a second-story VIP balcony at the Hollywood Palladium during a Blink 182 concert. The incident happened during the show's encore, according to NBC4. Witnesses told reporters that the man fell face-first into the ground and was put into an ambulance by paramedics. "All of a sudden, this big body comes over the balcony and just -- splat -- face down," witness Cassie Piasecki told NBC4. "I didn't hear anybody scream. He didn't land on anybody.
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June 19, 2013 |
A Glendale mother has been charged with child abuse after she left her 4-year-old son naked outside on their apartment balcony for more than an hour, officials said. Brook Kassa, 52, who was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, faces a misdemeanor count of child abuse in connection with Saturday's incident, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Kassa's lack of criminal history and the fact she has no prior incidents of abuse reported with the county or Glendale Police Department factored into the lesser misdemeanor charge, Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
May 21, 2013 |
ROME -- The Italian city of Verona is planning to raise some much-needed revenue from one of the world's most romantic landmarks: the balcony where Shakespeare's doomed heroine Juliet supposedly cried out, "Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" More than 2 million tourists a year squeeze into the courtyard below the balcony of a 14th century house that once belonged to the Cappello family, a possible inspiration for the Capulet clan in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet. " Visitors leave romantic notes pinned to the wall and rub the breast of a statue of Juliet in the courtyard, which supposedly brings good luck in love.
May 18, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- When people ask Carlos Lucero what he does for a living, his answer often stops them in their tracks. “I throw people off the Stratosphere," he says jokingly. Lucero is the man who stands between a person taking the 855-foot plunge to the second level of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, or turning away from the controlled fall and taking the Walk of Shame back to the gift shop. Lucero is the Sky Master, the man who checks the harnesses and straps before thrill-seeking tourists endure the Sky Jump, a ride that opened here in April 2010 and, Lucero says, holds the Guinness World Record for highest commercial decelerator descent.