A resident in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai who stuck out his left foot to trip up a fugitive on the run at a subway station has earned the name “Golden Left Foot” from Chinese citizens. On Dec. 21, police officer Sheng Song was on duty at the Langaolu Station of the Shanghai metro Line 7 when he found someone very suspicious lingering in front of a ticket vending machine. The suspect avoided eye contact with Sheng and could not provide identification. After checking his birth date in the online database by using his pocket device, Sheng confirmed that the suspicious man was a fugitive who might have been carrying weapons with him. However, another passenger, apparently aware of the situation at hand, extended his left foot to trip the running fugitive. This gave the chasing police officers time to catch up. Wang Dezhong, the Shanghai resident who aided the police, said what he did was nothing. He added that he would extend his foot again if he ran into something like this. RT LIVE rt.com Subscribe to RT! www.youtube.com Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com Follow us on Twitter twitter.com Follow us on Google+ plus.google.com RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 500 million YouTube views benchmark.
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DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy attacked judge Len Goodman , suggesting in anger that the 67-year-old retire, as viewers gasped. Carrie Ann Inaba yelled back in defense, the audience turned chaotic, and contestant Hope Solo was humiliated. Fans now wonder if Maks will be fired from DWTS. On LIVE television, before millions of shocked Dancing With The Stars viewers, Maks let his temper get the best of him as he criticized Len, Carrie Ann and Bruno on their abilities to judge dancers. Len had declared Maks and Hope’s dance to be the worst of the entire season, which made Maks snap in defense of his dance partner and every dancer on the show. Len shot back at Maks by pulling rank as the DWTS head judge, declaring his own 50 years of experience. “Then maybe it’s time to get out,” Maks fired back, leaving viewers stunned in disbelief. As the audience got louder, Bruno attempted to stop Maks from going any further.
The Los Angeles Jewish Community came together Tuesday morning at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate the release of 25-year-old Gilad Shalit—the Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas terrorists inside Israel’s borders on June 25, 2006. One-thousand, nine-hundred and forty-one days later, Gilad Shalit is finally back home on Israeli soil. Beny Alagem, an expat Israeli who purchased the Beverly Hilton in 2003, worked feverishly with the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles and the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles to bring the Jewish community together in his hotel ballroom. Hundreds of people came from all over the county for the 7 a.m. event. They filled the chairs and lined the walls; necks craned to see the two huge screens beaming live footage from Israeli television. They cheered, applauded and wiped away tears of joy when Shalit appeared on the screen. While Shalit was actually released during the middle of the night local time, attendees at Tuesday’s event were on hand to witness his return to his hometown of Mitzpe Hila. As attendees filled up on coffee, juice and pastries, the live stream showed Shalit walking out of the mouth of an Israeli army helicopter to a waiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli news commentator noted how gaunt and pale Shalit was. Westwood resident Carole Shnier said she came to the early morning event to share a historic moment. “It’s very surreal because there was disbelief that this day would ever come,” she said. “It’s bittersweet, but I’m thrilled and proud to be a Jew and a supporter of the State of Israel.” Richard Sandler of the Jewish Federation addressed the crowd. “We come together today as one community and one people to support Gilad Shalit and his family, our brothers and sisters in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) and the State of Israel,” he said. The morning program included addresses by local rabbis and Los Angeles city officials, all of whom spoke openly about the joy of bringing Shalit home, and also about the release of thousands of terrorists from Israeli prisons in return for Shalit’s freedom. “This is an amazing moment that we can all experience first hand. It was a gut wrenching decision for all of us. We are relieved to witness Gilad’s return but our hearts are heavy,” Israeli Consul General David Siegel said. “The anguish of bereaved families of victims of terror and what the future may bring is in our minds.” Nonetheless, Siegel said Israel’s decisions came from a great internal strength. “We uphold the sanctity of life,” he said. “Ours is not a society that celebrates in the release of cold-blooded murderers.” Siegel also thanked the Los Angeles community for actively seeking the release of Shalit over the past five years. L.A. County Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said the only thought that came to his mind was the difference in the celebrations in Israel and Gaza. “Israel, the Jewish people and all freedom-loving people celebrate with Gilad but in Gaza thousands are celebrating the release of murderers,” Yaroslavsky said. Fifth District Councilman Paul Koretz cited the Jewish caveat that if you save one person it is as if you have saved the whole world. “Israel has passed that test today,” he said. “I’ve never been so proud. It’s great to be here and celebrate with the Jewish community and everyone in the world who cares about what’s right.” Third District Councilman Dennis Zine noted that he was the only Lebanese Christian who has been to Israel and he pledged to continue to work with Rotary International and the Israeli consul general to find a way to create a long-term peace accord. “We need to recognize that the terrorists being released still pose a threat to Israel,” he said. While the official morning ceremony concluded with a prayer for peace by many of Los Angeles’ local rabbis, guests stayed to watch the live Israeli feed of Gilad’s father, Noam, talk to the crowds outside his home. Many attendees seemed reluctant to leave. Shoshi Wichfort who lives in Bel Air said she came to the event to be part of history surrounded by her community. She stayed to watch Shalit’s father speak. “I’m Israeli in my neshama [soul],” she told Patch. “I couldn’t be anywhere else but here this morning.” Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook . Original post: Beverly Hilton Hosts Gilad Shalit Homecoming Event
After it briefly looked like Kobe Bryant was going to be too expensive for Italy’s Vitrus Bologna team to afford, the Lakers superstar may be getting close to inking a deal during the NBA lockout, reports CBS News . Virtus Bologna owner Claudio Sabatini originally offered Bryant $6.7 million for the season. Bryant came back asking for $15 million, to which Sabatini reportedly found “shocking.” more › Read the original: Kobe Bryant Closer to Inking a Deal With Italy
The County of Los Angeles is being sued over a plastic bag ban and a paper bag tax, which furious L.A. taxpayers say is unconstitutional and illegal. Fed-up California consumers are joining Hilex Poly Co., LLC in filing legal action against L.A. County in response to the paper bag tax that county government officials are forcing retailers to impose on shoppers. The plaintiffs want the court to declare the so-called “charge” invalid.