Man Caught on Video Defacing a Picasso in Houston Museum
Police in Houston are searching for a vandal who spray-painted a Picasso painting. The man was captured on camera using a stencil to paint an image of a bull and the word "Conquista" on the Spanish master's 1929 'Woman in a Red Armchair." A bystander who videoed the man in action says the vandal identified himself as an up-and-coming Mexican-American artist who wanted to "honor" Picasso's work. The painting, one of nine Picassos in Houston's Menil collection, was rushed to the museum's on-site conservation lab and experts say the prognosis is good. "The most important thing is to get the painting to full health, which is happening," said a museum spokesman. "All the spray paint has been removed. It is in the right hospital. The painting now needs to rest." If the vandal is caught, he will face a charge of criminal mischief with a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
Huge Rally Car Crash: Nico Diaz Flips His Ford Fiesta During the Rally de Catamarca
This crash, with Nicolas Diaz at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta rally car happened during the Rally de Catamarca in Argentina. It highlights the incredible level of occupant protection of modern rally cars: both Diaz and co-driver Luis Allende walked away from the accident. As for the cause of the crash, according to Motorpasión, the team says a brake failure at more than 60 mph around a mountainside curve caused the car to continue on straight, carwheeling with the throttle wide open into a small valley filled with spectators. Fortunately none of the onlookers were involved in the accident.
Rodney King Dies at 47 -- Found at Bottom of Pool
Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the US history, has died, his publicist says. King was 47. King's death was confirmed to the Associated Press news agency on Sunday by Suzanne Wickham of Harper Collins, who published King's 2012 book The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption. His fiancee found his body at the bottom of a swimming pool, but there was no sign of foul play, the BBC reported. The 1992 riots, set off by the acquittals of the officers, lasted three days and left 55 people dead, more than 2,000 injured and portions of Los Angeles on fire. At the height of the violence, King pleaded on television: "Can we all get along?" King was stopped for speeding on a darkened street on March 3, 1991. Four Los Angeles police officers hit him more than 50 times with their batons, kicked him and shot him with stun guns. A man who had quietly stepped outside his home to observe the commotion videotaped most of it and turned a copy over to a television station. It was played over and over for the following year, inflaming racial tensions across the country. It seemed that the videotape would be the key evidence to a guilty verdict against the officers, whose trial was moved to the predominantly white suburb of Simi Valley, California. Instead, on April 29, 1992, a jury with no black members acquitted three of the officers; a mistrial was declared for a fourth. Violence erupted immediately, starting in South Los Angeles. Police, seemingly caught off-guard, were quickly outnumbered by rioters and retreated. As the uprising spread to the city's Koreatown area, shop owners armed themselves and engaged in running gun battles with looters. During the riots, a white lorry driver named Reginald Denny was pulled by several black men from his cab and beaten almost to death. He required surgery to repair his shattered skull, reset his jaw and put one eye back into its socket.
Stage Collapses Before Radiohead Concert in Toronto, Killing One
One person is dead and another is in hospital with serious injuries after a stage collapsed at Downsview Park around 4 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics pronounced one person dead at the park shortly after the stage collapsed, Emergency Medical Services said. Another victim was taken to hospital in serious condition and two others were assessed for minor injuries. The stage was set up for a Radiohead concert for the North by Northeast music festival Saturday night. The concert has been cancelled and ticket holders are asked not to go to the park, Downsview Park said on Twitter. Ticket holders will receive refunds, ticket company Live Nation said.
Nik Wallenda Becomes First Man to Cross Niagara Falls On Tightrope
Emerging out of a cloud of mist, Nik Wallenda ran the last few steps to become the first man in more than a century to cross Niagara Falls on a high wire and singlehandedly bring the Wallenda name back into the public consciousness. The 1,500-foot walk between Goat Island in the U.S. side to Table Rock in Canada was fraught with unforgiving natural conditions: blinding mist and drafts created by the force of the waterfalls crashing down on the Niagara River. And he made the promise that his next stunt will be crossing the Grand Canyon. “Hundreds of millions, if not a billion people, will know who Nik Wallenda is tomorrow morning, that’s kind of crazy,” said Mr. Wallenda in a post-walk press conference conducted after he called his grandmother, which he had promised to do immediately upon completing the feat.
Heroic Teen Rescues Elderly Woman From Oncoming Train
Extraordinary footage has captured the moment a "quiet and unassuming" schoolboy jumped into the path of an oncoming train to rescue an elderly women who had fallen onto the tracks. Despite having just two minutes to spare until the next train, Ryan Miller, 17, did not hesitate in going to the woman's aid at Box Hill station last week. It had been a normal trip home for the Box Hill Senior Secondary College student until the woman, aged in her 80s, toppled onto the tracks on June 5 . "A few people started panicking, so I kind of took it upon myself to jump down and help the lady up," Ryan told The Age today. A fellow commuter can be seen waving frantically to the driver before the train comes to a sudden stop just five meters away from 17-year-old Mr Miller. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital with hip injuries and is in a stable condition.
First it Was Her Nipple, Now It's Her Butt: Madonna Flashes Audience in Rome
Introducing Turkish fans to her nipple in Istanbul wasn't enough, so Madge continued her strip show tour antics in Rome, Italy on Tuesday. The singer who created the song she says Lady Gaga copied doffed her threads during "Human Nature," revealing a black thong.
Massive Sissy-Kick-Brawl Breaks Out During Soccer Game
Votuporanguense beat Fernandopolis 2-1 in a Campeonato Paulista second division (the fourth tier of the Sao Paulo state championship) match that ended with a brawl and 12 red cards. The unrest began when the winning side’s striker was taken down by Fernandopolis’ goalkeeper on a one vs. one. The keeper was shown the first red, then everyone got angry. There were punches and flying kicks that mostly didn’t connect, but enough did to cause a few injuries and one Fernandopolis player threatened to file a police report against his opponents/attackers. Once things calmed down, the referee handed out 11 more red cards (including one that looked like it was for a riot cop) before ending the match and ruling Votuporanguense the winners.
Gang of Thieves Attempt to Rob Moving Truck, Fast & Furious Style
Romanian police filmed the gang as they attempted to rob a lorry while it was speeding along a motorway at night. Positioning their car just inches behind the moving truck, two gang members climb out of the sunroof. One manoeuvres himself onto the bonnet as the other holds onto his legs. The thief on the bonnet then proceeds to break into the truck's rear door using specialist tools, which the police later recovered. However, having opened the door the gang appear to decide against taking the lorry's contents, climbing back into their own car and retreating. According to Police the gang were involved in many successful robberies from moving vehicles between March and May of this year.
Woman Set on Fire by Assailant at Florida Gas Station (Surveillance Video)
Police in South Florida released surveillance video of a gas station attack that left a burning mother screaming for help. WARNING: The video may be too graphic for some. The incident happened Monday morning, June 11th at a 7-Eleven gas station in Boynton Beach. Video shows the woman trying to hold the doors of the convenience store shut to keep a man at bay. Police say the attacker, 59-year-old Roosevelt Mondesir, is the father of the victim’s four-year-old son. Investigators say the man snatched the 40-year-old woman from the protection of the store, poured gas on her, ignited the fire and took off. Officers arrived to find the woman engulfed in flames. The police rushed to extinguish the fire and take the woman to a hospital. About two hours later, officers tracked the suspect down and took him into custody. He now faces an attempted first-degree murder charge.
"Vampire Woman" Has Dental Fang Implants, Titanium Horns and Almost 100% Tattoo Coverage
She was a trained lawyer from a deeply religious family who married at the age of 17. But Maria Hose Cristerna, a 35-year-old mother of four from Mexico is known as vampire woman after becoming a tattoo artist and taking her body art to the extreme. She has tattooed almost 100 per cent of her body, had titanium 'horns' implanted into her skull and dental implants that give her 'fangs'. 'The horns I have are a symbol of strength and were implanted without anaesthetic.' I had the fangs done because I loved vampires as a little girl and I changed the colour of my eyes so they were how I really wanted them to be.'
Madonna Flashes a Nipple On Stage in Turkey
At her Istanbul concert on Thursday night, the 53-year-old singer flashed a lot of skin, but she didn't have a wardrobe malfunction. While performing her hit 1995 song "Human Nature" the singer began stripping off her clothes, first removing her white shirt, before she simply pulled down her bra to give the audience a good look at her right nipple. [Editor's note: do I need to say that this clip is NSFW? It's NSFW.]
Manny Pacquiao Defeated by Timothy Bradley in Shocking Upset
Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley after a highly controversial split points decision in Las Vegas. Despite landing 94 more punches, the Philippines fighter was beaten for the first time in seven years after two judges scored the bout 115-113 in the undefeated American's favour.The other judge at the MGM Grand had Pacquiao ahead by the same margin. The decision was roundly booed and a rematch looks likely later this year. "I thought I won," said Bradley, who had displayed his confidence by having oversized tickets printed for a rematch on 10 November."I didn't think he was as good as everyone says he was. I didn't feel his power."
Greeks Protest Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party After MP Slaps Female Opponent During Live Debate
Athenians took to the streets calling for the far-right Golden Dawn party to be excluded from Greek parliament, after one of its politicians slapped a leftwing rival and threw water on another during a TV debate. Golden Dawn is regarded as Europe's most fanatical neo-Nazi party, even ensuring its emblem bears an uncanny resemblance to the swastika.
Hundreds of Fans Line the Streets For Late Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb's Funeral Procession
The funeral of Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has been held in his home town in Oxfordshire. Hundreds of fans lined the streets of Thame earlier as a lone bagpiper led a procession through the town. Gibb’s body was carried in a horse-drawn carriage, followed by two Irish wolfhounds and guests, including his brother Barry and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini. Gibb, 62, died of kidney failure in May after battling cancer and pneumonia.
Idiot Burglar Drops Through Bar Skylight, Faceplants on Table
A burglar broke into a popular sports-themed bar in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho early Monday morning. Surveillance footage shows the suspect entered the building through a skylight on the roof, dropping 12 feet and hitting his head on a table as he fell. Though bruised and humiliated, he managed to escape with an undisclosed amount of money.
Dramatic Rescue of Toddler Hanging Off Side of Building By Her Head
The incident took place in China’s Guangzhou province on Sunday. Reports claim that the little girl snuck out onto the fourth-story balcony and then slipped through a crack in the floor. She was saved from the four-story fall when her head got caught in the grate, preventing her from taking the plunge to the street below. As seen in the video, a brave neighbor climbed out of a downstairs window and scaled the side of the building in an attempt to save the dangling child who was moments away from falling to her death. Holding on to the side of the building, the neighbor held the child up from her feet as she gripped for dear life onto the ledge above until rescuers could arrive.