ISRAEL: An Israeli beauty queen’s selfie has caused a stir in Lebanon, with some saying their country’s contestant at the Miss Universe pageant should be stripped of her title for consorting with the enemy.
Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted a photo of herself and Miss Lebanon Saly Greige smiling together at pageant preparations in Miami, where the winner will be picked on January 25.
The two countries are technically at war, although the border has been largely quiet since the 2006 conflict. The Lebanese risk prison if they call or travel to Israel and all Israeli products are banned in Lebanon.
Some Lebanese have demanded that Greige lose her title for contacts with a citizen of the enemy state.
Greige defended herself on photo-sharing service Instagram on Saturday, saying Matalon had pestered her for a picture together and finally photobombed her.
“Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel, who tried several times to take a photo with me,” Greige said.
“I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia. Suddenly Miss Israel jumped in and took a selfie, and uploaded it on her social media.”
Cop shakes it off
USA: A video of a bald, burly Delaware police officer enthusiastically lip-syncing to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ is getting global attention.
The video, posted to the Dover Police Department’s Facebook page shows Master Cpl. Jeff Davis in uniform, driving a patrol car while lip-syncing to the pop song — sassy head rolls and finger-pointing included.
Department spokesman Cpt Mark Hoffman said he has received calls about the video from news outlets in Australia, England, Germany, and all over the US. It had 14.3m YouTube views and counting by last night.
Hoffman says Davis, a 19-year veteran, is “the class clown” and loved making the video. He says the 48-year-old father of four knows the song so well because of his 10-year-old daughter.
USA: A man searching for his wallet in a bin in northern California was scooped up by a rubbish truck and taken on a long ride.
The Oroville Mercury Register reports that the man survived the ride in the rear of a garbage truck. His name was not released.
Yolo County Sheriff’s Lt Martin Torres said the man got struck in the truck when it made a pick-up last Tuesday. The truck was headed to a landfill.
Torres said the man told police he was stuck in the truck for about an hour.
The man used lumber in the truck to reach the top of the rubbish pile and avoid the compactor.
The man was taken to UC Davis Medical Center with back and neck pain.
No birds and bees
USA: Love birds, beware: One Ohio county is planning to spike bird seed with birth control in hopes of keeping pigeons from despoiling the renovated exterior of its 19th-century courthouse.
Wayne County is spending millions to renovate a courthouse built in 1878 in Wooster. But the county has long had a problem with pigeon droppings on metal statues and other ornamental elements atop the courthouse.
A county commissioner says there are plans to put birth control chemicals specific to pigeons in bird seed to help control the population. Officials hope it will cut the flock in half.
Loss of (ground) control
INDIA: Air India said one of its flights was delayed last Saturday after a pilot allegedly assaulted a ground engineer on board an aircraft as he prepared to take off for Paris from Chennai.
Air India ordered an inquiry into the incident, which delayed the flight by an hour with 122 passengers on board, said airline spokesman GP Rao.
The flight departed after another pilot replaced the one involved in the incident, Rao said, adding that it was not immediately known what triggered the clash.
The Press Trust of India news agency said the engineer, who was in the aircraft for a routine check, suffered a minor chin injury.
Slice of the action
USA: A group of real estate agents meeting in Ann Arbor surprised a man by giving him a $2,084 (€1,792) tip for delivering one pizza.
The man, identified only as Rob, was stunned and said on video: “All I did was deliver pizza.”
Agents from Keller Williams Realty all pitched in while attending the company’s regional conference. Stacey McVey says they wanted to show their appreciation to someone from the service industry.
Besides cash, the man received a Visa gift card, lottery tickets, and letters of encouragement.
Brian LeFevre, delivery manager at Pizza House in Ann Arbor, says the delivery man was “ecstatic”. He says “that’s a pretty good day’s work” for just one pizza.
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