Donkey barred from balcony
Police have demanded that Lola, a theater-starring donkey, be removed from the balcony of a cultural center in Brussels after neighbors complained about her braying. Lola is staying on the first-floor balcony while she performs in a play at the Arab Cultural Center, located in the same building in Brussels. Staff had laid out straw and a bucket of water so she could get some fresh air. However, police ordered Lola’s keeper to move her indoors after receiving complaints about the donkey making too much noise. Despite the police demands, Lola was still outside on Friday, and the director of the cultural center was angrily berating her neighbors for interfering.
Fire delivered to firehouse
Some Austrian firefighters did not have to leave their station to deal with a recent alarm. The blaze came to them instead. Fireman Roland Brandl says that colleagues were doing chores at the station in the town of Pregarten on Wednesday when a car sped in with flames shooting from beneath it. One man grabbed an extinguisher and doused the fire. No one was hurt. The blaze was apparently caused by a cleaning cloth that was left under the hood. State broadcaster ORF says the unidentified driver drove about 1km to the station after a passer-by alerted him to the fire.
Transplant saves Lou Reed
US rock legend Lou Reed is recovering from a life-saving liver transplant, his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, revealed in an interview published yesterday. The 71-year-old singer, who was the driving force behind The Velvet Underground, was close to death before the operation in Cleveland, Ohio last month, Anderson told Britain’s Times newspaper. “It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying,” Anderson said. She described the operation as “a big surgery which went very well.” Asked how long it would take her husband to recover, the 65-year-old added: “I don’t think he’ll ever totally recover from this, but he’ll certainly be back to doing [things] in a few months.He’s already working and doing taichi.”
Coronavirus case reported
The country reported its first case of the SARS-like coronavirus on Friday, a 45-year-old man who had been traveling in Jordan, the ministry of health said. The patient was in good condition and was being monitored in isolation, the ministry said in a statement. He was admitted to a hospital in Tuscany with a high fever, a cough and breathing difficulties. A resident of Italy with foreign nationality, the man recently spent 40 days in Jordan, where one of his sons was suffering from an unspecified flu.
Thief played it by ear: police
Police have identified a young man responsible for up to 80 robberies in student housing in the central city of Lyon through the ear prints he left behind while checking for residents. The 26-year-old Georgian was caught red-handed in February, a police source said on Friday, adding that subsequent investigations showed his ear prints on the front doors of the scene of some 80 similar robberies in Lyon. Ear prints, like fingerprints, are unique. The man left the incriminating traces while listening in on doors to check if there was anyone inside, the official said, adding that it was an “old technique” that could be very useful.
Crosswalk painter arrested