Red-Light District to Erect Statue in Honor of City Streetwalkers

Amsterdam's red-light district is well-known for its various vices, and now one of its most famous trades, prostitution, is getting a statue in its honor.

The district is set to receive a bronze statue in honor of the city's famed working girls, AFP reported.

A former prostitute named Mariska Majoor requested that the statue be forged. Majoor is known for founding a center of prostitution in the city a decade ago.

The statue, made by sculptress Els Rijerse, depicts "a self-assured woman, her hands on her hips, looking sideways towards the sky, and standing on a doorstep," according to Dutch agency ANP.

The specific location for the statue has not yet been announced.

Someone Doesn't Like McDonald's

Ronald McDonald has been kidnapped. Or at least, a 300-pound cement version of him has.

A statue of the famous clown was claimed years ago by a McDonald's employee after a hand was broken off and a foot was cracked in an attempted theft, reported the Associated Press.

The restaurant didn't want the damaged goods, so assistant manager Joy Grieger adopted the statue. Her family repaired it, and it decorated her lawn for 20 years, until the recent theft.

"It was a holiday today," Thomas, Joy's husband, said Monday. "I think the kids came and got him."

Police are looking for information on the abduction, but hope to see Ronald return home safely

Chimp for Hire: Will Clean Toilets for Bananas

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An escaped chimpanzee at the Little Rock Zoo raided a kitchen cupboard and did a little cleaning with a toilet brush before sedatives knocked her out on top of a refrigerator.

The 120-pound primate, Judy, escaped Tuesday into a service area when a zookeeper opened a door to her sleeping quarters, unaware the animal was still inside.

As keepers tried to woo Judy back into her cage, she rummaged through a refrigerator where chimp snacks are stored. She opened kitchen cupboards, pulled out juice and soft drinks and took swigs from bottles she managed to open.

"Then she went in the bathroom and picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet," primate keeper Ann Rademacher said. "Her technique was good enough to make me think she must have done it before."

The 37-year-old Judy was a house pet before arriving at the zoo in 1988. Rademacher said that might explain how Judy knew how to wring out a sponge and scrub down the fridge.

The chimp accepted a strawberry yogurt laced with a sedative. When it didn't work, keepers waited until she was distracted by more food and injected her.

Within five minutes, she fell asleep on top of the refrigerator with half a loaf of cinnamon-raisin bread she had pulled out of the freezer.

The zoo veterinarian gave Judy a drug to bring her around and she seemed groggy but otherwise fine, Rademacher said.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui said there was no danger that Judy would get out of the primate service area and onto zoo grounds.

What Happened to the Days of Just Stealing Your Parents' Car?

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two boys walked out of an unlocked juvenile detention home and took an early morning joy ride on a train — until authorities tracked them down.

The boys managed to start up the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway locomotive early Tuesday morning after breaking through a side door into the building that houses the engine, said Sgt. Edward Kurtz of Nelsonville police. No cars were attached to the engine, which usually hauls tourists.

The tracks go by the windows of the city police station, and Hocking College police also noticed the engine rolling down the tracks.

"That's very unusual. The train runs only on weekends," Kurtz said.

He said the boys rode about 12 miles to Logan, blowing the train whistle and waking residents. They also stopped by a grocery store off U.S. 23, where Athens County sheriff's deputies took them into custody.

Matthew Burks, 16, and Zachary Walden, 13, were charged with juvenile counts of burglary, theft and escape, police said.

Burks, who had some knowledge of trains, was driving the engine, Kurtz said.

"He got it started and away they went," he said.

The boys had walked away late Monday from Hocking Valley Community Residential Center in Nelsonville, where youths stay on the honor system instead of going to a state detention center for juvenile felony convictions, said Valerie Roth, assistant director.

Nelsonville is about 60 miles southeast of Columbus.

Excuse Me, Can I Turn Myself In?

NEW YORK (AP) — Looks like he knocked on the wrong door.

A man was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted burglary and car theft after he rattled the doorknob and pounded on the front door of the head of the police union, authorities said.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association head Pat Lynch's wife, Cathy, answered the door, and the man, Anthony Joseph Genovese, tried to talk his way into the house by telling her his wife was in labor in their car and he needed money, Lynch said.

When she refused, he told her he needed money for other reasons, but when the family's large dog came to the door he walked back to the car, Lynch said.

Feeling uneasy, Cathy Lynch telephoned her husband, who returned home and contacted their police precinct to see if there was any information on the man or his vehicle. It turned out the car had been reported stolen, so police arrested Genovese and a woman who was waiting inside it, Lynch said.

Genovese, of New York City's Queens borough, also was being held on suspicion of burglary because of a string of burglaries in the area.

There was no home telephone listing for Genovese.

Compiled by's Hannah Sentenac.

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