Frustrated with the current state of world affairs? A Chicago artist may have the solution for you.
Virtual visitors to Wafaa Bilal's art installation "Domestic Tension" can shoot the Iraqi-born artist with a paint-ball gun for the duration of the exhibit at Flatfile Galleries in the Loop, The Chicago Tribune reports.
"The first shot and the first hit I got, I said, 'Why am I doing this?'" Bilal told the paper.
Bilal says he wanted to call the exhibit "Shoot the Iraqi," but Flatfile Galleries' director said no way.
Bilal, who is a teacher at the School of the Art Institute, calls his piece an anti-war statement; his brother was killed in 2005 by a U.S. soldier in Iraq, he told the paper.
"It's interesting as a viewer: Do you shoot it? Do you not shoot it?" Barbara Koenen, a local artist who does administration work for the city's Department of Cultural Affairs, told the Tribune. "There's a part of you that wants to try it to see what happens, and then there's another part of you, or at least of me, that wants to aim the gun away."
Bilal will continue to field the bright yellow paint balls until June 15.
Whatcha Gonna Do When the Amputee Eludes You?
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — The armless, one-legged New Port Richey driver who eluded police in a car chase has been caught.
Michael Wiley was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with fleeing to elude and habitually driving with a revoked license. He taught himself to drive with stumps and then became one of Pasco County's most notorious drivers.
On Tuesday afternoon, an officer reported spotting Wiley in a blue sport utility vehicle at a convenience store. When the officer went to investigate, police said Wiley took off.
The officer, who was joined by a second cruiser, chased the SUV for about eight minutes. The officers broke off pursuit because of the potential danger to others, police said.
The police received a tip on Wiley's whereabouts and were able to arrest him without incident, a police spokesman said.
Bail was set at $500,000.
Good Things Come in Soft Jammies
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Someone left more than $5,000 (euro3,694) in cash in an envelope tucked into a pair of pajamas donated to Goodwill.
The note, signed with only a first name, said the donor had been saving it awhile and hoped the person who found the cash would spend it wisely, said Bill Wylie, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upper South Carolina.
Goodwill has placed the money in a safe, waiting to see if someone claims it. If no one does, it will become a donation, Wylie said.
Kelli Owens found the money Tuesday morning while sorting through clothes as part of a job training program. The 21-year-old single mother of three children said she could think of plenty of ways to spend the cash. Instead, she took it straight to her supervisor, then returned to finish the final six hours of her shift.
"I'm an honest person," Owens said. "I was brought up that way. I'm always going to be that way."
Wylie is not giving out the name or the exact amount of cash so that he will have a way of identifying the person.
Goodwill also plans to honor the honesty of Owens, who lives with her children, Isaiah, 4; Jonathan, 3; and Emily, 11 months; as well as her mother and two younger sisters.
The organization will give her a few gift certificates and throw her a party, Wylie said.
"It's really nice to have somebody that's honest working for you," he said. "We're very proud of her."
Thieves Best Stay Away from Wal-Mart
ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) — Wal-Mart does not want thieves on its property, including two convicted shoplifters ordered by a judge to stand outside with signs reading "I am a thief, I stole from Wal-Mart."
Attalla City Judge Kenneth Robertson said Wednesday that an attorney for Wal-Mart told him the shoplifters couldn't finish out their sentences in front of the store.
The judge had ordered them to spend two Saturday afternoons holding the signs.
Robertson said the attorney told him that the discount retail giant had safety concerns about the sign-bearing shoplifters outside the Supercenter, where they drew notice last Saturday.
The judge said the main concern was "that people might try to run them down or throw something at them."
He planned to have the two hold the signs outside the courthouse downtown on Saturday. But he said he preferred the penalty be served outside the store.
"I told them this takes away the tremendous impact of what we're trying to do," Robertson said.
Robertson said he had long tried to get the store to agree to the punishment, but had been turned down. Then, he said, company officials agreed, but changed their minds after the shoplifters actually stood outside.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sharon Weber said the sentence might be an effective deterrent. She said, "Upon further review, we simply would rather the punishment not be carried out on store property."
And We Thought Vultures Were a Bad Sign
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The great Dutch scavenger hunt is over.
Five days after thermals and gusty winds swept Abu the white-back vulture away from the private bird of prey breeding center where he lives, a police officer found him Wednesday and falconers coaxed him back into captivity.
Abu is normally kept in an enclosure at the center in the southern Netherlands, but disappeared into the clouds last Friday while being trained for a flying demonstration.
The center was inundated with phone calls of sightings of Abu after they appealed to the public to help find him, but most turned out to be false alarms.
He finally was discovered 80 miles northeast — as the vulture flies — of the park standing in a field, said Cariene Muller, a staff member at the center.
The police officer and another member of the public called at the same time with a sighting in the same place, the village of Liederholthuis.
"The policeman took a photo of him with his mobile phone and sent it to us and then we could see it was Abu," said Muller.
Falconers raced across country to retrieve the 3-foot-tall bird, while the policeman prevented people getting too close and scaring off the bird, which has become a minor celebrity in the Netherlands.
"Catching him was easy," said Muller. "They had food and he saw that and walked straight up to them."
Mannequin Up to Some Risky Business
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Police responding to a report of a body hanging from a utility pole found a mannequin left from a power company's training exercise.
Allegheny Energy Inc. was using the mannequin for exercises on pole climbing, said Martinsburg police Sgt. B.L. Yost.
A caller Wednesday reported a possible suicide on the utility's property in Martinsburg.
"When we first got out of our cars, we thought it was real," Yost said. "We were, for a minute, wondering how we were going to get the man down off of the pole.
"It wasn't until we were able to walk to the side of the property that we realized it was a mannequin up there."
An Allegheny spokesman didn't immediately return a call for comment early Thursday.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Sara Bonisteel.
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