Updated: 2013-07-08 07:13
Clogging up traffic
Rainwater from a downpour flooded an overpass in Wuhan on Sunday, stranding vehicles on and under the bridge. The downpour, the city's heaviest in five years, forced local meteorological authorities to issue several red alerts, the highest in the country's four-tier weather warning system. Photo by Chen Zhuo / for China Daily
2 detained for holding officers
Two people were taken into custody by police in Maoming, Guangdong province, on Saturday after a crowd detained two police officers, Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. About 40 people from outside Guangdong had gathered in front of the Yuhe police station in Gaozhou's Xiangshan township after a fight between Xiangshan villagers and people from outside the province. At 8 pm, the crowd stormed the police station, injuring two officers and taking them away. Gaozhou police intercepted the crowd and rescued the officers an hour later.
Student cheated out of $16,300
A college student in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, who dreamed of traveling around the country by train was defrauded of more than 100,000 yuan ($16,300) by a friend, Modern Express reported. The 22-year-old student, surnamed Shi, thought his friend, surnamed Wang, worked at a railway department and asked him to apply for a railroad employee certificate, which Shi believed would give him access to train rides for free. Over the next five months, Wang cheated Shi out of more than 100,000 yuan.
Moral models receive loans
Three people recognized as moral models in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, received loans ranging from 80,000 yuan ($13,000) to 100,000 yuan from Rural Commercial Bank of Huanghai on June 29, Yancheng Evening News reported. "The loan was guaranteed by integrity instead of property," said Li Chengbin, deputy director of the bank. Anyone in Yancheng recognized as a moral model at the city level or above is eligible to receive loans of up to 300,000 yuan without pledges or guarantees, according to the bank.
Father, son shot with toxic needles
A father and his son were shot with toxic needles after they tried to prevent two attackers from hurting their dog. Xu Dayuan was poisoned and died, while his son Xu Jun was injured, according to local news portal cnhubei.com. The father and son were shot when they chased after two men on a motorcycle who had shot their dog with toxic needles. The two men, both in their 30s, remained at large.
7 dead, 4 injured in vehicle accident
Seven people died and four were injured in a car crash on Saturday in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Xinhua News Agency reported. A Hyundai SUV collided with a Buick multi-purpose vehicle in Hexigten Banner, Chifeng city, at 2:45 pm. All three passengers in the Hyundai died at the scene. Four of the eight passengers in the Buick were killed and the remainder injured.
Tourism officials investigate threat
Beijing's tourism authorities are investigating a case in which a man threatened tourists with a knife, as seen in an online video clip, China News Service reported on Saturday. On July 3, on their way by bus to Badaling Great Wall and the Ming Tombs, a man who appeared to be a tour guide was recorded cursing and threatening tourists when they did not spend enough at six shopping stops. The clip shows the man shouting at a tourist, "I'll kill you".
Man sets himself on fire in protest
A man died after setting himself on fire in front of a government building in Heilongjiang province on Friday, in a desperate protest at the demolition of his house by a real estate developer, Heilongjiang Morning Post reported. Zheng Guocun set himself aflame with gasoline outside the administrative center of Beian city. He was taken to a local hospital and died of severe burns.
(China Daily USA 07/08/2013 page4)