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Civil disobedience was on display this during May Day events. Occupy Wall Street protesters resurfaced on the streets of New York City with minor clashes between cops and demonstrators who pounded drums and cursed corporate greed. Downtown Seattle erupted in chaos as black-clad demonstrators marauded through the shopping district, smashing windows at banks and retail outlets, spray-painting cars and slashing tires. In Los Angeles, rallies brought immigrant rights, labor and Occupy protesters onto streets, snarling traffic and drawing a police force that at times outnumbered the demonstrators.
Flash mobs surfaced in Berlin and Hollywood this week. In Tinseltown, dancers participated in a flash mob on the first anniversary of the “Let’s Move! Flash Workout” on Hollywood Boulevard to a Beyonce song, “Move Your Body,” in hopes of promoting active lifestyles for kids. In Germany, midwives simulated a childbirth as they staged a flash mob in front of the Health Ministry in Berlin to demonstrate against rising insurance costs.
On the European continent, a screaming contingent of Brownies welcomed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, to the southwest region of England as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour; adventurer Ernst Bromeis waded into icy Toma Lake, source of the Rhine in Switzerland; and in small Teba, Spain, the remains of residents executed during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) were uncovered from an unmarked mass grave.
On the sports front, the Los Angeles Dodgers paraded out their new ownership, which includes Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, to the media in centerfield; Kentucky Derby entrant Daddy Nose Best grazed after a morning workout at Churchill Downs. The “Run for the Roses” will line up at the gates Saturday; Italy’s Nicola Fontanive body checked Germany’s Florian Ondruschka during a preliminary-round match at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Stockholm; and a golfer lost his driver during a tee shot in the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.
In Japan, a monkey named Junior performed in front of a boy during a Tokyo street performance, although it appeared the the boy was performing for the monkey.