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Feb. 28, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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Israeli's Gadhafi remix is an Arab hit

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A parody of Moammar Gadhafi's rants is a YouTube hit in the Arab world -- even though it was made in Israel.

Noy Alooshe, 31, an Israeli journalist and musician, told The New York Times he watched the Libyan dictator's speech vowing to hunt down opponents "inch by inch, house by house, home by home, alleyway by alleyway," and saw its potential.

He used Auto-Tune to set the speech to the music of "Hey Baby," a hip-hop number by an American, Pitbull, and titled it "Zenga-Zenga," echoing Gadhafi's repetition of the word zanga, Arabic for alleyway.

Alooshe uploaded the remix to YouTube Wednesday, and began sending it to the pages of young Arab revolutionaries via Twitter and Facebook. It had more than 400,000 hits by Sunday.

Alooshe did not identify his nationality on the clip, and when people discovered his identity from his Facebook profile, some Arabs turned against him.

But he said most reactions have been positive, and a Libyan told him that if and when the regime falls, liberated Libyans will dance to Zenga-Zenga.

One Web surfer wrote in an Arabic forum, "What's the problem if he's an Israeli? The video is still funny."

Alaskans in Frostbite Footrace

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Hundreds of runners, including some hoping to win the costume category, braved freezing temperatures in Alaska for the Frostbite Footrace, organizers said.

In Anchorage, the thermometer read 10 degrees F when about 685 competitors including those dressed as pink flamingos, kittens, bears, penguins, pink poodles, a racing orange construction cone and Lady Gaga and rock band Kiss look-alikes began their runs or walks in either the 2K or 5K categories.

Some entrants were in it with serious competition in mind, others for the T-shirt and fun of it, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The first-place single costume prize went to Kimberly Halstead of Anchorage costumed as "Frosty Cupcake Girl."

A parade accompanied the event and was made up by statewide beauty pageant winners in fur parkas, a float dubbed "Pirates of Dollar Lake" and the Eagle River High School marching band.

The day also included the World Championship Sled Dog Race viewed by former nine-time champion, 77-year-old George Attla.

Although he's been ill he plans to compete in the Koyukuk River Championship in his Husila hometown in early April, the newspaper reported.

"The knowledge is still there," Attla said, pointing to his head. "Some of the young guys racing here today are going to be at the Koyukuk," he said. "But the old man's going to kick their butts."

Man proposes to cancer girlfriend on TV

CLEVELAND, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman expecting to see her boyfriend featured in a television commercial got something she didn't expect, she says -- a marriage proposal.

Dee Horton was at her job as a hair stylist at a Cleveland salon waiting to watch the airing of the commercial last week, WJW-TV, Cleveland, reported.

"(He's) supposed to be some superhero in it," she said just before it aired.

"OK, there he is," she said as boyfriend David Jones came on the screen.

Surprise turned to shock and then to joy as she listened to what he was saying, WJW-TV reported.

"A lot of people say we're living on love, like it's a bad thing," David began in the commercial.

"How about you and I show the world what true love is all about?" David said, showing a ring and proposing.

Seconds later he entered the salon, where a joyful Dee accepted his proposal.

Horton, who is battling thyroid cancer, said David has been with her every step of the way.

Jones, who works in video production, said he chose the method of proposing because "it's something neither one of us would ever forget."

Golf on Lake Erie a cool fundraiser

ERIE, Pa., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Too eager to wait for spring, golfers in Erie, Pa., have taken to the ice to raise funds for a lakeside park.

Elmer Keisel, owner of Joe Root's Grill, organized Joe Root's Frostbite Open, a nine-hole charity tournament on the frozen bay that raised about $6,000 for Presque Isle State Park Feb. 20.

The restaurant and tournament are named for Joe Root, who lived on the Presque Isle peninsula more than a century ago.

Turf mats from an old driving range, nailed into the ice, were the tees. Pieces of carpet made the greens, and golf holes and pins were put in but kept above ice level so they would not fall into the water.

All 36 foursome tee times sold out within 16 days of Keisel's announcement.

Some of the ice melted during a warm spell before the tournament, but it was at least 5 inches thick on Feb 20. Two fire departments and a county scuba team, with an inflatable raft and air boat, were on hand in case any golfer fell through.

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