MARINE Police chased a 'drowning' dog for almost a kilometre as they tried to rescue it. Called out to Heng Fa Chuen by the Fire Department, which had failed to lasso the dog with a rope, the marines sent a rubber speed boat to save the animal. But it became obvious the dog was less troubled by the water than by the rescue team when it swam frantically away as the boat approached. A fireman told Apple Daily, 'It swam for almost a kilometre as we gave chase. It just didn't want our help.' Nor did it need help, apparently. When the boat almost caught up with it, the dog jumped on to the shore and fled. FIRE IN HIS LOINS CLUTCHING his bandaged groin, Lai Kwok-yiu said: 'When I get out of hospital I will change jobs and sell my motorbike ? I never want to go near petroleum again.' According to Apple Daily, Lai's problems began when the 21-year-old film factory worker upset a can of petroleum over his jeans. Instead of taking his jeans off to wash away the flammable substance, he sat under the hand-dryer. To pass the time, he smoked a cigarette. The inevitable explosion was swift and severe. 'I was frantically trying to pull off my jeans but I forgot to take off my sneakers first!' he said. 'I would have lost my 'thing' if my colleague hadn't fetched a fire extinguisher and hosed me down.' A CURSED RELATIONSHIPS An 11-year-old Taipei girl was chopped to death by her stepmother for using bad language, Eastweek reported. 'that girl wrote letters to me and used words no 11-year-old should know,'Lam Lai-wah allegedly told police after confessing to the murder of Li Ming-Kwun. 'She hated me ever since she was old enough to realise that I was not her real mother.' On September 13, Lams says they went into the kitchen and had thier usual rounds of arguments. Then Lai picked up an iron wok and its lid and hit Lam around the head. 'She hit me really hard and I was in great pain. I just wanted her to stop. She was totally out of her mind!' Lam said. She then picked up a chopper and lashed back, slashing at the girl until she had stopped moving. After her confession Taiwan police insisted she go to the autopsy room to ask for forgiveness from the girl and to burn incense over her body. MAINLAND HUSBANDS AFTER years of watching local men take mainland wives, Hong Kong women are following suit. 'It has become so easy for them to find a young and beautiful wife in the mainland,' said Ah Jun, a 42-year-old divorcee and one of an increasing number of middle-aged local women choosing mainland grooms. 'They don't need to be handsome or charming, all they need is $3,000. So I have decided if you can't beat them, join them.' According to Next Magazine, local women find mainland men an attractive option because they are willing to overlook beauty and servility. 'Don't blame us for the trend of marrying mainlanders,' Ah Jun said. 'Hong Kong men started it.'