Iraqi police dismantle sculpture honoring shoe hurler

Iraqi police have taken apart a sculpture honoring the Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at former US president George W. Bush. The sculpture's base at an orphanage in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit was demolished by policemen. The sofa-sized copper-colored shoe itself had become a plaything for local children by Sunday. The sculpture was unveiled last week but Iraqi police demanded it be removed because they said the state-run orphanage site could not be used for works with a political bias. Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi threw his shoes during a December 14 news conference in Baghdad.