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No More House in the Middle of the Street

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Remember Chinese homeowner Luo Baogen and his wife, who refused to allow the government to demolish their home in Wenling, China, leaving it stranded in a river of asphalt? (Previous entry) Apparently they have now accepted a somewhat larger offer of compensation, and the wrecking crew rolled right in. The Associated Press reported that Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai said the house was bulldozed on Saturday after Baogen agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($41,000). [6 photos]

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Excavators are used to demolish a house standing alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, China, on December 1, 2012. Luo Baogen, the owner of the house, who earlier refused to sign an agreement to allow his house to be demolished, finally signed the agreement after discussions with the local government and his relatives. The demolition of the house started this Saturday, local media reported. (Reuters/China Daily)
Excavators are used to demolish a house standing alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, China, on December 1, 2012. Luo Baogen, the owner of the house, who earlier refused to sign an agreement to allow his house to be demolished, finally signed the agreement after discussions with the local government and his relatives. The demolition of the house started this Saturday, local media reported. (Reuters/China Daily)
(From last week) A half-demolished apartment building stands in the middle of a newly-built road thanks to a Chinese couple that refused to move in Wenling, Zhejiang province, on November 22, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #
A November 22, 2012 photo of Luo Baogen showing a permit to the collectively-owned land as he stands before his half-demolished apartment building in the middle of a newly-built highway in Wenling. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #
Baogen's building in the middle of a newly-built road, on November 22, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #
On Saturday, December 1, 2012, excavators are used to demolish Baogen's house in Wenling. (Reuters/China Daily) #
The former home of duck farmer Luo Baogen comes down under the arm of an excavator, in Zhejiang province, on December 1, 2012. Luo's house was the only building left standing on the road, which was paved through the village. (Reuters/China Daily) #

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