Strange but True – not fake news for July 29, 2017

NAKED BANK ROBBER

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It wasn’t that hard to describe a robbery suspect in Florida. Authorities say they arrested a man who robbed a bank, stripped naked and ran down the street throwing stolen money — a spectacle that he somehow thought would jump-start his career as a comedian. Instead, the FBI says 25-year-old Alexander Sperber is charged with bank robbery. A federal complaint says the man told authorities he parked his car at the bank, made a gun motion with his hand and demanded money from the teller, who gave him about $4,700 in a bag. Officials say a red dye pack exploded, staining his clothes and a cast on his left wrist. The Sun Sentinel reports Sperber was taken to a hospital and found to be coherent and uninjured. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

IPOD’S DEMISE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple. The company discontinued sales of the two music players yesterday in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones. The iPod product line still remains alive. Apple plans to continue selling its internet-connected iPod Touch. Apple’s iPhone, released a decade ago, played an instrumental role in the demise of the digital music players. Apple has long predicted iPods would gradually fade away as more people bought iPhones or other smartphones capable of playing music.

BAD BOOZE

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. State Department is warning tourists going to Mexico about reports of tainted alcohol causing drinkers to become sick or pass out. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported about travelers becoming sick after drinking alcohol at Mexican resorts. In January, a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman vacationing in Mexico with her family died after she was pulled from a resort pool. The State Department has added the warning to its travel site for Mexico. It advises tourists to drink in moderation and to get medical attention if they start to feel sick. A State Department spokeswoman tells The Associated Press that U.S. citizens also should also contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico if that happens.

COMERICA PARK-FINGERPRINTS

DETROIT (AP) — A new program will allow baseball fans at Tigers games in Detroit to get into the ballpark by using fingerprints to verify their identity. The biometrics scanning system from CLEAR is making its debut this week at Comerica Park. Visitors may enroll using a state-issued driver’s license. Fans will still go through security and display their tickets. Ballpark officials say, however, those willing to have their fingers scanned for fingerprints will have access to shorter lines. The entry system is billed as an added layer of security at the stadium. The ballpark can use the scanned information to track who is entering the park and at what times. In the future, game tickets could be linked to fingerprints. Several other sports venues around the U.S. already offer the fingerprint scanning system.

VOICE OF ROCKY THE FLYING SQUIRREL DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rocky the Flying Squirrel was her favorite role, but June Foray gave voice to hundreds of other cartoon characters. She was Cindy Lou Who in the TV holiday special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Lucifer the cat in Walt Disney’s 1950 “Cinderella,” Tweety Bird and Sylvester’s owner Granny in many Warner Brothers cartoons, and Grandmother Fa in Disney’s “Mulan.” She also contributed her voice talents to one of the best-known “Twilight Zone” episodes, a 1963 chiller about a talking doll that turns murderous.

Foray had over 300 credits as a voice actress, most recently doing one last turn as Rocky in a 2014 short.

Foray died Wednesday at a Los Angeles hospital at age 99.

GARTH BROOKS AND TRISHA YEARWOOD BUY WEDDING GIFTS FOR FANS

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Married country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are sharing the love by handing out wedding gifts to fans.

Jude and Jamie Blanchard attended Brooks’ show in Lafayette, Louisiana, last month with a sign that read: “Best Week Ever. Garth this Friday, our wedding next Friday.” Brooks took notice and serenaded them with “To Make You Feel My Love.” He also asked if they wanted anything off their wedding registry, and Jamie passed along a wedding invitation to the stage.

The Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports (https://usat.ly/2uDivRr ) a pair of lounge chairs, a KitchenAid mixer and other items from the stars showed up at the Blanchards’ door.

This month, Brooks and Yearwood offered to pay for a Hawaiian honeymoon for a couple who got engaged at an Oklahoma City show.

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