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Missouri man left his wallet with ID behind during ATM heist

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man accused of snatching an ATM bag full of cash dropped his cell phone and a wallet containing his identification while fleeing the scene, authorities said.

Courtney McNeal, 38, of St. Louis is being held without bail after being charged Monday with stealing more than $25,000, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. There is no lawyer listed for him in the case.

Prosecutors allege McNeal grabbed a satchel containing $64,100 from two guards who were filling an ATM on April 10. As one of the guards was distracted, McNeal allegedly grabbed the bag as it sat next to the ATM inside The Crown Food Mart, according to charging documents.

The theft was captured by the store’s surveillance cameras. A store employee chased him into an alley where they struggled over the bag. McNeal tossed fistfuls of cash into a car waiting for him and left with $15,980.

He had dropped his phone and wallet while running toward the alley.

Little Richard to be buried at historically black college


Little Richard (AP FILE)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard will be buried at Oakwood University, a historically black university in Huntsville, Alabama.

Gerald Kibble, director of Oakwood Memorial Gardens, said the private funeral will be held Wednesday and will not be open to the public.

Little Richard’s close friend Pastor Bill Minson said the singer was an alumnus of the university. Little Richard died Saturday at the age of 87 in Tennessee due to bone cancer.

The cemetery is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist university.

Dining with dummies? Restaurant adds mannequins

WASHINGTON, Va. (AP) — One of the country’s most renowned restaurants says mannequins will add a touch of whimsy and help with social distancing when customers return to its grand dining room later this month.


Mannequins provide social distancing at the Inn at Little Washington as they prepare to reopen their restaurant Thursday May 14, 2020, in Washington, Va. The manager say that every other table will have mannequins for social distance guidance when, according to state guidelines, the 5-star restaurant will be allowed reopen on May 29th. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Mannequins dressed in fine 1940′s-style attire were already theatrically staged Thursday at The Inn at Little Washington, tucked in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains about 90 minutes west of Washington, D.C.

Although business restrictions are set to begin easing in some parts of Virginia on Friday, restaurants can only serve dine-in customers in an outdoor space. The three-Michelin-star restaurant has opted to wait until May 29 to resume dining service indoors.

“When we needed to solve the problem of social distancing and reducing our restaurant’s occupancy by half, the solution seemed obvious — fill it with interestingly dressed dummies,” chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell said in a statement. “This would allow plenty of space between real guests and elicit a few smiles and provide some fun photo ops.”

O’Connell, a self-taught cook, has won multiple James Beard Awards and was the 2019 recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s lifetime achievement award. He was also awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2019.

“We’re all craving to gather and see other people right now,” O’Connell said. “They don’t all necessarily need to be real people.”

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