SENIOR KICKBOXER VS MUGGER
Mugger attacks senior who was a kickboxing champ, loses TKO
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mugger picked the wrong senior citizen to attack.
The Palm Beach Post reports 68-year-old Steve Shepherd was limping to his car last week, a pulled muscle impairing his stride, when a mugger hit him in the head with a bottle and demanded his cellphone.
Shepherd is a five-time world kickboxing champ. Though retired 18 years, he’s been training to become the oldest professional fighter. He has a March bout scheduled.
Shepherd threw a right cross to the attacker’s head, and then smashed a hook to his ribs, crumpling him. Bystanders interceded and the man escaped. Shepherd suffered a ruptured eardrum, a cut and bruise.
The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office says security video shows the attacker is about 20 and had prowled the area for hours, seeking a victim.
Restaurant removes sign over concerns it’s offensive
KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire restaurant that’s preparing to open has removed a sign advertising its name over concerns that it sounded like profanity.
The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on a type of soup, which is spelled P-H-O, but is pronounced “fuh.” The restaurant calls itself by the name of the soup, followed by the words “Keene Great.”
City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said it’s intended to sound like profanity and that owner Isabelle Jolie didn’t get permission to hang any sign.
Jolie said she doesn’t think the name is offensive.
Dragon tells New Hampshire Public Radio the city wants Jolie to be successful, but that it has to strike a balance. Both sides plan to meet soon.
SELF-DRIVING SNACK DELIVERY
Snacks on wheels: PepsiCo tests self-driving robot delivery
NEW YORK (AP) — Forget vending machines, PepsiCo is testing a way to bring snacks directly to college students.
The chip and beverage maker says it will started making deliveries with self-driving robots on Thursday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Students will be able to order Baked Lay’s, SunChips or Bubly sparkling water on an app, and then meet the six-wheeled robot at more than 50 locations on campus.
The robots used at the University of the Pacific will move at speeds of up to 6 miles per hour, according to Robby Technologies, which makes the robots. Three workers on the campus will be refilling the robots with food and drinks and replacing the batteries with recharged ones when they go dead.
At first three robots will be used, but then grow to a fleet of five over time. The robots, which weigh 80 pounds and are less than 3 feet tall, drive on their own and stop when someone is in front of it.
NATIVITY SCENE THEFT
Baby Jesus figurine returned after theft from nativity scene
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A baby Jesus figurine stolen from a nativity scene at a Montana residence on New Year’s Day was returned Thursday with two notes from someone pretending to be God.
The Montana Standard quotes owner Jack McCormick saying he was relieved to see the 15-inch figurine in the snow in his yard in Butte. There were two notes with it. One said “This is God,I took my son back for a trip! I’m returning him now! God Bless!”
A second note asked the family, in part, to: “Please keep further matters off Facebook.”
McCormick had posted a picture Tuesday on Facebook of the missing figurine and the Standard ran a story Wednesday.