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July 22, 2020 GMT

MAN TRIES TO FAKES DEATH TO AVOID JAIL SENTENCE

NEW YORK (AP) — With electronic devices having spell-checkers, self-correcting keyboards and access to online dictionaries, it’s easy to forget that spelling still counts. A Long Island criminal defendant learned that the hard way when he tried to pass off a fake death certificate. Prosecutors on Long Island, New York say the typo tripped up an effort by Robert Berger to fake his death to avoid jail. Berger was sentenced to a year behind bars last October on theft charges — but fled the state and tried to convince the court system that he had killed himself. At first glance, the death certificate looked legit. But prosecutors say it misspelled the word “Registry” — part of the name of the agency that handles vital statistics. Berger now faces charges on the bogus document — plus the theft charges he was already on the hook for.

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MEXICAN MAN READS STORIES TO KIDS DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Being kept at home during the coronavirus pandemic has helped rekindle traditions like dining with family, playing board games — and reading kids bedtime stores. In Mexico City, Percibald Garcia is handing the storytelling. He’s a 27-year-old architect who is building in children a desire to hear stories before turning in. Almost every day since the beginning of May, Garcia stands in front of an apartment complex, turns on his “wandering microphone” and reads stories as kids lean out their windows to listen. Garcia says he knows most kids have cellphones, tablets or computers — but he wants them to experience the sound of the human voice — and the world of shared tales.