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January 15, 2019

WOMAN BANNED FROM WALMART

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — It’s one of those stories that makes you wonder about the things some people say goes on at WalMart stores. Police in northern Texas say a woman was banned from a local Walmart after she spent hours driving an electric shopping cart around the store’s parking lot — while drinking wine from a Pringles can. Police tell the Times Record News that officers responded to a report of a suspicious person early Friday at a Walmart in Wichita Falls. A police spokesman says the woman had been tooling around the parking lot in the electric cart for about three hours. Police eventually tracked the woman to a nearby restaurant. She wasn’t arrested — but was told not to return to the store.

FOREST ANTELOPE BORN IN FLORIDA

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Bongo? Bingo! A critically endangered animal known as an Eastern bongo has been born at a zoo in Florida. The Florida Times-Union reports the animal — officially known as a forest antelope — was born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens last month. The calf — weighing 50 pounds at birth — is now cleared to be on exhibit at a mixed-species habitat. The healthy female calf is the zoo’s latest arrival in the Bongo Species Survival Plan. It’s a cooperative breeding program between accredited zoos. A female bongo that was born at the zoo in June was Jacksonville’s first since 2011.

94-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WORKING AT ARBY’S

HOLLADAY, Utah (AP) — She’s as much a part of Arby’s as the sliced roast beef and the curly fries. Dorothy Bale has been working at the Arby’s in Holladay, Utah for 25 years — longer than many of her co-workers have been alive. During her tenure at the store, she has outlasted two remodeling efforts — and 21 managers. And while she is not as spry as her younger cohorts, she is efficient. She works the counter, takes orders at the register — and keeps tables and the condiments bar clean. The restaurant’s manager says Bale is so popular, customers ask for her by name if they don’t see her around. The manager says even though Bale is slower than the younger workers — people are willing to take the extra time to wait on her line.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II