Your Golf Clubs or Your Life

Four suburban Michigan high school kids got a taste of the big city last week when they were robbed at gunpoint — on a Detroit municipal golf course.

The teenagers were among 60 or so students trying out for spots on the Grosse Pointe South High School (search) golf team, reports WDIV-TV of Detroit.

As they reached the isolated 12th hole at Chandler Park Golf Course (search), a man hopped over a nearby fence, walked up to them, pulled a gun and demanded the foursome hand over their golf clubs and bags.

"He grabs my friend's bag, [my friend] tries to shout, yell at him," Garrett Cox, 14, told the TV station. But the man just replied, "You come near me, I'll shoot you," Cox said.

The boys did as they were told. Police were called, but the man had gotten away by the time they arrived.

Cox's father was just glad no one was hurt.

"It's very possible that if he was playing with older kids that they would have decided to take matters into their own hands," said Galen Cox. "It could have turned out tragically."

Although the city of Detroit owns it, the Chandler Park course is managed by the American Golf Association (search), which said it would increase security around the greens.

The Grosse Pointe South athletic department said future team tryouts and games would be held at suburban courses.

As for Cox, he won't be deterred from playing.

"As soon as I get my own clubs, I'll be out there again," he vowed.

A Trail of Candy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was sweet sleuthing for cops casing a candy crime.

They quickly caught the sweet tooth who made off with a box of Fifth Avenue candy bars.

A trail of candy bars led police to the front porch of a home in southeast Albuquerque, where they found Lawrence Jordan.

Jordan, a homeless man, faces commercial burglary charges for stealing a box of candy bars from a convenience store, according to a criminal complaint.

When officers responded to an alarm at the store, they noticed a broken window and a trail of Fifth Avenues in the direction Jordan had fled.

Witnesses saw Jordan running from the store, clutching the candy, the complaint said.

The owner of the store said several candy bars were recovered from the street and the rest were with Jordan in the box. Jordan apparently didn't eat any of the candy.

The complaint said Jordan told police he broke into the store "because he needed help." He refused to elaborate.

Bank Robber Nabbed by Fashion Police

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The robber in the green sundress could have used a little fashion help, witnesses agreed. Police were searching Tuesday for a man who robbed a bank while wearing a woman's wig and dress.

"It was a leaf design, but muted," a woman who witnessed the holdup said of the robber's frock.

"He looked a mess," said another witness.

The witnesses, whose full names weren't released by police, said the robber was obviously male, given away by his muscular legs — and his mustache.

Police Capt. Tommy McCaskill said the robber threatened a teller at a branch bank in a Kroger store in this Memphis suburb but did not show a weapon. No one was hurt.

As the robber fled, he tried to cover the mustache with one hand while grasping what police said was $4,000 in the other.

No Bikinis in Jail

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe County (search) jail warden plans a dress code for visitors that would forbid provocative clothing or attire promoting drugs or gangs.

"Visitors are going to start dressing right," said Warden Kerry Dixon, who took over as warden in March after a career in Texas corrections. "They're not coming in here dressing like they're going into a club."

Dixon will begin handing out the dress code to visitors this month and implement it Oct. 1.

He said scantily clad visitors, usually women, have behaved inappropriately when guards' backs are turned in the visiting area, where inmates and visitors converse over telephones separated by thick Plexiglas.

"It would almost be like one of those peep shows," Dixon said.

The dress code would ban shorts, dresses or skirts that rise above the knee; dresses or skirts with slits above the knee; wraparound skirts; garb that exposes the midriff, shoulders or cleavage; garments "considered see-through, low-cut or tight-fitting;" sandals or open-toed shoes; clothing promoting gangs, drugs or drug paraphernalia; hats of any kind; and jackets.

Dixon also plans to change television rules Oct. 1. Prisoners will be allowed to watch only programs between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. that teach life skills, such as balancing a checkbook, he said.

"There will be no more soap operas," he said. "They ain't gonna like that."

The Right to View Strippers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state trooper and his wife have filed a federal lawsuit over his supervisors' investigation of a farewell party at a steak house featuring two strippers.

Omar C. and Billie Shankle allege that as a result of the April 3 surprise party, the Kittanning-based trooper lost a transfer to a vice unit and he and his wife were both deprived of their First Amendment right to free expression.

"Omar has a right to view exotic dancers at a private party in his honor where no laws were broken," according to the lawsuit filed Monday in Harrisburg federal court.

Shortly after the party, Billie Shankle wrote an anonymous letter to state police commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller criticizing the department, according to the suit. Omar Shankle disclosed to investigators that his wife wrote the letter.

"Omar Shankle is being punished by the commissioner and his administration because his wife 'openly criticized him,'" the suit said, alleging the existence of a policy requiring subordinates to maintain loyalty to their higher-ups. The policy is known informally in the state police as the "Hitler rule," the suit said.

In May, state police announced that they had cleared more than a dozen troopers of wrongdoing in connection with the party.

Don't Kiss Me, I'm the President

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Annoyed by a stream of unwanted kisses, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (search) warned overzealous male fans and supporters Wednesday that to avoid embarrassment they should not pucker up in her direction.

"First, show some respect. Secondly, I am conservative. I do not want to be kissed by any man but my husband," she told a town hall meeting in Laguna province, south of Manila.

Arroyo often receives kisses on both cheeks by unknown admirers in a practice known locally as "beso-beso" ("kiss-kiss").

Citing her conservative nature, Arroyo said she would only accept kisses from her husband, lawyer Jose "Mike" Miguel.

"Please, all the men in the country, so that I won't be rude to you, do not attempt to kiss me," she said.

The 57-year-old president was responding to an emcee at the meeting who joked that a man in the crowd wanted to kiss her but that he hesitated because he hadn't brushed his teeth.

During a visit to meet Filipino workers in Kuwait last year, one of Arroyo's female bodyguards shoved away a man who approached the president with his lips puckered and ready to plant a kiss on her cheek.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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