WILD THING KICKS IN
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Actor Charlie Sheen loves his baseball. Specifically the Cincinnati Reds. He claims to be a lifelong fan. One of his best-known big screen roles was as relief pitcher Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the 1989 hit "Major League." Now he's stepping up with his wallet. Sheen has pledged to donate $50,000 to the team's Community Fund, matching the amount broadcaster Marty Brennaman raised for charity in return for having his head shaved on the field. Sheen and father Martin Sheen, a Dayton native, were at the Reds game against Pittsburgh on Friday and saw Brennaman get his head shaved. Brennaman had promised to shave his hair if the Reds won 10 consecutive games and said he would do it publicly if fans donated at least $20,000 to the Reds fund. That drive generated $50,000, and Charlie Sheen announced Sunday he planned to match that amount.
EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (AP) - Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9-foot alligator faces charges of feeding the animal. The Fort Myers News-Press (http://newspr.es/PVBBGP ) reports Wallace Weatherholt is accused of unlawful feeding of an alligator. He's free on $1,000 bond, with his next court date set for Aug. 22. Weatherholt was attacked on June 12th as he was giving an Indiana family a tour of the Everglades. The family said Weatherholt hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his hand at the water's surface when the alligator attacked. Wildlife officers tracked and euthanized the gator. Weatherholt's hand was found but could not be reattached.
TRUE KNICKS FAN
NEW YORK (AP) - Spike Lee is among New York's most prominent Knicks fans. But he's also a proud son of Brooklyn. So would Spike Lee ever consider switching teams and rooting for the Brooklyn Nets? The answer is a resounding no. The Nets will play their first games in Brooklyn this fall after crossing the Hudson River from New Jersey. Lee tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/MjVoeI ) he'll continue to split loyalties between the Knicks, who play in Manhattan, and Brooklyn, his beloved hometown borough that has been the setting for many of his films. It's far from the first time Lee has vowed to go to his grave a Knicks fan. Last year he hammered home the point on Twitter, saying that anyone who thinks he's switching to the Nets "is on crack, meth and malt liquor" (http://bit.ly/pmVGdD).
ROYAL OLYMPIC FAN
LONDON (AP) -- It was Sunday in the park for Kate. The Duchess of Cambridge took a stroll around Olympic Park during a private tour without her husband, Prince William, or brother-in-law Prince Harry. The occasion brought the Olympic crowd to a standstill, as visitors rushed to snap a photo as her highness passed. Kate dressed the part, wearing Team GB wear -- a dark blue sweat shirt, blue leggings and red sneakers.
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- While U.S. Olympic officials are catching heat for American uniforms made in China, a small piece of the team's uniform was made in the USA; specifically Rhode Island. Cranston-based jewelry maker Alex and Ani produced the commemorative charms for the 2012 London Games. The company makes beaded bangles, bracelets, and other inexpensive jewelry and is one of the fastest growing companies in the state. In 2009 Alex and Ani has grown from a single store in Newport with 15 employees to nearly 400 workers. It recently opened new stores in Colorado and New Jersey. The Olympic charm has proven to be a hit. Silver medalist swimmer Elizabeth Beisel tweets that she was "more than excited for the Alex and Ani charm" she received.
SAVING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Call it educational evangelism. Catholic schools across the country are becoming more savvy about getting kids into the classroom. Take Our Lady of Lourdes School in East Los Angeles. After 97 years, it was slated to close after enrollment dwindled to just 35 students. But the school has a renewed lease on life after its new principal knocked on doors, offered X Box video game consoles to kids who brought in a friend, and recruited families who lost their bid in a charter school lottery. This fall, Our Lady of Lourdes will greet more than 130 pupils.
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