BOSTON — TV footage of Boston's July Fourth fireworks show was spectacular. Some of the shots also were physically impossible.
The CBS national broadcast Monday included shots of colorful explosions over the city landmarks including Fenway Park, the Statehouse and Quincy Market.
Organizers of the show acknowledged to the Boston Globe for a story Friday that some scenes had been altered: Images of fireworks going off over the Charles River were superimposed over pre-filmed landmarks in other parts of the city.
David Mugar, the Boston-area businessman and philanthropist who is the show's executive producer, defends the practice. He says the broadcast was entertainment and not news.
David Perry, a Massachusetts native who lives in Ohio, told the Globe he was disappointed because the fireworks are good enough already and don't need enhancement.
Shop's gorilla mascot attacked by banana
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — The manager of a cellphone store in Ohio called 911 to report a gorilla had been attacked by a banana.
The Wireless Center in Strongsville, near Cleveland, advertises at curbside with a man in a gorilla suit. Manager Brandon Parham says he was watching last week as a kid dressed as a banana emerged from some bushes and took a flying leap at the store mascot.
Parham says the attacker looked like a Spartan from the movie "300" — except he was a banana.
The gorilla was knocked down but got back up, adjusted his head and went back to work.
WJW-TV reports the banana split — running down the street with other teens.
Police think it was a prank. They weren't able to find the offending fruit.
Woman says she was fired for not dying hair
HOUSTON — A 52-year-old Houston woman is suing after what she says was an order from her boss to dye her shoulder-length gray hair.
Sandra Rawline, who was an escrow officer and branch manager at Capital Title of Texas, said she was also instructed to wear "younger fancy suits" and lots of fancy jewelry. When she refused to dye her hair, Rawline says she was told her services were no longer necessary and she was replaced by a younger woman.
Rawline filed an age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit in federal court in Houston.
Capital Title of Texas says it didn't terminate Rawline in 2009 because of her age or appearance, but because a customer no longer wanted to do business with her. CEO Bill Shaddock calls the allegations "completely baseless and preposterous."
Air conditioners taken from Arizona church
MESA, Ariz. —Parishioners at a suburban Phoenix church had to sweat through a service after thieves stole two of the church's three air conditioners.
Authorities say the units weighed 5 tons each.
Pastor Tommy Foster tells the Arizona Republic that the theft from Mesa's Harmony Community Baptist Church happened sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
The church's third unit did little to cool the building Sunday, which saw temperatures around 100 degrees at mid-day. Parishioners had to try to stay cool at Sunday services by fanning themselves with Bibles and morning programs.
Mesa police say air conditioner thieves typically will tear up the units and sell off copper parts and compressors, sometimes selling the parts over the Internet.
Woman collars burglar half her age
CENTER HARBOR, N.H. —A New Hampshire woman was so angry when she came home and found a burglar in her house that she grabbed the thief half her age by the collar and made him sit down while she called police.
Police say 63-year-old Linda Carr returned to her Center Harbor home Saturday to find a man walking out of her bedroom with a backpack. He tried to walk past her, but she grabbed him and made him empty his pockets, which contained her jewelry and prescription medication.
Police arrived minutes later and arrested the suspect.
Carr tells WMUR-TV she told the man, "You sit there and stay there and don't you move." He replied, "'I won't."
Authorities say 29-year-old Richard Royea was arraigned on a burglary charge and released on $25,000 bail.