RENO, Nev. —The Nevada State Fair is folding up its tent, ending a run of 136 consecutive years this summer due to an insurmountable budget deficit.
Ulysses S. Grant was president when Nevada held its first state fair in 1874, but it will now join Michigan to become the only states in the nation without such an event.
Executive director Rich Crombie says the fair is the $280,000 in debt, thanks in part to slumping attendance. A series of last-ditch fundraising events brought in only about $20,000 of the amount needed to cover the bill.
The fair's board of directors met Tuesday night and concluded they have no choice but to cancel the 2011 fair scheduled for August.
Crombie says fundraising will continue in hope of resuming the fair next year.
Robbers got cash, but left the urine behind
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Swedish bank robbers forgot to cover their tracks and left three bottles of urine behind after hiding inside a bank vault in Copenhagen for three days.
The 27-year-old man and his accomplice used the bottles to relieve themselves after sneaking into the vault on a Friday in May and remaining there until the bank opened again the following Monday.
While inside, the robbers emptied 140 safe-deposit boxes of at least $500,000 in cash and jewelry. But Prosecutor Frederik Larsen said Wednesday they forgot to take the urine when they left "so we were able to get their DNA samples from the bottles." The evidence helped prosecutors win a 21-month prison sentence for the Swede on Tuesday. His accomplice is still at large and the loot hasn't been recovered.