Round-up of the randoms

Let’s start today’s random news with a New York Times obituary of Ronnie Biggs, a Great Train Robber, who Died at 84. Nick Fox there said, “When I heard that the Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs died, I hoped @margalitfox would write the obit.” Colleague Danielle Ivory added, “The fact that he famously robbed a train was one of the least interesting things about this guy's life.” Patrick White from the Globe and Mail called Biggs an “elusive scoundrel.” Freelancer David Dobbs called the whole thing a “fab obit.”

Turning to the horrible side of things, the Washington Post writes that Giza Zoo in Cairo is beset by poverty, tear gas and suspicious animal deaths. Jessica Seaman at the Arkansas Democrat Gazette explained, “A zoo in Cairo is plagued w/ a poor economy, political demonstrations & the suspicious deaths of animal.” Carla Correa at the Washington Post pointed out, “A giraffe suicide and bear riots. Scandalous tales from Cairo's Giza Zoo.” Tom Gara suggested, “Give up, journalists. You're not going to write a better lede today.”

Apple’s Tim Cook today tweeted, “We have begun manufacturing the Mac Pro in Austin. It's the most powerful Mac ever. Orders start tomorrow.Wells Dunbar at KUT News pointed out, “So was today's Apple announcement the first official word #macpro was being made in Austin.” Governor Perry chimed in to say: “Congrats & proud you chose TX!”

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Annie Gasparro at WSJ has the shocking news that Whole Foods will Stop Selling Chobani Yogurt Due to GMO Content. She writes, “Whole Foods will phase out Chobani next year to put more organic, GMO-free and private label Greek yogurt on shelve.” EJ Schultz at Advertising Age called it a “Big Blow to Greek yogurt pioneer.”

Jordan Zakarin at BuzzFeed addes that Shia LaBeouf Seemingly Copied Bukowski, Others For His Own Comic Books. Conrad Quilty-Harper at the Daily Mirror suggested: “If you're apologising for plagiarism, probably not the best idea to plagiarise your apology.” Freelancer Ann Friedman said, “It seems Shia LaBeouf plagiarized Clowes, Bukowski, Duteurtre, McNamara....and Yahoo! Answers.” Freelancer Jonathan M. Katz had a more important question: “Wait. Shia LaBeouf claimed to be a writer?”

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