Oklahoma City dubbed 'manliest' in U.S.
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., June 15 (UPI) -- New Jersey-based Mars Chocolate said the fourth annual Combos "America's Manliest Cities" list named Oklahoma City as the most masculine U.S. city.
The company said it partnered with research expert Bert Sperling to rank the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas using a scale that takes into account the number of home-improvement stores, steak houses and "manly" occupations per capita.
Mars said cities could lose points if they had too many "girly" factors, such as a high number of nail salons or high-end boutiques.
The researchers said Oklahoma City was first on the list, followed by Columbia, S.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Birmingham, Ala.
Nashville placed first on last year's list.
San Diego ranked 50th on the list, making it the least manly city in the study.
Man drove off with woman on fender
BRIDGEPORT, Conn., June 15 (UPI) -- Police in Connecticut said a man struck a woman with his van and drove off with her stuck on the driver's side fender.
Investigators said a 23-year-old Bridgeport woman was standing outside a disabled car on Stratford Avenue when she was struck by the van driven by Frank Rega, 56, of Monroe and became stuck on the driver's side fender, The (Bridgeport) Connecticut Post reported Thursday.
Police said Rega continued to drive away with the woman hanging over the front of the vehicle. They said he ignored her cries for him to stop, even when she was able to reach into his window and hit him in the face.
Police said the woman eventually fell off the vehicle and was treated at St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Rega was arrested at his home hours after the March 15 incident and told officers he was acting in self-defense.
Rega has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, evading responsibility and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said. He was released on $500 bond.
Ex-associate: Sauce set off mob dispute
NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- A New York court heard a mob war nearly erupted over the theft of a restaurant's secret sauce recipe.
Anthony Russo, a former member of the Colombo crime family, said Wednesday at the extortion trial of former associate Francis Guerra that Guerra became enraged when he discovered Bonanno associate Eugene Lombardo had taken the sauce recipe from L&B Spumoni Gardens, which is owned by Guerra's in-laws, and given it to upstart pizza joint The Square, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
"Frankie (Guerra) told me they caught Geno down in the basement looking at the supplies, the flour," Russo said. "He was angry, he wanted to hurt Gene."
Russo said he visited the Staten Island restaurant with Guerra and Colombo associate Frank "Frankie Notch" Iannaci.
Russo said Guerra swore at Lombardo and Iannaci slapped the rival pizza maker in the face during the confrontation.
He testified Bonanno soldier Anthony Calabrese later summoned him to a sit-down at a Panera Bread, where the Colombo family demanded a cut of Lombardo's pizza sales or a $75,000 onetime payment.
"He (Calabrese) said, 'Are we gonna go after every pizzeria that puts sauce on their slice?'" Russo said. "I said, 'You got a point there.'"
Lombardo agreed to pay $4,000 to settle the dispute.
Guerra is being tried for extortion related to the pizza sauce dispute.
Police: Bank robber had shopping addiction
NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- A New York bank robber who was seen wearing Burberry clothes during two crimes told police he needed cash to support his shopping addiction.
Police said Cornell Neilly, 21, who is accused of receiving more than $8,500 in 14 bank robberies stretching back to April, was seen wearing the Burberry clothes during two heists and told police after his Tuesday arrest he took the cash to support his shopping addiction, the New York Post reported Thursday.
"He used the money to buy expensive clothes, $400 sneakers, a Burberry shirt," a police source told the Post.
Police said Neilly, who allegedly committed the crimes by handing demand notes to bank tellers, was charged with the 14 bank robberies Wednesday. They said he has previously served two prison sentences for dealing drugs.
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