THIEF STEALS FESTIVAL ATTIREASHLAND, Ore. — Police in southern Oregon are on the lookout for a crook dressed to lead 76 trombonists. Someone broke into the costume shop at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last weekend. The crook made off with hats and coats designed for "The Music Man” and "Macbeth” productions opening next month. Among the missing items: two of Professor Harold Hill’s jackets and a gray straw boater. The Associated Press ALSO ... ELEPHANT EXHIBIT: The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to finish a $42 million elephant exhibit and keep its lone pachyderm at the zoo, despite pleas by former "Price is Right” host Bob Barker and other celebrity opponents to scrap the project.
— An aerial acrobat has died after falling 15 to 20 feet and landing headfirst during a performance in Scottsdale, Ariz. Authorities were investigating the cause of the incident Tuesday at the FBR Open golf tournament event that killed 33-year-old Jose Angel Vera of San Diego. He says investigators do not suspect foul play or criminal or mechanical issues. CRIME