'Andy Griffith' actress robbed in 'Mayberry'
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- The actress who played Thelma Lou on ''The Andy Griffith Show'' was robbed in the town that inspired the show's idyllic Mayberry setting, after moving to the area to avoid big city crime.
Betty Lou Lynn had her wallet stolen at a shopping center in Mount Airy, the birthplace of Andy Griffith.
The Mount Airy News reports that police arrested Shirley Walter Guynn of Cana, Va. He's being held in Surry County Jail on a $10,000 bond. It was not immediately clear Thursday if he has a lawyer.
Alan Jackson show to aid miners' families
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Country music icon Alan Jackson will donate the profits from a performance in West Virginia to the families of the miners killed in an explosion this month at the Upper Big Branch mine.
Jackson's publicist says he will perform May 22 at the Charleston Civic Center to support the families of the 29 men who died in the April 5 blast at Massey Energy's mine in Montcoal. It's the worst coal mining disaster in 40 years.
Ticket prices for parts of the arena have been cut to $20 to encourage attendance. Many vendors and suppliers have also cut their fees.
Proceeds will go to the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund, run by the West Virginia Council of Churches.
Cameron helps build camera for Mars rover
PASADENA, Calif. -- ''Avatar'' director James Cameron is helping to build a high-resolution 3-D camera on the next-generation Mars rover.
The camera will be mounted atop Curiosity, the next rover mission to Mars set for launch next year.
Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scaled back its plans in 2007 to mount a 3-D camera atop Curiosity because the upcoming flagship mission to Mars was consistently over budget and behind schedule.
But Cameron lobbied NASA administrator Charles Bolden for inclusion of the 3-D camera during a January meeting, saying a rover with a better set of eyes will help the public connect with the mission.