Acrobats' plans take tumble

From the Associated Press

A team of 16 young Chinese acrobats began its U.S. tour with two nights at a homeless shelter.

A circus promoter from Wisconsin failed to meet the performers when they arrived Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Instead, he called Bill Thompson of the Union Gospel Mission shelter.

The promoter, who gave only the name Gary, said he had run out of money and needed someone to pick up the acrobats, ages 13 to 20.

By Wednesday afternoon, the promoter said he had arranged for the group to stay at a ranch near Dallas.

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