05-21-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Bill Eddy, Jill Fink, Julie Hall, Diane Hansen, Matthew Humphrey, Deb Lutes, Jared Meikle, Jay Spracklen, Sue Warneke

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds & sun, high 78.  Tonight, partly cloudy, chance for an isolated shower or storm, low 55.  Tuesday, mostly sunny, high 86.

 

Sports:

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The San Antonio Spurs have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference Finals as Tim Duncan finished with 21 points and nine rebounds in a 102-99 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers.  Tony Parker finished with 17 points, including consecutive baskets after the Clippers went ahead 97-96 with 2:27 remaining.  The Spurs have swept both of their first two playoff rounds and own an 18-game winning streak dating to the regular season.

    

The Miami Heat have evened their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece with yesterday's 101-93 comeback win over the Pacers at Indianapolis.  LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 23 points during a 25-5 spurt that put the Heat ahead 77-66 in the second half.  James finished with 40 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, and Wade contributed 22 of his 30 points after intermission.

 

The Nebraska baseball team is the four seed at this week's Big Ten Tournament.  The Huskers will face the Michigan State Spartans, who finished the year one-game behind Nebraska in the conference standings.  The Huskers are scheduled to head to Columbus, Ohio, today to start preparation for the Tournament, which opens on Wednesday at Huntington Park.  N-U is 34-21 overall and 14-10 in the Big Ten while Michigan State is 35-19 overall and 13-11 in the conference.  First pitch for Nebraska/Michigan State is at 11:05.

 

The Creighton baseball team is the eight seed at this week’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.  The Bluejays will square off with top seed Indiana State at 12:30 tomorrow in Springfield, Missouri.  Creighton is 22-28 overall and 6-14 in the MVC while Indiana State is 41-15 overall and 14-7 in the conference.

 

Former NBA star and 1960 Olympic gold medalist Bob Boozer has died.  He was 75.  Ella Boozer says her husband died Saturday of a brain aneurysm after becoming ill Friday night.  Boozer was a two-time All-American at Kansas State in 1958-59 and played eleven years in the NBA after the Cincinnati Royals made him the top pick overall.  The 6’8 forward retired after winning the 1971 NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks.  Boozer averaged 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds in his NBA career with six teams. 

 

Local Schedule:  Salt Lake at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35); South Sioux City at Nfk Seniors (Bsbl-Ppd.)

 

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 8-0 Tacoma 5-4 (Bsbl DH).

 

Kwifax:

The Allegheny, Monongahela & Ohio Rivers meet in Pittsburgh

 

News Briefs:

For the second consecutive year, Northeast Community College has been named one of the nation's top 120 community colleges by the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program. The designation means Northeast is eligible to compete for a portion of $1 million dollars which will be rewarded to one grand prize winner and four runner's up next March.

 

Norfolk has a new park - dedicated to teaching kids to ride bicycles safely on city streets. Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Saturday for Pedal Park, located just west of the Norfolk YMCA. The park is the new home for the Landon Bos Memorial Bike Rodeo. Landon, the seven-year-old son of Dave and Corinne Bos, died in a car-bicycle accident in 2007, and the bike rodeo was named in his honor the next spring. Pedal Park is designed to allow children to learn about riding safely on city streets and off-road without motorized traffic.

 

The Grand Island Fire Department came to the aid of a thousand or so volunteer firefighters who were attending the 75th annual Nebraska State Fire School. The  local department responded twice on Sunday to fight trash bin fires at Fonner Park, the site of the fire school. Debris from a fire simulation class had been placed in a trash bin. Officials say the debris reignited and the local department was called out so the other firefighters could continue their classes.

 

Billionaire Warren Buffett plans to devote part of today to listening to a series of business ideas, but none of the people meeting with the investor even has a college degree. Instead, the entrepreneurs are a group of kids between 7 and 16-years-old who are finalists in a contest sponsored by creditreport.com. The contest is also associated with "The Secret Millionaires Club" cartoon that Buffett appears in.

 

Norfolk's World War I Doughboy Monument was recently refurbished. Now its little sister directly across the street could use an extensive makeover of its own. Chris Amundson of Preserve Norfolk tells us the "Little Sister of Liberty" -- a scaled down version of the Statue of Liberty -- has definitely seen better days. He says they have raised $6,000  toward the $15,000  necessary to refurbish the "Little Sister." Donations may be sent to Preserve Norfolk, Little Sister of Liberty at P.O. Box 819 in Norfolk.

 

Sign up is underway for the Norfolk Public Library's Summer Reading Program. Children Services Librarian Marci Retzlaff says it's especially important for students to read during the summer months. The program is open to everyone of all ages There is no charge to take part in the program which also includes a number of activities over the next few months. Stop by the Library to sign up.

 

Today's Tickler:

Great American Comedy Festival 6/13-6/17

www.greatamericancomedyfestival.com

He said, “But, boss, if I got here on time it would be such a long day!”

 

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