05-29-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Dick Degaillez, Lowell Jenny, James Krueger, Dave Maggart, Patricia Shepherd, Daniel Unger, Robert Volmer

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds & sun, high 74.  Tonight, partly cloudy, low 45.  Wednesday, becoming mostly cloudy, chance for showers & storms, high 67.

 

Sports:

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The Miami Heat tightened up their defensive intensity in the second half, holding Boston to just 33 points in posting a 93-79 victory to open the Eastern Conference finals.  LeBron James led the way with 32 points and 13 rebounds.  Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.  Shane Battier, playing in the conference finals for the first time, scored ten points and had ten rebounds for the Heat, who were tied with Boston at halftime before breaking it open late.  Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds for Boston.  The Celtics got 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists from Rajon Rondo, but it wasn't enough.  Game Two is tomorrow night in Miami.

 

Mark Trumbo hit a game-ending homer to left, and the Los Angeles Angels overcame Jered Weaver's first-inning injury exit for their seventh consecutive victory, a wild 9-8 win over the New York Yankees last night.  Trumbo doubled and tripled before launching the final pitch from Cory Wade into the stands.  Howie Kendrick and Kendrys Morales drove in three runs apiece for the Angels, who at 25-25, got back to .500 for the first time since April 9 while snapping the Yankees' five-game winning streak.  Weaver left with an apparent lower-back injury after just twelve pitches, but Los Angeles' lineup matched its season highs with nine runs and 15 hits, capped by Trumbo's third game-winning homer of his young career.

 

The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champion Creighton baseball team is seeded fourth and will face regional top seed UCLA at the Los Angeles Regional to begin NCAA Tournament action on Friday at 9:00 PM.  The Bluejays are 26-28 on the season after winning the MVC Tournament last Saturday while the Bruins are 42-14 after winning the Pac-12 Conference CO-championship last Sunday.  Second-seeded San Diego and third-seeded New Mexico are the other two teams in the tournament.  San Diego is 40-15 while New Mexico is 36-22.  The games will be played at Jackie Robinson Stadium, just minutes from the UCLA campus.  It will be Creighton's second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

 

Local Schedule:  Kelly’s 18’s at Columbus (SB DH-6:30); Iowa at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).

 

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 6 New Orleans 3 (Bsbl).

 

Kwifax:

In May of 1785, Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of bifocals.

 

News Briefs:

Smoking bans hurt keno revenue streams in Lincoln and elsewhere in the state, but that's been reversed. Officials say keno revenue is rising statewide. Keno wagering began to climb last year but hasn't reached that state record of nearly $211 million set in 2008. Nebraska officials say keno is more susceptible to economic worries than the state lottery, where sales rose from more than $114 million in 2007 to nearly $132 million last year.

 

Experts are drawing closer to determining who hacked into a University of Nebraska database that contained personal data on students, alumni, parents and university employees. University information security officer Joshua Mauk says 20-30 people have been investigating the breach and that a break in the case could come as soon as today. The university announced Friday that someone had breached security and reached the database of more than 650,000 records. Officials have said there's no evidence the information was downloaded.

 

Volunteers from the Northeast Nebraska chapter of the American Red Cross responded to three disasters in five hours on a recent night -- a house fire, tornado and ammonia leak at a local plant. Manager Shalle Wolff says this type of situation points out the need for both disaster volunteers and financial support for disaster services.

 

A Central City plant that opened last year to manufacture modular homes appears to be closing its doors. About 40 employees were told Thursday that the Stone Creek Homes plant was closing.

 

Remember the nation's fallen and teach of the youth of their sacrifice was the message of the Memorial Day speaker at events Monday in Norfolk. Past State VFW Commander Gary Steckleberg says places like Veterans Homes have a wealth of information that residents want to share with others. He tells WJAG NEWS everyone who has served has a different story to share. Steckleberg spoke at programs at the Norfolk Veterans Home and during a ceremony at the World War Two Memorial in Central Park where taps was played and a 21-gun salute was fired in remembrance of the fallen.

 

A Minnesota man won the South Dakota Kayak Challenge on the Missouri River. Joe Zellner of Grand Marais, Minn., finished the 72-mile course in less than nine hours over the holiday weekend. The race started Saturday morning, but some competitors didn't finish the course until Sunday morning.

 

Today's Tickler:

Great American Comedy Festival 6/13-6/17

www.greatamericancomedyfestival.com

Bible Characters’ greatest hits:  Joshua:  “Good Vibrations”

 

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