08-06-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Trudie DePasquale, Deb Gronau, Mark Ramold, Judy Sovereign, Don Zoubek

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds & sun, high 95.  Tonight, partly cloudy, chance for showers & storms, low 64.  Tuesday, a blend of clouds & sun, high 91.

 

Sports:

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He was beaten in his own Olympic trials, but Usain Bolt came through when it really mattered.  The world record holder captured his second straight gold medal in the 100-meters blazing to an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds.  Bolt edged out fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake who settled for the silver medal.  Blake beat Bolt in both the 100 and 200 meters at the Jamaican Olympic trials.  The bronze medal went to 2004 Olympic champ Justin Gatlin of the United States.

 

Ben Kohles fired a nine-under-par 62 in the final round of the Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha to win for the second straight week.  The 22-year old came from two strokes off the pace at Champions Run and zipped past the field, finishing at 24-under par to win by three over South Africa's Dawie van der Walt, who settled for an eleven-under 60 when he missed a short birdie putt on the final hole.  Kohles is in unchartered territory in becoming the first player in Tour history to make his first two professional starts victories, pretty impressive for a guy who didn't even try out for his high school golf team as a freshman.  He collected $117,000 and moved to second on the money list to lock up a spot on the PGA TOUR for 2013.  Kohles started the final round at 15-under, two back of CO-leaders Russell Henley and Luke Guthrie.  Omaha’s Scott Gutschewski shot 14-under par while O’Neill John’s Hurley was eleven-under par.

 

Nebraska native Jeremy Scott is getting ready to compete for an Olympic medal in the pole vault this week.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Scott, who grew up in Norfolk believes he has a shot at a medal in the competition that starts Wednesday.  Scott didn't even start pole vaulting until he was 16.  The 31-year-old has spent nine years training with Bell Athletics in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  That means he already knows several teammates because one of the other male pole vaulters and two women who are competing in the event also train with Earl Bell.  Scott says his training has helped him go from clearing 15’2 in high school in 1999 to win the state tournament to clearing 19’1 ¼ in a recent meet.

 

Local Schedule:  Colorado Springs at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

 

Local Scores:  Colorado Springs 10 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl).

 

Kwifax:

Imalone is the name of a real town in Wisconsin

 

News Briefs:

The Nebraska Supreme Court has declared the state's embattled campaign finance law unconstitutional. The 1992 law provides money to a candidate for state constitutional office who agrees to abide by a spending limit, and whose opponent does not. The money comes from a fund fed mainly with late campaign filing fees and campaign violation fines collected by the state, as well as a taxpayer checkoff on state tax income returns. The state's high court on Friday agreed with Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning's challenge saying the law violates the free-speech rights of privately funded candidates and is, therefore, unconstitutional.

 

A new state audit has found that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln failed to competitively bid some of its six-figure contracts and didn't report others to the university's Board of Regents as staff members should have. The audit examined 49 of more than 3,200 vendors that the university paid for services and equipment in 2011. It found five instances in which contracts were signed by unauthorized staff, and two in which purchases were not competitively bid. But State Auditor Mike Foley says his staff found no evidence of misappropriation or impropriety.

 

Nebraska native Jeremy Scott is getting ready to compete for an Olympic medal in the pole vault this week. Scott, who grew up in Norfolk, Neb., believes he has a shot at a medal in the competition that starts Wednesday. Scott didn't even start pole vaulting until he was 16. The 31-year-old has spent nine years training with Bell Athletics in Jonesboro, Ark. That means he already knows several teammates because one of the other male pole vaulters and two women who are competing in the event also train with Earl Bell. Scott says his training has helped him go from clearing 15-feet-2-inches in high school in 1999 to win the state tournament to clearing 19-feet-1 1/4-inches in a recent meet.

 

Norfolk residents are invited to take part in tomorrow night's National Night Out rally against crime. Local law enforcement officers and others will be in Central Park from 6 until 8 p.m., providing fun activities and discussing safety and neighborhood unity.

 

Norfolk area Boy Scouts are looking for used uniforms. Those with uniforms to recycle are asked to put them in the boxes located at the entrances of both Norfolk HyVee stores. The collection will run through August 15th.

 

43 young people took part in a lemonade camp last week in Norfolk, hosted by Christensen, Brozek and Faltys P.C. The purpose of the camp was to teach students about being entrepreneurs. Money raised through the sale of lemonade will be donated to the local Stuff the Bus campaign to purchase school supplies for needy families.

 

Nebraska First District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and U.S. Senator Mike Johanns both plan to visit Northeast Nebraska This week. Representative Fortenberry will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce. Senator Johanns will be in Pierce for a community coffee in the Public Library from 3:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events.

 

Today's Tickler:

He always orders a waffle with his alphabet soup so he can do a crossword puzzle.

 

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