08-08-12

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Dennis Bretschneider, DeWayne Fowler, Debra Holmberg, Allen Jessen, Don Middleton, Leatta Stortvedt, Rod Topp, Melissa Werner

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a mix of clouds & sun, chance for showers & storms, high 94.  Tonight, partly cloudy, low 64.  Thursday, mostly sunny, high 84.

 

Sports:

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Former Norfolk High standout Jeremy Scott fell short in qualifying for the Pole Vault finals at the Olympics in London.  Scott missed his first attempt at 5.35 meters.  He then missed his first attempt at 5.50 meters before clearing his second try.  Scott then missed all three attempts at 5.60 meters.  14 vaulters advanced to the final on Friday with six reaching 5.50 meters while Scott was among three vaulters that didn’t qualify despite a 5.50 mark.  He competed against 32 other vaulters for a chance at the Final on Friday afternoon at 1:00.  The 31-year-old has spent nine years training with Bell Athletics in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Scott is the tallest pole vaulter in the world at 6’9 ¾.  He 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.

 

China continues to lead the medals race in London.  They have 73 of them, including 34 gold.  The United States is next with 70 medals, including 30 gold.  After a slow start, this year's hosts sit tied for third with Russia in the overall count with 48.  Great Britain won three gold on Tuesday to raise its total to 22.  That's the most the Brits have collected at any Summer Games in 104 years.

 

Aly Raisman grabbed the gold in the floor exercise.  The captain of the U.S. women's gymnastics team also earned the bronze medal on balance beam.  All around gold medalist Gabby Douglas finished seventh on the beam after a fall.

 

The Big Ten Conference and ESPN announced the start times and television information for the 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Men’s Basketball Challenge yesterday.  Nebraska's game at Wake Forest has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 27, and will be carried on ESPNU at 8:15.  The Huskers' game at Wake Forest is one of six games across ESPN platforms that evening.  It is the second straight year that Nebraska and Wake Forest have squared off in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as the Demon Deacons pulled out a 55-53 victory in Lincoln last November.  The Big Ten won the Commissioner's Cup for the third consecutive year in 2011, winning eight of the twelve matchups.

 

Local Schedule:  Colorado Springs at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-12:05).

 

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Colorado Springs 1 (Bsbl

Kwifax:

The orbit of Pluto crosses the orbit of Neptune.

 

News Briefs:

The Stanton County Sheriff's office assisted law enforcement officers from New Albany and Floyd County , Indiana in processing a vehicle located in Stanton County. The vehicle is believed to have been used in two homicides in Indiana in 2002 and was located in Stanton County after a national search. Arrangements were then made to secure and process it. The current owner of the vehicle was unaware that it had possible ties to an Indiana serial killer when they purchased it from an out of state dealership a couple of years ago. The vehicle was positively linked to 54-year-old William Clyde Gibson who is currently being held in Floyd County, Indiana on several charges of first-degree murder. The vehicle was processed at the Woodland Park fire station.

 

Last Night was Norfolk's third year participating in National Night Out. In the last two years about 400 people turned up for the local event, and with even more organizations and businesses taking part this year, Police Captain Leon Chapman expected the turn out to be just as good despite the heat. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

 

According to a new survey by the state health department, Nebraska's kids are taking part in risky behavior less frequently. Dr. Joanne Schaeffer, the state's chief medical officer, says she is particularly encouraged by the drop in the smoking numbers. The Youth Risk Behavioral Survey showed some of the greatest improvement since the survey began in 1991, including tobacco and alcohol use and alcohol-impaired driving. On the downside, the survey found only about half of students get the recommended physical activity, and fewer than one in five consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

 

 

This week is National Stop on Red Week - a time to bring attention to the dangers of blasting through stoplights. Melissa Wandall, outreach director for the National Coalition for Safer Roads, is urging Nebraskans to become more aware of the deadly risk of running red lights.  A federal study of Nebraska crashes in 2009 found intersection-related crashes claimed 64 lives. Nationwide, 8700 people were killed in intersection wrecks.

 

A 70-year-old Madison man has been arrested after a search warrant was served at his home. The Norfolk Daily News reports that Carlisle Briscoe was arrested Friday on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms. He could also face charges of being an habitual criminal, which carries a sentencing enhancement of 10 years. Investigator Mike Bowersox of the Madison County Sheriff's office reports that several weapons, a large amount of ammunition and a bulletproof vest were seized, as well as Nazi propaganda and memorabilia. Briscoe's bond has been set at $100,000 cash.

 

Today's Tickler:

I don’t cheat … I play golf for my health, and you see, a low score makes me feel better.

 

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