08-13-12

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Clark Froehlich, Robert Hans, Phillip Leu, Keith Neal, Judy Patefield, Brad Pflueger, Jay Putters, Dave Rickers, Juan Sandoval, Aaron Walter

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, becoming mostly sunny, high 82.  Tonight, partly cloudy, low 56.  Tuesday, a blend of clouds & sun, chance for showers & storms late, high 90.

 

Sports:

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United States athletes concluded one of the best showings in Olympic history, winning the London Olympics medal title and the gold medal crown as well.  American athletics won 46 gold medals, the most ever for an Olympics not held in the United States.  Overall, American athletes are taking home 104 total medals.  China was next with 87.

 

The U.S. men's basketball team defended its Olympic gold medal, beating Spain 107-100 in the championship game.  Kevin Durant led all scorers with 30 points.  LeBron James contributed 19 points and Kobe Bryant had 17.  Mike Krzyzewski says this is his final game as coach of Team USA, a position he's held since 2005.  He led the 2008 team to gold in Beijing.  Coach ‘K’ finishes 62-1 as United States national coach, counting non-Olympic games.

 

Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship, the last major of the PGA golf season, in a runaway.  The Northern Irishman routed the field by a record eight strokes yesterday for his second major title.  McIlroy led throughout the final round at Kiawah Island, shooting a 6-under 66 and eclipsing Jack Nicklaus' seven-shot victory in 1980.  McIlroy sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to break the record and finish at 13-under 275.  David Lynn shot a 68 to finish a distant second.  Before McIlroy's victory yesterday, the last 16 majors had been won by 16 players.  Tiger Woods shot a 72 to finish 11 strokes behind.

 

The Creighton men's soccer team has been ranked 14th nationally in the preseason poll by College Soccer News.  In addition, the same organization has deemed Creighton owns the nation's 20th-best recruiting class.  It's the second major poll to honor the Jays with preseason recognition, as last week the NSCAA tabbed Creighton third nationally in its preseason poll.  The Bluejays return seven letter winners and four starters from the 2011 squad, led by Second Team All-MVC midfielders Jose Gomez and Bruno Castro.  Creighton made a run into the College Cup in 2011, finishing the season 21-2-1.

 

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Tucson (Bsbl-9:05).

 

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 20 Tucson 3 (Bsbl).

 

Kwifax:

The Memphis recording label Sun recorded both Johnny Cash & Elvis Presley

 

News Briefs:

Petitions to add two members to the Madison County Board must be turned in to the County Clerk by Monday, August 27th. Rob Dover, a member of the group circulating petitions to put the question on the November 6th ballot, says about 1069 signatures are needed. The petitions seek to increase the size of the board from the current three commissioners to five. Dover says one of the main reasons for the change is that only two members are needed for a quorum of the board - leading to concerns about accidently violating the state's open meetings law. Dover says there has been some concern that adding more commissioners would increase Norfolk's representation on the board - but that is not true. Dover says petitions are available at his office, Coldwell Bankers Dover Realtors. Those with questions may contact Dover or Ron Stauffer.

 

A dispute between Kansas and Nebraska over use of water from the Republican River is heading back to court - in New England. The trial begins Monday in federal court in Portland, Maine. A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court will take evidence and recommend a resolution. Kansas officials allege Nebraska is violating a 2003 settlement over use of water in the Republican River basin. The state claims Nebraska exceeded its allotment by more than 78,000 acre-feet of water from 2005 through 2006. Kansas asked the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 to reopen the case and enforce the settlement. The court agreed to reopen the case last year and appointed a special master.

 

Six Nebraska cities will share $1.1 million in grants to help revitalize low- and middle-class neighborhoods. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development recently announced grants to Columbus, Fremont, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk and North Platte. All of the cities are providing some matching funds. Grand Island will receive $270,010 to help pay for sewer upgrades that the city is investing $1.3 million in. All the other cities are receiving $175,000 grants. Columbus and Fremont plan to use the money to rehabilitate several homes in their areas. Kearney and North Platte plan to use their grants for street and sewer projects. Norfolk plans to rehab four downtown businesses and complete street work.

 

About 155 riders took part in the 7-City Century Bike Ride over the weekend - covering 100 miles and visiting all seven communities in Madison County. Cheryl Johnson was one of the organizers for the event, a fundraiser for improvements to the Cowboy Trail. She says riders spend Saturday night in Newman Grove, and the community really put out the welcome mat for them. Johnson says the majority of the riders spent the night in the school gym, but some camped in the city park. She says the weather was close to ideal - except for some south winds Saturday afternoon that made the ride from Tilden to Newman Grove a challenge. The riders left TaHaZouka Park on the south edge of Norfolk early Saturday morning, and most were back in the Norfolk park enjoying pizza by noon on Sunday.

 

Today's Tickler:

He’s so cautious that he burns the bridges in front of him.

 

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