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  • New Balk Rule

    Jeff Parsons, Special for the Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2013

    Each season, the rules of baseball are re-evaluated and modified. With the modern materials available and new manufacturer techniques these days, most of the rules are changed for the sole purpose of safety. This year there have been changes to a variety of book rules. I have been asked to explain the changes made to “The Balk”. Since we covered the balk last year, let’s take a quick refresher so we have a base to start from. As defined in the 2.00 section of the rule book: A BALK is an illegal act by the pitcher with a runner or runners...

  • NASCAR rallies after Boston bombings hit home

    Associated Press|Apr 20, 2013

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The MIT police officer killed during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was the brother of a machinist for Hendrick Motorsports, bringing the events of this past week closer to home for NASCAR teams already rallying around the tragedy. Sean Collier, who began working for Massachusetts Institute of Technology about a year ago, was found shot to death late Thursday in his vehicle in Cambridge, Mass. Police have said Collier was responding to a report of a disturbance when he was shot about 10 miles...

  • Red Sox, Bruins postpone games

    Associated Press|Apr 20, 2013

    BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox and Bruins postponed their games Friday while authorities searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings and officials warned nearly 1 million people to stay indoors. The teams announced about four hours before their night games were scheduled to start that they were scratched. Police identified two suspects in Monday’s explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 180. One suspect was killed during a shootout with police and the other was being sought in a massive manhunt that lasted much of...

  • Elsewhere Briefs

    Associated Press|Apr 20, 2013

    Pa. inmates making own beds – building, that is NESQUEHONING, Pa. (AP) — Inmates at a northeastern Pennsylvania prison are going to make their own beds. But it’s probably not what you think. Carbon County Correctional Facility’s warden, Joseph Gross, said Wednesday at a prison board hearing that he looked into purchasing an additional 18 bunk beds. At $700 each, that’s well over $10,000. The (Lehighton) Times News says (http://bit.ly/YA8nzt) the warden found out that for around $3,400 they could buy the raw materials and make their...

  • FAA approves resumption of Boeing 787 flights

    Associated Press|Apr 20, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials intend to lift the order grounding the beleaguered 787 Dreamliner after accepting Boeing’s revamped battery system even though the root cause of battery failures that led to a fire on one plane and smoke on another remains unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it would send airlines instructions and publish a notice next week lifting the 3-month-old grounding order that day. Boeing will then have the go-ahead to begin retrofitting planes with an enhanced lithium ion battery system....

  • Russian becomes oldest spacewalker at 59

    Associated Press|Apr 20, 2013

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 59-year-old Russian cosmonaut became the world’s oldest spacewalker Friday, joining a much younger cosmonaut’s son for maintenance work outside the International Space Station. Pavel Vinogradov, a cosmonaut for two decades, claimed the honor as he emerged from the hatch with Roman Romanenko. But he inadvertently added to the booming population of space junk when he lost his grip on an experiment tray that he was retrieving toward the end of the 61⁄2-hour spacewalk. The lost aluminum panel — 18 inches by 1...

  • How can we repay God for all his goodness

    Kyril McGowan, Holy American Orthodox Church|Apr 20, 2013

    This is the title of one of the chapters of the Rule for Monks written by St. Basil the Great. St. Basil (+390) is an early Church Father from Cappadoccia. His Rule for Monks inspired St. Benedict of Nursia and others who would write rules for monks in the western church. No one can find adequate words to describe all the wonders or gifts of God to mankind. But He gives us gifts daily in each of our lives. He created us not because He needed us but rather out of Love, because He is Love. He doesn’t ask much of us in return. He gave Moses 10...

  • Lisana's Lines

    Lisana Eckenrode, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2013

    As some of you may know, I graduated from Boston University with an MS in Health Communications. The events at the Boston Marathon saddened and shocked me tremendously. I consider Boston my home as much as I do Atlanta. I fell in love with Boston when I first glimpsed the skyline. I knew that I would love it and that someday, I would call the city home. Boston is such a peaceful, beautiful and clean city, with a low crime rate for a city of its size. The Greater Boston 2010 census estimated 4.5 million people inhabited the area, making it the 1...

  • Elsewhere Editorials

    Associated Press|Apr 20, 2013

    April 17 Boston Herald on bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon: The words have now been spoken — and by the president — lest there be any doubt that this attack on Marathon Day could have been anything other than an act of terrorism. “Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror,” President Obama said yesterday. It was a word he seemed to avoid on Monday — however he chose to define it. “What we don’t know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned...

  • Looking Back

    Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2013

    These stories from the past first appeared in The Sidney Telegraph. Original writing is preserved, though some stories were shortened for space reasons. 100 YEARS AGO ‘Wonderful Future In Store For Sidney And Cheyenne County’ April 17, 1913 During an interview with Mr. McNish, who is president of The First National Bank of Wisner, Nebraska, and who has been one of the largest land owners in Cheyenne County for many years and through whom many present, happy and contented Cheyenne County farmers first learned, while fighting high rents and g...

  • Wheatbelt hosts annual safety fair for area youth

    Lisana Eckenrode, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2013

    The Wheatbelt Safety Fair’s exact birthdate is a little murky. It was created “many years ago, probably nearly 20,” according to one of the founders, Pam Wieser. Yet the event’s purpose remains as clear as ever. Wieser, along with Diane Steffens, founded the fair to promote safety among fourth, fifth and sixth graders in things that are pertinent to their ages and everyday life. Safety presentations included topics about pets, lawnmowers, electrical and gaslines. Wieser says that it is...

  • Girls Day Out 2013 planned for Saturday, April 27

    Hannah Van Ree, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2013

    Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce staff members and local Sidney businesses are preparing for a day of sales, community involvement and fun at their annual Girl’s Day Out. Festivities will be held April 27 and will begin with a Dutch Oven breakfast at Cabela’s at 10 a.m. Registration will be next on the agenda for the women as those that wish to participate will need to register at the Fox Theatre from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Sidney Community Development Committee are providing women with a bus shuttle service that will travel back and...

  • Keep Sidney Beautiful has events planned

    Lisana Eckenrode, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2013

    Earth Day is on Monday, April 22. Although there are no specific Earth Day activities planned for the city, it’s still easy to be green in Sidney. The president of Keep Sidney Beautiful, Cheryl Jones, explains that the month of April has been Cash for Cans in schools. This program promotes recycling, while funds collected benefit the Sidney Public School Booster Clubs. The mission of the Cans for Cash Campaign is to help build a green, sustainable community and increase resident awareness of recycling. On May 1, there will be an all-day...

  • Boston police: Bombing suspect is in custody

    Associated Press|Apr 20, 2013

    WATERTOWN, Mass. — A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead. Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been holed up in a boat in a Watertown neighborhood. The crowd gathered near the scene let out a cheer when spectators saw officers clapping....

  • Photos force suspects' move, breaking bombing case

    Associated Press|Apr 20, 2013

    BOSTON (AP) — Moments after investigators went before television cameras to broadcast photos of the two men in ball caps wanted for the Boston Marathon bombing, queries from viewers started cascading in — 300,000 hits a minute that overwhelmed the FBI’s website. It marked a key turning point in a search that, for all the intensity of its first 72 hours, had failed to locate the suspects. While it’s unclear how much the tips that resulted helped investigators zero in, experts say it instantly turned up already intense pressure on the...

  • 'It's not guns that hurt people'

    Hannah Van Ree, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2013

    On Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted down a vital amendment in the gun bill – the expansion of background checks on gun buyers. Amendments regarding the purchasing of assault rifles and high capacity magazine clips also failed to pass. “All and all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” was President Obama’s response at a White House press conference following the decision. While some cities and states are looking into stricter gun policies, a few are taking the opposite approach:...

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