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  • Shanahan ventures again into Area 51

    Associated Press|Apr 25, 2013

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Mike Shanahan is very familiar with the No. 51 pick in the NFL draft. Three times in a row, he was in that position with the Denver Broncos. The 2001 and 2003 selections were utterly forgettable, but no one has as problem recalling his choice in 2002. “Sometimes when 51 comes up, you have your guy,” the Washington Redskins coach said. “One of those guys was Clinton Portis.” Shanahan chose right. Portis had a pair of 1,500-yard rushing seasons with the Broncos and finished his career with nearly 10,000 yards....

  • My amazing introduction to sports

    Stephen McKay, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2013

    It all started on a cold, snowy February morning on Long Island, NY. No, that’s no good. True, but silly. “I was born in the house that my father built.” Nope. No good. Not true. Besides, didn’t that come from Dick Nixon? “My family is American, and has been for generations, in all its branches, direct and collateral.” Well that’s true, sort of. But Ulysses Grant wrote that line about 130-years before me. It would be true for my family too, but three of my siblings have married foreign spouses. One brother married a British... Full story

  • Locals compete at ATA Taekwondo Region 109B Tournament

    Special for the Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2013

    Twelve local Taekwondo students participated in the recent ATA Region 109 Class B Taekwondo Tournament in Aurora, Colo., on April 13, 2013. The regional competition included several categories for all levels of experience ranging from Tiny Tigers (3 to 6 years old) to Adult 4th and 5th Degree Black Belts, with special performances in the XMA/Creative Competition. Several students found success in the highly competitive and entertaining matches. Placing are, Brandon VanDeMortel, Men’s Red Belt,...

  • This year's draft heavy on size, light on glamour

    Associated Press|Apr 25, 2013

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This year’s NFL draft is heavy on size and light on glamour. There’s no high-profile quarterback destined to go No. 1 and instantly become the face of a downtrodden franchise. There’s not even a running back or wide receiver worthy of the top overall pick, someone with the kind of swagger that wins over fans weary of losing. Nope, there’s just beef. And lots of it. There’s 6-foot-6, 306-pound Luke Joeckel, the offensive tackle from Texas A&M whom the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to select first overall....

  • Police: Boston suspects planned to attack New York

    Associated Press|Apr 25, 2013

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had planned to blow up their remaining explosives in New York’s Times Square, officials said Thursday. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told interrogators from his hospital bed that he and his older brother had decided spontaneously Thursday night to drive to New York and launch an attack with their five pipe bombs and a pressure-cooker bomb like the ones that blew up at the marathon. The plan fell apart after the Tsarnaev brothers were intercepted...

  • Israeli military shoots down drone

    Associated Press|Apr 25, 2013

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel shot down a drone Thursday as it approached the country’s northern coast, the military said. Suspicion immediately fell on the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon which denied it sent the craft. Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV made the announcement Thursday through a one line statement flashed as an urgent news bar on its screen. Despite the denial, the incident was likely to raise already heightened tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, a bitter enemy that battled Israel to a stalemate during a monthlong war in 2006....

  • Autism Awareness should be every month

    Lisana Eckenrode, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2013

    April is Autism Awareness Month. But Autism is something that parents of children who have been diagnosed as autistic deal with each month of the year. The prevalence of children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has risen drastically over the past two decades. An estimated one of 54 boys and one in 252 girls are diagnosed with an ASD in the United States each year. By the Centers for Disease Control estimates, the official prevalence number is one in 88 children are diagnosed with an ASD. This number suggests rates have...

  • Denver's annual Starfest a great success

    Lisana Eckenrode, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2013

    Thousands of people enjoyed the weekend at Starfest in Denver. Photos with celebrities were offered along with autographs. The afternoon was filled with on-stage appearances by the celebrity guests who answered questions by the audience and told stories. Ben Browder, of Stagate SG1 and FarScape fame, entertained the audiences with his comedic stories and responses to their questions. He told everyone about his experiences filming in the arctic when it was 40 degrees below, living in a plywood shack with a half-dozen other men; the polar bears...

  • Stepping out: breakfast burritos and more

    Dave Faries, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2013

    It’s difficult to pin down the origins of any dish. Was the fajita, for instance, invented by kitchen staff at Ninfa’s in Houston or derived from chuck wagon meals served to cowboys roaming the borderlands? Did a short order cook in Massachusetts, Michigan or wherever else first slap the hamburg steak on a bun to create America’s signature sandwich? No matter the origin myth, fajitas and burgers soon made their way into every corner of the country. The breakfast burrito--once an...

  • New Amsterdam vodka

    Dave Faries, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2013

    New Amsterdam’s gin made quite a splash when introduced six years ago. Now the California distillery hopes to capture the more lucrative vodka market with a spirit turned to the casual, 20-something crowd. Their gin cranked down the potent juniper flavor that frightens novices. New Amsterdam’s vodka runs through the coils five times and charcoal filtering twice, creating a clean, clear spirit offering little nuance—just the sort of thing favored by mixed drink fans. The more a vodka is distilled and filtered, the more character...

  • Britain dodges recession as economy grew in first quarter

    Associated Press|Apr 25, 2013

    LONDON (AP) — Britain has given the slip to the Triple Dip. The U.K. dodged a third recession after official figures showed the economy grew 0.3 percent in the first quarter compared with the previous three months — a better-than-expected result that offered a bit of breathing space to a government facing criticism for its tough austerity policies. The figure released Thursday by the Office for National Statistics was above analyst forecasts for 0.1 percent growth and allowed the country to avoid a so-called “Triple Dip” — a third...

  • Nourish the 'roots' of your investment strategy

    Apr 25, 2013

    On Arbor Day, which we celebrate this week, people across the country plant trees. Of course, trees provide us with many benefits, including beauty, fruit and oxygen, as well as protection against land erosion. But the act of planting and nurturing trees can also guide our behavior in other areas of life — such as investing. First of all, consider the vision and patience exhibited by tree growers when they plant their saplings. As an investor, you, too, need this type of perseverance and long-term outlook. When you invest, you should be focus...

  • Garbage in

    Apr 25, 2013

    Editor, Horrible, unthinkable, unfathomable events are taking place all across our nation. Our hearts are breaking for the families affected. How can these things happen? What could trigger such evil? Some are jumping to the conclusion that we need stricter laws relating to guns, but when are we going to stop blaming the weapon of choice and start looking at the one who is holding the weapon. What would possess any human being to act in such a way? I think the big question here is, “What are we putting into young people today that might...

  • Our view

    Apr 25, 2013

    Today’s opening of the George W. Bush library – a beautiful facility in Dallas – is one of those rare occasions that brings all living presidents together. The two-term president bore the brunt of some difficult decisions during his time in the White House, taking heat for the invasion of Iraq, the banking crisis that sent the nation spiraling into recession and other issues. To the library’s credit, displays within its halls do not shy away from controversial moments in the Bush presidency, asking visitors to hear the arguments and... Full story

  • Mars: The red planet

    William H Benson, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2013

    Mars One announced startling news last week that they would receive applications from those willing to travel to Mars and establish a permanent colony on the Red Planet. A Dutch entrepreneur named Bas Landsdorp heads Mars One, and he hopes to send four astronauts to Mars by 2023, and then another four every two years thereafter. Landsdorp and his associates say, “this is not a hoax.” The catch is that no Martian colonist can expect to return to Earth. Those chosen for the Mars flight would...

  • Cabela's shares up on big 1Q earnings beat

    Apr 25, 2013

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cabela’s says strong sales of guns and ammunition helped drive its profit up 73 percent in the first quarter, surpassing expectations and briefly driving its shares to all-time highs on Thursday. The retailer operates stores that sell gear for hunting, fishing and outdoor sports. Consumer demand for firearms has surged in recent months on worries about the possibilities of increased regulation or bans of certain kinds of weapons in the wake of the December slayings of 20 first-graders and six adult staffers at the Sandy...

  • Council accepts bid on roads project

    Hannah Van Ree, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2013

    City of Sidney City Council members chose Paul Reed Construction & Supply for the Illinois and 14th Avenue Street Improvement Project this Tuesday night. Donald Dye with M.C. Schaff & Associates, Inc. told council members that two bids had been received by the city. Paul Reed Construction & Supply bid $710,962.89 for the project, Nienhueser Construction bid $843,925.25, and the engineer’s estimate fell at $731,512.50, according to Dye. Paul Reed Construction was Dye’s recommendation. Construction is set to start June 15 and to be completed...

  • Budget concerns delay decision on pool site

    Hannah Van Ree, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2013

    Although City of Sidney council members were scheduled to make a decision on the location site for the new swimming pool at their meeting Tuesday night, it was apparent that there are many additional steps before a site can be confirmed. Mayor Wendall Gaston told council members that the suggested site from the pool committee appeared to be site C, but that the pool consultants needed to be given direction on what to present to the council. The consultants proposed three different sites during their February visits and site A is considered the...

  • City hands stray cat issue to public

    Apr 25, 2013

    With indications that the current cat ordinance debate was in fact leading to too broad a list of requirements, Sidney City Council members handed the problem solving over to community members. Mayor Wendall Gaston said that it was apparent that council’s solutions were not meeting the needs of either party. Instead it was decided that citizens will have a workshop to discuss cat issues. “What I chose to do is to challenge the group to meet and to come up with some suggestions on what to do... Full story