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  • Mythbusters ...

    Jeff Parsons, Special for the Sun-Telegraph|Apr 27, 2013

    Passion – There isn’t another other word that best describes my feelings for the game of baseball. Over the years, I can tell you, never a day goes by that I don’t think about, prepare for or study the game. On occasion, we officials get together and just talk about some of the crazy situations we see during nine innings of play. The other night a fellow official and I were discussing last year and the upcoming season. During this conversation we started laughing about some of the myths some people seem to take as gospel when it comes to... Full story

  • Thunder's Westbrook out, needs knee surgery

    Associated Press|Apr 27, 2013

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s championship chances. General manager Sam Presti said Friday that the Thunder had not yet scheduled Westbrook’s surgery and would not have an accurate timeline for his return until after the procedure was done. No one would rule out Westbrook’s possible return if Oklahoma City keeps advancing in the playoffs, and All-Star teammate Kevin Durant...

  • Bring on beef in draft, starting with OT Fisher

    Associated Press|Apr 27, 2013

    NEW YORK (AP) — Short on glam, slim on glitter and no sign of Manti Te’o, the NFL draft was still a solid B-plus. As in Big, as in Brawn, as in Bulk, as in Beefy. We’re talking a scale-busting 600 pounds at the outset Thursday night with offensive tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. The first seven picks were all linemen: four on offense, three on defense. “That’s a lot of love for the big boys up front, which we usually don’t get,” Fisher said. None of the teams making the first 32 selections we...

  • Marathon deaths prompt review of security policy

    Associated Press|Apr 27, 2013

    Left unattended, no accessory looks as menacing these days as a backpack. At the airport. On the subway. At a sports event. And, as a result of the two backpack-encased bombs that exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, sports teams and leagues around the world are rethinking what kind of bags, satchels, purses and, yes, black nylon backpacks should be allowed inside stadiums and arenas. The packs will even be the focal point of a conference this summer of stadium-security personne...

  • Obama backs Planned Parenthood in political fight

    Associated Press|Apr 27, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Friday to join Planned Parenthood in fighting against what he said are efforts by states to turn women’s health back to the 1950s, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide, and singled out the GOP-governed states of North Dakota and Mississippi for criticism. “When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you,” Obama said, becoming the first sitting president to address the abortion-rights group in person. “They’re...

  • Boston suspect is moved; FBI searches landfill

    Associated Press|Apr 27, 2013

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was moved from a hospital to a federal prison medical center, while FBI agents searched for evidence Friday in a landfill near the college he was attending. U.S. officials, meanwhile, said that the bombing suspects’ mother had been added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the deadly attack — a disclosure that deepens the mystery around the Tsarnaev family and marked the first time American authorities acknowledged that Zubeidat Tsarnaeva had come under...

  • Elsewhere Briefs

    Associated Press|Apr 27, 2013

    Death toll in Bangladesh collapse passes 300 SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — With time running out to save workers still trapped in a collapsed garment factory building, rescuers dug through mangled metal and concrete Friday and found more survivors — but also more corpses that pushed the death toll past 300. Wailing, angry relatives fought with police who held them back from the wrecked, eight-story Rana Plaza building, as search-and-rescue operations went on more than two days after the structure crumbled. Amid the cries for help and the smell...

  • Easter season

    Art Faesser, St. Patricks Catholic Church, Sidney|Apr 27, 2013

    For many, Easter 2013 is a faded memory. However on the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church, we are smack dab in the middle of the 50 day “Easter Season”. The significance of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb is just so profound, so significant, that we can’t quickly pack it away with the Easter baskets and colored plastic eggs. Our liturgical prayers, songs and scripture readings hold before us the joy of the Risen Christ. Our environment inside and outside the church speaks of new life and resurrection even as new life...

  • Elsewhere Editorials

    Associated Press|Apr 27, 2013

    Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: April 24 Boston Herald on politics: President Barack Obama and his team don’t have to worry about commercial flight delays. Maybe that helped secure the decision to begin furloughing air traffic controllers this week, leading to delays at the nation’s airports and the Democrats’ finger of blame pointed at tax-averse Republicans. The administration claims that, because of the sequester-related budget cuts, it has no choice but to furlough all 47,000 Federal Avia...

  • Hiding Behind The Bible?

    Apr 27, 2013

    Editor, On April 12 a writer submitted an article for the Sidney Sun-Telegraph on the opinion page concerning the topic of whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to get married. My purpose is not to address all of the different subjects and opinions that were sporadically introduced as support of that so-called “right” for homosexual couples. I am most concerned about what I believe were misleading statements regarding the role of the Bible in this discussion. The writer began by first of all dismissing the relevance of the Bible to... Full story

  • Lisana's Lines

    Lisana Eckenrode, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 27, 2013

    After going to the Sunol Community Center this week and seeing feeling the history within the walls of that building, I started thinking about how history should be preserved. As I described last week, Boston does a pretty good job of preserving history. Atlanta on the other hand, not so good. Many times over the years, some groups of people have tried to demolish the Margaret Mitchell house, where she wrote “Gone with the Wind.” Other groups, so far, have recognized the significance of this piece of historical property and have always... Full story

  • Looking Back

    Apr 27, 2013

    100 YEARS AGO ‘A Unique Sight’ April 26, 1913 A unique sight in town last Saturday was when Mr. McDonald of the South divide came to town with four loads of potatoes which he pulled with his tractor engine. Whatever that may have cost he saved at least four horse feeds at a livery barn, and the wagons were loaded more heavily than for teams. 75 Years Ago April 26, 1938 City Officials Keep Constant Attention On Power Program Sale Of Property Comes, Citizens To Get Chance To Buy Sidney Plant DEFINITE ACTION IS NOT YET INDICATED Although the...

  • Junior Ranger Activities at the monument

    Special for the Sun-Telegraph|Apr 27, 2013

    GERING – Celebrate National Park Week and earn a badge or two on Saturday, April 27. How do you earn a Junior Ranger badge? Each unit in the National Park Service has put together an activity booklet for children. After completing the required activities for their age group, they take a pledge and earn their badge. Since the badges have the name of the park, collecting the badges has become very popular among young visitors. Not only are there badges for the individual Park Service units, there are badges and patches available for subjects...

  • SPNRD offers youth camp scholarships

    Special for the Sun-Telegraph|Apr 27, 2013

    The South Platte Natural Resources District has two scholarship opportunities for students wishing to attend one of two camps focusing on natural resources education this summer. The scholarships are for high school students attending Range Camp, while middle school students (sixth to eighth grades) are eligible for ACE (Adventure Camp about the Environment) Camp. Scholarships are offered to one student in each county (Kimball, Cheyenne, Deuel) within the district, or if there are not applicatio...

  • Across the fence: Boston: April 18, 1775

    M Timothy Nolting, Special for the Sun-Telegraph|Apr 27, 2013

    It’s been nearly 10 years since I was last in Boston, Mass. For more than a year I flew from Denver to Boston every-other weekend and spent each two-week stretch working as an independent consultant for Philips Medical Systems. On my off weekends, when I wasn’t flying back to Denver, I immersed myself in the rousing history of the Colonies. Although I found the breakneck pace of life on the east coast to be a little too hectic for my Kansas blood I was spellbound by its history. At Plymouth Rock I stood upon the shore where the first...

  • Death toll in Bangladesh collapse passes 300

    Associated Press|Apr 27, 2013

    SAVAR, Bangladesh — With time running out to save workers still trapped in a collapsed garment factory building, rescuers dug through mangled metal and concrete Friday and found more survivors — but also more corpses that pushed the death toll past 300. Wailing, angry relatives fought with police who held them back from the wrecked, eight-story Rana Plaza building, as search-and-rescue operations went on more than two days after the structure crumbled. Amid the cries for help and the smell of decaying bodies, the rescue of 18-year-old...

  • Annual Pheasants Forever banquet a success

    Special for the Sun-Telegraph|Apr 27, 2013

    Cheyenne County High Plains Chapter Pheasants Forever held its 23rd annual fund raising banquet on March 1 at the Cheyenne County Fairground in Sidney. Chapter President Brad Lines, termed the banquet a “monumental success.” “We’re extremely pleased with the outpouring of generosity,” said Lines. “To have this level of community support in attendance and donations is unprecedented. We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support and we are already discussing adjustments to the 2014 banquet to accommodate a larger audience....

  • Bond deal denied in Gurley meth case

    Hannah Van Ree, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 27, 2013

    At the preliminary hearing in the State of Nebraska’s case against Gurley resident Justin Warren, representatives from both sides questioned investigator Zachary Goodrich and deputy Adam Hollingshead when they were called to the stand. The judge denied Warren’s request for a bond reduction and an arraignment hearing is scheduled for May 20 at 8:30 a.m. in District Court. The defendant faces a Class IC felony count for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver or distribute within... Full story

  • The past is present at Boot Hill

    Lisana Eckenrode, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 27, 2013

    An historic part of Sidney’s past is being resurrected. The Boot Hill Restoration Committee is a group of volunteers dedicated to the restoration, recognition and preservation of the Boot Hill Cemetery, also known as the “Original Sidney Cemetery.” Since 2006, the committee has not only been concerned in preserving the cemetery, but also with raising awareness of the role that Sidney played in the settlement of the Western Frontier. Sidney’s Boot Hill Cemetery was an active burial place...

  • It's all about the moves

    Hannah Van Ree, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 27, 2013

    Not only will Dance Steps Studio students be performing their annual big recital next month, but also the studio will be moving to a new location, according to owner Margaret Meier. The recital is titled “Somedays You Gotta Dance,” and will be on May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Sidney High School Fine Arts Auditorium. Meier said that it will be the group’s big end of the year recital and that shortly after May 5 she will be moving her business from its current location to the Jones Center at 1044 T...