July 3, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Pete and Pat Crippen's fifth, and perhaps last, trip to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials was a swing of emotions, from watching the youngest of their four children, Teresa, race for a spot on the London Olympic team, to dealing with the void they felt over their son's not being with them. Teresa, who came closest to Olympic qualification in the 200-meter butterfly, was sixth in Sunday's 200-meter backstroke final, ending her Olympic hopes, and likely her competitive career.
June 22, 2012 |
WITH THE U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., less than a week away, La Salle University's Blase Szyszko struggles to find words to describe his emotions. His body twitches with excitement and his face beams, but his ability to articulate seems frozen in a state of anticipation. The rising senior will head west this weekend to compete for a chance to represent the United States in the Summer Olympics that kick off in London in late July. He is scheduled to swim the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday and the 200 breast on Thursday.
May 7, 2011
But can he lead off and play shortstop? During the sixth inning of Thursday's game between the Yanks and the Tigers in Detroit, a fan (obviously not Blake Griffin ) attempted to leap over the Yankees' dugout and onto the field. He didn't quite make it, nor did he stick the landing. Instead, he ended up coming down on the dugout steps. Security immediately removed the trespasser (without employing a Taser), but not before shocking the players, as well as manager Joe Girardi , and perhaps rousing Derek Jeter from one of his fabled naps.
July 12, 2009 |
After 63 years, I decided to return. A year ago June, my son and I traveled to Paris and Normandy, including stops at Omaha Beach, Rouen, Caen, and Le Havre, where I served in 1944 and 1945. I was with the Navy Ship Salvage Unit Foxy 29. I landed on Omaha Beach at the end of June 1944 on the LST-291 with a cargo of tanks for the Army. Our mission was to clear the heavily mined ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre of ships and cranes that the Germans had sunk to impede our supply ships.
May 1, 2008 |
The College World Series will be played in Omaha, Neb., at least through 2030, under an agreement reached by the city and the NCAA yesterday. A long-term contract has been in the works for months, with much of the discussion centered on the construction of a new downtown ballpark to replace 60-year-old Rosenblatt Stadium. Plans for a stadium adjacent to the Qwest Center arena have been moving forward for weeks, and yesterday's "memorandum of understanding" promises a commitment of at least 20 years once the current contract expires in 2010.
December 7, 2007
The senseless shooting deaths of eight people in an Omaha mall further underscore the need for greater gun control nationwide and in Pennsylvania. The suburban mall slaughter should be a wake-up call for lawmakers to pass meaningful gun-control legislation. Unfortunately, many in Harrisburg have been reluctant to confront the growth in gun violence, believing it is an urban problem and not something people have to worry about in suburbia. When are they going to understand that easy access to guns - and the violence that accompanies access - isn't limited to inner cities?
July 19, 2007 |
Chris Lubanski has taken another step toward achieving his lifelong dream of playing major-league baseball. Lubanski, a former standout at Kennedy-Kenrick High in Norristown, was promoted on June 27 to the Omaha Royals, Kansas City's triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. He had been playing double-A ball for the Wichita Wranglers. "Chris had a real good year last year and a very good first half this year," said J.J. Picollo, Kansas City's director of player development.
June 3, 2005 |
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt acknowledged on a life-insurance application shortly before his death that he once had a dizzy spell during a race - apparently a 1997 event in South Carolina in which he crashed. The disclosure was contained in 41 previously sealed exhibits in a lawsuit against insurer United of Omaha, which refused to pay millions of dollars to Earnhardt's widow after he died in a crash at the Daytona 500 in 2001. United of Omaha claims the policy was never valid for Earnhardt because he had not taken a required physical.
June 6, 2004 |
The old soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division were about worn out after three straight days of being wined and dined and generally fawned over in villages all across the north of France. Walking into yet another reception and handed yet another goblet of sparkling burgundy yesterday, Maurice Graham, 86, of Salisbury, Md., said with a wry, half-smile: "I'm tired, but it's better than being shot at. " Sixty years ago today, on June 6, 1944, the men of the 29th were among the first of 154,000 soldiers from 5,000 ships to land at Omaha Beach on D-Day, the largest sea invasion in history and the event that marked the start of France's liberation from four years of Nazi German occupation.
July 1, 2003 |
Atlanta Braves righthander Paul Byrd will undergo reconstructive surgery today on his pitching elbow. The former Phillie, who had bone chips removed from his right elbow on April 11, pitched just one inning for the Braves in spring training. Oakland outfielder Jermaine Dye's return from a knee injury was delayed because the Athletics said he needed another day off as a precautionary measure. Dye has played only once since missing Oakland's game against San Francisco on June 22 with a sore right knee.