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The International Paralympic Committee says Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete during his five-year prison sentence. The double-amputee South African runner, who has won six Paralympic gold medals, was given a five-year jail term today for killing Reeva Steenkamp. Although Pistorius could be released after ten months to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest, the IPC says its rules bar him from running in Paralympic events for the full five years. That would rule the 27-year-old Pistorius out of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. In 2012, Pistorius became the first double-amputee sprinter to compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics in London.
The 11-6 Nebraska volleyball team has dropped from 13th to 14th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. The Huskers are coming off a 1-1 week beating Northwestern in three sets last Wednesday and then falling in four sets to Illinois on Saturday. Nebraska returns to action this week when they visit Minnesota on Wednesday and Wisconsin on Sunday.
Ameer Abdullah reached a number of milestones in Nebraska's win over Northwestern. He became the first Husker player to post three 1,000-yard rushing seasons and the school's second all-time leading rusher. Abdullah also scored a career-high four touchdowns in the 38-17 victory. He said none of those accomplishments mean anything if the 16th-ranked Cornhuskers don't win the rest of their games. The senior from Alabama, says he would like to be remembered for leading the Cornhuskers to their first conference championship since 1999.
The Mid State Conference has announced its conference volleyball tournament starting on Monday. Hartington Cedar Catholic will meet O’Neill in a first round match at Norfolk Catholic High School at 4:30. The winner will meet Crofton in the quarterfinals at 7:30 that same night. Other quarterfinal matches on Monday have Norfolk Catholic hosting Wayne at 6:00. In matches at Battle Creek, Pierce tangles with the host team at 6:00 and Boone Central/Newman Grove plays West Point Guardian Angels at 7:30. Semifinal and consolation matches will be held at both sites on Tuesday, October 28th. The tournament concludes on Thursday, October 30.
Local Schedule: Lincoln SE at Nfk High (VB-6:30); West Point Guardian Angels at Nfk Cath (VB-7:30); WSC at William Jewel at Liberty, MO (VB-7:00).
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China is the world’s largest producer of bicycles.
Arguments for and against locating a stock car racetrack on the Off Road Ranch southeast of Norfolk became personal last night as more than 100 people crowded into the Norfolk City Council chambers for a public hearing. The hearing was on an appeal of a Conditional Use Permit granted to Kevin Signor to operate stock racing on his land. Opponents talked about noise, declining land values and the impact of a racetrack on their quality of life. Proponents countered with stories about the importance of racing and the racing community in their lives, and the value of racing to the community. The City Council voted to table any action on the CUP. Councilmen want a subcommittee to look at the issue with a more specific site plan and formulate suggestions for ways the CUP could be altered to better meet the concerns of neighbors.
Former Arkansas governor, Republican presidential candidate and talk-show host Mike Huckabee will be in Norfolk today. Huckabee will be appearing with GOP gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts at Divots this afternoon beginning at 4. The event is open to the public. Ricketts will face Democrat Chuck Hassebrook in the November 4th election. Huckabee hosts a weekend show on the Fox News Channel as well as the syndicated radio commentary “The Huckabee Report,” which is aired on nearly 600 radio stations nationwide, including News Talk WJAG.
Although the chance of a case of Ebola turning up in Norfolk is slim, the local hospital is putting a plan in place to deal with the possibility. Kelly Driscoll, senior vice president and chief operations officer at Faith Regional Health Services, says the hospital’s goal is to protect the patient, staff and community. She says Faith Regional will proactively follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. Driscoll says a task force has been created to develop a plan and assignments for each area of the hospitals that might be affected.
Recent mild weather has helped Nebraska farmers make good progress on harvesting their crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more soybeans are being harvested now because farmers are waiting for corn to dry out a bit more. But the corn harvest is underway. Roughly 69 percent of the soybeans have been harvested. That's behind last year's 77 percent and the average of 81 percent at this time of year. About 28 percent of Nebraska's corn has been harvested. That's similar to last year but well behind the average of 45 percent harvested at this point in the fall.
Norfolk voters on November 4th, will decide on whether to institute a half-cent sales tax to finance the $7.4 million the Norfolk Public Library’s expansion and renovation project. Voters are invited to a town-hall meeting at the library, 308 West Prospect Avenue, tonight at 7. The chair for the “Library Yes” campaign, Susan Warneke says a space-needs study has indicated a number of areas where the present library is lacking, and that more people than ever are using the library. The half-cent sales tax would end after 36 months. City staff and elected officials will be at tonight's town hall to answer questions.
If astronauts are so smart, why do they count backward?
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