Another step forward in the effort to install a fence on the Y-Bridge.
This week, the first fence panels were installed on the All-American Bridge. The project was delayed for a number of weeks while contractors worked to fix a coating problem with the fence material.
Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Project Engineer for the city of Akron, Jim Weber, said the fencing project is part of a $6.2 million rehabilitation of the Y-Bridge, with the Federal and State Governments paying the largest portions of the cost.
Besides the fence, the project included resurfacing the bridge deck and replacing aging portions of the 30-year old structure.
Weber said crews are concentrating on the southbound span of the bridge. That's side includes the sidewalk. Weber says the fence is needed, whether its to prevent people from falling or jumping off the bridge or to keep people from throwing objects off the span.
Only one lane in each direction will be open while the project continues. The fence will stand 10-feet tall and represents a change in philosophy in how bridges are built. Fencing is considered a necessity nowadays for bridge construction and not a luxury.
When Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan needed a lift, his teammates stepped up in a big way.
Hannahan's wife went into labor this month while the team was in Boston. The journeyman ballplayer was desperate to get back to Cleveland, but the next available flight wasn't until the next morning.
The Indians then pitched in to secure a private plane that got Hannahan home in time for the birth of his first child, John Jack Hannahan V. Hannahan's wife had a difficult pregnancy, but he says John is doing great.
The Indians tried to keep the kind gesture quiet, but news trickled out in the past couple days, and Hannahan delivered a public thank you before last night's game at the Chicago White Sox.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Fausto Carmona allowed four hits over 8 1-3 innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 last night.
The win kept Chicago from passing the Indians and moving into second place in the AL Central.
White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (10-6) allowed a season-high 12 hits and had his streak of consecutive starts allowing three runs or less snapped at 18 games. Buehrle allowed four runs in 7 1-3 innings.
Shin-soo Choo had three hits and drove in a run for the Indians, while Carlos Santana singled, doubled and scored a run.
Alexei Ramirez homered for the White Sox. Chicago's Gordon Beckham grounded out with two runners on to end the game.
The shooting incident that we told you about near the intersection of Beechwood and Norway on Akron's west Side early this morning has resulted in a death.
Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiners Office are investigating the shooting death of 19-year old Yusef Daniels of Donald Avenue in Akron.
Akron Police discovered Daniels lying in the devil strip in front of 395 Beechwood, unresponsive with a gunshot wound. Daniels was transported to Akron General Medical Center where died from his injury at around 2:30 this morning.
An Autopsy is planned for today.
Neighbors told Akron Police they hear about 10 gunshots close to 2 o'clock this morning.
Lieutenant Rick Edwards says a second man, 18-year old Chevron J. Mapp of Marcy Street in Akron, was shot in the arm during the altercation. He was treated and released from Akron General Medical Center and booked into the Summit County Jail. Mapp was charged with Murder and Aggravated Robbery.
Detectives have issued warrants for a second suspect, 18-year old Charles L. Williams, of Beechwood Drive. Williams is wanted for Murder and Felonious Assault. Charles Williams is a black male, 5’10”, 238 lbs., and has a short afro. Williams should be considered armed and dangerous.
The Cleveland Indians are excited to announce Major League Baseball has granted the Indians permission to begin postseason ticketing process.¨ Indians Season Ticket Holders recently received information concerning their opportunity to purchase 2011 postseason tickets.¨ Single-game ticket customers have three options currently to access 2011 Postseason Tickets for potential games at Progressive Field.OPTION #1- GUARANTEE WITH 20-GAME SEASON TICKET PLANPARTIAL SEASON TICKET PLAN- Fans have until Monday, August 22 to become a 2011 Indians Season Ticket Holder by purchasing tickets for the final 20 games of the season to guarantee postseason ticket priority.Call 216-420-HITS (4487) or visit Indians.com for details.OPTION #2- GUARANTEE WITH PLAYOFF PAYOFFPLAYOFF PAYOFF- The “Playoff Payoff” Program guarantees fans the opportunity to secure tickets for potential 2011 postseason games played at Progressive Field when a deposit is made for a 2012 Season Ticket plan.Call 216-420-HITS (4487) or visit Indians.com for details.OPTION #3- LOTTERY OPPORTUNITYLOTTERY- Beginning Wednesday, August 17 at Noon, fans may enter to win the opportunity to purchase single-game tickets at indians.com/postseason for ALL (Division Series, ALCS, World Series) potential 2011 postseason games played at Progressive Field. Winners will be notified via e-mail on September 13 with details regarding how to purchase postseason tickets beginning with the Division Series. Visit Indians.com for details on how to sign up for the lottery.2011 DIVISION SERIES PRICING*Seat Type 2011 PriceDiamond Box $130.00Field Box $115.00Infield Lower Box $105.00Lower Box $90.00Party Deck $80.00View Box $75.00Lower Reserved $60.00Mezzanine $50.00Upper Box $40.00Bleachers $27.00Upper Reserved $22.00Standing Room $35.00*EIGHT (8) TICKET LIMIT PER PERSON, PER POSTSEASON GAME
Akron Police are looking for five suspects who they say are responsible for robbing a 22-year old man outside a car wash in the 15-hundred block of Frederick Boulevard around 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says the suspects took the victim's IPod, credit cards and drivers license. After the victim handed the suspect's his belongings, he took off running. As the victim was running, Police say a suspect took a shot at him, grazing his arm.
The victim refused hospital treatment.
Police describe the suspects as five black males, between the ages of 20-29, wearing dark clothing.
If you have any information about the incident, contact Akron Police.
What's a young quarterback to do when he is locked out of his team's training facility and he wants to improve the offense?
Visit Brett Favre.
That's what Browns quarterback Colt McCoy as a way to learn more about the West Coast Offense. McCoy traveled to Mississippi, Hattiesburg to be exact to visit with the former NFL signal caller.
“This summer I was just really trying to soak in as much information as I could and we were working hard having camps and things like that," said McCoy. "You can’t be around your coaches, so I just found a way to get a hold of Brett and was able to spend a couple days with him in Mississippi. He’s an outstanding guy, we had a blast and I learned a lot so I was thankful for him being open to me to even coming down there. That was the first time we met and it was a lot of fun.”
Did Favre help to slow down the high powered West Coast offense? “Well so far nothing has been easy," said McCoy.
"I will tell you that. There is a lot to learn and a lot to grow. I think he helped me a lot on some things. I had a list of questions and wasn’t able to ask my coach. I had the playbook and I had some tape, but if you can go down and ask him, ‘Okay versus this, what call do you make here? You see a pressure, can you make a call, can you adjust?’ Those are the things that we talked about, same questions that I would ask the coach. Now that I am here and I am getting coached every day, we are way passed that, but during that time Brett was very helpful,” said McCoy.
McCoy gets his second start of the pre-season Friday night against the Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell mayhave run his 10th practice yesterday, but he's still unsure who the starting running back will be for the season opener.
When asked if the position might be handled by committee for the September 3rd game against Akron, Fickell said, ``You never know.''
With senior incumbent Dan Herron (216 carries, 1,196 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2010) among four players serving a five-gamesuspension for NCAA rules violations, none of his replacements are blessed with experience.
Junior Jordan Hall (37-169-2), and sophomores Jaamal Berry (32-367-1) and Carlos Hyde (24-115) are in the mix, along with redshirt freshman Rod Smith.
``We've got a group of guys,'' Fickell said, ``who are very impressive.''(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Monday was a big day for Browns' Montario Hardesty.
Yesterday Hardesty was on the practice field, in full pads. It was the first time for Hardesty on the field since August First. Since the beginning of training camp, Hardesty was working on the sidelines with an athletic trainer.
After practice, Hardesty said, “It was fun to get back out here and to start getting back to football mode and get things going again. I had fun.” Hardesty was asked if he felt like a rookie, he said “I don’t know if I feel like a rookie but I definitely had the jitters, just getting back out to practice and getting with the guys. I get the jitters before every practice and every game. It’s fun.”
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said it was good to see Hardesty on the field. “It was good to see him out there," said Hardesty. "He made a couple nice runs. He caught the ball out of the backfield in some of the passing drills. He actually made a real nice catch. He was running away and the ball was a little behind him so he pinned it on his fanny and then brought it around. He did a good job. It was good seeing him out there. I think he enjoyed being back at practice. We’ll go in now and evaluate how he did and move forward.”
Shurmur said there will be times when both Peyton Hillis and Hardesty will play in the offensive backfield at the same time.
The University of Akron women’s soccer team has been selected to finish second in the Mid-American Conference East Division in the 2011 Preseason Coaches Poll, the conference office announced Monday.The Zips collected 56 points in the voting – trailing Miami’s 68 points. Kent State (43), Ohio (40), Bowling Green (31) and Buffalo (14) rounded out the East Division. Toledo was selected as the favorite in the MAC West as well as the favorite to win the 2011 MAC Tournament.Akron - 9-0-1 in MAC East play during the last two seasons - won the division in 2009 and finished just a point back of Miami in the 2010 standings. Coach Chris Pfau return nine starters from the 2010 side including leading scorer Rachel Phillip; fifth-year senior midfielder Jordan Clark; defenders Liz Cloutier and Kara Cooper; MAC All-Freshman Team selection Kelly DeNiro; and goalkeeper Jeny Wolbert.The Zips open up the season with road tests at Michigan (Aug. 19) and Florida International (Aug. 27) before their home opener against Michigan State on Sept. 4 at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
Women's soccer season tickets (all general admission) are on sale now for $40. Tickets can be purchased through the Akron Athletics Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Mondays through Fridays by either calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting the ticket window at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets).
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