The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-21T20:42:11-04:00 released in Monday fatality accident2014-04-21T20:42:11-04:002014-04-21T20:42:11-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARBobbye PykeName released in Monday fatality accidentNo source's Chris Madison, two others, at Boston Marathon with a chance to finally finish2014-04-18T11:42:48-04:002014-04-18T11:42:48-04:00The Saline CourierHe stumbled over a pothole, opening a cut where his running blade attached below his right knee. Glasbrenner cursed his luck as he stopped every mile to clean the wound.That bump in the road just may have kept the 41-year-old from being in the midst of the chaos. He was three blocks from the finish when the marathon was halted by the two bomb explosions."A pothole," Glasbrenner said, "just may have saved me."This year, he's one of 4,781 runners taking the iconic race up on its offer to return — an opportunity to settle some unfinished business when they line up at the start again.For many, it's a chance to finally make good on their months of training — dozens of workouts and hundreds of miles logged — and achieve that finish line. For Glasbrenner, his journey back to Boston became much more than simply finishing.He's bringing some company as he trained right-leg amputees Andre Slay and Chris Madison, both whom had never even imagined running a marathon before."This is going to be a day filled with lots of joy and tears," said Glasbrenner, a motivational speaker and three-time Paralympian in wheelchair basketball. "But we're going to get to that finish line together."Glasbrenner has always been a "bucket list" sort of athlete — finish one adventure and move on to the next. He has completed 13 marathons and 22 Ironman triathlons.So Glasbrenner just had to go back to Boston, to conclude this quest. For himself and for those injured when the twin pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three and injuring 260. At least 16 people lost a limb or limbs. He could understand the devastation, having lost part of his leg in a farming accident when he was 8 years old."I had a hard time watching the news for a few days after Boston," said Glasbrenner, who was at 25.9 miles — according to his GPS tracker — when police stopped runners. "I'm not going to let a couple of bad guys steal my finish line."He talked Slay and Madison into joining him at the starting line. It wasn't easy: Neither had even run as much as a 5-kilometer race. And first, they had to run a qualifying event (to get into the field for Boston, a mobility-impaired participant has to finish a marathon in less than eight hours).The trio began training together late last June on paths around Little Rock. At least once a week, they met for a run. On those other days, Glasbrenner gave them a training schedule to follow. He was always a phone call or text away for questions, too.Slay, 32, and Madison, 39, had plenty: How many socks to wear on their stump? How often to stop and clean the sweat from their prosthetic leg?And the biggest one: Could they really run a marathon?"Sure, I had doubt," Slay said, laughing.Slay worked at an airline ticket counter when he met Glasbrenner, who frequently travels to give lectures and check items off his sports bucket list. Slay was 24 and finishing flight school when he lost part of his right leg in a motorcycle accident.First, Glasbrenner attempted to steer Slay toward wheelchair basketball.No interest.How about a marathon then?"Jeff's like, 'I didn't finish Boston. Come back with me,'" Slay recounted. "I was thinking, 'Well, I guess I can hand you water.'""He's like, 'No, run with me.'"The offer came at a good time. Slay was around 240 pounds and suffering from high blood pressure, which put his commercial pilot's license at risk. This could improve his health.One slight obstacle: Slay didn't have a running blade, which costs around $25,000 and isn't covered by insurance.No trouble. Glasbrenner had an extra one he could use.So that's how Slay found himself at a marathon in Colorado Springs last September, on a borrowed running blade, with only 10 miles of training under his belt, trying to qualify for Boston.He didn't stop that day until mile eight, when he felt a blister where the blade attached. One blister soon turned into many more with each step he took."My leg looked like bubble wrap," said Slay, who finished in seven hours. "It was the most excruciating run of my life."Those blisters eventually popped and became infected. For six weeks, he couldn't work, let alone run.As he recuperated, he received a letter that bolstered his spirits — his acceptance into the Boston Marathon. Then, a prosthetic company donated a custom-made running blade."That starting line is going to be so emotional," Slay said.Madison feels the same way. At the urging of a friend, he met Glasbrenner for lunch last spring. Madison simply wanted to get some training tips to complete a triathlon.How about a marathon, Glasbrenner suggested."Thought it was a cool idea and fit in with my wanting to do something," said Madison, who lost his part of his leg when a boat ran into him while he was riding a jet-ski when he was 10. "I didn't realize the magnitude of what I was getting into."Madison attempted to qualify for Boston by running a marathon in Tupelo, Miss., in early September. On a steamy day, with his prosthetic leg just not fitting right, Madison reached mile 25 in 5 hours, 45 minutes. Told the cutoff time was six hours, he decided to call it an afternoon.Turns out, there was no cutoff time."Jeff was so mad. He's like, 'I told you to finish,'" chuckled Madison, a former police officer who's now an attorney.A month later, Madison ran a marathon in St. Louis and crossed the line in 5:43 to earn his spot at the start line for Boston."What I learned is I'm the only one who can prevent me from achieving things," Madison said. "I've achieved the goal of getting to Boston. The next goal is crossing the finish line."Benton, ARALEX SANZ, PAT GRAHAM - Associated PressBryant's Chris Madison, two others, at Boston Marathon with a chance to finally finishNo source sweeps down Everest, killing at least 122014-04-18T11:25:36-04:002014-04-18T11:25:36-04:00The Saline CourierThe Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts.An injured survivor told his relatives that the path up the mountain was unstable just before the avalanche. As soon as the avalanche hit, rescuers, guides and climbers rushed to help.Four survivors were injured badly enough to require airlifting to a hospital in Katmandu. One arrived during the day, and three taken to the foothill town of Lukla could be evacuated Saturday. Others with less serious injuries were being treated at base camp.Rescue workers pulled out 12 bodies from under mounds of snow and ice and were searching for the four missing guides, Lamsal said. Officials had earlier said three were missing.The avalanche hit an area nicknamed the "popcorn field" for its bulging chucks of ice and is just below Camp 2, Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said. Camp 2 sits at an elevation of 6,400 meters (21,000 feet) on the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain.One injured guide, Dawa Tashi, lay in the intensive care unit at Grande Hospital in the capital late Friday after being evacuated from the mountain. Doctors said he suffered several broken ribs and would be in the hospital for a few days.Tashi told his visiting relatives that the Sherpa guides woke up early and were on their way to fix ropes to the higher camps but were delayed because of the unsteady path. Suddenly the avalanche fell on the group and buried many of them, according to Tashi's sister-in-law Dawa Yanju.Hundreds of climbers, guides and support crews are at Everest's base camp preparing to climb to the summit when weather conditions will be at their most favorable early next month. They have been setting up camps at higher altitudes, and guides have been fixing routes and ropes on the slopes above.The Sherpa people are one of the main ethnic groups in Nepal's alpine region, and many make their living as climbing guides on Everest and other Himalayan peaks.More than 4,000 climbers have summited Everest since 1953, when it was first conquered by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Hundreds have died attempting to reach the peak.The worst recorded disaster on Everest had been a snowstorm on May 11, 1996, that caused the deaths of eight climbers. Six Nepalese guides were killed in an avalanche in 1970.Benton, ARBINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated PressAvalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12No source Hands & Healing Center sponsors Easter Service2014-04-18T11:10:07-04:002014-04-18T11:10:07-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableHelping Hands No source Middle School evacuated2014-04-15T13:51:47-04:002014-04-15T13:51:47-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableBryant Middle School evacuatedNo source School Board will meet tonight2014-04-07T15:49:39-04:002014-04-07T15:49:39-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableBryant School Board will meet tonightNo source dropped in manslaughter case of former Little Rock officer2014-04-07T11:38:39-04:002014-04-07T11:38:39-04:00The Saline CourierA trial set for next month would be the third for Josh Hastings, who prosecutors say was reckless when he fatally shot Bobby Moore in 2012. Juries couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in his previous trials.Attorney Bill James argues for Hastings that a third trial should be blocked on constitutional grounds of due process and fundamental fairness. Prosecutors haven't yet filed a response.Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Wednesday that Hastings can't argue to the jury that he was justified in shooting when a car approached as he investigated car burglaries.James also asked Griffen to withdraw from hearing the case.Benton, ARNo author availableCharges dropped in manslaughter case of former Little Rock officerNo source'In View Series' hosted by Larry King feature to cost Benton district $27,9002014-04-03T17:24:45-04:002014-04-01T16:14:37-04:00The Saline CourierThe show's executive producer explained to Collum and Benton School Board President Brad Bohannan that Benton was selected from research conducted by their producers using criteria such as academic performance and accomplishments, technology and top-performing schools.The arrangement includes a payment of $27,900 from the district to the broadcast. Sponsorships to help defray the costs are being sought by the district.Benton, ARSaline Courier Staff'In View Series' hosted by Larry King feature to cost Benton district $27,900No source causes delays in Bryant2014-04-01T11:39:19-04:002014-04-01T11:39:19-04:00The Saline CourierA new panel box will need to be constructed which could take several days, said Dana Poindexter, assistant to the mayor. "We are asking that everyone use extreme caution in this area," she said. This intersection will be considered a four-way stop and requires all drivers to make a complete stop before proceeding through. Benton, ARNo author availableAccident causes delays in BryantNo source fundraiser to benefit Bryant dog park2014-03-27T11:12:26-04:002014-03-27T11:12:26-04:00The Saline CourierTen percent of all sales will be donated to the Bryant Dog Park Build, said Tricia Power, animal control director. U.S. Pizza also has a dog-friendly outdoor terrace, so people can bring their dogs to enjoy the event as well. Employees of the animal control department will be at the restaurant until 8 p.m. taking orders for "Pawesome Pavers" and tickets to the Fur Ball, a formal event that will benefit the dog park. "Pawesome Pavers" are custom bricks that will be placed on the park entrance walkway. "The proposed dog park will be located within Alcoa Park at the corner of Mills Park Road and Shobe Road and will feature over an acre of fenced-in area, with benches, lighting and even a water feature for summertime canine fun," Power said. Benton, ARSarah PerryPizza fundraiser to benefit Bryant dog parkNo source