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A sinkhole formed Tuesday next to the pitcher's mound at Rangers Ballpark when the pipe that's used to water the infield burst. The game went on as planned, but pre-game batting practice was canceled while the grounds crew fixed the pipe and the hole.
The whole ordeal was pretty ho-hum when all was said and done — but had the sinkhole not been discovered before the game, things could have gotten quite interesting. Imagine a game being played with a sinkhole on the field. We imagined it all right.
President Barack Obama is calling attention to the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act that aimed to eliminate gender wage disparities, making the case for strengthening the law that President John F. Kennedy signed in 1963.
Japan's Jiroemon Kimura has died after living longer than any man in recorded history. The 116-year-old was born in 1897, the same year as Amelia Earhart and a time when the average male life expectancy in Japan was just 44, the BBC reports. "He has an amazingly strong will to live," an 80-year-old nephew said in an interview last year. "He is strongly confident that he lives right and well." Kimura had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
There's a new summer basketball league for youngsters in Jacksonville.
Mayor Alvin Brown created the league today.
The first games will start on July 8. The championship games will be played at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on August 8.
"This initiative is to help keep the youth in our community focused on doing great things and being fit," said Brown. "There are so many lessons that the game of basketball teaches, and creating this league in the summer fills a void that can keep children focused on goals and teamwork."
The league will feature four age groups: Under 12; Under 14; Under 16; and Under 18.
Teams can sign up through the city of Jacksonville Parks & Recreation Department. The fee is $75.
People can register online or by calling (904) 630-2489. Registration runs through June 30.