Weekend Reading: Your guide to the week’s best Tribune stories
In this weekly round-up, we scour our website for the week’s best articles. In this edition we focus on the college production of “Rent,” the celebrity gold line-up and the death of former Lake Tahoe Community College instructor and Storm Chaser Carl Young.
PHELPS IN CELEB GOLF, JORDAN MAY BE OUT
Michael Phelps joined the celebrity golf lineup this week, but Roger Clemens and possibly Michael Jordan are out.
Jordan’s manager and spokeswoman Estee Portnoy said Jordan cannot make the celebrity tournament this year due to schedule conflicts. Tournament officials were unable to confirm the change Tuesday afternoon. The 24th annual American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is scheduled to take place July 16-21.
Clemens, a two-time World Series Champion and 11-time All-Star, was briefly scheduled to make his American Century Championship debut, but canceled for personal reasons.
Jordan and Clemens aside, the celebrity tournament is still packed with big names like Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Stephen Curry, John Elway, Bode Miller, Ray Romano, Larry the Cable Guy, Jerry Rice, Brian Urlacher and J.R. Smith.
BLUETHMAN LEAVES LIFE-CHANGING LEGACY
If anyone out there is thinking about crying, don’t. Kathy Bluethman would prefer a smile.
“Anyone who is mourning Kathy doesn’t get it,” Bluethman’s longtime friend and local coach Dan McLaughlin said. “Who’d be the most upset? Don’t mourn. Celebrate the fact that we got to spend time with probably the most remarkable person we will ever meet.”
Bluethman, Whittell’s athletic director and former South Tahoe coach and teacher, died at home May 29 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
“Tahoe lost its biggest angel,” said Chris McCarthy, Bluethman’s partner.
SOUTH SHORE MOURNS LOSS OF INSTRUCTOR KILLED BY TORNADO
South Shore residents mourned the loss of longtime Lake Tahoe conservationist and Lake Tahoe Community College instructor Carl Young this weekend. Young, 45, was one of three storm chasers killed Friday after their truck was hit by a record-breaking tornado outside of El Reno, Okla.
Two of young’s research partners, well-known meteorologist Tim Samaras and his son Paul Samaras, were also killed by the tornado, which abruptly changed direction before striking the men’s vehicle.
Tim Samaras and Young had both appeared on episodes of the Discovery Channel television show “Storm Chasers,” and had worked with National Geographic, which features numerous clips of the men’s endeavors.
POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN SOUTH SHORE MAN’S DEATH
Police in Arizona have arrested a suspect in the killing of a South Shore man almost a year ago.
Vroury Manoukian, 23, was arrested May 31 and charged with second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Matthew McMaster, according to a Thursday statement from the Phoenix Police Department. It is unknown whether Manoukian has appeared in court or if he has an attorney.
McMaster’s body was found the morning of July 28 by firefighters dousing a brush fire near the intersection of Interstate 17 and Dixileta Drive in Phoenix. A witness told police an SUV drove away from the scene of the fire, the statement said.
An autopsy found McMaster was killed by blunt force trauma. Police determined the trauma was caused by Manoukian, according to the statement.
LTCC DEDICATES ‘RENT’ TO FACULTY MEMBER KILLED IN OKLA.
When it comes to theater, Susan Boulanger doesn’t back down from a challenge.
So when the Lake Tahoe Community College theater director decided to tackle “Rent” in July, she wanted to make sure the difficult production was done right even if that meant holding auditions in February and including talent from the valley.
Based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” the rock musical tells the story of a group of young, impoverished artists struggling to survive and create in New York during the Bohemian Alphabet City days and under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
“None of these characters are pristine. They all have a dark side, they all have flaws, which is something we can all relate to,” Boulanger said.
RESIDENT NAMED STATE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Scott Gabler is a true hero, at least according to his brother.
After Gabler won California’s Volunteer of the Year award as a member of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team, there was evidence to corroborate that statement.
The state award honors an outstanding Californian whose volunteer service is exemplary and inspirational, according to the California Volunteers website.
For David Gabler, who nominated the South Lake Tahoe resident, Scott is a shining example of the impact one volunteer can have on a community.
“You’ve been a true hero, from your willingness to risk everything for a stranger to your trademark humility after a job well done,” David Gabler said in a video presentation shot in Afghanistan where he’s serving in the military.
— Compiled by Axie Navas
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