Tiger

To spruce up its look and add seating as the University of Missouri, Columbia, enters the Southeastern Conference, the Board of Curators approved a $72 million project to renovate memorial football stadium and other athletic structures. The Board of Curators agreed to borrow the funds under a 30-year debt financing plan that also will allow the university to improve its tennis and golf facilities, and its softball and baseball stadiums.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of $474 million for a fifth round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program to fund surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area.

Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that the receipt of $10 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program will allow the department to accelerate the rehabilitation of the Providence Viaduct and begin work late this year.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU will add new seats to Tiger Stadium, in a south end zone expansion that will near the football stadium’s capacity to 100,000 people and make it among the largest university stadiums in its conference and across the nation.

Forty-two capital construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states will share nearly $600 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s popular TIGER II program for major infrastructure projects ranging from highways and bridges to transit, rail and ports, Secretary Ray LaHood announced.

Editorial note: This is a firsthand look at First Response Team of America’s early days of working on the Gulf Coast to clean up the oil spill. It does not reflect the progress that has been made to date. When Tad Agoglia, founder of First Response Team of America, a non-profit emergency response team that responds to disasters, arrived in Louisiana on May 30th, 41 days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, he felt an overwhelming “patriotic sadness.” What has now become the worst oil spill in U.S.

DETROIT (AP) Tiger Stadium’s final out appeared at hand June 5 as crews began demolishing what’s left of the venerable ballpark, until a judge halted the demolition — with an assist from a fan who charged the mound armed with the court order.

DETROIT (AP) Going to a baseball game in Detroit used to mean heading to Michigan and Trumbull, the intersection that became shorthand for Tiger Stadium. Go there today, and all that remains is a small slice of the arena that once drew throngs of fans to see legends like Ty Cobb and Hank Greenberg play.

DETROIT (AP) Crews began the process of tearing down historic Tiger Stadium on June 30. At least one hole was punched in the side of the stadium, which closed following the 1999 season. A backhoe could be seen removing trash and other debris from the interior of the old ballpark.

DETROIT (AP) Demolition of Tiger Stadium could start soon. Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Vice President Waymon Guillebeaux said contracts were finalized June 12 with MCM Management Corp. and the Farrow Group to tear down the ballpark. He said the city is not paying for demolition.

Denver Weinstiger has joined the staff at Nasser Heavy Equipment’s Villa Rica, Ga., branch. He will be taking on the responsibilities of business development for the company. Weinstiger has been in the equipment industry since 1975, when he began his career with a company in Ohio as a clerk in the service department.