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June 17, 2002
DiedBy drowning while competing in the Ironman Utah Triathlon, John Boland, 55, an experienced triathlete and computer programmer from Redondo Beach, Calif. Boland's body was pulled from Utah Lake in Provo about 15 minutes after the start of the 2.4-mile swim, which Ironman officials halted after 40-mph gusts created heavy chop. The event later resumed as a duathlon.
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June 17, 2002

The Blotter

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Died
By drowning while competing in the Ironman Utah Triathlon, John Boland, 55, an experienced triathlete and computer programmer from Redondo Beach, Calif. Boland's body was pulled from Utah Lake in Provo about 15 minutes after the start of the 2.4-mile swim, which Ironman officials halted after 40-mph gusts created heavy chop. The event later resumed as a duathlon.

Planned
At Klong Prem Central Prison in Bangkok, a World Cup for the incarcerated. The prison houses more than 1,100 foreign inmates, and officials have formed seven-man teams made up of convicts from England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Thailand and the U.S. The two-week tournament begins this week.

Burglarized
On the same night, the locker rooms of the Rice and Houston baseball teams, which are six miles apart. Thousands of dollars' worth of gloves, bats and other gear were stolen, sending the schools scurrying for equipment before their appearances in the Super Regionals last week. Rice swept LSU to reach the College World Series, but Houston failed to advance after losing two of three to Texas. Police believe the break-ins are related.

Wounded
By two shots from a handgun while he was in a taxi in the drive-thru lane of a Charleston, S.C., fast-food restaurant, Devil Rays' pitching prospect Nick Bierbrodt. According to police, Bierbrodt, a 24-year-old lefty, was shot in the right arm and chest by a young man who approached the taxi on a bicycle after he and Bierbrodt had a verbal exchange at about 3 a.m. last Friday. Bierbrodt was to pitch for Tampa Bay this season, but control problems landed him at Class A Charleston. On Monday he was in stable condition; no arrest had been made.

Applied
A headlock, on Mr. Shucks, the corn-cob mascot of the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels, by Kernels manager Todd Claus, 32. After Cedar Rapids swept a series from the South Bend Silver Hawks, Mr. Shucks strutted around waving a broom, which Claus saw as a dis to the Hawks. Claus cursed Mr. Shucks, applied the headlock, then broke the broom in half.

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