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Boilers SWEEP Illini via NEWSCHANNEL 18

Purdue men and women sweep Fighting Illini

Updated: Sunday, 13 Feb 2011, 5:57 PM EST
Published : Sunday, 13 Feb 2011, 5:54 PM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It was a great Sunday afternoon for the Purdue Men’s and Women’s basketball programs against the University of Illinois. The men set the tone today by surviving a first half of 28.6 percent shooting to trail 32-27 at halftime. Then the Boilermakers caught fire, scoring 54 second-half points and out rebounding the Illini 28-9 over the final 20 minutes. Purdue started their second-half push with a 10-4 run that gave them just their second lead of the afternoon, a lead that they would never give back. JaJuan Johnson scored 24 points and E’Twaun Moore added 20 to lead Purdue. The Boilers also got great games out of their two point guards as Illinois native Lewis Jackson scored 10 points and Kelsey Barlow added 9 points and 5 rebounds. Purdue is now 9-3 overall in Big Ten play and will face another 9-3 Wisconsin team on Wednesday night at Mackey Arena.

Meanwhile the Purdue women got a big home win today as they scored 92 points in a route over the Fighting Illini. The Boilers were led today by Drey Mingo and Antionette Howard who combined for 44 points and 9 rebounds. Brittany Rayburn added 13 points while Alex Guyton and Courtney Moses each scored 10 points apiece. Confidence must be oozing out of Mackey Arena as the Purdue Women leave considering they shot 61% from the field and 53% from three point range. Purdue improves their record to 17-9 overall and 7-6 in Big Ten play. Purdue will hope to take this momentum on the road as they head to Minnesota to face the Golden Gophers on Thursday with tip set for 8:00PM.

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Fantastic Weather on the way !

Rest Of Today…Sunny midday then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight…Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. Southwest winds around 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
Sunday…Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds around 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
Sunday Night…Breezy. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. West winds 15 to 20 mph.
Monday…Breezy. Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Monday Night…Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. Highs in the mid 40s.
Tuesday…Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. Highs in the mid 40s.
Tuesday Night…Not as cold. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s.
Wednesday…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s. Lows in the upper 30s.
Thursday…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s. Lows in the upper 30s.
Thursday Night…Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the mid 50s.
Friday…Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the mid 50s.

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Purdue warns about slippery sidewalks etc! ( via j&c )

Workers at Purdue University were expected to be dispatched today to continue to deal with melting ice threatening to fall from Mackey Arena.

With temperatures this weekend warming, icicles that have formed near many campus buildings, particularly the arena, are melting. If they fall, they could pose a hazard to pedestrians, university spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg said Friday.

Firefighters will use water to melt ice on the arena’s roof and gutters. That may take most of the day.

"Workers are erecting a panel fence around the area to keep pedestrians out of harm’s way," she said.

A portion of Wooden Drive, formerly known as North University Drive, will be closed during the work to allow firefighters access to a hydrant, she said.

Friday afternoon, Purdue identified several buildings where dangerously large chunks of ice had accumulated on roofs.

In addition to Mackey, those identified were Beering and Heavilon halls, Stewart Center, Mollenkopf Athletic Center, the Armory and the Turf Recreation Exercise Center.

Workers knocked ice from Beering Hall Friday, briefly closing a portion of University Street.

The university particularly was concerned about ice on that building, Norberg said, because a CityBus stop is located below a large chunk of ice. The stop was temporarily moved until the ice could be removed.

Norberg said workers have erected barricades around problem areas on campus. The university also sent out a campus-wide text message and e-mail to alert community members of the threat.

Ben Cotton, a systems research engineer for information technology at Purdue, said he wasn’t sure sending a campus-wide text message — which is expensive — was necessary.

But he said he understands the cause for concern.

"Most people probably aren’t looking up, so if there is ice hanging off the edge of the building, it would be really easy to get seriously injured if a big chunk fell on you," he said.

Norberg also warned those on campus of ice that could melt and re-freeze on sidewalks, posing another threat to pedestrians.

Temperatures are expected to rise to 35 today, and up to 39 Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

That warming trend is expected to continue through at least Friday, when the high could be up to 54.

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Flowers Blooming!

Business blooming at local flower shops

Shops feeling the Valentine’s Day rush

Updated: Friday, 11 Feb 2011, 12:34 PM EST
Published : Friday, 11 Feb 2011, 12:34 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Floral arraignments are flying off store shelves at area flower shops. The clock is ticking away to get: roses, lilies and the like to their desired location by February 14th. Owner of the Lafayette Flower Shoppe Mary Beth Johns said there is never a dull moment around her shop on 18th and Veterans Memorial Parkway this time of year.

"It gets real crazy especially on Valentine’s Day because people will come in last minute and want us to deliver to work,” said Johns. “That means we have to make them and send drivers out. We are going to have four vans out delivering, but it is really difficult. We do not take any times, we will take mornings or afternoons and we try to get to businesses first and then homes."

Johns added it is surprising how much money people are willing to spend on Valentine’s Day, as opposed to other holidays during the year.

"Guys will come in and spend a lot more money on their girlfriends than they do on their moms for Mother’s Day,” said Johns. “This is where we have the higher end flowers, the higher cost flowers."

Johns’ best advice is to not wait until the 14th to place your order. She says the more you wait the less chance you will have of getting what you want.

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