On the Radar: Funeral for baseball fan, nuclear checks in Japan, U.S. heatwave
The Texas flag flies at half staff for fan Shannon Stone at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.
July 11th, 2011
06:27 AM ET

On the Radar: Funeral for baseball fan, nuclear checks in Japan, U.S. heatwave

Three things you need to know today.

Rangers' fan's funeral: Funeral services will be held Monday for a Texas man who died at a baseball game last week.

Shannon Stone will be buried in his hometown of Brownwood, Texas. The 39-year-old firefighter fell to his death Thursday while trying to catch a ball at a Texas Rangers game.

In the second inning of the ill-fated game, star outfielder Josh Hamilton tossed a souvenir ball into the stands after a batter hit a foul ball. Stone stuck out his glove and reached for the ball, but lost his balance and flipped over the railing of the outfield seats. He fell about 20 feet and crashed head-first into a scoreboard, suffering fatal injuries. Stone died of blunt-force trauma, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.

Nuclear checks in Japan: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano announced Monday a new round of safety tests for the country's nuclear plants in the government's latest bid to gain the public's confidence.

The development came less than a week after the government made a surprise announcement that it would conduct "stress tests" on all of the country's nuclear plants.

"In addition to the existing mechanism, we have decided to introduce a safety evaluation based on new procedures and rules," Edano said at a news conference.

"There are many suspicious voices over the confirmation of safety by the Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency (NISA) and it is hard to say that we have sufficient understanding by the public," a government statement released Monday said.

Nuclear plants that have been idled for maintenance checks since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami must first pass the stress tests in order to resume operations.

Dangerous heat: A heat wave is building and could reach dangerous levels in parts of the Midwest, the Plains and the Southeast this week.

Fifteen states are under heat advisories, which means temperatures are expected to exceed 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

High pressure over the Plains is keeping the weather pattern stable, allowing heat to build and suppressing thunderstorms.

Some relief is expected by mid-week as the high pressure system weakens and shifts slightly southeast. This will allow thunderstorms to develop in the central Plains.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. chillipepper

    Man that is scary how you can die in a flash when you least expect it. I still don't know how he went over so easy.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. rooney

    So sad about the Rangers' fan. His son saw the whole thing too. Horrible. My heart goes out to his family.

    July 11, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Just a fact and thats all !!

    What an idiot ! I guess that ball was so important "IT WAS TO DIE FOR" !!

    July 11, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. jerk

    Nuclear balls cause heat?

    July 11, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mekell

    Made me sick to watch Shannon Stone go over that rail in front of his son. Can't imagine the heartbreak.

    July 11, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. yeah

    Poor guy. Thats why i try to stay home in the air conditioning. Its safer and comfortable. Plus you dont have to wait in line for hotdogs. That sure is rough for his son. maaaan. . . . . .

    July 11, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
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    July 11, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
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    They forgot to mention about casey anthony being released on either the 13th or 17th.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. birr looking on

    In the mid west, that heat wave aims to kill, run for your lives! Your destination? Jamaican beaches.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |

    no one has ever said whether the family got to keep the baseball...

    July 11, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Queen

    Condolences to this man's family, especially to his son, who had the misfortune of seeing it all.
    So, so sad.

    July 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
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