Thursday Morning Read: Man with shotgun 'really, really frightening'; zip lines over Cedar River?, Ferentz's $1 million gift

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TODAY’S WEATHER — Mostly cloudy, pleasant. High 73, low 55.

MAN WITH SHOTGUN ‘REALLY, REALLY FRIGHTENING’ — A Cedar Rapids city employee armed with a shotgun and apparently intent on harming himself entered the City Services Center on Wednesday morning, prompting an evacuation. The incident ended approximately an hour later with the man in custody. The gunman — who is not being identified by policor city leaders due to medical confidentiality concerns — has been hospitalized at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital. Read more: http://bit.ly/2ipzUZL

ZIP LINES OVER CEDAR RIVER? — Cedar Rapids is about to get extreme thanks to two zip lines slated to fly over the Cedar River next summer. Riders would zip across cables spanning between the New Bohemia District and Czech Village. Read more: http://bit.ly/2g7p7T9

FERENTZ’S $1 MILLION GIFT — The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is creating a new “Savvy Ferentz Program in Neonatal Research” with a $1 million gift Kirk and Mary Ferentz have committed in support of research to improve premature infant survival rates. Read more: http://bit.ly/2g6zMO4

KERNELS WIN IN EXTRAS — Trey Cabbage’s third hit of the night, a single to right field, scored the go-ahead run in a three-run 10th inning that lifted the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 5-3 win over Kane County in Midwest League baseball Wednesday night. Read more: http://bit.ly/2xvuxen

QUOTABLE“The energy level is so much higher with everything being new. They’re going to do great this year.” Randy Walton of Marion, on the new Longfellow Elementary School in Marion

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