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Weaver officially files to run for city council as third ward candidate

Weaver officially files to run for city council as third ward candidate

At-large city council member Max Weaver has officially filed to run for city council in the third ward. Weaver filed the required paperwork and 40 signatures today at about 4:30…

Former Mayor Jean Marinos says she is candidate for City Council

Former Mayor Jean Marinos says she is running for Mason City City Council. Marinos confirmed her candidacy today to NorthIowaToday.com. “Word seems to travel fast,” she said, about people finding…

Regulator defends Bank of America deal with Fannie Mae

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ó Bank of America Corp.’s sale of mortgage servicing rights to Fannie Mae, a transaction that spurred a congressional inquiry last week, “made sense for both companies,” the…

New ‘super PAC’ aims to raise $55 million for Rick Perry

WASHINGTON ó Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the GOP presidential front-runner, may be leading the pack in the money game as well, as a new “super PAC” supporting him gears up…

A decade on, No Child Left Behind law faces critics, calls for change

WASHINGTON ó As head of one of the largest teachers unions in the country, Randi Weingarten had high hopes for the No Child Left Behind Act when Congress passed it…

Synthetic drug sales boom on the Internet

By Larry Oakes, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS ó In the secretive world of online drug dealing, an underground website named Silk Road entices shoppers with a wide range of illegal…

Millionaire tax called class warfare by GOP

WASHINGTON ó Top congressional Republicans on Sunday accused President Barack Obama of trying to incite class warfare with his proposal for a new tax on millionaires, and said they would…

Obama to unveil plan to slash $3 billion from deficit

Obama to unveil plan to slash $3 billion from deficit

WASHINGTON ó President Barack Obama will announce a plan to slash more than $3 trillion from the nation’s deficit over the next decade by winding down the wars in Afghanistan…

Iowa roofing business owner pleads guilty to harboring illegal aliens

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The owner of an eastern Iowa roofing company pleaded guilty in federal court in August to harboring and conspiring to harbor illegal aliens. U.S. Immigration and…

Construction Update ñ 19th Street SE Widening

From the city of Mason City Week beginning Monday, September 19 Beginning this week, 19th Street SE between South Rhode Island Court and Pine Hill Court is scheduled to be…

“Fraternal White Knights” leave flyer at Community Kitchen

“Fraternal White Knights” leave flyer at Community Kitchen

A flyer from a group called the “Fraternal White Knights” was left on the doorstep of the Community Kitchen in Mason City. It was not known if other flyers were…

North Iowa Youth Center to host Youth Jam Session (Dance) this Saturday

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Star 106 Eric FlemingPOOL, FOOSBALL, CARPET POOL, AIR HOCKEY,PING PONG & OBSTACLE COURSE INFLATABLE Who: Youth ages 11-15 years old What: Youth Jam Session (Dance)DJ Star 106 Eric…

North Iowa Bulls hockey team to appear at North Iowa Youth Center

North Iowa Bulls hockey team to appear at North Iowa Youth Center

The North Iowa Bulls Hockey Team will be here at the North Iowa Youth Center 138 5th St. SW Mason City, IA from 5:00PM ñ 8:00PM for autographs & pictures…

Break the Chains! By Peter Lagios

Break the Chains! By Peter Lagios

I figured out what the problem is of why pleasure and serenity cannot be had on a regular basis. The problem lies with the hard-mule notion that work is something…

America the poor

McClatchy-Tribune News Service The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Sept. 15:óóó The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that almost one in six Americans was living below…

As social media grow, so does First Amendment appreciation

By Eric Newton Each year, on Constitution Day, students and teachers celebrate the most fundamental laws of our republic. This year, they should celebrate Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and all other…

Rick Perry playing catch-up to 2012 field on social media

DALLAS ó Texas Gov. Rick Perry broke new ground in his 2010 re-election campaign by bringing shoe-leather tactics to social media.He cut costs by dumping yard signs in favor of…

Administration tries to sell states on health insurance exchanges

WASHINGTON ó Worried that the federal government could end up running new insurance marketplaces for dozens of states, the Obama administration is making a new pitch Monday for cooperation to…

Millionaire tax called class warfare by GOP

WASHINGTON ó Top congressional Republicans on Sunday accused President Barack Obama of trying to incite class warfare with his proposal for a new tax on millionaires, and said they would…

Black caucus chairman treads line between criticizing, supporting Obama

WASHINGTON ó As the debate over jobs turns into the latest political tug-of-war, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri walks a careful but candid line.|By David Goldstein, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON ó…