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Lee Enterprises files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Lee Enterprises, owner of the Globe Gazette in Mason City, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The move will help the company to refinance nearly $1 billion in debt. “Although…

Op-ed: Dennis Higgins deserves a big round of applause (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) Dennis Higgins deserves a big round of applause for his presentation to the Country Board of Supervisors and stating he wants the fairground turned into an…

Rockwell man arrested in gas theft

Rockwell man arrested in gas theft

On December 13th at 12:39 am, a Mason City police officer spotted a suspicious vehicle parked behind NAPA Auto Parts in the 3300 block of 4th Street SW. In the…

Op-ed: CES president on wrong path to gain respect (by Leonard Foster)

(by Leonard Foster) The president of CES cannot come into this town and run down our citizens, then expect to gain respect from those who live here. I doubt very…

Mason City Woman’s Club gives to good causes

Mason City Woman’s Club gives to good causes

The Mason City Woman’s Club made donations to two worthy causes Tuesday at their annual Christmas party. The event was held in the Heritage Room at First Citizen’s Bank. (PHOTO:…

Seacrest’s potential move to ‘Today’ puts NBC on alert

By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — As the gap between pop culture and the culture writ large seems to narrow with each passing day, the possible ascendancy…

Holder denounces state laws that restrict voting

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder denounced recent state laws that restrict voting and, citing the long struggle to ensure voting rights for…

West seeks Saudi Arabia’s help on Iran oil sanctions

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — In a new effort to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program, the Obama administration and its European allies are asking Saudi…

Marine Corps apologizes for Purple Heart Christmas mixup

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps apologized Tuesday for mistakenly sending Purple Heart Christmas ornaments to the families of 1,150 deceased Marines and sailors.…

Pipeline safety bill clears Congress, headed to president

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — A pipeline safety bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday night was headed to President Barack Obama for his expected signature. The…

Judge recommends Colorado low-security prison for Blagojevich

By Cynthia Dizikes, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — If Rod Blagojevich gets his choice, he will spend more than the next decade at a Colorado federal prison framed by lakes, golf…

Free speech is in the cross hairs

By Jonathan Turley, Los Angeles Times This week in Washington, the United States is hosting an international conference obliquely titled “Expert Meeting on Implementing the U.N. Human Rights Resolution 16/18.”…

Next chapter for Tebow and Broncos? Brady and Patriots

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Someone asked Denver Broncos coach John Fox this week how this storybook run of dramatic victories by quarterback Tim Tebow will…

Packers prove that Super Bowl teams can be built with obscure players

Packers prove that Super Bowl teams can be built with obscure players

By Mark Craig, The Philadelphia Inquirer The 13-0 Packers are giving the 2-11 Vikings more than an 11-game beatdown in the NFC North. En route to a probable second consecutive…

Bulls eagerly await Hamilton

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — Speaking for the first time about Richard Hamilton, the player, Tom Thibodeau pointed to experience. “He has been a talented player in the…

Vikings mulling game plans for Ponder and Webb

Vikings mulling game plans for Ponder and Webb

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) A snapshot look at the Vikings as they prepare for Sunday’s game at Mall of America Field against the Saints. Players in the spotlight…

Observers note that Sandusky defense attorney not going by the book

By Jeremy Roebuck and Chris Mondics, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — Let the critics say what they may, Joseph Amendola — the outspoken and often unorthodox lawyer representing former Penn…

Attorney says Sandusky faces ‘the game of his life’

Attorney says Sandusky faces ‘the game of his life’

By Mike Dawson, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky now will have to build the most important defense strategy of his…

Sandusky waives hearing; is a plea deal in the future?

By John L. Micek, Peter Hall and Andrew McGill, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) BELLEFONTE, Pa. — To hear his lawyer tell it, Jerry Sandusky’s decision to waive a preliminary…

Rose and Thibodeau praise slimmed-down Boozer

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — When No. 1 speaks, people listen. “Booz, you see how he’s looking,” Derrick Rose said of Carlos Boozer. “He lost a lot of…

Former Penn State administrators to appear at preliminary hearing on Friday

By Peter Hall, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) The next act in the Penn State child sex abuse saga has the potential for high drama as inconsistencies have emerged in…

Mason City Woman’s Club gives to good causes

Mason City Woman’s Club gives to good causes

The Mason City Woman’s Club made donations to two worthy causes Tuesday at their annual Christmas party. The event was held in the Heritage Room at First Citizen’s Bank. (PHOTO:…

Op-ed: CES president on wrong path to gain respect (by Leonard Foster)

(by Leonard Foster) The president of CES cannot come into this town and run down our citizens, then expect to gain respect from those who live here. I doubt very…

Rockwell man arrested in gas theft

Rockwell man arrested in gas theft

On December 13th at 12:39 am, a Mason City police officer spotted a suspicious vehicle parked behind NAPA Auto Parts in the 3300 block of 4th Street SW. In the…

“Christmas Break at Lime Creek” to be held December 28th

A program entitled “Christmas Break at Lime Creek” will be held on Wednesday, December 28, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Children and their parents are invited…

Lee files bankruptcy plan with most creditors’ support

By Lisa Brown, St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS — With nearly all of Lee Enterprises’ creditors backing a refinancing plan, the publisher that owns the St. Louis Post-Dispatch should be…

US runs $137 billion deficit in November

MarketWatch WASHINGTON — The federal government ran a budget deficit of $137 billion in November, the Treasury Department reported Monday, keeping its finances in the red in the second month…

Ford F-150 named Motor Trend Truck of the Year

By Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Motor Trend magazine named Ford’s F-150 the Truck of the Year, edging out the Nissan NV commercial van, the Ram HD Laramie…

Lowe’s faces backlash over pulling ads from ‘All-American Muslim’

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Home improvement giant Lowe’s Cos. continues to come under heavy criticism from activists, some politicians and customers after pulling its ads…

Conviction in 20-year-old murder wiped from books

Brian Slodysko, Chicago Tribune A man who served 10 years in prison after confessing to the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Dixmoor girl, a crime in which four other…

Man with HIV convicted of having sex with 14-year-old girl

Mark Bowes, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. A 52-year-old Richmond man could spend more than 10 years behind bars for his conviction Monday of having sex with a 14-year-old girl without telling…

Couple charged in St. Paul shooting death

Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, Minneapolis A St. Paul man and his girlfriend have been charged in connection with the shooting death last September of a 24-year-old man in the city’s…

Seahawks hammer Rams, 30-13

Seahawks hammer Rams, 30-13

By Danny O’Neil, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The Seahawks started the game by running a reverse on the opening kickoff, Leon Washington handing the ball to Doug Baldwin. They…

Finding the best charity for you and your hard-earned cash

By Jenniffer Weigel, Chicago Tribune Whether you’re passionate about saving the whales or want to feed the homeless, deciding which cause should receive your hard-earned money this holiday season can…

Social Security Q&A

McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: When a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, are benefits payable on that person’s record? A: Social Security survivors’ benefits can be…

Russian billionaire to challenge Putin

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — The Russian billionaire who also owns the New Jersey Nets basketball team announced he will challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency…

Study: Gingrich tax plan would give lion’s share to the rich

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers DES MOINES, Iowa — Newt Gingrich’s proposed overhaul of the tax code would cut taxes for all American taxpayers, particularly the wealthy, according to an…

Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration law

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide in coming months whether Arizona and other states can target illegal immigrants for arrest, setting the…

Ron Paul is striking chords with Iowa GOP voters

Ron Paul is striking chords with Iowa GOP voters

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers WAVERLY, Iowa — Iowa Republican voters are taking Ron Paul very seriously. (PHOTO: Congressman Ron Paul speaks during a campaign stop in Waverly, Iowa, on…

Gingrich hits Romney hard over personal profits; debate with Huntsman is polite

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times MANCHESTER, N.H. —Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney exchanged furious personal criticisms Monday, each accusing the other of gaining financially at the expense of Americans—criticisms…

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