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Coker suspended for Insight Bowl

Coker suspended for Insight Bowl

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Iowa running back Marcus Coker has been suspended from the Insight Bowl for disciplinary reasons, according to the University. A university…

Board recommends pay raise for elected county officials

Board recommends pay raise for elected county officials

The Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board met Monday evening and recommended a 2.5% pay increase for elected county officials. The board was chaired by former Mason City Mayor Tom Jolas.…

Mason City ZBA approves CES permit

The Mason City Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved a conditional use permit for Creative Energy Systems, moving them one step closer to building a $35 million dollar plant in…

Death toll in floods in Philippines surpasses 950

MANILA, Philippines — The death toll from devastating floods in the Philippines reached 957 after bodies swept to sea were retrieved, the Office of Civil Defense said Tuesday. The southern…

The best and worst movies of 2011

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – This year at the movies — who knew? Who knew Martin Scorsese could pull off a French period piece for kids (“Hugo”)? Who…

How Aretha Franklin got her groove back

By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — This wasn’t supposed to be a milestone year in the Aretha Franklin annals. But 2011, which began shrouded in health mystery…

New on DVD: ‘Dolphin Tale,’ ‘Colombiana,’ ‘Glee: The Concert Movie’

By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers – This week’s new DVD releases range from a first-rate family film to a so-so concert movie. “Dolphin Tale,” Grade A-minus: A young boy tries…

Supreme Court to hear arguments on health care law in late March

Supreme Court to hear arguments on health care law in late March

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Monday it will hear arguments over three days in late March to decide the constitutionality of…

Four House members got Countrywide VIP loans, lawmaker says

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Four current members of the House of Representatives received special VIP loans from Countrywide Financial Corp., according to the chairman of…

Victim testifies at hearing for alleged captor of handicapped adults in Philadelphia

By Allison Steele, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — During more than 10 years of living with alleged kidnapper Linda Ann Weston, Edwin Sanabria never yelled for help or tried…

Illinois woman shot 4 family members before taking own life, authorities say

Illinois woman shot 4 family members before taking own life, authorities say

By Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A central Illinois mother was responsible for the chilling murder-suicide that claimed the lives of two adults and three children in tiny…

Teen gets 21 years in prison for killing gay classmate

By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times – VENTURA, Calif. — The father of an openly gay Oxnard, Calif., junior high school student spilled his rage in a Ventura courtroom Monday,…

Dad who had 9-year-old drive pleads guilty

By Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — A father who admitted he had his 9-year-old daughter drive his van while he was intoxicated pleaded guilty Monday to a…

Lap-Band ads to make risks clearer

By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company, under scrutiny by federal and local authorities, has pledged to change the way it advertises Lap-Band weight-loss…

House Republicans wrestle with next step in fight over tax-cut deal

House Republicans wrestle with next step in fight over tax-cut deal

By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Faced with criticism from within the party, House Republicans wrestled Monday night with the next step in their politically risky…

North Dakota flood victims still await aid

North Dakota flood victims still await aid

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – MINOT, N.D. — In the middle of winter, when the temperature slips toward zero and bone-numbing winds blow in off the prairie, living…

In Texas, angst over withheld evidence

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – HOUSTON — The case of a grocery store clerk wrongly convicted of murdering his wife has rocked the legal…

Industry around government information booms

By Kevin McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — From Springfield to Jefferson City to Washington, government today has more electronic windows into its soul than ever before. Consider…

Seattle approves ban on plastic shopping bags

By Lynn Thompson, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — The fight over plastic bags could move to the Washington state Legislature in the coming session as environmentalists seek to expand…

5 dead in small plane crash in New Jersey

By Shawn Boburg, Hannan Adely, Chris Harris and Rebecca O’Brien The Record (Hackensack N.J.) MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A small plane that took off from Teterboro, N.J., Tuesday morning crashed…

Court overturns sex-for-tickets case

By Alfred Lubrano, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania on Tuesday reversed the attempted prostitution conviction of a woman who was famously tried for trying to…

Chicago bomb plot suspect could plead guilty in February

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — A suspect in a plot to set off a bomb near Chicago’s Wrigley Field could plead guilty to federal charges in February. U.S.…

House vote leaves fate of payroll tax break unclear

House vote leaves fate of payroll tax break unclear

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The House rejected a Senate-brokered compromise to extend a tax cut for working Americans and sent the measure to a conference…

Underwear bomber asks judge for new lawyer

By David Ashenfelter, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian student who pleaded guilty against the advice of his standby lawyer to trying to blow up…

SI: Iowa State and Iowa will sweep bowls by nearly identical scores

Mike Hlas – The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Iowa State 24, Rutgers 15 Iowa 23, Oklahoma 15 What a Dec. 30 it will be for football fans in Iowa…

BRIEF: Rockwell Collins working on NASA data link to enable unmanned air vehicles in U.S. airspace

Dave DeWitte – The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Rockwell Collins is collaborating with NASA on a data link that will enable unmanned aircraft to safely operate in the national…

C.R. jumps to 13, I.C. to 8 on Milken ‘Best Performing Cities’ lists

Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Cedar Rapids and Iowa City ranked near the top in the annual Milken Institute ranking of cities by economic performance for 2011, according…

Obama plans conference call to Iowa supporters caucus night

Obama plans conference call to Iowa supporters caucus night

UPDATED with comments from Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman The 2012 Iowa precinct caucuses won’t have quite the same feel for Democrats as they did four years ago. However, President Obama’s…

Sports complex pushing forward in Ft. Madison, Iowa

Jeff Hunt – The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – FORT MADISON – When Matt Morris, president of the Fort Madison Bank and Trust Co., told the Lee County Board of…

OPINION: First in the nation

Dale Alison, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Next Monday will be the day after Christmas; the Monday after that will be the eve of the Iowa caucuses. Democrats will…

BRIEF: Iowa drug dealer avoids prison, given probation

A Burlington, Iowa man police say peddled crack cocaine in the area will not have felony convictions in his record. Carlos Darvell Thompson was placed on probation for five years…

Big Ten to earn $47 million from bowls, schools could net more than $2 million

Big Ten to earn $47 million from bowls, schools could net more than $2 million

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa IOWA CITY — The Big Ten is set to earn nearly $47 million in payouts from a league-record 10 bowl appearances this year…

Mohawk bowling teams sweep Valley

The Mohawk bowling teams swept West Des Moines Valley on Monday. The varsity boys won 2834 to 2606. Cody Brandau rolled a 156 and a 246 for a series score…

Natural gas smell stops trains on city’s south side

Natural gas smell stops trains on city’s south side

A driver in the vicinity of South Pierce Avenue and 240th Street in Mason City called in a natural gas odor around 6:15 am Tuesday morning.  The Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s…

Mason City ZBA to ponder new info from health dept., could decide on CES permit

Mason City ZBA to ponder new info from health dept., could decide on CES permit

The Mason City Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) will be meeting Tuesday at 4pm to consider new information they have received from the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health…

MCPD responds to gunshots on North Federal

MCPD responds to gunshots on North Federal

The Mason City Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies responded to gunshots on North Federal Avenue in Mason City on Tuesday morning. Mason City police said Tuesday that…

Alliant’s first transmission rider increase coming in February

Alliant’s first transmission rider increase coming in February

Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids – Alliant Energy electric customers bills will go up in February as a new transmission rider granted in its last case is adjusted for the first…

Op-ed: Real joy is giving, not receiving (by Peter Children)

This year is racing to its end, for some it could be a good thing, for other perhaps not.  It has been reported both on this site and in the…

MCPL “Resource of the Month”

MCPL “Resource of the Month”

The Mason City Public Library will be featuring one of its online resources each month to help familiarize its patrons with the many choices they have in using our services…

Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Monday

Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Monday

The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Monday, December 19th, 2011. (PHOTO: CG Supervisor Jay Urdahl) A short report was given by the County Engineer on road conditions. Meetings will return…

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