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New film ‘Red Tails’ is a tribute to black pilots’ place in history

By Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — From “Sands of Iwo Jima” to “The Hurt Locker,” there have been too many war movies to count. Yet little screen time…

LMFAO’s party is rocking to an American beat

By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times – Last week LMFAO had the No. 1 song in America. Again. This time it was for the L.A. rap/dance/pop duo’s ode to self-infatuation, “Sexy…

Miss America celebrated in Wisconsin

By Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — Laura Kaeppeler didn’t know she would cry. Otherwise, she would have used waterproof mascara. When the 23-year-old Kenosha, Wis., native was crowned…

Supreme Court upholds religious freedom

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – In a case involving a teacher fired by an Evangelical Lutheran school in Michigan, President Obama’s Justice Department climbed way out on a limb in arguing…

Costa Concordia’s tragedy needs to be kept in perspective

Op-ed, McClatchy-Tribune News Service The harrowing stories told by the survivors of the Costa Concordia tragedy strike a deep chord around South Florida, home to America’s cruise industry and headquarters…

Report on shooting spree finds deep mistrust between U.S., Afghan forces

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — An Air Force investigation into a shooting spree by an Afghan colonel that left nine U.S. military trainers dead last year found…

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s investigation leads to arrest of four men

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s investigation leads to arrest of four men

MASON CITY – On Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office arrested four Mason City residents on narcotics trafficking arrest warrants.  The arrest warrants are a result…

Iowa House and Senate do virtually nothing on first day back at work

Iowa House and Senate do virtually nothing on first day back at work

Senate Floor Action – Tuesday, January 17, 2012 The Senate convened at 10:12 a.m. Prayer Pledge of Allegiance The Journal of Friday, January 13, 2012, was approved. The Senate recessed at…

France’s Sarkozy: ‘We must respond with calm’ to downgrade

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch – MADRID — French President Nicolas Sarkozy brushed aside on Monday the recent downgrade of France’s triple-A credit standing, saying rating agencies don’t set the economic policy…

Action figure of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs canceled

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — The company that advertised a lifelike Steve Jobs doll for sale earlier this year has decided not to…

Americans cut consumption in face of record gasoline prices

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, the U.S. average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was 28.5 cents a gallon higher than it…

Cyber attack hits shoe retailer Zappos.com

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Zappos.com, the popular shoe website, was the victim of a cyber attack that exposed customer information on the company’s internal network…

Cerro Gordo Supervisors hold budget hearing

Cerro Gordo Supervisors hold budget hearing

The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning for a regular meeting and a budget hearing. See meeting agenda here. County Engineer Mary Kelly reported on road work and that…

“Financial investigation” ongoing at Mason City Ford dealership

“Financial investigation” ongoing at Mason City Ford dealership

MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department went to the Ford Dealership, located at 215 15th Street SW (pictured), on December 22nd, 2011 and escorted eight employees out of the…

Op-ed: Council is sit-com of total predictability (by Peter Children)

Micro initiative is once again on the table, the Globe would have you believe the three former council persons turned it down out of hand. Not true. In the light…

Health Department Announces Changes to Food Inspection Program

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is announcing new changes to their food inspection program effective immediately. In 2010, Cerro Gordo County reduced their regional…

School board protects logo, raises mileage reimbursement rate

School board protects logo, raises mileage reimbursement rate

MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board met Tuesday, January 16th. At the meeting, the board took action to protect the school district athletic logo from unauthorized use, related to…

Texas Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 41-year-old Texas man who used to live in St. Paul Park was sentenced for producing pornographic images of a minor female over a three-year…

Iowa Tourism Office release 2012 Iowa Travel Guide

(Des Moines, Iowa) – Iowa’s premier showpiece, the 2012 Iowa Travel Guide, is now available to assist travelers planning an Iowa vacation. The guide is free and may be ordered…

Trespassing Case Leads to Additional Charges for Clarinda Man

A Clarinda man pleaded guilty to trespassing while hunting deer north of Hepburn on Dec. 17. Donald E. Runyon, 29, pleaded guilty on Jan. 4 and paid $397.50 in fines…

27-year-old southern Minnesota man charged with kidnapping

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald – A 27-year-old homeless man who allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and led police on a five-hour pursuit on Jan. 11 was charged Friday in Mower County…

Kosovar, Deme Nikqi, extradited from Albania to US to face human smuggling charges

WASHINGTON — Deme Nikqi, of Peje, Kosovo, known by various aliases including “Hektor Kelmendi,” has been extradited to the United States from Albania to face charges related to his leadership…

Teen charged with assaulting cops sentenced to probation

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 19-year-old Austin man who assaulted four police officers in November was sentenced Friday to two years of probation. Timothy Andrew Bakke was convicted…

Maryland man first in the US to get synthetic trachea transplant

By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — Doctors in America told Chris Lyles a cancerous tumor on his windpipe was inoperable, but he and his family wouldn’t…

Ranchers asked to help search for body of missing Montana teacher

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — Authorities are appealing to farmers and ranchers in the remote wheat fields along the North Dakota-Montana border for help in finding the…

Al Seibert Joins Iowa MBB Staff as Video Coordinator

Al Seibert Joins Iowa MBB Staff as Video Coordinator

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery today announced that Al Seibert has joined the staff as video coordinator. Seibert replaces Ryan Bowen,…

Winter can mean increased fire danger in homes

Santa Cruz Sentinel – An organization representing the fire sprinkler industry is reminding people of the dangers of fire during the winter months. “With the increased use of fireplaces and…

Occupy movement needs to be more inclusive

MCT FORUM, By Randy Jurado Ertll – If the Occupy movement is to succeed this year, it needs to become more diverse. The movement is predominantly composed of white, low-income and…

Chicago planning for world summits is mostly secret

By Jeff Coen, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The business group appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to oversee the Group of 8 and NATO summits is accelerating planning and fundraising…

Congress to vote on debt ceiling again, but without threat of a default

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As President Obama campaigns against a do-nothing Congress, the House returns to a workload this week that could reinforce his contention: A…

BRIEF: Majority of Iowa corn crop stored on farm, only 44% of soybeans

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – Iowa corn producers are primarily using on-farm storage to hold their 2011 crop, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sixty-four…

The Riff Report: The best musical hopes to break out in 2012

PopMatters.com —Alabama Shakes A glowing blurb on a music blog, word of mouth, some fiery shows and all of a sudden the Alabama Shakes are not only opening for the…

Hollywood’s two main actors’ unions craft merger plan

By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s two main actors’ unions, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, took a historic…

Aon to move corporate headquarters to London

Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune – Aon Corp. said Friday it will move its corporate headquarters to London from Chicago. Chicago will continue as headquarters of the Americas for Aon. Aon, which…

Austin, MN man charged with criminal sexual conduct

Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune – A 36-year-old Austin man has been charged with raping and attempting to strangle his ex-girlfriend in Albert Lea in what was described as a jealous…

Ali’s legacy still butterfly and bee

By Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Muhammad Ali turns 70 on Tuesday, and for many of those 70 years, he has had us all on the ropes.…

Legislators ready to dig in quickly when session resumes

Legislators ready to dig in quickly when session resumes

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Property tax relief, education reform and the condition of Iowa’s National Guard will be major focuses of attention when lawmakers return to…

Ridnour and Timberwolves turn back Kings

Ridnour and Timberwolves turn back Kings

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio has arrived on these shores and in the past month has received the kind of attention and hype that seemingly…