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Violent Beje Clark escapee captured by Mason City Police

Violent Beje Clark escapee captured by Mason City Police

MASON CITY – Shortly before 9:30 PM Saturday night, Mason City Police went to apartment #3 at 114 5th Street NE in Mason City after receiving information a wanted subject…

EDITORIAL: More scrutiny of Iowa startup projects

CR Gazette – The Gazette Editorial Board – We understand the state’s desire to provide a boost to startup firms developing promising technologies. The potential economic payoff makes some risks…

Cyclone men blow past Red Raiders 76-52

Cyclone men blow past Red Raiders 76-52

Nick Kosmider, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas – There have been stretches in games this season, some longer than others, where Texas Tech has seemed capable of competing in the Big 12 Conference.…

Perry returns to Texas wounded from battle

Perry returns to Texas wounded from battle

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – For more than a decade Texas Gov. Rick Perry has forcefully governed his state through intimidation and influence, wooing wealthy donors, trouncing election opponents…

Jewish voters to play a key role in GOP primary

By Melissa Dribben, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Dressed in his tennis whites, Sid Dinerstein hunches over the Palm Beach Post’s scramble, Sudoku, and crossword, saying they’re…

U.S. envoy gives Taliban terms for peace talks

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban must promise to disassociate from international terrorism and affirm their desire to participate in tentative talks on a political settlement…

The gospel on celebrity and pop culture

Los Angeles Times – From the Los Angeles Times’ Ministry of Gossip blog: ——— BEYONCE, ROSEANNE BARR, MORE CELEBS NOTE ETTA JAMES’ PASSING In the wake of Etta James’ death…

Dave on Demand: The television week in review

By David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer – The most thankless task in show business — besides being Chelsea Handler’s sidekick — has to be hosting an awards show. You simply cannot…

New bird flu deaths, as influenza research debate continues

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – Vietnam and Cambodia confirmed new human deaths from bird flu this week. The two victims, an 18-year-old Vietnamese man and a 2-year-old Cambodian boy,…

Abortion ends one in five pregnancies worldwide, study finds

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times – The numbers of abortions performed annually worldwide has held steady in recent years, but the proportion of abortions that are considered unsafe is rising,…

Diesel thirst fueling exports, pressuring prices

By Jeffrey Tomich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — You don’t need to be able to find the Strait of Hormuz on a map to understand the global nature of…

The Week Ahead: The Fed and its crystal ball

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – A Super Bowl-bound coach would not be so bold as to predict the final score. Yet on Wednesday, the head coaches of the economy will…

Lee’s revenues decline nearly 4%; number of full-time employees down over 7%

Lee’s revenues decline nearly 4%; number of full-time employees down over 7%

MASON CITY – Lee Enterprises reported earnings last week for its first fiscal quarter which ended on December 25, 2011.  Lee Enterprises owns the Globe Gazette in Mason City and…

Op-ed: Globe’s cheap shots continue (by Peter Children)

Once again the powered sugar is heavily sprinkled on the mayor’s state of the city double talk.  At what point will the Globe realize that cat is out of the…

NIACC men lose 74-63 to DMACC

NIACC men lose 74-63 to DMACC

MASON CITY, Iowa – A shooting drought over the final six minutes doomed the NIACC Trojan men’s basketball team to a 74-63 loss against #4 DMACC on Saturday. The drought…

NIACC women lose 73-57 to DMACC

NIACC women lose 73-57 to DMACC

MASON CITY, Iowa – DMACC gave the NIACC women’s basketball team their third straight conference loss on Saturday, topping the Trojans 73-57. Kika Greenlee (Fr., Saint Louis Park, MN) had…

Windy, icy conditions require caution on Iowa roadways today

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 22, 2012 – 8:30 a.m, – Mixed precipitation could cause travel troubles on Iowa highways through Monday. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is expecting freezing…

Joe Paterno, Penn State’s legendary football coach, dies

Joe Paterno, Penn State’s legendary football coach, dies

By Joe Juliano, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, his body ravaged by chemotherapy and radiation treatments for lung cancer, died early Sunday morning at Mount…

Ceramics at the MacNider Opens at the MacNider Art Museum

Ceramics at the MacNider Opens at the MacNider Art Museum

Ceramics at the MacNider, a competitive exhibition highlighting ceramic works created in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Ceramic Studio, opens on Friday, January 27 at 9 a.m. The competition…

After a year of Arab upheaval, Islamists are biggest winners

After a year of Arab upheaval, Islamists are biggest winners

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — Almost a year ago, senior leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood gathered in an apartment overlooking the massive protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.…

Lawyer who claimed Iowa jackpot alleged to have ties to Delaware fraud

Erin Jordan, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A New York attorney who presented an Iowa Lottery ticket worth more than $14 million is accused of defrauding an East Coast company.…

King Of The Tramps Set To Perform in Mason City

King Of The Tramps Set To Perform in Mason City

Western Iowa rockers King Of The Tramps announced a stop in Mason City, Iowa on Friday, February 10 at Lorados. King Of The Tramps are an original roots, rock band…

4 Ill. residents accused of 20 break-ins

CARTHAGE, Ill. – At least 20 burglary cases that have plagued Hancock County, Ill., the past few months were cleared with the arrest of four Warsaw, Ill., residents, authorities said…

“Wildlife Detectives” coming to Lime Creek

A program entitled “Wildlife Detectives” for kids in grades 3-5 will be held on Monday, January 30th from 4-5PM at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Participants will play wildlife detective…

Afghanistan’s Karzai met with insurgents’ peace delegation

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that he recently met with a peace delegation from an insurgent faction of the Islamic nationalist…

Islamists elected to dominate Egyptian parliament

By Hannah Allam and Mohannad Sabry, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO, Egypt — Islamists won a combined 72 percent of parliamentary seats in the first election after Egypt’s revolution, according to official…

Clinton man to serve probation for sexual exploitation

Samantha Pidde, Clinton Herald, Iowa – CLINTON — A Clinton man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated misdemeanors, on Wednesday. Raymond J. Reves, 49, was…

BRIEF: Elderly Iowa couple targeted by scammer

Steve Woodhouse, The Knoxville Journal-Express, Iowa – Knoxville — An elderly Knoxville couple is out $3,070 after falling victim to a telephone scam. Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada reports that the…

Disciplinary charges filed against Newton, Iowa doctor

Mike Mendenhall, Newton Daily News, Iowa – The Iowa Board of Medicine has filed formal disciplinary charges against 52-year-old Newton physician Dr. Lafayette J. Twyner alleging that he prescribed “excessive controlled…

Alliant Energy chairman retiring, president appointed successor

George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The president and chief operating officer of Alliant Energy has been appointed to succeed William Harvey as chairman, president and chief executive…

BRIEF: Cedar Rapids man receives deferred judgment for sexual abuse of minor

A Cedar Rapids man received a deferred judgment Thursday in Linn County District Court for sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in 2007 and 2008. Justin Randall, 27, pleaded guilty to…

Iowa teen claims he is being set up

Gabriel Vasquez Garza, a Burlington teen waiting to be tried for his alleged involvement in the rape of a woman, has been implicated in a new case – residential burglary.…

Burlington man faces drug and weapons charges

An investigation following a call about shots being fired from a white pickup has resulted in serious charges being filed against a Burlington man. DiAngelo Leon Willis, 31, of Burlington…

Iraq’s al-Maliki accused of detaining hundreds of political opponents

By Roy Gutman, Sahar Issa and Laith Hammoudi, McClatchy Newspapers – BAGHDAD — Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s security services have locked up more than 1,000 members of other political parties…

Preservation Iowa’s Most Endangered Properties of 2012

The Most Endangered Property program was started in 1995 and implemented to educate Iowans about the special buildings and historic sites that are slowly and gradually slipping away from us.…

Crime booms as Central Americans fear police switched sides

Crime booms as Central Americans fear police switched sides

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers – SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — In a city that’s just earned the title of the most dangerous in the Americas, few people dare go to…

Body found on Concordia shipwreck; death toll at 12

By Manuel Schwarz and Peter Mayer – GIGLIO, Italy — The body of a woman was found in the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on Saturday, raising the…

Gingrich rode big debate skills and homeboy Southern style to S.C. victory

By William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s victory in Saturday’s Republican primary here is a testament to him sticking to an unconventional campaign strategy…

N.J. barn fire kills 22 show horses

By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times – With snow on the ground and the temperature hovering around 20 degrees, Art Hahn made sure every door in the New Jersey barn where…

Timberwolves’ winning streak ends

Timberwolves’ winning streak ends

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – SALT LAKE CITY — Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman knows he needs to preserve star forward Kevin Love’s legs, his mind and his shooting…