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Watts to make announcement Thursday

Watts to make announcement Thursday

MASON CITY – Mason City resident Chris Watts will be making an announcement Thursday regarding his plans on whether or not to run for a Cerro Gordo County Supervisor seat.…

Car wreck near Hampton leaves 1 dead, 4 injured Wednesday morning

HAMPTON, IA – One person was killed Wednesday morning in a 2 car crash just east of Hampton. The incident took place at 8:45 a.m. 3 miles east of I-35…

Opinion: Welfare reform worked

By Peter H. Schuck and Ron Haskins, Los Angeles Times – The primary election campaign has intensified a justified concern about inequality in America: People at the top are rising much…

Bloomington, MN drivers being pelted with objects; 1 serious injury

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Motorists in one part of Bloomington are being pelted with objects as they drive, with the most recent incident leaving the victim with serious facial…

Iowa House sends budgets totalling more than $750 million to Senate

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – DES MOLINES – The Iowa House began the long slog through floor debate on budget bills Feb. 28, approving budgets for the…

Branstad supports UNI President Allen’s closing of Price

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad gave his support Tuesday to University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen’s recommendation to close Malcolm Price School. Meanwhile,…

Capitol Digest 2-28-12

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012: BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION: Iowa legislators will host…

Girls’ state basketball: Wednesday’s scores

Jeff Linder, CR Gazette – CLASS 4A QUARTERFINALS Iowa City West 55, Iowa City High 52 Waukee 49, Mason City 47 Cedar Rapids Xavier vs. Ankeny, 1:30 p.m. Ames vs.…

Costco Wholesale planning June 29 opening for Coralville store

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – CORALVILLE — Costco Wholesale, the world’s largest wholesale membership club, has set a June 29 opening date for its Coralville location in a former…

BRIEF: In the future, a seventh win could be worth $300,000 to Paul Rhoads

BRIEF: In the future, a seventh win could be worth $300,000 to Paul Rhoads

Mike Hlas, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Last month, Iowa State announced it had signed head football coach Paul Rhoads to a 10-year, $20 million extension. Like all big-time coaching…

Legislature approves bill targeting animal abuse videos

Legislature approves bill targeting animal abuse videos

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Agricultural interests on Tuesday said the Iowa Senate had given them a legal hook to help combat animal rights activists who aim to…

Branstad calls Iowa House Democrats’ walkout unfortunate, but doesn’t plan to get involved

Branstad calls Iowa House Democrats’ walkout unfortunate, but doesn’t plan to get involved

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – UPDATE: A walk-out by the Iowa House Democratic caucus this morning is unfortunate, Gov. Terry Branstad said, but he doesn’t plan to…

Monkees’ heartthrob Davy Jones dies at 66

Monkees’ heartthrob Davy Jones dies at 66

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Davy Jones was a promising 18-year-old actor from England when he found himself among the guest performers on “The Ed Sullivan…

Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, 50 years later

By Frank Fitzpatrick, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — With the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game on March 2, 1962 almost here, that long-ago night in Hershey, Pa., has…

New drama will keep you ‘Awake’

By Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News – When broadcast networks’ executives sleep, they probably dream of series like NBC’s “Awake,” a cop show with a premise unusual enough to generate buzz…

‘Project X’ is ‘Porky’s’ for the 21st century

By Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers – “Project X” is an astounding, superlative movie about adolescence — a brutal, unapologetic comedy about the fantasy every high school kid carries around in his…

‘Battleship’ shows a major course change at Universal Pictures

By Ben Fritz and John Horn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Soon after Peter Berg signed on to direct a big-screen version of the board game Battleship, he was…

Parents guide to new movie releases

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX Rating: PG for brief mild language What it’s about: An entrepreneur remembers the forest he chopped down and the environment…

Coping with the mischief of Internet trolls

By John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer – As long as there have been bridges, trolls have hidden beneath them. Same for the Internet. As long as there have been message boards, discussion…

New chips, faster networks to improve phone audio

By Steve Johnson, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Smartphone owners can surf the Web, pay bills, watch videos, enjoy music and send email. But while their gadgets…

Commentary: Amazon’s offices reveal shifting vision

By Brier Dudley, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — Step into Amazon.com’s gleaming new headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, and you may wonder if the place is still under…

Economy grew at faster rate at end of 2011

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The nation’s economy grew faster in the final months of last year than initially estimated as consumer spending and business investments for…

Many nonprofits lack financial knowledge, survey finds

By Corilyn Shropshire, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A new survey of mid-sized nonprofits with revenues ranging between $1 million and $5 million found that they lag in financial knowledge and…

US-educated Guantanamo captive admits to war crimes

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A U.S.-educated, one-time al-Qaida foot soldier stood at the war court Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to war crimes for…

Storms kill at least 6 in Illinois, 3 in Missouri

Storms kill at least 6 in Illinois, 3 in Missouri

By Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – HARRISBURG, Ill. — At least six people were killed and about 100 were injured after an apparent tornado early Wednesday ripped through the southern…

North Korea agrees to nuclear pause in exchange for food

By Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — North Korea will suspend long-range missile launches, nuclear weapons tests and activities at its key nuclear site, including the enrichment of uranium,…

Cerro Gordo County Restaurant inspections – January, 2012

Cerro Gordo County Restaurant inspections – January, 2012

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County monthly food facility inspection reports are listed below. Click the links to read the report for that establishment. 1/27/2012 A. H. HERMEL COMPANY (739 HIGHWAY…

Romney edges Santorum in Michigan, wins big in Arizona

Romney edges Santorum in Michigan, wins big in Arizona

By Paul West, Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – NOVI, Mich. — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney won the Michigan and Arizona primaries on Tuesday, holding off conservative…

Top al-Qaida leader reportedly arrested at Cairo airport

Top al-Qaida leader reportedly arrested at Cairo airport

By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — A senior al-Qaida leader wanted for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa was arrested at the Cairo International Airport on Wednesday,…

Twolves drop Clippers again, 109-97

Twolves drop Clippers again, 109-97

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – LOS ANGELES — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday night and really looked at home for the first time…

Kenseth survived wrecks, weather, car problems to win bizarre Daytona 500

By Jim Utter, McClatchy Newspapers – DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Matt Kenseth has always been known as Mr. Consistency. Now we know that includes consistency in the face of chaos. Kenseth’s…

High winds can cause travel hazards on Iowa’s roadways today

High winds can cause travel hazards on Iowa’s roadways today

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 29, 2011 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising central and west central Iowa motorists that sustained wind speeds of 30 to 40 mph…

Pentagon: Some 9/11 victims’ remains dumped in landfill

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Some cremated remains of people who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were disposed of in a landfill, the Pentagon…

BRIEF: Scammer asks for $4,500 from Austin, MN man

Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 57-year-old Austin, MN man was nearly defrauded after someone told him he won $8.5 million and a Mercedes Benz Friday. The man was…

MacNider film series to present Red Tail Reborn

MacNider film series to present Red Tail Reborn

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2012 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, continues this Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. with Red Tail Reborn. Admission is…

Academy’s plight: stale show, aging membership

By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The 84th Academy Awards really looked their age on Sunday night. The painfully cobwebby spectacle included a cringe-inducing blackface joke, a…

Guantanamo’s newest addition: $744,000 soccer field

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — The military unveiled a new $744,000 soccer field on Tuesday, a dusty enclosure with two-toned gravel and fences topped…

Profits up, revenue down as banks lumber along

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — U.S. banks ended 2011 on a roll, a government regulator reported Tuesday, with profits up sharply from a year earlier and over…

Sen. Snowe of Maine will not seek re-election

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, one of the Senate’s few remaining moderate Republicans, announced Tuesday that she would not seek…

Doyle McManus: Revenge of the ‘super PACs’

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times – Chalk up another win for the law of unintended consequences. When federal courts ruled in 2010 against restricting donations to political action committees, Republican…

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