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Mason City man receives deferred judgment in drug case

Mason City man receives deferred judgment in drug case

The 2nd of two defendants originally charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver has received a deferred judgment in the case. The charges followed a February 2011…

Heat falls to Bucks as LeBron’s 40 points not enough

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — LeBron James had it all at the start. And the Miami Heat were having their way. But as they learned the previous time…

Miami, Florida and Florida State all sign top-10 recruiting classes

By Susan Miller Degnan, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Al Golden was named national recruiter of the year at Temple, a school once so hopeless it got kicked out of the…

Soccer clashes kill at least 73 people in Egypt

By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — An Egyptian soccer match between two longtime rivals turned bloody when hooligans supporting the winning team stormed the field,…

2nd of two Beje Clark escapees captured

2nd of two Beje Clark escapees captured

Mason City Police were called to Beje Clark at 10:51 a.m. on January 25th to report that 23-year-old Jeffery Alan Morrison had ran from the facility into the nearby woods.…

Winter Trout Stocking at Blue Pit Canceled

MASON CITY – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has canceled the Feb. 4 trout stocking at Blue Pit in Mason City, due to poor ice conditions. The DNR will…

US, allies will shift Afghan mission to training next year

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – BRUSSELS — The U.S. and its allies will formally change their military mission in Afghanistan to training and advising Afghan troops next year,…

Facebook files long-awaited IPO, seeks at least $5 billion

By Brandon Bailey and Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a milestone for one of Silicon Valley’s hottest companies, Facebook on Wednesday filed papers announcing…

Landfill director: ERS agreement would be detrimental to LNI

Landfill director: ERS agreement would be detrimental to LNI

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – North Iowa Landfill Director Bill Rowland is not supporting an agreement between the landfill and Energy Recovery Specialists (ERS), a company from Colorado…

Law Enforcement Agencies Investigate Death of Boone Woman

Boone, IOWA – On Sunday, January 29, 2012 at approximately 8:02 PM, the Boone County Communications Center received a 911 call in reference to an unresponsive female at 1210 Southview…

Chrysler hourly workers to get $1,500 profit-sharing check

By Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Chrysler’s hourly workers are set to receive profit-sharing checks that will average more than $1,500 per worker, the Detroit Free Press has…

Traumatized consumers, businesses reluctant to spend

By Gail MarksJarvis, Chicago Tribune – Once traumatized, it’s tough to move on with your life without being cautious. And so goes the economy. Americans are reluctant to spend and businesses…

Stump The Geeks: Remove data from hard drive, then trash it

By Tyler Dukes, McClatchy Newspapers – Q: I have several nonusable hard drive-type pieces of equipment that have personal data on them that I cannot access to remove. I need to…

Work on new U of I Children’s Hospital to begin this fall

Diane Heldt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Construction on the new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is set to begin in October, according to an updated long-range…

At least three Iowa Senate members planning to resign

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — At least three members of the Iowa Senate are expected to tender their resignations Feb. 1 to save colleagues the challenge of…

Cedar Rapids’ legacy of smells plays in Penford debate

Rick Smith, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The city’s 40-year-old marketing slogan, “The City of Five Seasons,” continues to confuse even as the unfortunate tagline that came to accompany it,…

Cleaning things up

Cleaning things up

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – IOWA CITY – It’s easy to pinpoint the recent problems of the Iowa basketball team. The Hawkeyes can’t defend, and they’re having a…

Iowa drug dealer admits to crime

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Scared. That was how Quiana Lynn Saunders described what she was feeling Monday morning, as she answered questions from a district court judge.…

High-speed chase yields drug charges for Iowa pair

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Two people face habitual offender and enhanced drug charges after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit through three jurisdictions last month. The charges…

Hawkeye legacy surprise

Hawkeye legacy surprise

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Say what you want about national signing day, but there is some magic out there. George Kittle planned to take a scholarship offer…

Indoor tanning is not as sunny as depicted, Congress’ Democrats say

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Indoor tanning comes with health risks, and congressional Democrats on Wednesday accused the indoor tanning industry of providing false and misleading information…

Taliban captives confident of victory, report finds

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Captured Taliban fighters have consistently expressed confidence that their movement will again rule Afghanistan, according to a report prepared by NATO…

4 plead guilty in plot to bomb London Stock Exchange

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Four British men pleaded guilty Wednesday to planning a bomb attack on the London Stock Exchange as part of an al-Qaida-inspired plot…

Obama swipes at Romney as he promotes mortgage refinancing plan

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As the GOP primary brawl turned to Nevada, President Barack Obama on Wednesday seemed to want to in on the fight. While…

‘Soul Train’ creator Don Cornelius died of gunshot wound to head

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A family member of Don Cornelius arrived at his Mulholland Drive home on Wednesday morning and found the “Soul Train” creator…

Minn. diamond retailer admits dealing in high-grade pot, stolen gems

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A onetime diamond seller in southeastern Minnesota has admitted to dealing millions of dollars of high-grade marijuana and stolen gems as part of a long-running…

Surf designated as Historic Place

Surf designated as Historic Place

by Dave Hansen – CLEAR LAKE, IA— North Iowa’s legendary concert venue is unveiling its latest honor. The Surf Ballroom has earned a listing on the National Registry of Historic…

Trout presents plans for arena

Trout presents plans for arena

by Matt Marquardt – City Administrator Brent Trout unveiled his recommendations for a multi-purpose arena in Mason City on Tuesday night. You can watch the entire presentation and the council’s…

Op-ed: Hats off to John Lee (by Peter Children)

First things first. My hat’s off to John Lee for his stance on the pipe dream of building the Taj Mahal in a time of poor economic reality. Also similar…

Some unhappy meals at MSP

Wendy Lee, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The removal of McDonald’s from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is not flying with some passengers who want their Egg McMuffins and Big Macs. For…

Home prices decline for a third straight month

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Three straight months of home-price declines in the biggest U.S. cities showed that foreclosures remain a significant drag on a housing…

Bob Arum says Mayweather-Pacquiao won’t happen in the spring

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Manny Pacquiao won’t fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. until November at the earliest, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said Monday. Arum said Mayweather…

Former Suburban Massage Parlor Operator Convicted of Human Trafficking of Four Women in Illinois

CHICAGO – A federal jury today convicted Alex Campbell, 45, a northwest Chicago suburban massage parlor owner, of various federal crimes including sex-trafficking, forced labor, harboring illegal aliens, confiscating passports…

Mitt Romney’s Florida win won’t seal races

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mitt Romney rode one of the most negative primary campaigns in the annals of presidential politics to a landslide victory in…

Fracking disclosures are now required in Texas

By Jack Z. Smith, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — A new Texas Railroad Commission rule requiring oil and natural gas operators to publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic…

Doctor testifies ‘unreasonable amount of force’ injured 46-day-old infant

Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A doctor testified Tuesday when he picked up 46-day-old Kaitlyn Holderfield, he could feel a crunching of her left rib and the rib…

Tennessee QB dumps Ole’ Miss for the Hawkeyes

Tennessee QB dumps Ole’ Miss for the Hawkeyes

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Iowa lost one quarterback to a position switch and subsequent transfer. After next season, Iowa will lose two more quarterbacks to graduation. So,…

Iowa football recruiting costs grow by $100,000 in 2011

Iowa football recruiting costs grow by $100,000 in 2011

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Iowa’s football program spent $100,000 more on recruiting during fiscal year 2011 than it did in 2010, according to documents…

Legislators satisfied with handling of mystery Hot Lotto jackpot winner

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – State lawmakers gave Iowa Lottery officials high marks Tuesday for the way they handled the mysterious circumstances surrounding a winning Hot Lotto jackpot…

Ohio corner makes it 23 for Iowa

Ohio corner makes it 23 for Iowa

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – You can’t have too many cornerbacks, so on the day before the national signing period begins, the Hawkeyes found a third for the…

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