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Negotiations to be held between school district and unions

Negotiations to be held between school district and unions

MASON CITY – Opening Proposals between Mason City Community School District (MCCSD) and Paraprofessional Employees/Teamsters Local Union No. 238 will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.…

Hot-Shooting No. 9 Baylor Defeats Cyclones, 79-64

Hot-Shooting No. 9 Baylor Defeats Cyclones, 79-64

WACO, Texas – No. 9 Baylor hit shots at a very high clip Monday night as the Bears (22-4, 9-4 Big 12) ran away from Iowa State (18-8, 8-5 Big…

Still plenty of ice on Clear Lake to hold “The Jack” snowmobile races

Still plenty of ice on Clear Lake to hold “The Jack” snowmobile races

by Jody Spear – CLEAR LAKE – The Third Annual “The Jack” Helgren Memorial 2012 Iowa LeMans Championship snowmobile races took place Saturday at Clear Lake. Friday night was the…

CBS’ Grammy show ranks No. 2 all-time with 39 million viewers

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It was a big night for Adele, and it was a big night for the Grammys. Sunday’s awards show on CBS…

Judge rules in Sandusky’s favor on visits with grandchildren, jury

By Peter Hall,, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) – ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A judge ruled Jerry Sandusky can see his grandchildren and friends while he is on house arrest awaiting trial…

Retirees face the risk of outliving their money

By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun – Until recently, retirement planning focused mostly on helping workers accumulate savings. Now, the Treasury Department is tackling another aspect: making sure retirees don’t run…

Iowa selected as 2013 NCAA Tournament host site

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa and Carver-Hawkeye Arena have been selected by the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee to serve as one of 16 first-and-second round…

Child suicide bombers arrested again in Afghanistan

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Six months ago, in a moving ceremony held during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, President Hamid Karzai went on Afghanistan…

Lawsuit: Bus driver stood by while student was beaten

By Denise-Marie Balona, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The driver of a bus on which Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion was killed in November stood guard while he…

Wash. governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law

By Lornet Turnbull, The Seattle Times – OLYMPIA, Wash. — Surrounded by applauding gay couples and with media from around the country looking on, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday signed…

Hundreds of human bone fragments found in California well

By Sam Stanton, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a macabre series of discoveries, authorities unearthed 300 human bone fragments Sunday in an abandoned well near Linden, Calif., marking the…

Alternate side parking now in effect

The Alternate Side Parking Ordinance and Emergency Snow Route will be placed in effect beginning at 7:00 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2012, and will remain in effect until further notice.…

Poll: Santorum surges past Romney; both Republicans trail Obama

Poll: Santorum surges past Romney; both Republicans trail Obama

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama for the first time has opened a sizable lead over his most likely Republican opponents, thanks to growing support…

Facebook blasted for male board bias

Andy Goldberg – SAN FRANCISCO — The majority of Facebook users may be women, and they use the site, on average, more than men. But the leadership of the world’s…

Don’t miss the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study’s online open house

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 13, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is reminding the public about the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study’s online, self-directed,…

State lawmakers face taxing issues this week

State lawmakers face taxing issues this week

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers face a tax-policy trifecta when they return to the Statehouse this week. On Tuesday, Republicans who control the House plan…

2 Lake Mills wrestlers headed to state

Andrew Dyrdal, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – Two Lake Mills, Iowa, wrestlers advanced to the state tournament on Saturday by placing second in its district tournament in Jewell. Senior Calvin Beal…

Editorial: CES jobs were a mirage

by Matt Marquardt – The snake oil salesmen hit Mason City hard over the last few months, making promises of trash sorting jobs.  These A Teamers depicted a Shangri-La where…

Public hearing set for city budget capitol improvements

Public hearing set for city budget capitol improvements

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The city council has set a date for a public hearing on the fiscal year 2013 budget and capitol improvement plan. At least…

Op-ed: Politics of Resentment or Politics of Concern? You Decide (by Peter Children)

In his usual Monday column John Skipper offers the option of resentment to consider when reflecting on the failed C.E.S. proposal that recently flunked the sniff test. He does not…

Light snow and freezing drizzle make Iowa roads slick this morning

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 13, 2012  –   Drivers in Iowa will get another chance to perfect their winter driving skills today. According to the National Weather Service, widespread snow accumulation…

U.S. is eager to check out China’s future president

By Kevin G. Hallm, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrives in the United States on Monday for a high-profile visit where he’ll be honored as if…

Federal Jury Convicts Minneapolis Man for Committing Sexual Abuse Against a Child

MINNEAPOLIS— A federal jury found a 31-year-old Minneapolis man guilty of committing aggravated sexual abuse against a child. Following a two-day trial, the jury convicted Joseph Valerian Parshall on two…

School Bus Driver Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

TRENTON, NJ—A Jackson, N.J., school bus driver was arrested by federal agents early this morning for using his home computer to distribute child pornography, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.…

Alleged Serial Bank Robber Indicted in Federal Court

MINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment unsealed this afternoon charges a 49-year-old Minneapolis man with a series of bank robberies occurring in Minnesota between March 9, 2011, and January 3, 2012. Mark Edward…

NebraskaWoman Sentenced for Distribution of Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on February 10, 2012, Melissa Nicole Hammond, 27, of North Platte, was sentenced to 70 months in prison for distribution of five…

New Mexico Man Charged with Murdering Girlfriend

ALBUQUERQUE—On February 9, 2012, FBI agents arrested MacArthur Cooke, 36, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Pinedale, N.M., on a federal criminal complaint charging him with…

Arrests shatter recent signs of school progress

By Teresa Watanabe and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Until the photos surfaced, it didn’t appear that anything was seriously amiss at Miramonte Elementary School. The school…

Obama found the ‘right balance’ in birth-control controversy, chief of staff says

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said Sunday that President Barack Obama had found the “right balance” in mandating birth…

Afghan provincial judge is killed amid campaign of assassinations

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — In Afghanistan, to be a judge is to be a target. Afghan officials on Sunday reported the assassination of a provincial…

EDITORIAL: President Obama is not our king

The Gazette Editorial Board, CR Gazette – The latest chapter in the China-Iowa story unfolds Wednesday. China’s Vice President Xi Jinping, expected to be China’s top leader by 2013, will…

In Latin America, Chinese cars are gaining buyers

By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times – LIMA, Peru — At first, Lima taxi driver Mario Segura was disgusted by the thought of buying a Chinese-made car. He…

U.N. Security Council heads to Haiti for firsthand look

By Jacqueline Charles and Stewart Stogel, McClatchy Newspapers – UNITED NATIONS — When a 15-member delegation of the U.N. Security Council arrives in Haiti Monday for an on-the-ground look at the…

Greek Parliament approves austerity bill as riots rage in Athens

By Christine Pirovolakis – ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s Parliament passed an austerity and debt-relief bill on Monday as rioters in Athens looted shops and set buildings on fire. The austerity…

Adele sweeps the top Grammy categories

By Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The Grammys cast aside their celebratory vibe Sunday to pay tribute to singer Whitney Houston, whose death over the weekend hung heavy over…

State Duals schedule, pairings and spectator information

K.J. Pilcher, CR Gazette – IHSAA STATE DUALS TOURNAMENT At Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines) Wednesday, Feb. 15 CLASS 1A (Brackets) Quarterfinals 9 a.m. – #1 Clarion-Goldfield (17-1) vs. #8…