Breakthrough Web Design - 515-897-1144 - Web sites for businesses
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the Entire North Iowa Region

Founded October 1, 2010


Home » 2012 » February » 22

Capitol Digest 2-21-12

Capitol Digest 2-21-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012: NOBEL RECOGNITION: Iowa State University Professor Dan Shechtman of…

Arrests made in auto dealership embezzlement case

Arrests made in auto dealership embezzlement case

MASON CITY – Three former Mason City Ford employees were arrested today by the Mason City Police Department on charges of 1st degree theft and on-going criminal conduct. The former…

Nasal vaccine may soon toss cruise ship crud overboard

By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times – VANCOUVER, B.C. — Bathing suit? Check. Suntan lotion? Check. Nose spray to keep diarrhea from ruining your cruise? It’s not on the check list…

China manufacturing index edges higher: HSBC

By Chris Oliver, MarketWatch – HONG KONG — A closely watched gauge of Chinese factory activity rose to a four-month high in February but remained at levels that indicate modest contraction,…

Protests over Quran burnings lead to seven deaths in Afghanistan

Protests over Quran burnings lead to seven deaths in Afghanistan

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL — Violent protests in Afghanistan over the inadvertent burning of copies of the Quran by U.S. personnel left at least seven people dead…

49 killed as train slams into retaining wall in Buenos Aires

49 killed as train slams into retaining wall in Buenos Aires

By Andres D’ Alessandro and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times – BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A commuter train went out of control and slammed into a retaining barrier in a central…

Romney, Santorum neck and neck in Michigan, new poll shows

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press – WASHINGTON — At least one new poll released Tuesday suggested that Mitt Romney has erased Rick Santorum’s lead in Romney’s home state of Michigan.…

Romney peppered with questions at Michigan plant

By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wanted to compare his positions on the economy and jobs with those of President Barack Obama and even give…

Robocalls swamp, annoy Michigan voters

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Swarms of political robocalls are sounding private Michigan phones in advance of Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary — and many folks find themselves…

Romney renews attacks on Santorum

By Seema Mehta and Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Stung by Mitt Romney’s accusation that he’s a big-spending Washington insider, Rick Santorum responded Tuesday by calling himself an…

For Rick Santorum voters, it’s character that counts

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Suburban mom Judy Dlugosielski is a liberal Republican who favors abortion rights. Yet as a crucial set of primaries nears,…

Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases

Los Angeles Times – Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents…

Op-ed: Checks & Balances (by Peter Children)

At the federal level at the highest level the are checks and balances. We have two houses, the Congress and the Senate. Legislation must pass favorably through both in order…

Country mainstay McBride takes time to start over

By Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Country music veteran Martina McBride, 11 albums deep into her career, says she’s starting over. She’s representing this through her latest album, “Eleven.”…

Chris Brown, Rihanna collaborations spark controversy

By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!” That’s how Chris Brown, 22, tagged his remix of “Turn Up the Music,” one of two collaborations with ex-girlfriend…

US unveils plan to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to shrink the seized housing-finance giants gradually and create a new market for…

Eurozone ministers approve $170 billion bailout for Greece

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Europe’s ailing currency union approved its second bailout for Greece in less than two years, signing off on a $170 billion rescue…

Op-ed: Loud motorcycles are annoying

Op-ed submitted by “OneEyed” – Well, Spring is coming and you know what that means….loud motorcycles. Most of which, I find very annoying. However, there are quite a few (emphasis…

Council unanimously approves entire agenda, again

Council unanimously approves entire agenda, again

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council once again unanimously approved every item on the agenda with a 6-0 vote. Several agenda items were…

Mason City marijuana dealer sentenced to 10 years in prison

Mason City marijuana dealer sentenced to 10 years in prison

MASON CITY – 23-year-old Mackenzie Everett Servantez has spent more than a year in Cerro Gordo County jail following his arrest on February 10th of 2011 awaiting court proceedings in…

Films in February, Movies in March Continues at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum with Quinceañera

Films in February, Movies in March Continues at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum with Quinceañera

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2012 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, continues this Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. with Quinceañera. Admission is FREE and…

Mason City man heading to prison for probation violation

Mason City man heading to prison for probation violation

MASON CITY – In October of 2011 21-year-old Tyler Anton Meuer had received suspended prison sentences and reduced charges through a plea bargain deal. In exchange for a voluntary negotiated…

Red Cross seeks daily pause in Syria fighting

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT, Lebanon — Opposition activists reported scores of people killed Tuesday across Syria, including many in a new round of…

Supreme Court to hear Texas affirmative action case

Supreme Court to hear Texas affirmative action case

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a politically charged challenge to affirmative action at the University of Texas. The court’s decision gives…

Beware of payday loan telephone scammers

The IC3 continues to receive complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. As previously reported in the IC3 Alert posted December 1, 2010, the typical payday loan scam involves a…

Marines discharge squad leader in Haditha killings

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — Frank Wuterich, who pleaded guilty to negligent dereliction of duty in the killing of 24 unarmed Iraqis in 2005, has been…

Obama campaign: Romney, Santorum policies would grow deficit

By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In yet another sign of Rick Santorum’s rising status, President Barack Obama’s campaign is taking aim at the…

Austin, MN man arrested for passing fake $20

Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – An 18-year-old Austin man was arrested Monday after allegedly passing counterfeit money to a local gas station. Drew Novak was taken into custody after officers…

Romney starts big week with Wednesday night GOP debate

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney will face his three Republican rivals Wednesday in a debate that marks the start of a crucial week for his presidential…

Interview with Iowa Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery

Interview with Iowa Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery

Q.  Were you surprised yesterday when Matt Gatens didn’t at least get a co‑mention for Big Ten Player of the Week after what he did the last couple games? COACH…

Magic Johnson to launch TV network via Comcast

By Greg Braxton and Meg James, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — More than 20 years after he last played pro basketball, former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson is…

FDA fights shortage problem, OKs sources of 2 cancer drugs

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Food and Drug Administration has moved to increase the supplies of two needed cancer-treatment drugs and on Tuesday issued a…

Bridge to China: How to build a healthy relationship

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Chicago Tribune Editorial – He’s got a winning personality, a wife who’s a famous singer, a taste for Hollywood movies, a daughter at Harvard and fond memories…

Now’s the time to start planning for possible tax hikes

By Dan Serra, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – As tax return season starts, many of us are thinking of what we could have done last year to lower our taxes and what…

Sheriff’s officials deny teacher charged in lewd behavior case is being harassed in jail

By Robert Faturechi and Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Sheriff’s officials denied claims Tuesday by an attorney for former Miramonte school teacher Mark Berndt that his client…

17-year-old dies after plunging down trash chute

By William Lee and Carlos Sadovi, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — All morning the sad news spread through the Gold Coast high-rise: Charlie, the boy who had a smile for everyone,…