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Hampton-Dumont High School to admit student convicted of sex offense

Hampton-Dumont High School to admit student convicted of sex offense

by Jody Spear – HAMPTON – Hampton-Dumont High School sent letters out with the students, Tuesday, February 21, with the understanding that they would give it to their parents. The…

‘American Idol’ sinks to record low in-season ratings

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Steven Tyler, please put your clothes back on. Thursday’s “American Idol” delivered some of the show’s lowest-ever numbers, although Fox blamed…

Oscars rehearsals in full swing

By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—Before the final touches to the hair and makeup and the red carpet wave comes another crucial rite of Oscar weekend — rehearsal.…

Hard sell for Oscar favorite ‘The Artist’

By Carrie Rickey, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Thomas Langmann was elated. The French film producer had a script he loved. It was about a Hollywood heartthrob, his faithful dog,…

Nineteen Trojans qualify for NJCAA Indoor Nationals

Nineteen Trojans qualify for NJCAA Indoor Nationals

MASON CITY, Iowa – Nineteen NIACC track and field athletes will make the trip to the NJCAA Indoor National Championships in Charleston, IL on March 2. The women’s team had…

Man Sentenced for Robbing Cedar Rapids Bank

A man who robbed a downtown Cedar Rapids bank while on federal supervised release for a 1990 bank robbery was sentenced today to serve 24 years in federal prison. Robert…

Arrests of L.A. school employees shows rise in reporting, not in abuse, police say

By Richard Winton, Howard Blume and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Since authorities charged a teacher nearly a month ago with committing lewd acts in his classroom,…

Boy, 9, charged in Washington school shooting, has had tumultuous life

By Maureen O’Hagan, The Seattle Times – PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — The pale 9-year-old walked into the Kitsap County Juvenile Court on Thursday, looking dazed in his orange jumpsuit. There was…

Michael Jackson’s doctor to stay in jail during appeal

By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A judge ruled Friday that the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson’s death must remain behind bars while lawyers appeal his case.…

Police in riot gear break up shoe melee at Florida mall

By Susan Jacobson, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The launch of an expensive new basketball shoe — timed to Orlando’s hosting of the NBA All-Star Game — triggered a…

Hackers publish private information about L.A. police officers

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The FBI is probing an Internet breach in which hackers publicly posted private information belonging to more than 100 local law…

Bill Maher announces $1 million donation to pro-Obama ‘super PAC’

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Comedian Bill Maher became the latest member of the seven-figure “super PAC” donors club Thursday night when he announced during a comedy…

EDITORIAL: Chamber-sponsored trips to D.C. need to cease

EDITORIAL: Chamber-sponsored trips to D.C. need to cease

by Matt Marquardt – Many of you may be aware that local elected and appointed officials took a trip last week to Washington D.C. to lobby the Federal Government (see…

Lin-sanity takes a break as Heat controls the Knicks

Lin-sanity takes a break as Heat controls the Knicks

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — President Obama apologized earlier for his absence. Jeremy Lin? He was present but hardly his typical presence. Amid a playoff atmosphere at AmericanAirlines…

Ryan Braun becomes first player to beat substance accusation; MLB calls it a ‘technicality’

By Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – PHOENIX — Ryan Braun made major-league history Thursday, the kind that left the National League most valuable player as well as the Milwaukee Brewers…

Santorum’s debate struggle shows why Congress isn’t the mother of presidents

Santorum’s debate struggle shows why Congress isn’t the mother of presidents

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – MESA, Ariz. — Rick Santorum’s attempts this week to explain his voting record in the Senate help illustrate a key dynamic of presidential politics: Congress…

Op-ed: Get on the right bus (by Peter Children)

How do we get to the promised land? You just need to get on the right bus. Let me warn you its not cheap. The fare runs into the thousands…

Caution: Fraudulent Charges May Appear on Your Phone Bill

Warning from U.S. Government: Did you know that your telephone bills may contain charges for products or services other than telephone service, much like charges on a credit card?  Those who…

Iowa Deer Harvest Lower for Sixth Straight Year

Hunters reported harvesting 121,407 deer in Iowa during the 2011-12 seasons, which is 4.5 percent lower than the 127,094 deer reported in 2010-11.  To date, Iowa’s deer population has been…

Capitol Digest 2-23-12

Capitol Digest 2-23-12

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Thursday, Feb. 23: CHECKS IN THE MAIL: Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said Thursday…

Aerial seeding and fertilizing set to begin along Iowa’s highways

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 24, 2012 – Aviation contractors hired by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will be performing aerial seeding and fertilizing along the state’s highways as soon…

Photo of the day: Clear Lake bar ad

Photo of the day: Clear Lake bar ad

Photo of the day submitted by anonymous NorthIowaToday.com reader. It was taken outside a bar in Clear Lake, she said. Does anyone know what bar? To send a photo in…

Goldline agrees to refund up to $4.5 million to former customers

By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Santa Monica, Calif., precious metals dealer Goldline International Inc., one of the nation’s largest gold retailers, has resolved a criminal prosecution…

‘Rampart’

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – “Rampart” is a character study of a very bad character. Woody Harrelson plays Dave Brown, a Vietnam vet and reprehensible cop in L.A.’s notoriously…

Mayo to spend $3.5B on projects

Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The Mayo Clinic said Thursday it will invest $3.5 billion in capital projects over the next five years, putting a focus on research and cutting…

‘Act of Valor’

By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers – It was only a matter of time before the popularity of reality TV would lead to reality movies. This scary new genre is not the…

H5N1 bird flu infection may be more common, less deadly, than thought

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The World Health Organization says the H5N1 bird flu kills nearly 60 percent of people who become infected, but a study…

Obama’s plan to cut corporate tax rate is light on details

Obama’s plan to cut corporate tax rate is light on details

By Jim Puzzanghera and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s proposal to lower the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 35 percent shows a growing…

Maryland legislators pass gay marriage bill

By Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A chance shake-up of Maryland House of Delegates seating assignments brought Republican Wade Kach face to face with gay couples who had…

Five Floridians charged with extorting relatives of smuggled Cuban migrants

By Jay Weaver, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Five Floridians are accused of conspiring to extort money from relatives of Cuban migrants allegedly being held for ransom in Mexico while they…

Obama scoffs at critics on gas prices, defends energy policy

Obama scoffs at critics on gas prices, defends energy policy

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama tried to deflect criticism over rising gas prices on Thursday, as he accused Republicans of cheering the bad economic…

Edwards sex tape to be destroyed

By Kyle Jahner, McClatchy Newspapers – RALEIGH, N.C. — John Edwards couldn’t keep his mistress or the child they conceived from becoming public. His mistress has had better luck with their…

UN agency accuses Assad regime of crimes against humanity

By Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — As the city of Homs shuddered Thursday from another day of Syrian army bombardments, U.N. investigators held regime officials and military commanders…

Romney’s assault on Santorum focuses on earmarks, principles

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – NOVI, Mich. — With momentum shifting his way, presidential contender Mitt Romney pushed Thursday for critical primary wins using the formula that has kept…

UNI announces more cuts: UNI Museum to close, athletics to lose funds

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – University of Northern Iowa officials, pending state regents approval, plan to reduce general fund support to athletics and close the UNI Museum building June 30 as…

Adele’s ‘21’ sets record with 21st week at No. 1

Adele’s ‘21’ sets record with 21st week at No. 1

By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGLES — Adele’s momentum is showing no signs of slowing. After winning six Grammy Awards and taking the top prize at the Brit…

3 GOP candidates’ plans would increase debt, study says

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is roundly criticized by Republicans for running up the nation’s debt. But if a Republican takes the White House,…

Putin rallies voters, says ‘victory will be ours’

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times – MOSCOW — In a short but fiery presidential campaign speech, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday called on voters to prepare for…

DJK on life as a Barnstormer

Duane Nollen, The Oskaloosa Herald, Iowa – DES MOINES — Iowa Barnstormers wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos took some time Tuesday night to talk a little bit about the transition from college…