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Adam Haluska can relate to Matt Gatens

Adam Haluska can relate to Matt Gatens

Mike Hlas, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Adam Haluska can relate to Matt Gatens. That isn’t just because Gatens became the first Iowa basketball player with consecutive 30-point games since Haluska did it…

“Iowa’s oldest newspaper” to charge fee to access website; will not allow anonymous coments

Steve Delaney, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – There has been much discussion in the newspaper industry about the policing of comments on stories posted on newspaper websites. Publishers have tried,…

UNI Notches 65-61 Win at SIU; Clinches Tie For 3rd

UNI Notches 65-61 Win at SIU; Clinches Tie For 3rd

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team clinched a tie for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings with a 65-61 win over the Southern Illinois…

Christopherson’s 29 Leads Iowa State Over K-State

Christopherson’s 29 Leads Iowa State Over K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The national pundits said Iowa State needed a win in its last three games for a chance for a NCAA Tournament berth. Mission accomplished. Behind a incredible night from…

Wichita State wraps up regular season with 81-58 win over Drake

Paul Suellentrop, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. – Wichita State ended the regular season with a convincing display of its championship style The 19th-ranked Shockers routed Drake 81-58 on Saturday at Koch…

Pair of polls show Romney back in lead in Michigan, but barely

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press – WASHINGTON — Two new polls suggest the race for the Michigan primary has swung to Mitt Romney’s advantage heading into the final weekend before…

Democrats, UAW want to ensure Romney’s defeat in Michigan

By Brent Snavely and Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Democrats and their union allies are squarely focused on derailing one Republican in Michigan’s Tuesday presidential primary: Mitt Romney.…

Muslim leaders condemn NYPD’s surveillance operation

By Hannan Adely, Patricia Alex and Nick Clunn, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Muslim leaders condemned the New York Police Department’s broad surveillance of their communities and institutions…

California attorney is sentenced in ‘baby selling’ scheme

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — A California attorney who once was prominent in adoption circles was sentenced Friday to five months in federal custody and nine…

Two U.S. soldiers killed as Afghan protests continue; NATO withdraws advisers

By Ali Safi and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — The commander of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan on Saturday withdrew all NATO personnel from government ministries…

Saudi Arabia raises crude oil output, according to reports

By Andria Cheng, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — As crude oil prices reached a nine-month high on concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, Saudi Arabia has increased its crude exports, and the…

Romney, Santorum battle for conservative vote in Michigan

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – TROY, Mich. — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum on Saturday took their down-to-the-wire Michigan Republican primary duel to an influential group of conservative activists, a…

Pakistan begins demolishing compound where bin Laden lived, died

By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani authorities late Saturday began demolishing the house where Osama bin Laden had lived in a town in the north of the…

Just how many nuclear weapons should be enough?

McClatchy-Tribune News Service The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Last week the Obama administration got the first shove in what eventually could be heavy pushback against the…

Charges dropped on BeJe escapee; will return to facility

Charges dropped on BeJe escapee; will return to facility

MASON CITY – Charges have been dismissed against a Mason City man after he was absent from BeJe Clark’s residential facility and was captured in the same day. 39-year-old Jamie…

Danica Patrick makes history by winning Nationwide Series pole at Daytona

Danica Patrick makes history by winning Nationwide Series pole at Daytona

By Randy Covitz, McClatchy Newspapers – DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A day after crashing into the wall, Danica Patrick cracked the glass ceiling of NASCAR on Friday. (PHOTO: Danica Patrick signs autographs in…

Lee regains compliance with NYSE share price standard

DAVENPORT, Iowa (February 21, 2012) – Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE has received notification that it has returned to compliance with the New York Stock Exchange’s share price standard. In…

Branstad addresses Education Panel in Washington, D.C.

Branstad addresses Education Panel in Washington, D.C.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad Friday addressed the Urban Institute Education Panel in Washington, D.C. Gov. Branstad, who is in Washington, D.C. for National Governors Association meetings, discussed his…

Rose Bowl scores, 2-21 and 2-23

Over The Hill 2/21/12 (4 person team) High Scratch Game 1. Lynn Christensen 206 2. Robert Schmidt 205 3. Don Wickwire 203 1. Michele Olson 202 2. Nancy Nielsen 194…

Lenny Kravitz shatters musical stereotypes with a wide-ranging career

By Michael Hamersly, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — His name might not scream “rock superstar” to the uninitiated, but Lenny Kravitz has quietly amassed a fairly formidable musical resume over the…

Learning to walk and then maybe fly

Learning to walk and then maybe fly

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — Fran McCaffery’s next toughest deal here might be tethering his team to terra firma. The Hawkeyes (15-13, 7-8 Big Ten) have beaten…

Cedar Rapids man faces over $1 million in restitution, penalties for commodities fraud

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – A Cedar Rapids man and his company, Virtual Vision Inc., will pay more than $1 million in restitution to 11 individuals and a civil penalty…

Social Security Q&A

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Q: I prefer reading by audio book. Does Social Security have audio publications? A: Yes, we do. You can find them at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. Some of the…

Grants Awarded to School Districts for Emissions Reduction

DES MOINES — Six school districts have been selected to receive up to $38,000 in reimbursement as a match for a new school bus to replace the oldest school buses…

Leaving college with a degree and thousands in debt

By Alan J. Heavens, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Americans are graduating from college today with mountains of debt that will take years to dig out from under. Two-thirds…

Feds Announce Provisions to Ease Pain at the Pump, Lower Business Energy Costs

President Obama visited Miami this week to talk about why rising gas prices are yet another painful reminder of why developing new energy sources is so critical to our future.…

How cities can get out of their financial bind

MCT FORUM, By Gar Alperovitz – Cities are financially strapped today, but many are adopting innovative strategies that offer much promise. From Lowell, Mass., to Berkeley, Calif., cities have discovered they…

A highway bill everyone can hate

A highway bill everyone can hate

MCT FORUM, By Marc Scribner – House Speaker John Boehner recently noted, “In the past, highways bills represented what was wrong with Washington: earmarks, endless layers of bureaucracy, wasted tax dollars…

Stillwater-based political blogger keeps ire stoked

Kevin Giles and Andrew Johnson, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – From the ashes of a house fire several years ago that destroyed most everything he owned, Karl Bremer saved a flame-licked carbon…

Oscar snubs: The eternal conundrum

By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune – Each new Oscars season binds us all together as one, in a collective, sputtering state of exasperation. How could they fail to nominate so-and-so? Are…

Gay marriage question evolves one state at a time

Gay marriage question evolves one state at a time

By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Though same-sex marriage is racking up victories in state legislatures and federal courts, and gaining public support, especially among younger people, it could…

On the Money: All you need to know about a 529 college savings plan

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – A Qualified Tuition Plan, commonly known as a 529 college savings plan, can help families to put money away for a child’s future college…

Bowling scores: 20-19 through 2-24

Sunday Night Mixed League   Rose Bowl       02/19/12 Team High Series          Norwex Enviro Products              1663 Team High Game           Norwex Enviro Products              607 Individual High Series Male         Duane Hermen               597 Individual High…

Mohawk girls place 8th at state bowling

Mohawk girls place 8th at state bowling

by Matt Marquardt – DES MOINES – The Mohawk girl bowling team placed 8th at the state bowling meet. Ottumwa was crowned the champion, followed by Cedar Rapids Jefferson and…

Thief steals cans from Fareway can drop-off

Thief steals cans from Fareway can drop-off

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – It seems as though the economic times are making the criminal more desperate. The Fareway and NIVC redemption collection of pop cans, located in theFareway parking lot, became victim…

Juco Wrestling: NIACC at Nationals Day 1

Juco Wrestling:  NIACC at Nationals Day 1

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Freshman 184-pounder Basil Minto (Fr., Cape Coral, FL) is the lone Trojan remaining in the championship bracket, while two other Trojans are in the hunt for a…

Possible injuries in fight at Alley Katz Bar

Possible injuries in fight at Alley Katz Bar

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Authorities were called to Alley Katz, 1341 North Federal Avenue, early Saturday morning for a fight involving a large group of people.  It was…