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UCLA disputes Sports Illustrated depiction of basketball program

By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Damage control was the order of the day around the UCLA basketball team Wednesday. As the Bruins prepared for their final…

Mason City man loses his life on icy roads Thursday morning

by Jody Spear – A Mason City man lost his life Thursday, March 1, in a head on collision with a semi truck 1/8 mile east of Apple Avenue on…

Hit and run damages two cars Thursday in Mason City

Hit and run damages two cars Thursday in Mason City

MASON CITY – A Mason City man wants people to be on the lookout for a vehicle he says smashed up his car as well as a car belonging to…

Miller Joins Attorneys General in Challenging Google on New Privacy Policy

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  In a letter sent Wednesday to Google Chief Executive Larry Page, Attorney General Tom Miller, joined by 35 attorneys general from across the nation, outlined multiple concerns with recently…

Watts a candidate for Cerro Gordo County Supervisor

Watts a candidate for Cerro Gordo County Supervisor

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Chris Watts formally declared himself a candidate for District 3 Supervisor today at the Mason City Library. Watts, entering the race as a Republican,…

Men’s Cancun Challenge Officials Announce 2012 Field

Men’s Cancun Challenge Officials Announce 2012 Field

Fort Collins, Colo. – Tournament officials announced today the eight teams slated to compete in the 2012 Men’s Cancun Challenge played at the all-inclusive Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico.…

Iowa State wrestlers ready for Big 12 Championships

Iowa State wrestlers ready for Big 12 Championships

AMES, Iowa – Six Iowa State wrestlers competing at the 2012 Big 12 Championships Saturday in Columbia, Mo. are ranked in the top 20 nationally of their respective weight classes,…

Charles City man receives suspended sentence in sexual abuse charge

Charles City man receives suspended sentence in sexual abuse charge

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man received a lenient sentence for a sexual abuse charge and other charges. On February 28th, Judge Colleen Weiland dismissed a charge of second…

National High School Hall of Fame Inducts Hoiberg

AMES, Iowa- Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will be inducted into the 2012 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame, announced today by…

The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Todd Dorman column

Todd Dorman, CR Gazette – Got tied up with other things yesterday, so I neglected to comment on the Big Democratic Statehouse Walkout of 2012, and its battle cry, thundering…

Albert Lea’s Fountain Lake dredging gets hearing in St. Paul

Tim Engstrom, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday heard a presentation on why $7.5 million ought to be included in the state…

Four teens charged in Lisbon, Iowa wrestling bullying investigation

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – UPDATE: Four former Lisbon High School wrestlers were charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault charges for multiple incidents of bullying which came to light in late…

Retail sales climb robust 4.7% in February

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Drawn by unseasonably warm weather across much of the country, shoppers hit the malls in February with their wallets open and…

Consumer bureau open to complaints on bank accounts

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday began taking complaints about bank checking and savings accounts as it continues to expand its…

Vikings Announce Stadium Agreement

Vikings Announce Stadium Agreement

St. Paul – Today Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton was joined by State Legislators, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak,  Mark and Zygi Wilf of the Minnesota Vikings, and business and labor leaders…

Harkin Office Now Accepting Applications for U.S. Military Academies

Harkin Office Now Accepting Applications for U.S. Military Academies

DES MOINES, IOWA – U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today announced that his office is accepting applications for nominations to the United States’ military academies for the class entering in…

Missouri’s freshman senator pushes politics of contraception

By David Goldstein, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The fight over the contraception mandate in the health care law will not likely determine which party wins the White House and Senate…

Branstad announces appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions

Branstad announces appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today announced the appointments of individuals to Iowa’s boards and commissions. The following appointees’ term begins on May 1, 2012, unless otherwise noted and are…

Op-ed: Globe ignores some candidates and trumpets others

I read the blogs like everyone else and what I read today under the announcement on NIT concerning Chris Watts declaration that he is running against Phil Dougherty for County…

Clippers lose to Celtics as Paul’s game suffers

Clippers lose to Celtics as Paul’s game suffers

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It seems as if the loss of one player has staggered the Los Angeles Clippers, leaving them incapable of making up…

White-collar criminals’ code: ‘It’s not my fault’

MCT FORUM, By Barry Goldman – I mediated a case some years ago between a small general contractor and a carpenter. The carpenter had done some work for the contractor, and…

A lesson from Pakistan on letting religion dominate politics

MCT FORUM, By Faheem Younus – Watching Rick Santorum rise in the polls by positioning himself as the real Christian presidential candidate is like watching the sequel of a horror movie…

Sheen gets premiere date for FX’s ‘Anger Management’

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The prime-time rehabilitation of Charlie Sheen is almost complete. The mercurial star just got a locked-in premiere date for his new…

Michael Mann to chronicle war photographers for new HBO series

By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Filmmaker Michael Mann and documentary director David Frankham are teaming up for a new documentary series for HBO that will follow…

Lea Thompson’s hitting her stride at 50

By Susan King, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — As an actress, Lea Thompson considers herself a “long-distance runner” — someone who keeps up a steady pace instead of a…

Justice Department Settles with Georgia School District to Ensure Desegregation of Its Faculty and Staff

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that it has entered into a settlement agreement with the Valdosta City Schools in Georgia to ensure that the school district complies…

Australian Man and His Firm Indicted in Plot to Export U.S. Technology to Iran

WASHINGTON – An Australian man and his company have been indicted today by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for conspiring to export sensitive military and other…

Three Charged with Racially-Motivated Murders of Two Men in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON –  The Justice Department announced today that Ross Hack, 40, Leland Jones, 31, and Melissa Hack, 37, have been charged with first degree murder and firearms offenses in relation…

Iowa handles Nebraska on the road, 62-53

Iowa handles Nebraska on the road, 62-53

LINCOLN, NE – Matt Gatens once again led the Iowa Hawkeyes to victory, this time 62-53 over the pesky Nebraska Cornhuskers. Iowa jumped ahead and never really looked back. Nebraska…

Cyclones Fall To No. 7 Missouri, 78-72

Cyclones Fall To No. 7 Missouri, 78-72

COLUMBIA, Mo. – No. 7 Missouri used a key 9-0 second half run to down Iowa State, 78-72 Wednesday night in Columbia. Iowa State held a seven-point lead in the…

In reversal, ex-Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey to seek former seat

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — After days of parlor intrigue, former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey has changed course and will now enter the race to recapture his…

Republicans’ hopes for recapturing control of Senate dim

Republicans’ hopes for recapturing control of Senate dim

By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Even before Republican Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine blindsided her party by announcing she would not seek…

Storm system barrels into Kentucky

Storm system barrels into Kentucky

By Bill Estep and Jim Warren, McClatchy Newspapers – LEXINGTON, Ky. — A storm system that caused death and destruction in Illinois and Missouri also barreled into Kentucky on Wednesday, roaring…

Shanksville remains aren’t in landfill, Air Force head says

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The head of the Air Force on Wednesday disputed a report that some unidentified remains from the Sept. 11, 2001, plane crash…

Bernanke calls for caution as economy improves

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers and the economy started the year with more financial pep than previously thought, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke…

Romney, Santorum hit the road, eyeing 11 states voting by Tuesday

Romney, Santorum hit the road, eyeing 11 states voting by Tuesday

By David Lightman and William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – TOLEDO, Ohio — The battle for the Republican presidential nomination spread out across the country Wednesday, as a relieved Mitt Romney talked…

Tornadoes hammer Midwest, killing 9 in Illinois, Missouri

Tornadoes hammer Midwest, killing 9 in Illinois, Missouri

By Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – HARRISBURG, Ill. — With the walls torn off three rooms by a powerful tornado Wednesday morning and the windows blown out of four…

Mask doesn’t slow Bryant as Lakers defeat Love-less Timberwolves

Mask doesn’t slow Bryant as Lakers defeat Love-less Timberwolves

By Kevin Ding, The Orange County Register – LOS ANGELES — The spotlight reflected mainly off the clear mask that protected Kobe Bryant’s broken nose as he played a day after…

White Named To Naismith Award Top-30 Watch List

White Named To Naismith Award Top-30 Watch List

ATLANTA, Ga. – Iowa State forward Royce White made the Naismith Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Award mid-season 30 watch list, released today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The…

Iowa State Beats Kansas State on Senior Night, 57-33

Iowa State Beats Kansas State on Senior Night, 57-33

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (18-10, 9-8 Big 12) rolled over Kansas State (18-11, 9-8 Big 12), outscoring the Wildcats 36-16 in the second half en route to a 57-33…