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Hefty salaries, perks for union leaders raise eyebrows

By Judy L. Thomas, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — First-class travel. Six-figure salaries for half the 132 officers and staffers. Plenty of plum jobs for family members. Life is…

Families of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman receive outpouring of donations

By Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will be able to take about eight months of paid leave from her county job,…

LeBron expected to win NBA MVP award

By Barry Jackson, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Heat forward LeBron James’ sterling second season in Miami will result in his third Most Valuable Player Award. James will be named the…

Grizzlies hold off Clippers, 90-88, set up a decisive Game 7

Grizzlies hold off Clippers, 90-88, set up a decisive Game 7

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — They have put themselves in this predicament, in a situation in which the 2011-12 version of the Los Angeles Clippers have…

NIACC baseball season ends with play at the plate

NIACC baseball season ends with play at the plate

WATERLOO, Iowa – A play at the plate in the eleventh inning ended No. 19 NIACC’s season, as the Trojans lost to Iowa Central 4-3 in the Region XI Tournament…

Single vehicle accident leaves one dead, two injured

Single vehicle accident leaves one dead, two injured

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – At about 3:30 AM Saturday morning, Emergency responders were dispatched to 20759 Spruce Avenue for a one vehicle rollover with…

Swap meet still going on through Sunday

Swap meet still going on through Sunday

OSAGE – A large swap meet called the Sportsman’s Exchange is still being held near Osage through Sunday if you enjoy rummaging for items of all ages, sizes and values.…

Massey’s Gem Lifts Iowa

Massey’s Gem Lifts Iowa

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Iowa softball team posted a 1-0, eight inning victory at Minnesota on Friday night at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The victory keeps the Hawkeyes 1…

Iowa Baseball Drops Series Opener at Michigan State

Iowa Baseball Drops Series Opener at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The University of Iowa baseball team dropped a 6-0 decision to Michigan State Friday afternoon in the series opener at McLane Stadium. Spartan starter Tony Bucciferro…

Iowa State men’s hoops 24th nationally in attendance

Iowa State men’s hoops 24th nationally in attendance

AMES, Iowa – The NCAA announced its annual men’s basketball Division I attendance leaders this afternoon, and Iowa State yet again produced one of the nation’s best season totals. Iowa…

Iowa WBB – Hawkeyes Add Thomas to Recruiting Class

Iowa WBB – Hawkeyes Add Thomas to Recruiting Class

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Head women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder announced that Kathy Thomas has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Iowa next fall. Thomas,…

CNN photo: George Zimmerman’s great-grandfather was black

By Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — A photo aired by CNN shows a black-skinned man that Orlando attorney Mark NeJame says was George Zimmerman’s great-grandfather. It…

Trayvon Martin’s mother releases video about ‘my first Mother’s Day without my son’

By Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, released a Mother’s Day video online Thursday night asking for supporters to voice their…

Ex-LAPD detective gets 27 years to life for killing ex-boyfriend’s wife

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Police Detective Stephanie Lazarus was sentenced Friday to 27 years to life in prison with the possibility…

F-16s intercept small plane in Obama’s airspace at LAX

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Two F-16 military fighter jets were dispatched Friday morning to intercept a general aviation airplane that violated airspace restrictions as…

Political consultant found guilty of one charge in robocall scandal

By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — Political consultant Julius Henson faces up to one year in prison after a jury decided Friday that he is guilty of…

Kidnapped girls ‘doing fine’ after rescue

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Two kidnapped Tennessee girls were released from a Memphis hospital Friday morning, apparently safe and healthy after a two-week ordeal…

Senate panel looks at ties between advocacy groups, pain pill industry

By Alan Bavley, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A U.S. Senate committee is examining a Kansas City, Mo.-based bioethics think tank’s financial ties to the pain pill industry.…

Edwards’ defense team prepares to tell its side after judge rejects request to throw out case

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, NC. — The first three weeks of the John Edwards trial had little testimony about campaign finance law — the reason the former…

US lawmakers want Pakistan’s Haqqani Network to be dubbed terrorists

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican leaders of the congressional oversight committees are urging the Obama administration to formally designate Pakistan’s Haqqani Network a…

Obama touts refinancing changes on visit to Nevada

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – RENO, Nev. — Although the announcement on same-sex marriage became the focus the week after President Barack Obama officially kicked off his…

William Balfour guilty in Hudson murders case

By Jason Meisner and Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson softly sobbed and leaned into her fiance’s shoulder Friday as a Cook County…

Mason City man charged with child endangerment

Mason City man charged with child endangerment

MASON CITY – Shortly before 5pm Monday, May 7th, a Mason City police officer was dispatched to check on the welfare of four kids who were left inside a vehicle…

Mason City teen allegedly wrecks vehicle after taking it w/out permission

MASON CITY – Shortly after 3pm on Monday, May 7th, a 15-year-old Mason City teen listed as living in the 1000 block of 16th Street North East was arrested after…

Obit: Marjorie Johnson, 71

Marjorie Johnson, 71, of Mason City died Friday May 11, 2012 at the Rockwell Nursing Home in Rockwell, Iowa. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday May 14, 2012 at…

I write this at every election time; DO NOT VOTE FOR A SIGN!

I write this at every election time; DO NOT VOTE FOR A SIGN! Vote for a person.  A sign is just want it is, either paint or ink, it says…

Southeastern’s nine run seventh lifts Blackhawks past Trojans

Southeastern’s nine run seventh lifts Blackhawks past Trojans

WATERLOO, Iowa – The seventh inning was a very atypical for NIACC pitching in Friday’s game with Southeastern at the Region XI Tournament. Southeastern (36-21) scored nine runs in the…

Big Deal’s serving up big meals, friendly fun

Big Deal’s serving up big meals, friendly fun

By Joe Buttweiler ROCKFORD – You can’t help but wonder when you walk into Big Deal’s Bar & Grill, just what is the big deal? Is it the special of…

Iowa Man Sentenced to 21 Months for Possessing Child Pornography

A man who possessed child pornography was sentenced May 9, 2012 to 21 months in federal prison. Terry Tyson, age 54, from Onawa, Iowa, received the sentence after a January…

Facebook spawns ecosystem of startups

By Mike Swift, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — To get the true measure of what’s often called “The Facebook Effect,” look beyond the company. Generally ignored…

J.P. Morgan’s bad bet sparks firestorm over regulation

J.P. Morgan’s bad bet sparks firestorm over regulation

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s stunning after-hours announcement Thursday of a $2 billion loss on a complex bet sent shock waves…

Tim Burton lightens the tone of ‘Dark Shadows’

By Cary Darling, McClatchy Newspapers – There’s one thing everyone will be able to agree on regarding Tim Burton’s cinematic reimagining of the old TV series “Dark Shadows”: This isn’t your…

Upmeyer: “We remained resolved to complete the job”

Upmeyer: “We remained resolved to complete the job”

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer: The 2012 legislative session has officially adjourned. I am happy to report that throughout the entire session we remained resolved to complete the job that hardworking…

Taste of Clear Lake Unveils New Format

Taste of Clear Lake Unveils New Format

CLEAR LAKE – The popular summer fundraiser for the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will have an exciting new format this year. The featured meal, a gourmet burger bar,…

Lime Creek’s new web cam operational

Lime Creek’s new web cam operational

By Todd Von Ehwegen, Natural Resource Manager – Environmental Education The Lime Creek Nature Center, long a popular destination for wildlife watching, has now made it possible for nature enthusiasts…

Paul Babeu, gay Arizona sheriff, drops congressional bid

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Paul Babeu, the Arizona sheriff who announced that he was gay after he was accused by a former lover of…