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Granger injured, and the game didn’t go well for Pacers either

Granger injured, and the game didn’t go well for Pacers either

By Barry Jackson, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The question, posed to Indiana coach Frank Vogel before Game 5 on Tuesday, was simple: What does his team need to do…

White Sox routed by Twins

White Sox routed by Twins

By Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The momentum of a four-game winning streak and the return of Paul Konerko did little Tuesday night for the White Sox. Instead,…

Cubs’ offense AWOL again; Astros spoil Wood’s fine outing with victory

Cubs’ offense AWOL again; Astros spoil Wood’s fine outing with victory

By Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune – HOUSTON — Travis Wood deserved better. Making his first start since replacing Chris Volstad in the Cubs’ rotation, the left-hander demonstrated why Theo Epstein…

Supervisors award contract for 250th Street Reconstruction Project

Supervisors award contract for 250th Street Reconstruction Project

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning. Cerro Gordo County OK’d a memo of understanding with Polk County for sharing the Precint…

Overnight exit ramp closure on southbound I-380 near Raymond begins tonight

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – May 22, 2012 – Asphalt repair work will require closing the Interstate 380 exit ramp at the east interchange of southbound I-380/U.S. 20 (exit 65) near…

Larry Portis Does it Again at I-35 Races

Larry Portis Does it Again at I-35 Races

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Larry Portis (pictured) is having a spectacular 2012 Racing Season at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City. His hot pink,…

Dallas Clark: Maybe the best story from the Ferentz era

Dallas Clark: Maybe the best story from the Ferentz era

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – Kirk Ferentz has been head coach for the Hawkeyes for 14 years now. That’s a long time and that’s a lot of great stories. Bob…

Attorneys complain of jail conditions for 3 accused of planning bombings at NATO summit

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Lawyers for three men accused of plotting to firebomb police stations and other political targets during the NATO summit in Chicago said Tuesday…

5 charged in mob attack at Chicago area restaurant

By Ashley Rueff, Chicago Tribune – TINLEY PARK, Ill. — Panic shot through the small Tinley Park restaurant as quickly as the stream of determined, black-clad assailants marched in, clubs and…

US envoy to Afghanistan to step down early

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Ryan Crocker, a respected diplomat who came out of retirement to become the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is leaving his post…

British auction of blood vial said to be Reagan’s angers his foundation

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times – VENTURA, Calif. — A British online auction house is offering a glass vial that it says held blood samples taken from President Ronald Reagan…

Greene fuels Cards’ comeback

By Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals’ game with the San Diego Padres on Monday night at Busch Stadium had so little action through the first…

Rams say their plan to rebuild is working

By Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — As the Rams began the business of reshaping their roster in February, general manager Les Snead said there was one underlying…

After John Travolta lawsuit fizzles, questions about attorney remain

By Harriet Ryan and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – It was billed as a “shocking tell-all” and a “world exclusive,” but the National Enquirer’s March 26 cover story landed with…

Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ to get 25th anniversary reissue

By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In the three years following Michael Jackson’s death, his estate has been conservative with posthumous releases from the King of…

New on DVD: ‘The Grey,’ ‘Red Tails,’ ‘This Means War’

By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers – This week’s DVD selections offer different looks at male bonding. —“The Grey,” Grade B: A group of survivors of a plane crash must battle a…

David Lee Roth promises Van Halen to return, with monster trucks

David Lee Roth promises Van Halen to return, with monster trucks

By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Van Halen will be back, lead singer David Lee Roth promises, and when the band returns, it may be bringing along…

Photo of the day: Vi-COR smell upsets neighbors

Photo of the day: Vi-COR smell upsets neighbors

Photo submitted by neighbors of the Vi-COR plant on South Benjamin Avenue. “Well said! Really stinks today-this afternoon blowing more towards Garfield and Mercy.”…

Steve King visits Mason City

Steve King visits Mason City

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – U.S. Representative Steve King visited Mason City Tuesday morning.  He held a town hall meeting at the Park Inn Hotel, sponsored by Dr.…

Branstad accepts invite to China from Vice President Xi Jinping

Branstad accepts invite to China from Vice President Xi Jinping

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today announced that he will participate in a trade mission to China from May 29 through June 5. Branstad’s trip results from an invitation the…

U.N. nuclear chief reports tentative deal with Iran

U.N. nuclear chief reports tentative deal with Iran

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – AMMAN, Jordan — The chief of the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog agency said Tuesday he expects to sign a deal with Iran opening…

SpaceX rocket blasts Dragon capsule into space in historic launch

SpaceX rocket blasts Dragon capsule into space in historic launch

By Scott Powers, The Orlando Sentinel – CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The SpaceX Dragon capsule is on its way to a rendezvous with the International Space Station and possibly heralding…

Winnebago Industries Announces new VP of Sales and Product Management

Winnebago Industries Announces new VP of Sales and Product Management

FOREST CITY, IA, May 21, 2012 — Winnebago Industries, Inc. recently elected Scott Degnan to the position of vice president of sales and product management, effective May 29, 2012.  In…

Iowa football schedules released through 2016

Iowa football schedules released through 2016

IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa’s Big Ten Conference football schedules have been announced for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Schedules for all 12 league schools were release…

Iowa DOT cautions travelers about work zones over Memorial Day holiday

Iowa DOT cautions travelers about work zones over Memorial Day holiday

AMES, Iowa – May 22, 2012 – Travel during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday may be slowed by road construction, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Several projects on…

Three out of four charges against Mason City woman thrown out in mortgage fraud case

Three out of four charges against Mason City woman thrown out in mortgage fraud case

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out three charges and upheld a fourth charge against a Mason City woman who was convicted…

Campbell’s soups to be mmm, mmm, more expensive

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Campbell Soup Co. will raise prices on its condensed soups by 5 percent in June as the company tries to turn…

Pakistanis fear becoming isolated because of government’s negotiating strategy

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD — As U.S. frustration with Pakistan’s six-month blockade of Afghanistan-bound supplies became painfully apparent at the NATO summit in Chicago, Pakistanis are growing…

RSVP Celebrates Volunteers’ Commitment to Students In North Central Iowa

RSVP Celebrates Volunteers’ Commitment to Students In North Central Iowa

Volunteers with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in North Central Iowa were honored recently at an ice cream social for the contribution of their time and talents to elementary…

Women’s Health Fund Announces 5K Run/Walk

(Mason City) –The Cerro Gordo County Women’s Health Fund will be hosting Lace Up, Leash Up, Line Up, the first annual 5K walk/run for running and walking enthusiasts and dog…

Chicago releases many arrested during NATO protest

Chicago releases many arrested during NATO protest

By Ryan Haggerty, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — At least 20 people arrested or detained by Chicago police during Sunday’s NATO protests were released from custody overnight, according to other protesters…

7.5% unemployment by end of 2013: economists

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — By the end of next year, the unemployment rate will be at 7.5 percent. Consumer spending will be up, as will…

Magic fire Stan Van Gundy; team and Otis Smith part ways

By Josh Robbins, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith did not want the uncertainty about their futures with the Orlando Magic…

Alliant Energy offers more options for smart phone users

Alliant Energy offers more options for smart phone users

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – May 21, 2012 – This week Alliant Energy started offering its customers a new option to pay their utility bill – through their smart phone. In…

Chicago police investigating whether department’s website was compromised

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating whether its own supervisors whose names have appeared in news reports during the NATO summit coverage had been targeted…

Federal prosecutors have a lot riding on Edwards case

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Edwards might be the one with the most to win or lose with the jury deliberating his fate, but the U.S.…

4 men arrested in fight at Dodger Stadium parking lot

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department said a pregnant woman looked on stunned as her boyfriend and a group of men got…

Muslims invited to attend update on NYPD spying probe

By Hannan Adely, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Muslim leaders say they have been invited to a meeting Thursday with the state attorney general in Trenton for an…

Members of Congress are too wordy, study shows

By Dave Helling, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It seems all those whereases and therefores have gone to their heads, or at least to their prose. Folks in Congress…