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Gay teens less likely to be happy, nationwide survey finds

By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It’s not easy growing up gay in America, despite the nation’s increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage and other issues of…

One in custody following break in at funeral home

One in custody following break in at funeral home

MASON CITY – Mason City police responded to a report of a burglary at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel located at 126 3rd Street NE shortly after 6 am Wednesday…

Family of dismembered man arrives in Montreal to collect remains

By Gisela Ostwald – NEW YORK — The family of the Chinese student who was murdered and dismembered while his killer videotaped the crime arrived in Montreal on Thursday, according…

Panetta: US at ‘limit of our patience’ with Pakistan

By David S. Cloud and Laura King, Tribune Washington Bureau – KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, paying a brief visit to the Afghan capital, said Thursday that…

Zimmerman to get new bond hearing

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — George Zimmerman, who was forced to return to jail after his bail was revoked by a Florida judge, will get…

New Obama campaign ad returns focus to Congress

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mitt who? President Obama’s latest re-election ad makes no mention of the Republican nominee, or even the fact that there’s…

New Obama campaign ad returns focus to Congress

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mitt who? President Obama’s latest re-election ad makes no mention of the Republican nominee, or even the fact that there’s…

Karzai assails war effort as Panetta meets with officials

By Laura King and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — With the American defense secretary in his capital, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday harshly criticized the…

NE Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact with a girl, 9

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on June 7, 2012, Leland Parker, Jr., of Macy, Nebraska, was sentenced on his conviction for abusive sexual contact with a minor.…

Eric Holder grilled over Fast and Furious in Congress

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — One at a time, Rep. Darrell Issa held up a thick wiretap application form and slammed it on his dais…

In northern Syria, rebels now control many towns and villages

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – QALAAT AL-MUDIQ, Syria — It’s been two months since anyone has seen a police officer in this central Syrian city. Though the Syrian military…

Romney warns of Obama’s ‘government-run economy’

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – ST. LOUIS — Arguing that the growing government control of the economy threatens the nation’s freedom, Mitt Romney on Thursday said President Barack…

Statement by White House Press Secretary on Syria

The United States strongly condemns the outrageous targeted killings of civilians including women and children in Al-Qubeir in Hama province as reported by multiple credible sources.  This, coupled with the…

Mason City schools year in review

Mason City schools year in review

MASON CITY – The Mason City Community School District staff met for their final 2011-2012 school year all staff meeting on Wednesday, June 6 in the Lincoln Intermediate gym. Superintendent…

Op-ed: We need to clean up the north end (by Peter Children)

For the most part we need to clean up the North End.  When it comes to Alley Katz bar it is a two edged sword; pull their license and their…

Obit: Jerald Montag, 82

Obit: Jerald Montag, 82

Jerald Montag, 82, of 306 1st Avenue NW in Rockford, IA, died Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City, IA.  Online condolences may be left…

Humane Society of North Iowa to host Bark in the Park

Humane Society of North Iowa to host Bark in the Park

MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa will host its annual Bark in the Park fundraiser this Sunday, June 10th. The walk-a-thon event will be held at Lime…

Obit: Jerry Fisher, 75

Obit: Jerry Fisher, 75

Frederick Gerald “Jerry” Fisher, 75 of Charles City, died Thursday December 29, 2011 at the Floyd County Medical Center after a battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering…

MN Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Sexual Abuse of Child

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced a Rosebud, South Dakota man charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child and abusive sexual contact with a child was sentenced on…

Grassley Seeks Full Transparency of Public Housing Authority Salaries

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to make public the salary data it collected from public housing authorities across the…

Harkin Announces $21 Million Loan for Manning Regional Healthcare Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Program has approved a 3.375 percent 40 year loan of $21,000,000…

Elimination games have been unkind to LeBron James

By Shandel Richardson, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — It was inevitable for it come to this. Forget that the Miami Heat have won just once in their past 16 trips to…

Heat forward Chris Bosh may start Game 6 vs. Celtics

By Shandel Richardson, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is still debating whether to start forward Chris Bosh Thursday against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of…

Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ can’t top his original ‘Alien’

Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ can’t top his original ‘Alien’

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” plays like the “Alien” franchise’s greatest hits. Scott, revisiting the 1979 sci-fi classic that made him famous, samples “Alien,” James Cameron’s…

Bryan Stow’s comment to jeering Dodger fans preceded beating, court is told

By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Bay Area paramedic severely beaten at Dodger Stadium, was attacked after he used medical slang to…

Eight Sandusky jurors have Penn St. ties

By Mike Dawson, McClatchy Newspapers – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Eight people with Penn State ties will sit on the jury to determine the fate of Jerry Sandusky, whose defensive coaching strategies…

LinkedIn admits hacker stole data on 6.5 million accounts

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — LinkedIn admitted Wednesday that a hacker managed to steal millions of users’ passwords and post them to the…

Tribune, creditors to present plan to end lengthy bankruptcy case

By Michael Oneal, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — It took three-and-a-half years and more than $400 million in fees to lawyers and other professionals, but it appears that Tribune Co. may…

Grassley Seeks Explanation for Agency Preference for Paper Over Email

Grassley Seeks Explanation for Agency Preference for Paper Over Email

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Department of Homeland Security to explain an apparent preference for providing Congress with paper rather than electronic documents, an irony given the…

$40 million peace offering over Facebook IPO might not suffice

By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Nasdaq OMX Group Inc.’s proposed $40 million fund to repay brokerages that lost money during the botched Facebook Inc. IPO may…

Cardinals relievers prevail against Astros

Cardinals relievers prevail against Astros

By Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – HOUSTON — For the better part of the past week, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has talked about wanting his retooled bullpen to “define…

Thunder eliminates Spurs, advances to NBA Finals

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times – OKLAHOMA CITY — They came ready to roar, to conduct an ear-splitting warmup for their first foray into the NBA Finals. The noise…

Kings fail to finish off the Devils in Game 4

Kings fail to finish off the Devils in Game 4

By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — And so, the Stanley Cup was spirited back into the night. Or something like that. The Cup and its handlers…

Kemboi and Elahi Shine for ISU at NCAA Track

DES MOINES, Iowa – Edward Kemboi did it by feel. Kianna Elahi did by running her usual steady race. Both Iowa Staters qualified for their respective NCAA Outdoor Track and…

The Time is Now for Iowa State Track Team at NCAA Meet

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head track and field coach Corey Ihmels says when it comes down to this week’s NCAA Championships Wednesday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des…

ISU’s Kemboi Ready to Run 800m

AMES, Iowa – He could have been a volleyball player. He wanted to be a sprinter. Today, Iowa Stater Edward Kemboi is an All-American middle distance runner focused on becoming…

UPDATE: Shots reportedly fired in north end incident late Wednesday

UPDATE: Shots reportedly fired in north end incident late Wednesday

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – UPDATE FROM MCPD Thursday: The Mason City Police Department responded to a report of shots being fired in the parking lot of Northside Liquor Wednesday…

Bryant working hard to set an example

By Brent Shirley, McClatchy Newspapers – IRVING, Texas — Dez Bryant said he’s trying to establish good work habits not only to help him be a better receiver, but also because…

Twins continue to show some fight, beat Royals

Twins continue to show some fight, beat Royals

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s official: The Twins finally have some momentum. For the first time since last July, they’ve won three consecutive…

Obama gets enthusiastic welcome at L.A. gay event

Obama gets enthusiastic welcome at L.A. gay event

By Robin Abcarian and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – LOS ANGELES — At a gay-rights dinner last year in New York City, when President Barack Obama ticked off the…