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Mercy says its cafe will open Tuesday morning

Mercy says its cafe will open Tuesday morning

MASON CITY – Mercy said today that its cafe will be opening up Tuesday morning at 6:30 AM. The health care center said via its Facebook page that “The final…

Obama ‘pleased’ with Supreme Court ruling on Arizona immigration law

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said he’s “pleased” with the U.S. Supreme Court decision knocking down parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, and he…

Democratic leader criticizes Supreme Court rulings

By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Monday it may take the appointment of new justices to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that paved…

Supreme Court upholds part of strict Arizona immigration law

By Michael Doyle and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld part of Arizona’s strict border-control law, which compels the state’s law enforcement officers to…

Palin’s ‘death panel’ claim rises from the grave

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It worked so well in 2009 as a way of marshaling opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care reform law that…

Obit: Joseph W. Andrea Sr., 77

Obit: Joseph W. Andrea Sr., 77

Joseph W. Andrea Sr., 77, of 1043 Crestmore Way, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.  Online condolences may be left at www.fullertonfh.com. A memorial service will…

‘Several’ commits come in for Iowa football, now it’s 15

‘Several’ commits come in for Iowa football, now it’s 15

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Iowa enjoyed a recruiting push on Friday with a pair of commitments. When it happened, offensive line coach Brian Ferentz tweeted Iowa…

Supreme Court won’t reconsider campaign spending decision

Supreme Court won’t reconsider campaign spending decision

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Amid a torrent of campaign spending, a divided Supreme Court on Monday declined to take another look at a controversial 2010 ruling…

Tropical Storm Debby threatens flooding, up to 25 inches of rain

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – Low-lying neighborhoods in northern Florida remained threatened by possible flooding on Monday as Tropical Storm Debby slowly worked its way through the Gulf…

Syria disputes Turkey’s version of jet shoot-down

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — The regional standoff concerning Syria’s downing of a Turkish fighter jet off the Syrian coast shows no signs of abating.…

Teen dies in mother’s arms: ‘He was my baby’

Bridget Doyle, Chicago Tribune – After seeing yet another neighborhood kid get shot, Sandra Tyler decided to send her 13-year-old son Tyquan to live with a relative in East Moline…

‘Brave’ debuts to $66.7 million, while ‘Madagascar 3’ adds $20 million to its take

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It was a highly animated weekend at the box office, as moviegoers spent more than $85 million to see “Brave”…

The 10 most horrible Adam Sandler movies ever

By Barry Koltnow, The Orange County Register – My apologies for skipping last week’s column but, as you know, I time my summer vacations to coincide with the opening of…

Prepaid debit cards do have drawbacks

By Scott Wilson, Los Angeles Times – Use of reloadable prepaid cards—which can be used like credit and debit cards yet require no bank account or credit check — is…

Some banks require customers to pay all costs in legal disputes

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Some consumers might be in for a surprise if they take their banks to court over checking or credit card disputes:…

Public is woefully uninformed on school, city hall, county business

Public is woefully uninformed on school, city hall, county business

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – I go to quite a few meetings, as many as I can, that pertain to our schools, city hall and county.  These are our three…

Anyone — even Sandusky — can mount a defense

By Nicole Radzievich and Peter Hall, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The evidence was clearly stacked against Jerry Sandusky. During his two-week sex-abuse trial, prosecutors bombarded…

Japan makes deal with Russia to reduce reliance on Middle East oil

By Yasuhiro Takizawa, The Yomiuri Shimbun – TOKYO—An agreement between Japan and Russia to jointly develop a Siberian oil field is expected to accelerate expansion of crude oil procurement from…

China completes its first manual docking in space

BEIJING—The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft completed China’s first manual docking, a major step in the nation’s space program, state media announced Sunday. Flight engineer Liu Wang piloted the craft to dock with…

After 42 years in Congress, Rangel won’t leave without a fight

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — It was his 82nd birthday, and Rep. Charles B. Rangel faced a large cake flickering with candles and a roomful…

Issa can’t say White House is covering up for ‘Fast and Furious’

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON – House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday that he has no evidence the White House was involved in what could…

Buffalo Days and Fireman’s Ball enjoyed in Nora Springs

Buffalo Days and Fireman’s Ball enjoyed in Nora Springs

NORA SPRINGS – This year’s Buffalo Days and Firemen’s Ball, held Saturday in Nora Springs, was organized by the Nora Springs Lions Club and Nora Springs Firemen.  There was an…

Clear Lake woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in officer assault case

Clear Lake woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in officer assault case

CLEAR LAKE – On Friday, June 22nd, 36-year-old Brenda Kay Reyerson entered a negotiated voluntary plea of guilty to a lesser aggravated misdemeanor offense of interference with official acts causing…

Op-ed: Hiding in work sessions keeps public in the dark (by Peter Children)

Regarding John Skippers column today, Monday June 25, 2012.  I say if John wants to massage people he should get a job in a massage parlor. Saying the issues are…

Mason City woman nabbed using stolen credit card

Mason City woman nabbed using stolen credit card

MASON CITY – Shortly before 1 pm Saturday a Mason City Police Officer was sent to meet with a subject about fraudulent use of a stolen credit card in one…

Texas man finds car stolen in 1970

Texas man finds car stolen in 1970

By Susan McFarland, McClatchy Newspapers – SOUTHLAKE, Texas—The saying “timing is everything” has a new meaning for Bob Russell. During a sleepless night last month, Russell hopped out of bed,…

Austin, MN man who posed as crossing guard convicted of two misdemeanors

Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 47-year-old Austin man who posed as a crossing guard, complete with a reflective vest, was convicted of two misdemeanors Friday in Mower County Court.…

Debt balloons for Chicago-area pension plans

Jason Grotto, Chicago Tribune – The debt from 10 Chicago-area pension plans swelled more than 600 percent to $27.4 billion between 2001 and 2010, according to a study released Monday…

Garner offers Visual Improvement Program to businesses

GARNER – In order to promote visual façade improvements in commercial establishments, the City of Garner and Garner Chamber of Commerce have recently established a Visual Improvement Program Grant.  These…

Clear Lake adds benches made with recycled bags

Clear Lake adds benches made with recycled bags

CLEAR LAKE – The City of Clear Lake Parks & Recreation Department recently received a $2,000 grant through the Iowa Grocery Association’s “Build with Bags Program”. The money was used…

The many shades of Royce White

Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – As the NFL does so famously in Indianapolis every February, the NBA invites its best draft prospects to an annual combine where players are…

Lime Creek and Winnebago Oxbow Habitat Project Completed

Lime Creek and Winnebago Oxbow Habitat Project Completed

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board (CGCCB) has completed the habitat improvement projects at the Lime Creek Conservation Area and The Winnebago Oxbow Wildlife Area. Three new…

Horton returning to Olympic form in gymnastics

By Elliott Almond, San Jose Mercury News – Forget the new stars of American gymnastics. Jonathan Horton, 26, isn’t surrendering anything to John Orozco and Danell Leyva heading to the…

NBA draft is long on potential but short on can’t-miss prospects

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times – The easy choice, presumably, is for the New Orleans Hornets to use the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft to…

Run-off race likely for third in 100 meters at Olympic trials

By Philip Hersh, Tribune Reporter, Chicago Tribune – EUGENE, Ore. — The decision on how to break the tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh for third place in the…

Some New Winners and Some Repeats at the I-35 Speedway

Some New Winners and Some Repeats at the I-35 Speedway

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – It was an exciting night at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City Sunday night. Josh Ruby, #30, from Lakota wins…

Former Los Angeles housing official arrested in Guatemala on corruption charges

By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—A former construction official with the Los Angeles housing authority was apprehended in Guatemala last week and brought back to the United…

Momentous decisions expected this week from Supreme Court

Momentous decisions expected this week from Supreme Court

By David C. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is set this week to decide the politically charged constitutional clashes between President Barack Obama and Republicans…

A Big Three dominating men’s tennis, too

By Michelle Kaufman, McClatchy Newspapers – On the streets of South Florida this weekend, and around much of the country, the sports talk is of the NBA champion Heat and…