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Dames lose exciting roller derby match this weekend to Demolition Crew

Dames lose exciting roller derby match this weekend to Demolition Crew

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The River City Dames of Anarchy versus the Dakota City Demolition Crew Bout was played at the All Seasons Center…

Romney goes on the attack as GOP plans a storm-shortened convention

Romney goes on the attack as GOP plans a storm-shortened convention

By Anita Kumar and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney worked to make his voice heard above the roar of a tropical storm Sunday, striking back at…

Isaac’s destructive power hits Haiti, Dominican Republic and Cuba

By Jacqueline Charles, Juan Tamayo and Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald – PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti —The death toll in Haiti and the Dominican Republic continued to rise Sunday, as authorities struggled to…

NFL and pain: Fleeting glory, bodies past repair

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The ending came quietly. On New Year’s Day, after 13 seasons, Jim Kleinsasser played his final NFL game, spending the three last…

Syrian rebels accuse army of atrocities in Damascus suburb where 371 died

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – ANTAKYA, Turkey — A weeklong government siege of a rebel-occupied Damascus suburb has killed at least 371 people, including 122 whose bodies were reportedly found…

Doctor’s fee is still $5 — unchanged since the 1970s

Doctor’s fee is still $5 — unchanged since the 1970s

By Colleen Mastony, Chicago Tribune – RUSHVILLE, Ill. — Stepping into the office of Dr. Russell Dohner feels like a trip back in time. At his one-man practice, the phones are…

Jeb Bush urges Republicans to soften stand on immigrants

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wind-whipped Republicans bracing for Tropical Storm Isaac received a mild lashing of a different sort Sunday from one of…

Former Florida Gov. Crist endorses Obama

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – TAMPA, Fla. — With tens of thousands of Republicans gathering in Florida for the party’s national convention, former Gov. Charlie Crist tossed a political…

NIT reader not so sure of Park Inn performance

NIT reader not so sure of Park Inn performance

From an anonymous NIT reader: (In response to Historic Park Inn operator Steve Noto’s statements about the financial performance of the hotel and its contributions to Mason City’s economy.) I…

Young man hospitalized after home fire Sunday morning

Young man hospitalized after home fire Sunday morning

by Jody Spear, Kelley Meyer and other NIT Staff – MASON CITY – Mason City fire fighters responded to a fire at 1008 15th St. NE Sunday morning around 10:20…

Libertarians rally for Ron Paul

Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – TAMPA, Fla. — Flag-carrying guests were welcomed with raucous Libertarian tunes, $6 draughts and vendors offering everything from $1 temporary tattoos to $500 cruise tickets.…

Waterloo Police Investigate Shooting Incident

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, at approximately 3:19 a.m., Waterloo Police Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Reed St. on the report of shots fired. A short time…

Waterloo Police Arrest Three Suspects on Gun and Drug Charges

On Wednesday August 22, 2012 around 8:00pm, Officers with the Waterloo Police Department’s Violent Crimes Apprehension Team (VCAT) made contact at 1104 Williston in regard to a weapons investigation.  While at…

Empire State Building victims hurt by police gunfire

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — The man who shot to death a former colleague in midtown Manhattan and then took aim at police never fired…

Ragan: Iowa has a tradition of educational excellence

Ragan: Iowa has a tradition of educational excellence

From Senator Amanda Ragan – One of the most rewarding things about being your State Senator is the conversations I have with young people who are getting involved in our…

Alleged killer spent time, money at strip club before his family was shot to death

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — In the days before his wife and children were shot to death, Christopher Vaughn dropped thousands of dollars at a strip club,…

Harkin Announces Graduate Assistance Funding for University of Iowa

Harkin Announces Graduate Assistance Funding for University of Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the University of Iowa will receive $266,500 for the first year of two three-year grants through the Graduate Assistance in…

Amid drought, a push to cut ethanol quota

Amid drought, a push to cut ethanol quota

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has rallied critics of the federal renewable fuel standard, which…

Packers considering no-huddle offense

Packers considering no-huddle offense

By Tyler Dunne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — In Buffalo, chemistry was years in the making. In Indianapolis, same deal. After thousands of snaps with the same…

Republicans pour into Tampa — along with hurricane fears

Republicans pour into Tampa — along with hurricane fears

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – TAMPA, Fla. — Will the Republican National Convention be viewed, at least at the start, as Isaac’s convention as much as it is Mitt…

Twins routed by Rangers

Twins routed by Rangers

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – ARLINGTON, Texas — Brian Duensing didn’t think Ian Kinsler got all of his 1-1 changeup in the first inning, but…

Mount Pleasant Man Sentenced to 60 Months Imprisonment for Drug Offense

DAVENPORT, IA – On August 23, 2012, Richard Westmoreland Mathias, age 45, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment for conspiring to manufacture at least 100 marijuana…

Animal Planet’s ‘Law on the Border’: K-9 cops looking for the bad guys

By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times  – LOS ANGELES — Animal Planet’s new reality show “Law on the Border” follows the K-9 unit of the Nogales Police Department as members…

Harkin Announces a $26.6 Million Grant for Establishment of Iowa’s Health Insurance Exchange

Harkin Announces a $26.6 Million Grant for Establishment of Iowa’s Health Insurance Exchange

WASHINGTON — Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced a $26.6 million grant to the Iowa Department of Public Health to support the establishment of a statewide Affordable Insurance Exchange,…

NATO airstrike kills senior Taliban leader, Western military says

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL — A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a senior Pakistani Taliban leader, his deputy and about 10 other insurgents, the…

Portion of S. Monroe to be closed one week starting Monday

MASON CITY – Beginning Monday August 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM, the Mason City Utility Division will begin Water Main repairs on S Monroe Ave. S Monroe Ave will be…

CNN looks for a new formula

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With the Democratic and Republican national conventions just days away, there’s already suspense behind the camera: CNN is staring down…

Brewers shut out in Pittsburgh

By Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – PITTSBURGH — There’s no way to know how Shaun Marcum would have fared in his return to the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting rotation without…

Fall brings largest freshman class of TV gab-fests in quite a while

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times – Soap operas might be falling by the wayside, but that doesn’t mean daytime television is lacking drama. This fall, no fewer than five…

Hamlin holds off Jimmie Johnson to win at Bristol

By Jim Utter, The Charlotte Observer – BRISTOL, Tenn. — It was a blast of Bristol past. With cars running a line on the track unseen since the early 1990s…

Painful loss for Lions: Stafford, Houston, Bentley leave game with injuries

Painful loss for Lions: Stafford, Houston, Bentley leave game with injuries

By Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press – OAKLAND, Calif. — One by one, they hobbled to the sideline with some body part in a state of disrepair. First it was…

What’s opening in theaters next week

By Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald – Opening Wednesday: LAWLESS (R): Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce are some of the bootleggers and lawmen trading bullets over moonshine during…

Iowa State Falls To No. 16 Virginia Tech, 1-0

Iowa State Falls To No. 16 Virginia Tech, 1-0

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Iowa State soccer team dropped its first match of the 2012 season Sunday with a 1-0 defeat to No. 16 Virginia Tech. The Hokies’ Shannon Mayrose…

MTV hopes to engage millennials ahead of the fall vote

By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Hangovers, breakups, Katy Perry lyrics — millennials are notorious for posting information online that older generations find either too personal…

Home runs help bury Cardinals

By Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – CINCINNATI — If Friday offered the Cardinals an opportunity to flex their offense and inch closer to the division-title discussion, then consider Saturday…

Spike Lee summers in Brooklyn, again

By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune – Spike Lee’s movies generally attempt too much, try too many things, canvass a larger array of characters and situations than even a loosely structured…

United Way collects 900 pairs of shoes in Cerro Gordo County

MASON CITY, IOWA – United Way of North Central Iowa would like to thank community members for donating to the Shoe Drive. Without your support, the Shoe Drive would not…

Mexico investigates shooting of U.S. government employees

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Saturday that they had questioned a dozen federal police agents to try to find out why Mexican…

Late clue turned tennis umpire into homicide suspect

By Richard Winton and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Summoned to a couple’s San Fernando Valley condominium last spring, police officers heard a sad but familiar…

Cabin Coffee hosts Humane Society of North Iowa “Dog Wash”

Cabin Coffee hosts Humane Society of North Iowa “Dog Wash”

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – “Scoobie Doo just loves coming to these kind of things, he really loves baths,” said Scoobie’s owner Dawn Gourley. “We…

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