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Doubt about marriage shouldn’t be ignored

By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun – When women have pre-wedding jitters they shouldn’t ignore them, according to researchers at UCLA. New research shows that doubts, particularly the woman’s, predicts higher…

Des Moines-Area Developer Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

DES MOINES, IA—Randal L. Walters, age 55, of Polk County, Iowa, appeared in federal court in Des Moines on Thursday, September 20, 2012, and pled guilty to one count of…

Iowa inmate death reported

Paul William Blakey, Jr., an inmate assigned to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, died Monday, September 24, 2012 in the prison hospice program. Blakey died of natural causes due…

Iowa Senator: Orascom the “worst economic development deal in state history”

Senator Joe Bolkcom on Monday challenged Governor Branstad to explain why $250 million in state and local tax dollars was spent to attract a fertilizer plant to Iowa when the…

Mason City School District agrees to release more information to media via “packets”

Mason City School District agrees to release more information to media via “packets”

by Matt Marquardt – I am pleased to report today that the Mason City School District has agreed to produce a packet of detailed information prior to monthly school board…

Carnie who allegedly stole Todd Blodgett’s wallet now in jail after failing to appear for court

Carnie who allegedly stole Todd Blodgett’s wallet now in jail after failing to appear for court

MASON CITY – A carnie who was in the area to work at the Clear Lake 4th of July celebration and who allegedly tried to steal a popular writer’s wallet…

Today’s cartoons

Today’s cartoons

Political cartoons for readers to enjoy and discuss.  Click each cartoon to view larger.…

Labor group responds to state report on public employee benefits on eve of negotiations

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 issued the following statement regarding the release of a “Benefits Review” by the Branstad Administration: “This report is an attempt to mislead Iowans…

Police respond to nasty feud on North Federal Sunday

Police respond to nasty feud on North Federal Sunday

MASON CITY – Mason City police responded to an on-going feud situation at the 900 block of North Federal Avenue Sunday. Mason City Police Sgt. Greg Scott said Monday morning…

Important, intriguing new vehicles poised to flood dealerships

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press – As new models fill dealerships this fall, a handful of new cars and trucks hitting the market over the next year stand out. They’re…

Alleged burglar fails to show up for court, now back in the slammer

Alleged burglar fails to show up for court, now back in the slammer

MASON CITY – A man accused by several police departments of burglary and other crimes failed to show up for court last week and is now in the Cerro Gordo…

Obama Commemorates 150th Anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

Obama Commemorates 150th Anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, boldly declaring that on New Year’s Day, 1863, all people held as slaves in areas “in rebellion against…

Des Moines Area Developer Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud

DES MOINES, IA – Randal L. Walters, age 55, of Polk County, Iowa, appeared in federal court in Des Moines on Thursday, September 20, 2012, and pled guilty to one…

So far, Packers have lacked big-play punch

So far, Packers have lacked big-play punch

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — For just a minute, let’s indulge the impulse to accept that what you’ve seen of the Green Bay Packers offense…

Jury reaches guilty verdict in Austin attempted murder case

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – After five days of trial and many hours of deliberating, a jury reached a guilty verdict Friday afternoon while Galuak Michael Rotgai — on trial for…

WDM Valley basketball guard Peter Jok picks Iowa

WDM Valley basketball guard Peter Jok picks Iowa

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — As a freshman, Peter Jok once was the state’s best-known basketball prospect in the 2013 class, and Iowa Coach Fran…

Washington zoo’s panda cub dies one week after birth

Washington zoo’s panda cub dies one week after birth

By Marco Mierke and Anne Walters – WASHINGTON — The newborn panda cub at Washington’s National Zoo has died, the zoo said Sunday, just one week after its birth drew…

The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Mike Sweet column

Mike Sweet, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – ‘Redistribution” is the latest buzz word Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his supporters are slinging around the airwaves hoping it will…

Yes, you are being bombarded by political ads

Christinia Crippes, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Even if it seems obvious Iowans have been bombarded by political advertising for the past six months, it still may surprise residents…

Ryan continues his optimism for Republican ticket

By Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — Talking at length about a Republican campaign that has been feverishly second-guessed, Paul Ryan professed all will be well in the end.…

Sanchez, Tebow fail to connect

By J.P. Pelzman, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – MIAMI — Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow often have talked about how they have become fast friends off the field despite the Jets’…

Voter ID: Close elections drive amendment battle in Minnesota

Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A dozen years ago, proving who you were at the polls wasn’t a big issue. But then came the presidential election of 2000,…

Under the Hood: Antifreeze smell could indicate leak

By Brad Bergholdt, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – QUESTION: I have a 1998 Chevy S-10 and I am getting the smell of antifreeze coming from the air vents. It seems to be…

Syria’s rebel groups united only by opposition to Bashar Assad

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – BAB AL HOWA, Syria — When members of the Farouq Battalions first began to wear distinctive green T-shirts with their fighting unit’s logo in the…

Presidential race in Florida remains tight contest, poll finds

By Marc Caputo, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in a virtual tie in Florida, according to a Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times poll…

Mystery surrounds deaths of 2 half siblings in Illinois

By Dan Hinkel and Ruth Fuller, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A staff member at a Waukegan, Ill., homeless shelter in December pulled the blankets off a 6-month-old girl in her…

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lawrence tie for No. 1 on soft weekend

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Despite the arrival of four new films in theaters this weekend, moviegoers weren’t interested in heading to the box office. For…

Cubs’ loss leaves them 6 shy of unsightly 100

Cubs’ loss leaves them 6 shy of unsightly 100

By Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — After the final weekend game at Wrigley Field this season, a 6-3 loss Sunday to the Cardinals, here is what the Cubs…

Minnesota Gophers: MarQueis Gray likely out next week against Iowa

Marcus R. Fuller, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The University of Minnesota football team likely will open the Big Ten Conference season Saturday, Sept. 29, at Iowa without injured senior…

America looks for a Ryder Cup comeback

By Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Week after week, professional golfers go about the lonely and selfish pursuit of birdies and paydays. They succeed and fail on their own merits…

For young actor Ezra Miller, ‘Perks’ and peeves

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “I am incredible,” Ezra Miller told a waitress assuredly. The server didn’t bat an eyelash, jotting down the actor’s order before…

Packers’ young, homegrown talent about to enter free agency

Packers’ young, homegrown talent about to enter free agency

By Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — For years, the Green Bay Packers have been rewarded for their fiscal prudence with a certain regularity and peacefulness…

Clinton says Romney’s campaign money still poses threat to Obama

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A month and a half before Election Day, President Barack Obama is winning, former President Bill Clinton said Sunday, citing…

Sales tax exemptions bite into Iowa coffers

By Erin Jordan and Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Sales tax exemptions, often handed out as political favors, cost Iowa an estimated $2.4 billion a year in revenue. The list…

Time-share industry sees daylight ahead

By Sara K. Clarke, Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Time-share executives gathered in Orlando this week said that, despite the battering the industry took during the recession and global financial…

Pakistani officials distance themselves from minister’s bounty offer

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s government on Sunday distanced itself from remarks made by a federal minister who offered up to $100,000 to anyone who would…

Obama, Romney discuss foreign policy on ‘60 Minutes’ interviews

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney tangled over their varying approaches to foreign policy in dueling “60 Minutes”…

Romney defends schedule, promises less fundraising

Romney defends schedule, promises less fundraising

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – ABOARD THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN PLANE — After a rocky week in which fellow Republicans voiced alarm about Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, the nominee said…

Lions’ QB Stafford injured, will undergo MRI

By Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press – NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Matthew Stafford left Sunday’s 44-41 loss to the Tennessee Titans with a right leg injury and will undergo an MRI on…

Snedeker makes FedEx Cup easy math

Snedeker makes FedEx Cup easy math

By Jeff Shain, Orlando Sentinel – ATLANTA — No Sunday charge necessary for Brandt Snedeker. Better yet, no getting out the FedEx Cup calculators. Snedeker removed all the mystery by pulling…

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