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South Delaware sewer project progressing

South Delaware sewer project progressing

MASON CITY – The sanitary sewer improvement project is progressing. Regarding the sanitary sewer improvement project at the intersection of 7th Street SE and South Delaware Avenue: Underground work has been…

Dueling bus tours on judge retention issue to be in Mason City Wednesday morning

MASON CITY – A campaign by the Iowa State Bar Association to defend all Iowa judges and justices who stand for retention in November is coming to Mason City Wednesday…

Trafficking victim from Iowa hails awareness

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette – Her words, “I saw many things a 15-year-old girl shouldn’t see,” provide an unconventionally-wise commentary on the true story of her experience as a victim…

NFL doesn’t budge after firestorm of criticism over referees

By Randy Covitz, The Kansas City Star – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NFL, a league that prides itself on image and integrity, has a firestorm on its hands. Instead of…

Disorder reigns in NFL following Monday Night debacle

By Frank Fitzpatrick, The Philadelphia Inquirer – The NFL’s carefully nurtured orderliness disintegrated into self-inflicted chaos Tuesday in the aftermath of a controversial decision by replacement referees that, on the final…

US drone kills senior al-Qaida figure, 5 others in Pakistan

By Farrukh Azeem – ISLAMABAD — A U.S. drone strike killed a senior al-Qaida figure and at least five other Islamist insurgents in northwestern Pakistan, an intelligence official said Tuesday.…

Texas school board OK’s paddling of students

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — They’re calling it the swat heard ’round the world — and its echo is still reverberating. On Monday night, the school…

Romney: Bar teachers unions from giving to political campaigns

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Mitt Romney said Tuesday that teachers unions should not be allowed to contribute to political campaigns, because their financial backing tips…

Drew Peterson’s team asks for sentencing delay

By Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A bitter feud between Drew Peterson’s lawyers has prevented the defense team from working on a critical post-trial motion, lead attorney Joel…

Libyan who helped capture Gadhafi dies after torture, kidnapping

By Mel Frykberg, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — The Libyan man who purportedly discovered former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi hiding in a drainage pipe in his hometown died Tuesday after Gadhafi’s…

Today’s cartoons

Today’s cartoons

Cartoons for readers to enjoy and discuss.…

Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the United Nations General Assembly’s High-Level Event on the Rule of Law

New York ~ Monday, September 24, 2012 Mr. President; your Excellencies.   I am honored to represent the United States at this historic meeting on the rule of law –…

Vilsack in Mason City for fundraiser; meets with locked-out workers

Vilsack in Mason City for fundraiser; meets with locked-out workers

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Christie Vilsack, running against incumbent Congressman Steve King for the Fourth District seat in the House of Representatives, is in Mason City today.…

Review: Wynonna Judd & the Big Noise Performance at NIACC

Review: Wynonna Judd & the Big Noise Performance at NIACC

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – The NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series presented Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise Friday night in the NIACC Auditorium. With the background…

Third man arrested in Cedar Rapids Guaranty Bank robbery

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – Police arrested a third man Monday in connection with last Thursday’s Guaranty Bank robbery. Cedar Rapids Police Sgt. Steve O’Konek said Christopher L. Lanehart, 24,…

Supervisors OK speed limit changes; Precinct Atlas software wins award

Supervisors OK speed limit changes; Precinct Atlas software wins award

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning for their regular weekly meeting. A general road report was given by County Engineer Mary…

Vilsack blames Republicans for not passing farm and jobs bills

Vilsack blames Republicans for not passing farm and jobs bills

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on Saturday, September 22nd about Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive, multi-year food, farm and jobs legislation before the current law…

Justice Department Intervenes to Protect Prisoners from Life-Threatening Conditions at Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans

The Justice Department announced today that it has moved to intervene in a class action lawsuit regarding conditions of confinement at the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP), a pre-trial and correctional…

Iran president: Israel short-lived in region, will be eliminated

Iran president: Israel short-lived in region, will be eliminated

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – UNITED NATIONS — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Israel is only a short-lived presence among the ancient civilizations of the Middle East…

Obama heads to UN, skipping meetings with foreign leaders

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – NEW YORK — President Barack Obama will use an address Tuesday at the United Nations to press back against Republican criticism that he’s mishandling the…

Romney hits Obama for calling Middle East troubles ‘bumps in road’

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – PUEBLO, Colo. — Mitt Romney assailed President Barack Obama for calling the unrest in the Middle East “bumps in the road,” saying Monday that…

Ryan, campaigning at Ohio tank plant, slams Obama defense cuts

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – LIMA, Ohio — Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul D. Ryan opened an Ohio campaign swing on Monday by hammering President Barack Obama over the…

Businessman Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for $7 Million Fraud Scheme

ROCKFORD—A Woodstock, Illinois man was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard in Rockford to 136 months in prison for conducting a $7 million fraud…

Man who killed two women sentenced to life imprisonment

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning a U.S. District Judge sentenced Jeremiah Jackson, 34, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to two terms of life imprisonment, to be served concurrently, for killing two women while attempting…

Oh what a life: Frankie Valli reflects on ‘Jersey Boys’

By Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stop for a minute and think about the contrast between illusion and reality. Where does one stop and the…

House candidates in Texas appealing to voters in Spanish

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — One of the most competitive congressional races in the country could be decided in Spanish. Candidates in Texas’ heavily Latino U.S. House…

Drew Peterson’s legal team is falling apart

By Stacy St. Clair and Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The already divided Drew Peterson defense team has become even more fractured. One attorney has quit the case and…

Gingrich says GOP should back Todd Akin in Missouri

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – KIRKWOOD, Mo. — Newt Gingrich predicted national Republicans would begin funding Todd Akin’s Senate campaign again by October, saying that doing so was a…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad: We are ready to defend ourselves

Iran’s Ahmadinejad: We are ready to defend ourselves

By James Asher And Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – NEW YORK — On what is expected to be his last visit to the United States as president of Iran, Mahmoud…

Chris Brown tested positive for marijuana, judge reveals

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge Monday had advice for singer Chris Brown after revealing that the singer had tested positive for marijuana…

Muslim nations seek curbs on anti-Islam speech

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – UNITED NATIONS — The annual U.N. General Assembly meeting, which is intended to celebrate the world’s common values, this year is exposing instead the…

Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Thomas Mehegan, 61, of Elmira, New York, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography before U.S. District…

Bill to Prevent Abuse of Government Charge Cards on Way to President’s Desk

Bill to Prevent Abuse of Government Charge Cards on Way to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – A bill that will require federal agencies to put new controls on government charge cards and enforce more stringent penalties for violations by federal employees is on its…

Ehud Olmert gets light sentence for corruption

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to a suspended one-year jail term and a $20,000 fine in the high-profile…

Obama campaign had twice the staff as Romney last month at same cost

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — One of the big challenges Mitt Romney faced after effectively clinching the GOP presidential nomination in late April was ramping up his…

Curiosity reaches out on Mars, touches a rock named Jake

By Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Curiosity rover has reached out and made personal contact with a Martian rock. Last week, the Mars rover team decided…

Schwarzenegger describes being busted for love child in his new book

By Christie D’Zurilla, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger blew up his marriage to Maria Shriver when he admitted fathering a child with their housekeeper. Now…

Meth Dealer Sentenced in U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena on September 20, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, SHAWN PATRICK ELLIFRITT, a…

Field, barn burn late last week in rural Cerro Gordo county

Field, barn burn late last week in rural Cerro Gordo county

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Early Friday morning, September 21st, at around 5:30 AM, Fertile Fire and Rescue and Hanlontown Fire Department were…

Cosmetic Etiquette: Mind your manners about cosmetic surgery

By Angela Hill, The Oakland Tribune – OAKLAND, Calilf. — All the makeup tricks and trips to the gym couldn’t make June feel attractive again, so the petite, 45-year-old redhead made…

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