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Today’s Cartoons: November 2nd, 2012

Today’s Cartoons: November 2nd, 2012

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

Manufacturing, construction, consumer confidence show gains

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Key private indexes of manufacturing and consumer confidence edged up in October, while the government reported an increase in construction spending…

Des Moines woman arrested at Mason City hotel

Des Moines woman arrested at Mason City hotel

MASON CITY -A Des Moines woman was arrested at a Mason City hotel for an alcohol-related violation early Thursday morning. Mason City police officers were dispatched to the Super 8…

‘Flight’: A soaring start, then a letdown

‘Flight’: A soaring start, then a letdown

By Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald – The best scene in “Flight” comes early and will undoubtedly stay with you a good long time: A commercial pilot (Denzel Washington) tries…

FTC hangs up on robocalls from ‘Rachel’

By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times – “Rachel from Cardholder Services” may not be calling you anymore. A federal court order Thursday morning temporarily halted operations at five telemarketing…

Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, others in Hurricane Sandy telethon

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, Sting and other celebrities will join forces for a one-hour live…

Sandy makes a small dent in October auto sales

By Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Hurricane Sandy forced thousands of auto dealers in the Northeast to close, cutting industry sales by about 30,000 in the final…

‘Wreck-it Ralph’ expected to crush competition; Sandy is wild card

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Disney’s new “Wreck-It Ralph,” set in the world of video games, will probably take the high score at the box…

Retail sales climb in October, but Sandy clouds outlook

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times – Shoppers handed retailers a healthy sales gain in October before Sandy pummeled the East Coast, but questions remain about how recovery efforts after…

Ducks create winning brand

by David Wharton, Los Angeles Times – EUGENE, Ore. — The clanks and booms of heavy machinery interrupt an otherwise quiet, gray morning. This is what winning football sounds like…

Turnovers turn fourth quarter into a Chiefs disaster

Turnovers turn fourth quarter into a Chiefs disaster

By Adam Teicher, The Kansas City Star – SAN DIEGO — Three quarters of what has been a rare thing for the Chiefs — competitive football — were erased in…

Disabled person reported missing in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman has been reported missing since Monday. Amy S. Myhre, age 32, was reported missing to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department (641-228-1821), in Charles…

Mason City Park Board to vote on capital improvement projects

Mason City Park Board to vote on capital improvement projects

MASON CITY – The Mason City Park Board met Monday to discuss capital improvement projects for the 2013-2014 year.  After discussion, a preliminary list goes as follows, to be voted…

Grassley Remarks on MF Global Collapse

Grassley Remarks on MF Global Collapse

NOV. 1 – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on the aftermath of MF Global’s collapse.  Grassley is a senior member of the Agriculture Committee. “This…

Gov. Branstad appoints Jim McGlynn 2B District Court Judge

(DES MOINES) – Today, Gov. Branstad appointed James A. McGlynn as judge to the 2B Judicial District. McGlynn, of Webster City, received his law degree from Creighton University and is…

“Nuns on the Bus” tour rolls through Mason City

“Nuns on the Bus” tour rolls through Mason City

MASON CITY – Thursday, the ‘Nuns on the Bus’ returned to Iowa for a one-day, three-stop tour. The tour featured Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, along with fellow Catholic sisters, holding…

Late out-of-state donors help Akin campaign in Missouri

By Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Last minute money has flowed into Missouri to support Todd Akin’s U.S. Senate campaign with television advertisements despite previous…

School district calls sexual abuse victim ‘careless, negligent’

by Matthias Gafni, Contra Costa Times – MORAGA, Calif. — Kristen Cunnane was “careless and negligent” and contributed to her ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of a middle school…

Jurors in trial of Chicago officer accused in beating hear conflicting testimony

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A federal jury heard more conflicting testimony Thursday into how the Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors handled the investigation into off-duty…

Ex-Penn State president charged in Jerry Sandusky case

Ex-Penn State president charged in Jerry Sandusky case

By John L. Micek and Peter Hall, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) – HARRISBURG, Pa. — When it really counted, three top leaders at Penn State University engaged in a…

Photos of animal abuse posted on federal wildlife specialist’s Facebook stirs anger

By Tom Knudson, The Sacramento Bee – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Photos of animal abuse and suffering posted on a federal wildlife specialist’s Facebook and other Web pages are stirring anger…

OPINION: Watts for Supervisor

I live in Chris Watts’ neighborhood and have seen and experienced the positive effects his actions have had.  Chris was instrumental in starting the first neighborhood watch program, and keeping…

Mason City man gets fined for assaulting woman

Mason City man gets fined for assaulting woman

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was sentenced Tuesday to a fine after an assault at a local bar. Luke Andrew Chodur, 39, fled the scene after he allegedly…

Watchful neighbors help nab thieves

Watchful neighbors help nab thieves

CLEAR LAKE – Shortly before 12:39 PM Wednesday afternoon, an alert neighbor noticed an unknown truck parked at an acreage in the 9000 block of 300th Street to the north…

Furbearer Season Begins November 3

Clear Lake – The dry conditions over much of Iowa will concentrate trappers near existing water when the Iowa furbearer hunting and trapping season begins on Nov. 3. “About the…

Shooting at campus Halloween party renews worries about security at USC

Shooting at campus Halloween party renews worries about security at USC

By Kate Mather, Larry Gordon and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Halloween party was going strong at the heart of the USC campus. Inside the…

Wine levels worldwide shrinking to 37-year low

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – Uncooperative weather has damaged grapes worldwide, causing global wine production to shrivel 6.1 percent to its lowest point since 1975, according to a Paris…

Disney borrows from Pixar’s best for ‘Wreck-It Ralph’

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Disney Animation takes a page out of Pixar’s well-worn playbook for “Wreck-It Ralph,” a screwball farce with a novel setting and more edge than…

Madonna, Springsteen and Dylan have much in common

By Jon Bream, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — They are three of the biggest living icons in popular music. Make that aging icons. Still, their images are indelible, their music…

Vikings trying out punters

By Mark Craig and Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Leslie Frazier downplayed the significance of the team’s decision to work out free-agent punters just five days…

Timberwolves should be an intriguing team

Timberwolves should be an intriguing team

By Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Twin Cities do not have a proper appreciation for the NBA as an attraction. Evidence of this pre-dates the arrival of…

Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly $196k in Cocaine, Meth

San Luis, Ariz. — A Mexican woman was apprehended Monday at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle nearly 12 pounds of cocaine and almost six pounds of…

WBB: Cyclones Cruise In Exhibition Win Over Northwest Missouri State

WBB: Cyclones Cruise In Exhibition Win Over Northwest Missouri State

AMES, Iowa – Chelsea Poppens scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds as Iowa State routed Northwest Missouri State, 80-33 in a season-opening exhibition for the…

US is nearing its debt ceiling again, Treasury Department warns

US is nearing its debt ceiling again, Treasury Department warns

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The nation’s debt ceiling once again looms as an economic threat. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the U.S. probably will…

Higher DVR usage becomes a mixed blessing for TV industry

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – One of the most popular new shows of the fall television season is NBC’s “Revolution,” a drama about post-apocalyptic America. But the real revolution…

‘The Campaign’ among new DVD/ Blu-ray titles

By Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal – Ohio may not be the best place for the release of the DVD and Blu-ray of “The Campaign” on Tuesday. After all, viewers have…

Balancing Act: Low-wage workers struggle to care for families, keep jobs

By Cindy Krischer Goodman, The Miami Herald – Ashley Maddox boards a bus and heads to work at a restaurant in Miami’s South Beach, a chore that can take up to…

Death toll from India cyclone rises to 20

By Siddhartha Kumar – NEW DELHI — The death toll from a cyclone that hit southern India rose to 20 on Friday as people started to return to their homes…

2012 VOLLEYBALL ALL C.I.C.

2012 VOLLEYBALL ALL C.I.C. FIRST TEAM   NAME                                     GRADE                       SCHOOL *Jaali Winters                      10                               Ankeny *Kyla Inderski                      11                               Urbandale Taylor Joens                         11                               Johnston Maddie Nevenhoven            12                               Waukee Elise Brown                         12                              …