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Alta City Park was the epicenter for area high school track Tuesday night, packed with 13 teams from across the region. Despite cold and windy conditions, a crowd overflowed the stands. The host team Alta-Aurelia would claim...
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READER'S RESPONSE
Chicago 1968 speaks to 2016 (04/28/16)
"The mob is the mother of tyrants."
Musicians die, but never the music (04/26/16)
Prince Rogers Nelson is gone but will be forever remembered by his music. We are always struck hard when an icon suddenly departs from this life. Regardless of how and why Prince left us so suddenly, his fans mourn. Musicians leave a print on the earth. ...
Build authentic character in youth sports (04/21/16)
Not everyone deserves a trophy. In fact, unearned rewards can be harmful, because artificially inflating a child's self-esteem merely for participation in sport sends the wrong message, warns psychologist Jason Richardson. "There are plenty of incarcerated felons with an inflated self-view and there are extremely successful people grappling with a more moderate self-concept, so self-esteem alone is not the measure by which we should prepare our children for greatness," says Richardson, a Pan-Am Games gold medalist who is also known as "Dr. ...
Stand up America and demand positive changes (04/19/16)
Last week at coffee Becky shared an interesting article written by a man named Bill from Washington and it was written years ago, but it is saying things we need to be talking about and should address immediately regarding our elected government officials. ...
Answering the mental health services crisis (04/18/16)
Anyone reading this can likely cite tragic examples that have proven to be societal challenges due to the inadequate and ineffective mental health services throughout Iowa. In the last several years, shootings in the United States have tended to have at least one of two common themes: access to guns, and individuals, usually men, who have untreated mental health issues...
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Scores missing after migrant boat sinks
At least 70 migrants are missing after an inflatable dinghy sinks just off the Libyan coast, according to 26 survivors rescued by an Italian ship.
Shia protesters storm Iraq parliament
Hundreds of Iraqi Shia Muslims breach Baghdad's fortified Green Zone for the first time, seizing control of parliament in protest at political deadlock.
Ding beats McManus to reach final
Ding Junhui becomes the first Asian player to reach the World Championship final with a 17-11 victory over Alan McManus.
Circus lions head to S Africa sanctuary
More than 30 lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru are flown to a sanctuary in South Africa - in what is said to be the largest such airlift.
Iran moderates win back parliament
Run-off elections give moderates and reformists a working majority in the Iranian parliament for the first time in more than a decade.
VIDEO: Plucky pony makes break for freedom
A pony that was part of a biblical-themed spring festival in Russia escaped, pursued by a costumed actor.
Nairobi collapse area to be evacuated
People in the Kenyan capital Nairobi are asked to leave their homes near a six-storey building that collapsed in heavy rain, killing at least 12 people.
RAF strikes on IS 'kill 996 since 2014'
Nearly 1,000 members of the Islamic State group have been killed in RAF air strikes in Iraq and Syria in the last 18 months, MoD figures indicate.
Mosque collapse kills 15 in Somalia
A mosque under refurbishment collapses during Friday prayers in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 15 people and injuring 40.
Hundreds detained as German party meets
German police detain about 400 left-wing demonstrators who were trying to prevent people entering a right-wing party conference in Stuttgart.
State news
Man charged with OWI after crashing into western Iowa house
LE MARS, Iowa (AP) -- A western Iowa man faces operating while intoxicated charges after authorities say he crashed into a house in Le Mars....
Proposed Iowa hog-processing plant draws opposition
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A proposed hog-processing plant in northern Iowa is drawing opposition from some residents....
3 dead in apparent murder-suicide in southeast Iowa
DANVILLE, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities say three people have died in an apparent murder-suicide in southeast Iowa....
Lawmakers agree budget; Planned Parenthood funding survives
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Legislature on Friday adjourned its 2016 session with agreement over a roughly $7.35 billion budget, following days of private meetings that ultimately stopped an attempt by GOP lawmakers to remove state funding for Planned Parenthood....
Police charge 15-year-old in death of Des Moines teen
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Des Moines police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection to the fatal shooting of another teenager....