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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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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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Selby beats Fu 17-15 to reach final
Mark Selby will play Ding Junhui in the World Championship final after beating Marco Fu 17-15 in his semi-final.
Circus lions reach South 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.
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.
Duchess of Cambridge on Vogue cover
A series of photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge will appear in the June edition of British Vogue to mark the magazine's centenary.
I'm almost helpless, says Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton says he feels "almost helpless at some points" due to ongoing engine problems.
Scores missing after migrant boat sinks
Eighty-four migrants are missing after their inflatable dinghy sank off the Libyan coast, the International Organization for Migration says.
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.
German party congress marred by clashes
Clashes erupt at the start of a meeting of Germany's right-wing Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) party, with hundreds of protesters detained.
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.
State news
Officials raise concerns about threats to Iowa trees
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- City officials in Burlington are concerned about the city's trees following a wave of plant diseases and unusually wet weather in recent years that has loosened the soil's grip on root systems....
Breast-feeding moms asked to cover up at Iowa Capitol
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Women who were breast-feeding at the Iowa Capitol as part of a campaign say they were asked to cover themselves despite a law that allows them to nurse in public....
Competition heats up among Des Moines specialty grocers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Three new specialty food stores have opened in the Des Moines area since last fall, joining an already competitive grocery market and a string of established grocers in Iowa that sell ethnic, gourmet and health-conscious food....
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....