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January 14, 2012
The best restaurant in Ames, Iowa, is the Café. It has excellent service, sensible portion sizes and an amazing selection of desserts. I had squash lasagna that was exquisite, then a fabulous apple tart. The Café, 2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames; (515) 292-0100, http://www.thecafeames.com . Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 7 a.m-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Main courses from $13.95. Cheryl Kohr Redondo Beach
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SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Former Taft guard Bryce Jones and former St. John Bosco center Darien Williams have committed to Iowa State. Jones played last season at UNLV and will be graduating and eligible immediately. Williams played at a junior college in Iowa.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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NEWS
October 24, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
DAVENPORT, Iowa - Trying to stoke his campaign for the final stretch to the election, President Obama began a two-day swing Wednesday that will take him through seven battleground states and, his campaign hopes, just close enough to the finish line to pull off victory in November.  "Now, this is the first stop on our 48-hour fly-around-campaign marathon extravaganza,” Obama told the crowd of 3,500 gathered under oak trees on the Mississippi Valley...
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Shannon Ryan
MIDWEST REGIONAL MATCHUPS At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis NO. 2 MICHIGAN (27-8) VS. NO. 11 TENNESSEE (24-12) WHAT: NCAA regional semifinal, Friday, 4:15 p.m. TV: Channel 2. Led by forward Jarnell Stokes, who is averaging 20.3 points in the tournament, Tennessee defeated Iowa by 13, Massachusetts by 19 and Mercer by 20. But will the Volunteers have fresh enough legs for their fourth game? Michigan guard Nik Stauskas is shooting a hot 42.9% from three-point range in the Wolverines' two games, and he's below average.
NEWS
June 26, 2011 | By Seema Mehta
Michele Bachmann returned to the town where she was born on the eve of her official campaign kick-off, saying the values she learned here are why she is running for president. “Everything I needed to know I learned in Iowa,” she told more than 500 people who attended a homecoming party for in a ballroom at the National Cattle Congress. “This is where it all began. Tomorrow, I’m going to speak to the nation. Tonight, I want to speak to all of you.” The Minnesota congresswoman spoke for more than 20 minutes, but her remarks were largely sentimental rather than political.
NEWS
January 19, 2012 | By John Hoeffel
Rick Santorum trumpeted his new 34-vote “big win” over Mitt Romney in Iowa, saying it showed he can put together a victorious campaign and can defeat the former Massachusetts governor. “We feel very, very good about what this win will mean,” Santorum said at a news conference in a breezy park near the soaring Cooper River Bridge. “It says that we can win elections, we can organize, we can put together an effort to pull the resources together to be able to be successful in being the person who can defeat Mitt Romney.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Seema Mehta
Rick Perry, trying to crawl his way back into presidential contention, began barnstorming Iowa on Wednesday, urging voters to reconsider his candidacy. “We need your help. I hope some of you are taking a second look and saying, 'You know what, this guy does in fact lay out the plan to get this country working again,' ” Perry told about 70 people gathered at Bayliss Park Hall, a Victorian mansion turned event center here. “He does have the record as an executive chief officer for 11 years in a state moving forward on the job creation front.
SPORTS
January 5, 2010
GEORGIA TECH (11-2) VS. IOWA (10-2) Kickoff: Tonight, 5:15 PST, Land Shark Stadium, Miami. TV: Channel 11. About Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets won the Atlantic Coast Conference largely on the strength of their running game, which ranks second nationally (307.2 yards per game). In his second season, Coach Paul Johnson has proved that the triple-option can still be successful on the college level. About Iowa: The Hawkeyes aren't flashy -- especially their offense, which ranks 93rd in the nation -- but they play terrific defense and are as physically tough as any team in the nation.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
President Obama won Iowa's six electoral votes Tuesday, holding on to the state that launched his presidential bid four years ago, according to exit polls for the Associated Press and news networks. His win over Mitt Romney was slimmer than the president's margin last time, reflecting how the once-euphoric support for him in the state has dimmed. Iowa's half-dozen electoral votes are meager compared with other battleground states such as Ohio, Florida and Virginia, yet both campaigns considered the Hawkeye State a priority as they raced to assemble the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama plans to talk about his plan to build an American economy “from the middle out, not the top down” as he heads to Iowa to campaign Tuesday, according to campaign officials. The message comes fresh after the president's two-pronged announcement on the Bush-era tax cuts: Obama is asking Congress to extend the ones for the middle class and pledging to veto any attempt to extend the full range of cuts. Republican Mitt Romney is expected to take his argument - that Obama's plans will hurt job creators and the economy broadly - to a town hall in Grand Junction, Colorado this morning.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DES MOINES - For more than 40 years, Iowa voters have played a vital role in picking the nation's president, culling the field of hopefuls and helping launch a fortunate handful all the way to the White House. For about 35 of those years, Iowa has been the target of jealousy and scorn, mainly from outsiders who say the state, the first to vote in the presidential contest, is too white and too rural; that its caucuses, precinct-level meetings of party faithful, are too quirky and too exclusionary to play such a key role in the nominating process.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DAVENPORT, Iowa - Alta Price seems just the kind of person who could propel Hillary Rodham Clinton through the glass ceiling into the White House. A doctor and Democratic activist, she cited Clinton's matchless resume as a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State. Besides, Price allowed with a smile, "It would be very cool to have a woman president. " But Price, 61, won't necessarily support Clinton should she run again in 2016. "I would not vote for her or support her over some man if I thought the man was better on the issues," said Price, who preferred Barack Obama to Clinton the first time she ran. In 2008, Clinton was the overwhelming Democratic favorite, nationally and in Iowa, with an aura suggesting the actual tabulation of ballots was little more than a formality.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Residents of a rural town in northern Iowa were ordered to evacuate Thursday morning after a building containing sulfuric acid caught fire, officials said. No casualties have been reported in Northwood, which has roughly 2,000 residents. A Worth County emergency dispatcher told the Los Angeles Times that there was a fire at the municipal airport at a building that contains fertilizer chemicals. Sulfuric acid is used in the manufacture of phosphate fertilizer, and can be dangerous when inhaled -- and can be explosive, too, if combined with other materials.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DES MOINES -- As the Chris Christie Mystery Tour continues, he may want to swing by Iowa, where a rare welcome mat awaits the beleaguered governor of New Jersey. Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Assn., has been plying the party fundraising circuit, raising cash, if not his political profile, ahead of a possible 2016 presidential bid. The problem is the George Washington Bridge scandal back home, which has made Christie, for now at least, the political equivalent of plutonium: a possible danger if you get too close.
NATIONAL
December 24, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Brenda Schmitz and her youngest son, Max, then 2 years old, shared a favorite song: "Over the Rainbow. " At the time, Schmitz and her family hadn't seen rain - let alone a rainbow - for five weeks when the wife and mother of four was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for ovarian cancer. But on the day of her death, in September 2011, a large, bright double rainbow cast across the sky. Her husband, David, said this was the first but certainly not the last time Schmitz would give her family signs that she was watching over them.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- California's egg law has emerged as a contentious issue in congressional negotiations over a farm bill. The Humane Society has funded a $100,000 ad campaign to defeat federal legislation that would prevent California from requiring that eggs imported into the state be produced under standards that give hens enough room to spread their wings. The Humane Society Legislative Fund is running online ads in the states of nearly a dozen House-Senate negotiators. The ads do not mention the California law but show an image of a shopper in a grocery store and warn that a "dangerous federal overreach" threatens state laws that protect animals and the food supply.
SPORTS
September 27, 2009 | Associated Press
. -- Iowa slugged out an ugly win in soggy Happy Valley to upset Penn State for the second straight year. Adrian Clayborn returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and the Hawkeyes beat mistake-prone No. 5 Penn State, 21-10, on Saturday night. A year after a stunning 24-23 win knocked the Nittany Lions out of the national title race, the Hawkeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) took down Penn State (3-1, 0-1) again, this time in a drenching rainstorm. "It was a team loss. No one person, or one play lost it," said Penn State Coach Joe Paterno.
OPINION
January 7, 2008
Re "Obama, Huckabee win in Iowa," Jan. 4 Here's the political drama shaping up: If Mike Huckabee goes all the way to the Republican nomination, and Barack Obama to the Democratic one, we may see the latest chapter of the never adequately resolved U.S. Civil War: Old America (Southern conservative, white, evangelical Christian, provincial) versus New America (Northern progressive, multicultural, ecumenical Christian, internationalist). Our fate as a viable nation going forward may hang in the balance.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
Coincidence or not, Ted Cruz's appearances in Iowa this weekend come as Texas' tea party senator and his wife appeared to be trying to humanize the potential 2016 presidential candidate, who is both loved and hated, even among Republicans, for his faux-filibuster and failed government-shutdown strategy. On Friday night, Cruz is scheduled to speak to a crowd of about 600 at the state Republican Party's big Ronald Reagan fundraiser in Des Moines. (The appearance is to be live-streamed at www.desmoinesregister.com )
SPORTS
October 24, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Back in January of 1960, the Minneapolis Lakers nearly met disaster as their chartered DC-3 met with electrical failure. In a clip from a 2010 episode of True NBA, the late Jim Huber narrates the story of how the Lakers plane nearly went down "in the midst of a Midwestern blizzard. " "It started getting cold on the plane," said "Hot" Rod Hundley. "The plane was in trouble. " Trying to find their way back home from a Sunday afternoon game in St. Louis, the Lakers nearly lost interim coach Jim Pollard as well as Elgin Baylor, Tommy Hawkins, Hundley and six other players.
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