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June 1, 1987 | LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writer
Not far from this old industrial city's downtown is a windowless, block-square building, a weathered red-brick plant flanked by empty parking lots and lifeless stockyards. The virtually unused Rath meat packing plant is a sign of the times in Iowa--hard times that have affected residents of most of the state's cities and towns as much as they have its farmers. Iowa has spent virtually all of the 1980s in an economic depression.
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November 29, 2003 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
John Campbell is a blue-collar philosopher who routinely steps off the factory floor at the Firestone tire plant here to marshal fellow foot soldiers in the United Steelworkers Union on causes close to their hearts, minds and wallets.
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November 29, 2003 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
John Campbell is a blue-collar philosopher who routinely steps off the factory floor at the Firestone tire plant here to marshal fellow foot soldiers in the United Steelworkers Union on causes close to their hearts, minds and wallets.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1987 | LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writer
Not far from this old industrial city's downtown is a windowless, block-square building, a weathered red-brick plant flanked by empty parking lots and lifeless stockyards. The virtually unused Rath meat packing plant is a sign of the times in Iowa--hard times that have affected residents of most of the state's cities and towns as much as they have its farmers. Iowa has spent virtually all of the 1980s in an economic depression.
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February 13, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Cybill Shepherd, spokeswoman for a $30-million effort to persuade people to eat beef, has angered some cattlemen with recent published comments that she tries to avoid red meat. Asked by Family Circle magazine to reveal her latest beauty tip, Shepherd was quoted as saying, "I've cut down on fatty foods and am trying to stay away from red meat."
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December 17, 2008 | John McCormick Mike Dorning
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who aggressively campaigned for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton before his state's caucuses in January, will be named Agriculture secretary by President-elect Barack Obama, three Democratic officials confirmed Tuesday. The formal announcement was expected this morning at a news conference in Chicago. Vilsack declined to comment on the report. "Those questions should be answered by the transition office and the president-elect," he said.
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August 9, 2012 | By Alana Semuels and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
DES MOINES - It's an overriding conservative principle: Scale back government interference and let businesses survive or fail on their merits. But standing by that principle may hurt Mitt Romney in Iowa, a hotly contested swing state that could provide a crucial six electoral college votes in November. Romney recently upset many conservatives here by saying he would end a government tax credit that helps subsidize a burgeoning wind industry in the state. Some of them - farmers who earn tens of thousands of dollars a year for having wind turbines on their property - say they won't vote for Romney because of his wind position.
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August 13, 1989 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL and PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writers
The jumbo jet had just lifted off when a flight deck indicator warned the crew that one of its three engines--No. 2, in the tail--was vibrating excessively. As soon as it was safe to do so, the crew eased back the throttle for that engine and watched the indicator. It returned to normal and stayed there. Everything was normal. The no-smoking light was turned off, and flight attendants prepared to serve drinks to 203 passengers settling back for the four-hour trip.
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April 14, 1991 | J. DUNCAN MOORE JR., SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The blast of a whistle and an off-tune calliope mingle with the rat-tat-tat-tat of slot-machine coins shooting into jackpot trays as a bygone Mississippi pastime comes back to life. "They're just having a ball over there on the dice tables," Ruby Frank, a gray-haired woman from Muscatine, Iowa, exclaims above the din in the cramped casino of the Diamond Lady, a newly launched stern-wheeler. "Somebody's really hot!"
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June 14, 2004 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Here's the thing about a vice presidential nomination. You're not supposed to look like you're pursuing it. It's considered best to lie low and let the job come to you. So when Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack -- one of the top prospects to join Sen. John F. Kerry on the Democratic ticket -- came to San Francisco last week for a biotechnology conference, he relentlessly maintained just one identity, as governor of a small Midwestern state.
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February 2, 1996 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Iowa's hog men are tense and fearful this icy winter, and the gloomiest among them are taking their complaints to a captive audience--the Republicans seeking support in the state's Feb. 12 presidential caucuses. Rooting for votes at the annual Pork Congress, a yearly celebration of rural technology that drew 6,400 pig farmers here this week, is a necessity in any Iowa caucus season.
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