November 5, 2007 |
Natalie Sugira usually reserves Friday nights for family. But recently, she abandoned her husband and three children for the evening and drove 120 miles to spend less than two minutes with presidential hopeful John Edwards. She wanted to discuss world hunger and Africa and its miseries, subjects that Sugira -- a political refugee from Rwanda -- knows well. "It's simple," Sugira said, her eyes steady on Route 150. "I speak out because I can."
June 3, 2007 |
It's not easy being a pass-through state, with no dells or dunes, no arch or Ozarks. That's why small towns with big water towers across Iowa celebrate the long dead or the long in the tooth, in hopes that someone from elsewhere will come to join the celebration. In the pleasant town of Winterset, locals organized a bash last weekend marking the 100th birthday of the famous American celluloid tough guy, John Wayne, who was born here on May 26, 1907, and left at age 3.
April 28, 2004 |
Iowa State University officials are suspending the school's annual festival for one year after this spring's event turned riotous, the university's president said in Des Moines. Gregory Geoffroy said two task forces would study what caused the riot and how to ensure it would not recur, but the results would not be ready in time for spring 2005.
April 20, 2004 |
A day after a festival near the Iowa State University campus turned riotous, the school's president said in Ames that he would shut down the annual event unless he could be assured that there would be no more violence. "The question in my mind is, can that be achieved?" President Greg Geoffroy asked in an interview with Associated Press. Geoffroy said he would decide the festival's fate by next week, after consulting with administrators, students and business and community leaders.
April 19, 2004 |
A yearly festival near the Iowa State University campus in Ames turned riotous when more than 1,000 people vandalized cars, broke storefront windows and tore down street lights, police said. Officers broke up the crowd with tear gas and arrested about 30 people on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assaulting a police officer, police said. About 20 people received treatment for minor injuries at a nearby hospital, mainly for skin and eye irritations from the tear gas.
October 12, 2003 |
The heifer was groaning, her belly heaving. In her last contraction, she had pushed out the front legs of her baby calf. Then her labor had stalled. Nick Slater, a college senior, squatted in the straw beside the Holstein. He picked up a chain wrapped around the calf's emerging legs. Gently, he began to tug. "You're almost there, girl," he cooed. "C'mon, babe." One final pull and the calf was born. "Shake his head," barn manager Cece Hadaway instructed Slater. "Get those eyes blinking.