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March 5, 2012 |
On Friday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill designed to thwart activists who go undercover to report animal abuse. This makes Iowa the first state in the country to pass such a law; Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah are considering them. Undercover investigations, including videos and photographs, are a principal tool used by activists of all stripes to document abuse cases and have led to legislative reforms, prosecutions and even facility closures around the country.
December 16, 2011 |
Iowa State junior Jeremy Freeman is juggling final exams in ecology and invertebrate biology along with a tough assignment from a presidential campaign: find supporters willing to stand up and deliver a persuasive pitch for Newt Gingrich at the caucuses next month. Recruiting "somebody who can get up there in front of people and speak will be very difficult," said Freeman, the Gingrich campaign chairman in Story County, one of the most populous in the state. At the moment, he has enlisted a Gingrich backer in about a dozen of the county's 43 caucus sites, mainly churches, schools and other public buildings, and he hopes to locate about a dozen more in coming days.
November 18, 2011 |
Backup running back Jeff Woody scored on a four-yard run in the second overtime and Iowa State stunned second-ranked Oklahoma State, 37-31, on Friday night at Ames, Iowa, derailing the Cowboys' national title hopes. The Cyclones (6-4, 3-4 Big 12 Conference) overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1), who were one win away from a showdown with rival Oklahoma with a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game likely to be on the line. Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden's first pass in the second overtime was intercepted by Ter'Ran Benton.
November 4, 2011 |
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 13 Michigan (7-1) at Iowa (5-3) 9 a.m., ESPN Michigan, if it's looking for motivation, might not want to read this. Minnesota lost to New Mexico State and North Dakota State but somehow defeated Iowa last week in Minneapolis. All three of Iowa's defeats have been away from Kinnick Stadium.
October 30, 2011 |
College football has always been equal parts passion, roller-coaster emotions, high stakes, split decisions and handing your teenager the keys to the car. This weekend was only the latest rambling wreck. How could Georgia Tech look so bad in losses to Virginia and Miami and then dismantle the No. 5 team in the BCS standings? "They are 18- to 21-year-olds," Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson explained after Saturday's upset win over Clemson. "I keep telling people that, but they don't want to listen.
September 10, 2011 |
It was a rough week around Ames, Iowa, with the Big 12 Conference backed into a corner as speculation swirled that the league's best football programs might be headed for new homes. All the while, the local team, Iowa State, wasn't being wooed or coveted by anyone. It was simply mentioned among the leftovers after the megaconferences swooped in and picked off the prime targets. But the town's mood improved appreciably Saturday after the Cyclones stunned Iowa, 44-41, in a triple-overtime thriller that was the highest-scoring of the 59 games played between the heated intrastate rivals.
August 12, 2011 |
Sarah Palin crashed into the Iowa State Fair on Friday, eclipsing the GOP presidential candidates who were trying to draw supporters to the Ames Straw Poll the following day. The timing of Palin's visit raised eyebrows among political observers, who have been playing a will-she-or-won't-she-run game for months. It's not the first time the former Alaska governor has stolen the spotlight in politically important moments - earlier this summer she made an appearance in New Hampshire on the same day Mitt Romney officially declared his candidacy there.
August 12, 2011 |
A day before the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, Michele Bachmann seemed to traverse the line from politician to full-blown political celebrity. Careening from event to event in central Iowa, Bachmann arrived for a scheduled speech at the Iowa State Fair 30 minutes late. She then spoke for just three minutes before departing, with many who had been waiting in the baking August sun audibly registering their disappointment. The Minnesota congresswoman's rivals for theGOP nomination, such as Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, had spoken at length at the so-called “soapbox” at the fair sponsored by the Des Moines Register.
July 10, 2011 |
It's an unsettling time for Iowa Democrats, who spent 2008 basking in the glow of having given Barack Obama his first major victory on the road to the White House. Since then, their one-term Democratic governor, Chet Culver, was defeated in November, and three Supreme Court justices were booted off the bench over a decision favoring same-sex marriage. "After all the euphoria of '8, '10 was such a rude awakening," said Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky, a chipper former special education teacher who refers to years by only their last digits.
March 19, 2011 |
Gonzaga, seeded 11th, took advantage of playing on its home court with a 92-86 upset of No. 6 Iowa on Saturday at Spokane, Wash., on the first day of the NCAA women's tournament. Led by Courtney Vandersloot's 34 points, the Bulldogs (29-4) shot 57% in the second half to beat the Hawkeyes (22-9) in the Spokane Regional. No. 1 Stanford 86, No. 16 UC Davis 59: The Cardinal (30-2) beat the pesky Aggies (24-9) and ran their school-record winning streak at home to 62 games. No. 4 Kentucky 66, No. 13 Hampton 62 (OT)