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Kids’ centers fate hinges on budget
A prominent Iowa blogger speculates Newt Gingrich might drop out of the 2012 presidential race after the several of the Georgia Republican’s campaign staffers left the organization on Thursday. Craig Robinson, editor-in-chief of The Iowa Republican blog, wrote a post Thursday titled “Gingrich to End Presidential Campaign?” Later Thursday, Gingrich issued a statement saying he intends to stay in the race and that “the campaign begins anew” next week. In addition to top staffers bailing, one of Gingrich’s first prominent supporters in Iowa signaled she might revoke her allegiance. “As far as my role in the campaign, I am reserving any decisions until I have a chance to visit with the Speaker about his future plans,” Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, R-Garner, said in a release. — Adam B Sullivan
Dems file ethics complaint against Iowa GOP official An ethics complaint has been filed against Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz by the Iowa Democratic Party for his alleged use of state resources to advocate against a candidate, according to a press release. The party said in the release that Shultz used public funds for a press release attacking former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a potential candidate for the GOP presinomination, titled dential “Huntsman Not Ready For the Big Dance.” A letter was sent to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board on Thursday by Sue Dvorsky, the Iowa Democratic Party chairwoman. “Instead of simply encouraging Huntsman to campaign in Iowa and bring his message to caucus goers, Secretary of State Schultz chose to highlight Huntsman’s positions on a wide range of issues,” Dvorsky said in her letter. The article was believed to be intended to showcase the former governor’s stance on certain issues that are unfavorable among Republican voters, according to the release. “Given that the primary role of the Secretary of State’s Office is to administer elections, which should be conducted fairly without preferential treatment to a candidate, it is my hope that you investigate this matter and halt the politicization of this office,” Dvorsky said. — by Asmaa Eulkeurti
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Mohamed Ali (left back), Mazin Ali (left front), Mazen Nour (right back), and Arwa Mohamed (right front) stand in the Pheasant Ridge Center on Thursday. Pheasant Ridge receives $400,000 in grants from the state, a number that may change with the new state budget.
Local day care Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center receives around $400,000 in state grants. By ZACHARY POUND email@example.com
Ever since she started attending Handicare Childcare and Preschool, Jena Frank has been exceeding her mother’s expectations by leaps and bounds. Jena is learning small tasks, such as putting away the trash and finding her shoes, without being told twice. Not only that, she is gaining the social skills and self-confidence that is important to instill in a young child, said her mother, Amy Frank. As a nonprofit organization that is part of
United Way, state funds help to make Handicare possible for kids such as Jena. However, if Iowa lawmakers can’t reach an agreement on a budget for next fiscal year, a government shutdown could be imminent, Sen. Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville, said. Such a shutdown would mean a funding drought for public services like childcare centers. For instance, Iowa City’s Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, which provides daycare,
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Optimism seen on budget State officials banking on budget compromise to avoid a state-government shutdown. By ROD BOSHART Associated Press
Locals: No E. coli here
vention specialist at the Johnson County Public Health Department, said each individual — particularly those who have been outside the country — should be aware of the symptoms that indicate infection. “Any persons who have recently traveled to Germany and have seen the signs should see their medical provider, especially if you have signs of the symptoms such as stomach cramps and vomiting,” Weigel said. People are urged to take pre-
DES MOINES — Top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Thursday that progress is being made toward reaching a budget agreement that would stave off the threat of a state-government shutdown on July 1. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, RHiawatha, told reporters that Thursday’s negotiating session among majority House Republicans, majority Senate Democrats, and Gov. Terry Branstad’s top aides was the most productive meeting in two months. He said it could form the framework for hammering out a compromise that could end the overtime 2011 session by as early as next week. Today marks the 152nd calendar day of a session that was expected to end by April 29. Democrats who control the Iowa Senate made a counterproposal Thursday that Paulsen said was being carefully reviewed by all the key players working to negotiate a two-year budget deal. Both sides declined to provide details, but the House speaker indicated that Democrats were seeking to boost the level of state funding for education within the confines of Republicans’ $5.99 billion spending cap for fiscal 2012. Paulsen said Thursday was “mostly good news” and “if we’re all sincere in that effort, then I think that next week is a possibility.” On Wednesday, the GOP-led House voted 54-38 to approve a so-called omnibus spending bill that included a commercial property-tax reform provision and higher funding levels for community colleges, regents, early childhood education, and nonprofit private college tuition grants along with a 2 percent boost in K-12 “allowable growth” for perpupil funding in fiscal 2013.
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Iowa City businesses said supporting locally grown produce can help prevent bacteria scares. By ASMAA ELKEURTI firstname.lastname@example.org
A recent outbreak of the E. coli bacteria hasn’t made its way to Johnson County, and locally grown food may be the key to keeping it that way. Several area businesses specializing in locally grown produce said focusing on local food is important in preventing such an outbreak. “Supporting local food vendors helps eliminate those scares,” said Jenifer Angerer, the marketing manager for the New Pioneer Co-Op. “We know exactly how our farmers are handling our food. We can go back to that farm. We know exactly how it’s being cleaned, and handled, and processed. Fewer people handling it means there’s more security and safety.” Tammy Neumann, the Iowa City Farmers’ Market coordinator, said local produce vendors have been selling their products without problems. She said the identifiable source of their food is what appeals to the public.
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Proper handling, preparation, and storage of food is essential to preventing outbreaks of bacteria such as E. coli. Lettuce, cucumbers, or tomatoes that have been improperly dealt with might have caused the E. coli outbreak in Europe. “Especially in this community, the farmers are very important to the people,” she said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 E. coli-related fatalities have been recorded in Germany and one in Sweden since the beginning of the outbreak six weeks ago. No source has been identified. In the United States, there has been one confirmed case of this strain of E. coli and three suspected cases in the country. The strains were found in those who had recently traveled to Germany. Andy Weigel, a disease-pre-
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Ed Fisher sits in his store, Coralville Bay, on Thursday. After being wiped out in the 2008 flood, Fisher has reopened his business in a new location in Coralville.
Ed Fisher successfully restarted his fish store following the 2008 flood.
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It’s quite a coincid e n c e t h a t E d Fi s h e r, 57, went into the fishkeeping business. He is the owner of the Coralville Bay store, which specializes in tropical and marine fish. People think he changed his name, but he’s always had it, Fisher said, chuckling. After more than 40 years of experience, Fisher runs a successful store and even has a 300-gallon fish tank in his own home. But it all started with a challenge. When he was 8, Fisher’s aunt bought a 10-gallon tank, set it up in her basement, and told him it was his responsibility. “She would call in the middle of the night and say the guppies are having babies, and I would run over to see them,” he said. His responsibility for a tank a of guppies led him to share his love of aquatic life with others. At first glance, Fisher’s store seems devoid of fish, but walking farther toward the back and a turn to the left, it’s like a mini-aquarium — big fish, little fish. Some bright and colorful, others dull. “He keeps fewer of the bread-and-butter and more of the oddballs,” said Denise Jennings, 47, who
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Fish tanks line one side of the Coralville Bay store on Thursday. He drives the 60 miles from Grinnell to Iowa City for appointments, and he started going to Coralville Bay more than a year ago. “I think he has amazing selections and keeps the tanks clean,” Brown said, his own tank holding small pigeon blood tetra. But the business hasn’t always been great for Fisher. The 2008 flood destroyed his business along with those of his neighbors on the Coralville Strip. “When the flood came, I lost everything,” Fisher said. “Right before the dike broke, we only had an hour to pack everything.” Like many other business owners, Fisher lost most of his stock and filed for bankruptcy. Fortunately, he fell into kind hands in the Iowa City/Coralville area when he
found a place to stay with a close friend and landed a new store location from a former church pastor. Author and Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director Lan Samantha Chang also wrote about him for a New York Times op/ed piece, which resulted in gifts from friends, family, and complete strangers. “I can’t thank them enough,” Fisher said. In his free time, he likes to grab a pizza from Old Chicago’s and watch TV at home with his pug, Wilma. In the future, Fisher said he just wants to continue to grow his business. And maybe he can, especially with the help of movies and TV shows based on the animals of the sea. “God bless Nemo,” Fisher said. “He’s been great for business.”
Santorum quibbles with unemployment stats
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa voters apparently care less about ethanol policy now than they did during previous election cycles, but apparently some in the 2012 Republican presidential-nomina-
tion field aren’t giving up on the issue, magnifying the relevance of ethanol subsidies to suit their campaigns. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty calls ending the subsidy a hard truth, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says his opposition to the subsidy is why he won’t bother to campaign in Iowa. The shift in priorities makes Pawlenty’s proposal hardly groundbreaking, and it weakens Huntsman’s premise in Iowa, where GOP voters see the nation’s economy as more important than any one issue. “I think it would be wrong for Pawlenty, or Huntsman, or any of the candidates to think in terms of ethanol being the issue in Iowa,” said Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican who has not said whether he will endorse a candidate before the February caucuses. “The issues in Iowa are the economy, jobs, and the legacy of debt. In other words, getting the budget under control.” — Associated Press
WAHSHINGTON — In announcing his Republican presidential bid, former Sen. Rick Santorum took issue with the federal government’s unemployment statistics. Under President Obama, Santorum said this week, the nation suffers a “discouragingly high rate of unemployment. Not 9.1 percent, but 14 or 15 percent of people who really want to get work and cannot find it.” Santorum is including estimates of part-time workers who want full-time work and “discouraged” workers who want jobs but have quit looking. Economists recognize these types of workers, but they are not included in the Labor Department's monthly unemployment rate, a widely cited statistic that stands at 9.1 percent. — Associated Press
Arthur St., was charged Tuesday with driving while revoked. Calvin Redmond Jr., 26, 2406 Miami Drive, was charged Thursday with second-offense OWI and driving with a suspend-
ed/canceled license. Donnell Sanders, 19, address unknown, was charged Wednesday with criminal trespass. Brian Shepherd, 30, 712 E.
Market St., was charged Wednesday with third and subsequent public intoxication. Matthew Tarnoff, 30, 230 S. Dodge St., was charged April 26 with OWI.
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has been a friend of Fisher’s for more than 25 years. Jennings has worked in the store off and on for a year. Jennings said Fisher wants his customers to enjoy the fish for a while, not just for a few months. Doug Brown, 59, who farms near Grinnell and is amateur fish-keeper, heard of Fisher’s shop through word of mouth. “I visit this shop every time I’m in town,” he said.
STATE, NATION Romney criticizes auto bailout DETROIT — Republican presidential-nomination candidate Mitt Romney didn’t back down Thursday from his opposition to a multibillion-dollar federal bailout for General Motors and Chrysler, even as Michigan autoworkers protesting his campaign appearances pointed to the companies’ resurgence as a sign Romney was wrong. At campaign stops in and around Detroit, the Michigan native said the automakers should have gone through a private bankruptcy without the federal aid. “Some people believe in bailouts. I believe in the process of the law,” the businessman and former Massachusetts governor told reporters. “The idea of just writing a check, which is what the auto executives were asking for, was not the right course … It would have been best had the auto companies gone through the bankruptcy process without hav-
ing taken $17 billion from government.” Democrats, including President Obama, have trumpeted the federal intervention as a triumph, stressing that the companies are now doing well after going through bankruptcy and then restructuring. Chrysler has repaid most of the $10.5 billion in taxpayer money that it received. GM has paid back just over half of its $50 billion in aid and is regaining market share. Together, the companies have added approximately 50,000 jobs nationwide. The White House says the bailout ultimately will cost taxpayers $14 billion, far less than expected. — Associated Press
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cautions by frequently washing their hands and handling food properly, said Brian Hudson, an environmental health specialist at the Johnson County Public Health Department. “I would educate people, obviously, on temperatures,” Hudson said. “When
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among other services, receives approximately $400,000 in grants from the state, said Brian Loring, the executive director of the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, of which the Pheasant Ridge Center is a part. And even if lawmakers avoid a shutdown, the delay could be harmful. Without knowing their budgets, public childcare providers may not know which programs they can keep, said Laurie Nash, an early childhood specialist at Johnson County Empowerment, an initiative seeking to improve the quality of life for children up to 5 years old and their families. “We don’t know what will happen,” Nash said. “The longer [legislators] take to decide the budget, the more impact it has on us,
working with food, you need to make sure you’re processing them correctly between freezing, storing, and preparing.” Michael Pentella, a University of Iowa clinical associate professor in the Disease Control Administration, said people should comply with efforts to prevent outbreaks, even if that makes them uncomfortable. “It’s always important when an individual goes to see a physician, and the physician goes to order a
Potential Government shutdown At-a-glance: • Possible loss of $400,000 to Pheasant Ridge Center • Enrollment has risen drastically at the daycare• Point • Kids benefit from daycare • Deadline for shutdown July 1 Source: Brian Loring, executive director of Pheasant Ridge, and Bree Ruen, youth coordinator
because we don’t know our own budget.” Fortunately, grants are not the only funds keeping the Pheasant Ridge Center afloat, Loring said. The daycare center would continue its regular services as long as possible, even in the case of a government shutdown. It’s possible, he said, the center would need to drop such programs as the language class and early childhood development if a shutdown were to continue for a prolonged period of time. Jennifer Hauser, a single mother with one on the
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News lab test of the stool, that they comply with that request,” he said. While Germany may seem disconnected from the local community, Pentella said, everyone should be aware of the problem to prevent further contamination. “We live in a very global world, so a lot of food supplies are easily transported through the world,” he said. “And because we don’t know what causes this, we need to be on our guard.”
way, brings her 2-year-old son Charon into Handicare five days a week. “His social and reading skills have exceeded my expectations,” she said. “It would put a large burden on me to get him the education and social interaction that he needs [if daycare were not possible].” Dvorsky said legislators are working to pull a budget together. “Any sort of payments that would be made by the Governor’s Office would be appropriated after the shutdown,” he said. But Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, R-Wilton, said a shutdown shouldn’t be an option and that lawmakers are “not far away from a solution to this problem.” In the meantime, childcare centers and other similar services are preparing for either outcome, Loring said. But the local officials would like to see the centers stay open. “We’re hoping it doesn’t come to [government] shutdown,” he said. Bree Ruen, who works at
E. coli bacteria Things to know: • E. coli can be a naturally found bacteria in the human body, but it also has the potential to be extremely harmful. • Certain strains of E. Coli produce a Shiga toxin. • The food-borne bacteria, if it releases the toxin, can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea —which can sometimes be bloody — and vomiting. Source: Michael Pentella, UI clinical associate professor
the Pheasant Ridge as a youth coordinator, said the center is an important part of the community. “It’s interesting to be exposed to all the different cultures that are here and being a positive role model for the kids,” she said. “A loss of funding would make it hard on the parents who need their kids to learn the valuable social and language skills that this center offers to them — along with it being a place for the kids to play and have fun.”
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Paulsen told reporters Thursday that passage of that measure “kick-started the negotiations” that could lead to a long-awaited bipartisan framework for a two-year state spending plan. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, was not available for comment Thursday, but his office issued a written statement saying: “I am encouraged by negotiations this morning with Republican legislators and the governor’s staff. We believe that we can reach an agreement that would receive bipartisan support in the Senate and pass the House because it would avert a government shutdown by making spending cuts while still investing in our future. In the end, we believe a deal will be possible because Iowans are raising their voices after being empowered with vital, accurate information about the effects of woefully inadequate investments in our schools and other key services.” Sen. Jeff Danielson, DWaterloo, the president pro tempore of the Iowa Senate, said he was
“incredibly disappointed” by what he termed the “ominous” bill that passed the House on Wednesday, and he did not believe it was possible for the Legislature to complete its 2011 work next week. He said he viewed the House attempt to roll all the financial issues into one measure and to add several unresolved policy issues into the mix was a move backward. “My preference is a thoughtful approach, and I don’t think that an omnibus bill that attempts to solve all of those issues in one large document — many of which are now new policy proposals at the end of the session — is what Iowans expect out of us,” he said. Paulsen said it was yet to be determined whether the Legislature would work off one bill or a number of measures to wrap up the 2011 work once a compromise is reached on the outstanding issues. “I think once we resolve the substance, the substance will dictate the process,” he said. The Governor’s Office and leaders of the splitcontrol Legislature have contended the issues that divide them can be resolved before the state begins the new fiscal year next month.
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Faculty pay raises necessary With the state Board of Regents tightening its belt and students preparing for increased tuition and fees, Wednesday’s decision to raise faculty salaries by 2 to 4 percent seems imprudent at first glance. But the University of Iowa is in a precarious position: To ensure its legacy and ability to entice students, it must both attract and keep high-quality faculty. This means vying with other universities for the best candidates — which requires offering competitive salaries and benefits. Even in difficult economies, even with the state’s dwindling appropriations causing increases in tuition and departmental cuts, the UI must keep up with the national increases in faculty salary. The surest way to combat tuition hikes is to fight both actual waste in the university system and the increasing trend of state disinvestment, not to further compromise the quality of the university’s education by discouraging the retention of excellent faculty members. Faculty salaries are not an area of wasteful spending, nor are they ballooning out of control. In fact, average salary at the UI decreased between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2009. While average salary increased slightly in fiscal 2010, this was not a result of a general faculty raise — the approved raise is the first for UI faculty in three years. Listings of current compensation for full professors rank Iowa solidly in the middle of the public-university pack; the compensation the school offers for associate professors is toward the bottom. And if the UI can’t pay our faculty competitive wages and benefits, if it is consistently outbid by other institutions, it’s very difficult to retain the best professors. “Going forward, certainly as, we hope, financial times get better, we’ve got to continue to look at how our salaries compare to other Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation institutions,” Faculty Senate President Richard Fumerton told the DI Editorial Board Thursday. “[Faculty salary is] not the only thing that’s relevant to attracting and retaining faculty, but it’s a factor, and that makes a difference.” Earlier this year, both UI President Sally Mason and then-Faculty Senate President Ed Dove emphasized the need for keeping up, saying the university was falling behind as other institutions
increased their faculty pay at more rapid rates. Even if one disagrees that faculty salaries should grow, the realities of the market have a habit of imposing themselves on the theoretical. The top-ranked public universities, including the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Virginia, pay full professors an average of $10,000 to $20,000 more than the UI does. There’s not a direct relationship between professorial pay and educational quality, but, as with attracting faculty, it is one factor. And the UI’s counterbalance to comparatively low salaries, an extensive benefit package, has been compromised in recent years — another victim of fiscal austerity. We have previously inveighed against the sweeping budget cuts to Iowa’s public universities, initiated under former Gov. Chet Culver’s administration and furthered by Gov. Terry Branstad. To further explicate would be redundant. But a public university that relies on public funds can only face so much budgetary constriction before resorting to cutting quality, raising tuition, or both. Iowa isn’t the only state facing severe budget cuts, and the UI is not the only public university tightening its belt. But even if other public universities are making the same concessions to legislature-enforced austerity, private universities do not rely on fiscally conservative lawmakers for funding. An American Association of University Professors report from April of this year found that the salary gap between private and public universities was widening even as salaries increased at a snail’s pace. The 2-4 percent salary increase approved by the regents is still somewhat nebulous. “There’s a lot of uncertainty as to exactly what the pay raise is going to end up being in the different colleges,” Fumerton said. But even if it may not be what’s necessary to boost Iowa’s reputation and attract better faculty, it’s a step in the right direction. Some state officials may deem education quality a necessary sacrifice, but the regents aren’t following suit. That’s respectable, even if the bind the regents are in is regrettable. Your turn. Should the regents have approved a faculty pay raise? Weigh in at dailyiowan.com
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Hamerlinck’s comment unAmerican As a proud American, a voter (albeit not an Iowa voter), a future educator, and a staunch believer in civic responsibility and privilege, I am saddened and disgusted that any American, much less a legislator, would dismiss out of hand and call constituents lobbyists. Sen. Shawn Hamerlinck’s remarks that the students are being used as tools by the Democrats demeans those students’ efforts to take part in political discourse. Frankly, all
Americans are, can, and should be “lobbyists”— that is what this great Republic is about. It’s what our nation was created for — forget the outlandish Founding Fathers comments that fly around: America was founded specifically so that all citizens have a say in governing this nation. If our legislators can’t, or won’t, represent us in the manner in which we expect, then it is our responsibility as Americans to have our voices heard and to seek redress. This is how I was raised; this is why I believe we are the greatest country in the world. And Hamerlinck, R-Dixon, stomped all over it. Everyone
says that kids these days have no sense of civic responsibility; so when they do take action, the first thing you do is to tell them to go home? With all due respect, these comments by Hamerlinck go against everything I and this country stand for. Hamerlinck can spin it all he likes and blame the Democrats, but when it comes down to it, he told those students — future doctors, lawyers, and productive citizens — that they should just go home and be good little automatons while the important people made the decisions. That’s not democracy. That’s not a republic. That’s autocracy,
and he should be ashamed of himself. Hamerlinck is an educator himself, as well as being on the Iowa Education Committee, which saddens me most of all. Did he not become a legislator to make Iowa a better place? Or did he become a legislator for power? If I were Hamerlinck, I’d think long and hard about what he said, what that says about him, and the person, legislator, and American he wants to be. Were I an Iowan citizen, you can be sure my voice would be heard loud and clear: in the media, with my vote, and in letters. Amy Branch Springfield, Mo.
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With a festival boasting more than 20,000 exhibitors and attendees, more various barbecued animal parts than you can shake a stick at (or put a stick in), and endless vows of eye-catching booths, you’d think the Iowa State Fair decided to open the fairgrounds early this year. Or a Republican presidential candidate came to town. But you’d be wrong on both counts (though the latter is sadly inevitable). The 2011 World Pork Expo has descended on the outskirts of Des Moines, a sweltering three-day celebration of all things swine. While hog farming may be a great financial boon to our state — it adds approximately $2.5 billion to the economy and supplies 39,000 jobs, according to the Iowa Pork Producers Association — justifying its environmental and health implications (not to mention a slew of animal-rights abuses) is like putting lipstick on the proverbial pig. As we all know, hog production in Iowa is a big stinkin’ deal: Not only are we, the nation’s breadbasket, providing the tenderloin for America’s sandwiches, but Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey are hoping to increase pork and beef exports to South Korea as well. (After a violent outbreak of footand-mouth disease, I might add, took a third of that nation’s pigs.) So any hope of maintaining currently high levels of production or returning to ethical, small-scale farming is obviously not in the governor’s pro-agribusiness agenda. Instead, events such as the World Pork Expo are held to educate hog farmers about the latest and greatest advances in raising pigs bigger, stronger, faster, fatter. In 2007, there were 17.9 million hogs in the state, 95 percent of which were raised on Contained Animal Feeding Operations, according to a 2011 report by Food & Water Watch. The report also noted that Iowa was the “No. 1 producer of factory-farmed hogs in the United States in 2007.” Former secretary of Agriculture candidate and small-scale Iowa
farmer Francis Thicke thinks that this development isn’t something to be celebrated with World Expo-esque trade shows and seminars from the Pork Academy. “Today’s vertically integrated hog industry has driven most of Iowa’s independent hog producers out of business, and it is extracting the profits of hog production from farms and local communities,” he wrote in an e-mail, adding that those profits have been supplanted “into the coffers of big agribusiness.” But more pigs equal more money for hardworking farmers, right? (Hog farmers are now literally “bringing home the bacon.”) Consider the “leftovers:” Iowa livestock emit a combined 50 million tons of excrement per year. Hog excrement is especially high in both hydrogen sulfide and ammonia content, which contaminate the air and have been causally linked to higher asthma rates near factory farms, and they generally make the state smell like … well, crap. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that farmers nationwide pumped 29 million pounds of antibiotics into livestock in 2009 — over one-third of that amount was just for pigs — the result of which increasingly lessens antibiotic effectiveness across the animal food chain (including in humans). Overproducing pork has negative ramifications for the environment as well. Runoff and waste from largescale farming in the Midwest has led to a massive algal buildup in the Gulf of Mexico, dubbed “the Dead Zone” by some creative mind. Air quality, pervasive odors, water purity, long-term land ruination are a great trade for a little extra bacon on America’s ever-expanding plates. But something tells me these issues are not at the top of the World Pork Expo’s agenda. Instead, attendees and retailers from 23 states can compete in a clay target shoot-off, examine goods from 450 commercial vendors, and get trained in pork quality assurance — all while enjoying a barbecued version of the “finished product.” Promoting more responsible hog-farming practices with higher attention to environmental and health effects at the World Pork Expo? Maybe when pigs fly.
UI graduation ceremony insulting to graduates, parents You did it. You are now a graduate of the University of Iowa. After four years of slaving over midterms, pulling all nighters, and studying for finals, you are done. After four years of continually increasing tuition, having the Iowa City City Council incessantly belittle the student population, and losing sleep because of work, school, and extracurriculars, you are done. You will finally walk across the stage in Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a bunch of strangers and shake some random university official’s hand as he or she mispronounces your name. Congratulations! I am normally not a cyni-
cal person, but after attending the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2011 Commencement Ceremony, it is difficult not to be negative. Graduation is a defining moment in our lives. I have dreamt of the day I can take a picture in front of the Old Capitol with my black cap and gown. I see graduation as a social sacrament that people list along with prom, weddings, first job, and children on the timeline of our lives. Graduation day is a special time for the graduate and just as importantly, the family of the new alumnus or alumna. Families travel far and wide to celebrate
this accomplishment. The 2011 liberal-arts commencement was an insult to all graduates and parents. It seems like a simple request, but shouldn’t the audience be able to hear the speakers at graduation? It can’t be that difficult. I graduated from Iowa City West High in 2008, which was also held in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. My parents heard our class president’s and principal’s addresses perfectly in the same venue. This is, after all, the same location that we hear the “Star Spangled Banner” sung loud and clear at every Hawkeye indoor sporting event. The resources are there, yet at
the liberal-arts graduation, barely any words were audible. It would have been tough to make the ceremony any less aesthetically pleasing. The blurry center split screen looked far worse than the instant replays we see at every home Iowa basketball game. The flashing time screen saver on the other screens was a distraction. Would it really have been difficult to display a picture of a Tigerhawk or a slide show of pictures from the Iowa website, or simply “2011 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremony”? No, but I guess our graduates’ one day in the sun is not worth the
exhaustion of the liberalarts school’s creative genius. With the $32,000 it costs for Iowa residents to earn a degree (I can’t even comprehend out-of-state tuition), couldn’t the university couldn’t put together a better ceremony? Most importantly, it wouldn’t have even cost the school a dime. Graduation is supposed to be a time of great school pride, not embarrassment. The disregard for their customers shown by university administrators emphasizes that really college is not about the degree, the professors, or even the classes.
College is about the lifelong friends you have made over the last four years. College is about standing in the rain to cheer for the Iowa football team even if it is just playing Ball State. College is about the intramural basketball team you formed that didn’t win a single game. College is about finding that favorite coffee shop and bar. The 2011 graduates will look back fondly on their time at the University of Iowa — without any thanks to university officials. When the Alumni Association calls you for a donation, remember your graduation. Natalie Ginty is a UI senior and chairwoman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans.
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After 20 years, Correia steps down Amy Correia has been involved in projects in Johnson County such as the Youth Empowered to Serve program. By BRIAN ALBERT firstname.lastname@example.org
After 20 years in social work and several years as the social-service coordinator for Johnson County, Amy Correia will move on. Correia, who has helped to improve and to launch several successful programs during her tenure, will take on the position as manager at Crazy Girl Yarn Shop in Coralville. “I feel that when you do anything for 20 years, anyone would think it’d be
time for a change,” the 43year-old said. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously — but regretfully — accepted her resignation on Thursday. Correia’s last day will be July 15, and supervisors said it’s going to be a tough position to fill. “It will be a great loss,” Supervisor Janelle Rettig said. “She carries a lot of weight in things that we don’t even realize.” Correia’s accomplishments for the county include
her success with the Juvenile Justice Youth Development Program and the newly launched Youth Empowered to Serve program. The Juvenile Justice Program aims to foster positive development for kids and, in turn, prevent juvenile delinquency and crime, according to the county The Youth website. Empowered to Serve program promotes volunteering and aids skill-building for primarily African American high-school boys. “I feel really proud of
that work,” Correia said. “I think in my time, I’ve developed relationships with the community that I’m proud of.” Though Correia is leaving the position in a little more than a month, it’s unlikely a new social-service coordinator will be chosen soon, Rettig said. The job will be advertised for three weeks, and the search will include two rounds of interviews with all the supervisors, Rettig said, noting that the process could take up to a few months.
“I’m sure we’ll get a lot of great applicants, but they’ve got a tough learning curve ahead of them,” she said. An optimistic goal might be Oct. 1, Supervisor Rod Sullivan said. The supervisors will look for a candidate who can “pretty much walk on water.” “It’s a very difficult job,” Sullivan said. “You have to balance all the qualities of a social worker with someone with great attention to detail and the ability to manage numerous projects.”
And though that type of job has been Correia’s passion for two decades, she said she’s happy to be able to do something a little less demanding — yarn and knitting. Regarding the future of social services in Johnson County, Correia said cooperation is the key. “I think that it’s important to work in partnership and collaboration with the entire human-service network and be open to new ideas for tackling our challenges,” she said.
Festival of literary lights begins Marilynne Robinson has been at the Workshop for almost 20 years. By JONATHAN BENDICKSON email@example.com
The Iowa Writers’ Workshop kicked off its weekend-long 75th-anniversary celebration Thursday night with a keynote address from one of its long-time writers and faculty members. Marilynne Robinson highlighted the elite status of the university’s historic program in her address, “The Workshop as Phenomenon” at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St. “Have there ever been so many poets in one place?” Robinson asked the packed house. “This is an astonishing thing to consider. If it were happening anywhere else, I’m sure we’d be impressed.” Lan Samantha Chang,
the director of the Writers’ Workshop said she’s still amazed that the Workshop has succeeded on so many levels. “How is that what began as an experiment, an upstart idea of a few writers and academics at a public university in a rural state, could flourish for 75 years?” Chang said. She said Robinson was a great choice as the opening speaker because of her literary talent. “We’re thrilled to have Marilynne as our keynote speaker,” Chang said. “She is a celebrated writer and thinker and a longtime member of the Workshop and Iowa City community.” Even though the event celebrated the 75th anniversary, Robinson said,
the Workshop’s origination was early proof of Iowa City’s long-standing literary tradition. “By the time the Workshop was officially part of the university, the ground was well-prepared, and Iowa City was already a city of literature,” Robinson said. Don Wallace, a former Workshop student, said the university’s celebration is unlike any other literary event he’s attended. “You go to other events like this, and it’s an entirely different dynamic,” he said. “But here, we’re all writers.” Though this weekend will look back on 75 years of growth, Chang said she hopes the Workshop will help write the next chapter
Marilynne Robinson Works by the Writers’ Workshop professor include: • Housekeeping (1980) • Mother Country (1989) • The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (2000) • Gilead (2004) • Home (2008) Source: Iowa Writers’ Workshop
for Iowa City’s rich literary heritage. “I’d like the Workshop to become actively engaged in bringing writers and writing to the youth communities of Iowa City,” Chang said. “This public engagement seems, to me, to be a natural sharing and outgrowth of the program’s creative wealth.” Robinson said the future of the Workshop depends on the outreach.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson delivers a lecture in the Englert Theatre on Thursday. The Writers’ Workshop faculty member won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for her novel Gilead, which is set in a small Iowa town. “There’s no better way to find those who will be capable of the highest achievement than to cast the widest net,” she said. And the author said she thinks the program’s reputation reflects the community it’s based in.
“I’m often asked why Iowa, the Workshop, is in Iowa, the state,” Robinson said. “What can I say, except that like the other arts programs that came to early and vigorous life here, it expresses the place.”
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What I Know About Women’s Fashion: • The fashion industry is decidedly sexist, if only because they use an actual measurement system for men — and a pedantic, Sesame Street-esque counting system for women.
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Dana Ries, who works at the Carver College of Medicine, gets off the bus on Washington Street on Thursday. Ries rides the bus every day to work.
• It’s not at all uncommon for women’s clothes to have numerous sequins, buttons, flowers, zippers, and beads, yet not a single functional pocket. Because why would a woman need a pocket when she has such a pretty purse? It’s not like women carry around their own money or identification. You still want to argue the fashion industry isn’t sexist? • Ask a guy what he is wearing, and he will say, “A shirt, jeans, and shoes.” Ask a woman what she is wearing, and she might say, “An openedbacked mauve blouse with a heavy-scooped front, but I have it stretched over-the-shoulders to accentuate my décolletage. California vintage. Bought at the cutest little boutique just outside Denver, right before spring break — that’s where I also got the bestest velvet mukluks you ever did see (oh, I’m not wearing them now, but there’re just the key-yute-test). Now let me tell you all about these slim-fit, heel-cut, acidwashed jeans …” • Along the lines of the last joke, have you ever noticed all the differences between white and black people? • Compared to the males, the UI’s female population has a disproportionately higher percentage requiring a fifth year of undergraduate work. They’re drawn to stay an extra year because it gives them the unique opportunity to exercise their winter, fall, spring, and summer wardrobes — sometimes all in one day. • Women dress for other women. Men don’t care what women wear; they could just run around naked, and we’d like them all the same.
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ARIES March 21-April 19 You have plenty of great ideas, and people will listen to your perspective. Ultimately, the changes going on around you will be beneficial. An emotional matter may be disruptive. Be patient; romance is heading your way. TAURUS April 20-May 20 There will be no shortage of things to do. Put pressure on the people who must finish one task before you can begin another. Idle time is the enemy, and progress should be your goal. Surround yourself with responsible individuals who have never let you down. GEMINI May 21-June 20 Speaking from the heart will bring about unexpected changes to your plans, a friendship, or the way you feel about someone. Don’t fight the inevitable when you have so much to gain if you let things develop naturally. New friendships will result. CANCER June 21-July 22 Don’t force change. Timing will be crucial if you want to avoid a burden that really isn’t yours to bear. Keep your plans a secret until you have worked out all the details. Look forward, not back. LEO July 23-Aug. 22 You will impress someone who will make a very important introduction, opening a host of new opportunities. Don’t lead others to believe you can do something you cannot. Your accomplishments will speak for you. VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You’ll have to juggle professional and personal responsibilities. Listen to complaints, and do your best to find solutions. Don’t let a sorrowful situation cause you to miss out on an opportunity to learn or to make a change. LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Everything is starting to fall into place. Hard work will pay off, and recognition will be yours. Do what works best for you, and eventually, everyone will support your actions. A change of scenery will give you a wake-up call. SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Don’t let a plan you have or someone you are close to cost you financially. Renovations should be geared toward the type of lifestyle you want, not what someone else wants for you. A change of scenery will inspire and motivate you. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21 You’ll be able to persuade others to support your efforts, but before you go on a campaign to drum up business, make sure you have your facts straight. You don’t want to offer something based on an assumption. Make changes to lower your costs and raise your profits. CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Look around you, and it will be quite evident that you have more control than you realize. Take your time, and base your decisions on your own projections. Make your home base more conducive to the plans you have. AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Get in touch with people you share interests with. You’ll be motivated to get involved in a pastime that can turn profitable. Romance is in the stars, and time spent with someone you feel completes you will inspire you to make personal improvements. PISCES Feb. 19-March 20 You can expect to face opposition. Money matters will cause problems with individuals you owe or who owe you. Now is the perfect time to rid yourself of people or situations costing you emotionally or financially. Past experiences will help you now.
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• Henry V, Dreamwell Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert • Square Dance, 7:30 p.m., Robert A. Lee Recreation Center,
Group, 10 a.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Knitting Nurse, 10 a.m., Home Ec Workshop, 207 N. Linn • Book Babies, 10 a.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Lily Lake Bike Tour, 11: a.m., Amana Colonies Visitors Center, 622 46th • Teen Tech Zone, 1 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Lourdes Cruz Reception, 3 p.m., 3113 Medical Education & Research Facility • Biochemistry Seminar, Deadly Cone Snails, Molecular Diversity, & Poor Communities, Lourdes Cruz, University of the Philippines, 4 p.m., 2117 Medical Education & Research Facility
220 S. Gilbert • AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story, 8 p.m., Bijou • Dueling Pianos, Sean Boarini and Eben Seaman, 8:30 p.m., Gilbert Street Piano Lounge, 347 S. Gilbert • Chasing Shade, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn • Super Happy Fun Time Burlesque, 9 p.m., Blue Moose, 211 Iowa •Women of the Sweet Grass Path Pow Wow, Upper City Park (200 E. Park Road), Iowa City, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, Noon.
ONGOING • Abstract Paintings, Jim
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City Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Garden Party, 5 p.m., Modela, 323 E. Market • Friday Night Concert Series, Beaker Brothers, 6:30 p.m., Pedestrian Mall Weatherdance Fountain
July 29 • Art or Science?, M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, 110 E. Washington; through June 30 • Trauma, Trials, & Triumph, Beadology, 220 E. Washington
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Iowa sophomore Ethan Holmes throws his hands in the air in defeat after running in the 110-meter hurdles semifinals in Drake Stadium during the NCAA meet on Thursday. Holmes finished last in his heat with a time of 14.06, and failed to qualify for the final round; he also missed qualifying for the 400-meter hurdle finals on Wednesday.
NCAA CONTINUED FROM 10 and especially on his leg,” Woody said. “You could see he got out [to a] great [start], but then, coming off the curve, he had to wait to pick it up. His transition wasn’t what we wanted it to
be coming off that curve.” Wieczorek’s post-race statements about Austin were similar to those he made about runners Erik Sowinski and Ethan Holmes Wednesday night — he was disappointed that each missed the finals, but the results don’t take away from their outstand-
ing seasons. “We’re fortunate he was at his best at the Big Ten championships,” Wieczorek said, noting Austin’s past injuries. “It’s just a fine line whether you make or you don’t [to finals], and he was just a little bit off and just missed it.”
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SOCCER CONTINUED FROM 10 The heat didn’t last long — a cold front swept thunderstorms across the area on Wednesday evening. Rainey moved the camp to the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Center, which has a small indoor turf field behind the main workout area. The coach said he had to condense some activities to fit in the space. “The kids were really flexible,” he said. “We kept them inside during the thunderstorms and the cold rain [Thursday] afternoon. “That’s Iowa weather.” No matter what the weather threw at them, though, Rainey said, the camp plays an important role in building the team’s presence. “As the University of Iowa, we want to have a
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Members of the Hawkeye Summer Soccer Camps chase the ball on Monday at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
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presence in the community,” he said. “We want to teach the game, we want to
introduce the game, we want people to fall in love with soccer as they’re in those early ages of 5, 6, 7 years old. And we want to reach out to the community. It’s a community service as well.”
The camp’s next session will be held July 25-29, and an elite camp for advanced players will take place July 17-20. DI Sports Editor Seth Roberts contributed to this article.
Mathis seizes early St. Jude lead By TERESA M. WALKER Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — David Mathis matched his best round ever on the PGA Tour, shooting a 5-under 65 Thursday to grab the opening round lead at the St. Jude Classic. Mathis jumped to the top of the leaderboard late in the day, finishing with six birdies and one late bogey. He is back on the PGA Tour for a second time thanks to finishing 13th on the Nationwide Tour money list last year. Robert Karlsson, who lost a fourhole playoff here a year ago, shot a 66 and was tied with John Merrick, Kris Blanks, Kevin Kisner, and Colt Knost. Keegan Bradley and Fabian Gomez each had 67s. Bradley is among the few here who could play their way into the U.S. Open by winning at the TPC Southwind for a second tour victory since the last Open. Bradley won the Byron Nelson Championship two weeks ago. Retief Goosen and Boo Weekley were among a group with 68s. Defending champion Lee Westwood opened with a 69. The 37-year-old Mathis has been playing golf since turning pro in 1997 after leaving Campbell University. He started playing mini tours and was on the Canadian tour before switching to
the Nationwide circuit. He first joined the PGA Tour in 2009, when he posted a pair of top-25 finishes, including a tie for 23rd in Memphis. But he wound up back on the Nationwide Tour last year. St. Jude, sponsored by FedEx, is his 14th event on the PGA Tour this year with five missed cuts. The native of Winston-Salem, N.C., credited a visit with his coach Patrick Kelley this week for helping straighten out his line when putting. He noticed the difference almost immediately when he started on the back nine and rolled in a 9-footer to save par. Then he added a birdie putt on the par-3 No. 11 from just inside 19 feet, plus 8-footers for birdies on Nos. 13 and 16. He had a 15-footer for birdie on No. 2 from a fairway bunker to join the pack tied at 4 under. Mathis had the lead to himself when he hit a wedge on the par-5 No. 3 to within 13 feet, then made another birdie. He padded his advantage with a four-footer on No. 5 for his sixth birdie. His lone bogey came on No. 8, when he three-putted from within 8 feet. Karlsson started off the front nine with three birdies on his first six holes. But the Swede hit his tee shot on the par-4 No. 13 into a fairway bunker and wound up bogeying the
hole to fall back to 2 under. He got the stroke back with a birdie on the par-3 No. 14, rolling in from 18 feet. He also had a 19-footer for birdie on No. 15, but came up a couple feet short. Merrick has made six of eight cuts this year, with his best finish a tie for 11th at Puerto Rico. He took advantage of an early tee time to take the early clubhouse lead. He said the key Thursday was hitting shots closer to the hole. “It’s definitely been something that’s been hurting me,” he said. “I’ve been hitting greens but not really getting it close. Today, I hit some good shots and had some decent looks at birdies that were inside 10 feet.” Kisner is a rookie in his 13th event on tour this season. He started this tournament with only his fourth round in the 60s this year, taking advantage of a morning tee time with little wind. The South Carolina native who went to the University of Georgia hasn’t finished better than a tie for 39th, and Kisner said his biggest challenge is learning the courses. “The courses are much more difficult than the Nationwide,” he said. “You really have to know where you’re going to miss it and places to be. It’s all just part of learning. It’s why they call you a rookie.”
proficiency in scholarship and athletics. He earned both a master’s degree and a law degree from Iowa in 1995 and began practicing law in the state in 2002 after spending seven years in Minnesota. In 2004, George W. Bush appointed Whitaker the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. “Matt is a very confident and capable attorney,” William Gustoff, one of Whitaker’s partners in the Des Moines-based law firm Whitaker Hagenow GBMG. “He has an upstanding character.” While it has been several years since Whitaker strapped on shoulder pads, he still refers to his time on the gridiron quite often — such as when The Daily Iowan asked him what he thought his position would be on Pawlenty’s steering committee. “Offensive coordinator,” he said and laughed.
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Royals nip Blue Jays KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ricky Romero’s one bad inning wasn’t really all that bad. Romero gave up three runs on four hits in the third inning and that was enough for the Kansas City Royals to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2, on Thursday to earn a split in the four-game series. The Royals’ three-run third also included Matt Treanor’s being hit by a pitch and a Jose Bautista throwing error. None of the Royals’ hits was hard. Alcides Escobar had a leadoff infield single, and Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur singled to right. “They bunched their hits together,” Blue Jay manager John Farrell said. “We have an overthrow that gives them an extra base. Still, Ricky minimized it to three and seemed to get in a very good groove and became much more efficient with his overall pitch mix and pitched a very good game. Most days that’s good enough for a win, but [not] today.” Romero said the only pitch he would want back that inning was a 2-2 cutter that hit Treanor. “Other than that, I made my pitches,” he said. “I hit my spots every time that inning. They got the bloop singles. There’s nothing I can do. That’s baseball. When it’s
not going our way, it’s not going our way. That was the case today.” Romero (5-6) went the distance and has a 3.18 ERA, allowing three runs on eight hits, two walks, and two hit batters in eight innings to take the loss. “I hate losing, bottom line, if I got beat by 10 run or one run,” Romero said. “I have heart. I take a lot of pride in that. It’s unfortunate we lost. It stinks.” The Blue Jays stranded five runners in the final two innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the ninth off Joakim Soria. “We still created a couple of legitimate scoring opportunities in the last two innings, yet the one hit was elusive,” Farrell said. “We still created a couple of legitimate scoring opportunities in the last two innings, yet the one hit was elusive.” Francoeur drove in two runs, helping Luke Hochevar win for the first time in seven starts. Soria, reclaiming the closer role he lost May 30 after back-to-back blown saves, got his eighth save in 13 opportunities. Edwin Encarnacion and Juan Rivera hit one-out singles off the two-time All-Star, then Mike McCoy, after being down 0-2, drew his fourth walk of the day to load the bases with two out. But Soria
got Corey Patterson on an infield pop-up, giving the Royals their fifth win in 19 games. Hochevar (4-6) allowed two runs in the fourth but nothing else in seven innings. The right-hander gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out three for his first win in seven starts since May 1. He did not give up a home run for the fourth-straight start, after allowing 13 in his first 10 outings. The Royals completed a seasonhigh 11-game home stand with a 4-7 record and kept the Blue Jays from winning a series in Kansas City for the first time since 2003. In the Blue Jays’ second, Bautista reached on a fielder’s choice, Adam Lind singled, and J.P. Arencibia tripled into left field. Mitch Maier made a leap for the ball, but it hit the wall and bounced back toward center field as Lind and Ba utista scored. Aaron Hill walked, but Hochevar retired Encarnacion on a fly ball to end the inning. The Blue Jays had runners at second and third with two out in the eighth, but Aaron Crow coaxed a grounder out of Arencibia. Lind was 3-for-4, all singles, and McCoy tied a Blue Jays record with his four walks. — Associated Press
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Verlander picks up tired Tigers DETROIT — After a long night, the Detroit Tigers were battling fatigue as much as the Seattle Mariners. Luckily for them, Justin Verlander made sure they didn’t have much to do Thursday night. “I knew I was the only guy that got a good night’s sleep, so I better do a good job,” he said. “If I don’t, my early flight was all for naught.” Verlander allowed one run in eight innings as the Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners, 4-1, after Detroit got home early in the morning after a game Wednesday night in Texas. Verlander pitched so quickly that the “night” game ended at dusk, with the final pitch coming just 16 minutes after sunset. “We didn’t get home until 4 o’clock, so this worked out really well for us,” Tiger manager Jim Leyland said. “We sent Justin home earlier, obviously, but couldn’t ask for a better guy to pitch for you when the guys are a little tired. He was terrific.” Verlander (7-3) struck out a season-best 10 while allowing five hits and a walk. He’s 5-0 in his last seven starts with a 2.14 ERA, and he received a standing ovation from the crowd of 22,090 while returning to the dugout after the eighth. “I don’t feel like this is my best run, but I feel like I’m pitching pretty well,” he said. “I just want to keep this momentum going.” Seattle’s Brendan Ryan is just glad the Mariners won’t face Verlander again this season, unless both make the playoffs.
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Detroit Tiger right fielder Brennan Boesch (26) hits a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning on Thursday in Detroit. “It isn’t fun facing him; it is not fun at all,” the Seattle infielder said. “He’s throwing 98 [mph], he’s got closer stuff, and he’s got extra pitches on top of that. He throws them all where he wants them, and he throws them on any count. It’s tough.” Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 16th save in as many tries. Doug Fister (3-7) dropped to 1-4 since May 1, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks in his eight innings. He’s 1-12 in 19 career starts against the AL Central. After the Tigers stranded runners on third with fewer than two outs in both the third and fourth innings, the Mariners went ahead in the fifth when Greg Halman singled, stole second, moved to
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Ex-Hawk now fighting for Pawlenty
Oh, so close for Austin
Former tight end Matt Whitaker has taken lessons from the gridiron to the world of politics By ERIK PAPKE email@example.com
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Iowa sophomore Justin Austin kicks toward the finish line during the 200-meter semifinals of the NCAA meet on Thursday at Drake Stadium. Austin finished third in his heat with a time of 20.73 but was disqualified for a lane violation.
Justin Austin misses the 200-meter finals by .04 seconds, but he had been disqualified anyway By BEN SCHUFF firstname.lastname@example.org
DES MOINES – Iowa sprinter Justin Austin was disqualified during the 200-meter dash semifinals Thursday night at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships. Shortly after Austin finished ninth overall — missing the finals by one spot — officials announced that the sophomore had been disqualified for a lane violation. While Iowa head coach Larry Wieczorek hadn’t received any explanation, he said it was probably the result of successive steps on one of the lane lines. Austin said he wasn’t disappointed about being disqualified, considering his final time of 20.73 wasn’t enough to qualify for the finals anyway. He did say, however, that he didn’t think he stepped on either of the lines to his lane. NCAA officials weren’t available to clarify the violation. Disqualification aside, Iowa’s best
sprinter barely missed qualifying for the finals, placing third in his heat and ninth overall. The top two runners from each of the three heats automatically qualify for the finals, along with the next two best overall times. The sophomore posted his secondfastest time of the year despite a nagging hamstring injury, but Tennessee’s Dentarius Locke was just a hair faster and claimed the last spot in the finals with a time of 20.69 seconds. “Since I’ve been hurt, I just can’t open up my stride,” Austin said. “I can get out with everybody, but during the last 70 meters — when I usually take off — I can’t pull out. I can’t go any faster.” Austin tweaked his right hamstring during the 100-meter dash at the NCAA West Regional two weekends ago, and Wieczorek was concerned he had lost his first-year Hawkeye for the remainder of the regional meet. However, Austin was able to come back one day later and qualify for the semifinals in Des Moines in the 200 meters.
The Kentucky transfer battled through many injuries throughout the season, but this one finally came back to get him at the biggest meet of the year. “Once I saw my time, I was like, ‘That’s not going to get to [finals],’ ” Austin said, prior to discovering he had been disqualified. “It’s a bittersweet ending because I’m hurt — but I made it [to finals] hurt. You just can’t run hurt with the best people in the nation.” Iowa assistant coach Joey Woody said he knew Austin might be a little behind the competition because his star hadn’t done much in practice in an attempt to rest the hamstring. Woody also felt Austin was at a disadvantage running in lane three, partly because of his injury. As it turned out, no sprinter that ran in lane three qualified for the finals. “It’s just a tighter circumference, so he’s just got more torque on him — SEE NCAA 7
Most GOP operatives will list Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, and maybe Barry Goldwater on their list of inspiring characters. Tim Pawlenty-backer Matt Whitaker lists Hayden Fry. The 41-year-old said playing for Fry taught him some of the most valuable lessons he took away from Iowa City. “[Fry taught me about] hard work, determination, having a goal in mind — and achieving that goal — and doing the best you can possibly do,” he said. The former Hawkeye reserve tight end is leading Pawlenty’s Iowa steering committee in the 2012 caucus race, campaign offi- Matt Whitaker cials announced last month. “Matt Whitaker is a man who knows what’s important, and he gets things done,” Pawlenty said in a release. “That’s been true from his days as a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes team that played in the [1990-91] Rose Bowl to his determination as a U.S. attorney who prosecuted dangerous criminals and put them behind bars. “We’re very happy and blessed to have him on our team.” A position on a top-tier presidential campaign is the last in a list of accomplishments for Whitaker. He’s caught touchdowns and prosecuted criminals as a U.S. attorney, and he now serves as the managing partner of a Des Moines law firm. A first team all-state football standout at Ankeny High, he went on to be a backup tight end from 1988-92 for the Hawkeyes and legendary coach Fry. He played on the 1990 Big Ten champion Iowa team — the most recent Iowa squad to make the Rose Bowl — and his best season came as a junior in 1991, when he pulled down nine passes for 112 yards and burned Iowa State for 55 yards and a touchdown. Whitaker did more than just play football while at Iowa. He was named to two Big Ten AllAcademic squads and received a bachelor’s degree in 1991 with a grade point average of 3.54. In 1992, his aptitude in the classroom earned him the Big Ten Medal of Honor — the award is the oldest handed out by the conference, and it is annually given to a student-athlete in the graduating class of each university who demonstrates
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Ex-Hawk Pfeiffer to play for national field-hockey team Former Iowa field-hockey standout Lauren Pfeiffer has been named to the 2011 USA Women’s National Team, according to a release. Pfeiffer was a two-time AllAmerican at Iowa and led the Hawkeyes to the 2008 Final Four. She has competed for Team USA since 2009 and has appeared in 27 games for the squad. “Lauren is a great representative of the Iowa field-hockey program,” head coach Tracey Griesbaum said in a statement. “We are very proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best of luck as she strives for excellence on the international level.” Six current Hawkeyes will compete in the U.S.A. Junior H i g h Pe r fo r m a n ce W o m e n ’s National Championships, to be held June 18-25 in Lauren Virginia Pfeiffer Beach, Va. The tournament is a round-robinstyle competition featuring athletes from USA Field Hockey’s six regional High Performance Centers. Juniors Sarah Drake, Geena Lesiak, and Kathleen McGraw will join sophomores Kelsey Mitchell and Danielle Peirson and incoming recruit Dani Hemeon on the Midwest Junior High
Performance team. In addition, sophomore Aubrey Coleman will serve as an alternate, junior Kelsey Boyce will play on the training team, and Griesbaum will be an assistant coach. “They are working hard and bringing positive energy to every team session,” Iowa’s 11year coach said in a statement. “They will provide positional balance to the Midwest Team, as well as a sense of a competitiveness. We look forward to the USA Women’s Junior National Championships.” — by Seth Roberts
Dunn, Konerko power White Sox CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko each hit tworun homers, and the Chicago White Sox spoiled the début of Oakland interim manager Bob Melvin, beating the Athletics, 94, on Thursday night. Melvin replaced Bob Geren earlier in the day, but the change couldn’t keep Oakland from its 10th-straight defeat. Mark Buehrle (6-4) threw seven strong innings and improved to 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last seven starts. He allowed seven hits and three runs for the White Sox, who have won six of their last nine games. Trevor Cahill (6-4) lasted just 2 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He was unlucky to an extent, allowing four infield hits on dribblers in front of the plate. But he also walked three, hit a batter, and allowed Dunn’s two-run blast.
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Soccer camp beats the heat, rain The Hawkeye soccer team hosted the first session of its annual youth camp this week, despite soaring temperatures, followed by driving rain. By CODY GREDELL email@example.com
On a sweltering day in early summer, an array of black-and-gold soccer balls bearing numerous Tigerhawk emblems were kicked back and forth from camper to camper. Shouts of “I’m open” and “Pass” drowned out the sounds of chirping insects near the pond just outside the Iowa Soccer Complex, the site of the 2011 Hawkeye Summer Soccer Camps. The soccer camp is held in numerous sessions each year and is aimed at boys and girls ages 5 to 18. Campers receive instruction, technical development, and team and tactical training from the Iowa coaching staff. In addition to the coaching staff — which includes head coach Ron Rainey and secondyear goalkeeper specialist Jaimel Johnson — campers also receive instruction from a few Iowa players. “Basically, the basics,” junior defender Gabrielle Ainsworth said about her duties as a counselor. “How to pass, how to trap the ball, which part of the foot
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Campers scrimmage during the Iowa Summer Soccer Camp on Monday at the Iowa Soccer Complex. to use. We’re starting pretty simple. Then, for the older kids, we’ll just basically expose them to their higher skills.” Temperamental Iowa weather forced Rainey and the rest of the councilors to be creative with how they ran the camp activities. An unusually cool summer turned into a virtual sweat room at the beginning of the week as temperatures
rocketed into the mid-90s, but violent thunderstorms took over during the second half of the session and chased the campers inside. “It [was] a little bit tough for the kids,” Johnson said. “But for the coaches, we can tolerate it pretty well. Just keeping the kids hydrated is the most important.” Campers were given frequent water breaks and
wet towels to help combat the high temperatures — and also spent time splashing each other with water — and Rainey said he thought the tactics were working well. “We stop for a lot of water breaks, [and] we make sure we’re drinking a lot of water,” he said.“It’s the summer — we want it to be hot.” SEE SOCCER 7