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Inside A group of National Guard soldiers from eastern Iowa returned from overseas on Monday. The troops were part of the Iowa National Guard’s biggest deployment since World War II. Soldiers will have three months before they return to training. Page 8.

Loebsack announces hospital funding U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, DIowa, announced Monday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will give nearly $4.4 million in additional funding to five hospitals in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, according to a press release. Mercy Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics received payments of $509,898 and almost $2.4 million, respectively. Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids and Unity Hospital in Muscatine also received funding. The money is part of the Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law last year, and it comes as a reward to Iowa hospitals for providing high-quality, low-cost care. It is designed to focus on the geographic disparities that face many hospitals in Iowa. “These payments are an important step in starting to shift our nation’s health-care system to one in which health-care providers are rewarded for making patients healthy as opposed to the number of tests and procedures they order,” Loebsack said in the release. Twenty-one hospitals received additional Medicare funding across the state. — by Brittany Trevick

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks to people in the basement of the Coralville Public Library on Monday. One of the groups present was Strong America Now, which is intent on cutting government spending.

Pawlenty fends off critics By BRITTANY TREVICK brittany-trevick@uiowa.edu

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty defended his handling of his state’s budget and spending on Monday in Coraville, but some opponents of the GOP candidate are still eyeing the Republican’s past. The GOP presidential-nomination hopeful started an 18-city tour of the state Monday, with around 60 people attending his event in the basement of the Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St. In his two terms as governor, the candidate said, he reformed schools, changing teacher’s

pay from being based on seniority to being based on performance, scaled back one of the longest transit strikes, and appointed four conservative judges. “I’ve got the record, I’ve got the values, I’ve got the experience. and I’ve got the ability,” Pawlenty told the crowd. He said his political experience — a state legislator for 10 years and governor for eight — would help him be successful as president because it’s something President Obama lacks. “[Obama] was in the Senate long enough to have a cup of coffee before it got cold,” he said. But local and state Democratic leaders said Pawlenty’s record worries them the most.

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“As governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty drove the economy into a ditch,” Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky said during a press conference Monday morning. “The reality is the road to results for Tim Pawlenty includes the $6.2 billion pothole he left his successor to fill.” Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson, a Republican, said the Pawlenty administration used accounting tricks to put together what looked like a balanced budget when a budget gap still existed. “As Pawlenty moved to the right, he adopted

A stifling heat wave blanketed Iowa City on Monday, causing residents to shed warm clothing and seek shaded areas. Air temperature escalated to 98 degrees, and humidity pushed the heat index up to a scorching 105. And, said David Sheets, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities, local residents can expect these temperatures to persist into late Thursday. “We’re not quite into record high temperatures for the week, but it’s close,” he said. “It will be quite hot in the following days, so use your air conditioners. Stay home. Drink a lot of water.” Some locals, however, are choosing not to heed his advice. Blake Stephens, a 27-year-old

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UI art-history Professor Steve McGuire stops to have ice cream at the Dairy Queen on Riverside Drive before biking 40 miles on Monday. He planned on biking from West Branch to Solon and back. Iowa City restaurant worker, jogged along the Pentacrest Monday, his gray University of Iowa shirt drenched with perspiration. “It’s insanely hot today, but you can’t let that keep you inside,” he said. “Before you know it, there will be snow on the ground.” Attached to his back was a 20-pound hiking backpack filled with water. Stephens removed the bag, hefting it up

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and down. “You’d be a fool to run in this weather without a ton of water,” he said, wiping his forehead with a cloth. Patricia Quinlisk, the medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, said heat exhaustion can occur suddenly, and there are a few things people can do to avoid health problems.

Former Regent Michael Gartner wants streamlined curricula and more professors in the classroom, but University of Iowa faculty say they’re working more toward that goal than the former Board of Regents president thinks. In a Sunday Des Moines Register opinion piece, Gartner said full-time UI faculty spend one-third of their work hours in teaching activities, passing too many courses onto graduate assistants and adjuncts. “The teaching load — six hours or fewer of classroom teaching per week (up to nine at [the University of Northern Iowa]) —

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Rebecca Whitaker, the outreach director for the UI College of Engineering, works with middle-schoolers to engineer robotic cars made entirely out of Lego parts on July 15. Whitaker also works to encourage young girls to pursue careers in engineering.

The UI alum runs three youth engineering summer camps. By JULIANA FABIANO juliana-fabiano@uiowa.edu

Rebecca Whitaker scans a room full of 24 energetic middle-school students playing with engineered robotic cars they made entirely out of Legos. As the K-12 outreach director for the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering, Whitaker is in charge of creating and running camps for young students interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “I try to really focus on recruiting young students, especially the ladies at the middle-school level, ” she said. “They seem to get the notion that it’s not cool to be smart, and I want to give them that confidence.” She makes it her personal goal to change the misconceptions about engineering for young women in the hope that when they reach the upper high-

Rebecca Whitaker • Hometown: Hills • Age: “30 something” • Favorite movie: The King’s Speech • Favorite food: Anything her husband makes • Favorite musical artist: Lady Gaga school level, they decide to pursue a career in engineering — ideally at the UI College of Engineering. As a little girl, she said, she didn’t even know what an engineer was. In college, she became interested in engineering but ultimately decided to pursue communications. While working toward a bachelor’s degree at the UI, Whitaker said, she was intimidated by courses such as calculus and physics because of the large male population. “I thought engineers drove trains,” she said. “I didn’t know a particular woman who was an engineer, and I didn’t really have any role models to look up to.” The Hills native said by creating summer camps for students interested in

math and science, she hopes to inspire children to believe they can do similar activities professionally and provide mentors that will encourage them. Leon Turner, Whitaker’s Robotics camp coworker and an employee of Rockwell Collins, said Whitaker’s combination of excitement along with motivation has inspired students to start dreaming. “I think there’s an interesting curiosity that our untapped society bases jobs on certain criteria,” he said. “Ideas need to be nurtured, and she encourages students to bring out those talents whether it’s for girls or boys.” Turner said Whitaker is successful at her job because she has an ability to handle and manage so many moving parts, whether it’s the students themselves or the robotic cars they build. Besides the Lego Robotics camp, Whitaker runs another summer camp focused on renewable energy called RESP:ECT and PharmCamp — a program for girls in grades four through six to learn about engineering, pharmacy, and medicine. Husband Eric Whitaker

said she enjoys teaching kids with Legos and robots to keep them interested in activities that will set them in the right direction for the future. “She wants to get kids more involved in science and math, especially young girls, that will lead to more female engineers,” he said. “She loves what she does and wants to do the best job she can for the university and the College of Engineering.” Rebecca Whitaker’s efforts for the UI are focused far ahead of the college level, and she said she has high hopes for young generations interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Her goals include eventually having every school district in Iowa offer a robotics program, students to progress through her camps and volunteer for engineering efforts, and have a 50-50 ratio for men and women enrolled in the engineering school. “I want to provide handson experiences where students are allowed to think outside of the box,” Whitaker said. “I call it a magic moment, a light bulb goes off, and they think, ‘Hey, I can do this.’ ”

METRO Man faces numerous charges North Liberty police arrested a Washington, Iowa, man after he allegedly drove under the influence with an intoxicated minor in the vehicle. Abelino Diaz Narciso, 26, was charged July 16 with thirdoffense OWI, providing alcohol to an underage person, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, and driving while barred. Police said they stopped Narciso for speeding and when asked for a license, he produced a Mexican ID. Officers located an Iowa license, which they said was barred until November 2014. Reports said Narciso had a white, powdery substance in his nose and mustache. A search of the vehicle allegedly yielded a bag containing one gram of cocaine, as well as a five-gram bag of marijuana.

Officers said they noticed numerous open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. The 16year-old passenger, Narciso’s nephew, repotredly had a can of Busch Light, which he reportedly admitted to drinking. — by Brian Albert

Man charged with third OWI Johnson County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Marion man after he allegedly drove drunk for the third time. Cameron Mitchell Eubanks, 26, was charged July 16 with thirdoffense OWI. Deputies reported they noticed Eubanks steer his purple Plymouth Breeze across road lines and onto the highway’s shoulder. Upon pulling the vehicle over, Eubanks reportedly told officers he swerved because he was texting while driving. Deputies

Officers said one man heard a knock at his apartment door and when he didn’t answer, two men attempted to force the door open. Only when he announced his presence did the intruders leave, according to police. Another resident returned home to find a man climbing out a broken window in his living room, police said. Witnesses described one of the suspects to police as a stocky white male, 5-8, with brown hair Police probe 4 and a black shirt. The other man, burglaries an African American, is believed to The Iowa City police are - be stocky and 5-8, with a red shirt investigating a string of burgla- and a white bandana covering his ries. face. Reported to police on July 16 Iowa City Area and Sunday, the four apparent CrimeStoppers is offering a burglaries took place at residences in the 400-600 blocks of reward of up to $1,000 for inforSouth Johnson Street, South Van mation leading to the arrest of Buren Street, and South Dodge the suspects. Street between 11 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. — by Brian Albert

said he later admitted to drinking 45 minutes prior to operating the vehicle. According to a complaint, Eubanks had watery, bloodshot eyes, and performed poorly in many field sobriety tests. He had a preliminary breath test of .171, according to reports. Third-offense OWI is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $9,375. — by Brian Albert

BLOTTER Nicholas Amundson , 22, 637 S. Johnson St. Apt. 12, was charged Monday with public urination. Albert Carter, 47, 1958 Broadway Apt. 11B, was charged July 14 with possession of open alcohol con-

tainer in public. Jacob Cole, 24, Gladstone, Ill., was charged Monday with OWI. Martha Mitchell, 39, 1928 F St., was charged Sunday with driving with a suspended/canceled license.

Jesus Pacheco , 29, 1425 Langenberg Ave., was charged Sunday with driving with a suspended/canceled license. Morgan Powell, 20, 2240 Balsam Court, was charged Monday with disorderly conduct.

Koneca Washington , 20, 2023 Taylor Drive, was charged Monday with disorderly conduct and interference with official acts. Jaylani Whiteside, 26, Aredale, Iowa, was charged July 13 with driving with a suspended/canceled license.

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must be increased,” he wrote. “Research is vital, but so is teaching.” That view, said UI Faculty Senate President Richard Fumerton, ignores both the amount of time professors spend with students outside the classroom and the effect of faculty research on the university’s funding and accreditation. “Many faculty, in addition to regular teaching, advise undergraduates, have reading courses with grads and undergrads, and help with dissertations,” the philosophy professor said. “If you look at the actual teaching that gets done — not just the official two courses per semester, but all the other teaching many faculty do — [it goes] far beyond what Gartner was suggesting.” Full-time faculty at the UI divide spend a roughly 40-40-20 ratio of teaching, research, and service work, which Gartner decried for putting too little time into

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son, however, differed with Iowa Democrats, saying Pawlenty left a $5.1 billion budget gap — more than $1 billion less than Dvorsky claims. Still, Democrats speculate Pawlenty’s budget controversy will likely be political baggage during the caucus season. “I think he is having a

hard time because of his record as governor,” Megan Jacobs, the press secretary for the Iowa Democratic Party, told The Daily Iowan. But Pawlenty seems to think differently. “I took state spending from historic highs to historic lows [in Minnesota],” he said. Pawlenty also defended

himself by saying in his two terms as governor, a government shutdown — like the one lawmakers in Minnesota have dealt with for the last couple weeks — never occurred. “On my watch, every budget was balanced every time,” he said. Tim Hagle, a UI associate political-science profes-

sor said arguments such as these often happen between parties as they try to make the other look bad. “The Democrats’ concern is they don’t want to see Pawlenty succeed,” he said. “[But] I think the bottom line is he still balanced the budget.” Supporters at the meeting were not strayed by the critics’ argument. Many

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yellow it is, the more water you should be drinking.” Quinlisk also warned against leaving any children or animals in vehicles, saying cars and trucks can become “miniature furnaces.” “Very young children are already at a higher risk for heat illnesses because they aren’t as aware of dehydration and sometimes can’t get or communicate that

they need water,” Quinlisk said. “Animals also can’t tell you when they’re thirsty, either, so it’s best not to leave them in a vehicle — even for a short time.” Rick Dobyns, a UI clinical professor of family medicine, said he’s seen a substantial increase in heatrelated emergency incidents this week, though he couldn’t comment on the

number. The emergency room is preparing for more patients by ensuring cooling blankets and IV fluids are plentiful. Dobyns said people — especially older individuals — should seek shelter and water if they suffer problems with breathing, nausea, dizziness, quick pulse, or rashes. “When you grow older, your sense of thirst dulls,”

Dobyns said. “Then there are several common medications that elderly people take that further decrease that awareness. If you have an elderly neighbors, it might not be a bad idea to check up on them.” But above all other symptoms, Dobyns said, a body that no longer produces sweat is in need of immediate medical attention.

“When your core temperature exceeds 104 degrees, you’re in heat-stroke range,” he said. “You may stop sweating, and sweating is how your body cools itself. It’s best to not let yourself reach this point.” Sheets said today’s heat index is expected to hit more than 100 degrees.

funds that aren’t coming from legislation or tuition or anything.” Such funds, wrote Gartner, should be put toward high-enrollment majors and programs while streamlining less popular courses. “Iowa alone has around 150 majors and programs for undergraduates, from Sanskrit to microbiology, from ‘informatics’ to theater arts,” he wrote. “All of this must be streamlined; the universities can no longer be all things to all people.” Though UI computer-science Professor Alberto Segre said he understands the regents’ financial concerns, he doesn’t see the point in targeting informatics — both an undergraduate division of the computer-science major and an independent graduate program. “We actually have better

registration in computerscience courses in informatics than the last several years,” he said. “Given that employment prospects are very strong in technological fields, I don’t know why you’d want Iowa to be last in the nation.” Regent Robert Downer agreed with Gartner’s idea to resize extraneous programs. The UI could find other regent universities with similar small-enrollment courses and combine them as an online program, Downer said, a plan he intends to pursue. “If we determine there are common threads in programs, we should look at combining them while making sure it’s not favoring or discriminating against any university,” he said. “ We do have to be conscious not only of a limit on [future] resources but with what resources we have.” Regent universities

started allowing students to take courses offered by other regent universities in 2009. The UI began streamlining classes through combining language programs into one division last year, followed by closing 13 graduate degrees since July 2009. Such closures, said Keller, allow university officials to redirect faculty and funding into more efficient versions of the closed program. “There is merit to ‘not all things to all people,’ ” he said. “I there were majors that did not attract a large number of students, especially with grad programs or professional programs of some kind, or a high number of Iowa students, one would have to wonder why we offer those programs.”

Streamlining Programs Former state Board of Regents President Michael Gartner argues that some courses need to be combined or closed at universities. Several UI graduate degrees have closed since July 2009: • Ph.D. in Women’s Studies • Ph.D. in German • M.A. in Russian • M.A. in Third-World Development Studies • M.A. in Comparative Literature

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teaching. Yet Fumerton emphasized these numbers don’t represent such a balance on a weekly or even a monthly basis. “During the school-year semesters, an awful lot of faculty are spending considerably more than 40 percent of their time on teaching,” he said. Fumerton noted that research is critical for aiding teaching capabilities and building the university’s reputation among competing institutions, both directly beneficial to UI

students — an opinion shared by UI Graduate College Dean John Keller. “[The UI] has one of the highest levels of extramural research funds in country,” Keller said. “And that requires a lot of faculty work, in not only funding itself but in supporting

what he did in his home state and praised him for his work. “If he can do what he did in Minnesota, he can do it in America,” said Stan Kittleson, a member of the Johnson County Republicans.


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Raise Iowa Gateway to 500-year levels, continue open meetings Across eastern Iowa, the damage from the 2008 flood is still visible, and the memories are still fresh. Iowa City and Johnson County officials are working both to rebuild and to prepare for future flooding. An open forum last week gave citizens a chance to weigh in on the efforts to raise the Park Road bridge and Dubuque Street between Park Road and B’jaysville Lane. When making this decision, the city should continue to solicit and consider the input of residents, and we should ensure that a desire for frugality doesn’t sacrifice the efficacy of solutions. Besides the direct consequences to transportation of the bridge and street location, their effects on the flow of floodwater have consequences miles away. The bridge is a crucial choke-point for the river when it floods. During the 2008 flood, logs and debris stuck under the bridge caused the floodwaters to rise upstream. According to the Iowa City Gateway project website, the backwater at the Park Road bridge caused upstream neighborhoods to experience 8 to 11 more inches of flooding. Raising the street and the bridge will do more than simply prevent inconvenience. When they are both covered with water, emergency access to I-80 is severely curtailed. Emergency-vehicle operations can’t be suspended in the event of a flood; instead, they frequently increase. Reducing the backwater at the Park Road bridge is one of the main goals of the plan, and Gateway Project special manager Melissa Clow told the DI last week that raising the bridge and widening its beams would alleviate this problem. The current phase of planning determines the level the bridge and Dubuque Street are to be raised. Several different proposals are being considered, of varying efficiency and cost. The city is considering whether to raise the bridge to the level commensurate with a “100-year flood” or a “500-year flood.” Once the level is determined, the type of bridge structure will be considered. Although it is more expensive, the city should raise the bridge and Dubuque Street to the levels of a 500-

year flood. Gambling people’s lives and property on a desire to avoid spending would be irresponsible; the Gateway Project should be done right the first time so that future devastation on the scale of the 2008 flood is avoided. In the last decade, flood-measurement technology has failed predict the extent of flooding. Flood-prediction models run simulations based on local weather variables that are in constant flux, and the modeling technology will continue to have difficulty making predictions due to global climate change. With predicted increased rainfall, it’s likely that 500-year floods — a flood that has a 0.2 percent chance of happening each year — could occur. As 2008 showed, one massive flood can have huge and lasting consequences. Another controversial issue relates to the proposed levee by Taft Speedway, which may also have complicated effects downstream. Concerned citizens should educate themselves on all of the issues involved in flood mitigation and address their thoughts to city officials; the Taft Speedway project is controversial, and it has resulted in allegations of poor communication. It’s important for residents to remain involved with the planning process. It’s extremely important for every citizen’s voice to be heard on flood recovery and flood-damage mitigation. The science of flooding is such that changes on any part of the river can affect areas far up or downstream, and minor construction projects can affect the entire community. The continued town-hall meetings and open forums on the subject are laudable, and the planning for the Gateway Project needs to continue to proceed out in the open. Finally, the city should raise the Park Road bridge and Dubuque Street to 500-year flood levels. It may be more expensive, but the past decade’s floods have shown that the city can’t afford to bank on probabilities. Your turn. Should Iowa City raise the bridge to 100-year or 500-year levels? Weigh in at dailyiowan.com.

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Ugandan bill violates rights As a Ugandan citizen and a flag-bearer for the cause of human rights, I find the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill and the dialogue in favor of it absolutely ridiculous. I think all deserve the right to choose what path they take regarding their sexuality. I mean, if my hard-headed government is going to go on and dictate sex, it should also pass a law restricting people to just one sex position. Now that would show real dedication to

policing the sexual behavior of its citizens. Jose-Maria Katende Kampala, Uganda

Family Leader pledge is divisive The Family Leader’s “Marriage Vow” is nothing more than a thinly veiled proclamation of contempt for any American who purports to be of equal value to those who embody socalled “traditional American values.” Signed first by Michele Bachmann and second by Rick Santorum, its original form sug-

gests — in the first bullet point no less — that African-American families somehow benefited from slavery: “… a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an AfricanAmerican baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American president.” Even though that statement was later removed (after both candidates put their pen to the paper) there remains enough scorn to distance themselves from the majority of Americans. Signing this pledge alienates

many Americans, including but not limited to: childless couples, divorcés, unmarried couples, single people, gay people, parents of few children, single parents, children of single parents, and any believer in a nonChristian faith. It must make one wonder if Bachmann and Santorum really are running for president of the United States. If so, someone may want to remind our candidates that the object is to garner as many votes as possible — even from nontraditional Americans. David Kargarzadeh UI student

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We’re not going to talk about the weather, because that would just be a lot of hot air, and there’s plenty of that going around without our help. Besides, human beings, I have on good authority, have been yakking about the weather for tens of thousands of years, and nothing ever comes of it. It’s kind of like the debate over raising the federal debt ceiling. Yes, I know — I’m rather stretching (to put it politely) the meaning of “debate.” It’s been more like song and dance, as imagined by Laurel and Hardy. (Not to denigrate the imagination of either Stan Laurel or Oliver Hardy.) Maybe that’s what White House spokesman Jay Carney had in mind when he labeled the latest Republican move “Kabuki theater.” (Hmm — that might be redundant. So much is these days.) Interestingly enough, the American Heritage Dictionary cheerily informs us that Kabuki is a highly stylized Japanese theater, and the word is derived from “kabu,” which means singing and dancing. No, really. The dictionary goes on to note that Kabuki evolved (which I realize is a naughty world for some folks) from the traditional Japanese No theater. Well, one sure thing about Republicans — they’re in the no. Take Congress, for instance. As NPR notes, Congress has passed 24 bills since Republicans took control of the House this year; in the same period of time last year, Congress passed 98 bills. This is largely the work — or lack of work, given the results — the GOP-run House, because, apparently, the Republicans believe that “compromise” is a four-letter word. Why would they think that? you ask. Because, sources tell

me, Republicans employ a quite advanced branch of mathematics not available to the rest of us. Perhaps it’s faithbased. Maybe that’s why the right-wingers devoutly believe that closing tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires would cripple our economy but having the United States default on its debts would have no effect. I wish I were smart enough to have studied that kind of mathematics. Maybe it’s that kind of math former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was employing the other day when he claimed credit for the economic boom and federal budget surpluses that took place in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was president. Only one problem: The federal deficit started falling well before Gingrich and the Republicans took control of Congress. According to figures from the Congressional Budget Office, the deficit began to fall in fiscal 1994, President Clinton’s first budget, and that occurred after Clinton’s tax increases on the rich. Yes, tax increases. They sliced the deficits and sparked the boom. You couldn’t get any Republican to admit that, of course. But then, they march to the beat of a different mathematician. Which may explain what Rush Limbaugh was thinking recently when he redefined freedom. The Rush equated freedom with having incandescent light bulbs. Who knew that freedom was a light bulb? I though light bulbs provided light and the grist for an endless series of bad jokes. Oh, well. Things could be worse. We could be in Florida. Where, public radio tells us, the mosquito population is the largest since 1998, but the cities and towns in the Sunshine State are having trouble fighting the problem because of budget cuts. Hmm — I wonder how Floridians like their small government now. And you thought the weather here was bad.

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Accountability, transparency go hand-in-hand Transparency has been a big-name issue since President Obama’s campaign. We have heard the most about transparency being applied to financial transactions of the government, but there is another important aspect of transparency, which is to “demonstrate a return on investment.” Any first-year business student understands the importance of reviewing the return on investment of a program, but as taxpayers, we aren’t so quick to think about it with reference to our tax dollars. But as the federal and state governments have grown in employees, expendi-

tures, and debt, looking at return on investment is a much-needed approach. Accountability is a word that we hear a lot about at the federal level of government, but somehow we still haven’t actualized it. When we heard that the Department of Defense was spending $750 on toilet seats and $500 on a hammer, the public was in an uproar over the wasting of our tax dollars. We are quick to question ridiculous spending at the federal level, but the question we need to be asking — and for some reason seem afraid to ask — is whether the programs our tax dollars are

paying for are effective. We like to believe that the programs the government offers are helping people, but the truth of the matter is we rarely get a report on the number of people who are being helped and what difference these programs make in peoples’ lives. Gov. Terry Branstad has decided that the return on investment for education has dropped to an unacceptable level. This is why he and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are hosting the Iowa Education Summit on July 25-26 in Des Moines. The administration believes that business as usual isn’t the right course

for our Department of Education and it’s time for a change. Hopefully, we will see better test scores, lower dropout rates, higher achievement of our students, and a more prepared workforce. Perhaps we will also achieve better control on the spending that is happening at the state government level and local level with increasing property tax rates from the local school districts. Truthfully, however, we need to take this approach for all departments of government. Government does serve a vital purpose, but it is important, with only so much money to go around

for funding the various projects and programs, that we understand what the priorities are and know what has the higher return on investment for the taxpayers. I know that this methodology has been a “sacred cow” in government management, but as we see debt skyrocket out of control at the federal level and the state of Iowa trying to repay former Gov. Chet Culver’s I-JOBS program, it is time to change our way of thinking. It seems strange to start using return on investment in government spending, but this approach is really the best approach to maxi-

mize our tax dollars and make sure that we are funding the programs that make a difference in the lives of Iowans. Every constituent should take the time, when discussing the budget with his or her elected officials, to ask about the return on investment of the different programs. Then we will start to see more transparency in our government and better use of our tax dollars. Jennifer L. Crull is an IT specialist at the Public Interest Institute, a nonprofit research group. These views are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Public Interest Institute.


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Animal shelter offers pet deals A half-off promotion to try to relieve overcrowding will run through July 31. By ZACHARY POUND zachary-pound@uiowa.edu

Eager for a home, one gray kitten slid its paw through the bars of its cage Monday afternoon, its eye’s gleaming in the fluorescent lighting of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. And with the recent overcrowding at the temporary facility, 4852 Sand Road S.E., one could say that man has not been animal’s best friend. This summer, the Animal Shelter has seen a large increase in animals being brought in, which Misha Goodman, the director of the center, attributed to Iowa City’s growing population and people moving. Because of overcrowding, the shelter is selling pets who are more than 1 year old for half the normal price. “It’s unfortunate that it has to happen, but people have to move and might not be able to take their pet with them or their new place just isn’t big enough,” Goodman said. Lori Henning 47, a resident of Coralville, visited the shelter with her daughter to socialize with the animals Monday afternoon. “We have three cats, and we’ve adopted all of them,” Henning said. “We love them very much, and they have been terrific pets.” The current shelter has reached maximum capacity with 80 cats and 28 dogs. There are also 25 cats in foster care, in which people are able to take the cats home and take care of them until a permanent home is found for them. Goodman said the center’s current budget is $675,000 a year, and it costs around $15 to house an animal per day. The animal shelter would be able to house animals, but Goodman said that

would require reducing the space given to each animal — something officials don’t want to do. The center is in temporary quarters because of the 2008 flood. Shelter officials received $960,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a new shelter in June, but are still need roughly $2.5 million to build an adequate facility to house animals. In addition to the overcrowding sale, Goodman said, the shelter also brings the animals out to such places as the Iowa City Farmers’ Market to spread the word that there are animals who need homes. The price of buying a cat ranges between $65 to $85 and dogs go between $125 to $185. This price includes having the animal spayed or neutered, vaccinated, medically screened, controlled for lice and ticks, and implanted with a tracking microchip. Coralville resident Charlotte Tobiason, who works as a kennel assistant at the shelter with nine other fulltime staff members, said the facility has been busy. “It seems that we have more people in these summer months coming in and looking at the animals,” said Tobiason, who helps with feeding, socializing, and maintaining the animals’ health. “We are seeing cats being adopted at a faster rate than the dogs.” There is no time limit for how long the animals are kept at the shelter. The length of stay is usually based on their health, but it can be affected if they start to show negative signs of being locked up for a long period of time. “We do not ‘hold’ the animals but instead provide the necessary space for them until we can find a home for them,” Goodman said. “Sadly, if the animals become too sick

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A dog waits to be adopted at the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption center on Monday. The shelter is currently selling pets who are more than 1 year old for half-price.

Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center Because of overcrowding, the center is offering animals more than 1 year old for half price through the end of the month. Animals at the shelter: • Cats: 80 at the shelter, 25 in foster care • Dogs: 28 at the shelter • Rabbits: 2 at the shelter, 25 in foster care Source: Animal Services Supervisor and Director Misha Goodman

or show the negative effects of being held here too long, then sometimes they need to be euthanized.”

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Two black kittens clean themselves at the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center on Monday. The price of buying a cat ranges from $65 to $85, and dogs go from $125 to $185.

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Kennel assistant Charlotte Tobiason shows off one of the cats at the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption center on Monday. The center is experiencing severe overcrowding.


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Some Popular Degrees at the UI: • B.S. in Avoiding Real Life. Don’t forget to complete the Certificate in Procrastination, of course. • B.S. in Talking Your Way Out of Tickets. If you can talk yourself out of a PAULA or a speeding ticket from an Iowa City cop, you’ve learned something very useful from your degree. Teach me your ways? My bank account and insurance premium would really appreciate it. • Doctorate in People Watching. Being able to understand the conversations and actions of even half of the people on the Ped Mall after midnight is commensurate with a master’s-level education in psychology AND sociology. • Master’s in Avoiding Panhandlers. We live in Iowa (freaking) City. Need I say more? Remember freshman year when you used to give away all your cab money to bums on the Ped Mall after bar hopping? You’ve come a long way since then; now you know how to dip, dodge, dive, duck, and dodge your way through the Ped Mall (all the while keeping your burrito and cab money safe in your bra). • Master’s in Excusology. Acquire this degree, and you’ll have excuses not even that creeper who “always happens to see you” in the produce aisle at Hy-Vee will be able to argue with. (“You have to go clean your lion’s cage and bring it a steak from Joseph’s? Oh, OK.”) • Master’s in Relationship Communications. Admit it: you only decided to concentrate in this area because of your many failed past relationships. Complete your degree in this, and you’re almost guaranteed a husband or wife by age 27. — Carly Correll is looking for someone to make her big life decisions for her. Think you’re pretty funny? Prove it. The Daily Iowan is looking for Ledge writers. You can submit a Ledge at daily-iowan@uiowa.edu. If we think it’s good, we’ll run it — and maybe contact you for more.

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UITV schedule 12:15 p.m. “How Evolution Illuminates Past and Present,” Christopher Brochu, associate professor of geoscience, Feb. 18, 2010 1 Year of the Laser, Physics & Astronomy Demonstration Show, Feb. 23, 2010 2 Women at Iowa, interview with Susan Johnson, ombudsperson and physician, November 2009 3 “Civility in a Fractured Society,” Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities and former Iowa congressman, Feb. 16, 2010 4:15 “How Evolution Illuminates Past and Present,” Christopher Brochu, associate professor of geoscience, Feb. 18, 2010 5 Year of the Laser, Physics & Astronomy Demonstration Show, Feb. 23, 2010 6 “Torture in the 21st Century,” Manfred Nowak, U.N.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 — by Eugenia Last

ARIES March 21-April 19 Unpredictable behavior will lead to controversy and an obvious emotional response. Let anyone who will be affected by your choices know in advance what you are going to do. Secondhand information will not turn out to be accurate. TAURUS April 20-May 20 You can throw your weight around and get results. You will learn plenty from an individual who has experience in an area you are lacking. Good fortune will come if you conduct your business cordially. GEMINI May 21-June 20 Someone will question you if you exaggerate. Stick to what you know, and stand behind your promises. Home improvements can change your emotional well-being. A new acquaintance will make an unexpected offer. CANCER June 21-July 22 React from the heart, and you will find out exactly what you need to know to make the right decision regarding your personal life. Don’t wait until you are forced to make a move. An innovative approach to making money will pay off. LEO July 23-Aug. 22 You can make wise money moves if you invest in something innovative. A job that interests you may not turn out to be as good as it sounds. Love and romance will bring you good fortune. VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You’ll be pulled in different directions personally and emotionally. Try your best not to get angry. Make special plans late in the day with someone you love. LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Don’t slow down when you should be moving full speed ahead. A change that is happening at work may upset you. Don’t react too quickly; you don’t have all the facts. SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Communications regarding money can help you sort out what you need to do in the future. Don’t overspend on something you don’t really need. Sharing your thoughts and plans with someone you’ve known a long time will help you put things in perspective. Love is in the stars. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Don’t give in to treats or bribery. You have to make it clear what you can and cannot contribute. Problems with friends, relatives, or neighbors can be expected. Taking care of your health will be important and can change the outcome of a pending problem. CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Don’t let your emotions cause you to do or say something foolish at work. You don’t want to upset anyone who can influence your position. Good fortune regarding real estate and investments is evident. AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18 You have the strength, courage, and discipline to make a commitment and to change your life. An honest assessment will help you realize what you want to do next and how you can go about making it happen. Don’t try to do everything at once. PISCES Feb. 19-March 20 Take a break, go on a vacation, or just spend more time with the people you love most. An opportunity to get involved in an interest or goal you used to have will catch your interest. Offer your services, and get started.

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• Kids Rule Summer Film Series, Rio, 10 a.m., Sycamore 12 • Tech Help Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Toddler Story Time , 10:30 a.m., Iowa City Public Library

and Kyle Smoot, 5:30 p.m., Karro Athletics Hall of Fame • Everyday Bag, 6 p.m., Home Ec Workshop, 207 N. Linn • Iowa Summer Rep, I Do! I Do!, 8 p.m., Theatre Building Thayer Theatre • Iowa Friends of Old-

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• Bill Cunningham New York, 8 p.m., Bijou • Dance Party, 10 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn

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human-rights expert, March 4, 2010 7 Women at Iowa, interview with Susan Johnson, ombudsperson and physician, November 2009 8 “Civility in a Fractured Society,” Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities and former Iowa congressman, Feb. 16, 2010 9:15 Fine Arts Highlights, Music and Dance 9:30 Daily Iowan Television News 9:35 “How Evolution Illuminates Past and Present,” Christopher Brochu, associate professor of geoscience, Feb. 18, 2010 10:20 Tarkio Valley Sloth Project, Meghann Mahoney, Museum of Natural History; and Holmes Semken, professor emeritus of geoscience 11:05 Women at Iowa, interview with Susan Johnson, ombudsperson and physician, November 2009


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A Renewable Energy Science camper performs a solar-energy experiment on Monday outside the Seaman Center. The campers study math, engineering, science, and technology at the week-long camp hosted on the University of Iowa campus.

Local troops return The company will have three months off before resuming its usual duties of weekend training. By CHASTITY DILLARD chastity-dillard@uiowa.edu

Steven Moore, along with approximately 110 members of the Bravo Company, is finally home after nearly a year of service in Afghanistan. Family and friends circled around the young soldier and his fiancée with big,bright smiles and tears of joy. “It’s just good to be back,” said the University of Iowa alum, hugging his fiancée of a year. “Everything looks familiar again. I get to see my family again.” Company B of the First Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, also known as the Bravo Company, was part of the largest deployment for Iowa National Guard soldiers since World War II. The Iowa City-based National Guard troops — part of the biggest deployment of Iowa National Guard personnel since World War II — were the guests of honor at a homecoming ceremony Monday at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 214 W. Ninth St. Hundreds reunited with loved ones after the soldiers were formally dismissed. Soldiers were grabbed up in hugs and kisses, and cameras captured the moment. UI Registrar Larry Lockwood, who works with student veterans, said the office is preparing for the numerous homecomings that will take place during July and August. “We are looking forward for our students to come back,” he said. “So that they can get their life back together.” While officials expect 45 students to return this fall, Lockwood said for some soldiers, it’ll be too soon to return to school. “This is a pretty severe change of a lifestyle,” he said. “Sometimes all that freedom isn’t beneficial for the soldier.” Teary-eyed but with a smile, Moore’s mother, Anita Moore, joined family and friends in welcoming her son back. “Take all the good words and put them together, because that’s what this day is,” she said. Having experienced his first deployment, Steven Moore said he’s glad he made the decision to enlist in 2004. And his fiancée, Jessica Saurman, is also very happy to have him back. “It’s awesome,” said Saurman, who has dated Moore for more than four years. “It feels like we’re going to get to have a normal life again.” Many of his supporters wore black T-shirts decorated with a bright red bull on the back — a common

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A member of Bravo Company is welcomed home with a kiss from his daughter on Monday in the Coralville Marriott. The company was part of the largest deployment of Iowa National Guard soldiers since World War II.

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Family members pose for pictures with their returning soldiers on Monday. The soldiers were members of Bravo Company. theme throughout the hall because the division is known as the Red Bulls. Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood, the public-affairs officer for the Iowa National Guard, said it’s incredible to have our men and women back home in Iowa. “The company performed very well and was very successful,” he said. For Paul Whitford, coming home means returning to a loving family. “It’shard to describe [my feelings],” the 32-year-old career soldier said, having toured Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, and most recently Afghanistan.

His sister, Erin Whitford, 29, described the past year as long for the family, especially considering Whitford’s two small children — Conno r, 5 a n d Abigail, 2. “It’s a relief to have him home again,” she said. And after such a long year, his wife, Sarah Whitford, said she is enjoying the moment. “It’s just a long time coming, and it’s wonderful,” she said, noting that Skype and email made the time easier. “But it’s definitely been busy with the two kids.”


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WASHINGTON — Republican presidentialnomination contenders may be feeling nostalgic for the days when a candidate could focus on just one pledge: the oath of office. With pledges spreading like kudzu on the campaign trail, candidates this year are being asked — in some cases, pressured — to profess their fealty to a whole host of positions: supporting marriage, opposing taxes, reducing the deficit, fighting abortion and gay rights, and more. And these aren’t just bland statements of for broad support ideals. There’s a 14-point “marriage vow,” a three-pronged “cut, cap, and balance” declaration on the national debt, a four-point “pro-life leadership presidential pledge,” and a deficit-reduction promise tied to the “Lean Six Sigma” method of reducing wasteful spending. The pledges, many advanced by right-leaning interest groups, are roiling the race, boxing candidates into positions that could hurt them in the general election, and pushing contenders to make promises they might come to regret if ever seated in the Oval Office. Some candidates welcome the pledges as an opportunity to strengthen their support among various voting blocs and to draw distinctions between themselves and their competition. But others are resisting pressure to adopt pledges that attempt to put words in their mouths. Interest groups, for their part, use the pledges to get their names in the news and to flex some muscle by threatening to withhold support unless candidates sign on — and stay true. There are signs that some candidates have had enough. “I don’t know why anybody puts up with it,” said Republican strategist Rich Galen. “You just don’t know all the ramifications of everything that is put before you.” It’s a sentiment that’s apparently shared by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. He’s made a pledge not to pledge. “I don’t sign pledges — other than the Pledge of Allegiance and a pledge to my wife,” Huntsman said recently. R e p. M i ch e l e B a ch mann, who’s making a big play for the caucus votes of social conservatives in leadoff Iowa, is at the other end of the spectrum. She’s taken a shine to pledges on marriage, abortion, taxes and other issues, and she has laid into her competition for holding back at times. On Monday, she signed the “cut, cap, and balance” p l e d g e d u r i n g a c a mpaign stop in South Carolina. It was a reversal for Bachmann, who had said she wouldn’t back it because it didn’t go far enough. The Minnesota lawmaker said she would include her own addendum to the pledge — repealing the sweeping health-care law. True economic reform depends on it, she said. “I have the resolve and titanium spine to do just that,” she said. When former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney,

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Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters in the IMU earlier this month while political activist Bob Vander Plaats looks on. Vander Plaats’ group is sponsoring a conservative pledge which Gingrich has so far declined to sign. who’s less invested in Iowa, refused to adopt the Susan B. Anthony List’s anti-abortion pledge, Bachmann’s campaign called it a “distressing” move and said it raised questions about his “leadership and commitment to ending the practice of abortion.” The pledge includes sweeping promises to advance only anti-abortion appointees for “relevant Cabinet and executivebranch positions,” cut off federal dollars for hospitals and clinics that perform or finance abortions, and support a ban on abortions after the fetus reaches a certain stage in development, among other things. Romney, who once supported abortion rights, opted to write his own, narrower “pro-life pledge,” saying the Susan B. Anthony List’s declaration could have unintended consequences. “It’s one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood,” he said in an op-ed explaining his decision. “It is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America.” As for the “marriage vow” advanced by the Family Leader, a conservative Iowa group, Romney and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty were among a number of candidates who balked. Pawlenty, who’s staking his candidacy on doing well in Iowa, stepped away ever so gingerly, saying he “respectfully” declined to sign. “I prefer to choose my own words,” he added. Yet when it comes to taxes, Pawlenty, Romney, and all of the other major candidates except Huntsman are willing to let antitax crusader Grover Norquist choose the words. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge, created by Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, commits candidates and office holders to oppose all net tax increases. The simple declaration is the granddaddy of political pledges, and has been adopted by more than a thousand candidates and public officials since its rollout in 1986. Norquist frames the pledge as almost a service to candidates, giving them an iron-clad way to demonstrate to voters their opposition to tax increases. “It makes it easy for people to make a commitment not to raise taxes that is credible,” Norquist said. Failure to live up to the pledge “has real repercussions,” he says, point-

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‘It’s one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood. It is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America.’ — Mitt Romney ing to the unsuccessful re-election bid of former President George H.W. Bush. Norquist was dismissive of some of the other pledges in circulation, saying “they have too many moving parts” and would be too hard to enforce. And Galen was dismissive of some of the other pledge profferers, casting them as Norquist wannabes. “Everybody wants to be the next Grover Norquist,” he said. “One of him is plenty.” While Democrats at times get asked to sign pledges, the phenomenon appears to be far more among pronounced Republicans. But interest groups also try to pin down candidates of both parties by asking them to fill out questionnaires on important issues. And the candidates’ answers can come back to haunt them, just as do broken pledges. In the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama, for example, tried to distance himself from answers about health care, abortion, and capital punishment on a 1996 questionnaire submitted when he was running for the state Senate. His campaign claimed someone else had filled out the paperwork for him. On another 1996 questionnaire, Obama said he supported legalizing same-sex marriage, a position he did not adopt during the 2008 campaign or as president.

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church. While there, he mentors kids about facing bullying, resolving conflicts, and setting positive goals.

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Cartwright continues to lead the team in scoring and assists, but he will need someone else to step up in order for Ready Mix to advance. Ready Mix is the only team left in the playoffs without a legitimate onetwo punch. Last Week: No. 3

them that they have a destiny, a plan, and a purpose,” Lee said. Lee said he has been rapping as Young Polo since age 13 and has a mix-tape coming out soon. He performed on the Temple campus a few times last year, and the YouTube

video for his song “All About the Ring” has been viewed more than 200 times. He said he enjoys rap but is focused on returning to a Temple team that made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

“I’m so ready to come back to school this fall and make a mark at Temple,” Lee said. “I’ve got a pretty big role to play. I just wanted to come [to Prime Time], get myself back in shape, and do what I need to do to help us go further in the tournament.”

flurry of changes have seriously hurt the team’s chances at a Prime Time title. In the space of a week, star forward Anthony Hubbard left the Iowa Hawkeyes — and is therefore unlikely to suit up for Coach’s Corner tonight — and point guard Anthony James went down with an ankle injury. The No. 1 seed in the playoffs received a firstround bye, but it’s hard to see this team moving forward after the loss of its two best players. Last Week: No. 1

round of the playoffs — Marble sat out with a similar ankle injury to James’ — but the team still almost found a way to win. Temple forward Anthony Lee had a monster double-double with 35 points and 21 rebounds. He nearly single-handedly carried his team to within 2 points of what would have been a stunning victory. Wes Washpun and former Hawkeye Darryl Moore helped by scoring 20 and 17 points, respectively. The team went down fighting, and that’s all coach Kevin Sanders could ask for. Last Week: No. 5

6. McCurry’s/Gatens (eliminated) McCurry’s lost to a better team on Sunday, but its players put everything on the line and should be proud of how they fell. Eric May, who carried the team for much of the season, scored 23 points in his last game. Josh Oglesby added 16 points and was perfect from the freethrow line, and both Jason Price and Kyle Schlaak also finished in double figures. No one on the team — besides May — was an explosive scorer, though, a season-long trend that finally caught up with Monica’s. Last Week: No. 6

Player of the Week: Anthony Lee Lee was sublime on Sunday as he threw down 35 points and corralled 21 boards. His team lost, but the lefty showed an impressive offensive skill set. His versatility and athleticism are a rare combination, especially for a 6-9 player, and it will be fascinating to see what he does against Atlantic 10 competition when he suits up for Temple this season.

In Sunday’s openinground playoff victory, Farokhmanesh only managed 15 points, but his free-throw shooting proved to be crucial. He hit all five of his freebies in a tightly contested 9391 decision over Monica’s/Pelling. This wasn’t the first Farokhmanesh time proved to be clutch in postseason play, either. As most Midwestern sports fans probably recall, he was the key in the Panther’s run in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He scored the game-winning basket over UNLV, and he famously hit the 3-point dagger against Kansas that led UNI to one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history. But unlike 16 months ago, it’s no long “Ali for Three.” Now, the rally call is Ali for MVP. — by Cody Gredell

on the court this summer speaks for itself. Given the skills he displayed, Hubbard would have easily been one of the most talented Hawkeyes on the Iowa roster, and he would have had a chance to lead the team to a glory it hasn’t seen in years. The Woodbridge, Va., native averaged a doubledouble during the sevengame regular season. Hubbard routinely drove to the hoop with ease, scoring 23.7 points per game. Generously listed at 6-5, the forward was also a force on the boards — he totaled 80 rebounds. The ex-Iowa recruit had his best game of the summer when his team was short-handed on June 26. Without the services of Northern Iowa guard Anthony James — the team’s second-leading scorer at just over 20 points per game — Hubbard was one assist shy of a triple-double in a 104-92 victory. He poured in 26 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, and had 9 assists against Eric May and Josh Oglesby, both of whom are stout defenders. Hubbard also did something no other candidate can say he accomplished — the Virginian led his team to the No. 1 seed in the Prime Time playoffs after going a league-best 5-2 during the regular season. After winning the first five games of the summer, Hubbard’s team was a missed 3-pointer away from a 6-1 record. And now, Hawkeye fans will have to deal with missing a MVP-caliber talent. — by Ben Schuff

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offense and has been able to score at will. He can take it to the hole when he wants, hit mid-range jumpers, and knock down 3-pointers. He spent most of his summer working on his defense, though, and turned into an intense defender who harassed ball handlers and contested shots. During one game, Marble finished a fast break with a twohanded slam. Instead of jogging back up court, he stole the inbounds pass and scored again. Later in that same game, he made a steal with only a minute left and his team down by 3 points to give his squad a chance for the win. His team finished the season with a mediocre 34 record, but it seemed to be a dangerous opponent in the playoffs until Marble got hurt in the regularseason finale. Despite injuring his ankle, Marble finished the game and helped lead his team to a 2-point victory. He was unable to play in the playoffs, though, and watched from the sideline as his team lost in the first round, 93-91. Teammates Devon Archie and Anthony Lee both said the squad would have won if Marble had been on the floor. He was a leader during the game, yelling directions to his teammates while he watched — although his frustration at not being able to play was visible, and at one point, he threw down his hat.

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He became a stud on the offensive end, showed the ability to be a tough defender, and asserted himself as a leader. There is no better choice for the Prime Time League MVP than Marble. — by Kyle Hughes

Ali Farokhmanesh Ali Farokhmanesh had a stellar Prime Time season. The 6-0 guard, who graduated from Northern Iowa in 2010, averaged 23.1 points per game in addition to 7 assists and 5 rebounds per game. Although these numbers didn’t necessarily lead to wins for his squad — which finished the regular season 3-4 — the Tiny Titan was a force to be reckoned with on the court. His strong guard play was nearly impossible to defend. Farokhmanesh was unstoppable in his team’s upset victory over Anthony Hubbard’s previously undefeated squad on July 10, scoring at will en route to a season-high 32 points on 12-of-25 shooting. Hubbard and Company had absolutely no answer for Farokhmanesh. Some will say Farokhmanesh had help from Hawkeye forward Zach McCabe and fellow guard Eric Washpun, and this is true. Still, the team would not have gotten anywhere with out the diminutive guard, who led Jill Armstrong of LepicKroeger in scoring in six of the team’s regular-season games.

Anthony Hubbard While we still do not know if Anthony Hubbard will continue to play in Time after Prime announcing his plans to transfer from Iowa last week, there is no question who has been the MVP of this summer’s league. Hubbard has the honor locked up. There’s a reason his Prime Time games were the only games that drew standing-room only crowds at the North Liberty Community Center. While the former Hawkeye will likely be viewed in a negative light if — or when — he steps inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena by the same fans who flocked to catch a glimpse of him in North Liberty, his play

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Cabrera lifts Tribe By JON KRAWCZYNSKI Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Asdrubal Cabrera’s flashy play in the field comes as no surprise to manager Manny Acta and the Cleveland Indians. They’ve known for years the potential he has with a glove in his hand. This sudden power surge that has helped carry the Indians to the top of the AL Central? That’s another story. Cabrera hit a three-run homer, and David Huff pitched seven scoreless innings to lift the Indians to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a day-night double-header on Monday. “I know a few years ago, that wasn’t my game, [to] hit a home run,” Cabrera

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His father’s faith has also inspired Lee’s choice of music. Lee dabbles in gospel rap — he goes by the name Young Polo — and said he has performed concerts for some of the kids he mentors. “I just go and give them a good message telling

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said. “This year, I hit a couple.” More than a couple. After crushing the changeup well into the seats in right field, Cabrera stood and admired his 17th homer of the season. He hit 18 long balls in his previous four years in the big leagues. “Offensively, he just continues to have that power year that is surprising everybody,” Acta said. “It’s not a secret here that no one was expecting him to go for 20, and he is on his way.” Huff (1-0) gave up five hits and struck out five as an emergency call-up from Triple-A. Austin Kearns added a homer, and Michael Brantley chipped in two hits to get the Indians off to a good start in a

key AL Central division series. The Indians’ Lou Marson hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, and Cleveland completed a double-header sweep with a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, kicking off the important fourgame series with a pair of victories at sweltering Target Field. In the first game, Anthony Swarzak (2-3) gave up four runs — three earned — on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings for the Twins. Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer off Chad Durbin in the ninth inning, but Vinnie Pestano came in for his second save on a sweltering day at Target Field. Joe Mauer played at

first base to stay fresh enough to catch the night game and had three hits for Minnesota. He also made two outstanding defensive plays. The Indians came into the four-game series looking to reassert themselves atop the division and cool off the surging Twins, who had shaved 11 games off their deficit since June 1. The Twins trailed the Tribe and Tigers by five games coming into the day, a remarkable feat considering they were 20 games under .500 just about a month and a half ago. In his first start since last August, Huff gave the Indians a deep start they sorely needed with another game just a few hours away in the soupy humidity.

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Anthony Lee all set to return Temple forward and gospel rapper Anthony Lee Jr. was a top Prime Time League player this summer. By KYLE HUGHES

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Anthony Lee shoots during a Prime Time game Sunday in North Liberty. Lee played in eight league games this summer; they were his first action since he had back surgery last year.

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Anthony Lee is finally able to play basketball again — and he’s playing it well. The 21-year-old sat out his entire freshman season at Temple last year after he had major back surgery to correct a herniated disk that was up against a nerve and caused weakness in his foot. The eight games he played in the Prime Time League this season were his first live action since the injury. The 6-9 forward was dominant in the post, averaging 21 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. He seemed to get better every week and peaked in his final game of the summer. Lee scored 35 points and had 21 rebounds in a 93-91 loss in the first round of the playoffs, and he nearly led his shorthanded team to the win. Lee said Temple’s coaching staff allowed him to take the whole summer off from the Owls, basketball program to get his game back to where it needed to be. His parents moved to Davenport in March, and the Prime Time League seemed like a perfect fit. Lee’s father, Anthony Lee Sr., grew up in Davenport but has spent the last 25 years repeatedly moving around the country. The elder Lee came back to Iowa be the pastor of Harvest Time Family Worship Center, and he has spent much of the summer helping his son rehabilitate his game. “I’ve had him in the gym pretty much every day, working on his shot and [adding] different variations to his game,” the elder Lee said.

The forward from Temple University posted stellar numbers in the Prime Time League this summer, including: • 21 points per game •2.8 rebounds per game • Six games with more than 10 rebounds

The pastor said he would like his son to play like former NBA star Dennis Rodman, with a lot of additional offense. This summer, he said, his son has played like he hoped. The younger Lee has established position deep in the post, finished at the hoop with contact, and flashed a midrange game that makes him a difficult matchup for opponents. The younger Lee said he still considers his defense to be his bread and butter, though. “Every game, [my father] tells me I need to be a defensive-minded person first,” he said. “I know when I go back to Temple, that’s what they’re really going to want me to do.” Prime Time League teammate and Iowa forward Devon Archie said playing with Lee this summer has been beneficial for everyone. “We push each other to go out and play hard,” Archie said. “When somebody is messing up [or] somebody gets frustrated, we get in a time-out and talk to each other.” Even if Lee occasionally reminds people of Dennis Rodman on the court, he is nothing like the notorious bad boy off the floor. This summer, Lee has been working with kids in Davenport at his father’s SEE LEE, 10

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Basabe/Gatens snare top spot Who should be Anthony Hubbard’s Prime Time MVP? departure from the Iowa basketball Roy Devyn Marble

Roy Devyn Marble became the most dangerous man with a basketball in North Liberty this summer. Nobody in the Prime Time League could defend him, and that’s why he deserves to be the MVP. The Iowa guard averaged 27 points a game while shooting 54 percent from the field, showing growth from a freshman season in which he scored 5.7 points per

Hawk May-Johnson stars for USA team Iowa softball assistant coach Stacy May-Johnson helped lead the USA Softball Team to a second-place finish at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship last week, according to a release. May-Johnson batted .395 and finished the 13-game tournament on an 11-game hitting streak for the U.S., which finished with a 10-3 record. She was the tournament’s leading RBI producer, with 12, and added 12 runs scored, three doubles, and two home runs to her tournament résumé. Her 15 hits and two homers were tied for the most of any player in the championship.

game and only shot 38 percent for the Hawkeyes. What makes his breakout summer more impressive is that Prime Time coaches didn’t seem to expect it. Marble was taken 10th in the league draft, behind seven of his Hawkeye teammates. He has had the best all-around summer of any Prime Time player. Marble is highly skilled on SEE MVP, 10

She also slugged .594 and posted a 1.038 OPS for Team USA, but it wasn’t enough; the team fell to Japan, 7-0, in the final. May-Johnson, Iowa’s assistant coach in charge of offense, was selected for the USA roster after a four-day tryout in June. The native of Reno, Nev., played for the Hawkeyes from 2003-06 and was a three-time All-Big Ten selection, and she holds 11 Iowa offensive records. She will return to action with Team USA from July 21-25 at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. Select games will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPN3.com. — by Seth Roberts

team resulted in a free-fall for his Prime Time squad. By SAM ODEYEMI samuel-odeyemi@uiowa.edu

The Prime Time League playoffs began on Sunday, and two teams were sent packing. This is the last edition of The Daily Iowan’s Prime Time rankings, and teams were graded in expected order of finish. 1. Falbo/Culver’s The three-headed monster of Matt Gatens, Aaron White, and Melsahn Basabe combined for 51 points in Falbo’s playoff victory over McCurry’s/Gatens. The trio also received some help from Andre Murphy and Keith Steffeck, who added 13 and 14 points, respectively. This team is poised to make a strong run this postseason, and the only acceptable outcome should be a league title. Last Week: No. 4

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Matt Gatens tries to gain control of a loose ball during the first half of a Prime Time playoff game on Sunday in North Liberty. Gatens, Aaron White, and Melsahn Basabe have turned Falbo/Culver’s into the favorite to win the league title. 2. Armstrong/Kroeger Armstrong barely got past a Roy Devyn Marble-less Monica’s/Pelling squad in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday, but the team is into the semis thanks to its balanced scoring attack. Ali Farokhmanesh and Zach McCabe combined for 41 points, and the supporting cast of Eric Washpun, Tucker Wentzien, and Darius Stokes added 50 more.

Armstrong will be dangerous down the road if it continues to receive contributions from numerous players. Last Week: No. 2 3. Ready Mix/Vinton Bryce Cartwright and Company had a first-round bye on Sunday and will play Falbo in the semifinals tonight in what should be one of the best games of the season SEE PLAYOFFS, 10


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