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Council to mull chickens again Cedar Rapids officials amended the municipal code in 2010 to allow for backyard chickens in residential areas. By Kristen East firstname.lastname@example.org
eating at the fair Contestants race to finish their bucket of wings during a contest at the Johnson County Fair. Among the contests and competitions, the weeklong fair plays host to carnival rides, 4-H animal exhibitions, and other entertainment. Rick Ledesma from Jones and Co. Carnival said the hot weather had affected the fair’s turnout during especially hot periods of the day. (The Daily Iowan/Ian Servin) Exclusive slideshow at dailyiowan.com.
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The chickens are back. The Iowa City City Council is scheduled to once again discuss the possibility of implementing a backyard-chicken ordinance during a work session on July 31. City Councilors will decide whether the item merits a place on a future meeting agenda. City Manager Tom Markus addressed the City Council in a memorandum dated July 24, noting a backyard-chicken ordinance would be feasible in Iowa City with a change to the city’s zoning code. The code currently prohibits citizens from raising farm animals — including chickens — in any residential area.
After receiving a lease-termination notice from MidWestOne bank in November 2011, the Tool Box has come to an agreement with the property trustee and signed a lease for another year. Owner Julia Schaefer said she is relieved to know she will not have to move when the lease originally expired. “I couldn’t be more thrilled,” she said. “I couldn’t wait to start planning for the future.” The Tool Box, a “sex-positive” boutique will stay at its second-floor location at 128½ E. Washington St. for another year. Schaefer and co-owner Madison Montgomery spent months trying to appeal to landlords and building owners last year while searching for a location. The women told The Daily Iowan in April 2011 that they were running into roadblock after roadblock without any positive feedback.
Tool Box owner Julie Schaefer shows off her sex shop on Wednesday. The Toolbox has renewed its lease for the 2012-13 rental period. (The Daily Iowan/Chastity Dillard) “[MidWestOne] felt like we misrepresented ourselves,” Schaefer said. “They didn’t bother to investigate the type of
Eventually, they were able to move into the Washington Street location. But they were soon served with a lease termination notice before they opened in November 2011.
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Iowa City Landfill burns
After two months of discussion between city officials over the fire at the Iowa City Landfill, city officials say much of the burning has been contained. Rick Fosse, the city’s public-works director, said the majority of the fire is out, but some of the spots on the cell underneath the clay have continued to burn. After lab results were released from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, city officials said the waste does not need to be disposed of in a particular way or trucked elsewhere. The landfill fire began on May 26 and burned more than 7.5 acres of the Landfill. City officials implemented a stir, burn, cover process that stirred up and crushed piles of burning tires to accelerate the burning and allowed oxygen to flow. Afterwards, the city applied a layer of clay to cover the rest of the fire, and the process was complete. On June 1 Mayor Matt Hayek signed a Local Disaster Declaration that will allow for better state funding assistance and insurance coverage. Fosse said after communicating with the Department of Natural Resources, the total cost will remain around $4 million to $5 million. The city is still providing information to its insurance company, the Travelers Insurance Companies of Hartford, Conn. Fosse said the goal is to clean up the site in the fall and bid the reconstruction of the 14-acre cell during the winter months. Construction is planned to start in the spring and will be completed by the end of the summer.
Council moves forward with 14-story development downtown
Construction on developer Marc Moen’s 114 S. Dubuque St. project is set to begin this August. The City Council voted July 10 to go ahead with approving tax-increment financing for the 14-story mixed-use commercial building despite a petition that gathered more than enough signatures calling for a public vote on the decision. Councilors had the option to hand out general-obligation bonds to finance the $2.5 million TIF grant, to abandon those initial plans and fund with TIF directly, or give into the petition and hold a special election for the public to weigh in on the funding. TIF funding for the building was initially approved by the City Council on April 3.
Summer drought affects local businesses, farmers
The whole nation faced drought conditions and severe heat for most of the summer, and the Iowa City area was no exception.
Gov. Terry Branstad issued a disaster emergency proclamation Thursday that will provide relief to Iowa farmers affected by the drought. The proclamation took effect at noon Thursday and lasts for 60 days. The last statewide rain occurred on May 31; the drought has affected the Iowa River level and the price of food and crops. Dave Miller, the director of research and commodity services at the Iowa Farm Bureau, told The Daily Iowan earlier this month that the drought has caused corn prices in Iowa to increase almost 50 percent over a period of six weeks. Miller also said Iowa has lost 20 percent of this year’s prospective corn yield. Local experts expect the price of corn and other food to increase incrementally throughout the course of the year.
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Flames linger at the Iowa City Landfill on May 29. Now covered in clay, the fire is still smoldering underground. (The Daily Iowan/Ian Servin)
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obituaries Belle Plaine Nursery staff members Brett Weisskopf and Lloyd Thede work on replacing broken bricks in the T. Anne Cleary Walkway on July 18. (The Daily Iowan/Sumei Chen) the goals and mission for the next four years. Along with living-learning communities, the new dorm will house dining options and additional study spaces. While construction will continue in the fall, housing officials say it will not disturb students living near or around the area. Construction on the 10-floor, 500-person hall will be completed in the summer of 2015. The project has a $53 million budget.
T. Anne Cleary Walkway gets a makeover
President Obama made his fourth visit to the state of Iowa this summer with a stop at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on July 10. Obama spoke on behalf of his tax plan he announced July 9. Obama called on Congress to extend tax cuts for the middle class while ending tax cuts for Americans who make more than $250,000 a year.
Construction starts on new residence hall
UI renews contract with Anheuser-Busch
Incoming students living on the West Campus will witness new construction this fall. The University of Iowa is building its first new dorm since 1968 near the intersection of Byington Road and Grand Avenue. Much of the focus of the new dorm will be on living-learning communities. The university has incorporated these communities in residence halls for more than 20 years, and the UI recently included them in the renewal of the Iowa Promise in 2010 — an initiative that outlines
University of Iowa officials renewed its contract with Anheuser-Busch and Learfield Communications Inc. — the sports-marketing company hired to represent the Hawkeye Athletics Department — last month. The contract allows the Tigerhawk logo to share space on products with Anheuser-Busch logos so long as the phrase “Responsibility Matters” is present. UI President Sally Mason said the money provided to the UI from Anheus-
Chad Courtney, 34, 2508 Rochester Ave., was charged Thursday with violating a no-contact, domestic-abuse protective order. Garrett Frick, 21, 519 S. Van Bu-
ren St., was charged July 21 with public intoxication and assault causing injury. David Krummel, 43, 539 Woodridge Ave., was charged July 21
er-Busch could be used to fund Alcohol Alternative Nights and other dry events on campus. Learfield will pay the Athletics Department $114 million through 2026. Anheuser-Busch officials will provide $43,000 for the UI’s Alcohol-Harm-Reduction Plan in its first year.
Shooting near Mormon Trek and Petsel Place triggers Hawk Alert The University of Iowa released a Hawk Alert around 12:06 a.m. June 22 after a reported shooting occurred in the area of Melrose and Mormon Trek. At around 1 a.m. Iowa City police, University Heights police, North Liberty police, Coralville police, the State Patrol, and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Thirty-year-old Donelle Derrell Lindsey, the victim of the shooting, was pronounced dead after being transported to the UI Hospitals & Clinics. According to eyewitness accounts, the suspect — Brandon Brown — asked Lindsey to walk with him down the street, and they argued after a short distance. Then Brown reportedly took out a handgun and shot Lindsey numerous times at close range. Despite the Hawk Alert being sent out, many students reported they did not receive the alert, and Chuck Green, the assistant vice president for UI police said this was the first time he has heard of students not receiving the alert. Police officials are still investigating the whereabouts of Brown; a warrant is out for his arrest.
blotter Sean Anderson, 43, address unknown, was charged Wednesday with fifth-degree theft. Beau Cahill, 23, Marshalltown, was charged Wednesday with fifth-degree theft.
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The T. Anne Cleary Walkway is undergoing major renovation this summer to address facilities issues, and officials say the project is on schedule for completion by Aug. 10. The estimated construction cost for the project is $524,000, with $100,000 in concrete repairs and replacement and $55,000 in granite work for sidewalk pavers and benches for a Blank Honors Center outdoor patio. This summer marked the first time in 15 years the walkway has been renovated.
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Group files ethics complaint against Regent Bruce Rastetter
The Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed an ethics complaint with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board against Regent Bruce Rastetter on June 19, alleging that he abused his role as a regent. The group alleges that Rastetter — the managing director and a cofounder of AgriSol Energy — used his power as a regent to negotiate a “land grab” deal involving Iowa State University and AgriSol Tanzania, the Tanzanian arm of AgriSol. Rastetter sat down with Daily Iowan reporters earlier this month to the accusations against him. However, the citizens group and Food & Water Watch organizers continue to call for Rastetter’s resignation. The state Board of Regents will meet Aug. 2-3, and while the ethics complaint against Rastetter isn’t an agenda item, the regents can choose to discuss the complaint or to drop it.
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with public intoxication. Thomas Preyear, 46, 2131 Davis St., was charged Wednesday with criminal trespassing.
Randy L. Rotzinger, 55, of North Liberty, died at his home on Tuesday. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Ave. For more information, go to dailyiowan.com.
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METRO Supervisors ponder rural sirens
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors discussed placing emergency sirens in rural areas on Thursday. Supervisors stressed the importance of outdoor warning sirens to alert residents in rural areas. Dave Wilson, coordinator of the Johnson County Emergency Management Department, said six more sirens have been installed in rural areas, which means there are 56 sirens countywide. Wilson said Johnson County’s emergency-management system is unique because all sirens are activated from one location and there is high-density coverage in rural areas. “There are a number of factors the make our system pretty advanced … we’re pretty proud of it,” he said. Throughout the week at the Johnson County Fair, the Emergency Management Department has been holding drawings for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios. Wilson said the department also offers a reimbursement program for residents who buy the weather radios. Wilson said Johnson County’s alert system is very effective. “It’s very fast, very efficient,” he said. – by Anna Egeland
Food council stresses healthy system
The Johnson County local food-policy council is up and running.
Members of the food council spoke at the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday, held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. The council was created in January; it consists of 15 members with interests ranging from food safety to development and housing. The panel was created to develop a set of goals for the local food system and methods for promoting rural and local businesses. Jason Grimm, a member of the food council, said the group has met three times since the first meeting in May. Kate Edwards, the head of the panel and owner of Wild Woods farm in Solon, said it is exciting that the supervisors recognize local food as a hot topic. She said the council has been talking a lot about values in the meetings. “We’re looking to have a healthy system that promotes community, people, access and the environment,” she said. Edwards also said the council is stressing the importance of a system that’s fair to farmers. She talked about the personal experience of starting a Community Supported Agriculture farm on one acre of land. Edwards said she feeds 32 families each week. – by Anna Egeland
UI announces new Research Foundation head
The University of Iowa named its executive director for the Research Foundation Thursday. According to a UI news release, Zev Sunleaf will head the foundation beginning Aug. 1. He has been
the interim executive director for the last year; he has worked with the foundation since 2001. Sunleaf will oversee the UI’s technology transfer office and work with local, regional, and state business leaders to effectively manage start-up and new company formation. According to the release, Sunleaf will report to the vice president for Research and Economic Development. Sunleaf was previously a vice president of Caviforce Technologies Inc. and Solltech Inc. and was a graduate of the UI. — by Jordyn Reiland
UI clinic gets more funding
The University of Iowa announced Thursday the UI Child Health Specialty Clinics will receive another year of funding for a project designed to improve the health and quality of life of Iowans. According to a UI news release, the project focuses on assisting primary-care providers in Iowa in addressing issues such as obesity with patients. The goal of the project is to reduce the risk of preventable diseases and obesity, the release said. The Iowa Public Health Association selected nine locations, including the UI Child Health Specialty Clinics, across Iowa to become sites for the second year of the project. The project represents a partnership with and a grant investment from AmeriCorps Health Corps project. The project will run from Sept. 4 through July 31, 2013; applications are being accepted for future AmeriCorps Health Corps members. — by Jordyn Reiland
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Our closing remarks: The Editorial Board weighs in on a few issues not to be forgotten in the upcoming weeks. Biking, camping, and good times
All this week, bicyclists have been riding through the Hawkeye State as part of RAGBRAI. Yes, thousands of bikers have been traveling from the Missouri River since Sunday, and they are expected to reach their destination, the Mississippi River, Saturday. RABRAI offers a tremendously enjoyable experience for all of its riders and is no doubt a terrific event for the state of Iowa. The roughly 468-mile trip this year began in Sioux City, and it will finish in Clinton. This is the 40th anniversary of the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle-touring event in the world. After a full day’s worth of riding, most participants camp out at the campgrounds organized by RAGBRAI and enjoy a night of good camaraderie and good times. As Iowa City’s World of Bikes has been busy preparing local riders for their journeys through eastern Iowa, employee Eddy Parks said the event attracts people from not just Iowa but surrounding states as well. The organization allows participants to do the entire trek, or just part of it, whichever the rider desires. It has made it so the event always goes from west to east, making the journey more enjoyable as the wind tends to come from the southwest at this time of the year. Not only has RAGBRAI created an extremely successful and operational event, the organization donates funds to nonprofit Iowa programs and organizations through the Des Moines Register’s community-investment program after all expenses are covered. The organization will be bringing live music to its riders all week long and most notably, once the riders reach Thursday’s final destination of Cedar Rapids, participants will be able to attend a concert presented by RAGBRAI, featuring the Counting Crows. RAGBRAI is truly a great event to have here in Iowa, and I wish the organization and its riders nothing but the best. Matthew Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Gun laws need revision
For me, it’s impossible to envision an America without guns. Guns are part of the foundation of this nation, listed right after freedom of religion and the freedom of speech. Guns have been as much a right as life, liberty, and happiness, since 1791. All that tells me is that our laws regarding guns need to be revised — just like laws regarding other rights have been revised. The counterargument, strongly vocalized by members of the NRA, is that the government should be limited, not the people’s freedoms. To that, I say all rights have limits. It’s also the right of the people to vote — unless they are convicted felons or children. And voting just isn’t quite as dangerous as owning and carrying a gun. Gun laws should include background checks for the trade of any firearm, including at a gun show or online. Online sales often require a federal firearms license, but the amount of bulk ammunition purchased is effectively unregulated. We needn’t limit the number of guns people buy, or the amount of ammunition, but don’t be fooled. Upstanding citizens who want to own guns will not be denied a gun after a background check. However, those who are convicted felons, have outstanding warrants, or have proven themselves clinically
A rider on a high wheel bike makes his way out of Auburn, Iowa, on the third day of RAGBRAI Tuesday morning. (Associated Press/Des Moines Register, Justin Hayworth) unstable should be denied the right to own a gun for the safety of themselves and those around them. The right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed because it is necessary for a free state. However, at some point guns stop promoting a free state rather just a violent state. The FBI Uniform Crime Report documents that 67.5 percent of all murders in the United States as of 2010 included firearms — and that doesn’t even consider the numbers of assaults and robberies including firearms. I approve of the right to defend ourselves and keep our nation free, but I refuse to allow guns to control what should be a free nation. Katie Kuntz email@example.com
Please do not ignore this rare time that, every four years, the nation’s most influential politicians come to kiss Iowa’s ass. Iowa’s now a battleground for both candidates, sending their campaign mercenaries into our large cities and vast fields to appear as attractive as possible. Both Bobby Jindal and Bob McDonald will tour around eastern Iowa in Mitt Romney’s bus, campaigning for the Olympics-bound candidate. It’s chances like this where the politically interested get excited to see the future of American politics like, for example, Jindal, the youngest governor in the union right now. Jindal ran and won in Louisiana on a platform valuing the ethical reform for politicians, and he actually forced his state politicians into action. He required increased disclosure of financial reports from his elected officials, stopped their ability to take unlimited free meals from lobbyists, and prohibited officials from entering in private contracts with their state. And politicians are flocking by the busload — literally — from both sides of the spectrum into our state to meet and greet and fill the public with free refreshments and promises. These public appearances by political officials are valuable because of their ability to provide an unfiltered version of the news that’s most desired by Americans. It’s Twitter on steroids. The face-to-face opportunity can provide the audience an opinion on a politician that never would come through the prepared CNN interviews and press releases. There are slip-ups. There are triumphs. There’s charm and there’s distance. And, somewhere in the crowd, there should be you. Jacob Lancaster firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Internet is horrible. Yeah, OK, I realize it’s awesome, but it has one huge flaw: no delete button. We all have those little, embarrassing things out in the public space: that provocative photo you didn’t want your grandma to see; that drunk jumble of a love letter you posted on your ex-girlfriend’s Facebook wall; that time when you dressed up in a Batman Snuggie and ran around Daum yelling, “Teen Titans, go.” We’ve all had to pay the toll in some way. And now it’s the UI administration’s turn. When Anhueser-Busch came out with the notorious “fan cans” in 2009 sporting the Hawkeye colors, along with many other colleges’ colors, the UI administration was reportedly outraged. “On behalf of the University of Iowa, I want to express our extreme displeasure with the black-and-goldcolored can promotion in our community and the surrounding area,” said UI President Sally Mason in a letter sent in 2009 to Carol Clark, vice president for corporate social responsibility at Anheuser-Busch at the time. “We are concerned about the fact that this promotion appeals to students, many of whom are under the age of 21.” Thank you, 2009 President Mason — that’s exactly what I thought when UI announced it would allow Busch to put the Tigerhawk logo next to such brands as Budweiser and Natural Light. “Your promotion [fan can] is a step backward and will only serve to exacerbate this major student health and safety problem,” Mason continued. Couldn’t have said it better myself. But, wait. Doesn’t the new promotion appeal to students, many of whom are under the age of 21? Wouldn’t the new promotion be a step backwards and only serve to exacerbate the major student health and safety problem? That can’t be right, because Mason said in a July 24 interview with The Daily Iowan the reason the administration didn’t like the fan cans was because Busch didn’t have the
UI’s approval. “Well, you know the fan cans — nobody ever asked our permission,” Mason said. “It was not part of the arrangement, the agreement, it was just done, and that’s what we objected to.” Whoops, bet you wish the Internet had a delete button now. Silly fan cans: If only Busch had put up money to fund alcohol-safety programs on campus, then maybe the UI wouldn’t have been “very disappointed in the decision to use this marketing strategy.” But now, with the ringing in of the new deal, there seems to be a completely different attitude toward alcohol marketing on campus. Why the change of heart? UI spokesman Tom Moore said the university now has the right to review and approve of any promotion concerning the Tigerhawk logo and school colors. Moore echoed the president’s sentiment that the primary reason the school previously objected to the use of school colors to promote alcoholic beverages was because Busch “did not seek prior approval.” Interesting, coming from the same man who was also quoted in a 2009 DI article saying the fan cans would send a “mixed message at a time when we are encouraging students to drink legally and responsibly.” Where is the delete button? I can’t find it wading through all this hypocrisy. But it’s all OK, guys, because the UI is using the money to fund alcohol safety. Or, as Moore put it, like “requiring casinos in the state to help fund gambling addiction.” In this metaphor, Moore pointed out that the UI is not the casino. I guess that would mean that UI is the swarm of people who get addicted to gambling? See, the only problem with that metaphor is that UI is a university and is in the business of educating people, not making sure they have drinks at football games or that they have a classic college experience. The university and its alumni should not be considered a market in which to sell products. This is an educational institution. Give the public a straight answer.
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Improving health care for all Iowans
These days there is a lot of talk about improving health care nationwide. In Iowa, it’s not just talk. We’ve taken big steps toward making sure all Iowans have access to the best possible health care. This year in the Legislature, we kept Iowa moving forward by: • Attracting more doctors to rural Iowa. We’re helping medical students repay their student loans when they practice in areas of the state that need more doctors (HF 2458). • Reforming Iowa’s mental-health system. This is a major undertaking that will ensure all Iowans get high-quality mental health care regardless of where they live (SF 2315). • Ensuring your treatment preferences are respected by making them part of a medical order that health-care providers can rely on (HF 2165). • Helping seniors live independently and safely through community based services and less depen-
dence on institutional care (SF2336). • Making sure Iowa’s nursing homes are safe (SF 2316). • Establishing statewide standards so that Iowans, including returning soldiers, who need prosthetics and orthotics get top-quality products and services (SF 364). • Supporting local health-care services to make Iowa a healthier place, help Iowans quit smoking, and provide low-income Iowans with access to preventive health screenings (SF2336). There is still plenty to do, especially when it comes to reducing the high cost of health care and health insurance. Many working Iowans have no health insurance, making them reluctant to see a doctor until they’re desperate enough to go to the emergency room. That’s expensive and doesn’t produce the best results. When uninsured Iowans can’t pay their medical bills, the price of everyone’s health care goes up to cover the unpaid expenses. A study by the Iowa
Hospital Association found that uncompensated care cost Iowa hospitals — and ultimately you and me —more than $851 million in 2010. If we want to keep the cost of health care in check, we must keep working on solutions. Thank goodness Iowa health-care providers, business leaders, and consumer advocates have been proactive in solving our state’s challenges over the years. By working together, Iowa can continue leading the nation on the health-care front. Sen. Bob Dvorsky D-Coralville
Re: “Lancaster: New jail necessary,” July 26 The Iowa legislature and Congress (though federal initiatives) can influence jail populations as well. The jail population growth has both fast and slow rates. The slow rate is about the same
as the county population growth rate and the fast rate often follows a change in state laws or a new federal initiative. Depending on the local circumstances increasing police presence can either increase or decrease arrest rates or cause a temporary increase followed by a longer term decrease. The national and state arrest rates have been trending downward and county arrest data for the past ten years shows a slow decrease of about 1% per year but is not possible to predict how long that will continue. The reason the jail is population growing now is that the average length of stay increased from 5 days in FY2003 to 9.3 days in FY2011 followed by a decrease to 8 days in FY2012. There are multiple reasons for the increase but the two most important reasons are there are more felonies and the delays caused by a caseload that is too large to manage in a timely manner with the present court facilities and staff. - “John Neff”
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An architectural rendering of developer Marc Moen’s 14-story mixeduse commercial building. (Contributed Photo)
Council approves giving Moen project air rights The Iowa City City Council will consider an ordinance vacating and conveying air rights within the public right of way located adjacent to the property at 114 S. Dubuque St. Construction of developer Marc Moen’s 14-story mixed-use commercial building is scheduled to start in that location next month. According to the proposal, approval of the ordinance would allow Moen to “acquire rights starting at approximately 16 feet, 8 inches above grade for a 4-foot by 44-foot section of public right of way in [the Pedestrian Mall] that extends along the west property line of the subject property and a 4-foot by 56-foot section of public right of way in Blackhawk Park that extends along the north property line of the subject property.” The councilors voted in its last meeting, July 10, to go ahead with approving tax-increment financing for the building despite a city petition gathering more than enough signatures to call for a public vote on the matter. The City Council initially voted on April 3 to approve the TIF for the building. The councilors will vote on the third consideration and likely adopt the ordinance during its next meeting, July 31. — by Kristen East
Council OKs track siding The City Council held a special meeting Thursday afternoon to approve a track-construction agreement with the Iowa Interstate Railroad. Approving the agreement allowed the city to both save money and keep the completion of the Peterson Contractors project on schedule, according to city memorandum dated July 25. Councilors approved the resolution on a 4-0 vote, with Mayor Matt Hayek and Councilors Terry Dickens, Susan Mims, and Connie Champion present. The resolution OK’d the construction of track siding to serve the Iowa City Industrial Campus. The resolution was necessary in order to secure work by the Iowa Interstate surfacing crew before they left the Iowa City area at the end of this week, according to the item’s proposal. The crew was not scheduled to be back in the area until November 2012. The agreement will save the city $2,500 per day and will ensure that the completion of the Peterson Contractors project isn’t delayed. Councilors awarded the contract to Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck, Iowa, on May 1 to construct the railroad sidings and spur lines at the Industrial Campus. The installation of the connections is estimated to cost roughly $427,000, according to city documents. — by Kristen East
Lightning strikes behind the Old Capitol at around 1 a.m. Thursday. The storm came as a small break from consistently dry weather. The last statewide rainfall occurred on May 31. On Thursday, Gov. Terry Branstad issued a disaster emergency proclamation that will help Iowa farmers affected by the ongoing Midwestern drought. The lack of substantial rain this season has affected the Iowa River level and the price of food and crops. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)
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“There is no doubt some violations are likely to occur; therefore, it is essential that effective standards for keeping backyard chickens be adopted to ensure accountability, avoid nuisances, and to protect a neighbor’s right to the enjoyment of their
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moving in,” said Liz Christiansen, the director of the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability. Along with providing cheaper, secondhand alternatives on household furnishings for apartments, the initiative also aims to benefit low-income families and any other residents looking for great deals on household items. The event — which takes place in the Chauncey Swan parking ramp
continued from 1 business I was.” Schaefer and Montgomery were offered a new lease agreement in December, but they found it unfair. “They just gave me some terms they wanted me to follow, but that wasn’t going to work for me,” she said. The agreement presented to them in December stipulated that the adults-only section could not expand in size, the store could not stay open past 8 p.m., and the owners could not talk to the media. Schaefer said at some point in December, they dropped the terms, but the bank told them they would
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property,” Markus wrote. The City Council last addressed amending the zoning code to allow for urban chickens a few years ago. According to a 2009 memorandum, the Department of Housing and Inspection Services recommended councilors not amend the zoning code. A petition circulated by I-CLUCK — an Iowa City group in favor of legalizing urban chickens — gathered nearly 1,000
signatures from local residents in support of the ordinance. The petition was presented to the council on July 10. Iowa City resident Shannon Gassman, 25, started the petition earlier this year. Iowa City residents are not alone; both Cedar Rapids and Ames allow backyard chickens. Cedar Rapids officials amended the municipal
code in 2010 to allow for backyard chickens in residential areas. According to the city memorandum, the animal-control director in Cedar Rapids has seen relatively few issues with urban chickens. There are approximately two to three complaints each month concerning smell, noise, or disorderly property, the memorandum said. Additionally, Cedar Rapids officials have impounded four chickens
because the owner did not have a permit, and they have impounded 10 to 12 stray chickens. Jennifer Murtoff, an urban-chicken consultant based in the Chicago area, previously told The Daily Iowan roughly 95 cities nationwide allow urban chicken keeping. “This is definitely a growing national trend,” Murtoff told the DI in April.
— also serves as an important fundraising opportunity for the 32 local nonprofit environmental and student groups whose members will staff the event and will divide the profits of the sales. “We will be helping with the distribution of all the donations, whether it’s checking items in and out, or helping people carry purchases to their car, or loading a couch — whatever might be needed,” said Ashley Wahlert, volunteer coordinator with Habitat for Humanity. “It’s also a great fundraiser, and we
receive part of the proceeds, which helps with our projects throughout the year.” Since it began in 2007, the annual event serves as a benefit to the city not only for its waste reduction and sustainability attributes, but also for the opportunity it provides for building partnerships with the dozens of community groups involved. Landfill officials say any amount of material that can be diverted from ending up in the Landfill is preferable, and that can even prevent unexpected
problems from occurring down the line. “Waste reduction keeps things out of the Landfill period, and if we don’t have things ending up in the landfill that don’t need to be there, then bad things like the Landfill fire can’t happen,” said Jennifer Jordan, the Iowa City Landfill recycling coordinator. Volunteers will be on hand to inspect and help unload all reusable items; they will be looking for usable furniture, beds, frames, box springs, household items, kitchen
appliances, books, nonperishable foods, and electronics. While the event will only run for nine days, July 27–Aug. 4, the organizers stress that during the rest of the year there are also plenty of places and business offering secondhand items in which people can either buy or donate their reusable materials. “Reduce, reuse, and re-
lease, but officials there did not get back to her for a month. When they finally did, they were able to negotiate a lease agreement for the next year, and completed it last week. The new lease declares that the adult-only section be separated by a doorway from the rest of the shop, and the space only take up 25 percent of one of the store’s two rooms. Now that the lease is in place, and Schaefer and Montgomery are settled for the next year, they are making plans for their shop. The Tool Box will host an art show on Aug. 3 for one of the artists featured on their walls. They are also hosting a lease-renewal party Aug. 31 for their community friends and customers.
Looking forward, Schaefer would like to expand the business and incorporate chair-dancing classes. “I have a dance background,” she said. “And not a lot of people have poles in their homes.” City Councilor Connie Champion, said she is happy for Schaefer and Montgomery. “Congratulations to them,” she said. “I haven’t heard any negative comments about their business.” Morgan Cohen, a part owner of Bo-James, 118 E. Washington St., said he does not understand why the store was being given such a hard time. “I don’t see what the problem is — they aren’t hurting anybody,” he said. “Their business is their business, and this is Iowa City; diversity is good.”
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The Tool Box is a “sex-positive boutique” providing a safe and comfortable space for patrons to meet and shop. Merchandise includes: • Books & journals • Rainbow stickers, jewelry, mugs • Adult toys • Wall art Source: Tool Box Facebook page
not be offered the option to re-sign the lease when it was up. In the spring Schaefer said she was looking for new spaces to lease but did not want to leave after establishing relationships with neighboring businesses in the building. “Three out of four businesses in the building are gay-friendly, actually,” Schaefer said. Schaefer said she contacted MidWestOne in late April to ask for a new
The Iowa City Citizens for the Legalization of Urban Chicken Keeping says owning backyard chickens can provide: • A progressive community attitude • Enriched educational opportunities • Sustainable lifestyle choices • Homegrown food • Lessons in food production and safety Source: I-CLUCK petition
cycle efforts are all year round,” Jordan said. “People don’t often think of buying secondhand as a sustainable activity because they are not considering the environmental costs of shipping new products across the world. One of the most sustainable things people can do is reuse their materials and buy secondhand.”
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Dodgers lose again with Ramirez By R.B. FALLSTROM Associated Press
ST. LOUIS — The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their second-straight game since acquiring Hanley Ramirez, 7-4 to St. Louis on Thursday. David Freese and Matt Carpenter each had three of the Cardinals’ season-high 18 hits. Obtained a day earlier from Miami, Ramiez started at third base and batted fifth for the second-straight game. He had an infield hit, two walks and a steal, and he hit into a double-play grounder. The 2009 NL batting champion is 2-for-6 with three walks an RBI with his new team, but the Dodgers are 0-2 since the trade and have lost three in a row overall. Matt Holliday hit his 17th homer, his third on a 6-1 home stand for St. Louis, which fell behind 4-2 by allowing 4 runs in the fifth, then scored 4 in the bottom half. Allen Craig and Tony Cruz each had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals,
who entered six games back in the NL Central. Freese left the game with cramping in his right calf for a pinch hitter in the sixth, an inning after getting a bit of medical attention following a tworun single for the go-ahead hit. He was 11-for-20 on the home stand. Matt Kemp had an infield hit and was 2-for-16 with 7 strikeouts and no RBIs in the series. Jake Westbrook (9-8) pitched seven innings, lasting at least that long for the thirdstraight start. He allowed 4 runs — 3 earned — and 7 hits with 6 strikeouts. Jason Motte pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances. Chris Capuano (10-6) gave up 6 runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings, dropping to 0-4 with a 7.90 ERA at 7-year-old Busch Stadium. He gave up two hits the first three innings but retired only three of his last 12 batters. Los Angeles plans to call
The St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter is tagged out at the plate by Los Angeles Dodger catcher Matt Treanor as he tries to score from third on a double-play ball hit by Jake Westbrook in the fourth inning Thursday in St. Louis. (Associated Press/Tom Gannam) up a minor leaguer to start tonight in San Francisco. Given a 2-0 lead, Westbrook had thrown 11-consecutive scoreless innings and had struck out four in a row before the Dodgers opened the fifth with four singles in five pitches, taking the lead on RBI hits by Juan Rivera and Cruz. A third run scored on Matt Treanor’s infield hit when second baseman Daniel Descalso relayed to third after cutting
off the ball, and Freese made an error with wild throw to the plate in an attempt to catch Rivera. Capuano contributed his third RBI of the year with a sacrifice fly that made it 4-2 with two outs. St. Louis went ahead in the bottom half on Freese’s hit and RBI singles by Craig and Luis Cruz. Holliday homered to straightaway center off Javy Guerra in the sixth.
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College football to see rule changes
CHICAGO — The upcoming football season will see a couple of rule changes in the scheme of college football, with an emphasis on player safety being the driving force behind each new adjustment to the football laws. “We’re trying to improve, but we’re not going to be perfect,” Big Ten coordinator of officials Bill Carollo said on Thursday at a Big Ten press conference. “But I think we’re in pretty good shape. The points of emphasis that we have this year have to do with player safety. That has not changed. That’s been our mantra for the last several years, and we’ll continue to work on the health and safety of the players.” One of the most noticeable rule changes will be how kickoffs are conducted. The ball will now be kicked from the 35-yard line, up from the original 30. This is to reduce running starts that the kickoff team has on the kick. Also, when a touchback occurs on a kick, the ball will be placed at the 25 instead of the 20, as a measure to encourage teams to use touchbacks and to limit player contact.
On punts, a few players on the punting side often use a type of “shield blocking” in order to better protect their punter. The NCAA Football Rules Committee decided that players defending a punt are no longer allowed to jump over this shield. The idea is to reduce head injuries that can be sustained when players hurdle over others and often land on their heads. Another new rule states that when a player loses his helmet on a play, he must be forced to sit out the following play — unless his helmet was dislodged by way of a penalty from an opposing player. This is to quell any advantage that could be gained from a clock stoppage that happens when a player has lost a helmet. The last rule change pertains to blocking below the waist. Offensive players who are between the tackle boxes at the start of a play are permitted to block below the waist, while all other players are not allowed to do so, except in a few special circumstances such as straight-ahead blocks. – by Ben Ross
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today’s events Amazing, but true (but not): • One of every 6 Americans is actually Canadian (and unaware of it). • 88 percent of chicken nuggets are made from ostriches. • Milton’s Paradise Lost started out as a recipe for oatmeal cookies and just kind of snowballed. • More popes have been born in Idaho than all other states combined. • Given the choice, zombies prefer canine brains over feline brains by a 9-to-1 margin. • To date, no academic has successfully defended the need for nouns in an advanced spoken language. • An infinitesimally small fraction of the time, a six-sided die will roll a 7. • The average American male falls in the 43rd percentile. • Despite their common use as synonyms, the words “supper” and “dinner” are not related. “Dinner” was adopted. But don’t tell her — she doesn’t know, yet. • The game of basketball as we know it today is drastically different from how the sport was first conceived. The first basketball was filled with a gelatin-like substance, didn’t bounce, weighed 45 pounds, and was rolled along the ground toward a series of 10 “pins.” • There’s enough water in the Atlantic Ocean to stretch around the world 32 times. • “Pleading the Fifth” is the world’s most-used euphemism for sneaking out of work early on a Friday to go parasailing. • The Wuzuhilla, an aboriginal South African tribe, consists of 400 people, no two of which have the same birthday. Scientists are dumbfounded. –Andrew R. Juhl has an atomic weight of 5. Give or take 3. Most likely. Ask him again tomorrow.
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• TETRIX Robotics, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Seamans Center • Craft Camp: Put a Bird on It, 10 a.m., Home Ec Workshop, 207 N. Linn • Book Babies, 10:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Stories in the Park, 10:30 a.m., Mercer Park • UI DeGowin Blood Drive, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Coralville City Hall, 1512 Seventh St. • Chess Group, 1-4 p.m., Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque • FUTURE in Biomedicine Program Research Symposium, 1-5 p.m., 1289 Carver Biomedical Research Building
UITV schedule 2 p.m. Iowa Summer Music Camps, Final Camp Concert, June 29 3 Solo Marimba Concert, graduate student Christine Auspurger, “Six Elegies Dancing” (1987), by Jennifer Stasack, “Iowa Nice” (2012), by Dan Moore, Summer 2012 3:30 Book Wings, Bilingual Literature Theater Performance, UI International Writing Program and performances from Moscow Russia via videoconference (in English and Russian), March 9 6 Iowa Summer Music Camps, Final Camp Concert, June 29
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Friday, July 27 – by Eugenia Last
ARIES March 21–April 19 Trust your own judgment. Set the standard and run the show. Pursue what you want and you will find a way to incorporate everything you do into your plans. Love is on the rise, and fun times are ahead. TAURUS April 20–May 20 Be careful how you approach touchy subjects with friends or family. Over-aggressiveness will lead to misunderstanding. Judge your relationships with others based on commonality and how relaxed you feel sharing personal information. GEMINI May 21–June 20 Offer services to someone in need. Your generosity will put you in a good position and allow you to demonstrate what you can contribute on a much larger scale. Take time out to do something enjoyable that will improve you personally. CANCER June 21–July 22 Don’t take on more than you can handle or something you cannot finish. A problem with friends or children will leave you feeling helpless. If you want to make something work, you will have to find a unique solution. LEO July 23–Aug. 22 Emotional matters will escalate if you aren’t quick to take care of complaints. An unusual approach to saving will help you ward off someone’s attempt to help you part with your money. Love is highlighted, but will be costly. VIRGO Aug. 23–Sept. 22 Don’t consider doing everything by yourself. If you really want to make a difference, go to the experts and learn firsthand what’s required. Your ability to admit when you are wrong will influence the outcome of a standoff. LIBRA Sept. 23–Oct. 22 You can take on more then you realize. Once you get moving, it will be difficult for anyone to catch up. Don’t let an emotional comment slow you down or hold you back. Do your own thing and enjoy your accomplishments. SCORPIO Oct. 23–Nov. 21 An argument will develop if you don’t share others’ beliefs. Don’t discuss matters that can leave you in an awkward position. It’s OK to head in a different direction, but you may not want to talk about it just yet. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22–Dec. 21 Don’t argue over money. Budget wisely, or you may not be able to afford your next adventure. A relationship will provide you with plenty of excitement. Don’t exaggerate, or you will end up looking bad in front of someone you like. CAPRICORN Dec. 22–Jan. 19 Your contributions won’t go unnoticed if you are humble and gracious and you share any honors with those who contributed to your success. Sharing the glory can have a long-term effect on your advancement and popularity. AQUARIUS Jan. 20–Feb. 18 Don’t let emotions lead you astray or cause you to miss out on something you really want to do. Getting your house in order will contribute to lifestyle improvements and help you to better manage your finances. PISCES Feb. 19–March 20 Let intuition lead. You can take action to avoid falling behind. Don’t let someone who is trying to manipulate you personally interfere with what you need to accomplish professionally. Emotional deception is apparent. Get a second opinion.
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Jewelry maker Mallory Zapf counts her beads at Beadology Iowa on Wednesday. The day was appropriate for indoor activities — the temperature rose to 105 degrees. (The Daily Iowan/Juan Carlos Herrera)
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Iowa will send 21 athletes to the Transplant Games of America this weekend in Grand Rapids, Mich. By Tom Clos Thomasemail@example.com
When someone receives an organ, restrictions are usually put on their bodies. Sports are likely out of the question, especially the most intense ones, as well as any sort of strenuous physical activity the body may encounter. But what if there was a place where there were no limitations? A place where organ recipients can celebrate their second chance at life by going for the gold? Well, there is. The Transplant Games of America were started as a way to spread the word about organ donation and how it saves many lives each year. Held every other year, the 2012 event will take place in Grand Rapids, Mich, July 28-31. Team Iowa’s roster will feature 21 organ recipients and three organ donors ranging from ages 4-68. “They try to make it like the Olympics with everyone marching in during the opening ceremonies,” Team Iowa manager Kim Scadlock said. “We hold up the flags for each state and compete proudly for our homes.” She is the mother of 4-year-old Beckham, a heart-transplant recipient who was diagnosed with
micro-valve stenosis at birth. She said Beckham is doing well, and the games give her son a chance to have fun. “Aside from a couple of small setbacks, he’s been pretty healthy ever since,” Scadlock said. “This weekend he is going to do the 25-meter dash and the 25-meter swim, and my husband will actually get to swim with him.” For the first time ever, donors will be eligible to compete in the events as well as recipients. This has made this weekend’s festival extra special for Kurt and Stacy Merrell. They have attended the Transplant Games since 2004, after their son Nicolas was diagnosed with a posterior urethral valve in 2001, which required a kidney transplant. Kurt Merrell turned out to be a match, and he gave his then-20-month-old son one of his kidneys. “Getting to compete at the games with him really means a lot,” Merrell said. “The older Nicolas gets and the more he realizes what happened will make this more and more special for the both of us.” The Merrells have represented Team Nebraska in previous years, but they will compete for Team Iowa this time around. Stacy Merrell said that this year’s competition will be unique because of not only the rule change, but the opportunity they will get to meet new people they can relate to. “It’s such an inspiring and rewarding experience to meet other people who have been through the same circumstances as you,” Merrell said. “It
shows how organ donation can save so many lives and what the medical society has done in that area.” Nicolas was fortunate to have a parent donor who can share in the joys of life with him, but not all recipients are. Kim Burdakin was diagnosed with acute liver failure in 2000 and was told she would die that same day if she did not receive a new one. Her sister was originally going to donate until her doctors found a match from a deceased donor. “It was pretty emotional from one extreme to the other,” Burdakin said. “I was grateful my sister didn’t have to donate, but I knew there was a family out there who had lost somebody.” That somebody was a 21-year old man named Steven who was killed in a car accident. This weekend will be in memoriam for him as Burdakin will be competing in front of some special guests. “Stephen’s family lives in Michigan, and they’re going to be there on Sunday,” Burdakin said. “They’re going to get to see me bowl and I’m so anxious to see them.” Re-connecting with donors is a unique backdrop to the event and Scadlock said that it’s one of the many things that come together at the event. “The event has been so wonderful for so many people, and it means so much to us,” Scadlock said. “The opportunity these people get to not only compete but pay tribute to the donors who gave them a second chance at life. It’s just so neat.”
By Mark Scolforo Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa.— For months, the identity of the boy who Mike McQueary saw sexually assaulted in the locker-room showers by Jerry Sandusky was one of the biggest mysteries of the Penn State scandal. Now, for the first time, a man has come forward to claim he was that boy, and is threatening to sue the university. The man’s lawyers said Thursday they have done an extensive investigation and gathered “overwhelming evidence” on details of the abuse by Sandusky, the former assistant football coach
convicted of using his position at Penn State and as head of a youth charity to molest boys over a period of 15 years. Jurors convicted Sandusky last month of offenses related to so-called Victim 2 largely on the testimony of McQueary, who was a team graduate assistant at the time and described seeing the attack. “Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky’s childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests
of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him,” the lawyers said in a news release. They did not name their client, and the Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sex crimes without their consent. The university said it was taking the case seriously but would not comment on pending litigation. University President Rodney Erickson and the Board of Trustees “have publicly emphasized that their goal is to find solutions that rest on the principle of justice for the victims,” a school spokesman said.
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• Tre Roberson became the first true freshman to start at quarterback in Indiana history last season, but the Hoosiers might see another true freshman — Nate Sudfeld, who graduated from high school early to join the team in May — get starting time this season. “When you’re a 1-11 football team, there’s no job safety [for Roberson],” Wilson said.
Michigan — head coach Brady Hoke • Running back Fitz Toussaint was suspended on July 21 after being arrested on a DUI charge. Defensive end Frank Clark was also suspended on June 19 on theft charges. Hoke said the two Wolverines are indefinitely suspended and will not play in the team’s season-opener against defending-national champion Alabama.
Michigan State — head coach Mark Dantonio • Dantonio was clear that the Spartans are looking for a Rose Bowl trophy before setting their eyes on a national title. • Dantonio said former quarterback Kirk Cousins’ graduation has left a “void in the leadership,” on the field and in the locker room. But Michigan State’s new quarterback, Andrew Maxwell, studied under Cousins for three years and is expected to undertake the burden of leader well.
Minnesota — head coach Jerry Kill •
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eight returning offensive lineman, and each lineman on the roster has gained 15 to 20 pounds during the off-season. • Kill said quarterback MarQueis Gray will be better supported by receivers and running backs on the other end of passes and plays.
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any specifics on Thursday about his conversation with Ferentz but said he appreciated the 14-year Hawkeye head coach’s direct call. “We live in this conference, we work in this conference,” Ferentz said. “I’ve got great respect for Bill O’Brien and his staff, and that’s important to us as well.”
Nebraska — head coach Bo Pelini • The Cornhuskers lost three key defensive leaders, but Pelini said he thinks his squad has a “solid front seven coming back,” with talented underclassmen to fill in behind them. • Pelini said quarterback Taylor Martinez has made significant improvements since stepping on the field as a freshman, and he believes the junior is more than capable of leading the Huskers.
Northwestern — head coach Pat Fitzgerald • Fitzgerald said he is confident in both Kain Colter and Trevor Siemain coming in to fill the QB spot. Fitzgerald did not address whether the pair will be splitting snaps this season. • The Wildcats gave up too many yards on the ground, Fitzgerald said, but he believes defensive leaders Tyler Scott, Quentin Williams, and Brian Amfelt can improve the team’s run defense.
Ohio State — head coach Urban Meyer • This is Meyer’s first year with the Buckeyes, following the implementation of a one-year bowl ban after players were caught violating NCAA rules when they received more than $14,000 in free tattoos, jewelry, and other benefits. • Meyer said eight con-
Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien speaks during the Big Ten college football media day on Thursday in Chicago. (Associated Press/M. Spencer Green) ference teams are running a spread offense this season, but he feels he has experience in defending them after coaching Florida in the SEC. • Tight end Jake Stoneburner and defensive tackle Jack Mewhort pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct on June 13 after being charged with obstructing official business. Meyer revoked their scholarships in May and said the two haven’t been reinstated yet and have been paying for summer school themselves.
Penn State — head coach Bill O’Brien • O’Brien faces the challenge of hefty NCAA sanctions in his first year with the Nittany Lions, especially because his players have been given the opportunity to pursue other schools. But O’Brien said no Nittany Lions have informed him yet of intentions of transfer. • O’Brien said the primary challenge regarding the sanctions will be
to keep the 2012 squad whole, but believes he won’t struggle too much with the reduction of scholarships down to 65.
Purdue — head coach Danny Hope • Hope said that for the first time during his Boilermaker tenure, Purdue “potentially has a very good football team coming back.” • Three players are competing for a quarterback spot, Hope said. 2011 starter Caleb TerBush didn’t throw an interception for the Boilermakers’ last four games and completed 62 percent of his passes. But a recovered Robert Marve and Rob Henry, who are both coming off knee injuries, will challenge TerBush.
Wisconsin — head coach Bret Bielema • Bielema said he believes running back Montee Ball is a strong Heisman candidate and that all the Badgers will support the running back
Golfer English heads to Amateur Iowa sophomore golfer Lauren English qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Tournament, August 6-12, in Cleveland. By Tom Clos Thomasfirstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa sophomore-to-be women’s golfer Lauren English suffered a shaky end to her season after arriving in Iowa City as a top recruit last fall. The underclassmen finished in 62nd place at the Big Ten championships in April, posting a plus-28. She’s bounced back this summer, however, and is taking her talents to a national stage. The Hawkeye qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Tournament after shooting a 73 (plus-1) in a qualifying event in Bristol, Ill., on July 10. “It’s going to be such a thrill being around the best players in the country,” English said. “I’m so excited that I made it.” She was one of five participants out of the field of 47 elite players to advance to the Aug. 6 event, which will be held in Cleveland. The soon-tobe sophomore said that the high stakes each hole had, as well as the quality of her opponents, rattled her a bit in Bristol,
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but she was able to overcome it. “I was nervous at first because it was only an 18hole tournament, which means there aren’t many [holes] you can waste,” English said. “But I felt pretty confident in my game, and I just worried about myself rather than the other players.” Iowa women’s golf head coach Megan Menzel wasn’t surprised that English was good enough to advance to a big stage. The second-year coach said that English’s desire to get better and her relentless work ethic showed throughout the season and subsequently in the qualifying tournament earlier this month. “She has dedicated herself to the game and has worked hard on improving her swing,” Menzel said. “It’s all finally paid off this summer.” Menzel, an LPGA apprentice, said there isn’t anything as valuable as the experience a player gets from competing in high profile competitions such as the U.S. Amateur. “There’s really nothing like playing in [U.S. Golf Association] events. They’re pretty special,” Menzel said. “She comes from a golf family, so I know she really understands how special this.” Both of English’s parents, Mark and Mary English are PGA professionals — which means both are certified teachers of golf and work at a golf
course. Mark Englished served as his daughter’s caddy at the preliminary tournament and was elated at the result. He said that next week’s competition would be something he has looked forward to the last few months. “It was awesome to see her make it,” Mark English said. “It was something she’d been working really hard for and wanted very badly.” Lauren English felt very comfortable having her father with her on the course in such a high-pressured atmosphere. “He obviously has a lot of experience, and it’s nice to have his input of what club to use or how the greens are breaking,” she said. “He helps me with the little things out there that can get overlooked in big competitions.” Mark English hasn’t decided yet if he is going to be on the bag with his daughter at the U.S. Amateur, but he said that the keys to success remain the same, regardless of who is caddying. “She just needs to say calm and make the short putts,” he said. “Her chipping and putting can save her from a bad round or make a poor round better.” The elder English has decided to take an honest approach to the tournament and said his daughter’s chances of finishing first are slim at best.
“I don’t think she has a realistic shot at winning the whole thing,” English said. “Lauren’s probably looking to just make the cut and get to the matchplay part of it.” The sophomore swinger disagreed with her father’s approach and said entering a tournament with low expectations can only lead to disappointment. “I can’t just go out and try to make the cut; I need to be motivated to win,” she said. “And I’m entering this tournament doing just that.”
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Big Ten coaches speak Every Big Ten coach spoke about his team at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. By Molly Irene Olmstead firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois — head coach Tim Beckman Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz speaks at the Big Ten college football media day on Thursday in Chicago. (Associated Press/M. Spencer Green)
Kirk Ferentz has been in contact with a Penn State player about a possible transfer, Iowa officials said. Big Ten schools outlined their policies on Nittany Lion transfers at the conference’s media day. By Sam Louwagie email@example.com
CHICAGO — Bill O’Brien compared the past few days to “NFL free agency, without the rules.” So it makes sense that Kirk Ferentz, with his background in the professional league, would be one of the Nittany Lion suitors. O’Brien, the first-year Penn State head coach, told ESPN Radio on Wednesday morning that Ferentz was one of a handful of coaches who had contacted him about potential interest in a player. Penn State players and commitments became free to transfer anywhere in the country as part of NCAA sanctions levied against the school on Monday. Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta confirmed the Hawkeyes had been in contact with one Penn State player on the league’s media day on Wednesday. “We’d been approached by one of the student-athletes, and Kirk called [O’Brien] and said, ‘Hey, I just want you to be aware of this,’ ” Barta said. “We’re not going to be aggressively recruiting, but we will take the calls and see where it goes from there.” Barta said to his knowledge, no Iowa coach had been to State Col-
lege, Pa., to visit the player. He said it was a player the Hawkeyes “had a relationship with prior” to the sanctions. Ferentz said the team was approaching the situation with caution. “What’s going on in that regard is extremely complex and confusing, so probably the best path for anybody is to make sure they’re in compliance,” he said. “You handle it in whatever way you feel is appropriate. I think a lot of people are taking a lot of approaches to it. I’m really comfortable with the approach we’re taking right now.” Those different approaches were on display at Big Ten media day. A few coaches announced they are not interested in recruiting any Penn State players. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema cited a bond among conference teams. “I’ve made the decision as a head coach that we will not reach out to any Penn State players,” he said. “I think one of the things I’ve loved and appreciated about being in this conference is there is a genuine respect for everybody in our league and that you are a Big Ten brother.” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald had similar thoughts.
“There may be free agency created by rules and regulations, but we’re not going to be a part of it,” he said. “I believe there are certain things we’re going to do and stand for as a program, and this is one of those types of decisions.” That was in contrast to Illinois coach Tim Beckman, who admitted eight Illini assistant coaches traveled to State College this week to meet with Nittany Lion players. The coaches set up on the outskirts of campus and met with interested players. Beckman declined to say whether any had decided to transfer to Illinois. Beckman said Illinois’ compliance officer sent a list to Penn State of the players the Illini would contact. He said the school had followed NCAA rules and even made sure to technically stay off the Penn State campus. During his ESPN Radio interview, O’Brien expressed agitation with the coaches who were recruiting Penn State players without contacting him as “a professional courtesy.” O’Brien said he had not heard from Beckman about Illinois’ recruiting efforts. He declined to offer
• Beckman enters his first year with the Illini, becoming the 23rd head coach in school history. • Beckman said he plans to run a dual-threat offense, often playing two running backs and sometimes two quarterbacks at once. He hinted the team’s offensive strategy will be runheavy, which would require support on the offensive line from Donovonn Young and Josh Ferguson for leading rusher Nathan Scheelhaase. • Beckman said the QB position is still open for competition, but Scheelhaase is currently the best option.
Iowa — head coach Kirk Ferentz • Ferentz, entering his 14th season with the Hawkeyes, is now has the longest tenure among Big Ten coaches. • Ferentz said incoming freshman running back Greg Garmon, who was charged in early June with possession of marijuana, will not be suspended. Ferentz said the running-back position is “wide open,” and it’s very likely either Garmon or fellow incoming freshman Barkley Hill will see playing time there.
Indiana — head coach Kevin Wilson • Indiana finished the 2011 season with a 1-11 record — something Wilson said makes him “personally embarrassed.”
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4 with Hawk ties at Olympics Four current or former Hawkeye athletes will compete for her or his country in the Olympics, which officially begin today with the Opening Ceremonies.
Dragos Agache (Romania) — Swimming and Diving
The sole male representing the Black and Gold in London, Dragos was a two-time team MVP during his tenure on campus from 200507. He’ll represent his Eastern European nation in the 100 breast-
stroke — an event in which he still holds the Iowa school record — on July 28.
Heather Arseth (Maritius) — Swimming and Diving
The only current Hawkeye will also be the only athlete in the water for the small African island of Mauritius. She was part of the school-record 200 freestyle relay at the Big Ten championship held in Iowa City this past season. Arseth will swim for her nation in the 200-meter individual freestyle on July 30.
Kineke Alexander (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) — Track and Field
One of three athletes from the small
Carribean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Alexander will compete in her second Olympiad in the 400 meters. The only Hawkeye in history to earn All-America status in all four of her NCAA indoor and outdoor seasons in the same event, Alexander will begin her quest for a medal on Aug. 3.
Diane Nukuri (Burundi) — Track and Field
Nukuri competed in her first Olympics in Sydney, Australia at age 16 in 2000 in the 5K, but she has waited 12 years for her second attempt at a medal. The Burundian exceled at the 5K for the Iowa cross-country team, winning the women’s title in 2007, but she will compete in the 26.2 mile Olympic marathon on Aug. 5.
People watch as a set of Olympic Rings on Thursday float on the River Thames towards the Tower Bridge in the run-up to the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Games open today. (Associated Press/ Charlie Riedel)