October 15, 2012 |
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Less than a month ago, Iowa was coming off a startling loss to Central Michigan. The Hawkeyes didn't look like a championship team in the Mid-American Conference, much less the Big Ten. Then the conference season started, and the turnaround was immediate. After Saturday's victory at Michigan State, Iowa is tied with Michigan atop the Legends Division heading into Saturday's big home game against Penn State (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten). "It's awesome, obviously. It's cool being at the top," tight end Jake Duzey said.
October 14, 2012 |
Mark Weisman ran for 116 yards and scored a tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, and Iowa went on to beat Michigan State, 19-16, in double overtime Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. Mike Meyer kicked field goals in both overtimes, including a 42-yarder in the second that gave the Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) their first lead. Iowa then won it when Greg Castillo, a former St. Joseph's Prep standout and the son of Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, intercepted Andrew Maxwell's deflected pass.
October 11, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Judging from what the Penn State players have to say, bye weeks ending hot streaks is a myth. Though Penn State has won four games in a row, players are taking the current bye week as a welcome break from a hectic season. "It's just nice to get a break," tight end Kyle Carter said. "A lot of people are gonna be able to go home. It's good to have it right now, during a four-game winning streak, right in the middle of the season to be able to come back strong for the last six. " The Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten)
October 5, 2012 |
AS POLITICAL satires go, "Butter" is about as subtle as a slab of lard served on a slice of ham. Big, broad, but only fitfully funny, it takes a swipe at Iowa and Iowans. A few sucker punches land, thanks largely to a star-studded cast. But it never feels like anything but an outsider's nasty dismissal of the corn-fed corner of red-state culture. Jennifer Garner is cast amusingly against type as Laura, a real Lady Macbeth with a butter knife. She shouldn't have to take up that knife, but the Iowa "Mastery of Butter" judges have nudged her dairy-Degas, 15-time state fair butter-carving champ husband, Bob, out of competition.
October 1, 2012
DES MOINES, IOWA - Five weeks to Election Day, President Obama is within reach of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a second term. Republican Mitt Romney's path to victory is narrowing. To overtake Obama, Romney would need to quickly gain the upper hand in nearly all of the nine states where he and Obama are competing the hardest. Polls show that the president with a steady lead in many of them as Romney looks to shift the dynamics of the race, starting with their first debate Wednesday, in Denver.
August 10, 2012 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - It's an overriding conservative principle: Scale back government interference and let businesses survive or fail on their merits. But standing by that principle may hurt Mitt Romney in Iowa, a hotly contested swing state that could provide a crucial six electoral college votes in November. Romney recently upset many conservatives here by saying he would end a government tax credit that helps subsidize a burgeoning wind industry in the state. Some of them - farmers who earn tens of thousands of dollars a year for having wind turbines on their property - say they won't vote for Romney because of his wind position.
August 6, 2012 |
LINCOLN, Neb. - Thousands of fish are dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees. About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials said they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon, catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River, including the endangered pallid sturgeon. And biologists in Illinois said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish and is threatening the population of the greater redhorse fish, a state endangered species.
July 30, 2012
Iowa running back De'Andre Johnson has been suspended after two run-ins with police in the last week. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Sunday he had suspended Johnson from all team activities after learning about the sophomore's latest encounter with police. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that Johnson was ticketed for speeding and eluding arrest on Saturday. It said Johnson drove his motorcycle 60 m.p.h. in a 25-m.p.h. zone and didn't immediately pull over. Two days earlier, Johnson was ticketed by Iowa City police for maintaining a disorderly house after neighbors complained of a loud party.
July 11, 2012 |
DES MOINES, Iowa — It took only two seasons for Fran McCaffery to take the downtrodden Iowa program and make it a respectable one. On Tuesday, the university showed it believes McCaffery can turn the Hawkeyes into the Big Ten contenders they used to be. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta announced that the Philadelphia native has signed a new, 7-year deal with a raise. McCaffery will be paid at least $1.66 million a year with a base salary of $1.3 million starting next season.
May 26, 2012 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - President Obama delivered his harshest rebuttal yet to rival Mitt Romney on Thursday, dismissing his challenger's claims as "a cow pie of distortions" as he sought to rekindle the all-but-faded Iowa magic that launched him in 2008. Escalating his criticism of Romney's background as a venture capitalist, Obama said it wasn't adequate preparation for the presidency. "There may be value for that kind of experience, but it's not in the White House," Obama said. The speech, to a cheering crowd of about 2,500 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, represented a new intensity for Obama's campaign as Romney begins to hit his stride carrying the Republican standard.