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Kalona News > News > County still pondering Lake Darling contribution

The Washington County Board of Supervisors Tuesday again tabled a request by the Friends of Lake Darling for a $15,000 to $20,000 contribution toward the construction of six handicapped-accessible, four-season, two-bedroom cabins at the state park. The 765-square-foot cabins will each have a 225 square-foot back porch.

The nonprofit group has already raised funding for three of the six cabins, said Dr. Fay Vittetoe, a member of the group, and they will cost an estimated $150,000 each.


Prisoner Sues Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West And Other Stars For $2.4 Billion

In today's batch of bizarre celebrity lawsuits, a prisoner in California is suing some of the biggest names in pop music for more than $2 billion.

As first reported by Re-Tox, an inmate named Richard Dupree filed a $2.4 billion lawsuit against Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Chris Brown, claiming the stars stole song lyrics he had been writing while incarcerated.


New Obamacare Fix Is Bad News for Democrats - Yahoo Finance

A little-known proposed change to the president’s health care law could result in a new political nightmare for Democrats who are vulnerable in the 2014 midterm elections. says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal in March that would prohibit insurers from selling fixed-benefit insurance plans as stand-alone policies.

Related: Obama’s Falling Ratings Hurt Dems in Midterms

Fixed-benefit plans are so bare bones they don’t even qualify as actual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate – so people who are covered by these plans only are still subject to the penalty unless they qualify for an exemption.



Young Footliters presents Vera Morris’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel for 4 performances, May 9-11 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  The production features 34 local children in 1st through 8th grades and is directed by Dave Helmuth.  Westport Touchless Autowash in the supporting sponsor.

Performances are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Friday, May 9 at 7pm, Saturday, May 10 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, May 11 at 2pm.  Tickets are $7 - $12 and are available online at, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office (1301 5th Street) and Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th Street).

“When you re-imagine a folk tale like Hansel and Gretel, you want to give performances that feel new and inspired—something you haven’t seen or heard before. The kids in our cast have consistently surprised us with their humor and creative ideas for bringing the characters to life. Familiar characters like the Witch have a new, humorous energy, and new characters like the moving trees make Hansel and Gretel’s world feel more colorful and magical. I’ve been thrilled with the kids’ enthusiasm for making the show funny and entertaining. Every night they have new ideas,” says assistant director Tara Acton.

Director Helmuth says of this production, “The trees are alive.  They sing, dance, and tell jokes.  This is no ordinary fairy tale.  This show will keep you laughing and laughing - fun for the whole family.”

Young Footliters is a program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts offering children and teens fun, creative, and educational theater arts opportunities in a safe, positive, and professional environment.  Young Footliters aims to produce quality productions and classes that promote responsibility, confidence, leadership, cooperation, and arts appreciation.

Donald Sterling has options to weigh after NBA ban -

Donald Sterling has been shamed, fined $2.5 million and banned for life by the NBA for his incendiary remarks about race.

But none of that changes the fact that Sterling still owns the Los Angeles Clippers, which gives him options.

"This may set up nicely for him," said David Carter, executive director of USC's Sports Business Institute. "He could ride off into the sunset a la Frank McCourt."

Much like the former Dodgers owner, Sterling might be forced to sell his franchise at an opportune moment, shortly before the NBA renegotiates its lucrative national television contract. An auction-like frenzy could drive the price toward $1 billion.


Public Preference for a GOP Congress Marks a New Low in Obama’s Approval - ABC News

Weary of waiting for an economic recovery worth its name, a frustrated American public has sent Barack Obama’s job approval rating to a career low – with a majority in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll favoring a Republican Congress to act as a check on his policies.

Registered voters by 53-39 percent in the national survey say they’d rather see the Republicans in control of Congress as a counterbalance to Obama’s policies than a Democratic-led Congress to help support him. It was similar in fall 2010, when the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and gained six Senate seats.


Iowa City internet slower than advertised - The Daily Iowan

Iowa City residents are not seeing the super-fast speeds promised to them by their Internet providers.

In fact, on average, the speeds are over 15 percent slower for downloading and 20 percent slower for uploading than they are advertised as in the Iowa City area, according to a recent study by Ookla, the company behind


GDP Slows to Crawl in First Quarter, Up 0.1% -

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This is terrible number and a reflection of Obama Administration policies.  They flat out don't work.  And note that instead of focusing on job creation, intellectually lazy Democrats want to distract you with calls for raising the minimum wage. What good is that to people who don't have jobs?  A humming economy with ample job opportunities trumps a pay hike for a small segment of the workforce every time.

Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, advanced at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.1% in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had forecast growth at a 1.1% pace for the quarter.

The broad slowdown to start the year halted what had been improving economic momentum during much of 2013. In the second half of last year, the economy expanded at a 3.4% pace. The first-quarter reading fell far below even the lackluster average annual gain of near 2% since the recession ended.


Taco Bell Reveals Its Mystery Beef Ingredients - Yahoo

After Taco Bell started telling the public its beef is 88 percent beef, customers were left to wonder, what's the other 12 percent?

They need wonder no more.

Taco Bell, owned by Yum! Brands, features an explainer on its website to explain what the other 12 percent is.

The company states on the website that they "do have weird names," but they're all "safe and approved by the FDA."



Iowa corn planting behind schedule - TheGazette

Iowa farmers took advantage of several days of decent weather last week to plant corn, but the season is off to a very slow start.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that producers have planted 15 percent of the expected corn acreage, 13 percent ahead of 2013, but 18 percent behind the five-year average. Some corn has begun to emerge and there were scattered reports of soybean planting.