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January 2015

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wins second NFL MVP award | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

PHOENIX Once again, NFL MVP voters couldn't pass on voting for the best quarterback.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award. It was announced on Saturday night during the "NFL Honors" show at Phoenix Symphony Hall.

Rodgers threw for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions, leading the Packers to an NFC North championship. That was enough to turn away Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who had 20.5 sacks and was vying to be the first defensive player to win MVP since 1986, when Lawrence Taylor won it. Watt was a unanimous choice for NFL defensive player of the year, the first time that award has been decided by a unanimous vote in the current voting setup. (Click here for a list of all the major NFL awards given out Saturday night.)

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Expert Advice on How to Avoid Destroying your Phone's Battery | Digital Trends

It’s an issue that has plagued humanity since the dawn of the mobile phone. We use our trusty pocket computers so much that they rarely get through a day with any power left. Many of us plug them in at night and fall asleep, content in the knowledge that we’ll wake up to a fully charged device.

But, is it really safe to continue to leave our phones plugged into the charger once they’re fully charged? Is it damaging the battery or shortening its lifespan?

There are lots of myths and questionable ideas on this topic. You’ll find that the Internet is awash with opinions masquerading as facts. What’s the truth? We’ve got some answers for you.

via www.digitaltrends.com


Greenfields: Iowa ranks third in new wind generation

Iowa ranked third nationally for the most wind energy capacity added in 2014, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association.

The Washington, D.C., group said Iowa added 511 megawatts of energy across the plains, following only Texas, which added 1,811 megawatts, and Oklahoma, adding 648 megawatts.

via www.desmoinesregister.com


Man Detained Over Suitcase Found Stuffed With Human Remains - ABC News

A man was detained Friday night in connection with a suitcase that had been found on a downtown San Francisco street stuffed with human remains, authorities said.

Police Chief Greg Suhr confirmed the "person of interest" was detained for questioning in the Tenderloin district, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The move came only hours after police released grainy surveillance photos of a man wearing a striped baseball cap, light blue jeans and a blue and orange jacket.

The suitcase was found Wednesday afternoon on a street in the city's South of Market neighborhood. More body parts were found in a trash can nearby.

via abcnews.go.com




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Today's weather forecast for the Iowa City area, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Isolated Wintry Mix Day: Mostly cloudy with chance of rain and snow. Highs around 37°F. Wind chill values as low as 31°F. Southwest wind 4 to 9 MPH. Chance of precipitation 80 percent. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Light Snow Night: Cloudy with snow. Lows around 27°F. Wind chill values as low as 19°F. South wind 4 to 14 MPH, gusting to 21 MPH. Chance of precipitation 100 percent. New snow accumulation of around 6 inches possible.

Up-to-date weather conditions for the Iowa City area are observed at the Iowa City, Iowa City Municipal Airport, IA.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the corridor area, just type in your zip code using the link below.

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Dems still miffed about Israeli leader's address to Congress - Yahoo News

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right, the Democrats are wrong. The Obama administration has had six years to work out a deal with Iran. Let's face it, Obama is a terrible negotiator.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Asked Friday if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised to speak out in favor of heavier sanctions on Iran somewhere other than a joint meeting of Congress, Pelosi said "the opportunities are great," and noted that the Israeli leader often appears on Sunday talk shows in the U.S.

She also was asked if most House Democrats would attend a Netanyahu speech to Congress. "I don't know," Pelosi replied.

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Weather alert for Linn County, January 31, 2015

Weather for Linn... ...WINTER STORM TO BRING HEAVY SNOWFALL TONIGHT AND SUNDAY... .A DEVELOPING WINTER STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD SNOW ACROSS THE AREA LATE THIS AFTERNOON...WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH SUNDAY. HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER EASTERN IOWA...NORTHWEST ILLINOIS AND FAR NORTHEAST MISSOURI. DEVELOPING STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS SUNDAY MAY RESULT IN CONSIDERABLE DRIFTING AND SOME BLOWING OF THE SNOW. SOME UNCERTAINTY ON THE EXACT TRACK OF THIS STORM REMAINS...WHICH WILL AFFECT WHERE THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED. STAY INFORMED WITH THE LATEST FORECAST UPDATES. ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 PM CST SUNDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN QUAD CITIES HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 PM CST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING...7 PM THIS EVENING UNTIL 9 PM SUNDAY EVENING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...7 TO 11 INCHES. HEAVIEST SNOWS ALONG HIGHWAY 30 SOUTH TO THE I-80 CORRIDOR TO NEAR HIGHWAY 34 IN IOWA. * WINDS...LIGHT SOUTH WINDS TONIGHT. NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH SUNDAY...RESULTING IN CONSIDERABLE DRIFTING OF SNOW AND SOME BLOWING OF THE SNOW BY LATE MORNING. * VISIBILITIES...BELOW 1/2 MILE AT TIMES. * IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS. ON SUNDAY...BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL CREATE AREAS OF LOW VISIBILITY AND MAY MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR ROAD CREWS TO KEEP ROADS CLEAR...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.


Iowa City's outdoor ice skating areas reopen

The City's outdoor ice skating areas are once again open, due to the arrival of colder temperatures. The lake at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area at 579 McCollister Blvd. and the skating pond at City Park at 200 E. Park Road reopened to skaters today after having been closed for two weeks because of warm weather and thinning ice.

For more information, contact the Parks office at 319-356-5107.


Road Construction - Dodge Street and Governor Street

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Weather permitting, on Monday, February 2, 2015, Dodge Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic from Washington Street to Burlington Street. In addition, on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Governor Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic from Burlington Street to Washington Street. These lane reductions are necessary to accommodate the installation of fiber optic lines by Mediacom.

Motorists are to allow extra travel time when traveling in these areas as delays may be possible while work is occuring. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http://www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction.