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May 2016

Iowa's elderly lose savings to scams

Karla Sibert answered her mother’s cellphone on April 1, 2014, while her mother, Marlene Sibert, 79, was in surgery. On the other end of the line, a woman asked how the product Marlene had bought from Leading Health Source was working.

Karla Sibert, of Palo, pretended to be her mother and asked what she had bought and how she had paid for it. She doesn’t recall the answer but after hanging up the phone she got out her mother’s credit card and called the number on the back. She learned that the card had $8,000 worth of charges.


Trump Tells Rolling Thunder Crowd: Illegal Immigrants Treated Better Than Veterans in U.S. |

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Donald Trump was focusing on veterans Sunday at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.

The Memorial Day weekend event, which got its start in 1988, also honors members of the military missing in action.

Motorcyclists began their procession from the Pentagon, crossed the Potomac River and rode around the National Mall, ending up at a rally by the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.


Hawks’ baseball rally stumbles in title rumble

In front of more than 8,000 Iowa fans that made the trip across the Missouri River to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the magic finally ran out for the Hawkeyes in the ninth inning of the fifth day at the Big Ten Tournament.

Heading to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning down 3 runs, the Hawkeyes put together yet another late-game rally that included two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and 3 hits to knot the game at 7.


Sunday's recap: Cubs 7, Phillies 2 - Chicago Tribune

Ben Zobrist extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a three-run home run in the third inning Sunday to help the Cubs extend their winning streak to five with a 7-2 victory against the Phillies that completed a three-game sweep before 41,575 at Wrigley Field.

It marked the 34th consecutive start in which Zobrist has reached base.

Miguel Montero also homered and drove in two runs. Kris Bryant also had a pair of RBIs to help the Cubs improve their baseball-best record to 34-14.


Iowa Baseball Advances to Big Ten Tournament Title Game |

OMAHA, Nebraska -- The Hawkeyes continued their remarkable run in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament by beating Maryland on Saturday and advancing to the championship game.

Iowa, who entered the tournament as the lowest seed after barely making it, blew out Maryland by a score of 11-0.

The Hawkeyes will now play in the Big Ten Tournament title game on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.


Ben Zobrist puttin' on the hits for the Cubs - Chicago Tribune

Ben Zobrist's left index finger makes its way down the inside of his right arm.

The line he draws is imaginary, but that doesn't make it any less real to him. It doesn't make it any less a definition of what separates the haves in the batter's box, which Zobrist has been, from the have-nots.

At the bottom left of the line, near the inside of his elbow, his finger points to a spot the have-nots often reside.

"An amateur hitter is over here and going toward the line," the Cubs second baseman said, dragging his finger while standing in front of his locker before Saturday's 4-1 victory against the Phillies. "They're like, 'OK, I'm making this adjustment.' Closer and closer and closer. They hit the line and they're like, 'I got it.'


Iowa Indian Burial Site Possibility Stalls Oil Pipeline - ABC News

The possibility of an American Indian burial site in northwest Iowa may require relocation of a crude oil pipeline route and delay the beginning of construction in Iowa, the only one of four states where work hasn't begun.

The Dakota Access pipeline passes through the Big Sioux Wildlife Management area in Lyon County, traditional homeland for the Dakota Sioux where Standing Rock Sioux Tribal leaders say there is a burial site.

"The site has been identified by the tribe as of historical and cultural significance with associated burial activity," said State Archaeologist John Doershuk.

Under Iowa law, Doershuk must now study the area to determine whether it is more than 150 years old. If so, it is considered ancient burial grounds and he is obligated under Iowa law to protect it from disturbance.