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July 2016

Texas hot air balloon crash: 16 on board; no survivors -

(CNN)A hot air balloon carrying 16 people crashed in central Texas after catching fire in the air Saturday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

There were no survivors in the crash near Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.
    Here's the latest information on the crash:
    -- Two sources told CNN the balloon may have struck power lines.
    -- Caldwell County Judge Ken Schawe said information on cause is very limited but that it appears the balloon collided with a power line before catching fire and crashing to the ground.


    Cubs getting healthy as Joe Maddon downplays another trade - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

    CHICAGO – The Cubs chose “inventory” over perhaps keeping their best 25 players in the surprise move which sent infielder Tommy La Stella to the minors on Friday while activating outfielder Chris Coghlan (rib cage) from the disabled list.

    “It’s just about rules,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Coghlan is ready to come back and Tommy had an option.”

    The Cubs wanted to keep both left-handed hitters in the organization, so even though La Stella has a .388 on-base percentage, he’s the one to go – for now. Otherwise Coghlan would have been placed on waivers. He may very well be designated for assignment at some point, but this move bought the Cubs some time without losing anyone from the organization.


    Beer sales at Iowa college football games discussed | News & Observer

    A debate is brewing over expanding beer sales at Iowa college football games.

    A key state lawmaker is proposing a legislative review, while Gov. Terry Branstad and some other policy makers want to let state university officials and the Iowa Board of Regents control the bar taps.

    Most areas inside Iowa's university football stadiums are now officially alcohol-free zones, and many politicians and educators are reluctant to start urging young and old fans to hoist foamy, ice-cold beers in college sports venues. But they also face a reality of ever-rising athletic department budgets that constantly demand more money.

    Democratic State Sen. Brian Schoenjahn, who chairs the Senate's higher education budget subcommittee, told The Des Moines Register ( ) the Legislature should "absolutely" study the issue before any decisions are made whether to expand beer sales at Iowa's three state universities' sporting events.


    Iowa Hawkeyes have 'unfinished business' entering season - Big Ten Blog- ESPN

    CHICAGO -- In the quiet moments this offseason when linebacker Josey Jewell's body ached from overexertion, when he felt like shutting down, he did not picture the magical joyride that represented most of Iowa's 2015 season.

    Instead, he went to the dark place that offered a fuel reserve. It had nothing to do with the Hawkeyes' 12-0 start and everything to do with their 0-2 finish on the biggest setting of their college football lives.

    "Whenever you get tired at a workout, you’re thinking about it," Jewell said this week at Big Ten media days. "Because if you don’t push yourself even more, you’re not going to get better than last year -- and you’re going to do the same thing as last year. So during workouts, when you’re tired, when you’re mentally weak, you really want to push through because you’re thinking about those bad things."


    Bears Hopeful Trend Of Successful Second Seasons Continues For Fox

    Even though the Chicago Bears finished last season with a 6-10 record, fans have reasons to be optimistic for 2016.

    First, several additions should bolster a defense that was No. 20 in the NFL in points allowed last season. Second, wide receiver Kevin White — the Bears’ first-round draft pick in 2015 — is completely healthy and ready to contribute on offense. Third, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos showed significant improvement in John Fox’s second season as their head coach.

    Fox’s first season win-loss record with the Panthers and Broncos was 15-17. His second season record was 24-8. The question about the Bears is: Are they ready to take the same step the Panthers and Broncos made? As the team heads into training camp, let’s run a few comparisons.

    Passing Games

    In 2001, the Panthers started fourth-round draft pick Chris Weinke and finished 1-15, which cost coach George Seifert his job. In 2002, Fox’s first season as an NFL head coach, the Panthers started Rodney Peete and finished 7-9. In 2003, they signed free agent Jake Delhomme from the New Orleans Saints, finished atop the NFC South with an 11-5 record, and fought the New England Patriots to the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVIII before losing, 32-29.


    Friday's recap: Cubs 12, Mariners 1 - Chicago Tribune

    The Cubs put it all together on a rainy Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field and pummeled the Seattle Mariners 12-1 for the North Siders’ third consecutive victory.

    At the plate

    Jason Heyward homered and knocked in three runs, Anthony Rizzo drove in three and Chris Coghlan two to lead the Cubs’ offense. Kris Bryant went 3-for-3 with an RBI and David Ross found the seats in left as the Cubs reached double-figures in runs for the first time in over a month.


    Clinton Promises Robust Job-Creating Infrastructure Plan

    A multiyear plan designed to boost funding for new highways and bridges would provide employment for people currently looking for work, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said while accepting her party’s presidential nomination on July 28 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

    Clinton indicated that her 5-year, $275 billion proposal to finance large-scale infrastructure and freight connectivity projects would go into effect during the first 100 days of her administration, if she’s elected president in November.

    “We will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II,” Clinton said. “Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business and infrastructure. If we invest in infrastructure now, we’ll not only create jobs today, but lay the foundation for the jobs of the future.”


    Hillary Clinton's America

    "Hillary Clinton's America is an America that King George might actually have embraced.  Hillary Clinton's America is an America that may not have even had to seek its independence.  Hillary Clinton's America is an America that may not have ever really needed to rebel, because Hillary Clinton's America establishes the very things and more that our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to overthrow." - Rush Limbaugh

    Northbound Dubuque St. closed due to gas leak

    IOWA CITY, IA. -- Due to a gas leak near the intersection of Dubuque and Kimball streets, northbound Dubuque St. traffic is being diverted at Church St., as well as Park Rd.  Motorists will need to use alternate routes of travel until the situation is resolved.  MidAmerican Energy is on the scene and working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.