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October 2016

John Fox denies report that he's done with Jay Cutler after the season - CBSSports.com

Good news: Jay Cutler will be under center for the Bears on Monday night against the Vikings after missing the previous six weeks with a thumb injury.

Bad news: Cutler's days in Chicago once again appear numbered.

Coming off one of the best seasons of his career -- thanks in large part to offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who is now the Dolphins coach -- Cutler completed just 61 percent of his passes with a touchdown and two interceptions in the first two games of 2016. Exacerbating matters: Journeyman quarterback Brian Hoyer's stat-stuffing performance in Cutler's absence.

Mercifully, we've been spared the Cutler-Hoyer quarterback controversy -- Hoyer suffered a broken arm and is expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks -- but it doesn't sound like coach John Fox has much confidence in Cutler now that he's healthy.

via www.cbssports.com


Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: RECAP, score, stats (10/27/16), NFL Week 8 | NJ.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There's nothing like a visit from the Jacksonville Jaguars to make the Tennessee Titans remember how to protect their home field.

Marcus Mariota threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns to end his home struggles and the Titans had their highest point total of the season in a 36-22 victory over the Jaguars on Thursday night.

Since the start of the 2014 season, the Titans are 3-0 at home against the Jaguars and 1-17 against everybody else. The Titans are 3-8 in home games started by Mariota, a second-year pro out of Oregon.

via www.nj.com


Sony goes totally old school for its latest PS4 Pro ad - The Verge

The PS4 Pro launches on November 10th for $399, and to get people excited for the souped-up console Sony is going old school. Very old school. The PlayStation UK Twitter account tweeted this '80s-style ad for the Pro, highlighting its many technical features, including "super fresh graphics" and "immersive gaming experience." As the man in the advert said: Woahhh.

via www.theverge.com


Clinton holds lead, but pollsters say their job is harder | Reuters

Many opinion polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump in a tight race for the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, but any one of four factors may make the outcome harder to predict.

Among the challenges for pollsters: The historic unpopularity of both candidates, the potential Election Day voter response to the polls themselves, the growing abandonment of landlines for cellphones, and the rise of online polling.

Some high-profile stumbles worldwide - including opinion polls that missed Colombia's Oct. 2 rejection of a peace deal - underscore how technological, social and cultural shifts have made polling more difficult than ever.

An average of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.com shows former Secretary of State Clinton beating Trump, a businessman, by 5.4 percentage points. Highlighting the difficulties, the range varies from plus-13 for Clinton to a straight tie.

via www.reuters.com


Dakota pipeline protesters forced back to lick wounds after multiple arrests - CNN.com

protesters lit debris on fire near a bridge and threw Molotov cocktails at law enforcement, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said.
 
By midnight Thursday some of the more dedicated opponents of the pipeline had already sneaked through police lines and relit fires near the site.

via www.cnn.com


McCaffery starting to get handle on starting lineup | Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball

IOWA CITY — After nearly four weeks of preseason practice, Fran McCaffery has begun to formulate a solid idea of what the starting lineup will look like for his Iowa basketball team this season.

The head coach isn't quite ready to share it with the world yet. Things could change after a scrimmage this weekend and an exhibition game next Friday against Division II Regis University.

But those weeks of practice have confirmed for McCaffery what he already suspected: That this will be one of the deepest and most athletic teams he has had. All the Hawkeyes really lack is experience.

via qctimes.com


Bachelor on the Cheap: Making your own beef, chicken or pork stock

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Don't throw those bones away!

Bones and meat scraps are the foundations for stock, which you can use to create some fantastic soups, sauces, gravies as well as flavor side dishes like rice, potatoes and pasta with.

Those bones and meat scraps, combined with some nice veggies - all translate to flavor!  Besides, what YOU make is better than anything you can buy.  Why?  Because you control the flavor, the salt level, you can customize it to the way you really like it and there's no ingredients you can't pronounce!

Doing a bone-in pot roast?  Don't throw away those bones.  Roasting a chicken?  Don't throw those bones away.  Frying up some pork chops?  No, don't throw those bones away. 

You're probably already familiar with beef and chicken stock and those are the most popular stocks you see on the grocery store shelves, along with vegetable. 

But tonight, I made some pork stock.  It's used regularly in Asian and Mexican cuisine, but for some strange reason, it's totally under-used in the American kitchen.

I put a pork roast in the oven tonight with some root vegetables for dinner, DELICIOUS!  But after the meal was enjoyed and the leftovers were put away, I proceeded to make some pork stock with the remaining meat scraps and bones.

How to make meat stock

Ingredients:

  • Meat bones/carcass (preferably, something you've roasted)
  • 2-3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
  • One medium onion, roughly chopped
  • Three cloves of garlic
  • One heaping teaspoon of dried parsley flake
  • The juice of one lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place meat bones in a stock pot, cover with water and add the juice from the lime.  Bring to a slow rolling boil, skim off any foam that comes to the top.  After skimming, add the remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for up to 12 hours.  The longer the simmer, the deeper the flavor.  After the simmer, let the stock cool to room temperature and strain the broth from the bones and veggies.  Transfer to storage containers and freeze.  The broth is good for up to seven days in the refrigerator and is delicious added to a number of dishes!

Flavor those mashed potatoes with some chicken stock.  Use some pork stock to cook rice with instead of water, you'll be amazed how much better rice is!  De-glaze that pan you used to fry up that steak with some stock to create a nice pan sauce or gravy.  It's another dose of YUM!


News and Notes from the City of Coralville, October 27, 2016

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Meetings: Johnson County Boards of Supervisors & Coralville City Council (Oct. 27), Library Board of Trustees (Nov. 2), Planning & Zoning Commission (Nov. 2), City Council (Nov. 8)
  • Tot Lot (Nov. 3)
  • Daylight Saving time ends (Nov. 6)
  • Election Day (Nov. 8)

View all upcoming events

 

Spooktacular Trick or Treating

Rain or shine!

Monday, October 31 | 5:30-8:00 pm 

Halloween trick or treating in Coralville is from 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 31. From big goblins to little pumpkins, all trick or treaters should be with a supervising adult.

Check out our list of Halloween safety tips! Learn more

 

Are your leaves falling?

Pick up biodegradable yard waste bags for $1 each at Coralville Hy-Vee, Lowe’s, Theisen’s, and City Hall. Annual yard waste stickers can be purchased for $25 at City Hall. Or, skip raking and mulch or compost leaves to feed your lawn or garden naturally!

Yard waste collection runs through November 30 or the first snowfall, whichever comes first. Learn more

 

Fall Cleanup at Oak Hill Cemetery

Staff will soon begin the annual fall cleanup in all sections of Oak Hill Cemetery. If you have loved ones in the cemetery, please remove floral arrangements or decorations you wish to keep before November 1.

In the south and southwest sections of the cemetery, staff will remove flowers and shrubs from plots to prepare for perpetual care projects. Learn more

 

Horrorville Fright Fest

October 28 & 29

It’s a haunting good time at Coralville Parks and Recreation's "Horrorville" with a weekend of tricks and treats! Put on a costume for games and Hotel Transylvania in S.T. Morrison Park on Friday night, and join in the Family Fun Run on Saturday night! 

 

Fire Department Annual Chili Supper

Let the firefighters do the cooking

Saturday, October 29 | 4:00-8:00 pm

It's that time of year again! Come out to Fire Station #1, where firefighters will serve some of the best chili in town. All proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Miracle Burn Camp. Learn more

 

Election Day Is Near

Early Voting in Coralville

Friday, November 4 | 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, November 5 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Early voting for the Presidential Election on November 8 will take place at the Coralville Public Library on November 4 and 5. Learn more

Early Voting at the Auditor’s Office

Early voting is available at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office through November 7. Learn more

Voting on Election Day

Tuesday, November 8 | 7:00 am-9:00 pm

The Presidential Election is Tuesday, November 8. On November 8, registered voters must vote at their polling placeLearn more

 

On Stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Revive Me

Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5

Presented by Elim Arrival. This gathering of eastern Iowa churches and ministries seeking heaven-sent revival features praise bands and messages from area ministers.

All American Family Show

Sunday, November 6 | 2:00 pm

Celebrate U. S. veterans with magic, a game show, balloon Olympics, comedy, face painting, glitter tattoos, mentalism, swag bags, meet-and-greet, and a kid chore auction. 

Orchestra Iowa Masterworks:
A Night in Prague

Friday, November 11 | 7:30 PM

In a nod to the Czech history abounding in eastern Iowa, this offers a musical exploration of a heritage deeply embedded within our communities.
 
Learn more

 

What's Happening at the Library

Family Storytime with Spooky Tubas

Saturday, October 29 | 10:30 am

Come in costume to this spooktacular event featuring costumed guests from the University of Iowa’s Tuba-Euphonium studio, Collegium Tubum! Learn more

Friends of the Coralville Library Book Sale

Friday, November 4 | 1:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, November 5 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Hundreds of gently used books, movies, and other items for all ages are available at great prices! Learn more

LitFlicks Free Movie: The Big Short

Wednesday, November 9 | 6:00 pm

Based on the book by Michael Lewis, this details the lead up to the U. S. mortgage housing crisis. Learn more

 

Stay Informed!

Connect with the City of Coralville and subscribe to City updates on anything from agendas and minutes to community events and more. Sign up and select the topics that interest you at www.coralville.org/notifyme.

 

 


Bill Northey: We're having 'serious' conversations on run for governor

As Terry Branstad serves out his record-setting reign as governor, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Thursday that he is having "serious" conversations about a run for the position.

Northey made his comments Thursday during a sit-down interview with the Iowa State Daily.

"We are having conversations...[it's] not something that needs to be decided yet," Northey said "There was a time [where] I would have just said...I was not interested. It was not something I felt that I was ready for or that I could contribute to.

"It's something we're in serious conversations with folks now," he said.

Northey, a Republican, has been secretary of agriculture in Iowa since 2007. He won a narrow race when first elected in 2006, but has easily been reelected in 2010 and 2014. 

via www.iowastatedaily.com


Iowa looking at a minimum wage increase across the state | WQAD.com

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This is NOT a proper role of government. Government isn't supposed to intervene in the daily affairs of business, government is supposed to sit on the sidelines and watch the game, only stepping on the playing field if cheating is going on. And never mind all the evidence showing that falsely inflating wages doesn't work. It leads to job loss, not gain. It leads to higher prices, not increased buying power.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said he's going to start exploring raising the minimum wage across in Iowa.

For businesses like Barrel House in Davenport, Iowa they said the increase wouldn't affect them much.

"If we need to generate more revenue to outset that cost then we just give even better service and yummier food and focus on those aspects even more," Abraham Blair, director of kitchen operations at Barrel House.

Blair said his staff is hardworking and he'd like to see them make a little more.

"I Think it's time I think it's time for us to get with the trend and be more competitive with some other states," said Blair.

The Scott County Board of Trustees said it's time for a set minimum wage across the state of Iowa.

"You don`t want to hodge-podge 99 different counties and have different minimum wage," said Jim Hancock, Scott County Board of Supervisors.

The board believes it's up to the state to make the change.

“This is definitely a state issue and I think Governor Branstad is right on," said Hancock.

At Woodfire Grill, their owner doesn't agree with this change.

"Not a good idea from a business owner stand point as well as a consumer stand point so basically what your gonna see happen is in the long run just basically inflation to offset it," said Toby Christianson, owner of Woodfire Grill.

He believes it will end up hurting more than it could help.

"Long term, how do businesses offset that, they're not just gonna eat it, well pun intended, we're in a restaurant, eventually we're gonna see price increases as an adjustment to that," said Christianson.

But for these businesses they have some time, the discussion about raising the minimum wage won't happen until after the November 8th election.

via wqad.com