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December 2016

What's the most popular liquor in Iowa this year?

Walk into any Iowa bar and the locals are likely boozing on Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey, statistics show.

Black Velvet remains Iowans' spirit of choice with 157,190 cases sold in 2016, according to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division annual report. Though Iowans demanded less of their favorite liquors than the year prior, they're more popular than beer, which has virtually flatlined.


Purdue perimeter players start fast in rout of Iowa | Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball |

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Maybe the Iowa basketball team shouldn’t have worried quite so much about Purdue’s inside muscle Wednesday night.

Because it was the Boilermakers’ perimeter snipers that really killed them.

Guards Dakota Mathias and Carsen Edwards combined to make their first seven shots from the field and led five Purdue players in double figures as the 15th-ranked Boilermakers bolted out of the blocks and romped to an 89-67 victory over the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten opener at Mackey Arena.


McElwain wants Florida Gators program to emulate Hawkeyes | Iowa Hawkeyes Football |

TAMPA, Fla. — Shortly after Kirk Ferentz put his Iowa football team through a crisp, focused two-hour Outback Bowl practice Wednesday morning, Florida coach Jim McElwain praised the way the Hawkeyes typically go about things.

“This is one of those school that when you get an opportunity to play, you look forward to it because it’s a chance to test yourself against one of the most consistent programs in college football,’’ McElwain said during a joint news conference with Ferentz.

The Gators and Hawkeyes share 8-4 records as they prepare for Monday’s noon game at Raymond James Stadium, and McElwain said preparing for Iowa now isn’t all that different than it was when he worked as the assistant head coach, receivers coach and special teams coach on John L. Smith’s staff at Michigan State from 2003-05.


Stars React to the Death of Carrie Fisher's Mother Debbie Reynolds

Just one day after Hollywood began mourning the loss of Carrie Fisher, stars are shocked and saddened once again by the news of her mother Debbie Reynolds’ sudden death on Wednesday.

PEOPLE confirmed Reynolds, 84, was rushed to the hospital from her home in Beverly Hills Wednesday afternoon for treatment of a possible stroke. She died several hours later.

Hollywood took to Twitter to mourn the Oscar-nominated star of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Singin’ in the Rain.


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Utah Trucking Association donates more than $10,000 to fallen officers’ families | Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Members of the Utah Trucking Association raised and donated more than $10,000 to the families of West Valley police officer Cody Brotherson and Utah Highway Patrol trooper Eric Ellsworth.

Brotherson, 25, was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 6 while attempting to help other officers stop a fleeing vehicle.

Ellsworth, 31, was hit by a car on Nov. 18 while trying to direct other vehicles around a traffic hazard along a rural road near Garland, Box Elder County. He died Nov. 22 after several days in the intensive care unit at Intermountain Medical Center.

“As members of the trucking industry, we felt that we had an opportunity and responsibility to give back to those families who sadly lost their sons, bothers, fathers and husbands while serving their fellow men and women,” Mark Droubay, the association’s president, said in a statement.


Uber Freight goes after the trucking business | Popular Science

A truck is a means to get cargo from point A to point B. A truck is a home, a job, a frequent guest in small towns that straddle highways, a way of life, and the beating heart of several supporting industries, all designed to keep the truck and its human pilot running. A truck is expenses, a breakable machine controlled by a fallible human, subject to labor laws and rules about interstate commerce. A truck is all of those things, and it may soon be a robot, too.

Uber, the technology company (which, because of its ride-hailing app, functions a lot like a transportation company) launched Uber Freight on Monday night. The minimalist website features a gentle clip, filmed from above, of an 18-wheeler driving on a green hillside. There’s a place for carriers and shippers to give their email addresses to Uber, and links for media to contact the company. It doesn't reveal much.