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Grilling Good Eats

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Grilling Good EatsSome people call it grilling, others call it BBQ (I’ll talk about the difference later), but to borrow a snippet from the United States Postal Service creed, rain or shine, snow or sleet… you can deliver great grilled eats on any given day! It’s true, sunny days are optional. Anytime is grilling season, even if there’s a foot of snow on the ground where you live! Any day is a great day to light the charcoal, fire up the gas grill, load up the smoker, take the lid off the portable Weber, heck, rub two sticks together - it doesn’t matter how - put some meat on the fire!

Don’t forget the tongs…..


Cubs top Cardinals in Jose Quintana home debut

CHICAGO -- Welcome home, Jose Quintana. Kyle Schwarber smacked a game-tying solo home run and Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run shot to back Quintana in his Cubs home debut, posting a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night to move the Cubs into a tie for first place in the National League Central.

"We haven't had a run [until now]," manager Joe Maddon said of the Cubs, who are five games over .500 for the first time this year. "We've not run at all in the first half, we've been walking the whole first half. We finally get on a little bit of a mini-run now, and that coincides with the other team not doing as well. Bully for us."


Structure Fire at 3740 E Ave NW - Cedar Rapids

CRFD was dispatched on a 1st alarm to this residence for the report of a structure fire.  Upon arrival of first due crews, reported seeing fire from the back of the structure and began their interior attack on the fire.  Crews reported all occupants and pets were out of the structure from the beginning.  Crews encountered heavy fire inside the front door as the exterior companies reported fire through the roof.  The fire was brought under control with two attack lines.  The house suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor arm injury.  No other injuries reported.

CRPD Investigates Possible Assault

Officers were dispatched to a person down in the area of 2nd Ave and 11th St SW at 5:06pm on 07/23.  Initially Officers believed this was an accident involving a pedestrian due to witness account.  Officers later learned this was an assault.

The Police Department is still investigating this incident.

Fire at Lumber Yard - Cedar Rapids

CRFD was dispatched for a fire alarm activation with water flow to the Lumber Yard adult entertainment club at 2:30pm, 07/23.  After the 1st engine arrived they noted water coming from the door and smoke in the structure so the alarm was upgraded to a 1st alarm structure fire assignment.

Once crews made entry they encountered heavy smoke and noted that the sprinkler system was activated and flowing. A fire was found in the center of the structure and quickly extinguished. No one was in the business at the time of the fire. The alarm system and sprinkler system worked as they were designed and helped save the structure. The sprinkler system kept the fire under control until fire fighters could make entry and extinguish what was left.

Today's Weather Outlook for the Corridor

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the corridor area.  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 below.

Coralville, Iowa, weather forecast

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Cubs strike last after Wainwright, Lester duel

CHICAGO -- On Friday, the Cardinals scored nine runs in the eighth inning to post a win over the Cubs. On Saturday, the Cubs got some payback, thanks to Jon Lester and the return of Kris Bryant.

A surprise starter after missing a game because of a finger injury, Bryant hit a game-tying RBI single and scored on Anthony Rizzo's double, both with two outs in the eighth inning, to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

"K.B. being able to play was the difference in today's game," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "The combination of the hit and his speed -- I don't think anybody else scores on that. ... You can't underestimate the importance of one person in the lineup, and there it was."


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College football rankings: Iowa Hawkeyes

The Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 33 in the Orlando Sentinel 2017 preseason college football rankings. The Hawkeyes have to fill a few key holes, but the team once again features an imposing offensive line and is expected to be competitive in the Big Ten.

Our ranking: No. 33 

Coach: Kirk Ferentz (135-92, entering 19th season; 147-113 overall)

2016 record: 8-5, 6-3 in Big Ten Conference, tied for second in West Division

Look back: A wave of optimism washed over the Iowa program as it entered the 2016 season thanks, in part, to a successful 2015 campaign that saw the Hawkeyes win a program-best 12 games and capture the West Division. Despite being buoyed by those expectations, the team struggled in close losses to North Dakota State, Northwestern and Wisconsin. But upset wins over Michigan and Nebraska helped Iowa bounce back to finish second in the division en route to the program’s fourth consecutive January bowl.

Offensive starters returning: 7

Offensive starters lost: 4

Defensive starters returning: 8

Defensive starters lost: 3

Key losses: QB C.J. Beathard, RB LeShun Daniels Jr., WR Riley McCarron, OL Cole Croston, DL Jaleel Johnson, DB Desmond King, DB Greg Mabin, P Ron Coluzzi

Top returnees: OL Sean Welsh, OL James Daniels, WR Matt VandeBerg, WR Jerminic Smith, LB Josey Jewell, LB Bo Bower, LB Ben Niemann, DB Brandon Snyder