Stage on the Page

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stage on the page is a drama discussion group that meets in the Library Board Room. Copies of plays are available for checkout at the library.

Stage on the page is a drama discussion group that meets in the Library Board Room.  Copies of plays are available for checkout at the library.  Come when the plays sound interesting or become a regular.  Everyone is welcome to join the discussion!

Assassins - a musical by STephen Sondheim & John WeidmanApril 27 : Assassins - a musical by Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Assassins has long been a favorite of theatre aficionados and helped give rise to the career of Neil Patrick Harris. Assassins is a quirky, revue-style musical that portrays both successful and would-be assassins with songs such as “Everybody’s Got the Right,” “The Ballad of Booth,” and “Another National Anthem.”

via www.coralville.org

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Basic Energy Unstacking All Fracking Equipment, Posting Jobs

With the U.S. drilling rig count quickly catching up with available pressure pumping capacity, Basic Energy Services Inc. has unstacked nearly all of its horsepower and is looking for people to fill the ranks, the CEO said Friday.

The U.S. onshore well site services specialist was hit especially hard during the downturn and voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection as the call for its hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and fluid services dried up. It services oil and natural gas wells in more than 100 service points in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, the Rocky Mountains and in Appalachia.

The Fort Worth, TX-based oilfield services operator emerged from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late December and while cautious, business is getting better, CEO Roe Patterson said Friday during a conference call. Following the bankruptcy, Basic adopted "fresh start" accounting, which resulted in the operator becoming a new entity for accounting and financial reporting purposes.

via www.naturalgasintel.com

Related:  http://www.coralvillecourier.com/jobs/



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Iowa fireworks lovers may soon get a bigger bang

MITCHELL — If outgoing Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signs a bill legalizing the sale of fireworks in the state, things are going to get very busy at Flashing Thunder Fireworks Spectacular.

The Mitchell-based fireworks retailer and event producer already sells consumer-grade fireworks in other states, but has never been allowed to sell to Iowans.

At least, not unless Iowans bought their products in a state where the devices are legal.

“Obviously, it’s more business for us,” said co-owner Katie Mostek, of the possible law change. “We are a distributor of consumer fireworks, so we would gain some business by distributing to people that are selling it in the state of Iowa, and we would also set up retail locations to sell it ourselves.”

The Iowa House and Senate both passed legislation legalizing the sale of consumer-grade fireworks. That would include bottle rockets, firecrackers and roman candles.

via wcfcourier.com


Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say - BBC News

Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.

Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax.

Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world.

The plastic is used to make shopping bags and food packaging, among other things, but it can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.

However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour.

via www.bbc.com


UPDATE: Iowa City Police investigate suspicious death

On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. the Iowa City Police Department was dispatched to 518 South Capitol St., Iowa City to a report of an unknown problem. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased male subject with multiple sources of trauma. Based on the evidence thus far discovered at 518 South Capitol St., and the known circumstances surrounding the death of the subject, the department's Investigations Unit is treating this case as a homicide. Officers continues to actively investigate this matter and are pursuing all leads as developed. 

The autopsy is being conducted with the preliminary results expected on Tuesday, April 25. The release of the name of the deceased subject is being withheld pending official identification by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office.    

The police department continues to seek the public’s assistance and encourages anyone with information regarding this incident, particularly between the hours of 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and 11:11 a.m., Sunday April 23, to contact Iowa City Police at 319-356-6800.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477) or at iccrimestoppers.org.  All contacts are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


 

Original message: On April 23, at 11:11 a.m., the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) was dispatched to 518 South Capitol Street, Iowa City to a report of an unknown problem. Upon officers arrival, a deceased male subject was located. The circumstances surrounding the death of the subject is being treated as suspicious. This matter remains under active investigation by the ICPD investigations unit. 

The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time pending official identity confirmation and notification of the family.

There will be no further information released at this time.  However, more information will be released on Monday, April 24.

If this matter is determined to be a criminal act, the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477) or at iccrimestoppers.org. All contacts are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


Experts Talk Tesla In The Semi-Truck Business

Over the years, many an analyst has called much of Tesla’s plan “hype.” Heck, many have called the entire company “hype.” But Tesla has pushed through the adversity, and delivered.

The Silicon Valley automaker was first to market with production-level long-range all-electric vehicles, and remains the leader in the segment. Unfortunately for Tesla, General Motors won the race to an “affordable” version of the latter, but Tesla is well on its way to releasing its competitor, and perhaps in a timely manner.

With all of this being said, what is Tesla truly up against when it comes to a successful electric semi-truck? Most of us – especially EV aficionados – have a pretty good idea about how to answer that question when it come to passenger cars, but it’s probably better to leave it to industry experts, when it comes to commercial trucking.

via insideevs.com


Frito-Lay recalls Jalapeno flavored chips for Salmonella concerns

Frito-Lay is recalling varieties of chips for Salmonella concerns.

The Salmonella risk is in the seasoning used on the Jalapeno Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeno Flavored Miss Vickie's Kettle Cooked potato chips.

The recall is voluntary and stems from a seasoning supplier who recalled their jalapeno powder. The Federal Food and Drug Administration said no Salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Frito-Lay. 

The specific recalled product information is listed below:

All sizes of the following two products that have a “guaranteed fresh” date of JUL 4 or prior printed on the front upper panel of the package:

  • Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips
  • Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips

via www.wfaa.com