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May 2015

Johnson County may reconsider denial of tax refund | TheGazette

IOWA CITY — A recent vote by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors not to refund the taxes a resident paid after an erroneous assessment has gained the attention of some state legislators.

Statewide attention and mounting public discussion over the assessment that included a nonexistent cellular tower has Supervisor Mike Carberry taking another look at the matter.


Hawkeyes downed by Bears | Daily Iowan Sports

SPRINGFIELD, MOIowa baseball’s usually sharp pitching was anything but on Saturday as the Missouri State Bears capitalized on a litany of walks to down the Hawkeyes 5-3.

Junior Blake Hickman’s struggles on the mound continued as he went only 3.2 innings, threw 87 pitches, and walked 5 batters, giving up two earned runs in the process. He was also called for a balk.

“I just kind of lost it there. I kept trying to battle,” Hickman said. “Things just got away from me.”


Hawkeyes win NCAA baseball opener over Oregon : Iowa Hawkeyes sports

Tyler Peyton limited Oregon to one run in 7.1 innings to help second-seeded Iowa beat the third-seeded Ducks 3-1 on Friday in their NCAA regional opener in Springfield, Mo.

Peyton (7-4) struck out five and didn't walk a batter to help the Hawkeyes (40-16) win for the first time in NCAA Tournament play since the 1972 College World Series.


Disney Is Not Moving Forward With Tron 3 | TIME

Back in April, it was announced that Tron: Legacy stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund would reprise their roles for the third film, which Joseph Kosinski was set to direct. (According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney also wanted Jared Leto for a role in the film, but nothing had been formally discussed with the actor.) Though the project was never given an official green light, production was in line to begin later this year, reportedly in Vancouver.

The sequel, made 28 years after the kitschy ’80s sci-fi cult classic with Jeff Bridges, grossed $400 million worldwide from a reported $170 million budget.


Bill Clinton as First Gent? He’d break new ground — and maybe a little china.

All presidential elections are, by definition, historic, but some break more new ground than others.

And this next one?

“Uncharted waters,” says Dee Dee Myers, who was press secretary in the Clinton White House.

“Historical moment, cultural moment,” says Chris Lehane, a longtime Clinton campaign operative.

Their adjectives were not about the possibility of the first woman in the Oval Office (though yes, they all think that’s a watershed) but rather about the office on the other side of the building, in the East Wing. The election of a woman president would mean that for the first time, the first lady would be … a man.


Grassley asks SEC to answer for filing hoaxes - MarketWatch

A key senator has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to explain how fake firms can file false notices on the agency’s electronic filing system that move share prices.

Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent the SEC a letter asking how fake firms can file false notices on its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system, that’s more commonly known as EDGAR.

Grassley was reacting to a hoax that caused shares of Avon Products AVP, +0.15%  , which had opened trading on May 14 at $6.71, to jump by more than $1.

A firm calling itself PTG Capital Partners used EDGAR to file notice it planned to acquire Avon for $18.75 per share. PTG Capital Partners, and the lawyer who signed its filing, do not exist.


UPDATE 5-Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 17 | Reuters

May 29 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 17 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas. Thunderstorms pelted large parts of the affected region.


Qatar says it will go forward with plans to host World Cup despite corruption investigations | Fox News

Qatar says it will go forward with its plans for the 2022 World Cup despite a Swiss investigation into allegations of wrongdoing during the vote to award the tournament to the Gulf nation.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is leading Qatar's development of World Cup venues and other projects, says it has "fully complied with every investigation" and will continue to do so.


Surprise Winner in Fast Food Hamburger Taste Test

With grilling season underway, it’s only fitting that Thursday is National Hamburger Day. The fast food staple has a rich history both in the United States and internationally, making it one of the few culinary options that you can find basically anytime, anywhere.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a simple creation. While sampling the five national burger chains that were part of this test, I encountered four types of hamburger patty, three varieties of condiments, two different types of bun and, of course, one burger to take home the Yahoo Food crown.

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Starlin Castro leaves Cubs with questions to answer at shortstop | CSN Chicago

The idea that Starlin Castro would elevate his performance as the Cubs ramped up their rebuild – and played games that actually matter – hasn’t become a reality yet.

Joe Maddon doesn’t blast his players in public, putting a positive spin on things and making the media happy with an amusing anecdote, a clever one-liner or the perfect sound bite for TV and Twitter: “Rock and roll.”

Castro has played for five managers in six seasons, becoming a focal point for Cubs fans/bloggers, the Chicago talk-show circuit and the Twittersphere. Maybe the perception would be different if Castro had Maddon deflecting attention – and a better team around him – during those five fifth-place finishes.