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February 2016

Support for Clinton Up Among Democrats Nationally - Rasmussen Reports™

More Democrats than ever now support Hillary Clinton’s bid for their party’s presidential nomination.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Democratic Primary voters  - taken last Thursday evening and last night following Clinton’s big win in Saturday’s South Carolina Primary – shows that 53% would vote for the former first lady if the party primary were held in their state today. Senator Bernie Sanders is a distant second with 31% of the vote, while nine percent (9%) still prefer some other candidate. Six percent (6%) remain undecided.


ICPL To Circulate Laptops

The Iowa City Public Library has added laptop computers to its list of materials available for check out.

The Library recently purchased five Lenovo laptop computers specifically for the purpose of making them available to patrons, extending ICPL’s public access to technology beyond building operating hours. The computers are equipped with Windows 7 and productivity software, including Microsoft Office Professional 2013.

Beginning March 1, Library users living in Iowa City or one of ICPL’s contract service areas -- Hills, Lone Tree, University Heights, or unincorporated Johnson County – with accounts in good standing are eligible to check out a laptop. Users under age 18 will need a signed permission form from a parent or guardian in order to check out a laptop.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200 or visit our website at


Leap Year explained

Ever feel like you just don’t have enough time?

Well, once every four years, we all get an extra 24 hours… when leap year rolls around.

There actually is a science behind this bonus day: While there are 365 days in a calendar year, it actually takes a little longer — 365.2422 days to be exact — for the Earth to complete its annual journey around the sun. This essentially adds up to 365 days and 6 hours. Six times four? Twenty-four. So, to realign us with the Earth’s movement around the sun, an extra day — 24 hours — is built into the calendar once every four years.


Catcher Miguel Montero hoping for more consistency in Year 2 with Cubs - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

MESA, Ariz. -- Sometimes he’s forgotten in a loaded Chicago Cubs lineup, but catcher Miguel Montero is an integral part of the team if for no other reason than he’ll be tasked with backstopping a pitching staff favored to win the division. He won’t catch Jon Lester -- that’s David Ross' job. But he will be catching a staff ranging from Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta to No. 5 starter Kyle Hendricks, making Montero’s job a big one. He’ll be counted on for defense first and foremost. What he brings with his bat will be gravy.

“Overall it was a good year defensively other than throwing errors,” Montero said from Cubs camp. “I’m not afraid of throwing errors. And there is a combination of your middle infielders helping you out.”


Hawkeye tailspin continues at Ohio State | Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The most experienced team in the Big Ten had a 6-point lead against the least experienced team in the league with four minutes to go Sunday.

From there, it should have been easy for Iowa to finish off Ohio State, right?

But seemingly nothing is coming very easily for the Hawkeyes as they come to the end of the Big Ten season.


Adele Spends A Tenth Week Atop The Albums Chart - Forbes

Even though it was released months ago and has already moved millions, Adele’s 25 album continues to sporadically top the charts around the world, including here in America. This sales frame marks the tenth nonconsecutive week that the blockbuster record has landed on top. In the past seven days, 25 shifted another 100,000 equivalent units. Thus far, it has moved over eight million copies in the U.S. and over sixteen and a half million worldwide.

Ten weeks at number one is certainly an achievement, but it doesn’t even come close to how long her previous album, 21, spent at the top of the charts. That album, which was her true commercial breakthrough in the States (and for much of the world), controlled the Billboard 200 for an astounding twenty four weeks. If 25 wants to keep up, the record still has a long way to go.



Three reasons why 'Spotlight' walked away with the Oscar for best picture - LA Times

It was a year of two films. Until it wasn't.

It was a year of small but well-placed surprises, right up to the end.

It was the year "Spotlight," the third film on everyone's list of top three finishers, came from behind and walked off with the best picture trophy.

An impeccable ensemble picture that polished classic Hollywood virtues to a splendid shine, “Spotlight” won the first Oscar of the night, for original screenplay, and then had to wait three-plus hours for another trip to the stage.


Donald Trump says Marco Rubio stole from the Republican Party -

Bentonville, Arkansas (CNN) After weeks of savaging Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is firmly setting his sights on another GOP rival.

In his furthest-reaching attack yet, Trump on Saturday accused Florida Sen. Marco Rubio of stealing from the Florida Republican Party and suggested Rubio should have been "indicted" for using a state party American Express card for personal expenses.

"Rubio stole from the Republican Party," Trump said of Rubio, with whom he has recently engaged in a public war of words. "But you know what happened? They said, 'You stole from the party.' He says, 'No, I didn't.' 'Yes, you did, you had a driveway bill,' 'No, I didn't,' 'Yes, you did,' 'Oh, OK, well, uh,' he reimbursed them."


Iowa-Ohio St. Preview - Yahoo Sports

In spite of its recent woes, Iowa could soon force a tie atop the Big Ten without needing any help.

The eighth-ranked Hawkeyes first need to top short-handed Ohio State on Sunday.

Iowa (20-7, 11-4) has fallen 1 1/2 games behind first-place Indiana after losing three of four but can trim that deficit this weekend with the Hoosiers idle. The Hawkeyes then host Indiana on Tuesday.

To have a share of the Big Ten lead on the line in that game, though, Iowa first must avoid a season-high third consecutive defeat.