Pro football player and Iowa City native Tim Dwight will be among the runners at the Drake Relays. The former Iowa Hawkeye who was traded to the San Diego Chargers from Atlanta last week says he’ll be running in one event, the 200-meter invitational. Dwight says he’s glad to be back in Des Moines for this competition.Dwight is a receiver and kick returner who went to the Superbowl and scored a touchdown in his rookie year with the Atlanta Falcons. He says he’s always had a passion for running and a respect for the Drake Relays.Dwight says he’s happy with his pro football career and that he didn’t chose to try to make a living in track-and-field as there’s not as much money on the track circuit.Dwight’s scheduled to run the 200-meter Saturday afternoon between 4 and 5 o’clock.Dwight says he was meeting with his agent in San Diego, ironically, when the news came in he was being traded.Dwight says he’s already adjusting to the “laid back” lifestyle of San Diego and thinks he’ll enjoy his new home.The former Iowa Hawkeye says he hopes to get more playing time in San Diego. He says he hopes he can make plays at receiver and get the opportunity to put the ball in the end zone.
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The Grinnell-Newburg School Board says an honor roll student who was home-schooled will receive a certificate of recognition — not a diploma at graduation. 17-year old Hannah Eddy was taught at home until her junior year, but Grinnell High School did not recognize the credits she earned at home. Eddy says she’s disappointed by the board’s ruling. She says it’s kind of disgraceful that a kid who barely earned enough credits can get a diploma, while a student who earns straight A’s can’t. Eddy says she is pleased that her case has caused the board to re-think the issue. Superintendent Clem Boddensteiner says he doesn’t know where the issue will go from here. Boddensteiner says he would like to see a panel of people involved in the issue get together and look at some possible changes in the policy. Grinnell’s graduation is May 26th. Eddy has already been accepted into college based on her S-A-T college entrance exam scores. She plans to become a nurse.
Another abortion fight looms in the Iowa Legislature. A group of lawmakers says they’re “outraged” Iowa State University Health Service officials are talking about dispensing R-U-four-86, the so-called “abortion pill”. Next week, the Iowa House will consider an amendment that would shut the door on the idea. Representative Barbara Finch, a republican from Ames, is among those who want to prohibit I-S-U, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa from offering the abortion pill in their student health centers. She says it’s a liability issue as the student health centers aren’t open 24 hours to meet the needs of young women.Finch says offering R-U-four-86 at the student health centers would open the state up to lawsuits if a student needed extra medical attention that wasn’t available at the center. She says if there’s excessive bleeding, a women would need medical help immediately.Representative David Johnson, a republican from Ocheydan, says the drug’s too dangerous to dispense at a student health clinic. He says one of the underreported stories of the drug are the adverse side effects.Iowa State University officials released a statement saying they have “no immediate plans” to provide R-U-four-86 to students.
A mid-week sting in Cedar Falls may cost a couple businesses their liquor license. Local cops and state officials conducted a sweep through five businesses in Cedar Falls on Wednesday. A bar called “Sharkey’s Fun House” and a pizza joint called “The Other Place” could get fines or have their liquor license yanked because under-age kids were found inside with alcohol. In addition, kids had fake I-Ds and were running credit tabs at the bar. Wednesday’s sweep in Cedar Falls was a follow-up to “compliance checks” done in early April.
Flooding along the Big Sioux River in northwest Iowa has begun to subside according to Plymouth County Emergency Management director Steve Musson.Musson says everything’s pretty much under control in Akron as townsfolk have done a good job keeping the floodwaters out. The Farmers Co-op in Akron did have a minor problem, but Musson says no homes or businesses were damaged.
An Iowa State University study shows Clear Lake isn’t so clear. The two-year, 600-thousand-dollar study says Clear Lake is murkier and more shallow than it used to be. It says fertilizer runoff is breeding toxic algae that can harm people, fish, livestock and wildlife. It also reports more fish and plants have died off. I-S-U researcher Dr. John Downing says a majority of the phosphorous in the lake comes from rainfall. He says an average of 35-percent of phosphorous comes from the sky. Downing says Clear Lake is unusual in that it has very little watershed and a large amount of lake surface. Downing says Clear Lake should not be labeled as being “sick”. He says the lake is in good shape with high quality resources.Downing says people can help not only Clear Lake but all of Iowa’s polluted waterways by not using fertilizers which contain phosphorous. State biologists and other officials plan to discuss the study over the next few months.
At least 16-thousand fish were killed in a fertilizer spill in northeastern Iowa this week, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The fish kill stretches along seven-point-three miles of Feddeke Creek, a tributary to the West Fork of the Cedar River in Butler County. D-N-R spokesman Mick Klemesrud says Allison Ag Center is to blame. Minnows, white suckers, darters and carp suckers were killed, valued at more than two thousand dollars. He says the state will pursue restitution against Allison Ag for the spill. Klemesrud says the spill is not expected to effect any more of the creek, nor the Cedar River. Klemesrud says it’s believed the high winds on Monday snapped off a gauge on a liquid nitrogen tank, releasing about 81-hundred gallons of the fertilizer.
John O’Donnell Stadium in Davenport is flooded now but it may soon be empty. The Quad City River Bandits may be sold to a group in East Lake, Ohio. River Bandits owner Kevin Krause was asked if it’s a done deal. He says there have been fairly good discussions. Krause says the decision will be tough all the way around. Krause believes such a sale would be approved by the Midwest League. The team is currently playing home games at a junior college in Moline that has bleachers for 65 fans and just this week Krause let go nearly the entire front office staff and 70-part time employees in an attempt to cuts costs.
Central College looks to wrap up the Iowa Conference men’s golf championship this weekend in Waverly. The Dutch have a 15-stroke lead over second place Coe after last weekend’s opening two round in Waterloo. Central coach Charlie Estabrook says their destiny is in their own hands. He says his team has already played a practice round at the Waverly coach. Estabrook says his team cannot get defensive with the 15-stroke lead. He said they have to treat each day like it is the first day of the tournament. The third round of the tournament begins this morning.
The outgoing U-S Attorney for Northern Iowa has found a new job. Stephen Rapp will be a senior prosecuting attorney on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Rapp will work for the United Nations to prosecute alleged war criminals and show the world their crimes are not beyond justice. Rapp says he’s long been interested in the work of the international prosecutors, and had asked other lawyers how he could become involved. He says it will be a long-term commitment. Rapp was set to be replaced anyway as President Bush appoints someone from his administration to fill the post. Rapp says he’s proud of the work he’s done as U-S Attorney. Rapp says in addition to enforcing gun laws, he’s proud of his office’s response to gangs and violence, and what he calls the “epidemic” of methamphetamine in Iowa. Donald Nickerson, the outgoing U-S Attorney for Iowa’s Southern District, has taken a job as general counsel for the Wellmark-Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance company.