Democratic legislative leaders have outlined what they call a “plan for progress” which they promise to enact if Democrats win in November. House Democratic Leader Dick Myers of Iowa City says instead of playing a “blame game” with Republicans, Democrats decided to tell voters what they were for. Democrats say they’ll restore cuts to education and ensure a 30-million dollar program to reduce class sizes in the early elementary grades continues. Democrats also say they’ll push to ensure “character education” is part of every school curriculum. Myers says good character education encourages public service in the community.
Archives for August 2002
Drake lost to Western Illinois of the Gateway Conference 64-7 last night in Macomb, Illinois in the Bulldogs season opener. Drake lost senior pre-season All-American quarterback Ira Vandever to injury and he did not play in the second half of the ballgame. Drake returns to action September 7th against Truman State.
Former Iowa player Benny Sapp made his Panther debut. Sapp saw extensive playing time after the first quarter. Sapp received a standing ovation from the UNI-Dome crowd when he made his first trip on the field to return a punt. Sapp says he didn’t know what to think, and loves the fans. Sapp was kicked off the Hawkeye squad after his arrest for publicintoxication. He says Cedar Falls proved to be the best place to start over.
The Northern Iowa Panthers opened their season with a 34-0 win over Wayne State of Michigan in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. UNI coach Mark Farley was happy with the play of his team’s young defense. Receiver Marlys Mays made five catches, three for touchdowns, to lead the Panthers. Farley though would like a better effort from his offense, whichhe says made too many mistakes.
Former Waterloo Columbus all-stater Michelle Burvee says the success of the program is a good reflection on the talent level in the state. She says they’re proud that UNI can recruit locally and get talented players. U-N-I is 1-1 on the season after upsetting eighth-ranked Pepperdine at a tournament in Minneapolis. The Panthers travel to George Mason University for a tournament this weekend.
The U-N-I football team begins the season tonight against Wayne State of Michigan with high expectations compared to last season. The Panthers return 14-starters from last year’s team that went 11-3, won the Gateway Conference and advanced to the Division-One-Double-A semi-finals. Northern Iowa has been ranked either 2nd or 3rd in the nation in many of the pre-season ratings. UNI starting quarterback Griff Jurgens likes the recognition the Panthers are getting, but he knows the team has to do the job on the field. He says the ranking does bring confidence, not cockiness to the team.Running back Richard Carter downplays the high rankings. Carter says they were picked fifth in the conference last year and went all the way to the semifinals. He says that could happen with another team if they don’t stay focused for each game.Defensive lineman Terrell Morgan, a returning starter, says the rankings are nice, but it won’t affect how the team plays. He says they know people are coming after them and that makes them work harder.UNI is in its second year under head coach Mark Farley.
Griff Jurgens will be the starting quarterback tonight when the Northern Iowa Panthers open the season against Wayne State of Michigan. Jurgens and sophomore Tom Petrie battled for the starting job.Both players saw extensive action a year ago. Jurgens took over for the injured Petrie in the ninth game. With nine starters back, Jurgens feels the offense can carry the team early on. He says the line is tough and they’ll lead the way until the young defense gets their feet under them.Last year U-N-I opened with a 34-14 win over Wayne State.
Two crooks still on the loose have more luck than brains, according to Calhoun County authorities.Authorities are looking for two suspects in a burglary this morning in Lohrville. Officials say a man and woman broke into a bar and the fire station in Lohrville, but got away after police chased them on foot. Cops are looking for a five-foot-eleven man with dark hair and a woman with shoulder-length black hair.
John Norris, the democrat running in the Fourth Congressional District, says the Republican incumbent, Tom Latham, is a shill for the pharmaceutical industry. Latham’s getting an award from the “60-Plus” group, a group Norris says is bankrolled by the major drug companies. He says the reality is the bill would do very little to help seniors. The plan Latham supports would provide a subsidy to the elderly, who would then go out and buy insurance to cover their prescription drug costs. Norris says that’s no guarantee the insurance will pay all the bills, or even that it’d be available, which makes the plan a “sham” according to Norris.Latham campaign spokesman Mike Day is firing back.Day says Norris is being “hypocritical” because Norris is benefiting from ads sponsored by the Sierra Club, a group Day calls “ultra-liberal” and out of touch with Iowa.
The hunt for two 14-year-old girls who allegedly stole cars in Stuart, Menlo and Coon Rapids is over. The Perry Police Department arrested 14-year-old Melissa Nelson and 14-year-old Teresa Eck, both of Adair this morning. Police charged them with 5th degree theft, shoplifting and second-degree possession of stolen property. Nelson and Eck will also face various charges in Guthrie and Carroll Counties. The two were transported to a juvenile detention center. Police have recovered all three stolen vehicles.