High school basketball teams in Iowa will be required to wear white uniforms at home following action by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Roger Barr is coordinator of officials for the Iowa State High School Athletic Association and says in recent years schools have become more creative in designing their home uniforms. He says the rules did stipulate you could wear a white or light colored jersey. Barr says the rule change is designed to avoid the confusion that has been seen at the collegiate level. He says the problem came about in the Indiana/Illinois college game where Indiana wore red and Illinois wore orange. Barr say many schools with gold in their color scheme have been using that as the color of their home uniforms. He says a lot of teams also wear light silver too.Barr says schools will get plenty of time to purchase new white uniforms if they don’t have them. He says the rule won’t take effect until 2007-2008 for the varsity teams, and they’ll let the schools grandfather in jerseys handed down to the junior varsity, sophomore and freshmen teams.
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A Hollywood actress who still calls Cedar Falls home is now working on her 38th film. That’s a lot of movies, since she’s only 33. Annabeth Gish is in the Florida everglades shooting “The Celestine Prophecy,” about the search for a sacred manuscript in the Peruvian rain forest. Radio Iowa interviewed Gish from the set. She says the movie is a new age-adventure-fable about what connects us to each other and our spiritual connection to the earth. Florida is a long ways from L.A. where she shoots her recurring role on T-V’s “The West Wing,” where Gish feels she has job security. “The nice thing about being the President’s daughter is that you pretty much know you’ll always come back in some capacity — unless they kill you, but I don’t think that’s the case.” The TV drama is about the White House during a fictional administration. Gish says the people who created the set for “Wing” did an amazing job.Gish says walking onto the “West Wing” set brings an “automatic surge of patriotism in my body…you really feel like you’re a part of something that is historical and important.” Another Iowan, Greg-Alan Williams, a Des Moines native, has a recurring role as a general on “The West Wing.” Gish may be best known for her two-year stint on T.V.’s “The X Files.” When the actors playing the show’s founding characters, Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, were deemphasized, Gish won one of the two main roles. She says she likely will -not- be part of the next film installment in the X-Files series. Gish says “the Scully and Mulder franchise is very definitely the two of them which is disappointing for me because I had such a wonderful time, my two years on the show was just great.” Her latest film, a romantic comedy called “Knots,” is due out this summer. Gish recently finished a mini-series called “Detective” that will air later this year on cable’s U-S-A Network.
Iowa’s final spring turkey-hunting season of 2004 is underway. The Department of Natural Resources’s Mick Klemesrud says they’re a wily prey and not everyone who got a turkey hunting license this spring will bag a bird. Klemesrud says the state has about 55-thousand turkey hunters, and they’re expected to harvest somewhere between 20 to 22-thousand turkeys. And though the wild turkey’s an elusive bird, there are also limits on the types you can take. You’re only allowed to take male turkeys or bearded females, and he adds the preferable catch is a jake of 18 pounds or so, or 3-year-old tom up to 25 or even 30 pounds. A jake’s a young male turkey, rather a teenager of the species, and while rules say a hunter can only shoot a male, the clearest visual sign of that is the hanging fleshy “beard,” but some females have that too, and if a hunter shoots what he thinks is a male and it turns out to be a bearded female, he won’t be punished for that. Your luck may vary, as Klemesrud’s heard a lot of hunting stories.One of his co-workers took her son out to see if there were any turkeys in the timber, having not bought a license or taken hunting gear, and says “they had ’em dancing in front of them” not fifteen yards away, and wished they had a video camera. Another co-worker walked into the woods as it grew dark and got a turkey within fifteen minutes, though he says others may go out and not get a clear shot all day, though with four seasons they can wait for their next chance. Advice for hunters? Klemesrud recommends not using a “gobble call” to try and attract turkeys, and taking every precaution to be seen so other hunters don’t think they’re aiming at a bird and bag a hunter instead.
The fate of a western Iowa woman accused of murder is now in the hands of a jury. Closing arguments wrapped up a little before noon in the Dixie Shanahan murder trial. In his closing statements, prosecutor Charles Thoman disputed the defense argument that Dixie Shanahan shot her husband Scott in self-defense. He asked, “Did the dependent have reasonable grounds to believe her life was in danger, did she have reasonable grounds to believe she had to use this kind of force? Was the force used reasonable? Under no circumstance could that be the case here, he’s lying in bed.” Thoman said there is no doubt that Scott Shanahan was an abusive husband. But he says there is no way Scott Shanahan was abusing Dixie when Dixie shot him. He says, “it’s not reasonable to go in and shoot someone in the back of the head and claim that you acted in self defense.” He says Scott was lying in bed sleeping and Dixie didn’t act with justification. Defense attorney Greg Steensland said Dixie Shanahan DID act in self-defense. He says Scott Shanahan was lying in bed with a shotgun next to the bed. Dixie went into the bedroom to use the phone to call for help, and she saw Scott move. She thought he was going for the shotgun, so she grabbed the gun first and fired. He says,”This case is not about, ‘I’ve been abused for 18 years, so I get to kill the abuse,’ that’s not what this case is about.” He says the case is about the events on August 30th — the day Scott Shanahan was killed. Steensland said Shanahan cannot be found guilty of first- or second-degree murder, because she didn’t act with malice: He says, “there is no malice in this case. There is no murder in this case, for that reason, as well as others, murder in the first-degree and second-degree require malice. And it does not exist.” The jury started deliberations a little after noon and judge Charles Smith instructed jurors to continue deliberations until at least five tonight. He also told them they could deliberate into the evening, if they choose to. If a verdict isn’t reached today, jurors will meet again tomorrow to continue deliberating.
State officials have posted some gas-saving tips on the Internet and plan to make the latest pump price information more readily accessible on-line. Jennifer Moehlmann of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says consumers have become increasingly worried about the high prices of gasoline. She says there are some steps Iowans can take to help reduce the pocketbook hit of gas prices.Some of the suggestions on the state website include making sure your vehicle’s tuned-up and the tires are properly inflated. Moehlmann says fuel efficiency can be reduced by as much as 10 percent if tires aren’t pumped up enough and the engine’s not firing at full steam. In addition, Moehlmann says driving the speed limit can save you big bucks as fuel efficiency declines for every mile per hour above 55. The state will update its own fuel price survey by the 20th of every month, but Moehlmann says the Iowa D-N-R’s website will list links that’ll take you to sites that track pump prices daily. There’ll be links to the Triple-A website as well as a couple of other sites which offer daily analysis of gasoline prices nationwide. The state’s new “gas price watch” website can be found at www.state.ia.us/dnr/energy/.
The Waterloo Black Hawks will take on Tri-City Tonight in game-one of the USHL Clark Cup Finals. The Hawks will be looking to duplicate the success they’ve had on the road in their last three playoff games away from Young Arena. Waterloo won at Chicago in game-five of their Eastern Conference semifinal series and then won the first two games at Danville in the Eastern Conference Finals. Waterloo Coach P.K. O’Handley expects his team to play well at Tri-City.Waterloo forward Tim Madsen feels the Black Hawks have to continue what’s brought them this far, just going out and playing and letting things take care of themselves. Winning away from home could be the difference in the series as Waterloo and Tri-City split their four regular season games with both teams winning all their games on their home rink.
The Drake softball team closes out the home season this weekend against Wichita State and could take a big step toward the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. A victory at Creighton on Tuesday boosted Drake’s record to 10-9 on the season, good for sixth place in the Valley standings. The Bulldogs have won eight of their last ten in conference play.Drake coach Rich Calvert says they made a few defensive changes and that seems to have solidified the defense. The top six teams will play in the conference tournament and the Bulldogs have not qualified since 1998. He says they’re only three games out of first place, and need some help along with winning all the rest of their games to have a chance. Drake is 26-21 overall.
A hotel being built in western Iowa’s Pottawattamie County likely won’t be ready for guests on schedule — after it caught fire. The fire happened at the Motel Six that’s under construction on Highway 59 just north of Avoca. Construction workers reported the fire at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon. The fire was contained to a second-floor room and hallway. Avoca Fire Chief Scott Piggsley says the second floor suffered heat and smoke damage, while parts of the first floor suffered water damage. Damage is estimated at 30-thousand dollars. The building was nearing completion, but according to Piggsley, the damage should NOT be severe enough to prevent the hotel from opening. Fire departments from Avoca, Hancock, Harlan, Shelby and Walnut helped fight the fire. A cause has not yet been determined.
The U.S. House has voted to permanently end the so-called marriage tax penalty, but democrat Senator Tom Harkin says it faces an uncertain future in the Senate where republicans hold a razor-thin edge and moderate republicans have refused to go as far as House republicans in cutting taxes due to fears over a rising federal deficit. Harkin says there is no free lunch, and he says “the House punted on that one.” Some couples face a tax increase next year unless Congress acts to make permanent three changes in tax law that reduced the so-called marriage penalty. The House voted yesterday to make those changes permanent — a 105-billion dollar tax cut over the next decade for married couples. Harkin says if the deficit isn’t reduced, by 2009 every U.S. citizen will be paying one-thousand dollars a year to pay the interest on the national debt. Unless the Senate makes the changes approved by the House, the so-called “marriage penalty” will be in force next year. Working couples often get pushed into a higher tax bracket when their salaries are combined to calculate how much income tax they owe the government. On another topic, Harkin is joining the chorus of national democrats rushing to defend presidential candidate John Kerry from republican charges that he’s unfit to be president because of his opposition to the war in Vietnam. And Senator Tom Harkin says republicans who accuse Kerry of making an early exit from combat in Vietnam after a series of non-life-threatening wounds are trying to deflect attention from the “nonexistent” war records of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Harkin says Bush doesn’t want people to focus on whether he was “AWOL” in the National Guard or the handful of deferments Cheney received in the ’60s so he didn’t have to enter the military. Harkin says Bush and Cheney can’t escape the scrutiny since the Bush campaign opened up the attack on Kerry’s service record. Harkin also served during the Vietnam era, flying planes, but not in combat. Republican Senator John McCain, a P-O-W in Vietnam, yesterday called on both sides to quit the sniping. McCain said 30 years after the Vietnam war, it’s time for a “cease fire.”
A one-year-old Waterloo child has died after climbing into a bathtub full of hot water. The child, Daishalynn McDowell, the daughter of Angie Lynn of Waterloo, was taken to a Waterloo Hospital, then transferred to Iowa City where she died Wednesday morning. Waterloo police say the girl’s eight-year-old brother was filling up the bathtub and left the tub for a few moments, and the girl crawled in. The girl’s mother was in another area of the house at the time. An autopsy’s been scheduled, but police do not suspect foul play.