Pat Mahoney doubled in the first run of the game the later scored in the first inning as Des Moines Lincoln edged Davenport North 4-3. Mahoney says scoring two runs in the opening inning was a big lift. Travis Zeimet’s walk off two run homer capped a three run rally as North Scott edged Mason City 8-7.It was a heartbreaking ending to an outstanding season for Mason City and coach Troy Rood. Rood says he it was a “painful” end to the season and he’s just ready to get into basketball season.
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The state high school baseball tournament continued in Marshalltown and Carroll on Thursday. In the 4A opening round in Marshalltown, Defending champion West Des Moines Valley scored three runs in the first enroute to a 6-2 win over third ranked Sioux City North. The victory kept the Tigers’ hopes alive of sending retiring coach Steve Mohr out with a title. Mohr says the quick start was the difference and Mohr feels their pitching depth gives them an advantage as the tournament progresses.
August first will mark the end of manufacturing in the midwest for a computer company that was born here. Gateway Computing almost literally was born in a barn in 1985, with partners Ted Waitt and Mike Hammond assembling PCs in a farmhouse near Sioux City. The company with its folksy cow-spotted logo moved to North Sioux City in 1989 and quickly gained national recognition with its unconventional methods, selling computers by phone and over the internet. By the early 1990’s, nearly 6-thousand people worked in North Sioux City, and Gateway employed more than 20-thousand worldwide, finally opening its own stores. Then the boom slowed. In April, Gateway closed all 188 of its retail stores, and it’s been outsourcing more of its manufacturing for some time now. That process is expected to be complete August first. The company says it won’t close the flagship plant where 1700 people, many Iowans, still have jobs, but is not ruling out further cutbacks.
Iowa kids are ranked fairly well in getting some basic preventive health care. A report by the Centers for Disease Control says 79-percent of children have had the shots they need for childhood diseases, a record level. Connecticut leads with 94-percent of toddlers vaccinated on time, Colorado’s at the bottom with 67 and-a-half percent. Iowa’s above the national average but among the lowest in the region with 81-point-one percent getting on-time inoculations against nine diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, meningitis-causing Haemophilus influenza or Hib,measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis-B. Neighboring Minnesota’s vaccinated 84-percent of toddlers, Missouri and Illinois 83 percent, Nebraska just 80-point-4, But Kansas has inoculated only 76-percent of kids on time.
Oil prices have hit an all-time high and Dawn Duffy of Triple-A’s Iowa/Minnesota office says that will likely translate into higher prices at the gas pump. She says we still have a whole month left of our high summertime drive time and this definitely is going to affect prices at least in the next month. Duffy says there are a number of factors at work.What is happening in Russia with their oil production, what is happening in Norway with the possible strike of their oil workers, the pending recall of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and also things that are happening here in this country with the increased use, the increased demand that we have. Gas prices in Iowa in the last Triple-A survey averages one-dollar and 82-cents a gallon.
With John Kerry now officially nominated as the Democratic candidate for President, Iowa legal experts are speculating about the future of Iowa’s top Democrat. If Kerry wins in November, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack could be in line for a cabinet post. With Vilsack leaving the state, Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson would become Governor. Deputy Attorney general Julie Pottorff says it’s not clear then who would fill Pederson’s position.She says article four section ten of the Iowa Constitution says the Governor can fill a vacancy when there’s no vote provided by constitution or statute for filling a vacancy. She says they haven’t researched it yet to see if there’s some process for filling the seat of Lieutenant Governor. If not, she says Pederson could appoint someone. Pottorff says the A-G’s office won’t research the issue until they have concrete information that Governor Vilsack is resigning to leave for Washington, D-C. Right now she says it’s just something to talk about.She says one of the complicating factors is the fairly recent amendment that has the Governor and Lieutenant Governor run as a team and you cast one vote for both. Up until 1980, Iowa’s Governor and Lieutenant Governor were elected independently. It wasn’t unusual then for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to come from different parties.
Former p.c. (that would be presidential candidate) Howard Dean spoke to the Iowa Democrats in Boston this morning, and he started by leaning into the mic and saying “Yahoo,” then laughing and showing those teeth. It was not the YaHOO-OO of the www.yahoo.com commercials, nor was it Cowboy Pete-ish. It had a bit of an eastern twang to it, if easterners can twang. In volume, it did not rival his January 19 screech. Afterwards, I asked him if the “Yahoo” was an attempt at humor, and he said he “couldn’t resist.”
Dean was curt when asked to comment on the demise of his campaign, and he flat out refused to say whether he’d run again “I’m not going to go there” he told reporters. But he did go see the Iowans. Dean’s Iowa campaign manager Jeannie Murray scanned the room before Dean came in, jotting down the names of luminaries on a file card. Dean then sprinkled references to those folks during his remarks.
Right after Dean Cam Kerry talked, but I was out of the room chatting with Dean, so I have no idea what he said. Before Dean spoke, Ann Richards had been behind the microphone addressing the Iowa Dems. She was introduced by Lynn Cutler, a former Iowan, and it was a sign that she hasn’t lived in Iowa for quite a few years that one woman in the delegation asked me who Lynn Cutler was.
Elizabeth Edwards was the first speaker of the day to woo Iowans. She revealed the deal she made with the two little kids last night. Evidently Emma Claire and Jack like to “butt heads” a lot, so she promised them back stage that if they didn’t head-butt on stage and behaved themselves on stage after daddy’s speech when they all went out for the money shot, the kids could sleep with mommy and daddy last night. The deal worked, and Mrs. Edwards says she and hubby slept in separate beds. She drew Jack “who is a whirling dervish” in her bed; Senator Edwards slept with Emma Claire.
I was sort of surprised by the national media’s reaction to the Edwards speech. I’ve heard most of that speech before, lots of times, and he really didn’t seem to have “it” last night like he did back in Iowa during the closing days of the Caucus Campaign.
For those of you who’ve heard my Ann Richard impression, by the way, I now have a new joke in the arsenal. It’s about George Washington. Regretably, the phrase “fanny right on in” is not part of it. Richards uttered two really good words during her speech to Iowans: diatribe (think of the Texas drawl, and imagine how it sounded) and shy. A drawl goes a long way, if you know what I mean.
And Wesley Clark finally showed me his intellect tonight. He used the word pantheon in his speech.
One of the Iowa delegates told me last night she’d be playing her accordian in downtown Iowa City to entice potential voters to fill out the registration forms. When I asked if that worked, she said “Yeah, but some run away.”
Another 25-year-old delgate plans a Halloween party with a GOTV theme (that’s Get Out The Vote). She plans to dress as “Lady Liberty.” While the toga-like outfit is an easy costume to throw together, sources say it kills your arm to hold up that lamp all night, so she might want to dress like Uncle Sam or perhaps Aunt Samatha.
Oh, and for those of you who think this is a fashion column, Mrs. Vilsack was wearing a Heinz-ketchup red suit this morning.
For those of you looking for hard news, it seems Governor Vilsack told the Latino Caucus earlier this week that he needs a democratic legislature so he and they can repeal the English Only law in Iowa. Wonder if he told the Caucus he was the Governor who signed it into law. I’m hoping to chat with the Governor tomorrow to find out what’s up with that.
I am now signing off to listen to the Kerry speech. I’ll file one more blog tomorrow.
The class 4A opening round of the state high school baseball tournament is underway in Marshalltown. After a sluggish start Ankeny’s big bats showed up. The second-ranked Hawks spotted Iowa City West an early 1-0 lead before cruising to a 7-1 victory. Ankeny coach Mark Hey felt his top seeded team was nervous at the outset, but he says it wasn’t something that worried him that they wouldn’t be able to come back. Ankeny had ten hits, the first nine for extra bases and Kalvin Johnson, Jeff Lanning and Aaron Jarosh all slammed homers. He says the bottom of the order has been full of tough outs all season.Iowa City West sidelined top ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy in the sub-state finals and scored a run in the first to spot pitcher Adam Slager an early lead. West coach Charlie Stumpff who says the Trojans knew Ankeny would be tough to stop and you couldn’t have scripted it any better to get the early lead. But he says Vogel is a great pitcher for Ankeny and shut them down after they got the first run. Stumpff says they did what they did all year, hit home runs and base hits.
One of the Iowans who’s a delegate to the Democratic National Convention says the convention has for the most part served to unite and rally the party behind John Kerry. Linda Nelson of Council Bluffs says though, there are some who haven’t warmed up to the concept. She says when they went through the roll call to nominate Kerry state-by-state, she says there were still a number of states that had delegates that still pledged their support to Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Nelson says those who favored Kucinich should’ve listened when he spoke to the convention. She says Kucinich gave one of the best speeches to unify the party and put his support behind Kerry. She says those people who supported him weren’t listening. Nelson is the president of the state’s largest teachers union, the Iowa State Education Association.
A California group plans to bring its antiabortion message to Des Moines next week. The 22-state campaign by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform includes pictures of aborted fetuses on trucks and banners towed by airplanes under the word “choice.” Mark Harrington is the Bio-Ethical Reform center’s midwest director. He says they hope to seize on the political debate on the key issue of abortion by informing people about what abortion is. He says they’re nonpartisan and believe if they educate people the people will come to the correct political conclusion. Harrington admits the pictures are graphic, but says they get the point across.He says the images “communicate a very complex message at a glance, and that’s why they’re so effective.” Harrington says the use of the word “choice” is important in the campaign. He says they’re redefining the word. He says “as long as proabortionists are able to frame the question as an issue of choice, we lose. Once we frame the issue as a question of what’s being chosen, we win.” He says most Americans don’t understand the issue of what’s being chosen, which he says is “the killing of an unborn child.” Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa issued a release condemning the campaign. Planned Parenthood vice president Judy Rutledge.She says it seems to us that this is a “blatant political campaign” as they’re only going to swing states before the election in November. She says it’s an “an offensive attempt to intimidate and shame women, and Iowans don’t generally like this type of approach.” Rutledge admits that Planned Parenthood is also conducting a political campaign to rally voters to the pro-abortion cause. She says however that “Planned Parenthood however is a medical provider that’s been in existence for many years, and we do more to prevent abortions than any these offensive anti-choice efforts.” Mark Harrington says he can’t understand why Planned Parenthood would be so upset. He says his question is “why is it that when we display the handiwork of Planned Parenthood that pro-aboritionist gets so angry and start calling us names?” He says, “they should be behind what we’re doing. We’re just showing what happens in their clinics every single day, four-thousand times a day all across this country.” He says if abortion is such a noble right and a constitutional right, “then why do those who support it get so angry about us bringing this message?” Rutledge says it’s the way the message is delivered. She says “they’re graphic scare tactics” that focus on children and schools and churches. She says they’re an “assault on the community.” Harrington says Planned Parenthood uses the word choice instead of abortion. Rutledge responds. She says Planned Parenthood is in the business of promoting whatever choices a woman decides to make, from carrying a pregnancy to full term, delivering a baby and giving it up for adoption, or terminating the pregnancy. She says they promote whatever choice is best for a woman. Harrington says the campaign will begin in Des Moines on Monday and stay for one week.