Top 9 of Iowa: Obama's Back, Man Arrested for Facebook Comments, Readers Say 'Neglect' After Dog Dies in Iowa Heat
Among other top stories, a Waukee daycare has reopened after it closed in a stir when its host church tried to create an ethics code for staffers. It is reopening separate from the church.
9. Normally a presidential visit to Iowa would warrant a higher seed than No. 9, but since this is the ninth time Barack Obama, the VP or the First Lady have been to Iowa this year, glad to see ya, but, snooze, you're No. 9 in our Iowa Patch countdown. P.S. The Prez is stopping in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, as our Marion Patch reports.
8. While we're on the topic of politics, coming in at No. 8 is Iowa House hopeful Jake Highfill from Johnston who just found out, or maybe we should say, the press just found out through court filings, there's a few skeletons to be sorted out in the closet.
7. Is it just me or does Iowa City need to put a check on the 'is this made up?' news coming out of that city? The latest 'it's only true in Iowa City' news is that a man is facing charges for commenting on his own Facebook photos.
6. Our countdown takes a more serious turn with No. 6. In Urbandale, police are investigating a case where a family left a German shepard in an outdoor kennel and the dog died. Poiice came, but it was too late. Our readers are proclaiming animal neglect. Read the story and tell us what you think.
5. Next up in our suddenly downer list, a man has been arrested for stealing from local churches in Cedar Falls- eight of them. Keep in mind, he's only been arrested, not convicted, but while we're on the topic, isn't stealing from church just a bad idea on a lot of levels?
4. Let's stick with the church theme. In Waukee, a daycare that was once forced by the Point of Grace church to adhere to Christian principles -- including banning non-Christians, sexually-active singles, male-female roommates and practicing homosexuals from employment -- will soon open a new location.
3. Our talented West Des Moines Patch editor Beth Dalbey, who has literally walked with bonobos, has a really interesting take on a chimp that attacked a researcher in Africa and why it might just be a risk of the job that some are willing to accept.
2. It's a lot of money - $175,000. When it's coming off the public dime, it stings a little knowing the Ankeny former superintendent is not only walking with $175,000 transition check, but has signed on in Oswego, IL for $225,000 annually. The Ankeny school board isn't giving up so easily; they are looking to see if there is anything they can do legally to stop payment.
1. Finally, in a final nod to Fourth of July and those who go above and beyond to serve our country and allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have, is a first-person story from a chiropractor in Ames. Nathan Wheat was an Air Force vet in Saudi Arabia when the Khobar Towers were struck in a terrorist attack. In this piece, he describes what happened.