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Who doesn’t love pizza? It may very well be the ultimate comfort food: gooey, greasy cheese topped with your favorite meats or veggies, all surrounded by a golden, crunchy crust…is your mouth watering yet? The pizza possibilities are endless: sausage, pepperoni, eggplant, peppers, onions, olives, broccoli, extra cheese, clams, shrimp, roasted garlic cloves, thin crust, thick crust!
Pizza has also become a serious business: 93% of Americans report eating pizza at least once a month, making it a $38 billion dollar industry.
Americans on average eat 46 slices – or 23 pounds – of pizza each year, and nearly 100 acres of pizza are consumed annually in the U.S. (that equals 350 slices per second!). The American Dairy Association ranks pizza as Americans’ fourth most craved food, after cheese, chocolate and ice cream.
Once again, Johnny Manziel has secured himself a trip to New York, and is listed among the top finalists for the Heisman Trophy. He is an outstanding player that he is quick on his feet, and has a strong arm, a very threatening quarterback for any defense to face.
One of the best quarterbacks in the league, and in the SEC, Manziel elevates himself on another level during some games, reminding fans of quarterbacks such as Cam Newton or Russell Wilson.
He is certainly not the favorite to win the award this year, but there is always the chance of him pulling a major upset. The man who has become known as simply “Johnny Football,” joins Jameis Winston, AJ McCarron, Tre Mason, Andre Williams and Jordan Lynch as the six Heisman finalists.
JOHNSON COUNTY -- For the third year in a row, co-workers, colleagues, and friends of the late Linda Severson will pull together over the holidays to do what Linda always did -- collect donations to help people in need. Severson, who served as the Human Resources Planning Coordinator for the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) from 1994 until her death in 2011, coordinated the City of Iowa City's holiday donation drive each year, so after her death, city and county government staff with whom she had worked organized the "Severson Holiday Charity Challenge," to help carry on her work.
The challenge allows each participating government entity to select the charity they wish to support. The staff (including elected/appointed officials) that collects the greatest number of donated items per full-time employee between December 1 and January 3 will be awarded the "Severson Cup," an engraved traveling trophy.
The governmental entities that will participate this year, and the charitable organizations for which they'll be collecting donations, are as follows:
Iowa City: Joan Buxton Schoolchildren's Aid Fund Coralville: Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry North Liberty: North Liberty Community Pantry University Heights: Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City Johnson County: Cassie's Mittens and Crisis Center
Americans' job approval rating for Congress in 2013 averaged 14%, the lowest annual average in Gallup's history, including a 12% reading in December. Congressional approval has averaged below 20% for each of the last four years.
CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: How 'bout that human cause global warming stuff huh?
CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicagoans were hit with the coldest December temperatures in nearly 20 years on Tuesday, and the Wednesday morning commute could be a challenge as the area will get hit with more snow.
The last time Chicago had subzero temperatures this early in the season was Dec. 9, 1995. Unfortunately for Chicagoans, it won’t be long before the mercury is back below zero.
Chicago could see subzero temperatures again Wednesday night. Before that, Chicago likely will get more snow–up to 2 to 4 inches.
Students and other Iowa City residents who are leaving town for the holidays are reminded to take precautions to keep household pipes from freezing while you're away. Water pipes that freeze and break can result in significant, expensive damage to homes or apartments and household items. The City's Water Division advises residents to:
• Never set your thermostat below 55 degrees. This applies to single-family homes as well as apartments.
• Do not shut off heat to areas of your residence that contain plumbing or water fixtures. Keep doors open to bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Open doors to cabinets that contain pipes, especially those located on the north side of the house, to expose the plumbing to warmer air inside the house.
• Make sure windows and storm windows are closed, and repair any cracks or holes around doors and windows to keep cold winter winds from blowing in and freezing water pipes and meters.
• If your home has unheated areas, wrap pipes with heat tape (follow manufacturer's instructions) or cover them thoroughly with pipe insulation.
• If your plumbing does freeze, try to thaw it naturally by turning up the thermostat in your home and opening doors and cupboards to circulate warm air. You should not apply direct heat to your pipes, but if necessary, a hair dryer or another source of indirect heat could be used to help thaw frozen pipes.
• If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, arrange for someone to check your house or apartment. Show your family members, others in your household, and house-sitters what to do if water pipes do freeze. Be sure you know where your water shut-off valve is located (usually in the basement, between the water meter and a wall) and show others who may need to know in case of an emergency.
• If an emergency does occur and your water pipes or water meter freeze and/or break, contact the lowa City Water Division for assistance at their 24-hour emergency number: 319/356-5166.
For more information, contact Carol Sweeting, City of Iowa City Public Works Public Information Coordinator, at email@example.com or 319/356-5164 or 319/541-2385.
Weather for Linn... ...A FAST MOVING STORM SYSTEM TO PRODUCE SNOW...THEN BLOWING SNOW AND EVEN COLDER TEMPERATURES LATER TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING... .A STRONG ALBERTA CLIPPER STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE RAPIDLY SOUTHEAST FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS PRODUCING A SWATH OF 2 TO 4 PLUS INCHES OF A POWDERY SNOW. THE AXIS OF HIGHEST SNOW AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY TO FALL ROUGHLY ALONG A VINTON TO CEDAR RAPIDS TO CLINTON IOWA TO PERU ILLINOIS LINE. WINDS WILL RAPIDLY INCREASE FROM THE NORTHWEST AFTER THE SURFACE LOW PASSES NEAR SUNRISE WEDNESDAY TO 25 TO OVER 35 MPH WITH SOME GUSTS TO 40 MPH. THIS WILL RESULT IN CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF THE SNOW AND WILL FURTHER IMPACT TRAVEL CONDITIONS. WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL SLOWLY IMPROVE MID DAY WITH VERY COLD TEMPERATURES AND WIND CHILLS WELL BELOW ZERO DESPITE SUNSHINE BY LATE MORNING. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN QUAD CITIES HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY. * TIMING...SNOW STARTING AFTER 9 PM AND ENDING BY MID MORNING ON WEDNESDAY WITH CONSIDERABLE DRIFTING AND BLOWING OF SNOW UNTIL 12 NOON. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES. * WINDS...LIGHT WINDS...THEN AFTER SUNRISE WEDNESDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS INCREASING TO 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH. * VISIBILITIES...FALLING TO BELOW A HALF MILE IN HEAVY SNOW AND LATER IN BLOWING SNOW WEDNESDAY MORNING. * TEMPERATURES...1 TO 17 ABOVE. * WIND CHILL READINGS...AS LOW AS 19 BELOW. * IMPACTS...THE SNOW WILL IMPACT TRAVEL...ESPECIALLY ON LESSER TRAVELED AND UNTREATED ROADS. CONSIDERABLE DRIFTING AND BLOWING OF THE SNOW IS LIKELY WEDNESDAY MORNING...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN RURAL AREAS. MOTORISTS SHOULD USE EXTRA CAUTION AND PRACTICE SAFE WINTER DRIVING..
I’m extremely happy to announce the addition of Alex Stalkfleet to our list of extremely competent and efficient Field Directors. Alex’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, social networking, mobilizing the youth vote, and working directly with County leadership in all 20 counties. The addition of Alex Stalkfleet to our staff brings us one step closer to achieving victory in 2014. Once again, welcome aboard, Alex!
Directly from Alex;
“As someone that grew up in Marion, Iowa, has been involved in Linn County GOP Politics since high school, and now a University of Northern Iowa Political Science Graduate, I’ve come to know Steve Rathje and his family quite well and firmly believe that the plans and solutions he’s offering are not only credible, but extremely attainable as well. Steve’s life experience and heavy understanding of business is without a doubt exactly what we need in the United States House of Representatives, and I’m going to do all I can to get him there while encouraging all I know, both young and old alike, to join me in doing so. As a Field Director for Steve Rathje’s campaign I’m looking forward to working with him and his entire staff to achieve the goals the campaign has set in motion, and finally bring some common sense, sanity, and constitutionally based solutions to Washington D.C.”
Alex Stalkfleet, Field Director
Steve Rathje for U.S. Congress
More than 20 House Democrats last week urged President Obama to halt the deportation of illegal immigrants until Congress passes a comprehensive immigration reform plan, but voters by a two-to-one margin oppose that idea. Most already think the federal government is not vigilant enough in deporting those who are in this country illegally.
Only 29% of Likely U.S. Voters think the government should stop deporting illegal immigrants until Congress passes an immigration reform plan. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% oppose a halt to deportations. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.