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Find the cheapest gas prices in the Corridor area, July 18, 2016

By Mike Thayer

Don't pay too much!

Go to 'Gas Buddy' at

The lowest prices as of this writing:

Cedar Rapids:  $2.06 per gallon at HyVee, 3935 Blairs Ferry Rd NE near Edgewood Rd.

Coralville:  $2.08 per gallon at Costco, 2900 Heartland Dr near Commerce Dr.

Iowa City:  $2.22 per gallon at Sinclair, 2875 Commerce Dr & 420th St SE.

North Liberty:  $2.65 per gallon at BP, 1 Hawkeye Dr & IA-965.

Tiffin:  $2.19 per gallon at Kum & Go, 101 Village Dr & Ireland Ave.  


Pokemon GO Cheats, Tricks, Hacks, Punishment, Bans - ValueWalk

There is no doubt what has been the video gaming sensation of the last few weeks. Pokemon GO is taking the world by storm, with gamers of all ages joining in with the Pokemon catching fun. The downloadable title has been so successful that the Nintendo share price has improved appreciably, and this is certainly good news for the Japanese corporation ahead of the release of the NX console.

Considering the amount of attention that Pokemon GO has garnered in its short lifecycle, there is already a huge amount of news circulating the Internet on this exciting video game. So here is a rundown of all the important Pokemon GO news that has emerged thus far.


Pokemon Go will let companies pay to play with 'sponsored locations' - CNET

"Would you like Pokemon with that?" One day soon, McDonald's might ask you that question.

That's because Pokemon Go, the mobile sensation that may now be more popular than Facebook, will allow companies to pay to have their real-world locations appear on the game's virtual map.


Sheriff: Deputies asked to no longer eat at Skagit restaurant | KIRO-TV

A Skagit County teriyaki restaurant has become the target of boycotts and threats after the county’s sheriff wrote a Facebook post saying his deputies – and other law enforcement officers -- were asked not to eat there.

The father and son who own Lucky Teriyaki insist the whole issue is the result of a very big misunderstanding due to poor English skills. Sheriff Will Reichardt wrote in a Facebook post Thursday that the situation completely took him by surprise.


Transgender Person Arrested for Taking Photos of Women in Target Dressing Room | MRCTV

Transgender sickoA man who identifies as a transgender woman has been arrested after taking photos of women inside a Target dressing room in Ammon, Idaho, reports ABC Local News 8.

“On Monday the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office responded to the Ammon Target store where an adult female says a person [was] taking pictures of her while she was inside a changing room trying on clothes,” writes the local station. “The woman noticed the person reaching over the wall of the changing room with a cell phone to take pictures. The victim confronted the subject who ran from the store.

“Detectives interviewed witnesses and security footage from Target which led them to 43-year-old Sean Patrick Smith, who also identifies as Shauna Patricia Smith, a transgender female. After interviewing Smith she was taken into custody by detectives and booked into the Bonneville County Jail for one felony count of voyeurism.”

Local law enforcement are still investigating to determine whether there are more victims.

Such cases shed light on the concerns of many regarding policies that allow transgender persons to use the gender-specific public facilities of their choosing. 


Dallas Gunman Had Plans for Wider Attack, Police Say - The New York Times

DALLAS — The sniper who fatally shot five police officers in Dallas was believed to be planning a larger attack, the city’s police chief said Sunday, providing new details of how the gunman had been singing, laughing and taunting officers during prolonged negotiations before he was killed by a bomb-equipped robot.

David O. Brown, the police chief, said that evidence showed that Micah Johnson, 25, an African-American Army Reserve veteran who told the police that he wanted kill white officers, had been practicing detonations and that the explosive material had the potential “to have devastating effects throughout our city and our North Texas area.”

“We’re convinced this suspect had other plans and thought that what he was doing was righteous,” Chief Brown said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said he believed Mr. Johnson’s aim was to “make us pay for what he sees as law enforcement’s efforts to punish people of color,” including the fatal police shootings of African-Americans in Louisiana and Minnesota that occurred in the days before the ambush.


Tesla driver's death using car's 'Auto Pilot' being probed by NHTSA

WASHINGTON — A driver so enamored of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car “Tessy” and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated "Autopilot" system has become the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the driver's death Thursday, and said it is investigating the design and performance of the Autopilot system.


Fatal crash of Tesla Model S in autopilot mode leads to investigation by federal officials - LA Times

Federal regulators opened a preliminary probe into the autopilot feature on a Tesla Model S electric car after a fatal crash involving the technology, Tesla said Thursday.

The fatality – thought to be the first in the auto industry related to an autopilot feature – sparked questions about the limitations of the technology and its place in what is seen as an inevitable march toward self-driving vehicles. It followed other recent incidents in which drivers reported collisions while using such technology.

The male driver died in a May 7 crash in Williston, Fla., when a big rig made a left turn in front of his Tesla.

In a blog post, Tesla Motors Inc. said the 2015 car passed under the trailer, with the bottom of the trailer hitting the Model S’ windshield.


10 Iowa towns that do Independence Day right - Coralville gets snubbed by author

by Mike Wellman

Consider that advice followed, from sea to shining sea. Or, in Iowa’s case, river to murky river. Yankee Doodle rides his pony into just about as many American towns on the 4th of July as Santa Claus does his sleigh at Christmastime.

Here is one Iowan’s personal list of 10 Independence Day celebrations worthy of an extra star or stripe, in no particular order:


CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE:  Everybody around here knows that what Iowa City does is good, but what Coralville does in celebrating the 4th is a much better.    Mr. Wellman screwed up.