Cubs raise season ticket prices 19.5 percent - Chicago Tribune

After waiting a lifetime for a championship team, Cubs fans will discover the price of success.

The average price of season tickets will rise 19.5 percent in 2017, the Cubs announced Monday, with increases ranging from 6 percent for upper-deck reserved seats to 31 percent for infield club box seats.

The highest-priced premium seat is $409 for a dugout box for one of the three "diamond" games — the home opener and Saturday games against the Yankees and Cardinals — while the lowest is $8 for upper outfield reserved for one of nine "bronze" games, weekday games in April and early May.

Colin Faulkner, senior vice president of sales and marketing, pointed to the "unprecedented demand" this year's championship season created.

via www.chicagotribune.com


State Board certifies Iowa election results

DES MOINES – It’s official. Republican Donald Trump outpolled Democrat Hillary Clinton by 147,314 votes in Iowa’s general-election balloting to claim the state’s six presidential electoral votes.

Four members of the Iowa Executive Council – acting as the state’s Board of Canvass – unanimously certified the Nov. 8 election results on Monday closing the books on a near-record turnout year that drew 1,581,371 absentee and Election-day participants.

“Iowans take elections seriously,” said Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a council member who also serves as the state’s election commissioner. “They turned out, they voted and we had a good clean, open and honest election and we saw some real participation.”

via muscatinejournal.com


Amazon Working on Several Grocery-Store Formats, Could Open More Than 2,000 Locations - WSJ

Amazon.com Inc. unveiled Monday its first small-format grocery store, Amazon Go, one of at least three brick-and-mortar formats the online retail giant is exploring as it makes a play for an area of shopping that remains stubbornly in-store.

Two of the other store formats Amazon is considering are bigger than the convenience-style Go store, according to people familiar with the matter. In November, Amazon’s technology team approved a proposal to open large, multifunction stores with curbside pickup capability, clearing the way to start hiring and planning, according to one of the people.

Two drive-through prototype locations, which don’t offer an in-store shopping option, are also slated to open within the next few weeks in Seattle, the people said.

via www.wsj.com


Hawkeyes show improvement in rout of Stetson | Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball | qctimes.com

IOWA CITY — First off, you need to know that Fran McCaffery isn’t big on holding team meetings.

“You shouldn’t be having team meetings …’’ he growled Monday night after his team’s game against Stetson University at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. “You shouldn’t need team meetings. You should just take care of business when the game is played.’’

But the Iowa coach had to admit he noticed a difference Monday night after his players took it upon themselves to hold a little exchange of views following a disheartening loss to Omaha two days earlier.

via qctimes.com


Andrew Luck, Dwayne Allen propel Indianapolis Colts in rout of New York Jets - UPI.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In his first game back since suffering a concussion, Andrew Luck reminded the Indianapolis Colts they're set at quarterback for the next decade -- and helped officially send the New York Jets back to the drawing board in their quixotic search for a franchise signal-caller.

Luck threw four touchdown passes -- including three to tight end Dwayne Allen in the first half -- and finished with the best single-game passer rating of his career Monday night as the Colts moved into a tie for first place in the AFC South by routing the Jets, 41-10, at MetLife Stadium.

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"It's always great to have your starting quarterback under center," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said. "I don't think we threw very many passes. Completed a bunch."

via www.upi.com


Pentagon hides study that showed $125B in wasteful spending - NY Daily News

An internal Pentagon study revealed the agency racked up $125 billion in wasteful spending — but officials buried the damning findings because they were fearful Congress would cut their budget over the careless costs, according to internal memos.

The January 2015 report, uncovered by the Washington Post, was ordered by Defense Department leaders who wanted to streamline workflow and funnel any saved funds into troops and weapons, but it was buried when it showed far more waste than expected.

The study claimed the Pentagon could trim $125 billion from its spending over five years — but defense officials said that was a “made-up number” that would only give Congress a reason to cut the agency’s budget.

via www.nydailynews.com


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Hawkeyes clear the air about defensive deficiencies | Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball | qctimes.com

IOWA CITY — It was enough that the Iowa basketball team gave up bunches and bunches of points to such teams as Notre Dame, Memphis and Seton Hall over the past few weeks.

But when it happened again Saturday against Omaha, the sort of program Big Ten schools schedule in order to pad their records before the conference season begins, members of the Iowa team decided it was time to clear the air.

After head coach Fran McCaffery finished his post-game chat, the Iowa players had a little meeting of their own and it wasn’t just the team’s veteran leaders who did the talking.

via qctimes.com