MASON CITY — The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has re-designated Mason City as an Iowa Great Place, and they’ve also designated Mason City for one of three new Cultural and Entertainment Districts.Mason City received the Iowa Great Place re-designation for the Willow Creek Downtown Corridor Development on the southern boundary of the downtown area. Project development in that area will focus on creating an inviting, usable space incorporating the natural environment and complementing community and downtown assets and economic development.The Cultural and Entertainment District includes the Main Street Mason City program area and the Downtown Mason City Historic District. Major anchors include the MacNider Art Museum, Mason City Public Library, Music Man Square, Historic Park Inn Hotel, Mason City Community Theater and Steben’s Children’s Theater.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of Walt Disney World, after a disability advocate from the Orlando area sued the company on behalf of her adult autistic son.Donna Lorman, who serves as president of the Autism Society of Greater Orlando, sued Disney in 2014 to get her son immediate access to the FastPass lines at the theme parks.“Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests. We are pleased with the court’s decision,” Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said in a statement.Lorman filed the lawsuit came after Disney World changed its policy seven years ago in response to reports of tourists hiring people with disabilities and terminally-ill children to help them skip long lines and ride multiple times.Disney subsequently created its new system the Disability Access Service Card, or DAS, which allows people with disabilities get return times for rides, similar to a FastPass, so they do not need to wait in a line.When filing her complaint, Lorman said she wanted 10 passes to the Magic Kingdom, so her son could ride his favorite attractions quickly by getting directly into the FastPass line.Otherwise, he would have had to get an advance reservation to come back later.The extra waiting was difficult for her son, who did not understand the concept of time, according to his mother.She accused the parks of not accommodating his disability.However, Disney argued that it is not required to provide unlimited, front-of-line passes for every ride under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If disabled guests received two more re-admission passes, the standby line at Magic Kingdom’s popular Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster would increase by 39 minutes, from 69 to 108 minutes, the company argued in court documents.In a decision reached June 22, U.S. District Judge Anne Conway sided with Disney, ruling that it was “unreasonable” for the company to give such access to Lorman’s son. It would make Disney’s system ripe for abuse again, he wrote.“Requiring the modification, based on the history of the former system, would lead to fraud and overuse, lengthen the wait times significantly for non-disabled guests, and fundamentally alter Disney’s business model,” Conway explained.Conway said Disney could “recover its cost of action.”“To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. I really truly believe in what I was fighting for,” Lorman wrote to a reporter after the ruling.During the trial, she testified that her son, who was 22 when she filed the lawsuit, has moderate to severe autism that makes communication difficult and following a routine essential.Otherwise, her son could melt down. For example, he needed to visit the Disney rides in a particular order, she said.In response, Disney’s defense team said Lorman should have planned her visit better, in order to adjust to the new rules.
Former Schenley High School and Pitt star Dejuan Blair lands on his feet as he always does and signs with the Dallas Mavericks. He will be well taken care of, trust me. Mark Cuban is a very generous owner.Charles Buddy Allie adds to his already amazing legend. He set a new “world record” in the Master Division in the 200 meters, smashing the old record by an astonishing 0.55! Run Buddy run!!!At the time of this writing, your Pittsburgh Pirates have made a bold statement by going toe to toe with the St. Louis Cardinals, quite possibly the best team in baseball . . . “Nobody gives us our guns and tells us to ride”!Steeler legends continues . . . Mike Wagner, the defensive general at safety who now wears four Super Bowl rings was forced into service the first game of his rookie season and never left the position after that. Yea, that’s super!It’s coming and you’ve been waiting a year for it. “The Game – Part II” The Savoy All-Stars vs. The Champion All-Stars led by Myron Brown, former Connie Hawkins League Champion and MVP, as well as former Minnesota Timberwolve and three time CBA Slam Dunk Champion. “The Game” will be featured as a part of the 38th Annual Connie Hawkins Basketball League Summer Slam, Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the new Thelma Lovette Centre Avenue YMCA from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The ‘Slam’ will also feature middle school and high school futures stars and the main event starring The Pittsburgh Bullets Pro Development Basketball Team led by former Connie Hawkins League All-Star and Point Park College high flyer, Marcus Robinson. Dejuan Blair
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Adamson pulled off a thrilling stunner over Far Eastern University, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12, for its first win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Toni Rose Basas had 18 points to complement Pons’ scoring for the Lady Tamaraws.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Riding Wade’s wave, Heat snap 5-game losing streak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “The coaches knew we needed this first win, this will be our confidence booster,” said Padda. “We were pretty evenly matched with FEU, and our game plan is centered around [Bernadeth] Pons because she’s one of the deadliest in the UAAP.”Padda’s scheme saw Pons put up 22 points but FEU’s captain labored for that mark as she converted just 21 of her 65 spike attempts.“Kudos to FEU down the stretch, we just beat them in a couple of areas.”Galanza led all sorers with 26 points for Adamson while Mylene Paat and Joy Dacoron combined for 25 points.Chiara Permentilla also finished in double figures for the Lady Falcons with 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The Lady Falcons, who experienced a 13-game skid in Season 79 before winning their final game in the preliminaries, are now tied with the Lady Tamaraws with a 1-1 record.After Jema Galanza put Adamson at match point, 14-10 bubble with a two-handed dump, the Lady Tamaraws were able to close in after an error from the Lady Tamaraws and a point from Bernadeth Pons , 14-12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAfter Adamson head coach Air Padda called time to calm her team’s nerves, Galanza then dealt the final blow straight to the open spot in FEU’s defense.Padda said the win against the Lady Tamaraws is crucial as the early victory will be key in building their confidence for the rest of the tournament. View comments
The Beermen came back from 23 points down in regulation and outlasted Magnolia, 108-99, in a grueling double overtime duel to seal their fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup championship Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena.That’s it!!! San Miguel gets its fourth straight Philippine Cup! 108-99. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/cvxuYpwu4EFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) April 6, 2018 LATEST STORIES MOST READ When backed into a corner, San Miguel showed exactly why it’s the most dominant team in the league today.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Batang Gilas faces China for Fiba Asia U16 finals berth Reduced to tears after first finals loss, Fajardo raring to get back at Magnolia PLAY LIST 02:34Reduced to tears after first finals loss, Fajardo raring to get back at Magnolia01:202015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 4 Postgame01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Marcio Lassiter and Ross chipped in 16 points and 13 points, respectively, while both playing for more than 50 minutes while Alex Cabagnot, whose steal and layup with 52 ticks left in 2OT proved to be the dagger, had seven points.The Beermen nabbed their 25th overall title and remained undefeated under Austria, who has steered the Beermen to the championship in all his six tries.Paul Lee had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Hotshots while Rome dela Rosa had 19 points and seven rebounds.Despite their disadvantage in personnel, the Hotshots never backed down, managing to figure out how to slow down the Beermen in the last two games.Neither team gave an inch in the first overtime, with Magnolia even holding the lead in the last 1:37 minutes after Rome Dela Rosa’s three-pointer.But Magnolia simply lost steam after Fajardo tied the match at 94 and extended the game anew as Magnolia only scored five points in the last five minutes, all courtesy of Aldrech Ramos, who added eight points in 10 minutes of action.RELATED VIDEO In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims June Mar Fajardo and Chris Ross gave San Miguel a 99-94 start in the second OT and that was all San Miguel needed to finally break away en route to their sixth title in four years under coach Leo Austria.Fajardo, who was named the Best Player of the Conference and the Finals MVP, showed tremendous heart in the clincher, finishing with a monstrous line of 42 points and 20 rebounds in 54 minutes of action.Arwind Santos added 23 points, none bigger than his triple with 16 seconds left in regulation that sent the game into overtime, and hauled down 11 boards.“The players didn’t give up and when we caught up the players realized that this is possible,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria who is undefeated in his six finals appearances. “This one is for us.”“I told them that this built their character, the winning attitude, and now they have the heart of a champion that they won’t lose that easily,” added Austria in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments
Squatters whose structures are being torn down in Fendell on the property of University of Liberia (UL) say they were misled by the government’s record of ‘warnings without action’ in the past that caused them not to leave when they were told to do so.They said the government has shown remarkable leniency on its properties occupied by squatters and therefore they assumed no one would have really demanded the land they occupied for more than ten years. Among the structures were some very decent buildings, which housed businesses that provided a variety of goods and services for students attending the Fendell campus. Owners of the structures said they spent thousands of dollars to build.In a tour of the area yesterday, several squatters told the Daily Observer that they were aware that the land belonged to the University of Liberia.“I have been living here for more than ten years,” said Hawa Sumo, 40, a grandmother, “and now with my nine family members we don’t have anywhere to go.”Madam Sumo agreed that she, along with the others, were told to leave the land because the owners wanted to take it back.“I wanted to leave and I thought they would give us something to help us to relocate,” she said.David Johnson, 51, said he was resided on the land for more than ten years. He said he was not present when the caterpillar came to destroy his brick house and therefore lost everything.“I was out and when I came back everything was gone and my house was no more,” said Johnson, who happens to be a builder. There are seven members in his family.Also affected is Anthony Xwisdyu, 50, who has worked with the University of Liberia Police for the last 18 years. He has six family members, including a 4-year-old and a one-year-old.The two men yesterday joined others to scavenge from what was left from the forceful destruction of their mud-brick houses.“We are taking the zincs and beams that we can use elsewhere,” Johnson said.Madam Musu Nyepah, 50, has lived on the property for three years and recently completed her brick structure with her children.“We made the bricks and sold some of them to use the money to buy sticks for the house,” she said, “now all is gone.”She admitted she was informed that she was residing on a property that belonged to the University of Liberia.“I never thought they would come and break our houses down,” she said, though she also admitted having been informed to leave the property.Mr. Blama Allison, known in the community as a tailor, because he made dresses for many, is chairman of the Fendell Junction Community. He has lived on the property for 16 years and when he realized that the UL authorities were serious, managed to build another home, away from the current one, for his family.“I knew it was going to come to this,” he said, but noted that information about the property, particularly from people claiming to own it, was deceptive, but he could not convince residents to make other choices.He said, “I never went to court over the dispute, but we were always told that everything was fine and so many did not care to act with urgency.”Many of those affected packed their personal effects, including mattresses and cooking utensils and chairs, on pick-up trucks and drove away to wherever they could find a place.With a team of anti-riot police present, the caterpillar moved from one house to another, bringing them down as former owners looked on in shock and shame.Many also worried about the future of their children’s education, since now they have to find accommodation elsewhere that might change the schools their children must attend.Several others said their situation would not have been bad if the government and UL authorities had made that decision more than ten years ago, and appealed to the government to ease their frustration by at least providing them some financial compensation.“So that we could use the money to start a new life elsewhere,” an older woman said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The man appointed as Acting Chairman of the Lone Star Mobilization Committee for the Liberia /Togo Nations Cup Qualifier says he will work with all football fans to take Liberia to its 3rd African Cup of Nations finals.Grand Gedeh Representative Zoe Pennue said Liberia deserves to be at the Nations Cup after a splendid show so far in the ongoing qualifier.The Grand Gedeh representative promised to use his mobilization skills from previous engagements with the Grand Gedeh team and as Coordinator of the Lone Star Mobilization Committee in 2012 to deliver Liberia at Gabon 2017.“I want to commend LFA President Musa Hassan Bility for placing confidence in me for such a huge task. Liberians are soccer crazy and the country needs to reach the Nations Cup after more than 13 years absence; therefore, I am going to put my best in this assignment,” the Representative said.He called on Liberians at home and aboard to rally around the LFA, the Mobilization Committee and the players to make this national dream a reality.“The religious community, student groups, women’s groups, the business community and all good people and friends of Liberia are asked to join us in taking the national team to Gabon 2017,” he added.Representative Pennue said a special operation will soon be launched once the technical, administrative and other details are put in place by the Lone Star Mobilization Committee.The President of the Liberia Football Association Thursday, May 12, 2016 named the Grand Gedeh County Lawmaker as Acting Chairman of the Lone Star Mobilization Committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LANCASTER – Four people, one a Palmdale man, have been charged with defrauding Antelope Valley investors and others through a classic Ponzi scheme in which money from new investors was used to pay off older ones. The victims are said to number in the hundreds, and the the loss is more than $2 million, though Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators say it could be as high as $9 million. “This was a fraudulent investment scheme where people were induced to invest money and were promised a high rate of return in a short period of time,” said Deputy District Attorney James Belna of the Major Fraud Division. “The idea was to develop land in the Antelope Valley into a residential development.” Two of the defendants, Phoebus Vincent Smith and Saundra Smith, who were married at the time, operated a an investment business called Antelope Valley Banking System, also known as AVBS Inc., in Palmdale. Henry, Hughes and Phoebus Smith have pleaded not guilty, and Saundra Smith is scheduled to be arraigned this week. Detective David Lingscheit said there were about 1,000 victims in the Antelope Valley, the state and throughout the United States. Individual losses ranged from $100 to $150,000, Lingscheit said. Local churches hit by the scam included Antelope Valley Christian Center in Lancaster and United Christian Fellowship in Palmdale, Lingscheit said. The Smiths had operated a similar investment operation in Carson called “Cash Flow Creators” from November 1999 to June 2000, then moved to the Antelope Valley in July 2000, investigators said. Phoebus Smith was described as being the ringleader. “They lived a lavish lifestyle. Phoebus Smith spent money on clothing, jewelry and cars,” Lingscheit said. email@example.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Smiths recruited others from local churches and used their “Christian faith” to gain the confidence of the victims, investigators said. The Smiths, who have since divorced, along with Gwendolyn Hughes, 57, of Los Angeles, and Craig Henry, 46, of Palmdale, have been charged with grand theft, sale of unqualified securities, and use of false statements in sale of securities as part of a 118-count criminal complaint. The filing of charges in March followed a three-year investigation that began in January 2004 after complaints were filed with the Sheriff’s Department. Phoebus Smith, 45, was arrested by authorities in Surprise, Ariz., where he resided and was being held in lieu of $2.2 million bail. Saundra Smith, 55, of Los Angeles and Hughes were free after posting $140,000 bail. Henry remained in custody in lieu of $225,000 bail.
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks at Harry Redknapp’s position at Queens Park Rangers, following a disastrous start to the season.The west London club host Liverpool on Sunday and Stevens claims a poor result at Loftus Road could see the 67-year-old leave the Rs.Tim Sherwood is a strong favourite to replace the ex-Tottenham and West Ham chief.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports BreakfastTune into talkSPORT on Sunday for live and exclusive national radio coverage of QPR v Liverpool, kick-off 13:30
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER — A 31-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly trying to rape a 16-year-old girl on Christmas, authorities said today. Edward Gage approached the teen at the corner of Glenraven Road and Avenue J around 9 p.m. while she was walking to a friend’s house, sheriff’s officials said.He was booked on suspicion of attempted rape and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Gage allegedly asked the girl for directions to a particular street, and when she said she didn’t know and kept walking, the suspect followed her and grabbed her shirt, authorities said. The teen struggled with the suspect as he tried to take off her clothes and punched him in the face before running away. Gage was later seen walking near Sierra Highway and Avenue J, and the victim identified him as the suspect.