September 29th, 2015

The dark yellow, minion shaped, (rectangular shape with rounded edges was tantalizing me through the clear Hostess wrapper.

The wrapper crinkled as I pulled the edge of it open.

As a grabbed the twinkie cream from the bottom stuck to my thumb, so I licked it off. My forefinger made an imprint on the soft moist sponge-like cake. It’s squishy and sticky.

The yellow sponge cake perfectly complimented the smooth thick white cream that was in the middle.

Whenever I eat a twinkie, I think of how my Mom never bought them for me and how upset that still makes me. The first time I had a twinkie was when I was visiting my Mom and twin brothers in an Omaha Hospital. We were in the hospital cafeteria and my Mom, even though she would never buy them, encouraged me to try one.

Twinkie’s are a rare treat for me, so I’m excited whenever I get one.

Since the cream is sweet and rich, I couldn’t eat more than one at a time.

It took me five regular size bites to eat it in.

I have an after taste and parts of cake stuck in my teeth.


September 29th, 2015

Local band Don Juan is set to record this spring.

“We will be recording this spring, ” says John Dodge, guitarist, singer and songwriter. “There will be a product on the streets–on the airwaves, we hope–by the end of the summer.” Dodge has been with bandmate Don Cooper for almost 3 years.

Cooper had always been interested in singing and playing the guitar. However, he was on the fence for being in this type of profession. “I fought it for three years…I don’t think I can make a living doing it. So I’m just going to be an English teacher just in case,” said Cooper.

Last summer Don Juan had the opportunity to do a show in the New York club, Trax. They played with Jackson Browne and James Taylor, who are now both fans and supporters of Don Juan.

Dodge says, ” Nobody settles for anything less than the best.” The group squabbles “about fine points,” but the “creative tension” builds as the group molds a new song.

Dodge also comments, ” Writing songs isn’t easy…it’s tough, but it’s worth it.”


News Comment 6

September 28th, 2015

I read an article called, “NASA Says Signs of Liquid Water Flowing on Mars” written by Kenneth Chang. It was about how liquid was found on Mars and how it supports the “Life on Mars” claim.

I do think this story is newsworthy just because life on Mars has been a topic for years.

The audience may be for the two previous generations before me, who witnessed the Space Race and Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to walk on the moon. They would be the people to be more excited about space.

For some reason I thought the lead was funny. I’m sure others will think so too. However, after reading the lead I didn’t feel excited about reading the rest of the article.

Some of the scientific names were unfamiliar to me. I don’t know in depth details on Mars and just the science of space in general. I got bored as I continued to read on about different scientists and what they have discovered in previous years. I also had never heard of any of the scientists.

Scavenger Hunt- Knock-Knock Joke

September 24th, 2015

My objective was to find a good knock-knock joke. I went to the Krone Advising Center in search of a stranger and met Emily Keim, whom I asked for a good joke. I approached her  with a smile and explained the situation. She smiled and agreed to tell a knock-knock joke.


“Who’s there?”


“Dwaine who?”

“Dwaine the bath-tub because I’m drowning!” said Keim.

Keim said that she had learned that joke from her sister and that it was her go-to joke.

When asked if she considered herself the funny person in the group, she said that she was and is the one to crack jokes.

At first Keim seemed to be taken off guard with my sort of unusual request. She was sitting she I got to her level to make better eye-contact. I complimented her joke which seemed to relief the little bit of tension there was. After the joke I had my follow up questions, which she seemed happy to answer and was smiling as well.

To make sure I quoted the joke correctly, I repeated it back to her.

At the end of the interview, I thanked her for her time and help.

Revised Story 1

September 22nd, 2015

Tom Brady Does Not Have to Serve Four-Game Suspension, NFL Appeals

By Rachael Arnts


Judge Richard Berman ruled in favor of Tom Brady to not get suspended due to evidence deficiencies. The NFL appealed the decision.

The big question over the summer was whether or not Brady would have to serve a four game suspension at the beginning of the regular season. After seven months of waiting for answers, Judge Richard Berman announced his ruling on September 3rd. Tom Brady won over Goodell, who has filed an appeal.

According to, Brady shared his exciting news of his win on Facebook by thanking his family and supporters. He also apologized to anyone he may have hurt during this legal process; especially the league that should not have to endure matters like this. He wishes for all the attention to go back to the players and coaches of the game.

“I don’t think it has been good for our sport — to a large degree, we have all lost.” stated Tom Brady.

According to CNN, Judge Berman did not care for the way Goodell handled the investigations and said he found, “several significant legal deficiencies”. These included the NFL not giving Brady equal access rights to files for investigation, along with not giving him enough notice about the suspension.

Goodell says he is grateful for Judge Berman taking on the case, but has to respectfully disagree with him. As Commissioner he wants to institute fairness between all thirty-two teams CNN states.

Last season, during the AFC Championship, New England Patriots starting Quarterback Tom Brady was initiated accusations. He was blamed to be aware of cheating by having the football being deflated below regulation standards. The “Deflategate” hype picked up when the Patriots won the 49th Super Bowl. Roger Goodell the Commissioner of the National Football League took Brady to court in Foxborough, MA.

According to CNN, Roger Goodell stated, “While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.”

According to, Brady can still play during the appeal process. If Brady had been suspended, the opening ceremony of the Kick-off game would have been different since the Super Bowl MVP could not have participated. also mentioned that Goodell will not make the customary first game appearance. Instead, he will watch the game at his home because he wants all of the focus to be on the actual opening game between the Patriots and the Steelers.

According to the New York Times, Brady is ready for “Deflategate” to be in the past. He wants his team, as well as himself, to be focused on this season as reigning Super Bowl Champs. Brady respects Goodell’s decision for appealing because it was his right to do so. However, this will cause the case to go on for months to come.

“I think that’s just part of this process,” he said. “My part is to get ready to play football, and that’s what I’m really excited to do.” Brady said according to the New York Times.

News Comment 5

September 21st, 2015

I read an article from the New York Times called,”Trading Meat for Tires as Bartering Economy Grows in Greece”. This was about how Greece’s economy is crashing and people are turning to bartering and bartering websites.

Yes, this is newsworthy. The headline makes the story seem bizarre. It can be relevant to people in other countries who are looking for ways to save money. Also more countries may have to fall back on this technique.

The audience would be anyone who may be in desperate need of finding alternatives to spending what little money the have.

The lead was just a story of how one guy was able to get tires. It didn’t really relate to the in-depth analysis of Greece’s economic economy.

I would have liked to see some more bizarre bartering examples. That is what the headline perceived the story to be so I got interested. Instead I got this really long lessons of Greece’s economic crises and how there is a website to do bartering,

I would have stuck to the bizarre bartering stories like the butcher and his tires and talked about the website, Tradenow. I would have left out a good majority of Greece’s economy because I personally don’t care about that. If it really has an affect on me I feel like I would have heard about this earlier.

Lead Exercise 2

September 17th, 2015

Story 1

Firefighter Bob Harwood  broke his leg by falling 15 feet, while saving a cat from a tree.

Harwood responded to a call at 102 11th Avenue.  A calico cat was stuck in a fifty foot tall oak tree. The cat’s owners are twins Suzanne and Samantha Decker, daughters of Charlie and Kim Decker.

A dead limb broke, causing Harwood to fall the last fifteen feet on his descent down. The cat landed on top of him and is fine.  Harwood is doing “just fine” at St. Luke’s Hospital.


Story 2

Ten students at North East High School get suspended for protesting other students’ suspensions.

On Monday five students got suspended for a week for smoking marijuana in the school parking lot. In protest ten upperclassmen seem to be the culprits of Tuesdays closing of the cafeteria due to a food fight. Along with pulling the fire alarm three times on Wednesday.

Principal Laura Vibelius commented on the unrest. “Not so much unrest because of suspension, but because of summer vacation being so near,” she said. She sees no continuation of these “incidents” in the future.


Story 3

Overturned Texaco gasoline truck on outskirts of town causes floods, evacuations, and detours.

A Texaco gasoline truck overturned on the corner of 48th Street and Correctionville Road. Gas flooded the sewer lines on 2 blocks around including streets and ditches. As a result four families had to be evacuated because of sewer-line gas.

This incident was serious for 2 hours until the gas was flushed away.

Fire Chief Charles Hochandel says: “The firemen followed catastrophe and hazmat procedures set up beforehand for just such an occurrence.”

Local man killed in 2 vehicle collision

September 17th, 2015

Local man killed in 2 vehicle collision on Highway 20 last Thursday. Three survivors are in the Marion Health Center.

Moyer Quick, 65, of  South Sioux City was killed in a 2 car collision Thursday at 11am, two miles east of Sioux City on Highway 20.

Quick collided with truck driver Randy Radin, 17, of Sioux City.

The 3 survivors were taken to Marian Health Center. 2 injured were in the Quick vehicle. Dorothy Quick, 61,  was in “good” condition and Maxine Steuerwald, Dorothy’s sister, of Lawton was in “fair” condition. Radin is in “critical” condition with a fractured skull and internal injuries.

As of yesterday, Dorothy Quick has now been released. Steuerwald is scheduled to be released.

Iowa Highway Patrolman, Patric Stewart stated both vehicles were heading west. Quick struck Radin while passing. Both vehicles went into the ditch on the north side. Quick’s vehicle rolled once.

The accident is still under investigation. A causing  factor could be Quick’s heart attack while driving.

News Comment 4

September 14th, 2015

I read an article form the New York Times called, “Egypt Security Forces Accidentally Kill Mexican Tourists” by Liam Stack. It’s about how Egyptian security forces shot a tour group that had been mistaken for terrorists because they were driving in a prohibited area.

This story is newsworthy because it touches on the news value: bizarre. How to do trained security guards accidentally kill tourists?

The audience would be for adults, Egypt, Mexico and maybe anyone planning on taking a desert tour in Egypt.

The lead answered who, when, where, and what. The number of the deaths and injured were given in the lead. The only thing that it didn’t give was why. If you really wanted to know why then you had the option to keep reading.

Since this was recent (last night) there is still more evidence to be found. Such as, why was the tour in a prohibited area to begin with? That is something that I would like to know.

I like this article and wouldn’t have done anything differently. You can tell that the author got information from a lot of different sources from both Egypt and Mexico.


Police hand-helds linked to cancer

September 10th, 2015

Yesterday, the Iowa Highway patrol ordered ban of hand-held radar guns in Des Moines, Iowa. Concerns of cancer from long-term radiation exposure initiated this precaution.

According to spokesman Adam Berluti “The feeling here is to err on the side of caution unit more is known about the issue. The whole situation is under review.”

This is the first movement in it’s kind by a state police agency. Three officers in Cedar Rapids filed workman’s compensation claims saying they developed cancer from these hand-held guns two months ago.

The ban affects 70 radar guns that will be taken out of service. State troopers can still have a radar unit, only it will mounted on the outside of their vehicles.

Studies are being conducted into the possible links of the guns to cancer.

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