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The Good

Tragedy could have struck The Great Ape Trust last weekend, but a former Hollywood performer quickly corrected the problem. Popi, who appeared in “Any Which Way You Can,” the sequel to “Any Which Way But Loose,” attacked another orangutan, Katy, after she had bitten the hand of an animal caretaker. Katy immediately let go, and the caretaker was left with only bruising and swelling. Katy has since decided to quit monkeying around.


Cedar Falls is becoming the place to be. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is conducting an online survey to pick a fan favorite city for its 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations list. Cedar Falls is one of the 12 contenders, which includes St. Louis, Mo.; Marquette, Mich.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Provincetown, Mass.; Simsbury, Conn.; Rockland, Maine; Chestnut Hill, Pa.; Huntsville, Ala.; The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, Va.; Bastrop, Texas; and Sitka, Alaska. People can vote at www.preservationnation.org until Feb. 28, and the winner will be announced March 1. Cedar Falls was chosen due to its eclectic retail, culture offerings, preserved Main Street and numerous recreational opportunities. Officials apparently didn’t venture to Waterloo.


The Bad

Criminals and nicknames seem to go together — “The Zodiac Killer,” “Scarface” and “Jack the Ripper” are as notorious as the men who were labeled with them. Today, a new criminal is making a name for himself in Washington State. Police are searching for “The Barefoot Burglar,” allegedly 18-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, who is suspected of stealing and crashing planes. Harris-Moore has no known flight training and has not been charged, but authorities have linked him to crimes in five counties involving planes, luxury cars and boats. He is known to commit crimes shoeless and has also copied down credit card numbers and charged thousands of dollars worth of video games, GPS devices and police scanners online. Most recently, Harris-Moore is suspected of stealing a plane that violated the no-fly zone at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


The situation involving missing Iowa State University senior Jonathan Lacina is sad. Lacina, 21, went missing around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 22, leaving an apartment building at 300 Stanton Ave., in Ames. His parents are now offering a $10,000 reward for any new information that could lead to the location of their son. Jonathon’s father, Tom, reported his son, a graphic design major, missing Jan. 30 after being unable to contact him for several days. Authorities have not received any substantial leads in the case.


The Ugly

It’s time to call a spade a shovel. Last week, Cedar Rapids police dealt with a disagreement between neighbors. An argument ensued between 64-year-old George Schulte and 65-year-old Kenneth Hootman, and it became ugly. Schulte struck Hootman several times with a shovel and then punched an officer who arrived on the scene. Schulte was charged with assault causing bodily injury and interference with official acts. Forget about road rage; this is snow rage.


Keep this story in mind next time you want to abuse a child and store guns in your home. Jacen Paul Pearson, 12, has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder after he allegedly killed his stepfather and injured his half-sister last week in Chariton. Reports show the family was familiar with violence as domestic fights brought police to the household in 2006 and 2008. The stepfather, Todd Peek, was known by family and friends as a caring father and a good baseball coach, while others painted the picture of a man who was abusive to Pearson. Lucas County sheriff’s deputies and Chariton police found Pearson hiding about three-quarters of a mile from his home. This young man has a troubled life ahead of him that we may never understand.CV

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