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February 24th, 2011 |



The good

The James Beard Foundation Awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest talent in the food and beverage industry and have been called “the Oscars of the food world” by Time magazine. So congratulations are in order for a few local chefs and restaurants that have been nominated to receive this prestigious award in May. Baru 66, located in Windsor Heights, is in the running for “Best New Restaurant” in the U.S. Chefs in the running for “Best Chef, Midwest” are Steve Logsdon from Lucca and Jason Simon of Alba. Congrats on all your hard work and masterful culinary skills. Bon Appetit!


Congrats to 22 students from Central Academy who were among the 100 winners chosen in the Iowa State Bar Association’s Know Your Constitution competition, young lawyers division. The students, who were all taught by Mike Schaffer in his AP U.S. government or AP comparative government classes, were chosen out of more than 1,500 entries after completing an essay and exam. Six students placed in the top 10 of the essay competition, with Anna Lyons of Valley finishing first. The winners include Hoover’s William Bolte and Ian Pierson; Johnston’s Leah Bowman and Kyle Naig; Lincoln’s Sadie Hallway, Sklyer Marquis, Reeto Mathew, Alysa Olson, Regan Parker and Ryan Tatum; Roosevelt’s Libby Caris, Jaqui Johnson, Elaine Meyer, Sarah Mowitz, Joel Schneider, Erin Teter, Emma Wandro, SamWard and Conor Wells; and Valley’s Alexandra Becker, Nicholas Dimenstein and Anna Lyons. Now let’s keep these bright minds in Iowa.


The bad

Welcome to the creep club, Stephen Wilcox. Jackson, Tenn., resident Stephen Wilcox, 43, was arrested last week after he was found lying naked in a bed with his friend’s 3-year-old daughter. According to officials, the couple left their daughter in Wilcox’ care, and when they returned home later that evening, they found him naked in the bed with their daughter, who was naked form the waist down. The father, who had a “talk” with Wilcox (check out his mugshot) before the police showed up, detained him. But Wilcox eventually escaped. Police located Wilcox the next day and took him into custody. He was charged with attempt to commit aggravated rape of a child, but it looks like Wilcox got plenty of vigilante justice before officers located him.


Will wine burn? Two yet-to-be identified truckers in western Iowa found out the answer the hard way after escaping a fire that destroyed a semi trailer stocked with wine near Marne early Sunday morning. The men were sleeping in the cab of the truck when they were awakened to reports of fire coming from the refrigeration unit on top of the trailer. The rig was parked on the eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 80. Despite their efforts, the men were unable to separate the tractor and trailer. Luckily, no injuries were reported.


The ugly

Florida resident Neil Lansing, 34, isn’t good at hiding things. After being booked into jail last week, a laundry list of new charges were added thanks to a booking strip search. Officers noticed a condom protruding from Lansing’s butt. Officers removed the condom and discovered it contained a large amount of contraband including 17 Oxycodone pills, a cigarette, six matches, a piece of flint, one empty syringe with an eraser over the needle, a lip balm container, another condom, and oddly enough, a receipt and a coupon. Lansing now faces additional charges of illegally possessing drugs and tobacco inside a county jail. He didn’t say how he was going to redeem the coupon.


Get ready for all kinds of problems to pop up in the lone star state. Texas legislators are in the process of passing a bill that will allow college students and professors to carry guns on campus. More than half the members of the House have co-signed the legislation, as it would allow students and professors to protect themselves in the event of a campus shooting, like what happened at Virginia Tech. If passed, the legislation would make Texas the second state (Utah was the first) to allow concealed weapons on college campuses. Students and alcohol are already a dangerous combination on college campuses; do we really want to add guns to the mix? CV