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July 28, 2011 |
The good

 

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie will be among a handful of speakers at the annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki remembrance this year on Aug. 9 at the Japanese Bell located on the Iowa State Capitol grounds. As a member of Mayors for Peace, Cownie wrote a proclamation declaring Des Moines as part of tens of thousands of other cities around the world calling for an end to nuclear weapons. He also recently appeared at the United Nations in New York City, N.Y., to speak about the importance of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Let's hope no city ever has to meet Fat Man or Little Boy again.

 

East High School seems to have an understanding of what it's like for poor and middle class families. It opened its doors for seven hours on Aug. 3 to provide families without adequate health insurance or access to health care free physicals, health screenings and school supplies. Sarah Boese, Polk County Health Department educator and planning committee chairwoman, said, "Back to school time can be very hectic, trying to coordinate schedules and wrap up summer activities, but it's important to remember to get your kids' health check-ups done because healthy kids do better in school." Well said.

 

The bad

 

Parents and coaches should provide good examples for kids, but that apparently isn't the case in Centerville. On Sunday, July 17, three Centerville residents — Todd Sebolt, 40, Angela Sales, 32, and Stephanie Summers, 19 — were charged with disorderly conduct after fighting at the end of a 12-and-under championship softball game during the Iowa Games in Ames. According to reports, Sales punched Sebolt in the face during an argument. Sebolt then punched Sales, causing swelling and bleeding. Summers then punched Sebolt's wife. All three were taken to the Story County Jail and released. The young girls finished first in the tournament, but due to the immature acts of these three "adults," their glory was short lived.

 

More than 200,000 contractors have been on the U.S. payroll in Iraq and Afghanistan, outstripping a number of U.S. troops on the ground in those countries. The United States spent $34 billion on service contracts with the private sector in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study being finalized for Congress. The analysis by the Commission on Wartime Contracting, details of which were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, offers the most complete look so far at the misuse of U.S. contracting funds in Afghanistan and Iraq, where more than $200 billion has been doled out in contracts and grants over nearly a decade. And now our country faces possible default financial status with the United Nations? Time to cut the credit card.

 

The ugly

 

There's more than one way for teens to hide a party from their parents. Hopefully, they don't go about it the way Florida teenager, Tyler Hadley, 17, did — he killed his parents, moved them to their bedroom, and threw a wild party. According to police, Hadley posted on Facebook that he was going to have a party around 1 p.m. on Saturday. Sometime after, he attacked his parents with a hammer and locked their lifeless bodies in their bedroom. The party then took place, with more than 60 people showing up. Officers arrived at the house around 1:30 a.m. due to a noise complaint. After receiving a tip from a neighbor, police arrived to the house around 4:30 a.m. and found his parents' bodies. Hadley was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

 

Next time you show up to a party, make sure you bring quality alcohol. Kansas native Brandon K. Smelser, 25, was charged with first-degree attempted murder after he stabbed a man for bringing the wrong beer to a party. According to police, the victim showed up with Natural Light beer so Smelser stabbed the victim and fled the scene but was later apprehended and taken to jail. Note to self: keep the Hamm's at home. CV