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For Peyton Manning, Super Bowl is personal test of will

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — For nearly two decades, Peyton Manning has been the biggest of NFL stars.

Yet it still is almost unbelievable that Manning, a five-time MVP and future Hall of Famer, is here in Super Bowl 50 at all.

Manning has so often used the word “unique” to describe his 2015 season, but it’s so much more than that. It was unfamiliar and frustrating, challenging and humbling, and finally, it was exhilarating, to make it to his fourth Super Bowl after all of it.

“There is no question it’s important to me, it’s very personal to me, and no question this season has had some unique challenges. I try to stay in the moment, I try not to assume that this is how things are going to be from here on out,” Manning said. “I really even with all the different challenges I felt like peace about it the whole time. Not knowing how it was going to work out, I had a peace about it and that certainly helped.”


North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S. | Reuters

North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbors and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test.

The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit.

North Korea said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes. The launch order was given by his son, leader Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be 33 years old.


2 winners and 3 losers from Saturday night's Republican debate - Vox

The eighth Republican presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, and the last one before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, began with a slapstick off-stage candidate pile-up and generally devolved from there.

Donald Trump referred to the live debate audience as "donors and special interests" backing Jeb Bush. John Kasich thanked the audience for its "patience" for seemingly no reason at all. And Marco Rubio appeared totally incapable of speaking extemporaneously rather than returning repeatedly to his pre-memorized script.

We won't know who "really" won until poll results trickle in. But in the meantime, here are the candidates who ended the night better off than they started it — and the ones who slipped.

Winner: Chris Christie

For most of this campaign, Chris Christie has been an also-ran. The governor who just four years ago was seen as the biggest potential primary threat to Mitt Romney has regularly polled about as well as Carly Fiorina and the now-exited Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee nationally. In New Hampshire, where he's pinned all his hopes, he briefly boomed in mid-December (see the orange line below), but has declined substantially since, and now averages sixth place with only 4.9 points.


Iowa City Police Respond to Armed Robbery

On February 6, 2016 at approximately 5:11pm, the Iowa City Police Department responded to the Acapulco Mexican Bakery at 1937 Keokuk St for a report of an Armed Robbery.  According to the victims, a Hispanic or black male entered the business brandishing a handgun and demanding money.  The suspect fled the business southbound with an undisclosed amount of money.  No one was injured in this robbery.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or black male, approximately 5’8” and heavyset wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, white shoes and a white face covering.

This incident remains under investigation.  The Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of this suspect(s). Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).  All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

International Children's Theatre visits CCPA

One of Canada’s most renowned theatres for young audiences will thrill children of all ages this month at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is an award-winning children’s theatre that tours internationally each year. On Thursday, February 18th, they will be performing childhood favorites Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny at 6:30 PM at the CCPA. An early afternoon performance booked especially for area school children has already sold out.

Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation brings a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

Tickets for the 6:30 performance on February 18th are still available. Tickets are $12 for children, $14 for students, and $16 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the Coralville Center Box Office at or by calling 319.248.9370.

Founded in 1972, Mermaid Theatre’s unique adaptations of children’s literature have delighted more than five million young people in sixteen countries on four continents. Based in Windsor, a small rural town in Nova Scotia’s Avon Region, the company performs for more than 300,000 spectators annually, and currently ranks among North America’s most active touring organizations. Closer to home, Mermaid offers instruction at all levels through its Institute of Puppetry Arts, welcomes artists-in-residence through its Theatre Loft, provides a unique outreach program for adolescents through the Youtheatre, and offers a vibrant performing arts series at MIPAC (the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre).

UI goat watch: Still on the lam

Six days after he bolted from the University of Iowa's Research Park, the Richard Kimble of barnyard animals — William the Goat, as he's been nicknamed — remains at large, with law enforcement reporting a couple of near apprehensions.

One veterinary science expert, meanwhile, said Thursday that goats can survive for long periods of time in the wild, possibly even years, meaning the escapee could be well-equipped to fend for himself.

Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford said while his officers are not actively searching for the research goat, they have been responding to reported sightings. Bedford said the goat — named William by his department on the "Wanted" poster it's circulated on social media — has evaded capture at least twice this week.


Lohaus returns, Iowa City West scores 102 points | The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — There was a point when Tanner Lohaus feared his prep basketball career was over.

He was sitting in a hospital, waiting to be checked on by a doctor after injuring his right foot and ankle during a mid-December game against Cedar Rapids Washington. The Iowa City West senior forward and University of Northern Iowa signee came down on it awkwardly, felt some tearing and a whole lot of pain.

“I thought the bone might be sticking out,” Lohaus said.