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The Pes Moines Register ST AROUND IOWA Thursday, August 2, 2007 Page 3B IOWA EAR lmrm-mmssi .f 1, 1 Supreme Court ruling cites 'The Beverly Hillbillies' When the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that an Ames city ordinance limiting to three the number of unrelated persons (the image of a bunch of wild and crazy ISU civil-engineering majors jumps to mind) who can live in neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes, the court conceded it would be possible to conjure up extreme examples of the impact of the law. "Sure the ordinance would allow the Beverly Hillbillies to live in a single-family zone while prohibiting four judges from doing so," Justice Michael Streit wrote for the court. Ever on the alert that the casual reader of court opinions may not know the legal meaning of, say, ira furor brevis est (Latin for "anger is a short insanity"), the court may include a short explanatory footnote. So, for those who were not around during the golden age of television sitcoms, here is the court's short history of that reference (from Footnote 4): "The Beverly Hillbillies was a popular sitcom on CBS from 1962 through 1972. The show's main character was an Ozarks Mountaineer who struck it rich upon the discovery of oil on his land. Thereafter, he moved to Beverly Hills with his mother-in-law, his daughter, and his nephew. High jinks ensued when the clan refused to conform to privileged society." Maybe Ames' zoning ordinance ought to permit Jed Clampett and his clan, but there might be something in the city code conflicting with Granny's habit of doing laundry out back in the "cement pond." V0UTUBE.COM A scene from the New York Collective for the Arts play "IOWA 08," which was posted on YouTube Iowa caucuses hit off-Broadway New York Collective for the Arts wound up a 10-day run this week of a play called "IOWA 08." The tag line: "Produces the most pork. Predicts the presidential nominees." The show was described this way on the collective's Web site (www.nycollective.orglowa08): "Once every four years, Americans turn to Iowa our thirtieth most populous state and the birthplace of John Wayne for the earliest indication of who the nation's presidential candidates will be. But who are these lowans, who export pigs and tractors and influence an entire nation with their votes? In this crucial political season, the artists contributing to 'IOWA 08' explore the personality and politics of the 'true' lowan, imagining a world where caucuses, hootenannies, corn husking, and political parties are a part of daily life." . . They also have a blog (nycollective.orglowa08blog) which includes some rebuttal from lowans, who apparently took time out from husking the corn to learn how to use a computer. There's also a link from the Web site to two very funny Youtube commercials for the show. Both feature "Gov. Chet Culman, the 41st governor of Iowa." The actor, who looks nothing like Gov. Chet Culver, says, "Many of you know that Iowa is the first state in 2008 to hold a m ; , -V -iyik-: '4 'M( 1 V " - 4.: J 1 P I V ) t disagreement on a question during the July 23 debate in South Carolina. Obama said flatly during the CNN YouTube debate that he would agree to meet with the leaders during the first year of his administration and without conditions. Clinton said no, adding later that diplomatic spadework would have to come first. And while Obama has likened Clinton to the Bush administration in light of her answer, it may be that highlight my - the two candidates are less divided on the issue, given that Obama suggested in a Des Moines Register telephone interview last week he was not focusing on the details of the question. Here is the transcript of what he said when asked if it was reasonable to expect the long silence between the United States and its enemies could be bridged in order to make a presidential warming meeting in the first year of the next administration possible: "If the argument is over the timetable, I confess I was not paying attention to ah the, the. Hold on one second. I'm absolutely confident that can't be the argument they (Clinton and her campaign) are making, is that it might take two years instead of one. All right? We're arguing about a general principle here." QUOTABLE IOWA "You know, the flow of this meeting is really all messed up today because we don't have a supervisor saying 'Aye' instead of 'yes.' " Polk County Supervisors Chairman Tom Hockensmith, referring to the unique (among his peers) voting habits of absent Supervisor E.J. Giovannetti Modern gizmos trip up candidates Hillary Clinton was telling teachers at a union conference about societal changes affecting classrooms, and that they may have the tools and the support they need to adapt. The world has changed, she said, and recalled how accessing money from a bank once involved a savings book. "Now all you have to do is remember your pin number and go to the AMT," she said. The audience cracked up and called out: "ATM!" Clinton ducked her head and laughed. But she had a quick comeback, hinting that her mind was on taxes: "AMT is the alternative minimum tax." It's not the first time public officials have seemed insulated from the realities of daily life. George H.W. Bush was ridiculed in 1992 after reports that he seemed unfamiliar with a supermarket checkout scanner at a grocers' convention. Compiled by Political Editor Kathie Obradovich and Register stall members Shellie Dochterman, dropped off the shoulder and overcor-rected, crossing the center line and striking the westbound vehicle driven by Michael, who was taken to a Marshalltown hospital and was later pronounced dead. Both families declined to comment Wednesday afternoon. A friend who answered the phone at Shellie Dochterman's house said she did not know the condition of Griffin, who she said is Shellie Dochterman's son. Shellie Dochterman's husband, John, was unavailable for comment. Michael leaves behind his wife, Anne. The accident remains under investigation. Reporter Tom Barton can be reached at (515) 284-8065 or tbartondmreg.com national news, log on to lejislei.com MPG HWY Student march to Collision near Toledo leaves 3 people dead By TOM BARTON REGISTER STAFF WRITER An accident on U.S. Highway 30 near Toledo claimed three lives Wednesday morning. The victims were identified by the Iowa State Patrol as Shellie Dochterman, 37, of Robins; Frances Dochterman, 78, of Cedar Rapids; and Paul Michael, 59, of Tama. A passenger in the Dochter-mans' car, 5-year-old Griffin Dochterman, was taken to Blank Hospital in Des Moines by helicopter. Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol district office in Cedar Rapids said Wednesday afternoon that two vehicles traveling on the Highway collided head-on around 10:45 a.m. Sgt. Sharon Kurt said the eastbound vehicle, driven by For in-depth local and Highlights of the four-day march For more information about the Sierra Student Coalition, contact David Sievers at 508-1494 or via e-mail at david.sieversssc.org. ReEnergizeUS MARCH SCHEDULE: Today: 9:30 a.m. kickoff event at Reiman Gardens, located just south of Jack Trice Stadium on Elwood Drive on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Speakers include Ames Mayor Anne Campbell; former state Rep. Ed Fallon; Carolyn Raffensperger, executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network; and Mark Kresowik with the Sierra Club and Iowa Interfaith Power and Light. 5 p.m.: Railroad Park, 100 W. Railroad St. in Huxley, featuring David Osterberg, executive director of the Iowa Policy Project, and a performance by Brian Joens. Friday: 9:30 a.m.: start at Railroad Park in Huxley 4 p.m.: North Polk High School, 315 N.E. 141st Ave. in Alleman, featuring Alleman Mayor Bill Bodensteiner and Kevin Nordmeyer of the U.S. Green Building Council. Energy-efficient light bulbs will be distributed to every house in Alleman. Saturday: start at 9:30 a.m. at North Polk High School. 5 p.m.: Saydel High School, 5601 N.E. Seventh St. in Des Moines, featuring workshops on global warming issues. Sunday: start at 9:30 a.m. at Saydel High School. Noon: start at Birdland Park, at Saylor Road and Birdland Drive, Speaking will be Lisa Renstrom, former Sierra Club president. 3 p.m.: Rally at Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines featuring Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie; James Hansen, director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; David Foster, executive director of the Blue-Green Alliance; the Rev. David Wood of First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo; and Carrie LaSeur, president of Plains Justice. Music by BeJae Fleming and Tubabu. By JASON PULLIAM REGISTER STAFF WRITER. , . Eight college students are at work in Iowa this summer to spark transformation of the world's energy economy the way that some say the Apollo program revolutionized space exploration in the 1960s. The Sierra Student Coalition the student-led chapter of the Sierra Club will hold a "ReEnergizeUS" march from Ames to Des Moines today through Sunday to raise awareness about global warming. The Sierra Club is the United States' oldest and largest environmental organization. Its student chapter is having a similar march in New Hampshire. The two states' early importance in the 2008 presidential election helped make them the focus of the group's project, said David Sievers, chairman of the ReEnergizeUS planning committee. Iowa's leadership in the renewable fuels industry and the state's growing use of wind and solar power also attracted the group to the state, he said. "Right now, all eyes are on Iowa because of the unique voice it has," said Sievers, a senior philosophy major at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. presidential caucus. Some of you may even know what a caucus is. I know I don't." Could it be Obama just wasn't listening? Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have squabbled for more than a week about to what extent they would be willing to meet with leaders of hostile nations, the result of their "We want to make sure our ' leaders know it's time to take action to build a clean energy economy," he said. Eight official stops are planned along the march's route. Each event will feature elected officials or speakers on environmental awareness and energy policy. The march will culminate Sunday afternoon in downtown Des Moines' Nollen Plaza, where Iowa native James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and one of the world's foremost climate scientists, will speak at a rally. Most climate scientists agree that human activity is adversely altering Earth's climate. The Sierra Student Coalition, founded in 1991, calls for an 80 percent reduction in U.S. global warming pollution by 2050. Holly Jones, a Drake University sophomore and Mount Pleasant native, is in the midst of a summer internship for the ReEnergizeUS project. Iowa is well-positioned to be the world's leader in renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction, she said. "Global warming is one of our top issues, if not the top issue," she said. "It affects so many areas of life." dearly." Hogan earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Iowa. He earned his master's degree and Ph.D. at the U of I. Regents President Michael Gartner said Hogan will be missed at Iowa. "It's a spectacular opportunity for him," Gartner said of UCo-nn. The move will allow Mason to hire her own provost, Gartner said, which is common. Mason is expected to appoint an interim provost to oversee the day-to-day operations of the U of I. O'Hara said a national provost search would likely take a year. Tbe Associated Press contributed to this article. 2007 BUICK LUCERNE CX ff tSS -fckr Hogan, U of I provost, gets Connecticut job anil (7inixi ix e.xveci, tie stanianl Uuiet luning ,., ., , . , , , " eynyum'if is timrhl claim... OnStar -auto week fgomCK'suMMER SELLdown j SALE PRICE Campus security question Cedar Falls, la. The Iowa Board of Regents grilled public safety officials at Iowa's public universities Wednesday about their procedures for sexual assaults in the wake of reports of what police have called a "serial fondler" in Iowa City. "There are issues going on In Iowa City now, a serial fondler," Regent Bonnie Campbell said at a board meeting Wednesday in Cedar Falls. "Even though these issues are going on outside of campus, do you do alerts?" Not only does the U of I post alerts online, but campus police also are working with Iowa City police to increase patrols in the parts of town where women have reported being groped by a man who preys on college-age women walking alone at night, said U of I Public Safety Director Chuck Green. Officials at the U of I, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa said they have teams of police, prosecutors and women's advocates who help sex assault victims. Regents Executive Director Gary Steinke said he has received phone calls from lowans concerned that the universities are not doing enough to help sex abuse victims through the process. He highlighted a UNI program called the Phoenix Center, in which students who have been assaulted are mentored by other students who have been through similar experiences. The regents meeting will continue today in Cedar Falls. 1 Turn-By-Turn Navigation - 3.8L 3800 V6 6-Way Driver & Passenger Power Seats 6 Airbags ' Front Wheel Drive ' Premium Ride Tires ' 4-Wtieel Anti-lock Brakes AMFM Stereo CD Player 1 & Much More! HOGAN, from Page 1B University of Delaware presidency in November, but was passed over for Patrick Harker, former dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Hogan told the U of I com- munity about his decision in an e-mail message Wednesday: "I'm excited about this new opportunity, and pleased and proud that the University of Connecticut has entrusted me with this most important and challenging role," Hogan wrote. "As you might expect, though, it's not easy for me to , leave Iowa, neither the state . that has always been my home, nor the University that I love so o " rr o I 'Plus tax, title, license & o Mftji, jew gtii ft. t,Vt

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