Tags: Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Dianne Lyons, flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Floods of 2008, Insurance, risk, United Fire & Casualty
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United Fire & Casualty Co., the Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based property and casualty insurer, said it was flooded out of its headquarters and expects to incur costs because it’s not fully covered by insurance. …
United Fire did have some flood insurance, said Chief Financial Officer Dianne Lyons. …
“We consider ourselves good analyzers of risk,” Lyons said, declining to provide the percentage of risk taken by the company or an estimate of the cost of the damage. …
Tags: airplane crashes, Birmingham (Alabama), Bobby Crump, Clive (Iowa), crash, GAMMA PHI BETA, Jan Crump, lifeguards, Matt Crump, Matthew Crump, plane crashes, University of Alabama, Walker County (Alabama), West Des Moines (Iowa)
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From The Birmingham News:
A University of Alabama student from Iowa has been identified as the fourth person killed in a plane crash this morning near the Walker County airport.
Lauren Brue, age and hometown unknown, was killed in the crash that took the lives of …
Lauren was my sorority sister. She was 19 years old from West Des Moines, Iowa. …
Listed as a GAMMA PHI BETA pledge and from West Des Moines on this page.
A Des Moines Register database shows a Lauren Brue worked as a Clive lifeguard in 2007.
UPDATE: The Register reports that “Brue was a 2007 graduate of Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines.”
6/30 UPDATE: News obituary from Des Moines Register
Tags: Big Sur (California), Cedar Rapids (Iowa), flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Floods of 2008, internet resources, Lisa Goettel, natural disasters, Web sites, wildfires
From San Jose Mercury News:
The Web site www.SurFire2008.org was created to help communication between residents after lightning strikes June 21 caused a pair of wildfires – the Gallery and the Basin Fires – now known as the Basin Complex, which consumed 26,876 acres and remained 3 percent contained as of late Friday.
The site is one of several tools used to give praise, create alerts or request help. …
[Lisa] Goettel started the Web site after she found a similar site in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after floods hit where her family lives in mid-June. She sent a note to the site’s creator and asked to borrow the code to create something for Big Sur’s residents. …
Go to http://2008flood.org to see similarities.
For 75 flood-related links, go to Compiled directory of flood-related Web resources published by The Gazette.
Grand Forks Herald editorial for Cedar Rapids: ‘After a flood, hard work gets results’ June 29, 2008Posted by John in Media, Nature, Weather.
Tags: Cedar Rapids (Iowa), flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Floods of 2008, Grand Forks (North Dakota), Grand Forks Herald
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From Grand Forks Herald:
The point is to reassure residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about what lies ahead. It’s true that flood recovery is “a long, tough road,” as Cedar Rapids officials learned and learned again during their visit here last week, a story in the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. …
Cedar Rapids’ physical infrastructure may be in tough shape, but its social infrastructure likely is intact. And rebuilding the former is a lot more realistic and “doable” than is overhauling the latter. …
Watch NASCAR video of Landon Cassill’s crash and fire after passing Bobby Hamilton Jr.; Post-crash interviews June 28, 2008Posted by John in Sports.
Tags: auto racing, Bobby Hamilton, Landon Cassill, Loudon (New Hampshire), NASCAR, New Hampshire Motor Speedway
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Direct link to video at NASCAR.com:
Pole-sitter Landon Cassill [from Fairfax, Iowa] passes Bobby Hamilton Jr. clean in Turn 2 and then gets loose and hits the wall [during the NASCAR Nationwide Camping World 200 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.]
Also from Saturday: VIDEO: Cassill wins first pole, starts from back [due to an engine change]
Other articles about Landon Cassill
Tags: Bemidji State University, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Beverly Everett, flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Floods of 2008, Iowa City (Iowa), natural disasters, orchestras, University of Iowa
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From Bemidji Pioneer:
For their size, Bemidji State University Department of Music and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra are populated by a relatively large number of University of Iowa graduates.
And when these alumni considered the devastation the University of Iowa School of Music Voxman Music Building and Hancher Auditorium sustained when the Iowa River flooded Iowa City earlier this month, they looked for a way to help their former university home. …
Tags: Bettendorf (Iowa), Brian Hook, Iowa City (Iowa), Karl Rove, Lawyers, Presidential Nominations, U.S. Department of State, University of Iowa Hawkeyes
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From White House news release:
Nominations Sent to the Senate
… Brian H. Hook, of Iowa, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Organization Affairs), vice Kristen Silverberg.
From Gazette archives (7/05/2004)
Bettendorf native takes White House post
BETTENDORF — A Bettendorf native will serve the White House in a position responsible for assisting in coordinating policy development for President Bush.
Brian Hook will become the special assistant to the president for policy in the Chief of Staff’s Office, the White House announced.
Hook served as counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice after he was an associate with the Hogan & Hartson, LLP, law firm in Washington, D.C.
He previously worked as the deputy legislative liaison for then Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and as an aide to U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa.
Hook earned a law degree from the University of Iowa [in 1999].
More information about Brian Hook is available from this U.S. State Department Web site:
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of International Organization Affairs
Term of Appointment: 03/10/2008 to present
Brian Hook was named Deputy Assistant Secretary in March 2008. Prior to this position, he served in New York as a senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2006-2008. He was the ambassador’s lead negotiator on Security Council resolutions imposing multilateral sanctions on Iran, Sudan, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban.
Mr. Hook was appointed by President Bush in 2004 as Special Assistant to the President for Policy, Office of the Chief of Staff, where he helped to develop and coordinate policy with the Homeland Security Council, the Domestic Policy Council, and the Council on Environmental Quality. Mr. Hook previously served as Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice from 2003-2004.
Hook was also featured on two pages of the University of Iowa College of Law’s Alumni Highlights:
“I went to law school at Iowa because I believe that in order to have a successful and positive effect on public policy, it is enormously helpful to have a law degree,” Hook says. “Also, my grandfather (Henry Hook, BA in journalism, 1933) was a great Hawkeye fan, so I had always wanted to attend The University of Iowa. I grew up attending Iowa football games, going as far back as I can remember.”
Hook still is a regular at Kinnick Stadium and Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but unlike his grandfather—a former publisher of the Quad-City Times and staunch Democrat—Brian is a Republican. …
Tags: flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Floods of 2008, Hurricane Katrina, iowa, natural disasters, New Orleans (Louisiana), Rush Limbaugh, Tim Wise
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From Rush Limbaugh:
I see devastation in Iowa and Illinois that dwarfs what happened in New Orleans. I see people working together. I see people trying to save their property. I don’t see a bunch of people running around waving guns at helicopters. I don’t see a bunch of people shooting cops. I don’t see a bunch of people raping people on the street. …
From Black Agenda Report:
New Orleans residents were about four times as likely as their Iowa counterparts not to have access to a vehicle that could facilitate their escape. …
[P]utting aside the cash welfare received by Iowans, which as noted above was actually more, per household, than that received by New Orleanians, crop subsidies indicate that Iowans were and are more government dependent than the residents of New Orleans, no matter what the racist and classist perceptions of the general public may be. …
Floods are ‘creation groaning,’ Cedar Rapids pastor says June 26, 2008Posted by John in Nature, Religion, Weather.
Tags: Bible, clergy, flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Floods of 2008, natural disasters, sermons, Southern Baptist Churches
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From Baptist Press:
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (BP)–The floodwaters overtaking the Midwest — as well as tornadoes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters — are a symptom of the curse initiated by the fall of man in Genesis 3, a pastor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said. …
As the Apostle Paul indicated in Romans 8, the earth is groaning under a curse with a desire to be set free from bondage, [Eric] Schumacher said.
“That’s what these disasters are, creation groaning to be reborn,” he said. …
- Tests Confirm: Flood Sludge Is Toxic [via Zemanta]
- NYT: ‘In [Cedar Rapids] Iowa Life’s Possessions Become Debris Piles’ [via Zemanta]
Tags: flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Grand Forks (North Dakota), Red River (North Dakota)
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From City of Grand Forks, ND:
In April of 1997 the City of Grand Forks was flooded by the Red River of the North. Grand Forks received help from all over the country during the clean up and since that time Grand Forks has not only recovered, it has flourished. Grand Forks would like to give back by helping other communities as they deal with flooding. On this page you will find information regarding the Flood of ’97 and what the City of Grand Forks did in its recovery. …