Corridor Pools Repeatedly Closed For Violations

Corridor Pools Repeatedly Closed For Violations By Erin Jordan, Reporter Linn County environmental health specialist Kayla Sweeney checks that a ladder is secure at Bender Pool in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 during a routine yearly inspection. Yearly inspections check the quality of the water as well as condition of the pool, locker...

Winning Blue Zones Cities Were 'Most Ready'

Story Created: May 6, 2012 at 7:39 AM CDT Story Updated: May 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM CDT DES MOINES, Iowa --- Roughly 90 Iowa communities took some steps toward becoming Blue Zones this year, but only the four deemed "most ready" made the first cut. Officials named Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Mason City and Spencer Blue Zones demonstration...

McDonough: Arab Spring 'works' for U.S., allies

The Obama administration is invested in nurturing the "Arab Spring," said Denis McDonough, the deputy national security adviser. "While the change in the Middle East is working against Iran, it is our belief that it can and will work for the United States," McDonough told a Washington Institute for Near East Policy retreat.

Belgium's example

By JTA Mailman - May 6, 2012 To the Editor: In Belgium , I always thought that the Dutch speakers and French speakers just hated each other. Then when I was there, I found out that was not the case at all. Despite extremism on both sides, many Belgians want to see their country together. Of course, it has been together since 1830.

No remorse for Hagai Amir

By JTA Mailman - May 6, 2012 To the Editor: I hope everybody in the Jewish-American community who is concerned for Israel's future -- not just as a Jewish country but also as a democratic country -- will join decent people in Israel who condemned Hagai Amir for his refusal to express remorse for helping his brother kill the State of Israel's...

OU sues New Zealand coffee company over trademark

OU sues New Zealand coffee company over trademark SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- A New Zealand coffee company and the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America are embroiled in a battle with over its trademark. In 2007, the Christchurch-based Underground Coffee Company registered its logo, a capital U with a circle around it -- the same logo as the...

A good developer has a natural, almost visceral aversion to complexity

Complication is What Happens When You Try to Solve a Problem You Don't Understand Submitted by andy on Fri, 05/04/2012 - 22:32 software Code should be simple. Code should be butt simple. Code should be so simple that there's no way it can be misunderstood. Good code has no nooks. Good code has no crannies.

Risk Based Student Loans by Michael Simkovic

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Six Myths about Ray Tracing

Six Myths About Ray Tracing Created on May 6, 2012, 5:21 p.m. For a few years now people have been holding up Ray Tracing as the next big thing for computer games - saying that once we reach the processing power needed all games will be Ray Traced and we'll finally get cool effects like reflections and global illumination.

AP Photos: Supermoon glows around the globe

It may have been only an optical illusion, but what a sight. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrived Saturday night and glowed around the world. In Brazil it illuminated the landmark Christ the Redeemer statue and later set behind a shanty town. In Florida, fishermen worked their lines amid the moonlight in Bal Harbour.