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WILL YOU BE “NAUGHTY” OR “NICE” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aliesha Chiesa   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:37
WHAT:  Macerich to Give Away $15,000 Over the Holidays

Naughty or nice – your choice can pay off this holiday with NorthPark and SouthPark Malls.

We invite our shoppers to enjoy more than 250 stores and restaurants and also enter for a chance to win our Holiday Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will win the Grand Prize of a $10,000 Mall Gift Card, and many will become instant winners with $10 Mall Gift Cards.

Shoppers can enter to win on-mall or online. Upon entering via a mobile device, shoppers will be asked to join a team – either “Team Naughty” or “Team Nice”, and have the chance to play an instant win game for a $10 Mall Gift Card. We encourage  everyone to create a “Naughty” or “Nice” eCard to share on Facebook to invite friends to join their sweepstakes team.

The winner will be announced after January 4, 2013.

WHEN:  Starting November 15 – December 24

WHERE:  NorthPark Mall.  Enter to win at JC Penney Court and Von Maur Court.  Parking available at either Von Maur or JC Penney,
SouthPark Mall.  Enter to win at Dillards Court and Younkers Court Parking available at either Younkers or Dillards

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Former Davenport Builder Sentenced for Bank Fraud PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:21

DAVENPORT, IA – On November 16, 2012, Walter R. Zimmerer, III, age 70, of Colts Neck, New Jersey, formerly owner of Zimmerer Custom Homes in LeClaire, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose to one-month imprisonment and 12 months home confinement, having previously pleaded guilty to nine counts of bank fraud, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Zimmerer was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release following the home confinement, pay restitution to his victims in the amount of $379,533, and pay a $900 special assessment to the crime victim fund.

In 2007 and 2008, Zimmerer took out loans from Northwest Bank & Trust Company and Great River Bank & Trust to construct homes in Bettendorf and LeClaire, Iowa. The loans were on a draw system, so that Zimmerer could draw funds on the loans at various stages of the construction process provided he proved he was current on payments to subcontractors.

Zimmerer, who had fallen behind on earlier construction projects, diverted the money to pay debts in connection with those projects. In order to deceive the banks and continue to draw funds, Zimmerer created false documents (mechanics lien waivers) purporting to show that he was current on his payments to subcontractors.

Zimmerer eventually defaulted on the loans. Although the banks completed the construction projects and sold the homes, they still suffered a net loss of over $379,000.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Well-known Terrorist Released from Iraqi Prison PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:15

Friday, November 16, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement after learning that terrorist Ali Musa Daqduq was released from an Iraqi prison.  The U.S. government turned over the well-known terrorist to the Iraqi government less than a year ago.  Grassley sent several letters to the Obama administration urging them to try Daqduq before a military tribunal.  Those letters can be found here.  Grassley is the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

“Daqduq has one of the most significant records of terrorist activity with Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force, even training them.  Yet, the Obama administration decided to turn him over to the Iraqi government knowing that it likely would result in his freedom.  Now, it appears that our fears have been realized and Daqduq has been released from the Iraqi government’s custody and is in Lebanon. The United States does not have an extradition agreement with Lebanon, so there’s little recourse for the U.S. government and Daqduq is expected to remain free.  A military tribunal would have been a far better avenue to bring this terrorist to justice.  Instead, it’s probably just a matter of time before he finds his way back to the battlefield where undoubtedly innocent people will be killed.”

 
Happy Thanksgiving, From Our Family to Yours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:13

By Dave and Terry Loebsack

Thanksgiving is a time when families across America come together to give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives.  We would like to take this chance to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for as a family and as Iowans.

We have so many things to be thankful for here in Iowa.  We live in a country where we are free to speak our minds and practice our religion as we see fit.  We also live in a country of opportunities, where anyone can succeed with hard work and dedication.

This family holiday always reminds us of those who have served in our Armed Forces, particularly those who are currently serving overseas.  Many of our servicemembers and their families will spend the holidays apart.  I hope you will join us in sending our thoughts and prayers not only to those who are serving overseas but also to their families here in the U.S. who sacrifice so we can live in freedom and peace.  Terry and I are planning on spending time with our veterans and thanking them in person at the VA Medical Facility in Iowa City on Thanksgiving Day.

While the holidays are a festive time for many of us, it is important to remember that for some it is the most difficult time of year.  Far too many Iowans are still out of work and struggling to make ends meet and may not be able to serve a bountiful holiday meal.  Growing up, I remember not knowing if we’d be able to afford Thanksgiving dinner, and as we all see in our communities, Iowa families’ need for food assistance continues to grow.  The holidays are a great time to stop in at a local food pantry or soup kitchen and give some of your time to those less fortunate.

Terry and I are looking forward to Thanksgiving Day, when we will be serving meals to needy families. If your time is tight, and you are able to, this is also a particularly good time to make a donation to your local food bank.  If you would like to make a donation, volunteer, or if you are in need of food aid this holiday season please visit www.foodbankiowa.org or call 211 from a land line to get additional information about services in your area.

Lastly, it is our hope that the Thanksgiving tradition of coming together and working to help others can carry over as Congress returns to Washington to address the many challenges facing our country.  Now more than ever, Washington needs to come together as so many families will this holiday season to provide certainty to the American people.  I look forward to returning to work and finding bipartisan solutions to move our country forward.

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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Battery maker got nearly $1 million from feds day of bankruptcy filing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:08
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012


Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. John Thune made the following comment on information provided by A123 Systems, Inc., in response to the senators’ Oct. 9 inquiry about a federal stimulus grant provided by the Department of Energy:

“The very day A123 filed for bankruptcy, the Department of Energy sent the company a check for nearly $1 million. The Department of Energy was aware of A123’s pending transaction with a foreign company, Wanxiang.  In fact, the Energy Department was informed on August 3 and still gave the company more federal tax dollars. In addition, A123 confirms it has a federal government contract with a ‘secret’ security classification.  All of this paints a disturbing picture.  One, the Department of Energy is writing checks to a company literally as it is declaring bankruptcy.  Two, a private company and federal grant recipient has provided more disclosure about its operations and assurances about intellectual property and national security than our own Department of Energy.  The Department of Energy needs to answer for why it appears to put federal grants on auto-pilot to the detriment of U.S. taxpayers.  This can’t stand.”

A123 Systems, Inc.’s response to the senators is available here.

The senators’ letter to A123 Systems is available here.

 
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