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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 14, 2015, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Friday, August 14, 2015 Eastern Iowa’s independent, locally owned newspaper www. thegazette. com $ 1.00 Daily KCRG- TV9 FIRST ALERT WEATHER, 13B TODAY 87/ 65 Mostly sunny Saturday Sunday 87/ 66 89/ 66 Cabaret in the Courtyard Amy Stoner performs at Brucemore in Cedar Rapids this weekend Living, 12A • BUSINESS 380 ............................ 14A • CLASSIFIEDS ................................. 6B • COMICS ......................................... 5B • DEAR ABBY ................................. 14B • DEATHS ....................................... 10A • LIVING ......................................... 12A • LOTTERY ........................................ 7A • PUZZLES ..................................... 14B • RIVER LEVELS ............................... 7A • SPORTS ......................................... 1B • TV ................................................ 13B • WEATHER .................................... 13B VOL. 133 NO. 217 © 2015 The Gazette © 2015 The Gazette Adam Wesley/ The Gazette A George Washington impersonator speaks Thursday on the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the 2015 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. For more photos from opening day of the Iowa State Fair, see The Back Page, 14B. POLITICS By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette Politically active Iowans like to say they don’t make up their mind which presidential candidate to support until they’ve met them all. More than once. Hang out at the Iowa State Fair, which continues through Aug. 23, and there’s a good chance you’ll meet at least some of the 2016 White House hopefuls. A prime spot for a potential presidential sighting is at the soapbox at the Grand Avenue Concourse outside the Administration Building. At the fair, the soapbox is metaphorical. There is neither soap nor a box. The term stems from the days when speakers would elevate themselves by standing on a wooden crate, often a soapbox, to be heard. There is a soapbox stage, sometimes ringed with hay or straw bales for audience seating. The soapbox has been a State Fair staple since launched by the Des Moines Register in 2002. State and federal candidates have spoken there, including 2008 and 2012 GOP precinct caucus winners former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, respectively. They’ll be back this year, along with at least 11 other GOP candidates and all of the Democratic presidential hopefuls except Hillary Clinton, Presidential hopefuls flock to State Fair Des Moines Register’s soapbox stage has become a staple on Iowa campaign trail By Rick Smith, The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS — It has been a surprising if instructive dust- up for a spot so nearly in the middle of nowhere on the farthest northwest edge of the city. City officials were excited about the FC United youth soccer club’s plans to build a 22,000- square- foot indoor practice facility surrounded by 16 acres of lush green lawn for practice and play. After all, FC United — a club that has grown from a handful of youth soccer players to almost 500 in just over a decade — stands as something of a local testament to the proof that soccer matters in Iowa and the nation. However, city officials were not so giddy about FC United’s building plans that they were willing to let the non- profit erect a facility that did not follow the city’s 2012 design standards for commercial buildings. That was true even way out here where few would see — amid farm fields and a few homes at Milburn Road about a mile west of Interstate 380 and the planned Tower Terrace Road interchange. Making practice prettier DEVELOPMENT Jim Slosiarek/ The Gazette Bill Ajram ( center, gray shirt) gives a pep talk to one of his teams on Aug. 7 during groundbreaking festivities for the FC United Soccer Club facility near the intersection of Tower Terrace Road NE and Milburn Road NE in far northeast Cedar Rapids. Even on sparse outskirts, Cedar Rapids presses design rules for new soccer facility “ From what I know and see, we’re going to do nothing but increase the value of the neighborhood. I think when people see the finished product and what opportunity the kids have — it’s all green space. The building is 2 percent of the entire site.” Mick Slinger, chief financial officer for Van Meter Industrial and an FC United board member ‘ D- word’ emerges in Dubuque County with latest report By Orlan Love, The Gazette Even in a growing season characterized by too much rain in many parts of the state, the “ D” word re- emerged Thursday with a portion of Dubuque County being classified as in moderate drought in the latest iteration of the weekly U. S. Drought Monitor. After a wet June, Dubuque has recorded slightly less than 1.5 inches of rain since July 1 — a deficit of 4.53 inches for the period, according to National Weather Service data. The patch of moderate drought in the northeast quadrant of Dubuque County extends into parts of eight southwest Wisconsin counties and is surrounded in Iowa by a much larger “ abnormally dry” area that covers nearly all of Allamakee, Clayton and Dubuque counties and parts of Delaware, Fayette, Winneshiek and Chickasaw counties. Dubuque County farmers are not “ extremely nervous” yet, but crops on lighter sandy soil are beginning to show signs of stress, said Jeff Pape, who raises corn and soybeans northeast of Dyersville. “ We’re seeing leaf rolling in the soybeans, and parts of some fields look almost white in the afternoons,” Pape said. August, he said, is a critical month for soybeans, which can put on several pods at the tops of the plants under favorable conditions. Winneshiek County farmer Bob Hemesath, vice president of the Iowa Corn Growers Dry turns to drought in part of Iowa AGRICULTURE ; DROUGHT, PAGE 11A ; FAIR, PAGE 11A ; DESIGN, PAGE 11A Gazette wires TIANJIN, China — Two huge explosions tore through an industrial complex where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people, including at least a dozen firefighters, officials and state media said Thursday. At least 700 people were injured, more than 71 seriously, the Tianjin government said. Among those injured were employees of Illinois- based Deere & Co., which Massive blasts claim at least 50 in China INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT Tribune News Service A dangerous cargo storage area exploded Wednesday night in Tianjin, China. At least 50 people were killed, many of them emergency responders, and at least 520 people have been hospitalized, according to state media. Among the injured are John Deere employees working in Tianjin ; BLAST, PAGE 11A

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