Convoy of historic military vehicles will cruise across Iowa next week

first_imgA convoy of olive drab-painted jeeps, trucks and other historic military vehicles will make its way across Iowa next week, part of a journey that’s taking the collection of privately-owned, restored vehicles coast-to-coast. Jan Gammon, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway coordinator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa, says there should be about 60 vehicles in all making the long trek from the East Coast to California.“People are welcome to line the Lincoln Highway and wave at people as they go by,” Gammon says, “or if they’re stopped in your community for a lunch break or overnight or whatever, the public is welcome to come up and look at the vehicles and talk to people on the convoy.” This is a recreation of a 1919 convoy that first drove from Washington D-C to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, then followed the Lincoln Highway all the way to San Francisco. It was the brainstorm of Henry Osterman, the first field secretary of the Lincoln Highway Association, who led convoys along the East Coast during World War One.“Just after the war was over, he had this idea to test the nation’s roadways,” Gammon says. “Since he was involved with the Lincoln Highway, he suggested that they take military vehicles across the nation using the Lincoln Highway, so, that’s what they did. They started at the South Lawn of the White House and then headed to Gettysburg.” The 100th anniversary convoy is a project of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. A century ago, the original transcontinental convoy included some 285 enlisted men and 24 officers, including a certain ambitious lieutenant colonel.“The first military vehicle convoy had Dwight Eisenhower on it,” Gammon says. “He later became president and signed in the Interstate Act to create the interstate system, so that’s kind of interesting.” The convoy is scheduled to cross the Mississippi River into Iowa on August 22nd, passing through Clinton, with overnights stays planned in DeWitt, Marshalltown and Denison. There should be stops in: Lowden, Marion, Belle Plaine, the Tama Lincoln Highway Bridge, Nevada during the Lincoln Highway Days Parade, Boone, Jefferson, Woodbine and Missouri Valley or Crescent. The convoy should pass through Council Bluffs on August 25th. Learn more: read more

Roger Federer wins opening match at ATP Finals

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sock is one of four players to qualify for the tournament for the first time. Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin also qualified, though Goffin played in the tournament last year as an alternate after Gael Monfils withdrew.After the Federer match, Rafael Nadal was given his trophy for finishing the year as the No. 1 player in the rankings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Spaniard will play his first match at the tournament for the top eight players in the world on Monday against Goffin. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Irving-less Celtics hold off Raptors for 12th straight victory View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener03:01PH’s Eumir Marcial win by KO middleweght final (Highlights)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READcenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates at match point after beating Jack Sock of the United States in their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Federer has won a record six titles at the ATP Finals, including two in Houston, two in Shanghai and two in London. His last one came in 2011.In 2017, he has won a tour-best seven titles, the most he has won since taking eight in 2007.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Messi double helps Barcelona to 4-2 win at Tottenham

first_imgInitially, Messi settled for a supporting role as his defense-splitting pass from the halfway line to Jordi Alba helped create the opening goal. After goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rashly rushed off his line to confront Alba the ball was squared for Philippe Coutinho to score within two minutes of kickoff.While the opener owed much to Lloris’ poor judgment on his return from an injury sustained during a drunken-driving incident, the second goal was pure artistry. Messi also started the move that saw Suarez and Coutinho combine to set up Ivan Rakitic to volley superbly into the top of the net.When the post twice denied Messi at the start of the second half it looked like he wouldn’t come close to repeating his hat trick in the 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the group opener.But Messi, who scored in the 2011 final win over Manchester United, was afforded more space in the second half.After Tottenham striker Harry Kane pulled one back in the 52nd minute, Messi started and completed the move four minutes later that restored Barcelona’s two-goal lead.ADVERTISEMENT “It wasn’t this plan to play this game on Wembley,” Pochettino said. “What can we do? Nothing. The grass needs to grow.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lawyers: Ronaldo accuser suffers from post-traumatic stress But the victory — after a three-game winless domestic run — was built on much more than Messi’s virtuoso performance.Selflessness isn’t a trait often attached to Luis Suarez, but it was the former Liverpool striker’s clever dummies that set up both goals from Messi as he allowed the ball to drift past him into the path of the Argentine forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe five-time world player of the year could even afford to hit the post twice before scoring in the second half as the five-time European champions made it two wins out of two in Group B.“Everything he does is so unpredictable,” Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho said. “I’m thrilled for him that he scored twice.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img MOST READ By the time Jordi Alba virtually cut the ball back from the byline, Messi had darted into the box and both Coutinho and Suarez left it for the five-time world player of the year to finish.The prospect of a Tottenham comeback flickered again when Erik Lamela netted with a deflected strike in the 66th“We had a few problems,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “But we solved them.”Or Messi did. As Suarez let the ball go past him, the unmarked Messi tapped into an open net in the 90th to put the score beyond the reach of a Tottenham side which has never lifted the European Cup.“What we had to do was take risks,” Pochettino said. “When you play against Barcelona you can have different players and different tactics but the result will be the same.”Tottenham’s task was made even harder with three core players out injured: Defender Jan Vertonghen, midfielder Dele Alli and playmaker Christian Eriksen, who all featured 11 months ago in a victory over European champion Real Madrid at Wembley.After losing its group opener to Inter Milan, Tottenham is now on zero points along with PSV Eindhoven, which lost 2-1 to the Italian side on Wednesday.PITCH PROBLEMSThe quality of the field in north London didn’t match the spectacle in a stadium where this game wasn’t even due to be played. With the rebuilding of White Hart Lane overrunning, Wembley is still Tottenham’s temporary home.It’s not just the additional burden from unexpected Tottenham games accounting for the brown, dead grass across the center. It is less than two weeks since a boxing ring was constructed for the Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin world heavyweight title fight. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Back at the scene of his 2011 Champions League final triumph, Lionel Messi delivered another display of artistry at Wembley Stadium.Messi’s two goals helped Barcelona fight off Tottenham’s second-half resurgence and secured a 4-2 win for the visitors on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cartoonist to help TV’s ‘Most Wanted’

first_img“What we’re hoping is that by `America’s Most Wanted’ featuring this, someone out there knows something,” Soliz said. “If it is the `Book of Days’ burglar that committed the murder, someone out there knows. Someone has seen that guitar.” In 1979, after police went public with the possible connection to the “Book of Days” calendar, the burglaries stopped, Soliz said. Breathed, who now lives in Southern California, believes he surprised the intruder during the break-in at his Austin home about a week after the shooting. He said the burglar had stacked albums by his door, including “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd. “The house was turned upside down, and it took a few minutes to understand what happened,” he said. Like similar break-ins at the time, the perpetrator seemed to be focused on a few selected items. “He ended up killing a musician, and he was stealing music as well as photographs and photographic equipment,” Breathed said. “There was this odd connection between the music and photographic community.” At the time, Breathed recalled, he and his fellow photographers at the university began to view one another suspiciously. Breathed did not know Cahill personally, but had heard of him from the city’s vibrant music scene.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Austin, Michael Cahill’s slaying is remembered as the “Book of Days” murder because the killer was suspected of breaking into the homes of Breathed and several other student photographers who contributed black-and-white pictures to a 1978 desk calendar by that name. Cahill, 28, was shot to death April13,1979, when he confronted a burglar leaving his apartment with his guitar. The University of Texas dropout worked as a cook, but his main pursuit was a music career. Driving up to his home with friends, he saw a man walking away with his guitar in its case. He jumped from the car, chased the man and was shot to death in his driveway. The killer escaped and was never identified. Investigators believe the same person who shot Cahill had just broken into the apartment of a photographer in the same building. “It seems like there was a lot of clues out there, but not the kind of clues that lead to solving the case,” said Sharen Soliz, a detective with the homicide cold case unit of the Austin Police Department. DALLAS – A Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist is lending his talents to a crime-fighting television show in an attempt to track down the killer of a young musician who was slain nearly three decades ago. Berkeley Breathed, best known for the 1980s political cartoon “Bloom County” and the quirky “Opus” comic strip,” has more than a passing interest in the 1979 case. Authorities believe the killer may have burglarized Breathed’s home when Breathed was a student at the University of Texas in Austin. The cartoonist’s drawing of the burglary scene will be aired Saturday night on Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted.” “I had forgotten about it for many years,” Breathed said Thursday in a telephone interview. “Once `America’s Most Wanted’ called, I got angry about it all over again.” last_img

The face of Fort Nelson may change during upcoming elections

first_imgMeanwhile, Nathan Bauder, a resident of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, is throwing his hat in the ring for a seat as councillor.In local coverage, this is the first time someone is going head-to-head with the incumbent mayor.There are still five seats unspoken for on council, not including the mayor’s position.- Advertisement -Stay connected with for all your election coverage.last_img

Aguero recovering from minor knee surgery

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is targeting full fitness ahead of the World Cup © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is recovering from minor surgery on his knee but said on Tuesday that he is “motivated” to get back on the pitch soon.The Argentine — City’s record goalscorer — has been troubled by a problem in his left knee for the past five weeks. On Friday, City boss Pep Guardiola admitted he was unsure when the 29-year-old, who has scored 30 goals this season and 199 in total for the club, would be fit again.Aguero has now had keyhole surgery in a bid to resolve the issue.“Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee,” he tweeted. “Fully motivated to get back soon to the field.”No timescale for his recovery has been given but, with City already crowned Premier League champions, the World Cup in Russia, which starts in June, will be his main target.Aguero has not started a game since City’s victory over Chelsea on March 4, although he was an unused substitute against Basel on March 7.Following a month-long lay-off he returned to action as a late substitute in the derby defeat to Manchester United on April 7, when he was hurt in a controversial challenge from Ashley Young that went unpunished.After that he was unable to train fully in the build-up to the second leg of City’s Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on April 10. Again, he was only able to appear as a second-half substitute.With the issue still bothering him, he was ruled out of last Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham, with Guardiola casting doubt over whether the forward would play again this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Too much asked of weary World Cup stars for Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes too much physical demand is being placed on players like England captain Harry Kane © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes too much demand is placed on international stars who have had barely any rest following the World Cup.Klopp’s men play away on Saturday against Tottenham who had nine players involved on the final weekend of the World Cup, less than a month before the start of their Premier League campaign. The likes of England captain Harry Kane, midfielder Dele Alli and victorious French skipper Hugo Lloris were thrown straight back into action by Mauricio Pochettino.But Alli and Lloris are now sidelined by injury, while Kane has looked jaded in the opening weeks of the season.“A good pre-season should be at least three or four weeks,” said Klopp. “That is how it is, the body needs the time only to calm down from an intense season – they didn’t have it.“We ask too much from the players, we constantly want them ready and if they are not we are not happy. It is a weird situation.“Now with the Nations League, international managers cannot rest players because it is a proper competition. It is a constant challenge for all of us.”Liverpool were less affected by the demands of World Cup action than their title rivals and it has shown in their fine start to the season with four straight Premier League wins to sit top of the table.Unlike Spurs’ England contingent, Klopp has bedded captain Jordan Henderson slowly back into action, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane’s early exits in Russia with Egypt and Senegal meant they had a few weeks of pre-season training.Kane has been a constant scourge of Liverpool, scoring five times in seven appearances against the Reds, including twice in a 4-1 thrashing at Wembley last season.And Klopp is sure Kane will find his best form, even if he hopes it comes after Saturday.“We all knew it after the World Cup, especially after England came that far, they have had no rest,” added Klopp.“Harry played from the first match on, so maybe he had two weeks holiday – that is nothing.“He is a physical worker, he uses his body every day. He cannot get a rest match-wise but he will find his form and maybe at the weekend.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

D.A. to seek retrial after jury deadlocks in Spector case

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the murder case against legendary music producer Phil Spector when the jury reported that it was deadlocked 10-2 in favor of convicting him of killing actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion more than 4 1/2 years ago. The district attorney’s office announced it will seek to retry Spector. “I know the inability to reach a decision is controversial to most,” the jury foreman said later. “Even on the jury there’s deep regret that we were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.” The foreman would not say which way he voted. He was among three jurors who agreed to speak to reporters at the courthouse but did not give their names. The other two said they voted for guilt. The mistrial came after months of trial that left jurors having to decide who pulled the trigger of a revolver – with no fingerprints – that went off in Clarkson’s mouth about 5 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2003. The jury had met for about 44 hours over 12 days since getting the case on Sept. 10. After the initial deadlock, the judge withdrew one instruction that he decided misstated the law and he gave a controversial new one that gave examples of inferences the jury could draw from the evidence, including the possibility that Spector forced Clarkson to place the gun in her own mouth and it went off. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler polled the jury and each member agreed that a unanimous decision was not possible. “At this time, I will find that the jury is unable to arrive at a verdict and declare a mistrial in this matter,” the judge said. District Attorney Steve Cooley said prosecutors were disappointed. “We will seek the court’s permission to retry the case and begin immediately to prepare for a retrial,” Cooley said in a statement. A hearing was set for Oct. 3. “We will not rest until justice is done,” said John C. Taylor, a lawyer for Clarkson’s family. Spector and his wife, Rachelle, left the courthouse shortly after the mistrial. Proscutors charged Spector under an implied-malice, second-degree murder theory that did not require premeditation or intent. They called women from his past who claimed he threatened them with guns when they tried to leave his presence, and a chauffeur who testified that on the fateful morning Spector came out of his home with a gun in hand and said, “I think I killed somebody,” while Clarkson’s body sat slumped in a foyer chair behind him. The defense countered with a scientific case, suggesting Spector did not fire the gun and offering forensic evidence that she killed herself either intentionally or by accident. Gunshot residue on her hands, blood spatter on his coat and the trajectory of the bullet were the subjects of weeks of testimony from experts. Spector, 67, rose to fame in the 1960s with the “Wall of Sound” recording technique that changed pop music. Clarkson was best known for her role in Roger Corman’s 1985 cult film “Barbarian Queen.” Their life stories reflected opposite sides of the pop culture landscape. The breadth of Spector’s contributions to popular music in the 1960s and early 1970s was astounding. Early in his career, he produced hits like “He’s a Rebel” and “Be My Baby” that made pop stars of such groups as the Crystals and the Ronettes. Later, after the Beatles shelved the tapes from some of their last recording sessions, he turned them into their final album, 1970’s “Let it Be.” From there, he went on to produce critically acclaimed solo albums by the former Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison. He also co-wrote and produced the Ben E. King standard “Spanish Harlem” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” cited by BMI as the most played song in the history of American radio. But by the time he met Clarkson, the music industry wunderkind who struck it rich in his teens and changed the face of pop music had aged into an eccentric millionaire recluse with a castle home in the suburbs. Clarkson, 40, was an ambitious dreamer, a statuesque beauty who idolized Marilyn Monroe, chased fame but was beaten down by rejection. Friends testified that she was at the end of her rope financially and humiliated by having to take the House of Blues hostess job where she met Spector. Jurors heard of her decision to go home with Spector for a drink after the club closed at 2 a.m. Little more than three hours later, she was dead. What happened in those three hours was never clear. Spector did not testify and prosecutors stated no motive for him to kill her other than her apparent decision to leave the house. No prosecution forensic expert was able to place the gun in Spector’s hands. But blood spatter on his coat and in his pants pockets were analyzed by prosecution experts to suggest that showed he was the shooter. Defense experts said he stood too far away to have shot her. Blood spatter, they said, can travel up to six feet. The defendant’s changing appearance during the case was a reminder that this was a show business figure on trial. During pretrial, Spector arrived in a stretch Hummer, his hair frizzed out as if he had put his finger in a light socket. For trial, he adopted a blond pageboy reminiscent of the early Beatles. But his wife, who said she styled his hair, later changed it to a short, tousled and darker look. Rachelle Spector, 27, whose Web site says she is a singer, songwriter and trombone player, married Spector nearly a year ago and was with him every day of trial. The couple usually dressed in color-coordinated outfits. Spector wore long, foppish frock coats with vests, colorful shirts and ties. A diminutive figure, he always wore boots with high cuban-style heels. Mrs. Spector wore stiletto heels and the couple seemed to totter as they walked down the hall flanked by two bodyguards. Jurors saw a different side of the couple when they visited Spector’s home for a court-supervised jury tour. The Spectors stood silently arm in arm, dressed in casual clothes, as jurors surveyed the scene of Clarkson’s death. In the last days of the trial, Mrs. Spector gave a TV interview defending her husband and was scolded by the judge and told to stop talking or face contempt charges. On Tuesday, authorities revealed they were investigating a posting on a “Team Spector” Web site that said “The EVIL Judge should DIE!!!!” and was signed “xoxo Chelle.” A Spector defense attorney said Mrs. Spector denied having anything to do with the posting. Associated Press writers Robert Jablon and Raquel Maria Dillon contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Spurs have made ‘request’ to sign Serie A ace

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Toloi has established himself as a superb defender since moving to Italy from Brazil Toloi could be bought by Spurs as a replacement for Toby Alderweireld targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED three-way race Tottenham Hotspur have approached Atalanta over the signing of Rafael Toloi, according to reports.Toloi, the centre-half, has represented the Serie A club since 2015, having joined them from Sao Paulo in his homeland of Brazil. TOP WORK IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Manchester United are credited with holding an interest in the Belgium international, and if he does seal a transfer away from Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino will be left with just Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez as senior centre-backs, as Juan Foyth has still not made a Premier League appearance for Tottenham Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST 2 The Lilywhites are said to have been rivalled by Marseille of France in their interest, although the report states that such requests were ‘blocked’.Tottenham are said to be on the lookout for a new centre-back this summer, with Toby Alderweireld likely to leave north London. LIVING THE DREAM targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The 27-year-old is a former Selecao youth international, and he’s established himself as one of the better defenders in Italy during his time in Bergamo; last season he made 39 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with three goals.And, according to Corriere Della Sera, Spurs have made a ‘request’ to Atalanta for Toloi. Latest transfer news Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

Iraqi officials probe vote on constitution

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In new violence, the U.S. military said its warplanes and helicopters bombed two western villages Sunday, killing an estimated 70 militants near a site where five American soldiers died in a roadside blast. Residents said at least 39 of the dead were civilians, including children. A sandstorm also became a factor in the vote count, preventing many tallies from being flown from the provinces to Baghdad, where they are to be compiled and checked. The Electoral Commission said it needed “a few more days” to produce final results, citing the need for the audit. A prominent Sunni Arab politician, Saleh al-Mutlaq, said Diyala in particular had seen vote rigging. He said he was told by the manager of a polling station in a Kurdish district of Diyala that 39,000 votes were cast although only 36,000 voters were registered there. Al-Mutlaq said soldiers broke into a polling station in a Sunni district of the Diyala city of Baqouba and took ballot boxes heavy with no votes and that later results showed a “yes” majority. His claims could not be independently verified. “Bottom line, we can say that the whole operation witnessed interference from government forces,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq’s election commission announced Monday that officials were investigating “unusually high” numbers of yes votes in about a dozen provinces during Iraq’s landmark referendum on a new constitution, raising questions about irregularities in the balloting. Word of the review came as Sunni Arab leaders repeated accusations of fraud after initial reports from the provinces suggested that the constitution had passed. Among the Sunni allegations are that police took ballot boxes from heavily “no” districts, and that some “yes” areas had more votes than registered voters. The Electoral Commission made no mention of fraud, and an official with knowledge of the election process cautioned that it was too early to say whether the unusual numbers were incorrect or whether they would have an effect on the outcome. Irregularities in Shiite and Kurdish areas, expected to vote strongly yes, might not affect the final outcome. The main electoral battlegrounds were provinces with mixed populations, two of which went strongly yes. There were conflicting reports whether those two provinces were among those with questionable figures. last_img read more