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RAGBRAI rolls on through history
July 26, 2106 - The heat dome over the Midwest is dissipating just in time for thousands of bicyclists who are spinning their wheels this week as they ride across the state of Iowa from the Missouri River to the mighty Mississippi. It's RAGBRAI XLIV – the Register's Annual Great Ride Across Iowa.
 
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dissipating: verb;to break apart, to get less severe; Find it in blue in today's top story!
 
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'Merci beaucoup' to France'Merci beaucoup' to France
July 18, 2016 - After World II, France sent 48 boxcars filled with gifts to say thank you to the United States for liberating France. Many of those cars, called Merci cars, remain intact.
 
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Week of July 25

benevolent: adjective; kind, good;
'Merci beaucoup' to France

feisty: adjective; animated, willing to argue to make a point;
Summer and political season heats up

recreational: adjective; related to recreation, leisure activities;
Life jackets save lives

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1863: Library of Congress: Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford was born on his family's farm in what is present-day Dearborn, Michigan. From the time that he was a young boy, Ford enjoyed tinkering with machines. Farm work and a job in a Detroit machine shop afforded him ample opportunities to experiment. He worked successively as an apprentice machinist, a part-time employee for the Westinghouse Engine Company, and an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company. By then, he was earning enough money to experiment on building an internal combustion engine. By 1896, Ford had constructed his first horseless carriage, a gasoline-powered motor car that he named the Quadricycle because it ran on four bicycle tires. He sold that vehicle, which was built on a steel frame and had a seat but no body, in order to finance work on an improved model. Ford incorporated the Ford Motor Company in 1903, proclaiming, "I will build a car for the great multitude." In October 1908, he did so, offering the Model T for $850. In the Model T's nineteen years of production, its price dipped as low as $260—without extras. More than 15 million cars were sold in the United States alone. The Model T heralds the beginning of the Motor Age; the car evolved from luxury item for the well-to-do to essential transportation for the ordinary man.

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  • RAGBRAI riders ride to finish

    RAGBRAI riders ride to finish

    July 29, 2016 - Thousands of RAGBRAI riders are waking up in Ottumwa, Iowa today and ready for the penultimate leg of the 468 mile ride across Iowa. Follow along with Student News Net for the RAGBRAI finish!

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  • Never eat raw dough

    Never eat raw dough

    July 28, 2016 - An outbreak of E. coli 0121 linked to the consumption of Gold Medal flour products continues and has expanded to include two flavors of Betty Crocker cake mixes.

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  • Beat the heat

    Beat the heat

    July 25, 2016 - Excessive heat warnings, watches and advisories are in effect. Stay cool and stay hydrated to beat the heat.

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  • L.L. Bean water bottles recalled

    L.L. Bean water bottles recalled

    July 22, 2016 - Insulated water bottles in five designs for kids, sold by L.L.Bean, have been recalled due to high levels of lead.

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  • Oshkosh to host aviation celebration

    Oshkosh to host aviation celebration

    July 22, 2016 - An estimated 700,000 people and many vintage airplanes will converge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin next week for the EAA AirVenture.

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  • Vietnam vet awarded Medal of Honor

    Vietnam vet awarded Medal of Honor

    July 20, 2016 - This week retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, a Vietnam veteran, was awarded the Medal of Honor and inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

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1903 'Flying Machine' patent lost - and found1903 'Flying Machine' patent lost - and found
April 4, 2016 - Orville and Wilbur Wright's 1903 patent for their “Flying Machine” was last seen in 1979 until it was recently found.

 

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1. Why was it so important to find the missing Wright Brothers' patent application?

2. What evidence in the story explains the total dedication and commitment Orville and Wilbur had to conquering human controlled flight?

3. How did Orville and Wilbur prepare themselves for the first successful flight in their Flying Machine? In other words, why was it not a surprise they succeeded?  


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RAGBRAI rolls on through historyRAGBRAI rolls on through history
July 26, 2106 - The heat dome over the Midwest is dissipating just in time for thousands of bicyclists who are spinning their wheels this week as they ride across the state of Iowa from the Missouri River to the mighty Mississippi. It's RAGBRAI XLIV – the Register's Annual Great Ride Across Iowa.
Oshkosh to host aviation celebrationOshkosh to host aviation celebration
July 22, 2016 - An estimated 700,000 people and many vintage airplanes will converge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin next week for the EAA AirVenture.
Summer and political season heats upSummer and political season heats up
July 19, 2016 - Summer is heating up and so is the political season as back-to-back political conventions are underway.
'Merci beaucoup' to France'Merci beaucoup' to France
July 18, 2016 - After World II, France sent 48 boxcars filled with gifts to say thank you to the United States for liberating France. Many of those cars, called Merci cars, remain intact.
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