Each week, Patch compiles the top stories from around the state. Kick back, and enjoy.
9. Police in Marion helped search a cornfield in Linn County this week for a man who walked away from a work release assignment. The man is still at large.
8. Love'em or hate'em, a week is never complete in Iowa unless U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, is taking shots for one thing or another. This week, Ames Patch reports that King is being accused of making excuses for dog fighting and trying to block Congressional efforts to “crack down on animal abuse.”
7. A cab driver was robbed and shot at early Friday morning when he dropped passengers off at an Urbandale apartment complex.
6. Johnston Boy Scout Troop 44 hosted Kwahadi Dancers this week. More than 200 scouts, leaders, church and community members attended a special, 90-minute performance Tuesday at St. Paul Presbyterian Church.
5. Chad Proehl, a golf pro at the Sugar Creek Golf Course in Waukee, tied for 4th place in the 2012 Iowa PGA Professional Championship in Ames on Tuesday.
4. In Ankeny, Mona Bond wrote a blog questioning whether the housing market in the growing community is over-developed. The topic, to which many communities around the state can relate, is generating a lively discussion that is still going.
3. There was a happy ending in the story of an Alabama teen with Iowa City ties, who had been missing since July 16. Donald Marshall, 16, was discovered unharmed in Cedar Rapids this week.
2. Following a tumultuous year in Cedar Falls, University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen has announced his plans to retire. Allen has faced intense criticism following the closing of UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School, which was a teaching lab for future teachers and a K-12 school for about 350 kids in the Cedar Valley.
1. Who else? This year's darling of the London 2012 Olympics - gold medal winner, Gabby Douglas. Douglas, who has lived and trained in West Des Moines for the past two years, made history today as the first African-American Olympic all-around champion in gymnastics.