This week in news: Niang breaks record; Madden reflects on 50 years at ISU

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Alex Hanson

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Apple fights against order from government

Technology giant Apple came out swinging after a court order stated it should help the government open the locked iPhone of the San Bernardino terror suspects.

Investigators have received the appropriate clearance to search the suspects’ phone, but the device is locked by the four-digit passcode, which the government wants Apple to bypass.

Apple is arguing that the encryption that protects users blocks even Apple from getting into the device, so the government is asking Apple to create new software that would allow it to bypass the passcode.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a message to customers that while he thinks the government has good intentions, the company is concerned about the privacy and security of its customers going forward.

“And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect,” he wrote.

Final days of campaigning before South Carolina and Nevada

Candidates vying for president continue to criss-cross South Carolina and Nevada ahead of those states’ contests this Saturday.

In South Carolina, Republicans will vote in a primary Saturday. Most polling from the state shows Donald Trump with a healthy lead, so once again, eyes will be on who can perform best behind Trump.

An average of polls from Real Clear Politics shows Trump with 33.5 percent, Ted Cruz with 17.4 percent, Marco Rubio with 16.9 percent, Jeb Bush at 10.3 percent, John Kasich at 9.8 percent and Ben Carson at 6.8 percent.

Rubio picked up the coveted endorsement of South Carolina’s governor, Republican Nikki Haley, on Wednesday, dealing a blow to Bush, who was hoping for the endorsement after disappointing poll numbers.

Bush also brought on former President George W. Bush to the campaign trail, and the former president, although not saying his name directly, clearly went after Trump for his fiery rhetoric and bombastic campaign style.

Trump was in the news Thursday as the pope questioned his Christian faith based on his proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border. Trump fired back, saying a religious leader should not question his faith and adding that the Pope has only seen one side of the story.

On the Democratic side, caucusing will begin Saturday. The race is much closer than New Hampshire’s primary last week, where Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton by 20 percent.

The RCP average of polls shows Clinton with a slight lead at 48.7 percent compared to 46.3 percent for Sanders.

City Council wants input on Lincoln Way

Ames Council members brainstormed ways to improve an area known as the Lincoln Way Corridor and asked for input from residents during a special council hearing Tuesday.

The Lincoln Way Corridor spans an area of nearly 7 miles through Ames along the east-west running Lincoln Way.

The city has hired an outside group to study the area before any changes are made.

“This is the point where students can have input,” said Ward 1 representative Gloria Betcher. “They are citizens of Ames.”

During the study phase, students and other members of the Ames community can go to the project website at and submit input on the project by completing a survey or labeling a customized map of the Lincoln Way Corridor with areas of concern or community assets.

Niang passes Hoiberg record as Cyclones fall to Baylor

Even as the Cyclones fell to Baylor in overtime Tuesday in Texas, Georges Niang was able to pass his former coach’s record on Iowa State’s all-time scoring list.

Niang scored 24 points, which puts him into the third spot on the scoring list with more than 2,000 points during his time at Iowa State, surpassing Hoiberg’s old record.

Even with the milestone, Iowa State was outscored 19-10 in overtime, and fell to Baylor 100-91.

Warren Madden reflects on 50 years at Iowa State

It will probably be bittersweet when he calls it quits later this year, but Warren Madden is reflecting on his 50 years, many as vice president, at Iowa State.

Madden sat down with the Daily for an interview after the announcement from President Steven Leath that he would retire. Madden talked about his time as a student and administrator, as well as his achievements and plans for retirement.

“All of my career, my office has been in that building. At some point you have to decide it’s time to make a change, and 50 years is one of those milestone points,” he said. “It’s been a great place to work, Ames is a great community to live in and it’s a great place to have raised a family.”

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