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ISU, McFarland nearing $50,000 a year rental agreement as CYTown’s first tenant



A numbered rendering depicts the buildings that are expected to be the first to open as early as fall 2025 in the pictured CYTown entertainment district to be north of Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. No. 1 is a medical clinic, 2) retail and office space, 3) 20 luxury apartments with retail space on the first floor, and 4) a restaurant/brew pub.

A numbered rendering depicts the buildings that are expected to be the first to open as early as fall 2025 in the pictured CYTown entertainment district to be north of Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. No. 1 is a medical clinic, 2) retail and office space, 3) 20 luxury apartments with retail space on the first floor, and 4) a restaurant/brew pub.

Iowa State University’s in-progress CYTown development is close to securing a $50,000-a-year contract and a $3 million security deposit with its first tenant.

Iowa State is asking the Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday to authorize a 30-year contract with McFarland Clinic for 30,000 square feet of property between Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

McFarland’s initial $50,000 base rent will increase by $5,000 intervals each year through the end of the lease. The medical company will pay for the construction of its newest clinic off University Boulevard, though Iowa State will takeover ownership when finished and lease it to McFarland.

Iowa State University is seeking approval from the Iowa Board of Regents for a $200 million retail, office and entertainment development called CYTown between Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum. This is a view from Fourth Street.Iowa State University is seeking approval from the Iowa Board of Regents for a $200 million retail, office and entertainment development called CYTown between Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum. This is a view from Fourth Street.

Iowa State University is seeking approval from the Iowa Board of Regents for a $200 million retail, office and entertainment development called CYTown between Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum. This is a view from Fourth Street.

A new partnership for an ambitious project

The 40-acre CYTown development will include a collection of retail, residential, office, and medical facilities between the Iowa State Center and Jack Trice Stadium. The first phase of construction is already underway, which Iowa State expects to complete by August 2025.

McFarland Clinic is the only business so far to pledge its commitment to CyTown, revealing last September its plan to construct a 70,000 to 80,000-square-foot multi-level facility as the development’s anchor.

The terms of the McFarland-Iowa State lease were negotiated and agreed upon by both entities and are unique to that specific transaction, ISU News Service Director Angie Hunt said.

The university is not implementing a flat fee for its future tenants, which means each new agreement will be dependent on negotiations.

“Financial terms for future leases with other tenants will be negotiated through the university’s development partner and will contain different financial terms dictated by the needs of each transaction and the overall goals of the project,” Hunt said.

Due to the $5,000 per year increments, McFarland will pay Iowa State $200,000 in the final year of the contract. According to an agreement on the Board of Regents agenda, McFarland will have the option to extend their lease with Iowa State in five-year increments after the 30-year lease expires up to an additional 20 years.

The clinic will also be responsible for the building’s utilities and “Common Area Maintenance (CAM) fees” throughout the length of the lease, according the Board of Regents agenda.

More: Ames, Iowa State agree to funnel CYTown revenue toward Iowa State Center renovations, property tax undecided

McFarland aims to provide necessary, accessible services

The CYTown medical facility will be McFarland’s seventh standalone clinic in Ames. It will offer primary, specialty, and urgent care.

The facility will be built on the south end of the CYTown development, off Jack Trice Way, near the football stadium. McFarland wants its newest facility to be easily accessible for patients inside and outside Ames.

The clinic will provide Iowa State’s student-athletes with access to orthopedic services and imaging equipment. It would also complement the ISU Thielen Student Health Center, located on the west side of the central campus, by providing after-hours and weekend services.

More: Iowa State University selects developer for $200 million CYTown project

Iowa State may be authorized to funnel taxes toward Iowa State Center renovations

Iowa State is also asking the Board of Regents Wednesday to allow the university to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Ames. The agreement would establish a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) arrangement between the two entities.

The MOU contract allows ISU Athletics to collect rent from CYTown tenants and allocate those funds to the buildings that make up the Iowa State Center: Hilton Coliseum, Stephen’s Auditorium, Fisher Theatre, and the Scheman Building. The Ames City Council approved the MOU on Tuesday, May 14.

According to local officials, the city entered into the agreement as an “innovative way” to finance the improvements at the Iowa State Center. Whether Iowa State will pay property taxes for CYTown remains undetermined. In the meantime, the Ames council chose to focus on its long-term goal of bringing people to town.

More: Remember ‘Cy in the Sky?’ Ames couple looks to rehome Iowa State-themed hot air balloon

Celia Brocker is a government, crime, political and education reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached at

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Suspect charged in shooting of Philadelphia police officer who remains ‘on life support’



A 36-year-old man was charged with attempted murder in connection with a traffic stop shooting that left a Philadelphia police officer fighting for his life, authorities said.

Ramon Rodriguez Vazquez was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault, evading arrest, home invasion and other related charges.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Saturday in the city’s Kensington neighborhood.

The 31-year-old officer and his partner conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with four individuals inside, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel told reporters outside Temple University Hospital late Saturday.


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The 31-year-old officer was shot in the neck around 8 p.m. Saturday during a traffic stop. (FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)

While the officers were taking inventory of the vehicle, they spotted someone with a gun holster, Bethel said. 

One man fled and fired three shots at the officers, Bethel said. One officer was struck in the neck, while the other officer returned fire. 

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City officials asked the public to pray for the officer. (WPVI)

The wounded officer’s partner drove him to the hospital, where he remained in critical condition. 


Mayor Cherelle Parker said that the officer was “on life support. On a breathing machine. Fighting for his life.”

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Police were seen with an unidentified individual who appeared to be in custody. (WPVI)

“As your mayor, it is not lost on me that on today a husband, a father and a son met his partner and went to work to do a job that he’s been doing for about six and a half years,” Parker told reporters. “He didn’t expect that he would be in a fight for his life right now.”

Vazquez was taken into custody following two barricade situations. All other individuals inside the car at the time of the shooting were also taken into custody, police said.


Officials have yet to publicly name the wounded officer.

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I almost died trying to get salt from the sea



By Angie BrownBBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

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Darren Peattie put everything into his dream of building a sea salt company

When Darren Peattie decided to revive the 200-year-old salt harvesting industry in a Fife coastal village he was “absolutely terrified of failing”.

The father-of-two had bought £300,000 worth of equipment including a huge salt pan and hired a factory in the quaint East Neuk village of St Monans.

The 41-year-old had put everything into his dream, working all hours and sleeping in his factory to keep an eye on all the dials and gauges monitoring pressure and brine levels.

But Darren’s punishing work schedule and the conditions in the factory took a terrible toll on his health.

After months of surviving on 20-minute power naps on the factory floor his heart started palpitating wildly, he felt out of breath and dizzy.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance where they told him he had developed a heart condition called atrial fibrillation – an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm.

Darren was told that the constant 45C heat of the factory and the extremely salty air was damaging his heart but after being given three bags intravenous fluids he returned to work.

The extreme heat and the salt in the atmosphere meant Darren continued to be dehydrated – suffering more episodes where his heart “was going bonkers”.

The second time he was taken to hospital the doctor took his bloods and said: “It’s like you have been in the desert for a month.”

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Darren Peattie spent £300,000 on equipment to start The East Neuk Salt Company

Darren was given three more bags of fluids, which put his heart into its normal rhythm.

“He let me go but I didn’t learn and I kept on working and sleeping in the factory,” he said.

He was rushed to hospital for a third time.

“I was dizzy and breathless and I thought I was going to die,” he said.

“I thought ‘this is it but I have a big order to get out of bespoke whisky sea salt’.

“I had a company expecting a big American order so I got to the hospital and said ‘It’s ok just give me the fluids and I’ll be out of your hair’.

“She took my bloods and said ‘Right, we will start with seven bags of fluids’.”

‘Worst pain ever’

After 12 hours his heart was still beating rapidly.

Darren said he was given a drug that works directly on the heart tissue to slow the nerve impulses and keep his heart rhythm normal.

“It’s the worst pain ever,” he said. “All my veins went black and then the next thing I was out cold. It jump-starts you, basically.

“I finally went back into a normal rhythm and I said ‘right, I need to get back because I have work to do’.

“The cardiologist took me aside and said ‘Do you realise how lucky you are? You should not be walking out of here’.”

Darren is now on a daily does of a drug to treat serious – possibly fatal – irregular heartbeats.

Surgeons are planning to operate to give him a catheter ablation – a procedure involving guiding a tube into the heart to destroy small areas of tissue that may be causing an abnormal heartbeat.

“The doctor said the dehydration has adjusted the structure of the electrical signals in my heart,” he said.

“That’s because I slept in the factory, which was boiling and breathing in salty air.

“I would wake up in the mornings and I would feel like I was in the desert and I would rush straight to the tap to get water down me.”

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Darren Peattie takes 6,000 litres of sea water and evaporates it – leaving salt crystals behind

Ruth Goss, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said severe dehydration could cause heart and circulatory system problems.

“When you are dehydrated, there is less blood travelling around the body,” she said.

“This can lead to low blood pressure, dizziness and fainting.

“In response, the heart may start beating faster to help move blood around the body and this can lead to palpitations.

“Dehydration can also thicken the blood, increasing the risk of blood clots and heart attacks.

“At the same time, high temperatures mean that your body has to work harder to keep its core temperature to normal levels, and this puts extra strain on your heart, lungs and kidneys.”

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Darren Peattie has stopped sleeping in his factory in East Neuk in Fife

Mr Peattie said the pressure of running a salt factory on his own had caused him to become a workaholic.

Now, although he still works seven days a week and never goes on holiday, he only does emails during the night, which he can do from his house.

“When you take on something like this, when you know it’s come out of an idea and ends up reality, you don’t want to fail so you have got to slog your guts out,” he said.

“This salt company has been a massive struggle, it’s nearly swallowed me up financially twice.

“The average person would not have done what I have done.

“But I’ve done it and I’ve got to live with it and I’ve got to make sure it’s a success.

“That’s my driver, I’m absolutely terrified of failure.”

Two years on since launch, his East Neuk Salt Company is producing up to six tonnes of salt a month and distributing it around the world.

He collects 6,000 litres of salt water from the Firth of Forth and uses the distilled water which is the by-product to make mineral water.

Darren said: “My wife would come into the factory and say ‘You’re going to kill yourself’ or ‘this is getting out of hand’.

“But I think she is the only one who understands me and now she leaves me to it.”

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Gunmen Attack Synagogues and Churches in Russian Republic



Gunmen attacked synagogues and churches in two cities in southern Russia on Sunday, killing multiple police officers and a priest, in an apparently coordinated assault that underscored Russia’s vulnerability to extremist violence.

Officials said six of the gunmen were killed after shootouts in the two cities, Makhachkala and Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim region of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea. Wielding rifles and Molotov cocktails, they attacked a synagogue and a church in each of the two cities, according to the authorities and religious organizations.

Sergei Melikov, Dagestan’s governor, described the attack as the latest assault “on our fraternity, on our multiethnic unity.”

The precise death toll was not immediately clear. Mr. Melikov said that “more than 15 police officers fell victim to today’s terrorist attack,” without specifying how many of them were killed and how many were wounded.

The motives and identities of the gunmen were also unclear, and there was no claim of responsibility for the attack. Russia’s Investigative Committee, an analogue to the F.B.I., said it had begun a terrorism investigation.

The attack was the latest outburst of apparent extremist violence inside Russia as the country fights its war against neighboring Ukraine. Four gunmen killed 145 people at a Moscow concert hall in March in an attack for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility. And in Dagestan last October, an antisemitic mob stormed a plane arriving from Tel Aviv.

In Derbent, the attackers set fire to a synagogue after shooting and killing the police officers who were guarding it, the Russian Jewish Congress said. They also killed a priest, Nikolai Kotelnikov, according to a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church. The priest was the only confirmed victim of Sunday’s attack who was not a law-enforcement officer, although Mr. Melikov said “several” civilians had been killed.

At about the same time, early Sunday evening, gunmen also opened fire on a traffic police post in Makhachkala, according to state media reports. The attackers’ targets also included Makhachkala’s Cathedral of the Assumption, according to state media reports, and a synagogue, according to the Russian Jewish Congress.

Videos posted by Dagestan’s interior ministry showed gunmen on the loose in the city of Makhachkala, opening fire and forcing people out of their cars. At one point, police said roads leading out of the city were blocked. It remained unclear late Sunday whether any gunmen remained at large, though Mr. Melikov said the “active phase” of the police response was over.

The mayhem highlighted the long-running ethnic and religious tensions in Russia, particularly in the country’s southern Caucasus region, which includes Dagestan. Patriarch Kirill I, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said it was “no coincidence” that the attack took place on the day Orthodox Christians observe Pentecost.

“We see that the enemy is not giving up on attempts to destroy interreligious peace and harmony within our society,” Kirill said in a statement.

Left unsaid was who, exactly, the enemy was. There was no comment from the Kremlin and the authorities said little about the identities of the attackers, though some state media reports said some of the gunmen may have been sons of a local official.

After the March shooting at a Moscow concert hall — Russia’s deadliest terrorist attack in 20 years — Russian officials repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that Ukraine and the West were behind the violence, even though the Islamic State claimed responsibility for it.

On Sunday, some Russian politicians also pointed a finger at the West, without evidence. Leonid Slutsky, a senior lawmaker, claimed that the attacks had “the aim of sowing panic and dividing the people of Russia” and that “the blood of the victims” was also on the hands of the United States.

The attacks were the latest incident to rattle Russia’s Jewish community, which has faced increased threats since the beginning of the war in Gaza, according to community leaders. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it was in contact with Jewish community leaders in Dagestan, and that there were no known casualties among that community.

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