Marshalltown teens mourned at school board meeting | News, Sports, Jobs

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CONTRIBUTED IMAGE — Adrian Lara Mendoza, 13, Isacc Lara Mendoza, 16, Linette Lopez, 15, and Yanitza Lopez, 17, were honored at the regularly scheduled Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education meeting Monday night. The four teens passed away Friday night in a fatal car accident.

As the regularly scheduled Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education meeting began Monday night, the mood in the room was subdued. The tragic passing of four of the district’s students, all teenagers, in a fatal car accident Friday night left not only their families grieving, but the entire community as well.

Before any

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Portugal’s Bike Boom: How the Country Is Meeting the Demand

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VOUZELA, Portugal — Inside a factory set among eucalyptus trees in the Portuguese countryside, workers carefully cut thin strips of sticky carbon fiber and press them into molds. It is slow and painstaking labor.

But after each mold is cooked in an oven heated to 200 degrees Celsius (about 390 degrees Fahrenheit), out comes an incredibly light frame for a bicycle that may sell for about $7,000, helping accelerate Portugal’s growth as the largest bike manufacturing nation in the European Union.

Demand for bikes is soaring, thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic. More people have decided to pedal to

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