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GILBERT, Ariz. — As Iowa State University fans lived out the fantasy of a field storming after freshman quarterback Brock Purdy helped ISU defeat a top 10 opponent, seeing a sea of cardinal and gold swarm their eighteen year old son, Shawn and Carrie Purdy could only think back to where the dream first began in Arizona.  “We are just so happy for him that the work he’s put in is unfolding,” said Shawn, who was also a 16th round pick in the 1991 MLB draft by the Angels.

The passion to compete and win came at an early age but his mother Carrie said his now stoic demeanor took a little more time to mature.  “From five years to eight if they lost or a six year old friend dropped a pass, Brock would be in tears.  After three years we were like you can’t cry anymore.”

As number fifteen now scampers into the end zone against some the Big Twelve’s best, it’s hard to imagine his parents ever being worried about making the switch from flag to tackle football.  Carrie said, “We battled him.  He wanted to start in the third or fourth grade and we said absolutely not. We didn’t want him hurt and we wanted him to learn the game.”

With tackle football in his sights the path finally seemed secure and his position undeniable during a preseason talk with his first coach.  “We were going to leave the coach’s house and he goes, hey Brock if you are not the quarterback what position do you you want to be and Brock says the quarterback and he was in the sixth grade.”

Despite that passion to become a signal caller, patience is a virtue and he was named the teams offensive lineman.  Shawn said, “He never complained and just went out and tried to be the best lineman he could be.”

After that season, the only complaining came from opposing teams as eye-popping stats rolled out from the flick of Brock Purdy’s wrist.  “He was a leader and he’s always been a leader.  You weren’t going to push him around,” said Carrie.

Joining Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona, Brock seemed destined for stardom at one of the largest schools in the state.  Then a severe diagnosis of mononucleosis sidelined him for the first three games of his junior year.  “He was burning up, He was jaundice, he was yellow. She said your spleen is so swollen if that pops or leaks you are done Brock that’s how serious,” Carrie said.  The illness caused Brock to lose twenty pounds.  He still managed to lead Perry and head coach Preston Jones to the 6A semifinals for the first time in school history.  “His leadership qualities are second to none.  It’s all the things you don’t see,” said Jones.  His senior year was only better.  “He fights for every game and it doesn’t matter what division it is. He’s on the field and he’s gonna win that game,” said Carrie.

Setting state records in the biggest class with 57 touchdowns and over 4,400 passing yards, both of which dwarf Iowa High School records, but his 6’1″ stature was not enticing for major colleges.  Coach Jones said, “I told all of them you are wasting your time not picking this guy. There’s a good chance you are going to be kicking a can without a job if you don’t recruit him.”  Brock remained patient.  His mother said, “It was never hard for him, it was hard for us.  I’m not a patient person.”

As more state honors continued to roll in, like the Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year and still no big offer most teenagers would grow frustrated.  His father said, that was not the case.  “He was teaching us in all our years of teaching him, he was teaching us patience and faith and those things.”

Offers soon from began to come in around the new year from the likes of Kansas, Iowa State, Alabama and Texas A&M.  His father offered simple advice.  “Go to a school where that school is the heartbeat of the town.”  Brock saw that in Iowa State University.  “It is such the right fit,” said Shawn who added, “We love everything about what’s up there and just good people.”  People who have rallied around their son like family.  An outpouring of support for Brock that causes his parents to become emotional.  “The fans started cheering his name. I was bawling and a friend came up to ask if I was alright and I said I don’t know what to do.””

The bright lights don’t seem to faze Brock, and it isn’t causing dissension in the quarterback room either.  Carrie said, “Kyle Kempt has been phenomenal in the QB room.  Just an awesome relationship.  Zeb, he’s like Zeb Nolan might be one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met, he just cracks me up all the time so they all get along awesome.”

As the nation became shocked that a freshman could light up the scoreboard against ranked opponents,  “Puma Nation” at Perry High School proudly said we told you so.  “Once he got his shot we weren’t surprised but it sure is a special thing,” said coach Jones.

Hours after one of the university’s biggest victories and on-field storming, Brock wasn’t celebrating but working to get better.  “After the West Virginia game at the house he had a tablet on his lap and he was looking at film,” said his father.

It’s a mentality his younger brother Chubba, a high school junior quarterback also at Perry hopes to emulate.  “Chubba is brocks biggest fan,” Shawn said.

Chubba may challenge Brock’s passing records but he’s already his biggest competition on the ping pong table.  “Oh my gosh we have tears.  They go at it and Chubba beats everybody.”  Even the coaches recruiting his Brock received defeat.  “Every coach came and Chubba beat everyone.  Six college coaches were here and Chubba beat everyone of them,” said Carrie.

Inside Brock’s bedroom is littered with prestigious awards like the Ed Dougherty award given to Arizona’s best football player.  There are also balls from his first collegiate passing and rushing touchdowns against Oklahoma State but what’s most telling is a book by the person he strives to be off and on the field, Tim Tebow.  “He read his book and saw how he motivates in the weight room and leads by example and Brock says that’s how I’m going to do it,” said Shawn.

Poised to lead, Brock Purdy shines on the brightest stage but refuses to stand in it alone.  Shawn said, “He knows it’s not him, he knows he’s the vehicle and he just wants to be a good example in every way he can.”

A cyclone rooted in faith and humility that hopes to lead ISU to the promise land.  “Win a conference championship but definitely a national championship.  That is on that boy’s mind,” said his father.


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A twitter video of Valley kicker Tinsley Wright hitting a 67-yard field goal in practice is racking up the retweets and likes. So, it was time to catch up with Wright.

Tall people are at a greater risk of cancer because they have more cells in their body, new research has suggested.

A person’s risk of developing cancer increases by 10% for every 10 centimeters (4 inches) they are over the average height, the study said, because they have more cells which could mutate and lead to cancer.

Average height was defined in the study as 162cm (5 feet, 4 inches) for women and 175cm (5 feet, 9 inches) for men.

The findings match with previous research, which has also connected height to an increased risk of developing a range of health problems including blood clots, heart problems and diabetes.

Leonard Nunney, a professor of biology at the University of California Riverside, analyzed previous sets of data on people who had contracted cancer — each of which included more than 10,000 cases for both men and women — and compared the figures with anticipated rates based on their height.

He tested the hypothesis that this was due to the number of cells against alternatives, such as possible hormonal differences in taller people, which could lead to an increased rate of cell division.

A link was found between a person’s total cell number and their likelihood of contracting cancer in 18 of the 23 cancers tested for, the study says.

The research also found that the increase in risk is greater for women, with taller women 12% more likely to contract cancer and taller men 9% more likely to do so. Those findings matched with Nunney’s predicted rates, using his models, of 13% for women and 11% for men.

Colon and kidney cancer and lymphoma were among the types of cancer for which the correlation was strongest.

“We’ve known that there is a link between cancer risk and height for quite a long time — the taller someone is, the higher the cancer risk,” Georgina Hill from Cancer Research UK told CNN.

“What we haven’t been sure of is why — whether this is simply because a taller person has more cells in their body, or whether there’s an indirect link, such as something to do with nutrition and childhood,” added Hill, who was not involved in the study.

She said the study provides good evidence of the “direct effect” theory that the total number of cells does indeed cause the link.

“The methodology is good – they took data from large studies, which is important, and they looked at lots of different categories of cancer.”

But she noted that the increase in risk of developing cancer is small compared to the effects that lifestyle changes can have.

“It was only a slightly higher risk and that there are more important actions that people can take to make positive changes, [such as] stopping smoking and maintaining a healthy weight,” she said.

Two of the types of cancer tested for, thyroid cancer and melanoma, were found to be more susceptible to an increase in risk than expected, and Nunney suggested in the study that other factors could be at play in those cases, such as geography.

“There are no obvious reasons for these exceptions, although the author speculates that cell turnover rates may come into play for melanoma,” Dorothy C. Bennett, director of the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute in London told CNN. Bennett, who was not involved in the study, explained that pigment cells, the source of melanoma, divide and are replaced a little faster in taller people.

“But I cannot at present think of any reason why this [faster division] should be so, but nor any other clear reason for the higher correlation with height,” Bennett said.

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Twenty-four people were injured after an escalator malfunctioned and rapidly sped downward at a Rome metro station, leaving passengers in a jumble at the bottom, Italian officials say.

Three of the victims are in a serious condition, including a man who partially lost his foot.

Most of those involved in Tuesday night’s horrifying accident at Repubblica metro station were Russian football fans on their way to attend a Champions League match between Roma and CSKA Moscow, a spokesman with Italy’s Fire Brigade said.

In footage on social media, people can be heard screaming as dozens are thrown toward the bottom.

Stefano Valentini, from the regional ambulance service, said those injured were transported to five different hospitals across the Italian capital.

One hospital, Policlinico Umberto I, located in Rome’s San Lorenzo district, said a 33-year-old patient had a “complex trauma with a disassembled and exposed fracture of the lower right limb and fracture of the nose.”

The victim, the hospital bulletin added, was immediately taken to surgery.

“The patient is now in post-operative intensive care,” it said.

On Tuesday night, Rome’s fire and rescue service posted a picture of the escalator steps which have been mangled due to the apparent malfunction.

A representative from ATAC, Rome’s public transport company, said that “all maintenance checks of the escalator were carried out regularly and the results were in accordance to the norms.”

Repubblica metro station remains closed, ATAC said on Twitter, due to ongoing investigations.

Rome’s Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into the cause of the accident, while ATAC also launched an internal probe.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi posted a Facebook live video from the scene on Tuesday night and said that she expressed her “solidarity to the injured” and that authorities need to understand what’s happened.

She said that it appeared that “some Russian supporters were dancing and jumping on the escalator.”

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa–Tuesday marked two weeks until election day. President Trump gave voters something else to ponder: another round of tax cuts. In West Des Moines, House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, tried to explain what the president was promising.

Ryan also praised Representative David Young, a Van Meter Republican seeking his third term in the Third District, and he criticized Young’s Democratic opponent Cindy Axne, a West Des Moines business owner.

Ryan managed all three in this 23 second response.

Ryan held an event at i2-tech, a plastic parts company in West Des Moines with Young, that included brief remarks before company employees and a tour of the facility.

Watch Ryan and Young’s full interview with Political Director Dave Price here. 


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, visited a West Des Moines business Tuesday as the party brought in another high-profile visitor to help Representative David Young, the two-term Third District Congressman from Van Meter.

Ryan follows President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with Iowa campaign stops to rally for Young, who is locked in a re-election fight with Cindy Axne, a West Des Moines business owner, according to polls.

Ryan and Young talked to Channel 13 Political Director Dave Price about the late effort to save Young’s seat, why more Americans aren’t benefiting from the Republican-led tax cuts and what the president is talking about when he said that another middle class tax cut would come out next week.


ANKENY, Iowa–California Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat, walked into the DMACC Ankeny campus auditorium Monday afternoon to a standing ovation from a crowd of 250. Harris, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, told the crowd that despite low national unemployment and a strong stock market, too many people aren’t benefiting from the economy that Republicans trumpet.

“The economy is not working for everybody,” Harris said.

She added, “We need to have a better vision for this country, in particular, reform this tax code in a way that supports the people who work to make this country great.”

Watch here to see how Harris responded to how she would advise Democratic candidates to campaign about the economy for this November mid-term election.

ANKENY, Iowa–A stage in an auditorium at Des Moines Area Community College’s Ankeny campus held three Iowa women Monday afternoon who will test whether Democrats will find that “Blue Wave” they seek to rush back into power. A possible presidential candidate, California Senator Kamala Harris, helped give them an audience.

Heather Matson, an Ankeny Democrat, is trying a second time to unseat Representative Kevin Koester, an Ankeny Republican. A Matson win could help give Democrats one of the ten seats they need to flip this election to regain control of the Iowa House.

Amber Gustafson, another Ankeny Democrat, is trying to beat one of the top Republicans in the Statehouse, Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver.

Cindy Axne, a Democrat and West Des Moines businesswoman, hopes to defeat Representative David Young, a Van Meter Republican. Young’s seat is one of the 23 Democrats need to flip to take control of the U.S. House.

Harris urged the crowd of 250 people to vote early. “Fifteen days to go. Fifteen days to go,” she told them.

The Republican Party of Iowa released a statement following the Democratic event.

“We’re not surprised to see another extreme California liberal being warmly embraced by Cindy Axne. Kamala Harris and Cindy Axne share the same focus of resistance not results, and they’re both going to be fundamental members of an opposition movement that will obstruct anything and everything Republicans stand for. Cindy Axne and every single Democrat standing with Harris this week will have to answer for the double-digit tax increases, government-run healthcare, and obstruction-first approach that the Harris agenda would bring.”

DES MOINES, Iowa–Iowa Fourth District Congressional candidate Steve King, a Republican from Kiron, defended himself from critics who say he is a white nationalist after he endorsed a candidate for mayor of Toronto.

King said he has delivered for Iowans by taking part in negotiations with a Taiwanese delegation that increased purchases of American-produced soybeans.

King said he is committed to making sure abortions will be banned after doctors can detect a heartbeat.

King’s Democratic opponent, J.D. Scholten of Sioux City, shared how he hopes driving his R.V. named “Sioux City Sue” throughout the district will help his longshot attempt to beat King, who has been elected to eight terms in Congress.

King takes the weekly Insiders Quick 6.

Ames, Iowa–If crowd size mattered, Iowa Democrats may have a good night on November 6th, at least when comparing two recent campaign rallies.

Fourth District Congressional candidate J.D. Scholten, a Sioux City Democrat, drew a crowd of 750 at Iowa State Sunday afternoon in a joint event with Secretary of State candidate Deidre DeJear, a Des Moines Democrat. Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, an Independent Senator from Vermont, headlined the event. Sanders also took part in campaign events in Sioux City and Fort Dodge.

Scholten told the crowd that he didn’t believe in the “Blue Wave,” the term Democrats use to describe what they hope will be an especially strong resurgence of victories in November’s mid-term elections. Scholten looked out at the filled room and compared it to a much smaller gathering Friday at a Des Moines hotel when Vice President Mike Pence led a rally for Third District Congressman David Young, a Van Meter Republican, and Governor Kim Reynolds.

DeJear pushed supporters, many of whom were college students, to show up to vote if they want to solve the issues plaguing people right now.