Grand jury to review Cedar Rapids police shooting

A grand jury will be convened to determine whether criminal charges are warranted following the use of deadly force by Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones on Nov. 1, which left Jerime “Danky” Mitchell paralyzed. The decision, announced in a Friday press release by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden, came after the Iowa Division […]

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Megabus nixing Chicago-Omaha route, including Iowa City stop, come January

If you’re hoping to hop on a Megabus to or from Iowa City come Jan. 10, you’re out of luck. The company is cutting its five-year-old Omaha-Chicago line, which also includes stops in Des Moines, Iowa City and Davenport, which was added in 2015. The cuts come along with other reductions to the company’s Chicago […]

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Stella faces backlash after cover charge controversy

Stella, a University Heights restaurant known for its burgers, stirred up controversy over the weekend based on a cover charge game — with news stories, including stories on national news sites, reporting that Trump supporters were required to pay higher cover charges than Clinton supporters. But co-owner Kevin Perez said Wednesday that those reports were […]

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Cedar Rapids Police Department continues to face criticism, questions about officer-involved shooting

The Cedar Rapids Police Department continues to face criticism after declining to release dashboard camera video from the Nov. 1 officer-involved shooting that left Jerime ‘Danky’ Mitchell paralyzed. During a Tuesday city council meeting, a mass of people gathered in the hallway to protest the lack of answers about what happened. Members of Mitchell’s family […]

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After 64 years, family-owned Pleasant Valley’s closing is bittersweet

After six decades in the community, the Pleasant Valley Garden Center and Flower Shoppe (1301 S. Gilbert St.) will be closing its doors in January of next year. “This has been our, I guess you could say it has been our life,” said Aleda Feuerbach, who owns the store along with her husband, Kerry. “We’ve […]

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Food trucks poised to become a downtown staple

Tito Francisco, co-owner of Flip N’ Chop, makes naan. photo by Zak Neumann

Tito Francisco and James Wachutka, the co-owners of the Flip N’ Chop food truck, served up lunch outside the University of Iowa Boyd Law Building on a recent afternoon. Francisco flipped dough back and forth between his hands to create the naan bread that would become part of the duo’s tandoori chicken dish, one of […]

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Jim Leach announced as interim director of UI Museum of Art

Jim Leach, the former 30-year Iowa congressman and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will take on the role of interim director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) in January. The current director Sean O’Harrow is leaving at the close of the year to take on a new position as […]

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Adeva Salon to open new location in Iowa River Landing

Iowa River Landing

Adeva Salon in Coralville will be moving to a new location in the Iowa River Landing in mid-December and people can get a sneak peak of the progress during an open house on Thursday, Nov. 17. “We really liked the vibe of the area and it really feels like the community is there. It’s where […]

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Refugee Week events start today on UI campus

Events to raise awareness about the ongoing international refugee crisis will be held on the University of Iowa campus this week, including a panel discussion Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union about the challenges refugees face during resettlement and in addressing xenophobia in their new homes. “Refugees aren’t just some external group, […]

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Iconic TV journalist Tom Brokaw to donate papers to UI

Tom Brokaw, a 50-year veteran of television news, announced yesterday that he will donate his papers and memorabilia to the University of Iowa Library. “I spent one year there and I had a double major: beer and coeds,” Brokaw said of his time at the university during an interview segment on the NBC Today Show. […]

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Murals welcome people to the Catholic Worker House

The Iowa City Catholic Worker House’s garage, which looks out over Lower Muscatine Rd across from Kirkwood Community College, has added a few new murals from local artists in the hope of welcoming folks into the house. “We want everyone to know that immigrants and refugees are welcome here,” Emily Sinnwell, a nurse practitioner and […]

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Iowa City hires new assistant city manager to start in December

Iowa City City Hall

Iowa City hired a new assistant city manager, Ashley Monroe, to fill the job vacated by Geoff Fruin when he was promoted to city manager in July of this year. Monroe will step into the Iowa City position on Dec. 1. She has worked for the Village of Hoffman Estates outside of Chicago since 2007, […]

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