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City holds informational meeting as Washington St. construction project prepares to launch

As the project to revamp Washington Street ramps up, the City of Iowa City will host an informational, open house-style meeting to discuss the project’s plan, schedule and expectations. The meeting will be held tonight, Thurs., Mar. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m in Room 202 of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center (28 S. […]

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Chinese restaurant to open in former Linn Street Cafe space next week

A new Chinese restaurant will be on the scene soon with Bashu opening in the former Linn Street Cafe space (121 N. Linn St.) next week. The owner, Sue Zheng, said the restaurant plans to open on Wednesday. According to Zheng, Bashu will offer traditional Chinese cuisine. The featured dish will be a “spicy crab […]

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Uber ordinance draws support and questions at City Council meeting

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At last night’s City Council meeting, community members hoping to bring ride-sharing to the area clashed with taxi company advocates during discussion of a Transportation Network Companies ordinance. Although the ordinance would have further implications, the conversation largely centered on Uber, the popular ride-sharing company that first tried to stake a claim in Iowa City […]

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Linn County Supervisor candidate Stacey Walker on how government can serve its citizens — all of them

It’s probably not election season if you don’t encounter Stacey Walker: He’s worked on a number of Democratic campaigns, including Barack Obama’s 2012 run, but he can also be found watching election results roll in with the crowds at The Mill. As a correspondent for Little Village, he contributed an essay last fall called “The […]

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Mission Creek’s innovation conference returns with a new name — and free for all

For the third year in a row, Mission Creek will host an innovation conference during its festival in April — but this time with some major updates. Mission Creek launched its Innovation Conference in 2014, supplementing its traditional parade of literary, musical, visual arts and film events. This year, that conference takes on a new […]

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James Gang expands its reach, partners with ‘draft’ and Center for Humanist Inquiries

For 14 years, the community-building organization has quietly facilitated the starts of some of Iowa City’s most accomplished arts, humanities and community groups, including Mission Creek, Public Space One and the Saturday Night Free Movie Series. Each of those organizations eventually went on to expand and gain the support of other institutions: Mission Creek became […]

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Finish your taxes with Johnson County’s free assistance

Tax season is reaching its peak and Johnson County is here to help with free assistance offered in Iowa City and North Liberty through Apr. 13 — right before this year’s Apr. 18 filing deadline. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), which celebrated its 10th year of services last week, offers a series of […]

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Amy Schumer comes to Iowa City

Amy Schumer Carver-Hawkeye Arena — Apr. 22 at 8 p.m. Comedian and actress Amy Schumer will come to the Carver-Hawkeye Arena this April, courtesy of UI’s Campus Activities Board. Schumer is best known for sketches from her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer: Schumer also starred in last year’s movie Trainwreck and sold a memoir […]

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Is Leonardo DiCaprio moving to Iowa City? Probably not

Attention Iowa Citians: Despite a rumor to the contrary, there is no evidence that Leonardo DiCaprio is buying a home in Iowa City. The rumor was launched by the O’Reilly Post, which calls itself a “fantasy news site.” It published a post saying that the recent Academy Award winner for Best Actor was buying a […]

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Friese, Lewis, Sullivan and Heiden in the running for Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Filing for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors race began this week and three candidates have already announced plans to run for the three open seats. Kurt Friese, owner of Devotay and publisher of Edible Iowa, filed papers for his candidacy earlier this week. He had announced his plans to run on Dec. 1, 2015, […]

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Summer is coming: lineup is announced for Friday Night Concert Series

The Maytags

Summer of the Arts has announced the lineup for this year’s Friday Night Concert Series, which will bring almost 20 acts to the Ped Mall on weekend evenings between late May and early September. The City High and West High Jazz Ensembles will kick off the series on May 20. Returning favorites include Winterland, which […]

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Iowa Senate amends hate crime bill after death of Burlington transgender teenager

Following the death of a transgender teenager in Burlington last week, the Iowa Senate passed an amendment to the state’s hate crimes statute to protect transgender individuals, adding to its wording “gender identity” and “gender expression.” According to the Burlington Hawkeye, Kedarie Johnson, 16, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in an alley on […]

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