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Matthew Byrd

Bar’Ber Shop Tavern
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Flood construction may mean the end for a Coralville bar, and an uncertain future for its employees

A Coralville flood wall will force the closure of The Bar’Ber Shop Tavern -- photo by Adam Burke This summer marks the eighth anniversary of the Iowa Flood of 2008....

Mary Helena Clark
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The disjunction of filmmaker Mary Helena Clark

Headroom Screening Series Presents: Mary Helena Clark FilmScene -- Thu., Mar. 31 at 6 p.m. A still from Mary Helena Clark's "And The Sun Flowers," one of her short films...

Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley
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Oscars Round Up: ‘Brooklyn’ is an intelligent and seductive love story

This week, the LV film team is exploring a few of the nominees for Sunday's 88th Academy Awards. John Rigby kicked off the series with his review of '45 Years,'...

942 Iowa Avenue
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Uncovering the forgotten history of black businesses in Iowa City

The state of Iowa has a well-worn reputation for racial progressivism. As any left-of-center, Iowa-centric political group will remind you, Iowa has long been ahead of the game on legislative...

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Trump ‘show’ draws protesters and spectators in Iowa City

Protesters convene outside the Donald Trump rally at the Field House. -- photo by Britt Fowler With less than a week to go until the Iowa caucuses, GOP frontrunner Donald...

City Hall
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The ‘Core Four’ won: Now what?

Mayor Matt Hayek warned that, if elected, the Core Four would return Iowa City to the 'anti-growth, micro-managing city hall of eras past.' Now, having swept the election, the Core...

Iowa City Council
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Finding a balance in Iowa City’s District A

Opponents Pauline Taylor and Rick Dobyns (incumbent) are the only two candidates running for Iowa City's District A. -- photo by Adam Burke As discourse over downtown high-rises and the...

City Council Candidate forum
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County wage ordinace weighs heavy on city election

Iowa City Council candidates and incumbents attend a social and economic justice forum on Wednesday, Sept. 30. -- photo by Adam Burke Update: On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Iowa City...

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Give Me Shelter: 25 years after the ADA, housing discrimination remains an uphill battle

This July marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The law, spearheaded by recently retired Senator...

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A community divided: Racial segregation on the rise in Iowa City

Iowa City is the hub of what has derisively been termed “The People’s Republic of Johnson County” — a reference to the county’s professed left-of-center political...

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Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates delivers “A Deeper Black” lecture at Englert on Wednesday

Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic, author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle and a writer whom The New Yorker has described as...

Stranded in Sierra Leone
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Stranded in Sierra Leone

Mohammed and his family were able to return to the U.S. in September, nearly a month after first arriving in Sierra Leone to retrieve his children. -- photo by Adam...

Lucky's Market
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Iowa City Marketplace: City Council’s approval of $1.75 million in TIF aid has some crying foul

At their bimonthly meeting this past Tuesday, the Iowa City Council voted 6-1 to allocate $1.75 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds for two...

Illustration by Mark Vollenweider
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The truth about TIFs

Are TIFs being used the way they were intended? -- Illustration by Mark Vollenweider In mid-July, the Iowa City City Council authorized $14.1 million dollars in TIF-funded financial aid to...