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Posted by Lauren Shotwell |
‘Slow down’: Forum urges Cedar Rapids school board to heed concerns on facilities master plan decision

During a community forum on Tuesday night, there was one resounding message to the Cedar Rapids school board about its plans to close or replace most of its elementary schools:...

Posted by Matthew Steele |
UI student organizer who became Obama staffer publishes oral history on ’08 Caucuses

In 2007, University of Iowa student Chris Liddell-Westefeld co-founded Iowa Students for Barack Obama. Today, the 10th anniversary of Obama's win in the Iowa Caucuses, Liddell-Westefeld published outtakes from those...

Posted by Paul Brennan |
Gov. Reynolds sued for ‘unlawful misuse of state funds’

The ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee in the Iowa House of Representatives, Chris Hall of Sioux City, is suing Gov. Kim Reynolds for her use of $13 million from...

Posted by Paul Brennan |
Get a free breakfast and learn about Iowa City’s budget at Breakfast on a Budget

Thinking about Iowa City’s annual budget may not be the first thing many people do on a Saturday morning, but most people do eat breakfast. This Saturday, you’ll be able...

Posted by Genevieve Trainor |
Reality Bites series continues at the Cedar Rapids Public Library

Cedar Rapids Public Library is holding the second installment in their new Reality Bites series on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Interested patrons will be taking a deep dive into the 2016...

Posted by Lauren Shotwell |
SILT, Awful Purdies collaborate on music video to raise awareness of loss of farmland

With the release of a music video to the song “Common Ground” by the Awful Purdies, the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) is hoping to raise awareness about the ongoing...

Posted by Paul Brennan |
Jim Throgmorton sworn in for second term as Iowa City mayor

Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday, following a vote by the city council during a special early morning session. Asked about his...

Posted by Frankie Schneckloth |
Crab rangoon pizza is coming to Cedar Rapids

Beloved Des Moines-based restaurant and tiki bar Fong’s Pizza will open its third location in the New Bohemia District later this year. As first reported by The Gazette, Full Court...

Posted by Paul Brennan |
New restaurants and other changes on the local food scene in 2017

Fifteen restaurants — serving everything from burritos to bao — opened in the Iowa City area this year. Some were entirely new ventures, some belonged to local favorites that expanded...

Posted by Mauro Heck |
Friends and supporters celebrate as Mazahir Salih takes oath of office

On Friday night, Dec. 29, friends and supporters of Mazahir Salih came together to celebrate victory. They gathered to share in the official taking of the oath of office for...

Posted by Baynard Woods |
Democracy in Crisis: How Screwed Are We in 2018?

At the beginning of 2017, we were in purgatory. Remember the interregnum, after we elected Trump but before he took office? We knew it would be bad, but we also...

Posted by Baynard Woods |
Democracy in Crisis: 10 of Trump’s insane tweets

I got drunk recently and read all 2,735 tweets that Donald Trump had written since the election in the hopes that Trump’s Twitter feed, collected and searchable on trumptwitterarchive.com, might...

Posted by Paul Brennan |
Community forum will focus on the impact of proposed Cedar Rapids school closures on neighborhoods

A forum on the Cedar Rapids Community School District’s (CRCSD) plan to close eight elementary schools, and the potential impact of those closing on the city and its neighborhoods, will...

Posted by Lauren Shotwell |
Betas closing its doors in Cedar Rapids’ NewBo District

Just days after posting that the restaurant would reopen from its holiday break on Dec. 28, a post on the Betas Facebook page announced that the Cedar Rapids NewBo staple...