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The first commercial for a 2020 presidential candidate has aired in Iowa

It’s still two years until caucus night in Iowa determines who is the frontrunner in the 2020 presidential election, but the first campaign commercial has already aired in the state. “Dirty Word,” a commercial for a largely unknown Democratic congressman with presidential ambitions, John Delaney, ran on local NBC affiliates during the Super Bowl, and will continue to air this month, according to the Delaney campaign. […]

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‘One of the true icons of American art’: Cedar Rapids is hosting two major exhibitions of Edward Hopper’s artwork

Thanks to an exchange with the New York’s Whitney Museum, CRMA will present two Edward Hopper exhibitions, opening Saturday. Visitors may enjoy the exhibits for free on Saturday.
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2018 Iowa caucuses will be held on Monday night

Normally, Iowa caucuses during years without a presidential race are sedate, even dull, affairs focused on party policy issues and selecting local party leaders. But thanks to a crowded field for the Democratic Party nomination for governor some of this year’s caucuses may prove to be more lively and more important than normal. […]

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‘From whiz kid to college dropout’: Tom Brokaw on his time at the University of Iowa

Tom Brokaw, the University of Iowa dropout who went on to host the NBC Nightly News for 22 years, announced in Nov. 2016 that he was donating his personal archive of materials from his long career to UI. After a year of a preparation, that archive was opened to students and researchers on Thursday. It is housed in the Special Collections of the UI Main Library. […]

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Desdemona redux: Emily Martin explores animation at CSPS

Book artist Emily Martin, whose work has been displayed across the country and the world, has turned her attention to a new medium for her exploration of William Shakespeare’s Othello through the words of the tragic Desdemona: animation. […]

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Linn County will pay $285,000 to a man wrongly arrested because of a photo on Facebook

Linn County announced on Wednesday it is paying $285,000 to settle a federal lawsuit against the county and County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden. Joseph McBride had filed the lawsuit earlier this month, claiming that his rights had been violated when Vander Sanden signed an arrest warrant containing false information that led to McBride being arrested and jailed for two months.
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Family Video is closing

Iowa City is losing its last video store. Family Video is closing. According to a sign on the posted on the door of its Hwy. 1 store:
“Unfortunately this location will be closing. From 1/28 – 2/11 we will only be open from 12-8 and we will be liquidating our entire inventory by having a massive movie and game sale. ”
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Q&A: Jamie Quatro speaks in-depth about ‘Fire Sermon,’ faith and fascination

Prairie Lights will host author Jamie Quatro on Monday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. for a presentation of her novel in conversation with novelist Garth Greenwell. Quatro has quickly developed a reputation for being an author of penetrating acumen and lyrical grace. […]

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Bill to punish cities for not fully enforcing federal immigration laws advances in state legislature

Supporters of the bill say it is aimed at forcing so-called “sanctuary cities” to comply with federal law, even though there are no sanctuary cities in Iowa. Some cities in the state, such as Iowa City, have decided not to have their police departments assist federal immigration officers in the performance of their duties, except in cases involving public safety. […]

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