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Iowa City Council passes food truck pilot, voices support for UI graduate student union

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Collective bargaining rights and food trucks featured at Tuesday night’s Iowa City Council meeting, as plans for a food truck pilot program moved forward and representatives from the University of Iowa’s Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) sought the council’s support of collective bargaining and union benefits following legislation introduced yesterday in Des Moines. COGS […]

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Photos: Massive crowd turns up to support immigrants and refugees

The Iowa City downtown Ped Mall was packed community members Sunday. An estimated 2,000 people gathered at a Solidarity Rally Against the Ban to oppose President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigration from seven countries, all of which are predominantly Muslim. Elected officials, members of the faith community, musicians and people who have been […]

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Iowa City council aims to ensure development saves century-old church, without breaking the bank

Plans to preserve the 109-year-old, former Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City church building moved forward Tuesday night during an Iowa City Council work session. Updated plans would keep the church while lowering city expenses connected to a planned mixed-use development on the corner of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert Street — an area currently occupied […]

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Dean’s comments provide little comfort to graduate student union

A generally supportive statement from Graduate College Dean John Keller has done little to quell the concerns of graduate student union leaders at the University of Iowa, who are leading several initiatives to preserve their collective bargaining rights, as well as their health care, tuition and fees benefits. “The UI values the work of our […]

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FedEx: Employee who tried to stop Thursday flag burning will keep job

In a tweet sent out Saturday morning, FedEx announced that Matt Uhrin, the driver who interrupted a flag-burning protest Thursday, would keep his job. The company said that it had reviewed the incident, which garnered national attention including coverage on Fox News, and had no plans to “change his status.” We have reviewed the matter […]

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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup to return to Iowa City in 2017

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has, for the second year in a row, selected Iowa City/Johnson County as host of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today. According to a release sent this afternoon, the 2017 event is expected to attract more than 15,000 spectators and generate an […]

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Flag burning in downtown Iowa City led to confrontation, citations

Two citations were issued following a flag burning protest on the Iowa City Ped Mall on Thursday afternoon in which a FedEx delivery man intervened with a fire extinguisher to put out the flames and take away some of the flags. Protesters Kelli Ebensberger and Paul Osgerby received a citation for not having a permit […]

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New Iowa City police chief hosting Coffee with a Cop on Friday

Coffee with a Cop Bruegger’s Bagels (245 Iowa Ave.) — Friday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly, who was sworn into his new position on Monday, will be at the downtown Bruegger’s Bagels (245 Iowa Ave.) tomorrow morning to meet with community members for a Coffee with a Cop event. […]

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Photos: Iowa City Women’s March draws a crowd nearly 1,000 strong

Nearly a thousand people turned out for the Iowa City Women’s March in solidarity with other marches happening around the country and around the globe. Organizer Corey Hickner-Johnson led the group in a moment of silence before starting the march from the University of Iowa’s English-Philosophy Building to the steps of the Old Capitol. The […]

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Iowa City man attempts to burn a flag in protest of Trump inauguration

Iowa City resident Andrew Alemao attempted to burn a flag Friday on the Iowa City Ped Mall as an act of protest against the Trump inauguration. Alemao was interrupted by a bystander who disapproved of the act and wrestled with him, trying to take the flag away. Police arrived quickly and diffused the situation. As […]

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Iowa City Council nixes ‘Sanctuary’ label but reaffirms hands-off policy on immigration enforcement

By Emma Husar and Lauren Shotwell A resolution unanimously passed Tuesday by the Iowa City Council reaffirmed that no public resources would be devoted by the city police department to detecting undocumented immigrants. Council members noted that the move works to help maintain relationships between police officers and the community, ensuring that victims and witnesses […]

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Iowa City youth raise their voices at MLK celebration

Monday’s celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Iowa City’s Grant Wood Elementary elevated the voices and highlighted the accomplishments of youth in the community. “There’s so many groups in the Iowa City Community School District that we wanted to showcase here through the performances and the speakers, because it’s […]

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