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Project Holiday has helped those in need enjoy a holiday meal for 30 years

Once again this year, the Crisis Center of Johnson County’s Project Holiday is helping those in need to enjoy an important part of the season: a special meal with their loved ones. “This is our 30th year for Project Holiday,” said Sara Sedlacek, the Crisis Center’s communications and development director. […]

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LGBTQ rights advocate Zach Wahls announces Iowa Senate run

Iowa City-native Zach Wahls, an advocate for LGBTQ rights and author of a bestselling book ‘My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family,’ announced his campaign for the Iowa Senate today with a series of social media posts as well as an event in Coralville. […]

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University Camera is closing, after more than four decades in Iowa City

University Camera, a downtown Iowa City fixture and the only full-service camera shop in Johnson County, will be closing in the Spring. “I’ve given my landlord a final termination date of no later than the first of May 2018,” Roger Christian, the store’s owner, told Little Village. “And I’m really hoping to be out of here no later than the first part of April.” […]

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Your Village: What’s the story behind an Iowa City crossing guard who waves at every car?

I drive by the corner of Ashwood Drive and Rochester Avenue in the mornings on my way to work and there is a crossing guard who waves at everyone passing car in the morning. He seems to be one of the most cheerful people in Iowa City. Who is he? What’s his story? – Kieran, Iowa City, via email.
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DACA stories: Two Iowa-raised brothers face uncertain futures

David looked nervous sitting at a table in the Main Library. It wasn’t being in the library that made him nervous — he’s spent a lot of time there as an undergraduate studying graphic design at the University of Iowa — it was discussing his immigration status. David is one of approximately 118,000 young people around the country waiting to find out if his application to be covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) for the next two years is going to be approved. […]

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UI research helps win FDA approval for a breakthrough genetic therapy for a rare form of blindness

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a breakthrough genetic therapy for a heredity condition that causes blindness. The treatment, Luxturna, was approved ahead of schedule, thanks, in part, to work done by researchers at the University of Iowa. Prior to the approval of Luxturna, there was no treatment for the rare condition, known as Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). About 6,000 people have LCA worldwide, including 1,000 to 2,000 people in the United States. […]

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Sanctuary Pub announces new ownership

Another fixture on the Iowa City scene is changing hands as 2017 draws to a close. On Sunday, Sanctuary Pub owner Daryl Woodson announced on Facebook that he is retiring from the S. Gilbert St. pub. Earlier this month, it was announced that a new owner is taking of Devotay at the beginning of the new year. […]

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The first trailer released for ‘The Miracle Season,’ a film set at Iowa City’s West High

The first trailer for an upcoming movie based on a remarkable and true story that happened at Iowa City’s West High. ‘The Miracle Season’ tells the school’s girls volleyball team rebuilding itself following the death of the team’s star player, Caroline Found. […]

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More than 200 neglected chickens, ducks and other birds removed from farm near Solon

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa City Animal Services removed more than 200 birds from an abandoned farmstead two mile southeast of Solon on Saturday. The 110 ducks and geese, 76 chickens and 49 pigeons were being kept in filthy conditions in sheds, without proper access to water, the Sheriff’s Office told The Gazette. The bodies of numerous dead birds were also found on the property, but it hasn’t been determined how those birds died. […]

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Democrat Fred Hubbell: Iowa is wasting too much money on corporate giveaways

Fred Hubbell wants to end the corporate giveaways the state has been handing out in the name of economic development. “What I see right now is that we’ve got so many wasteful giveaways in our tax code for companies that aren’t creating a decent return for us,” the Democratic candidate for governor said during a visit to the offices of Little Village on Sunday. “And we’re compounding that with deals like the Apple deal. We’re giving away money to companies that don’t need it and not creating many permanent jobs.” […]

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UI Art Museum’s new name celebrates both a recent gift and one of its most important collections

It was announced this week that the University of Iowa Art Museum will be renamed the University of Iowa Stanley Art Museum. The decision follows a donation of $10 million from Dick and Mary Jo Stanley of Muscatine. “The Stanley family has made an indelible mark on our university — and on the art world — and we are proud to name the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art in honor of their gift,” UI President Bruce Harreld said in a press release. […]

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Cardboard will be banned from Iowa City garbage bins starting next year

As Iowa City residents haul the remains of their New Year’s Eve to curb, they’ll need to remember a new regulation: no cardboard in the garbage bin. Starting Jan. 2, a ban on corrugated cardboard at the Iowa City Landfill goes into effect. Corrugated cardboard (the sort of cardboard construction that has two pieces connected by a wavy layer of cardboard) may be placed in or under curbside recycling bins — boxes should be broken down, with pieces no larger than 2 ft. by 2 ft. — or taken to a recycling facility. […]

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