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‘A better life is something you build’: Iowa City Council candidate Mazahir Salih hopes to create a more inclusive community

Mazahir Salih, a candidate for one of two at-large seats on the Iowa City Council, is focusing on building a more inclusive community in Iowa City by addressing affordable housing, building partnerships with local businesses and improving public transportation. […]

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New designs for the Ped Mall will be unveiled at a public meeting on Thursday

An update on plans for the improvements to Iowa City’s Ped Mall will be presented on Thursday evening at the Sheraton Hotel. The improvements are the next step in the Downtown and Pedestrian Mall Streetscape Plan that was approved by the city council in 2014. […]

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Obscure change in federal regulations may have big impact on local TV news in Iowa, and make the news more pro-Trump

On Tuesday, the Federal Communication Commission voted to eliminate a 77 year-old rule intended to ensure TV and radio stations serve the needs of their local communities. The vote on the so-called “Main Studio Rule” followed party lines, with all three Republican commissioners voting in favor of killing it, and both Democrats voting to preserve it. […]

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‘I was patient zero of losing a personal reputation’: Monica Lewinsky will be speaking at the IMU tonight

Monica Lewinsky was 24 years old was she suddenly became internationally famous in January 1998. In a 2015 TED Talk, Lewinsky described what it was like when news broke that she, a White House intern, had been having an affair with President Bill Clinton.
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Tell Iowa City who should be honored on a new feature planned for the Ped Mall

Iowa City wants to know who its most prominent citizens are. Or were. And it wants to know by Nov. 1. As part of the Ped Mall improvement project, two walls will be installed to hide utility cabinets and transformers from public view. In addition to hiding ungainly bits of infrastructure, those walls are supposed to tell “the story of Iowa City.” […]

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‘I’m Not Racist…Am I?’ documentary screening and discussion will examine attitudes about race

A free Oct. 23 screening of the documentary ‘I’m Not Racist…Am I?,’ followed by a group discussion, will address questions about the nature of racism and help viewers recognize and respond to it in their own lives. […]

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Early voting starts in Johnson County

Early voting in Johnson County for the Nov. 7 election started on Wednesday. Voters will be able to cast ballots at the Auditor’s office in the Johnson County Administration Building in Iowa City. The office will be opened from7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office will also be open on Sunday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

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Iowa City Council to vote on smoking ban for city parks

The Iowa City Council will vote on a proposed ordinance banning the use of tobacco products in city parks at its Tuesday night meeting. In addition to prohibiting smoking, the measure will also ban the use of smokeless tobacco. And because of an existing city regulation, if smoking in parks is banned, vaping in parks will also be automatically banned. […]

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Sen. Grassley skips town hall meetings in Johnson, Linn and other big Iowa counties for the fifth straight year

Chuck Grassley

Last week, the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley announced Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator had completed another annual tour of all the state’s 99 counties. But once again, he skipped town halls in the biggest counties. […]

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