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The City of Cedar Rapids paid $619,000 to defend former Cedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones against the civil lawsuit filed by Jerime Mitchell and his wife Bracken, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. The city incurred $688,000 in legal expenses during the lawsuit, including the $619,000 paid to Lynch Dallas law firm that represented […]

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City of Cedar Rapids paid $619,000 to defend former officer Lucas Jones

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Letter to the editor: A thank-you to teachers from the ICCSD Parents Organization

Submitted by Alyssa Palante on behalf of the ICCSD Districtwide Parents Organization In recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7), the Iowa City Community School District DPO (Districtwide Parents’ Organization) would like to thank each and every one of the amazing teachers, teacher librarians and other district and Grant Wood AEA employees who work […]

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Letter to the editor: Post-pandemic, Iowa City risks corporate takeover

By Mallory Hellman, Iowa City I’ve lived in Iowa City for just over a decade. Like so many of us, I came here for grad school and never left. Also like many of us, I’ve spent these final gasps of pandemic-altered life privately harboring serious concern about what our beloved city will look like once […]

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Letter to the editor: Rep. Miller-Meeks isn’t fighting for the American Dream

By Ellen Ballas, Iowa City Second-District Republican Marianette Miller-Meeks voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act (HR 7), an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that created a minimum wage under FDR. The Paycheck Fairness Act “addresses wage discrimination on the basis of sex,…”. Specifically, it limits an employer’s defense that a pay […]

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Letter to the editor: The state’s “Back the Blue” bills will make us less free and less safe

By Christina Bohannan, State Rep. House District 85, University of Iowa law professor; and Janice Weiner, Iowa City Councilor In response to racial justice protests last summer, Republicans in the Iowa Legislature have introduced bills that ramp up penalties on protest activity and limit local government discretion in dealing with protests and public safety issues. […]

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