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Ross Wilburn, former mayor of Iowa City, makes history as first Black person to lead a major political party in Iowa »

A decade and a half after making history as the first Black person to serve as mayor of Iowa City, Rep. Ross Wilburn made history again on Saturday, becoming the first Black person to lead a major political party in Iowa when he was elected chair of the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP). “I’m honored by […]

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The Takeaway: Even over delivery, Stella stays crispy

Food comes in many forms and can serve many purposes. It can be a multi course work of art. It can be a tentative lunch at a coffee shop to forge a connection with a new friend or a home cooked meal to show our love to our families. It can be purely utilitarian, like […]

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Iowa City now taking bids for construction of ‘pedestrian deterrents’ to keep people off Park Road Bridge arches

The plan to keep people from skateboarding down or walking over the arches of the Park Road Bridge took another step forward on Monday, as the Iowa City Public Works Department began accepting bids for the construction of “four (4) concrete Pedestrian Deterrents to be located where the arches meet the sidewalk.” Almost as soon […]

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Linn County will begin offering COVID-19 vaccine to residents 65 and older starting Tuesday

Linn County residents 65 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Tuesday, but vaccine supply remains limited, Linn County Public Health officials announced Monday. MercyCare clinics, UnityPoint Health Clinics and various independent healthcare providers will begin contacting patients on Monday to provide an opportunity to schedule a vaccination appointment. Residents […]

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Ross Wilburn, former mayor of Iowa City, makes history as first Black person to lead a major political party in Iowa

A decade and a half after making history as the first Black person to serve as mayor of Iowa City, Rep. Ross Wilburn made history again on Saturday, becoming the first Black person to lead a major political party in Iowa when he was elected chair of the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP). “I’m honored by […]

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Neo-Nazi group distributes propaganda in eastern Iowa again

White supremacist propaganda from the neo-Nazi National Alliance has been showing up on driveways in Davenport. A flyer from the group has been tucked into a magazine that is rolled up, placed in a clear plastic bag and then tossed onto driveways and lawns. Unfortunately, the hate group is using old copies of Little Village […]

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Book Review: ‘Lucky’s Feet’ by Thomas M. Cook and Olayinka O. Adegbehingbe

In the 1950s, the University of Iowa was the setting for groundbreaking work being done on the condition of clubfoot, a congenital deformity which causes an infant’s foot or feet to turn inward. When left untreated, the condition — which affects one in every thousand births, the vast majority of which are in developing countries […]

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Album Review: Awful Purdies — ‘The Great Unraveling’

The Awful Purdies’ new release, The Great Unraveling is a defining statement for these accomplished musicians who combine their strengths, with wearied joy, to perform miracles. The songs are timely and timeless. The album is proud but not boastful, strong but not brutal, both wise and playful. The sheer quality of the material and the […]

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Dear Kiki: I miss having night sex

Questions about love and sex in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area can be submitted to dearkiki@littlevillagemag.com, or anonymously using this form. Questions may be edited for clarity and length, and may appear either in print or online. Dear Kiki, I miss having night sex. The kids are always home and are old enough that they […]

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Cortado: La vida de los inmigrantes indocumentados importan

La pandemia del Covid-19 está afectando de manera diferente a las familias y personas de bajos recursos económicos. Ocurre también lo mismo con la población inmigrante que vive en los Estados Unidos, especialmente con los inmigrantes indocumentados. Los inmigrantes indocumentados contribuyen a la riqueza de los Estados Unidos y, al estado de Iowa en particular. […]

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Bernie Sanders stays warm, becomes a meme, starts popping up in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Marion

Sen. Bernie Sanders suddenly seems to be everywhere. In little over a day, the Vermont senator has movie cameos, appeared in classic paintings, visited New York and joined the crew of he starship Enterprise — all thanks to a photo from President Joe Biden’s inauguration. The original photo was taken by photographer Brendan Smialowski for […]

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Cargill expects its Cedar Rapids rail yard to be operational by November

Cargill’s Cedar Rapids rail yard is expected to be operational by November, officials involved with the project shared during a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday. The meeting was scheduled by Cargill to give residents an update on the construction timeline and an opportunity to provide feedback on the design and placement of the sound […]

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Mariannette Miller-Meeks asks a Congressional committee to dismiss Rita Hart’s election challenge

An attorney for Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who was provisionally sworn in as the representative for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on Jan. 3, is officially asking the House Committee on Administration to dismiss Rita Hart’s challenge to Miller-Meeks’ six-vote victory in the November election. Attorney Alan Ostergren told the Des Moines Register that on Thursday Miller-Meeks will […]

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Letters to the editor

Letter from Rep. Christina Bohannan: Iowa’s proposed abortion and gun amendments are extreme and dangerous

By Christina Bohannan, State Representative, Iowa House District 85; Law professor, University of Iowa Despite the pandemic, and amid concerns about violence surrounding the presidential inauguration, it is critical that Iowans realize what is happening in our State Capitol and take action. This morning, subcommittees in the Iowa House of Representatives passed two constitutional amendments […]

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Letters to the editor: Iowa’s bottle deposit law is 40 years old. It’s time for some updates.

By Paula Vaughan, League of Women Voters of Johnson County co-president, Iowa City It’s been 40 years since Iowa led the nation with a bottle deposit law. The legislation, introduced by Gov. Robert Ray was adopted by a Republican-majority legislature in 1978 and enacted into law in 1979. This was a revolutionary concept not only […]

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Letter to the editor: Trump exploited good old American cussedness. Let’s reclaim it.

By Kent Williams, Iowa City The rioters at the U.S. Capitol are not people to be admired. They’re deluded, they’re racist, they’ve gone absolutely wrong in a violent and disturbing way. But there is one thing to admire about those Trumpist seditionists: They are soaked head to toe with a peculiarly American attribute, cussedness. The […]

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Letter to the editor: This is what treason looks like

By Kenn and Pat Bowen, Iowa City What happened today, Jan. 6, 2021 was an attack on our country, on our people, brought on by a president who refuses to accept that millions of us turned out to stand with and for each other and elect Joe Biden by overwhelming margins. This is what treason […]

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