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COVID-19: Doctors rally to ask Gov. Reynolds for a mask mandate; experts warn about school reopenings »

Doctors from across the state gathered on the steps of Iowa State Capitol on Saturday to call on Gov. Kim Reynolds to issue a statewide face covering mandate or allow local governments to issue mandates in their communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Our message is clear,” Dr. Brian Privett, an ophthalmologist in […]

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“Gardening is art and art is gardening,” Kymbyrly Koesters told Little Village. As artist/gardener in residence for Public Space One, Koesters has transformed the sod around the nonprofit’s new home into a space where nature, art and social issues meet.

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Brock About Town: Go to your happy place

Howdy, y’all! I couldn’t be happier to be back from my, er, mini-sabbatical. OK, it was kind of a nervous breakdown. What? We’re all having them these days. Along with sourdough starters and TikToks of middle-aged white women having public meltdowns, it’s what passes for a trend now. As literally every publication, commercial and Facebook […]

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Letter to the editor: An open letter to the Old Creamery Theatre board

Submitted to July 14 By Jennifer Wagner Dear Old Creamery Theater Board of Trustees, Four months into our pandemic crisis, aware of the many losses we all have suffered, I want to pause for a moment and call to special attention something Seamus is grieving. My son had a dream ripped from his heart last […]

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COVID-19: Doctors rally to ask Gov. Reynolds for a mask mandate; experts warn about school reopenings

Doctors from across the state gathered on the steps of Iowa State Capitol on Saturday to call on Gov. Kim Reynolds to issue a statewide face covering mandate or allow local governments to issue mandates in their communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Our message is clear,” Dr. Brian Privett, an ophthalmologist in […]

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Letter to the editor from Sen. Joe Bolkcom: Iowa teachers are under attack

Joe Bolkcom, State Senator, Iowa City Taking the lead from President Trump, Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg recently overruled local school officials and ordered Iowa kids and teachers back to in-person school in four weeks. Their decision upends weeks of planning and preparation by local school boards, superintendents, teachers and parents to safely […]

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Creating public art becomes more private during the pandemic, but the work continues in Iowa City

A reduction of Iowa Citians in the streets hasn’t stopped local artists from beautifying them. Thomas Agran, director of public art for the Iowa City Downtown District, said that when the pandemic started affecting local businesses and jobs, his office mobilized to try to get projects in the hands of artists as quickly as possible. […]

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Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson announces he will not seek reelection

Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson announced on Monday that he will finish out his current term but is no longer seeking reelection in November. “Given all the life-changing events that are upon us, this year of 2020 in particular has provided me a chance to thoroughly examine and reflect on what is most important to […]

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COVID-19: Another 463 Iowans test positive; Minnesota school districts will be able to choose how to reopen

On Thursday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the standards that will determine whether schools must have all in-person instruction, can use a hybrid model incorporating both in-person and online instruction, or move all classes online. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a former school teacher, announced his state’s school reopening plan that same day. The two states are […]

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Appeal hearing for fired Cedar Rapids Police officer Lucas Jones will be held online

The Cedar Rapids Civil Service Commission voted Friday morning to conduct the appeal hearing for former Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones online and not partially in-person as previously discussed. The two-day hearing is scheduled to begin on Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. The Cedar Rapids Police Department fired Jones in June for turning off […]

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Cedar Rapids law firm offers to prepare living wills and other health care documents for teachers for free

A Cedar Rapids law firm has announced it will help teachers prepare living wills and other legal health care documents for free during a pop-up event in Bever Park on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Teachers are invited to come to this outdoor, socially distanced event where they will receive attorney […]

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Letters to the editor

Letter to the editor: An open letter to the Old Creamery Theatre board

Submitted to July 14 By Jennifer Wagner Dear Old Creamery Theater Board of Trustees, Four months into our pandemic crisis, aware of the many losses we all have suffered, I want to pause for a moment and call to special attention something Seamus is grieving. My son had a dream ripped from his heart last […]

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Letter to the editor from Sen. Joe Bolkcom: Iowa teachers are under attack

Joe Bolkcom, State Senator, Iowa City Taking the lead from President Trump, Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg recently overruled local school officials and ordered Iowa kids and teachers back to in-person school in four weeks. Their decision upends weeks of planning and preparation by local school boards, superintendents, teachers and parents to safely […]

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Letter to the editor: Iowans are dying. We need real leadership on COVID-19.

By Sue Ballantyne, Solon To date, almost 900 Iowans have died from COVID-19. My mother was one of them. Delayed responses, mixed messages and inaction from Trump, Reynolds and the Republican Legislature have resulted in misinformation and confusion about the seriousness of this horrible disease and what we all need to do to contain the […]

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Letter to the editor: The Advocates for Social Justice release their recommendations for a Citizen Review Board

By the Advocates for Social Justice The first of seven demands announced on June 6 by the Advocates for Social Justice (ASJ) called for the creation of a Citizen Review Board (CRB) in Cedar Rapids. Following the city’s decision to end meetings with ASJ, the group’s internal CRB research team began meeting with leading experts […]

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