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‘It was terrifying’: Police use flash-bang grenades and tear gas against protesters in Iowa City »

The Wednesday night protests in Iowa City ended with law enforcement officers using flash-bang grenades and firing tear gas at protesters, many of whom were chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” After more than five hours of marching through the streets of Iowa City on Monday, spurred by the killing of George Floyd at the hands […]

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Watch: Iowa City protests police brutality

Hundreds of people gathered on the UI Pentacrest May 30 in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Royceann Porter, a longtime community activist and the first black person elected to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, gave a fiery speech that marked the event’s emotional high point.

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Gov. Reynolds won’t ‘second guess’ Tyson’s decision to penalize workers for missing shifts due to illness, as another 694 cases of COVID-19 are reported in Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds focused on defending Test Iowa from critics during her prepared remarks at her press conference on Thursday. “Test Iowa is now generating more tests than any other testing option in Iowa,” she said. “While we have not yet hit our capacity of 3,000 tests in one day, I’m proud that we’re getting close. Our highest daily total to date is 2,356 tests.” […]

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‘It was terrifying’: Police use flash-bang grenades and tear gas against protesters in Iowa City

The Wednesday night protests in Iowa City ended with law enforcement officers using flash-bang grenades and firing tear gas at protesters, many of whom were chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” After more than five hours of marching through the streets of Iowa City on Monday, spurred by the killing of George Floyd at the hands […]

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Your Village: How is Iowa City recycling adapting to COVID-19?

Have a question about what’s going on in your community? Ask Little Village. Submit your questions through the Your Village feature on our homepage, or email us at editor@littlevillagemag.com. Have there been any changes to Iowa City’s recycling program to protect workers from COVID-19? —Anonymous, Iowa City, via the Your Village feature on LV’s homepage […]

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Wine, dine and donate: Brix contributes more than $13,000 to fellow downtown businesses and arts organizations

When Nick Craig, owner of Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar in Iowa City’s Northside Neighborhood, was making plans for his girlfriend’s April 19 birthday, he knew the couple couldn’t celebrate the way they would under normal circumstances. He and Lacy Laughton would usually mark the occasion by going to a performance or eating at […]

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The Weekender, June 4: Peaceful protests, a community dialogue series, Iowa Arts Fest Online

The Weekender Our weekly collection of virtual events produced locally. This week, we have also included information about protests and community events in response to the killing of George Floyd. If you choose to attend these events, we urge you to put your health and safety first; consider wearing a mask or other face covering, […]

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Disabled individuals, many at high risk for COVID-19, also face additional challenges while social distancing

When Kim Downes first explained to her daughter Haley that many people were getting sick and dying due to a virus, Haley asked, “Can we send them flowers?” As a 28-year-old with multiple disabilities, Haley interprets the pandemic’s severity through disruptions to her routine, like missing her beloved Special Olympics activities and not attending church […]

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Linn County are slowing down but public health is watching for a possible surge

The number of newly reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Linn County has decreased over the past few weeks, but officials are preparing for a possible second wave of the virus. As of 9 a.m. on Thursday, Linn County Public Health was reporting 972 confirmed cases. The data also shows that the total number of […]

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#StayHome: Indigenous Peoples Art Gallery goes virtual during COVID-19

As any discussion of the ongoing pandemic should note, small businesses, organizations and communities have, in many cases, seen more pronounced effects from COVID-19 than their larger counterparts. These entities, not usually included in major media discourse, nevertheless face the same questions as the world at large: How do we transition our pre-COVID lives into […]

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Letter to the editor: The power of Black Lives Matter protests and graffiti in Iowa City

By Mike Fallon, Iowa City Last night my white, 15-year-old daughter and friends joined the Black Lives Matter protest in Iowa City. My wife and I stipulated that she to return home before dark. As the sun set and evening loomed, she texted us asking to stay at the protest until 9 p.m. Knowing that […]

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Brock About Town: I miss people

Huh, that was weird. Where were we? I think I was advocating level-headed caution. To be clear, I still do, but it’s become a little harder for me to put into practice after three months of quarantine. I just miss people so much, you guys. Sure, my social life before this consisted primarily of sitting […]

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The Iowa Legislature reconvenes, will consider protecting businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits

On Wednesday, the Iowa Legislature reconvened for the first time since March 16, when it went into emergency recess in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the state. And issues related to the virus will loom large in the coming weeks. […]

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Interim ICPD chief makes vows to the public ahead of protests Tuesday, where some police removed riot gear

Mayor Bruce Teague began the Iowa City Council meeting on Tuesday night by addressing the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, and the protests that have followed. Teague, who spoke at a protest over Floyd’s killing and the problems of racism and police violence, talked about “shock and horror” people […]

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Letter to the editor: The power of Black Lives Matter protests and graffiti in Iowa City

By Mike Fallon, Iowa City Last night my white, 15-year-old daughter and friends joined the Black Lives Matter protest in Iowa City. My wife and I stipulated that she to return home before dark. As the sun set and evening loomed, she texted us asking to stay at the protest until 9 p.m. Knowing that […]

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Letter to the editor: Keep it natural

By Linda Quinn, Iowa City Family walks around the neighborhood have taken on new importance in these coronavirus days, haven’t they? But as you step sideways to allow social distancing, be careful where you step, for a walk on that pristine-looking lawn can bring toxic, cancer-causing chemicals into your home. That sprayed lawn just isn’t […]

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Letter to the editor from Dennis Doderer: Christina Bohannan has my mother’s strength

By Dennis Doderer, Iowa City I am Dennis Doderer, and I am endorsing Christina Bohannan for the Iowa House seat for District 85. Some may view primary challenges as disruptive, but we live in disruptive times, and the regular order is not “working for the working.” Times like these call for change. Christina reminds me […]

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Letter to the editor from Ruthina Malone: Christina Bohannan is a champion for equity

By Ruthina Malone, Iowa City Please join me in voting for Christina Bohannan for Iowa House District 85. As a member of the ICCSD school board, I care deeply about ensuring adequate funding for education at all levels and policies that promote equity of opportunity for all students. I know that Christina will champion these […]

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