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Bidding the iconic University of Iowa Field House pool a fond farewell

An iconic landmark built in 1927 is set to disappear when the swimming pool in the University of Iowa Field House will be updated and converted to a fitness center, according to a budget approved in June by the Iowa Board of Regents Property and Facilities Committee. Projected to run at least $10 million, the update will be funded by gifts and earnings to recreational services and income on university investments. […]

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Paul Street namedropped by Chris Hedges in election column

On the progressive website TruthDig, writer Chris Hedges gave a call out to Iowa City political writer Paul Street in his “Con vs. Con” column last week. Hedges begins his essay with a harsh critique of U.S. electoral politics, “The liberal class refuses to fight for the values it purports to care about. It is […]

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Post-Pulse: Gun classes for LGBTQs promoted in Iowa

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Orlando, a transgender writer in Florida has compiled a list of hundreds of gun owners and instructors across the country who volunteered to instruct lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer folk (LGBTQ) in the basics of firearm operations and safety at little or no charge. Two days […]

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Iowa lawmaker attempts to block Tubman from $20 bill

Rep. Steve King, the conservative lawmaker from Iowa’s fourth congressional district, attempted to block the redesign of the $20 bill this week, but was rebuffed. In April, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it would place abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the bill and move Andrew Jackson, the country’s seventh president and a slave […]

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Slide talk tonight for new photo book, ‘Juxtapositions’

Juxtapositions photo slide show and talk Prairie Lights Bookstore — Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. A slide show tonight at Prairie Lights will feature the work of a globe-circling photojournalist, Ted Polumbaum, pulled from the huge collection of his photos held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. His daughter, Judy Polumbaum, has collected some […]

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New report puts Iowa last for mental health facilities

One year after the closing of two state hospitals, in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant, a new report shows that Iowa now trails the rest of the country in mental health facilities. A June 2016 report from the Treatment Advocacy Center, “Trends and Consequences of Eliminating State Psychiatric Beds,” ranks Iowa consistently last or in the […]

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UI field hockey lawsuit highlights gender inequality in coaching

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The story of Tracey Griesbaum, the University of Iowa field hockey coach who was fired in 2014 after a 90-day internal investigation found no policy violations, is one that can be heard across the country. This year, at the University of Northern Florida, Mary Tappmeyer was awarded $1.25 million after winning her case against the […]

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Remembering the greatest lesson taught by ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali

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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. […]

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