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After its first year providing crisis services, the GuideLink Center assesses its accomplishments and obstacles

During its first year, the GuideLink Center, a facility that provides care for mental health and substance use disorders, has helped over 1,000 people, said Executive Director Abbey Ferenzi. The center offers 24/7 services, including rapid assessment, triage and crisis […]

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Tomato mint and Tuscan tomato soup face off in DVIP’s 25th Souper Bowl

This year’s Super Bowl, pitting the Los Angeles Rams against the Cincinnati Bengals, will come down to field goals and who has the best kicker, according to Alta Medea-Peters, director of community engagement for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP). […]

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Anaïs Mitchell and Bonny Light Horseman kick off tour in Iowa City

After performing in the Iowa Arts Festival in 2017, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell is back in Iowa City, kicking off her tour with Bonny Light Horseman at the Englert Theatre. Her recently released self-titled album, the first after a decade of […]

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UI’s LGBTQ Clinic, a ‘haven’ for trans and nonbinary patients, marks 10 years of breaking down barriers

When Dr. Nicole Nisly met her first transgender patient, she didn’t know what to say. It’s common among healthcare providers. What name should I use? How should I refer to them? Should I ask? Her patient was a trans woman […]

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Iowa City’s new electric buses quietly creating a ‘paradigm shift’ in public transit

They’re symmetric and kinetic. They’re also electric. Four new electric buses are now rolling through Iowa City streets. “Transit in Iowa City has been here since 1971, and this is the first paradigm shift in vehicle technology that there has […]

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What’s next for Iowa City’s aging recreation facilities?

The City Park Pool is reaching its 73rd season. The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center is now 58 years old, and the Mercer Park Aquatic Center is 34. Iowa City’s recreation facilities are getting old. Since last fall, the […]

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As spring semester gets underway, the grad student union pushes UI to improve its ‘worst in the Big 10’ pandemic policies

On Jan. 11, a week before classes started for the University of Iowa’s spring semester, the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) Local 896, the union representing UI grad students, sent a letter to the Iowa Board of Regents and […]

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‘Kitchen to me is all about family’: Maggie’s new chef talks Midwest cuisine and kitchen culture

Maggie’s Farm Wood Fired Pizza has a new chef who wants to recreate the feeling of warm family get-togethers in the kitchen. Chef Billy Jimenez said that when he was growing up in Colorado, the kitchen was always the center […]

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MLK Day in Johnson County will include opportunities for public service, as well as storytime and art events for kids

It’s been 54 years since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the final speech of his life, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” King had traveled to Memphis, Tennessee at the beginning of April 1968 to support striking workers from the city’s […]

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‘We’re not out of the woods’: Shelter House’s winter shelter is open, for now

Shelter House’s winter emergency shelter has opened after a month of delays caused by staffing issues and COVID-19 infections. The winter shelter, located at on 340 Southgate Ave, opened Jan. 4. Seventy-nine people took shelter that night, with 72 staying […]

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Humans squirm among specimens in a new short film set in the UI Museum of Natural History

When Stephanie Miracle moved to Iowa City in 2019, she visited the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History in Macbride Hall with her 1-year-old son. “I totally fell in love with this museum space. I immediately started to dream […]

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‘A loaded gun in every aisle’: Hy-Vee is introducing a new retail security team

The shoulder patches say, “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle,” but the police-style uniforms, complete with belts with holstered taser and possibly handguns, may send a very different message as Hy-Vee deploys a new retail security team in its stores. […]

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