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This week in political activism: March 20-26

Ready to take action to build the community, state and nation you want, but not sure what to do next? Here are some opportunities for political activism this week. Start local by getting to know your county supervisors and city council Iowa City Council meeting City Hall (410 E Washington St) — Tuesday, March 21 […]

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Celebrate spring by joining a community garden

Spring is here! What better way to celebrate its arrival than to get your hands dirty outside at a community garden? Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids all offer city-run options. Cedar Rapids Ellis Park — 916 Ellis Blvd NW (no running water) Squaw Creek — Hwy 13 and Golf Course Rd SE Tuma Park […]

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Workers’ comp bill passes Iowa house, heads to senate

A bill that would change workers’ compensation laws in Iowa passed the Iowa house 55-88 Thursday, March 16, and is expected to be sent to the senate early next week. The legislation could lead to a decrease in workers’ compensation claims paid in this state. House File 518 passed on a near party-line vote, with […]

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Federal judge kills Des Moines Water Works lawsuit

Federal Judge Leonard Strand threw out the Des Moines Water Works’ water quality lawsuit against drainage districts in three northern Iowa counties. “I’m pleased to see an end to this costly litigation brought about by the Des Moines Water Works,” Gov. Terry Branstad said in a press release. The basis of the suit was that […]

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Billy’s High Hat Diner opens in Iowa City

Local restaurateur Derek Perez’s new venture, Billy’s High Hat Diner, opened today, March 17 in the space formerly occupied by Augusta (630 Iowa Avenue). Ryan Whiting, Perez’s right-hand man at Bandito’s, is a partner in the new restaurant, and Iowa City native Andrew Mennenga will also take on a leadership role. […]

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Jerime Mitchell and wife sue city of Cedar Rapids, officer

Jerime “Danky” Mitchell of Cedar Rapids, who was shot during a traffic stop Nov 1, 2016 and consequently paralyzed from the neck down, and his wife Bracken filed a lawsuit against Officer Lucas Jones and the City of Cedar Rapids Feb. 24. A grand jury previously decided not to indict Jones. […]

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St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Day parades fill the streets of Cedar Rapids this weekend

Cedar Rapidians take to the streets this week for their annual St.Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s day parades. Wear green on Friday and red on Saturday (and maybe a jacket this year), and take a break to enjoy some simple pleasures and learn something new about Irish and Czech culture. […]

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State Sen. Rob Hogg calls for Congressman Steve King’s resignation over controversial statements

Iowa State Senate Minority Leader Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids) called for the resignation of Iowa Congressman Steve King Monday, March 13. King has been under fire for a Sunday, March 12 tweet in support of far-right Dutch candidate Geert Wilders that critics say was racist. […]

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Mission Creek Festival 2017 presents: Sci-Fi CoLab

For Mission Creek Festival 2017, Motley Cow presents a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The dinner will incorporate music, dance and a sci-fi storyline to explore philosophical questions about class struggle, the value of art and pain and the nature of humanity. The short story is being written for the event by poet Richard Siken, and is expected to evolve along with the menu until the moment it’s performed. […]

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