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Mike Pence as Trump’s VP? Look before you leap

The Indianapolis Star has confirmed that Indiana Governor Mike Pence has been selected as the official running mate for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. An official announcement is scheduled for Friday, 11 a.m. in New York City. Nuvo, an alternative weekly based in Indianapolis, has written a lot about Pence over his three years as […]

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Rod Blum opponent Monica Vernon leads rally against First Amendment Defense Act

Supporters of Monica Vernon — Democratic candidate for for Iowa’s First Congressional District campaigning to unseat incumbent Congressman Rod Blum — gathered with Vernon in front of Blum’s Cedar Rapids office today and voiced opposition to the congressman’s First Amendment Defense Act. The bill would roll back equality legislation and allow businesses to refuse service […]

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First Look: The Pig & Porter opens in Cedar Rapids’ New Bohemia district

The Pig & Porter (1028 3rd St. SE) opens today in Cedar Rapids’ New Bohemia District. Co-owners Will Monk and Matt Melone met while working at Cobble Hill. Their new collaboration will be open for dinner only, featuring a selection of small and medium-sized plates and a limited number of large dishes made for sharing. […]

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Mediterranean-inspired coffeeshop ‘Cortado’ to open this fall in downtown Iowa City

Signage appeared this weekend announcing a new coffeeshop in downtown Iowa City — Cortado Coffee & Café, 26 S. Clinton Street (the former location of Austin Burke Clothier). Reached for comment, co-owner Yochai Harel shared his background and hopes for Cortado, mentioning that it will provide espresso and coffee drinks while bringing “some Mediterranean flavor […]

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Album Review: The Pines – Above the Prairie

On Dec. 8, 2015, a great hero for social justice in the United States passed away. John Trudell was a Santee Dakota-American poet, musician, actor and activist associated with the American Indian Movement. He famously led the “Red Power” occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969… […]

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IC local who threw tomatoes at Trump gets invitations to eat with errybody

Following his arrest for throwing a tomato at Donald Trump during a rally in Iowa City last week, Andrew Alemao — Andres, Dre, An Mao, Ahmed — earned instant internet-hero status, and now an invitation to eat dinner with damn near errybody: Follow the original thread via @ellxsig on Twitter: […]

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For minority youth caught up in the Polk County system, a chance to #knowjustice

“It’s so difficult to understand these things not ever having been in that situation. … The odds are so stacked against you. … Regardless of whether you did it, just take the deal.” If you listened to season one of the hit podcast Serial, you might recognize that advice from Adnan Syed. Now 35, Syed […]

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BuzzFeed’s #1 person we should all aspire to be in 2016 is Iowa City’s own Curt Oren

Have you heard about Curt’s new hat? Iowa City musician Curt Oren bought a hat last year as a joke. The hat was pretty funny, but the thing is, some jokes are gateway jokes, and sometimes the end result of your joke is a billboard joke on Interstate 380 — a joke you can’t really […]

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COGS: Harreld comments that unprepared teachers ‘should be shot’ are a threat to university safety

In a statement released today, the union representing graduate student workers at the University of Iowa (COGS) responded to UI President Bruce Harreld’s Dec. 9 remarks to UI staff council that unprepared instructors should be shot. President Harreld described his comments in an email to librarian Lisa Gardinier as “an unfortunate off-the-cuff remark,” the Associated […]

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Singer Joshua James brings powerful folk soundscapes to the Yacht Club

Show update: Due to illness, Joshua James has canceled his Yacht Club performance. Openers Field Division and Elizabeth Moen will perform as scheduled. The admission price is expected to change, according to the Yacht Club, though exact details are still TBA. Joshua James Iowa City Yacht Club — Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8:30 p.m. Through […]

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