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Iowa City schools will get rid of controversial temporary seclusion rooms

The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) plans to remove all the temporary seclusion rooms from its schools, according to an email sent to district parents by ICCSD Superintendent Stephen Murley. The temporary rooms are box-like 6-by-6-foot wooden structures with padded walls used to isolate students. Seclusion rooms are only supposed to be used as a last resort, when a student’s behavior is uncontrollable. […]

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Pop-up shops planned for the Iowa City Ped Mall this holiday season

Pop-up shops are coming to the Ped Mall for the holidays. The Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) is hosting its third annual Downtown Holiday Market, and this year it will feature a variety of shops in three temporary structures that will be built in Black Hawk Mini Park. […]

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Internet trolls post pro-white signs in Iowa City

Signs reading “It’s okay to be white,” were found around Iowa City over the weekend, KCRG reported. Iowa City is just one of several cities in the United States and Canada where such signs have been found since the end of October. The signs were apparently inspired by a post on 4chan, an anonymous online message board. […]

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‘This is about a movement’: District B candidate Ryan Hall wants to bridge the gap between students and others in Iowa City

University of Iowa undergraduate Ryan Hall said he believes his candidacy for the District B city council seat can help bridge what he sees as a gap between students and other residents of Iowa City. “A lot of the struggles that students are going through—the affordable housing crisis, paying way too much of the little money that they have trying to put a roof over their head—also effects our poor and working class in Iowa City,” Hall told Little Village. “So, if we bridge those gaps with the students and the residents of Iowa City to find solutions and build up the movement that is needed to build the voices, [and] the power of our local people really effect change.”
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Seattle joins Iowa City as a UNESCO City of Literature

Iowa City is no longer the only UNESCO City of Literature in the United States. On Oct. 31, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designed Seattle as one of eight new cities of literature. Seattle was one of 64 cities added to UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which recognizes distinction in seven fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. […]

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Susan Mims wants to bring her experience as a member of the Iowa City Council to District B

Susan Mims’ eight years of experience on the Iowa City Council is evident as speaks about the issues. Mims can cite 15-point plans the council has adopted and weigh the benefits of different approaches to zoning regulations, while discussing the issues that face Iowa City. […]

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Sam Clovis is out one day after Sen. Grassley defended his nomination to be the top scientist at the USDA

Iowa’s Sam Clovis is no longer President Trump’s nominee for the top scientific position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It was announced on Thursday that Clovis sent a letter to Trump asking that his name be withdrawn because he did not want his nomination to be “a distraction or negative influence.” […]

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Gov. Kim Reynolds offers a new explanation for why she called Iowa liberals ‘unhinged’

At her weekly press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds offered an explanation for why she called Iowa liberals “unhinged” during a speech last month. Her explanation, however, didn’t address what she actually said during that speech, and didn’t match the explanation her campaign spokesperson had already provided for the remark. […]

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‘I think we need leadership that represents everyone’: Angela Winnike wants to bring a new voice to the Iowa City Council

Ask Angela Winnike, a candidate for one of the two at-large city council seats, why she is running for the Iowa City Council and she talks about making the council a better reflection of the city’s population. “I think we live a community that’s really inclusive and open-minded, but I think we need leadership that represents everyone in our community,” Winnike told Little Village. “And that means people of all gender identities, all ages, all ethnic and cultural backgrounds and different economic backgrounds.” […]

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Sam Clovis: The Iowa connection to the arrests in the Trump/Russia investigation

Sam Clovis — the former rightwing radio host in Sioux City, who served a national co-chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign — encouraged a Trump campaign foreign policy advisor to travel to Russia to get information from people connected to Russian government. According to his attorney, Clovis wasn’t encouraging collusion with the Russians, he was just being Iowa nice. […]

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