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Iowa City will again host two international cyclo-cross events, plus a dog race and ‘wine walk’

The Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup and Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross Festival return to the Johnson County this weekend, for three days of everything from champion-level cycle racing to a leisurely stroll for wine lovers. […]

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Tacos for Peace: Eat well and help animals affected by Hurricane Florence

Tacos are always good, and on Tuesday, anyone with a taste for the vegan version can do good by eating them at Trumpet Blossom Cafe. Every month, Trumpet Blossom, Iowa City’s only all-vegan restaurant, raises funds for nonprofits with Tacos for Peace. Normally it benefits local nonprofits, but on Tuesday, it will be raising money to help A Well-Fed World’s campaign to assist farm sanctuaries that are taking in animals affected by Hurricane Florence. […]

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New poll shows Hubbell ahead of Reynolds, but just barely

A new statewide poll found Democrat Fred Hubbell leading incumbent Kim Reynolds in the race for governor. But that lead was small enough to fall within the margin of error of the poll conducted by Selzer & Co. for the Des Moines Register and Mediacom. In the poll published on Saturday, 43 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Hubbell, while 41 percent backed Reynolds. Libertarian candidate Jake Porter was the choice of 7 percent, and 9 percent were undecided. According to the polling company, the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent. […]

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The Iowa City Latino Festival will light up Linn Street on Sunday

The Iowa City Latino Festival will transform a block of downtown Linn Street with music, dancing, kid’s activities and a wide variety of authentic Latino cuisine on Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m. There will also be instruction in traditional dances for those interested in learning. […]

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The Green Room and the science of happiness

“The Science of Happiness” sounds like an advertising slogan for a pharmaceutical company, but it’s the name of one of the most popular courses at New York University, and the class’ co-teacher, Dan Lerner, is the featured speaker at the next Green Room at the Englert Theater on Monday night. […]

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Sharing the stories of suicide attempt survivors, an artist hopes to reduce stigma

As part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Crisis Center of Johnson County is hosting a presentation by Dese’Rae L. Stage, creator of a nationally recognized art project in which suicide attempt survivors tell their stories. “Live Through This” publishes those stories, along with a portrait of the attempt survivors taken by Stage. […]

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Sex talk: What even the most vanilla among us can learn from the BDSM community

Americans carry a lot of anxiety about having an exciting sex life. This anxiety inspires Cosmopolitan, Redbook and the like to publish a steady stream of articles flouting “100 ways to spice up your sex life!” and “The top six ways to add more color to vanilla sex!” Shame about having “boring” sex is used to sell magazines as well as drive sales of sex toys, fluffy pink handcuffs and sexy nurse costumes, bought in half-hearted attempts to “spice things up.” […]

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Early voting for the Iowa City Council special election has begun

In-person early voting for the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council began on Wednesday. Voters wanted to cast an absentee ballot can do so at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office–913 S. Dubuque Street in Iowa City—Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last day for in-person early voting will be Monday, Oct. 1. […]

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Hawkeye fans considering a gold-out at Kinnick Saturday in honor of murdered ISU student (Updated)

Nearly two months to the day after University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts went missing during an evening run in Brooklyn, Iowa, the body of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena was found at a golf course in Ames. Faced with another tragedy, Iowans have proposed turning to football — and a common color — to express their grief and solidarity. […]

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The only Iowan arrested in the Inauguration Day protests faced months of legal hell

In January 2017, Oliver Weilen made a last-minute decision and joined some friends who were driving from Iowa to Washington D.C. to take part in the protests happening on Inauguration Day. What he didn’t know when he arrived in D.C. was how dystopian his life was about to become. The police would make 234 arrests that day, conducting mass round-ups of protesters. Weilen was the only person from Iowa arrested. […]

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Townie Hawk: Snack-sized Big Ten football facts (and drink recommendations) to share at your next tailgate

Welcome back to football, fans of the sport and/or binge drinking. The Big Ten season opener against Wisconsin glimmers on the horizon, and with it comes the sick dread of unspecified mayhem that only a true Hawkeye fan can understand. Will we play the spoiler to someone else’s championship season (Ohio State last year, anyone?) […]

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