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Humanize My Hoodie receives a shout-out from John Legend

By outfitting the world in sweatshirts bearing the phrase “Humanize My Hoodie,” Jason Sole and Andre Wright hope to spark conversation about the intersection of fashion, prejudice and violence. That conversation has been furthered by none other than John Legend, after the 10-time Grammy winner posted shout-outs to Sole and the Humanize My Hoodie movement on social media Tuesday […]

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‘Enough’: Moms Demand Action hold a rally to demand Grassley and Ernst take action on gun violence

The Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America rally on Sunday started with statistics — “Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed,” Holly Sanger of the Iowa City/Johnson County chapter of Moms Demand Action told the crowd gathered on the Pentacrest at the beginning of the rally — but concluded with one word: “enough.” […]

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Prairie Kitchen Store will open in the old Motley Cow Cafe space

The Northside Marketplace location that was home to the Motley Cow Cafe for nine years finally has a new tenant. But instead of catering to those looking to dine out, the Prairie Kitchen Store will feature kitchen tools, cookware as well as cooking demonstrations and classes for those wanting to make dining at home a better experience. […]

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John Hickenlooper, one of the many Democrats running for president, drops out of the race

John Hickenlooper announced on Thursday he is dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. “I ran for president, because this country is being ripped apart by politics and partisan games, while our biggest problems go unsolved,” Hickenlooper, the former mayor and former governor of Colorado, said in a video posted on social media. “Today, I’m ending my campaign for president, […]

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Photographing moments of humanity at the border

My name is Sergio Flores. I am a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist currently based in Austin, Texas. Being Mexican-American, it was really important to me to contribute to the conversations around issues that relate to people like me, or people who look like me … to look for moments that contain humanity. Here are two photos that tell two of those stories. […]

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Brock About Town: Blood, sweat and beers

Right now, across America, idyllic small towns just like ours are also experiencing a heat wave of epic proportions. They’re probably cowering inside, worrying about pedestrian things like heatstroke and sunburn. Here in Iowa City, we’re a little hardier. We attend outdoor blues concerts when the heat index is 105 and let our children […]

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Hy-Vee investigating possible theft of customer credit card information

Hy-Vee announced on Wednesday it is investigating a suspected data breach after “recently detecting unauthorized activity on some of our payment processing systems.” “Our investigation is focused on card transactions at our fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants (which include our Market Grilles, Market Grille Expresses and […]

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John Delaney, who’s been running for president since 2017, returns to Iowa City for a book signing

Former Maryland Congressman and current presidential candidate John Delaney will be signing his book, The Right Answer, at High Ground Cafe on Thursday. Delaney, the first 2020 Democratic to declare his candidacy, had already been running for nine months when his book was published in May 2018. […]

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The history of public pools in Iowa City shows swimming hasn’t always been accessible

As summer comes to an end, the pool in City Park reaches a milestone — 70 years of service to Iowa Citians looking to float, dog paddle or simply cope with the heat. But if everything had gone according to the original plan, the pool would have opened in the summer of 1942, and it would now be celebrating 76 years of service […]

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Fight fatphobia — stop commenting on other people’s bodies

“When you’re overweight, your body becomes a matter of public record in many respects,” wrote Roxane Gay in her book Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. “Your body is constantly and prominently on display. People project assumed narratives onto your body and are not at all interested in the truth of your body, whatever that truth might be. […]

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