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A reading list for Gabe Erickson

In an op-ed published yesterday by the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Diversity Focus’ Gabe Erickson asks, “Why is Rachel Dolezal held to a different principle than Bruce Jenner?” The article continues: “No one said Bruce is falsely portraying himself as a woman or called him a fraud.” (That, in fact, is not true.) Erickson’s op-ed begins […]

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Cycling event to honor renowned bike builder Tom Teesdale

Local photographer and cycling enthusiast Mauro Heck has announced details for the inaugural Teesdale Ride, a 65-mile cycling excursion set for June 28 in honor of renowned bicycle frame builder Tom Teesdale, who suffered a fatal heart attack last July while participating in RAGBRAI. It didn’t take much prodding for local cyclists to get on […]

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Talking to kids about the Coral Ridge shooting

When Bonnie Lieberman arrived at the Coral Ridge Mall shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12, she had planned on a quiet night of family fun. She and her husband, Scott, had brought their son, Tyler, 8, and their daughter, Olivia, 4, to skate at the mall’s ice rink. “Our son was asking if […]

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Jennifer Fawcett wins Smith Prize for political theater

The 2015 Smith Prize for Political Theater award goes to Iowa City resident Jennifer Fawcett for her untitled play which tells the story of a family tragedy with enormous social consequences. The Smith prize, which is administered by the National New Play Network, encourages playwrights to address pressing cultural issues through personal stories, and Fawcett’s piece […]

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