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City officials move to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces

E-cigarette users in Iowa City may soon find themselves lumped in with traditional tobacco smokers under new guidelines proposed by the city council. The Iowa City Council passed its first consideration of an ordinance amendment that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces, but not without some trepidation. The council, which voted […]

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Iowa City Council backs community ID program, commits funds

The Iowa City Council approved a resolution Tuesday expressing support for the community ID program passed earlier this spring by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Councilors also committed $6,000 to the county-wide initiative — which could go into effect as soon as July — to help cover implementation expenses. The Johnson County Board of […]

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Owner of Wilton Candy Kitchen dies at 95

George Nopoulos, long-time owner of the historic Wilton Candy Kitchen in Wilton, Iowa, died of natural causes Sunday at 95. A fixture in Wilton (located just 30 miles east of Iowa City), Nopoulos served up old fashioned phosphate sodas, elegant ice cream dishes and rare confections for decades, having taken over the ice cream parlor […]

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Writers’ Workshop grad named US Poet Laureate

Earlier this week, the Library of Congress named Juan Felipe Herrera the new U.S. Poet Laureate. “The times now seem to be evolving with voices of color,” Herrera said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. He will be the first Mexican-American Laureate in U.S. history. A graduate of University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, […]

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Fireball recall raises health concerns for Iowa City

Finland, Sweden and Norway recently announced a recall on all bottles of Fireball Whiskey after learning that the American version of the popular liquor contains antifreeze. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), an allergic reaction can appear if propylene glycol, the type of antifreeze in question, is consumed in large […]

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Mobile library hits the road, seeks community support

With daily stops scheduled all around town, the Antelope Lending Library has begun its third year of slinging books and taking names in Iowa City. Several years ago, Cassandra Elton started the book lending project — a small, traveling library that makes various stops around Iowa City — with help from her friend, Beth Camp. They’re both librarians who studied together at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa… […]

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