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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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Astrology forecast for June 2015

Nobel Prize-winning physicists Wolfgang Pauli and Niels Bohr were both amused at how counterintuitive their innovative theories seemed. Once Pauli was lecturing a group of eminent scientists about a radical new hypothesis. Bohr got out of his seat in the audience and walked up to the front to interrupt his colleague. “We all agree that your theory is crazy,” Bohr told Pauli. […]

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Savage Love: The affairs

I’m a 35-year-old divorced man. I’ve been on plenty of dates since my marriage ended, but I invariably get asked this question on or before date #2: “Why did you get divorced?” This is where everything goes to shit. I’m honest: “We got divorced because I cheated on my wife. A lot.” This usually catches my date off guard because I’m “not the kind of guy I’d have thought could do that.” But I can hardly get past date #2 after this, because this information is “too much to handle.” Sometimes my dates will admit to having cheated too. Not even other cheaters are interested in seeing me again. […]

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Photos: IMU ground floor reopens after seven years

The Iowa Memorial Union ground floor reopened today after several years of reconstruction and renovation following the 2008 floods. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony held earlier today, President Sally Mason and other speakers acknowledged the participation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa branch of Homeland Security. FEMA awarded almost $500 million for […]

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