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American Reason: Addressing personhood

As we recently saw with the Wendy Davis filibuster in Texas, the abortion debate has started heating up again. Many conservative states appear to be competing to see who can ban abortions at the earliest stage of pregnancy, and in August, Mississippi may become the first state to de facto ban abortion clinics through rigorous […]

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IC History: Iowa City’s early crossroads

Before interstates, before pavement and even before concrete, Iowa City was becoming a major crossroads–for both the state and the nation. It began in 1839 when the Old Military Road–which got its name from the Iowa Dragoons that briefly used the thoroughfare–was built from Dubuque to Iowa City, the new territorial capitol. This first road […]

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UR Here: Rethinking the gnat

Those pesky clouds of airborne annoyance come around every spring, but they’ve been especially bad this year. Chalk it up to this year’s cool spring and heavy rains, says Patrick O’Malley from the Iowa State University Extension. Mother Nature’s vichyssoise stewed up an extra-heaping helping of the buggers, and then the sudden heat of late May shot them out of our backyard swamps, all at once, faster than you can say “Anton Arcane” (an arcane reference for the Swamp Thing fans out there).
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Clinton Baseball Mann

You can’t see the Mississippi River from Riverview Stadium, the original name for the home of the Clinton LumberKings. A flood wall blocks the view, but the sight of an occasional gull or pelican reminds you the river is near. “LumberKings” harkens to a time when the timber trade along the Mississippi was big business […]

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Celebrate the old and embrace the new this Saturday

This weekend, make time to celebrate the old and embrace the new at a unique arts event welcoming Hancher Auditorium back to the University of Iowa campus. On Saturday, June 29 from 4-5 p.m., the Hancher Site Ceremony will be held at the future location of the new Hancher facility on Park Road near the […]

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American Reason: Game of drones

In response to a citizen-led initiative, the Iowa City City Council temporarily banned the use of certain surveillance technologies such as traffic cameras, license plate readers and drones for traffic and parking enforcement. These sorts of tools possess capabilities far beyond the imagination of the writers of the constitution, so how do we ensure the […]

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