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Science meets community at Iowa City Darwin Day

The science minded Iowa City-zen will have an opportunity to explore the contributions of science and evolution to society Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, with the induction of the 2019 Iowa City Darwin Day (ICDD) festivities. Darwin Day, a local two-day celebration of science and community, takes place each year on or around Charles Darwin’s birthday (Feb. 12, 1809). […]

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Iowa won’t appeal court decision that struck down the ‘fetal heartbeat bill’ as unconstitutional

The state of Iowa will not appeal a Polk County District judge’s decision ruling that the state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat law” violates the Iowa Constitution, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Monday. “This was an extremely difficult decision, however it is the right one for the pro-life movement and the state of Iowa,” Reynolds said in […]

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Joni Ernst solicited donations off her support for an NRA bill less than 72 hours after Parkland anniversary, Aurora shooting

Three days after the first anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 and wounded 14, and two days after a workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois, that killed five and wounded five police officers, Sen. Joni Ernst launched a fundraising effort based on her support for a top NRA legislative priority. On […]

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Iowa jury sides with transgender worker in landmark discrimination case

In a history-making decision, a Polk County jury found on Wednesday that the Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC) and the Iowa Department of Administrative Services (IDAS) engaged in sex discrimination and gender identity discrimination against Jesse Vroegh, a transgender man and former IDOC employee. The lawsuit, filed in August 2017, was the first discrimination lawsuit […]

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‘Service above self’: Tulsi Gabbard hosts 2020 campaign event at Big Grove

The weather on Monday night highlighted the distance between Iowa City and Hawaii, but Rep. Tulsi Gabbard told the people gathered at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom she could feel “the warmth of the aloha spirit, alive and well in this room tonight.” Gabbard, who is in her fourth term representing Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, […]

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Cars blocking snow removal in downtown Iowa City will be towed starting at 2 a.m. on Wednesday

City workers will be removing snow from the streets of downtown Iowa City starting at 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, and vehicles parked in tow-away zones will be removed, the city announced in a press release on Tuesday afternoon. “Towing will impact Prentiss Street to Market Street, Madison Street to Gilbert Street, as well as […]

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A new phone scam is targeting Johnson and Linn County residents

Phone scammers claiming to be sheriff’s deputies are targeting people in Johnson and Linn Counties. The scammers claim an arrest warrant for missing jury duty has been issued for the person they’ve called, and the person needs to post a bond by purchasing prepaid gift cards. Brian Hamilton of Iowa City was almost a victim […]

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks policy and ‘building a party of the people’ in Iowa City

“I’m here for exactly one reason,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said as she took the stage for her campaign rally at the Iowa Memorial Union on Sunday afternoon. “I’m tired of a government that works for a thin slice at the top, and not for anyone else. I’m here to make a change, I’m here to […]

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Judge orders University of Iowa to reinstate Christian group accused of anti-LGBTQ discrimination as an official student group

On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered the University of Iowa to restore a Christian group’s status as an official student organization. Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), which was founded in the Tippie College of Business in 2014, had its designation as an official student organization revoked in 2017 […]

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The weather-weary can enjoy the fun side of winter at Freeze Fest on Sunday

A couple weeks removed from late January’s life-threatening cold temperatures, this weekend’s more temperate weather will allow the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department to hold its fourth annual Freeze Fest at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m. With thinning ice, activities like ice fishing may not be possible, but with a forecast predicting a 90 percent chance of snow, conditions should be fine for the two-hour event’s snowshoeing demonstration. […]

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