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Cedar Rapids to get millions from the federal government for flood prevention

Ten years after the biggest flood in Cedar Rapids history, the city will finally be receiving long sought after federal funds for a flood control system. On Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it was awarding Cedar Rapids $117 million for its planned flood control project. “The announcement of this federal funding award to […]

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CR PrideFest plans for second year in NewBo

As many as 7,000 people are expected at Cedar Rapids PrideFest this Saturday, in addition to almost 100 vendor booths including animals rescue groups, churches and theaters. Attendees can look forward to a drag show, live music, political speakers — including Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart — and a performance by the Eastern Iowa Circus Collective. […]

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En Español: I need to stop interrupting women

Me da mucha pena admitirlo, pero ella tenía razón. En vez de escucharla, de reflexionar sobre mi comportamiento y, sobre todo, de ofrecerle una disculpa, me distraje buscando cualquier excusa para justificar mis acciones. Me dije que mi amiga exageraba; todo el mundo se interrumpía independientemente de cuestiones de género. Más que nada, me aferré a la idea de que yo, un feminista muy orgulloso de serlo, era demasiado consciente de estos temas como para hacer algo tan descaradamente machista. […]

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‘One more crazy Iowa City idea’: Inside the Bike Library

Looking up from the bicycle he was working on, Brian Loring recalled the reaction he got the first time he proposed creating a volunteer-run organization that would fix up old bikes people could “check out” for a modest fee. “I think everyone thought it was kind of stupid,” Loring said. “It was sort of, ‘OK, […]

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The Haunted Bookshop turns 40

Despite its spooky-sounding name and the fact it’s in one of Iowa City’s oldest buildings, any mysterious noise heard in the Haunted Bookshop is likely the work of the shop’s cats, not ghosts. The store’s name comes from Christopher Morley’s 1919 novel, The Haunted Bookshop. The only unquiet dead in the novel are “the ghosts […]

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Cedar Rapids is getting in ‘on the ground floor’ of marijuana manufacturing

Cannabidiol will join breakfast cereal as a one of the things Cedar Rapids proudly produces. Last week, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) awarded a license to grow marijuana and process it into cannabidiol last week to Iowa Relief, as part of the state’s medical marijuana program. According Iowa Relief’s application, it plans to […]

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High Ground Cafe opens new coffee spot in Coralville

Wesley Ward, owner of The High Ground Cafe (301 E Market St, Iowa City, and 925 E 2nd Ave, Coralville) has opened a third area location. The newest High Ground Cafe, which occupies the former Cafe La La at 1150 Fifth St, Suite 130, Coralville, was purchased earlier this spring. Ward was approached by the […]

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The revolution needs better sound design: The fight for immigration reform at the border

The daily summer temperature in the Chihuahuan Desert, the land that stretches from the middle of New Mexico and southeast through Texas and Mexico toward the Gulf, frequently surges above 100 degrees. The desert itself receives about 9 inches of rain a year, and very little of that during the summer months. Mix in devastating dust storms that often darken the sky and choke people to death in 70-plus mile-per-hour winds, and you have one of the most inhospitable places in the country. […]

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After almost 70 years, City Park is closing down its amusement rides

After 66 years, Iowa City’s much-loved children’s train will be making its final run this fall. On Monday, the Iowa City Department of Parks and Recreation announced it is closing down and dismantling the amusement rides in City Park when their regularly scheduled season comes to an end on Sept. 23. “We understand this has […]

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Hundreds march in Iowa City for the Families Belong Together rally

The heat index hovered near 100 degrees, and the most direct routes were blocked by the Iowa City Jazz Festival and the Iowa City Farmers Market, but that didn’t stop an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds from marching to College Green Park from the terrace of the Old State Capitol on Saturday morning for Iowa City’s Families Belong Together rally. […]

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