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A Job Less Ordinary

ABOUT THE STORY Each August, an influx of college freshmen invades the downtown streets looking for friends, alcohol access, and their life paths. Not all of them stay to become sophomores, fewer go on to call themselves juniors and seniors, and some come back to finish what they started. Having stayed in Iowa City after […]

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Rubbed Raw

I often find myself examining my hands because I’m unaccustomed to these marks. I have, what one of my uncles once called, a cushy desk job. I am a data analyst, spending most of my days at a computer or in meetings, not working with my hands the way others do. I am probably one […]

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UR Here: Flood Stories

As our community continues to recover from our greatest disaster ever, flood stories are piling up like sandbags near the riverbank. Personal stories of homes destroyed, of the kindness of strangers, of grit and determination, of remarkable generosity, and of watery amazement are all entering the annals of our community experience and history. I’d like […]

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Whoah.

I’ve been in Iowa City for about eight years now and always see these kids at some point each spring or summer. My roommate was talked into getting a Reader’s Digest subscription that was supposed to be in Spanish–convincing herself that at least it would be somewhat of a learning experience if it were in […]

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Horoscopes for July 2008

For Everyone ~ This month brings a combination of flux and stability. We achieve a new and relatively secure status quo. This will lessen our concerns about the future. However, we will also find ourselves grappling with some things. We have a safe place to stand, but we will have difficulty integrating other people or […]

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Art on the Water

Compiling this month’s Little Village calendar of events and seeing so many flood-related closures provided a somber reminder of the serious blow suffered by many of our beloved arts and cultural venues. Much hard work and rebuilding lies ahead. Below is an overview of where some of these organizations stand now that flood waters have […]

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UR Here: Farewell, Mr. Higgins

In Tribute to a Great Iowa Citian: Ron Prosser If you were in the Iowa City Public Library any time before a few months ago, you know who I’m talking about. There’s a good chance he checked out some materials for you, or you at least saw him sitting behind the new library card desk, […]

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To Protect Through Fear

The call came at 1:30 in the morning–from a friend in distress. Earlier in the evening we had developed a plan. Anyone could see by that point that the six days of sandbagging would not pay off. He was to box a few valuables tonight to facilitate the move in the morning. The city had […]

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Kirkwood's Ark

In the foyer of Kirkwood’s Animal Health building, it is a scene of day-glo gridlock, a menagerie of humans and animals, all swirling in tightening circles. The plastic-coated official badges meld with hastily written paper name tags. Faces of all ages, sizes and backgrounds move in a busy bustle. The common denominator of this unlikely […]

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Little Village is back!

That’s right Iowa City, your beloved source for news and cultural commentary is back on the racks. After a short hiatus, we have returned bigger and better than ever. We’ve got 8 more pages, more color and now this dandy little blog to boot. I’ve just returned with the very first issue (6,000 of them) […]

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