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Sexuality, gossip, confusion and Catholic school

I don’t need another drink but say I need another drink as I read the situation, one I’ve found myself facing for the past year or so. I’m attracted to women, but don’t know how to view it without a lens. Media portrayals say it’s hot, Catholicism says it’s not. Sexuality clouded by a sea of confusion. […]

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Crowded Closet celebrates 40 years in Iowa City

Forty years ago this month, a small group of Mennonite women opened Crowded Closet Thrift Store in Iowa City. What they hoped to achieve is reflected in the motto on the sign at the Gilbert Court store: “A world of difference.” Proceeds from Crowded Closet go to public service organizations, including Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), […]

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Ten years after the flood, the CR Resurgence Tour highlights transformation and historic preservation

Ten years ago this month, more than seven feet of floodwater poured into a Cedar Rapids Community School District warehouse on G Ave. in northwest Cedar Rapids. Damage was extensive, but now the only indication of that flooding is a sign attached to an outside wall explaining what happened in June 2008.
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A new hotel and delivery service are changing the game in downtown Iowa City

The health of downtown Iowa City’s economy and a plan to bring almost anything for sale downtown to people’s homes were discussed during the Iowa City Downtown District’s (ICDD) annual State of Downtown presentation on Wednesday night. “Retail sales have held firm over the past year,” ICCD Executive Director Nancy Bird told the audience. Iowa […]

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Steve King brings national attention to Iowa by retweeting a British neo-Nazi

Like many Iowans, the national media has grown so used to Rep. Steve King tweeting racist, xenophobic or just odd things that it takes a special tweet by King to attract attention. The eight-term Western Iowa congressman managed to serve up such a tweet on Tuesday. On its surface this tweet isn’t as arresting as his Monday tweet in which he decried a Swedish youth soccer program’s effort to accommodate players who don’t eat pork as a sign of that rightwing fantasy “the Muslim conquest of Europe,” while at the same time promoting Iowa’s pork industry.
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Gov. Reynolds says Iowans ‘should probably’ get to vote on same-sex marriage, but her office says she doesn’t mean it

On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said “from the very beginning” her position on same-sex marriage has been “it probably should go to a vote of the people and they should weigh in.” Later that afternoon, the governor’s spokesperson said the governor doesn’t believe what she said she believes, and that Reynolds accepts the legality of […]

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Iowa City is getting its first gaming cafe

The fact electronic sports, or esports, have a real shot of making it into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is a good indicator of the rising popularity and prestige of the competitive video gaming community. That community will soon have a home in Iowa City as the area gets its first esports cafe, a type of […]

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Trump administration: Immigrants fleeing ‘private violence’ like domestic abuse shouldn’t be granted asylum

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session took the extraordinary step of overturning a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) of the Justice Department that granted asylum to A.B., a Salvadorian woman who fled to the United States to escape from domestic violence. “Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang […]

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The Iowa City Bike Library has a new executive director, still needs a new home

Audrey Wiedemeier was named the new executive director of the Iowa City Bike Library on June 1, but Wiedemeier isn’t a newcomer to either the local cycling community or the Bike Library. Wiedemeier, an avid cyclist since her childhood in Ames, is the founder and director of RadTour, which conducts group cycling events in Iowa […]

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Ex-Iowa Finance Authority fired for sexual harassment shouldn’t be getting unemployment, judge rules

Former Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Director Dave Jamison isn’t entitled to unemployment benefits an administrative law judge ruled on Thursday. Jamison was fired in March after IFA employees filed complaints against him alleging years of sexual harassment. The former director had originally been granted unemployment benefits and was paid $3,185 between April and June. Jamison […]

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Tunes & Treats is bringing free music and free ice cream to Iowa City parks this summer

Iowa City’s annual Tunes & Treats series kicks off with a performance of the Iowa City Community Band (ICCB) at College Green Park on Sunday afternoon. The ICCB will provide the tunes, and the treats include free ice cream. […]

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