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Rep. Abby Finkenauer endorses Joe Biden for president

Abby Finkenauer became the first Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation to endorse a 2020 presidential candidate when the first-term representative announced on Monday she is supporting Joe Biden. Finkenauer started her endorsement by talking about her upbringing. “I was raised in a small town in rural Iowa, where my family instilled in me the importance of […]

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Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: Favorite photos of 2019 and a candidate quiz

Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus is an occasional series observing some of the traditions, rituals and oddities of the Iowa presidential caucuses. It was one of those rare moments when a candidate gets to relax during a long day on the campaign trail. Well after 11 p.m. on June 8, Sen. Cory Booker was leaving […]

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Additional security around black beauty products at Iowa City Walmart draws criticism

Finding herself low on hair products, Tarweeh Osman decided to make a 10 p.m. Walmart run on Thursday, Nov. 14. But when she walked into the health and beauty department at the Iowa City Walmart (919 Hwy 1 W), she couldn’t find what she was looking for. “I noticed that the ‘multicultural’ subsection in the hair products aisle was missing, so I […]

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Openings, closings and wanderings: 2019 restaurant news in review

It was a turbulent year for many restaurants in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Two that opened in January — BeerBurger in downtown Iowa City and Linn Street Dive — closed before the end of summer. But BeerBurger still has its North Liberty location, and in December, Linn Street Dive became Marco’s Grilled Cheese. Melk […]

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Ten years of marriage equality and 150 years of women lawyers: Important Iowa anniversaries in 2019

That Iowa has been a leader in establishing basic rights, which other Americans later take for granted, almost always comes as a surprise to non-Iowans. But this year marked major anniversaries for at least two instances in which Iowa showed that kind of leadership. The 10th anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision in Varnum […]

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White supremacist fliers distributed in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids neighborhoods

Over the past two days, residents in some neighborhoods in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids have been finding adhesive-backed fliers from a white supremacist group on their lawns and driveways. The anti-immigrant messages are wrapped around rolled-up copies of Little Village magazine from spring 2019. […]

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‘Understanding who you are and where you’re from’: Cedar Rapids’ Czech School has been keeping traditions alive for 150 years

When Mandy Vaughn’s two children became old enough to attend the Cedar Rapids Czech School, she was excited for them to learn the culture, songs and traditions that have been in her family for generations. Mandy went to Czech School as a child, as did her mother, Mary Haster. “It’s kind of come full circle in a sense,” Mandy said about her daughter […]

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Your Village: Why is George’s Buffet called ‘George’s Buffet’ when it doesn’t have a buffet?

“Why is George’s called ‘George’s Buffet’ when there’s no buffet?” – Elizabeth, Iowa City. At this point, the most accurate answer is probably “tradition.” Apparently, when George Kanak opened the bar in February 1939, he meant to make it stand out from other bars that served food by offering a full buffet. But if George’s ever had […]

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‘We have work to do’: Laura Bergus and Janice Weiner officially join the Iowa City Council

The two newest members of Iowa City Council took their oaths of office in council chamber on Thursday afternoon. Laura Bergus and Janice Weiner, both elected to at-large seats in November, were sworn in by City Clerk Kellie Fruehling. For Bergus, it’s a new role in a familiar setting. Her first job as a teenager was televising council meetings for the city’s cable channel […]

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