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Cedar Rapids’ Xavier High School upholds Catholic doctrine at the expense of LGBTQ students

On March 21, an article published in Washington High School’s newspaper, The Surveyor, split the Cedar Rapids community in two. “The Fight for LGBTQ Rights” by Sarah Altemeier and Quinn Wilcox centered around an open letter written by former Xavier High School student Landon Santel. Santel transferred to Washington for his junior year after “facing […]

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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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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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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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The flood of 2008 left winners and losers in Cedar Rapids

The 10-year anniversary of the devastating floods of 2008 lends itself to a certain kind of narrative — one in which we extol the resilience of our communities and shine a light on successes that seem to point toward a future filled with sunshine after the rain. And to be fair, that narrative is, in many ways, true. But it isn’t the whole story. […]

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Suspicious text messages sent to Johnson and Linn County voters direct them to the wrong polling place (Updated)

Update: According to the Secretary of State’s office, four counties have now reported text messages to voters providing incorrect voting locations, as well as texts claiming the Democratic primary is “tomorrow,” instead of Tuesday. Kevin Hall, communications director for the Secretary of State, said the affected counties are Johnson, Linn, Black Hawk and Winneshiek. “It […]

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Two seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors will be on the primary ballot

Two members of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors will be selected by voters during the June 5 primary. No other county-level office will be decided on Tuesday. Johnson County Treasurer Thomas Kriz, Recorder Kim Painter and County Attorney Janet Lyness — all incumbnents and all Democrats — are running unopposed. There are three candidates […]

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Iowa City Wear Orange: Remembering those lost to gun violence and resolving to fight for a solution

Despite weather forecasts calling for thunderstorms and the occasional drizzle of rain, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at College Green Park on Saturday morning for the Iowa City Wear Orange Celebration organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. By the end of the event, when the organizers led a one-block march from the […]

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Democratic candidates for governor address marijuana and core values at final joint appearance

What the legal status of marijuana should be stood out as a rare point of disagreement among the five remaining Democrats in the race of governor during a televised joint appearance at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines on Wednesday night. It was the final such event of the primary campaign, and […]

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After years of representing the U.S. overseas, Janice Weiner is running to represent Coralville in the Iowa Senate

Janice Weiner believes her long career representing the U.S. as a diplomat gave her the skills needed to deal with the Republicans in the state legislature. “Everywhere I went, I had to get to know people and build relationships across the political spectrum in each country. I had to understand what was important to them, […]

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