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Humanize My Hoodie receives a shout-out from John Legend

By outfitting the world in sweatshirts bearing the phrase “Humanize My Hoodie,” Jason Sole and Andre Wright hope to spark conversation about the intersection of fashion, prejudice and violence. That conversation has been furthered by none other than John Legend, after the 10-time Grammy winner posted shout-outs to Sole and the Humanize My Hoodie movement on social media Tuesday […]

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‘Enough’: Moms Demand Action hold a rally to demand Grassley and Ernst take action on gun violence

The Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America rally on Sunday started with statistics — “Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed,” Holly Sanger of the Iowa City/Johnson County chapter of Moms Demand Action told the crowd gathered on the Pentacrest at the beginning of the rally — but concluded with one word: “enough.” […]

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Prairie Kitchen Store will open in the old Motley Cow Cafe space

The Northside Marketplace location that was home to the Motley Cow Cafe for nine years finally has a new tenant. But instead of catering to those looking to dine out, the Prairie Kitchen Store will feature kitchen tools, cookware as well as cooking demonstrations and classes for those wanting to make dining at home a better experience. […]

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Photographing moments of humanity at the border

My name is Sergio Flores. I am a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist currently based in Austin, Texas. Being Mexican-American, it was really important to me to contribute to the conversations around issues that relate to people like me, or people who look like me … to look for moments that contain humanity. Here are two photos that tell two of those stories. […]

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Hy-Vee investigating possible theft of customer credit card information

Hy-Vee announced on Wednesday it is investigating a suspected data breach after “recently detecting unauthorized activity on some of our payment processing systems.” “Our investigation is focused on card transactions at our fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants (which include our Market Grilles, Market Grille Expresses and […]

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‘There is a time for every season’: David Berman discusses grief and inspiration in one of his final interviews

David Berman was a kind, sensitive artist with many formidable talents — a poet, cartoonist and musician who was often regarded as the best songwriter of his generation. He died at the age of 52 on Aug. 7, after a lifetime of struggling with depression and addiction. When he agreed to an interview about his upcoming performance in Iowa […]

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How to stay ever vigilant: William Elliott Whitmore at Grey Area 2019

On the farm where he was raised in Montrose, Iowa, William Elliott Whitmore is spending the afternoon rearranging his wood
shop. He just got back home after a couple of weeks touring throughout the Northwest, and he’s just glad to be back at work putting things in order: in his head, his wood shop and his garden. […]

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Joe Biden to return to Iowa City before going to the Iowa State Fair, where his 1988 presidential campaign fell apart

Joe Biden is returning Iowa City on Wednesday for a meet-and-greet at his Kennedy Plaza campaign headquarters. The stop comes one day before the former vice president and current 2020 candidate takes the stage at the Iowa State Fair’s Political Soapbox, sponsored by the Des Moines Register. […]

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GateHouse Media will buy Gannett, owner of the Press-Citizen and Des Moines Register, for $1.4 billion

GateHouse Media will buy Gannett Co. Inc., USA Today reported on Monday afternoon. USA Today is the flagship newspaper for Gannett, which also owns the Press-Citizen and Des Moines Register. The two companies agreed to a “cash-and-stock deal worth about $1.38 billion and financed in part with new private-equity debt” […]

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‘We’re all in to defeat Steve King’: J.D. Scholten announces he’s running for Congress in Iowa’s 4th District

J.D. Scholten, who narrowly lost to Rep Steve King in the 2018 general election, announced on Monday morning he is running again in Iowa 4th Congressional District. “It’s official — we’re all in to defeat Steve King,” Scholten posted on Facebook. Scholten made his announcement with a video that has great production values — including narration by Kevin Costner — but no mention of political issues. […]

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Jerry Foxhoven says governor’s office is lying about why he was forced to resign, and he’ll sue for wrongful termination

Jerry Foxhoven said he was “absolutely shocked” when he was forced to resign as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services in June. “I was completely caught unawares, to be honest with you,” Foxhoven said, during a press conference in West Des Moines on Thursday morning. “I had never been given any impression by the governor, […]

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