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After five years of false starts, Iowa City’s bike-share program will (probably) start in April

Last year, the Iowa City Department of Transportation announced the city’s long-awaited bike-share program was scheduled to launch “in the fall” of 2019. That didn’t happen. Just like it didn’t happen in 2018, despite the department announcing it planned to start the program in the fall of that year. […]

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Ernst, Grassley and King sign legal brief encouraging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Steve King all signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that calls Roe v. Wade “haphazard” and “unworkable,” and asks the justices to consider overturning it. […]

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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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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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‘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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‘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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Hall of Fame Hawkeyes Coach Hayden Fry, who also helped integrate college football in Texas, dies at age 90

Hayden Fry, the coach whose name has become synonymous with Hawkeye football, died on Tuesday, his family announced in a written statement. He was 90. “With our family at his side, Hayden Fry, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer,” his family said. Fry spent 20 seasons as the University of Iowa’s head football coach, and during that time transformed the team. […]

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CommUnity’s Project Holiday helps families in need enjoy a holiday meal

The name of the nonprofit changed earlier this year, but its mission didn’t. CommUnity Crisis Services and Foodbank, formerly the Crisis Center of Johnson County, still offers crisis counseling, assists families struggling to pay rent and utility bills, help individuals starting new jobs with basic necessities (such as buying boots and uniforms) and runs a […]

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People in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will rally in favor of removing Donald Trump from office, as the U.S. House debates impeachment

As the first day of debate on the articles of impeachment against President Trump draws to a close, people in cities across the country, including Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, will hold rallies to support his impeachment and removal from office. The Iowa City rally will be on the Ped Mall, near the Weatherdance Fountain. In Cedar Rapids, the rally will take place behind the U.S. Federal District Courthouse, which houses the local office of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst. […]

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Meet Pete Buttigieg’s silent protesters

“For me, it was a question of what are effective means of getting information out, in a way that helps and doesn’t cause harm,” said 23-year-old Hilah Kohen when asked about the protest at Pete Buttigieg’s town hall in Coralville on Sunday, Dec. 6. That day, as Buttigieg began to speak in front of a crowd of approximately 2,000 at the Marriott Convention Center, Kohen, Stephon Berry and Owen Stiles […]

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Pete Buttigieg was greeted by a huge crowd, an endorsement and protesters in Coralville

A little more than a minute into Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign rally in Coralville on Sunday, things took an unexpected turn. But before that, everything had gone according to expectations. At every stop on his latest Iowa campaign swing, the South Bend mayor, who finished at the top of the crowded field of 2020 Democratic candidates […]

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