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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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‘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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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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‘I’m still terrified for my future’: Cedar Rapids climate protesters want solutions on local, national level

Chants of “Green New Deal,” “this is what democracy looks like,” and “fossil fuels have got to go” filled the streets of Cedar Rapids on Friday night, as part of climate strikes organized around the country on Dec. 6. It was an emotional night for many, as marchers shared the reasons why they’re striking and the need for accelerated action to combat climate change. Around 120 people attended […]

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