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Phil Hemingway wants to be only the second Republican elected to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in 60 years

Phil Hemingway knows he faces a steep uphill climb in the race for the vacant seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Not because he isn’t active in the community (he’s involved in county politics for decades), or because he lacks experience in elective office (he was elected to the Iowa City Community School […]

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Wayback tours: When ‘Black Sunday’ Hit Iowa City

Everyone came to see Cypress Hill; those who decided to catch every band that night just hoped the openers would be entertaining. LA hip-hop group Funkdoobiest played first and then Seattle’s hard rocking all-female grunge band 7 Year Bitch, setting the tone for the third act. […]

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FilmScene at five: Celebrating a milestone with Iowa City’s iconic art house theater

FilmScene is turning five on Thanksgiving of this year, just a wee kindergartner compared to many established theaters throughout Iowa. Yet, in that short time FilmScene has proved itself integral to the larger Iowa City arts community and has developed an impressive national profile. […]

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Author Marianne Williamson announces potential presidential bid, immediately comes to Iowa

There are still 444 days until the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses, but like Christmas decorations in stores in October, presidential hopefuls are already appearing in the state. Marianne Williamson announced the formation of an exploratory committee on Thursday […]

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Iowa City Public Library names its new director

The Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees announced on Thursday it has hired Elsworth Carman as the library’s new director. Carman was formerly the director of the Marion Public Library. “We agree that he has the right leadership, communication, and financial skills to deliver the best possible public library service going forward,” Robin Paetzold, […]

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Grassley’s big Wednesday: Named president (pro tem), pushed sentencing reform (again), rejected oversight of Trump (again) and talked Steve King

On Wednesday, it became official: Sen. Chuck Grassley will be third in the line of succession to the presidency starting in January. The 85-year-old Iowan will become President Pro Tempore of the Senate, which means he will be the presiding officer of the Senate when Vice President Pence isn’t present. […]

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‘Birds of a feather’: Steve King embraces Kim Reynolds, as the governor finally tries to separate herself from King

A week after the general election, Gov. Kim Reynolds took a tentative step towards distancing herself from Rep. Steve King. “I think that Steve King needs to make a decision if he wants to represent the people and the values of the 4th district or do something else.” Reynolds said at a press conference in […]

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Donate gift items to help the Domestic Violence Intervention Program brighten the holidays for kids

All year round the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) provides support and advocacy services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, and each year at this time, it also helps its provide holiday cheer for children. From now until Christmas Eve, DVIP is accepting donations of toys and other gifts for its annual Holiday Store. […]

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Dr. Charles Limb explores how creativity affects the brain

Limb brought perspectives on his research into the science of creativity and the brain to a healthy crowd in the University’s Art Building West. Specifically, he spoke to how the actual structure and function of the brain is activated in musicians when they improvise. […]

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Longtime community activist Royceann Porter announces a run for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

On Thursday, Democrat Royceann Porter became the first declared candidate in the special election to fill the remainder of Kurt Friese’s term on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. If she wins, Porter would be the first black person elected to a county-wide office in Johnson County history. Friese died on Oct. 26, and on […]

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