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‘You can make a difference’: March for Our Lives comes to Marion

Even before the Road to Change Tour town hall meeting started at Linn-Mar High School in Marion on Thursday night, members of the audience that packed the school’s gymnasium knew the importance of voting was going to be stressed. To get to the gym, you had to pass by multiple groups trying to help people register to vote. […]

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Letter to the editor: My first flotation tank experience

By Ron Wright With the help of his father and some friends, Patrick Krier has renovated a space in an office building into an otherworldly experience. The Iowa Recovery Room has been open since April 17 and has seen an increasing amount of interest in their floatation tank business. Also called sensory deprivation tanks, the […]

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Families Belong Together: Protesting Trump’s treatment of immigrant families

Activists across the nation are organizing rallies to protest the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant families detained by federal agents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Iowa City will be participating in the Keep Families Together protest with a rally on the University of Iowa Pentacrest at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 30. […]

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Album Review: Thomas Comerford — Blood Moon

The songs that make up Thomas Comerford’s new album, Blood Moon, weren’t necessarily planned to be an album. His goal following his 2014 album, II, was just to keep writing and recording songs at every opportunity without the pressure of a formal album release. He took the chance to work with Chicago acts such as Tatsu Aoki of experimental jazz group Miyumi Project, Panoramic & True, vocalist Amalea Tshilds and singer/pianist Azita Youssefi among others. Last summer he realized that he had a collection of songs that made sense as an album release. […]

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Local student activists and Parkland shooting survivors will unite as the Road to Change Tour comes to Linn-Mar (Updated)

The March for Our Lives movement, started by survivors of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida to push for political action on gun violence, has launched a national bus tour, which will make two stops in Linn County on Thursday. […]

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Little Village magazine issue 245: June 20 – July 3, 2018

Flip through the pages of Little Village magazine issue 245. In this edition, columnist Kembrew McLeod takes us back to the 18th century to offer a true history of fake news, chef and MasterChef contestant Matt Houck shares a must-try meal recipe involving butter-braised asparagus and grilled mitake mushrooms, Xavier High School struggles to balance […]

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Johnson County joins Linn County in ‘banning the box’

Johnson County has officially “banned the box” by eliminating the requirement to disclose past criminal history on an initial county job application. The unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors (with Janelle Rettig absent) to adopt the measure on Thursday, June 14, happened four weeks after Linn County became the first county in Iowa to […]

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The weird and inspiring story of Hot Tamale Louie will come to musical life for Iowa City Jazz Fest

“Over and over we forget what being American means,” Kathryn Schulz writes in a 2016 New Yorker essay about Zarif Khan, an immigrant to the U.S. in 1907 from the mountains of Afghanistan who built a tamale empire in Wyoming — yes, a tamale empire. Freely based on Schulz’s essay, UI jazz professor John Rapson’s […]

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